El Yunque National Forest Reserve, Puerto Rico. It is America's only tropical rainforest and it's the most beautiful in the world! You have to hike deep into it to reach the waterfalls and serene streams but it is so worth it. There are many flowers and animals along the way. You may also see bats along the way. But OMG is it humid! Still, you have to visit the rainforest and hear the millions of coquis singing at dusk. :-)
Little River State Park in Alabama has some of the most beautiful trails and wooded spots to just return to nature. Book a beachfront vacation rental in Gulf Shores, then head north to tour all the state forests in the region. Beach and forests - the best of both worlds all in one trip!
"Characters find themselves enticed along a path of discovery that is childish innocence itself, each new stage of discovery obliging a further commitment that slowly but surely entangles the protagonist in a web that ultimately proves impossible to escape." ~ John Kenny Albedo One