Texas: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
This park is where you’ll find the second-largest canyon in our country, located in the Texas panhandle. Hikers can head down 800ft into the canyon and explore over 15,000 acres of trails.
But if you just want to take in that gorgeous scenery, there are plenty of viewpoints easily reached by car. Many camping options and horse trails are available, as well.
Utah’s Dead Horse Point State Park
Despite its somber name, this park used to welcome cowboys herding wild mustangs sometime back in the 1800s. Today, visitors can view the mesmerizing desert landscape atop the sandstone cliffs.
Vermont: Smugglers’ Notch State Park
Named for the thin, 1,000ft tall rift through the Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch is the sort of place worth visiting just to snap a photo. But we recommend staying a while. Visitors truly appreciate the easy access to hiking and wonderful picnicking spots.