As the New Year begins, you may be pondering how to make this year special and memorable for your family. If you are thinking of including a family vacation in your 2016 plans, there are many places to consider right here in the US. Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure, a spooky experience or a chance to check out some unique art, there is a staircase for you to visit.
Moro Rock – Sequoia National Park, California
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, there are few places more beautiful than the Giant Forest of California. And one of the location’s most beautiful views is from the top of Moro Rock. A huge granite rock that gives you the opportunity to see for miles, the hike to the top is 797 feet and contains 400 steps. The rock was first climbed in the 1860s by pioneer Hale Tharp, and individuals continued to climb the dangerous expanse until 1917 when Sequoia National Park built a rickety wooden staircase for visitors to traverse. After years of wear, the park system decided to build a new, safer stairway which has allowed travelers to explore the top of Moro Rock since 1931.
Cedar Creek Treehouse Stairway to Heaven – Ashford, Washington
Another adventurous staircase you can traverse right here in the US is the Stairway to Heaven at Cedar Creek Treehouse. Located near Mount Rainier, the treehouse offers vacationers the opportunity to stay 50 feet up in a house built around a Western Red Cedar tree. One of the most interesting attractions at the treehouse is the 82 foot tall Stairway to Heaven. Once you climb to the top of these spiral stairs, you can cross a 43 foot long bridge to reach the Treehouse Observatory which offers an incredible view of Mount Rainier State Park.
Staircase to Nowhere – San Jose, California
A mysterious and baffling place to visit, the Winchester Mystery House contains one of the strangest staircases ever to exist. After the deaths of her daughter and husband, Sarah Winchester settled in San Jose, California in the late 1800s, building an extravagant and mysterious Victorian mansion. Construction never ceased on the project and many believe that Winchester was trying to avoid evil spirits with her confusing and intricate home designs. The house even contains a staircase that leads straight up to the ceiling. With so many strange features, there are many incredible things to see within this mansion; the stairs are just the beginning.
16th Avenue Tiled Steps – San Francisco, California
Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project was started in 2003 to add beauty and color to the 163 steps that run between 16th Avenue and Grand View Park. The world’s longest mosaic staircase, these steps are a work of art, created by Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher. Created with more than 2000 handmade tiles, as well as tile fragments and pieces of stained glass, the stairs depict an aquatic scene including shells, starfish and more.
From straight to spiral, there are so many beautiful and unique staircases to see across the United States. If you are interested in installing a special staircase in your own home, Acadia Stairs can create the right design to fit your style and space. To get started on your project, call us at 845-765-8600 to get started on your project today!