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.
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.
We’ve put together a couple of playlists – country and pop – that go along great with a drive through any national parks in the West. Whether heading through the forests of Olympic or Yellowstone, or the deserts of Big Bend or Death Valley, give these records a virtual spin.
From the cool Channel Islands and boiling-hot Death Valley to the bone-dry Joshua Tree and lush Yosemite, have a look at some photos from these incredible landscapes and then plan a trip to take your own!
Whether it’s atop a rocky crag overlooking an immense valley of ancient forests; meandering through bloom-soaked meadows alive with bees and birds; or along the ragged roaring beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the three parks offer intrepid travelers a thoughtful journey.