Over the past several years, eco-tourism has really taken off, with travellers from across the globe heading to exciting and unique destinations to view the beauty of the natural world. Yet while some may feel that Africa or South America travel is the only way to see these kinds of sites, transcontinental flights may be out of the price range of some hopeful adventurers. Fortunately for those vacationers seeking adventure travel on a budget, the Montreal Gazette recently highlighted one of the most beautiful and well-preserved regions in North America – Big pine, California.
Located in the eastern portion of Central California, Big Pine is a natural wonder filled with mountains, forests and wide-open spaces. It is home to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that many believe to house the oldest living things on the planet, with some trees said to be more than 5,000 years old and still growing, according to the news source.
Hiking to see the forest, which sits a full 3,000 metres above sea level, is an adventure in and of itself. The 7.2-kilometer Methuselah Trail is considered the best path as it leads visitors to the oldest and most ornate trees in the park and features a number of stops and benches to help hikers rest along the way.