State park

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Only a few miles from Las Vegas lies Nevada’s oldest and, according to this author, one of its prettiest State Parks. Valley of Fire offers fantastic scenery for photographers, pleasant hikes outside the scorching summer months, and petroglyphs for the historian in you.

Redwoods National and State Parks

Visitors to the northwest corner of California tend to have one thing on their minds—the majestic coast redwoods. The trees don’t disappoint: reaching heights of more than 100 metres, living for well over 1,000 years (and occasionally twice that long), they’re a vivid reminder that humans are just one part of a much larger ecosystem.