Weekend escape to Great Basin National Park, Nev.
The Milky Way is particularly spectacular when viewed from Great Basin National Park. This part of the Nevada wilderness is designated an International Dark Sky Park.(Gromit702 / Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Turnouts along the steep and curving Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive afford unobstructed views of the summit. Only expert climbers can ascend the 13,063-foot mountain.(Jay Jones)
Two tours running 60 and 90 minutes are offered through Lehman Caves, a popular attraction at Great Basin National Park. The tours are not wheelchair accessible.(National Park Service)
Visitors to Great Basin National Park get commanding views of mountain peaks from Wheeler Peak Campground, where campsites run $15 a night. Park admission is free.(Jay Jones)
The mountains of the Snake Range slice through Great Basin National Park, providing spectacular views along various hiking trails.(National Park Service)
At the upper end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, a stream babbles through a stand of pine trees at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet.(Jay Jones)
In Baker, Nev., a tasty chicken dinner at the Border Inn can be enjoyed for $11.95.(Jay Jones )