As anyone who has traveled the United States by car extensively will tell you, sometimes you just happen to come across a landscape during your travels that so completely blows your mind that it renders you speechless. For me, one of these is undoubtedly the kind of weird, extremely cool, and very unique landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument in southern Idaho. If you aren’t familiar with this park, you are definitely missing out. If you were to take a road trip thru Idaho, the contrast between the black lava formations and craters found inside the national monument and the landscape found throughout the rest of the state is nothing if not striking.
Situated roughly 50 miles Northeast of Portland, Oregon, and roughly 96 miles South of Seattle, Washington as the crow flies, Mount Saint Helens is located in a beautiful part of America’s Pacific Northwest that has an abundance of tourist attractions. Visitors to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument can learn about the 1980 eruption that left such a lasting impact on the surrounding landscape, hike in some of the most beautiful and serene landscape, and marvel at the power of mother nature.
Devil’s Garden is a unique set of rock formations along the Hole-in-the-Rock road within the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. If you are interested in seeing some interesting and beautiful rock formations, but not up for doing a long hike, then the Devil’s Garden is perfect for you. You can see the rock formations without having to venture much past the parking area. If you are interested in doing a bit more hiking, there are plenty of opportunities to hike and explore in the area.
If you are planning a visit to the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and you are looking for a fun hike that isn’t too difficult, the Zebra Slot Canyon hike should be near the top of your list. This is one of the more popular hikes in the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument because the hike is relatively easy and the Zebra Slot Canyon is beautiful. As a bonus, you can add the Tunnel Slot Canyon to the hike and make the hike a nice loop hike.
Long Canyon slot was a remarkable slot canyon that we were able to explore while visiting the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah last week. It is just one of many slot canyons in the Grand Staircase, but it is one of the prettier ones that we were able to visit. Even though the slot isn’t too deep, the sheer height and size of the canyon was pretty cool to see.
I have been to the Redwood State and National Parks in Northern California, and they are beautiful parks. They are also relatively far away from any major metropolitan city. They are located where I would expect large Redwood trees to still be standing, on the north coast of California. I think Muir Woods National Monument is so unique because it is where you wouldn’t expect large, old-growth trees to still be standing.
To this day, Devil’s Tower continues to attract a lot of visitors, with over 440,000 people a year visiting the monument from all over the world. On top of being one of America’s biggest geological wonders, it is also one of the best crack rock climbing locations in North America.
White Sands National Monument is a stunning landscape. So much so that you will likely spend a great deal of time at first just taking in the beautiful scenery. It is breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset. We have outlined some great things to do at White Sands below, as well as included links to some other helpful resources for planning your trip.