February 15—Canaveral National Seashore, FL http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/travel/4%20-%20Canveral%20NS_Flickr_Omar%20Infante-Ramos_ss.jpgOn the same barrier island as Kennedy Space Center is what the NPS calls “longest expanse of pristine shore in Florida—the way it used to be.” This protected patch of sand dunes and wetlands on the Atlantic Flyway is a birder’s paradise. Not only is winter one of the best times to see migratory species here, it’s also one of the most pleasant times to camp and fish around aptly named Mosquito Lagoon—with fewer of its namesake mosquitoes. Usual vehicle entrance fee is $5.February 16—Cabrillo National Monument, CA http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/travel/5%20-%20Cabrillo%20Nat%20Monument_Flickr_%20rob_ss.jpgThis monument on Point Loma overlooking San Diego Bay commemorates the the first landing by a European on the West Coast. Besides its historic lighthouse and panoramic views, Point Loma is a compact slice of natu...
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