Hi Fulton -
<<"This will be the trip of a lifetime so traveling within Switzerland
is also at the top of my list. I'm also very much a safety girl so I
don't want to walk down any dark allies. Planning and preparation are
important to me. Seeing culture, museums, and getting to know the people would be wonderful.">>
Did anyone refer you to this link and, especially, the several links on those pages?
An easy and interesting trip from the St. Gall region is Altes Bad Pfäffers and the Tamina Schlucht.
Most of the web sites about it are in German, unfortunately;
This one in English is brief but useful:
Luckily, Switzerland Mobility ( Schweiz Mobil) the site for all things related to personal transportation, has one of their characteristically detailed pages about it:
www.schweizmobil.ch/en /hiking-in-switzerland/services/p laces-of-interest/sehenswuerdig keit-0329.html
The main Schweizmobil web site is terrific for planning hiking, biking, canoeing.........and, you can get it in English.
map.wanderland.ch/?lang=de&route=all&bgLa yer=pk&resolution=50&s eason=summer&layers=Wa nderland&E=2739950&N=1 254050
It has lots of such detailed information pages. I always have trouble finding my way to them, so you're in luck.
Follow all the links and arrows on that descriptive page about the baths. You can learn a lot.
We've been twice. Timed our train trip to arrive at Bad Ragaz station just in time to catch the small bus that gets in there to the restaurant at about lunch time. Good kitchen; atmospheric restaurant. After lunch, we walked a few meters to the "Schlucht" and walked in on the easy and well lighted trail. Then, we have walked downhill back to Bad Ragaz, a few easy kilometers along the road.
Lots of explanatory signs about the history of the baths and the Schlucht; I can't recall if they were in English, but take one of your friends and they can translate, if you don't read German.
By the way, what country are you from; I note that you do not speak French, German or Italian?
In the general area of Bad Ragaz is the Ostschweiz ( East Switzerland) wine region, called "die Bündner Herrschaft." Nice to visit in August, although it can be hot. In September, harvest season, it is a mad house.
I've attached a couple of pictures that I had easily accessible showing some of the eastern Swiss region.
The ones of the Untersee ( near Ermatingen) were taken not too far from Stein-am -Rhein.
Stein is nice, very very touristy, don't go on a weekend. Try to have lunch in the castle above the town.
Check out Ebenalp, reachable via Apenzell;. Both of those are good day trip destinations.
By the way, St Gall is both a city and a canton.
www.google.com/search?q=map+of+Swiss+Cantons &tbm=isch&source=iu&pf =m&ictx=1&fir=55R33XlH YxSLGM%253A%252CyQvJ5K ICjootZM%252C_&usg=__w ZTDmK1bi0fCVUEfFhNFCNw M1HA%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUK Ewj6rY3V85_XAhUr8IMKHU 4DDNgQ9QEIYzAO#imgrc=U BGSsW9LvB4Q9M:
The canton has extensive reach, as far as Rapperswil on the Zürichsee ( Lake Zürich). Do you know where you will be staying? Close to the city, or in a village within the canton?
The splash page of that Wiki link for Rapperswil has a nice aerial view, showing the land bridge crossing the lake, with the boardwalk through the nature preserve visible. Rapperswill is in Canton St. Gall. Tye other ( southwestern shore of the lake is in Canton Zürich
I like to stay in the area and walk on that boardwalk. Sometimes, I stay in Hurden for my jet lag recovery day or days.The Way of St. James ( der Jakobsweg) passes through there. I've attached a couple of pictures.
If you really want to learn about Swiss culture, you may find this interesting:
Finally, although I linked you to Mapsearch.ch in my earlier post for the geography, you will use the timetable if you travel anywhere in Switzerland.
Be sure to read the explanatory page here: