NEW MEXICO | CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK.   Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico lies Carlsbad Caverns National Park, hidden in more than 300 limestone caves laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. More than 116 of these caves — some of the largest caves in North America — make up the majestic park.

NEW MEXICO | CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK. Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico lies Carlsbad Caverns National Park, hidden in more than 300 limestone caves laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. More than 116 of these caves — some of the largest caves in North America — make up the majestic park.

Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico lies Carlsbad Caverns National Park, hidden in more than 300 limestone caves laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. More than 116 of these caves — some of the largest caves in North America — make up the majestic park.

Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico lies Carlsbad Caverns National Park, hidden in more than 300 limestone caves laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. More than 116 of these caves — some of the largest caves in North America — make up the majestic park.

HAWAII | HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK.  This part is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Hawaii.  It encompasses the summit of the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, and the world's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa.

HAWAII | HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK. This part is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Hawaii. It encompasses the summit of the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, and the world's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa.

MONTANA | GLACIER NATIONAL PARK.  A hiker's paradise with more than 700 miles of trails and stunning scenery.  Or travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a must-see drive.

MONTANA | GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. A hiker's paradise with more than 700 miles of trails and stunning scenery. Or travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a must-see drive.

UTAH | ARCHES NATIONAL PARK.  The 73,000-acre region known as Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. The stunningly orange-red, arid desert is made distinctive by its unusually eroded sandstone forms.

UTAH | ARCHES NATIONAL PARK. The 73,000-acre region known as Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. The stunningly orange-red, arid desert is made distinctive by its unusually eroded sandstone forms.

WASHINGTON | MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK.  An icon in the Washington landscape, Mount Rainier National Park ascends to 14,410 feet above sea level.

WASHINGTON | MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK. An icon in the Washington landscape, Mount Rainier National Park ascends to 14,410 feet above sea level.

The 800-acre park is located along the Potomac River and only 15 miles from Washington, D.C. Enjoy the view at the picturesque natural landmark and enjoy a number of activities like kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

The 800-acre park is located along the Potomac River and only 15 miles from Washington, D.C. Enjoy the view at the picturesque natural landmark and enjoy a number of activities like kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

OREGON | CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK.  Created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,000 years ago, the 6-mile-wide caldera offers a breathtaking 20-mile circle of cliffs offset by a lake of stunning blue water.

OREGON | CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK. Created by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,000 years ago, the 6-mile-wide caldera offers a breathtaking 20-mile circle of cliffs offset by a lake of stunning blue water.

I like to refer to this state park as a jungle gym for adults. Pedernales Falls is more about creating your own path rather than following set trails. Climb around the limestone cliffs and bluffs that make up the bulk of the land; or if you happen to visit during the heat of the Texas summer, take a dip in the river that runs through this park. Being only thirty miles outside of Austin, this park is perfect for a day trip or a weekend where you'd rather spend your Sunday enjoying the sun…

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I like to refer to this state park as a jungle gym for adults. Pedernales Falls is more about creating your own path rather than following set trails. Climb around the limestone cliffs and bluffs that make up the bulk of the land; or if you happen to visit during the heat of the Texas summer, take a dip in the river that runs through this park. Being only thirty miles outside of Austin, this park is perfect for a day trip or a weekend where you'd rather spend your Sunday enjoying the sun…

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