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( Andrew Mariman / For The Times / August 31, 2012 )
Lava Beds National Monument
Distance: 677 miles one-way
Solitude may be the defining feature of a visit to the geological gyrations of Lava Beds National Monument, tucked into the far northeastern corner of California.
It's a wonderland few people see: The monument drew fewer than 103,000 people last year. Bump that up against the 3.5 million who visited Yosemite National Park, and you get an idea of the seclusion.
-- Vicki Haddock
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