1. Crater Lake National Park, OR
Created by a violent volcanic eruption some 7,700 years ago, Oregon’s Crater Lake is a 1,943 foot deep crystal clear lake surrounded by sheer cliffs and old growth ponderosa pine. Crater Lake National Park offers a great many outdoor activities—in addition to simply gazing across the 6 mile wide crater—including swimming, exploring Wizard Island and hiking a portion of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail.
2. Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park, Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations. With just 124 first-come, first-served sites you’ll have to arrive early, as Los Angeles is just over 2 hours away.