There’s no swinging by Big Bend National Park. The nearest “big city” is Fort Stockton, Texas, population 8,378, more than 100 miles north. No, anyone who ends up at Big Bend is going to Big Bend.
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.
There are not many places in the world that you can easily witness the powerful forces of creation and destruction as you can at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Rising 7,000 feet straight up from the valley floor of Jackson Hole, with no foothills to hide its impact, the serrated edges of the Teton Range are a sight to behold indeed.
Crater Lake National Park, established in 1902, is famously home to its namesake lake – the deepest in the United States at around 1,950 feet (it’s the ninth deepest lake in the entire world).