June 17, 2017

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia, US

Blackwater Falls’s namesake cascade isn’t just the most picturesque spot in this 2,456-acre park—it’s also one of the most photographed places in the state.

June 16, 2017

Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois, US

There are a number of famous swamps in Illinois’ Cache River State Natural Area, a nearly 15,000-acre state park 30 miles from the Kentucky border. They include Everglades and Okefenokee.

June 15, 2017

Ludington State Park, Michigan, US

Snug between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, this nearly 5,300-acre park has seven miles of sandy, dune-strewn beaches, a historic lighthouse you can climb, more than 20 miles of hiking trails and the shallow, clear Big Sable River.

June 14, 2017

Valley of Fire State Park, US

One of the state’s best-loved parks is the Valley of Fire, 42,000 arid acres about an hour’s drive northeast from Las Vegas. The park delivers its own kind of high-stakes drama, trading neon lights and nightclubs for 150 million-year-old sandstone formations.

June 13, 2017

Ordesa, Spain

Spain’s oldest national park offers some of the best hiking in the Pyrenees yet it is little-known beyond the Spanish border.