Road trips from Southern California: Nevada
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( Brandi E. Roberts / National Park Service )
Great Basin National Park
Distance: 571 miles one-way
The "pearly gates" are one of the thousands of calcite formations that visitors can see in the marble Lehman Caves inside this park, which is about equidistant from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Guided tours inside these caves reveal beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn and rare shield formations year-round.
-- Kelsey Ramos