The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

13. Bryce Canyon National Park


Visitors in 2009 (through August): 874,267

Known for its unusual geology, Bryce Canyon's jagged landscape is formed from millions of years of erosion. Alternating periods of frost and thaw carved an impressive collection of hoodoos and spire-shaped formations into the park. Relatively free from light pollution, Bryce Canyon is also popular with astronomy buffs. In June, the park hosts an annual four-day astronomy festival.

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Out West, in Utah's Butch Cassidy country

Pictured: Queens Garden in Bryce Canyon

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