Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
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Tell Us Where to Go!: Some of our 12 finalists

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Bishop, Calif. (near Big Pine)
Recommended by: Anne Marie Novinger
What she said: “The rangers are very knowledgeable and interesting, knowing all about the trees, the science of dendrochronology (tree-ring science) and the area. There is a fine video of 18 minutes, just right for those who cannot hike or those who want an introduction to the area before hiking. The hikes are from a mile to 1 1/4 miles and
are well worth the effort.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Best Friends Animal Society
Kanab, Utah
Recommended by: Michele Johnson
What she said: “It’s in a beautiful remote canyon with stunning views. If you want you
can volunteer to work with the animals there or just take the tour.” (Douglas C. Pizac / Associated Press)
Ft. Hunter Liggett
Monterey County
Recommended by: Lloyd Van Horsen
What he said: “You enter the area on a two-lane road that winds through rolling hills, curving past vineyards and passing the communities of Lockwood and Jolon. The mission has an interesting history and has a huge, spectacular quadrangle filled with roses, statues and fountains. The 165,000-acre reservation is near King City.” (Orville Myers / Associated Press)
Lava Beds National Monument
Tulelake, Calif.
Recommended by: Michael Everett
What he said: “Lava Beds National Monument is fascinating. Lava Beds is riddled with lava tubes. When it’s 90 degrees you still need a jacket for walking in the lava tubes. Some of them actually have year-round ice. One of them has a fern garden growing beneath a hole in the tube’s ceiling. The walls inside are lined with pictographs.
The whole thing has a feel of remoteness. “ (Ron Winn / Associated Press)
Doryman’s Inn
Newport Beach
Recommended by: Caitlin Tusher
What she said: “It’s nice to know there are still some quaint and out-of-the-way places, even in O.C. . . . good access to lots of iconic SoCal sites.” (Doryman’s Inn)
El Morro National Monument
Ramah, N.M.
Recommended by: Laura LaCour-Johnson
What she said: “This popular campsite of old bears the signatures of hundreds and petroglyphs of visitors over the years, dating back as many as 13 centuries. These have
been carved into soft sandstone. You can see what’s being done to preserve these.”

 (National Park Service)
Lake Lopez
Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Recommended by: Crystal Robbins
What she said: “Lake Lopez in gorgeous San Luis Obispo environs gives you miles of water frontage, large sites, hiking, boating, swimming, sunbathing and other great California summer family-
bonding moments. We can’t wait to go back.” (Lopez Lake Recreation Area)
Mill Valley, Calif.
Marin County
Recommended by: Tony Wasserman
What he said: “It’s a bit off the beaten tourist path, but very cute and convenient to lots of interesting sites. One can stay downtown near the town square at the Mill Valley Inn. It’s an easy drive to Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Muir and Stinson beaches, and Bolinas. It’s the archetype of what people think of when they refer to
Marin County.”

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A secret box canyon
Somewhere in Texas
Recommended by: Robert Danforth
Editor’s note: One of our more intriguing entries, this one came only with map coordinates.
What he said: “The most amazing place I have ever seen. A small box canyon a couple of hundred feet deep and as wide. There is no mark or note that it exists, and I have missed it several times even though I looked, but it remains the most remarkable place I have seen.” ()
The Miner’s Cottage
Jerome, Ariz.
Recommended by: Cheryl Morgan
What she said: “A delightful place to stay while visiting Jerome, the best revived Ghost Town of the West. Lots of art, wine tasting, entertainment and shopping. Friendly people live and work here. Also, you can park your car when you arrive and not have to drive anywhere for the whole weekend.” (The Miner’s Cottage)