A trip to New Mexico should certainly include stops at Carlsbad Caverns, which will take you underground into a world of wonder, and White Sands, one of our newest national parks and a marvel in its own right.
In the middle of the high desert of the Great Basin lies one of America’s hidden gems, which is home to Nevada’s second tallest mountain, ancient trees and some of the darkest night skies in the country.
Utah may boast the American West’s most diverse topography, ranging from snowy peaks and alpine forests to magnificent canyons, high desert scenery, slickrock mesas and a wealth of outdoor opportunities awaiting intrepid adventurers.
Having the chance to walk on glaciers is just one of the many reasons to camp out in Alaska’s national parks. Pull up a tent and stay awhile to enjoy the state’s rugged, desperately beautiful wilderness; they’ll even leave the summer sunlight on for you.
On a clear July afternoon, the repaving of the road through Lassen Volcanic National Park is halfway finished. The work – and the new road – stops near one of the trail entrances for the highest peak in the park, the eponymous Lassen Peak.