Lassen Volcanic NP, California

Since first I rolled into this park—necked craned and mouth agape in an attempt to take in the complexity of its terrain—I’ve insisted it was misnamed. It is no doubt a geologic wonder with cinder codes, fumaroles and hot springs (to rival Yellowstone, arguably) it is also a riot of conifer and fir forests, wildflower-crammed meadows and alpine lakes. This is one of the most spectacular, lesser known spots in the national park system.

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