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Upper Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Brian Whyte

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Desolation Wilderness, CA

Fourth of July, Upper Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness, evening canoe. Couldn't have been more quiet. — Brian Whyte

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Desolation Wilderness, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Bryan Whyte

Desolation Wilderness, CA

View from the canoe at the end of a great weekend at Upper Echo Lake. Amazing reflections. — Bryan Whyte

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Dawn Faught

Northern Wyoming

Worth the work: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. — Dawn Faught

More: Amazing Yosemite road trip

Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Dawn Faught

Southern Colorado

Paint with a view: Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO. — Dawn Faught

More: 18 great Colorado campgrounds

Eddystone Rock, Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Alisa Timmerman

Misty Fjords, AK

Eddystone Rock at Misty Fjords National Monument, AK — Alisa Timmerman

More: 10 favorite National Monuments

Kona turtle

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Heidi Pomeroy

Kona, HI

My husband and I hiked a few miles over a huge lava field just south of Kona to find this wonderful secluded beach.

This little sunbathing sea turtle seemed as curious about us as we were fascinated by him! — Heidi Pomeroy

Fall aspens

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Alyson Klinger

Albuquerque, NM

Fall aspens at Little Cloud Park, Albuquerque. — Alyson Klinger

Mesa, Arizona sunset

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Justin Thor Simenson

Mesa, AZ

Sunset in Mesa, AZ. — Justin Thor Simenson

View of Half Dome, Yosemite

Photo by Sunset associate garden editor Julie Chai

Yosemite, CA

Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point in Yosemite. — Julie Chai

More: Sunset's Guide to Yosemite

Porteau Cove, BC

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Emery Stacy

Porteau Cove, BC

This is during a Camp-N-Scuba Dive trip with Emerald Sea Dive Club of Edmonds, WA.

We were all sitting around the camp fire in the evening at Porteau Cove between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish BC. A Wonderful treat on top of a few good days of diving, food and friends. — Emery Stacy

Pecos, New Mexico

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Justin Thor Simenson

Pecos, NM

Ruins near the visitors' center at Pecos, NM. — Justin Thor Simenson

More: Things to do in Pecos, New Mexico

Paraglider over Puget Sound, May 2010

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Juline Bajada

Puget Sound, WA

Paraglider over Puget Sound, May 2010. — Juline Bajada

Lahaina Harbor, Maui, HI

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Juliana Bilibin

Lahaina Harbor, Maui, HI

Snapped on a sunset dinner cruise offered through the Pacific Whale Foundation. Amazing sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. — Juliana Bilibin

More: Insider's guide to Maui

Papohaku Beach, Molokai

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Amber Gregory

Papohaku Beach, Molokai

Our footprints on Papohaku Beach, Moloka'i, on our honeymoon in August 2006. — Amber Gregory

More: Favorite romantic getaways

Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Justin Thor Simenson

Albuquerque, NM

Rainbow over the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, NM — Justin Thor Simenson

Cerillos storm

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Justin Thor Simenson

New Mexico

A storm brewing north of Cerillos, NM. — Justin Thor Simenson

Between Lusk and Keeline, WY, summer 2010.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Rick Kornegay

Eastern Wyoming

Between Lusk and Keeline, WY, summer 2010. — Rick Kornegay

Whidbey Island

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Kate Steward James

Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island sunrise. — Kate Steward James

Light effect in Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Chris Zukowski

Antelope Canyon, AZ

The canyon, like a giant camera, allows light in. It feels warm. — Chris Zukowski

The sand dunes outside of Hurricane, UT.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Chris Zukowski

Dunes near Hurricane, UT

It wasn't easy walking on the dunes. It is like you are treading across the moon. In fact, with the barren but awe-inspiring scenery you might mistake the place for another planet. — Chris Zukowski

Oswald West State Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Candice Allen

Northern Oregon

Oswald West State Park in Northern Coastal Oregon. — Candice Allen

Baker Lake

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Laura Hathapriceameyer

Baker Lake, WA

Baker Lake, WA, with Mount Baker in the background. Taken September 2008. — Laura Hathapriceameyer

Grand Canyon North Rim

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan David Millican

Grand Canyon, AZ

North Rim of the Grand Canyon. — David Millican

More: Grand Canyon National Park Guide

Bryce Canyon National Park: View from Queens Garden and Navajo Trail loop

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan David Millican

Bryce National Park, UT

Bryce Canyon National Park: View from Queens Garden and Navajo Trail loop. — David Millican

Salton Sea

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jill Hayes

Salton Sea, CA

Last rays of light over the Salton Sea, CA. — Jill Hayes

Moonrise from Neahkahnie Mountain overlook along US 101 near Manzanita, OR.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Ray Wyatt

Manzanita, OR

"Neahkahnie Moon": Moonrise from Neahkahnie Mountain overlook along US 101 near Manzanita, OR. — Ray Wyatt

Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan David Millican

Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Sunset on trail above Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park. — David Millican

More: Utah's secret park

Table Mountain wildflower hike near Oroville, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jayne Locas

Northern California

A carpet of blooms on Table Mountain, near Oroville, CA. — Jayne Locas

More: Great spring trips

California Poppy Table MOuntain near Oroville CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jayne Locas

Northern California

California poppy on Table Mountain, near Oroville, CA. — Jayne Locas

More: Great spring trips

Table Mountain wildflower hike near Oroville, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jayne Locas

Northern California

Wildflower hike on Table Mountain, near Oroville, CA. — Jayne Locas

More: Great spring trips

Table Mountain wildflower hike near Oroville, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jayne Locas

Northern California

Phantom Falls (aka Coal Canyon Falls) on Table Mountain, near Oroville, CA. — Jayne Locas

More: Great spring trips

Beach at Bellows AFB, Oahu.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Juliana Bilibin

Oahu, HI

Beach at Bellows AFB, Oahu. Perfect blend of surf, sun, and sand! — Juliana Bilibin

Storm brewing in Redmond, WA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Ted Herlinger

Redmond, WA

This was taken at my high school reunion banquet. I was seated near French doors at the back of a golf course club house, and a terrific thunder storm was approaching. — Ted Herlinger

Folsom bridges

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Judd Daniel

Folsom, CA

The 3 bridges of Folsom, CA, from a kayak. — Judd Daniel

Sand Mountain, Fallon, NV

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Sarah Anna Noce

Western Nevada

Sand Mountain, east of Fallon, NV. — Sarah Anna Noce

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Christine Haman Woods

San Francisco, CA

Early morning in San Francisco and a walk across the Gold Gate Bridge, just beautiful! — Christine Haman Woods

More: 20 San Francisco day trips

I was standing on the cliff at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach OR at sunset, and the lights were just coming on.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Liz Burnside

Cannon Beach, OR

I was standing on the cliff at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach OR at sunset, and the lights were just coming on. This is one of my favorite photos. — Liz Burnside

More: 3 days in Cannon Beach

Kauai, HI

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jennifer Bucsis-Styduhar

Kauai, HI

Our last evening in Kauai, HI. I miss that swing. — Jennifer Bucsis-Styduhar

More: Things to do on Kauai

Mono Lake, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Robin Beringer Paley

Mono Lake, CA

View of Mono Lake during an RV trip in 2009. — Robin Beringer Paley

More: Soak up fall along California's Eastern Sierra

Highway 50

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jeff Hanley

Highway 50, UT

Almost to Salt Lake City after a solo drive along Hwy 50, the loneliest road in America. This was just outside of Eureka, Utah. — Jeff Hanley

More: Lonely, lovely Highway 50

Spring tulips at Filoli, Woodside, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Mike Vella

Woodside, CA

Spring tulips at Filoli, Woodside, CA. — Mike Vella

More: Great spring trips

Sand Harbor Beach, North Lake Tahoe

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Lisa O'Hara Hertz

North Lake Tahoe, CA

Sunset at Sand Harbor Beach, North Lake Tahoe. — Lisa O'Hara Hertz 

More: Summer at Lake Tahoe

Gig Harbor, WA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Inga Fouquette

Gig Harbor, WA

This is the view we have from the concert in the park every Tuesday evening! The best part is watching the occasional eagle cruise by. — Inga Fouquette

More: A day in Gig Harbor

Point Lobos, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Juliana Bilibin

Point Lobos, CA

Lovely day on the central coast! Took a hike with my 11-month-old after the morning fog burned off. — Juliana Bilibin

Point Lobos, California

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jan Burroughs

Point Lobos, CA

One of my favorite places: Point Lobos State Natural Preserve on the Monterey Bay in California. This place is magical. — Jan Burroughs

More: Things to do on California's Central Coast

Morro Bay, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jean Orantes Klima

Morro Bay, CA

My wow pic comes from Morro Bay, CA. Jan 2010. We were kayaking in this amazing sunset! — Jean Orantes Klima

More: Things to do along California's Central Coast

A perfect day in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, June 2009.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Chelsea Sellin

Yosemite, CA

A perfect day in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, June 2009. — Chelsea Sellin

More: Yosemite Park Guide

Yosemite

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jan Burroughs

Yosemite, CA

Water falls down cliff faces in Yosemite National Park.

More: Yosemite National Park Guide

Mirror Lakes trail, Yosemite

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Tanya DeCastro

Yosemite, CA

On the trail to Mirror Lakes in Yosemite National Park. — Tanya DeCastro

More: Yosemite National Park Guide

Huntington Beach, CA, kite festival

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Viki Colby Nickels

Huntington Beach, CA

Kite festival at Huntington Beach, CA, March 2010. — Viki Colby Nickels

More: Weekend in Huntington Beach

 

eaver Ponds near South Fork, Colorado

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Julie Ramirez-Skipper St. John

Southwest Colorado

Beaver Ponds near South Fork, CO. — Julie Ramirez-Skipper St. John

Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Yampa, CO. — Heidi Taylor

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Heidi Taylor

Northwest Colorado

Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Yampa, CO.

This is Ranger. His middle name is Danger. — Heidi Taylor

More: Pets in the West

Box Canyon Falls Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Julie Ramirez-Skipper St. John

Ouray, CO

Box Canyon Falls, Ouray, CO. — Julie Ramirez-Skipper St. John 

El Malpais National Conservation Area, NM

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan David Millican

New Mexico

El Malpais National Conservation Area, south of Grants, NM. — David Millican

Mushroom Wash near Kanab, UT

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan David Millican

Near Kanab, UT

Mushroom Wash hike east of Kanab, UT. — David Millican

Marin County

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Amber Gallegos

Marin County, CA

I loved the flowers springing up on the coastline! — Amber Gallegos

More: Sausalito secrets

Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Yampa, CO. — Heidi Taylor

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Marilyn Green Lamb

Eastern Sierra, CA

Fall colors below Lake Sabrina, Eastern Sierra, CA — Marilyn Green Lamb

More: Fall in the Eastern Sierra

Kruzof Island, Alaska

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Roz DeRensis

Kruzof Island, AK

Iris Meadows, Kruzof Island, in Southeast Alaska. Only reachable by boat. Beautiful place and tons of brown bears.

This was taken while heading to the Forest Service cabin at North Beach. We were on 4-wheelers. — Roz DeRensis

Zion National Park, UT

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Marianne Wedell-Wedellsborg

Zion National Park, UT

That's the Virgin River in the foreground with the Watchman in the background. — Marianne Wedell-Wedellsborg

More: Zion National Park Guide

The Big Island Hawaii, Rainbow Falls.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Sheri Anderson Robesky

Big Island, HI

Rainbow Falls. Huge trees and dense jungle. Breathtaking. — Sheri Anderson Robesky

Boiling Pots, Big Island, HI

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Sheri Anderson Robesky

Big Island, HI

Series of pools at the Boiling Pots on the Big Island of Hawaii. Swim in the pools and hike around the water. — Sheri Anderson Robesky

Makena Beach, Maui

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Peggy Jackson Dale

Maui, HI

Makena Beach, Maui on our 25th wedding anniversary in March 2006. — Peggy Jackson Dale

More: Insider's guide to Maui

Crater Lake National Park, OR

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Micaela Torregrosa-Mahoney

Crater Lake, OR

Crater Lake National Park, OR, July 2003. — Micaela Torregrosa-Mahoney 

Guide: More national parks

Lower Young Lake, Yosemite, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Bill Willers

Yosemite, CA

Lower Young Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA — Bill Willers

More: Yosemite Park Guide

Lake Wenatchee, WA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Mark Gubrud

Lake Wenatchee, WA

Lake Wenatchee State Park is one of Washington's undiscovered beauties. — Mark Gubrud

More: Taste Washington's apple country

Twin Lakes, Mammoth, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Buffy Stalkr

Northern California

Twin Lakes, Mammoth, CA. — Buffy Stalkr

More: Fall getaway to California's Eastern Sierra

 

Skagit Valley, Washington - Tulip Festival - April 2010

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Tina Tran

Skagit Valley, WA

Tulip Festival in Washtington's Skagit Valley. — Tina Tran

More: Skagit Valley day trip

Wow spots: Napa River

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Doug DaSilva

Napa River, CA

A stormy sunset over the Napa River wetlands, California. — Doug DaSilva

More: Napa, the grand tour

Wow spots: Mt. Rainier, WA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Tina Tran

Mt. Rainier, WA

The Sunrise entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. — Tina Tran

More: Best camping in the Northwest

Cannon Beach, OR

Cheryl Koschalk Comsia

Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR. — Cheryl Koschalk Comsia 

More: 48 hours in Cannon Beach

Big Sur coast

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Theresa Geary Liddell Bridwell

Big Sur coast, CA

Day trip to Big Sur Coast, California. — Theresa Geary Liddell Bridwell 

More: California coast escape

Wow spots: Santa Cruz boardwalk

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Doug DaSilva

Santa Cruz, CA

A day trip to the Santa Cruz boardwalk. — Doug DaSilva

More: Things to do in Santa Cruz

Coal Harbor, Vancouver, B.C.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Doug DaSilva

Vancouver, B.C.

Coal Harbor, Vancouver, B.C. — Doug DaSilva

Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Julie Chai

Abiquiu, NM

Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. I think Georgia O'Keefe once lived in this log cabin.  — Julie Chai

Wow spots: Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Sun Principe

San Francisco, CA

Ocean Beach, San Francisco. — Sun Principe

More: San Francisco beach day trip

Wrights Lake

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Suzanne Gladkoff Stephen

Wrights Lake, CA

Wrights Lake in the Eldorado National Forest, Southwest of Lake Tahoe. — Suzanne Gladkoff Stephen 

More: California's best campgrounds

Ophir Pass

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Justin Thor Simenson

Southern Colorado

The Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado. — Justin Thor Simenson

Butchart Gardens

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Claudia Murray

Victoria, B.C.

Looking down on The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C. April 2010. — Claudia Murray

Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Doug DaSilva

Vancouver, B.C.

Window display on Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. — Doug DaSilva

More: Where to eat and stay in Vancouver

Wow spots: Humboldt State Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jaye Finley

Humboldt State Park, CA

Overlook from the Seven Bridges Trail, Humboldt State Park, CA. — Jaye Finley

Wow spots: Yosemite Falls

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jayne Locas

Yosemite, CA

Yosemite Falls: A favorite sight in Yosemite National Park. — Janye Locas

More: Your guide to Yosemite

Wow spots: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Mary Ann Kendall

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, CA

A meadow of native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. — Mary Anne Kendall

More: Things to do in Santa Barbara

Rhododendrons on US 101, near Hug Point State Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Ray Wyatt

Northern Oregon

Rhododendrons on US 101, near Hug Point State Park on the North Oregon coast. — Ray Wyatt

More: 3 days in Cannon Beach

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep at Heller Bar Lodge on the Snake River of Hells Canyon.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Jill Koch

Asotin, WA

A Rocky Mountain big horn sheep wandered into my Hells Canyon Kitchen at Heller Bar Lodge on the Snake River of Hells Canyon on July 13, 2010. — Jill Koch

Wow spots: Lassen National Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Marc Svenby

Lassen National Park, CA

Juniper Lake, Lassen National Park. A shot very similar to Sunset's May 2010 magazine cover. — Marc Svenby

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Wow spots: Seven Sacred Pools, Hana, Maui

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Michell Eblin

Maui, HI

Seven Sacred Pools at Haleakala National Park, Hana, Maui. — Michell Eblin

More: Insider's guide to Maui

 

La Jolla Shores, just as the sun melted into the sea. Our daughter is making her own footprints in the sand.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Peggy Jackson Dale

La Jolla Shores, CA

La Jolla Shores, just as the sun melted into the sea. Our daughter is making her own footprints in the sand. — Peggy Jackson Dale

Yosemite National Park

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Kathy Montgomery

Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite, above Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Gorgeous day hike on day off from our volunteer work week in the Valley. — Kathy Montgomery

More: Your guide to Yosemite

 

Grand Canyon, AZ

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Kathy Montgomery

Grand Canyon, AZ

View from a Grand Canyon hike. — Kathy Montgomery

More: Your guide to the Grand Canyon

 

Routt National Forest

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Rick Kornegay

Routt National Forest, WY

Routt National Forest, west of Centennial, WY, in the summer of 2009. — Rick Kornegay

Morro Rock, Morro Bay California on a misty morning...

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Nicole Bunink

Morro Rock, CA

A morning mist hides the top of Morro Rock at Morro Bay, California. — Nicole Bunink

Wow spots: Grand Tetons, WY

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Viki Colby Nickels

Grand Tetons, WY

Reflection of a cloud-capped peak at the Grand Tetons, WY, September 2007. — Viki Colby Nickels

More: Your guide to the Grand Tetons

Our favorite place. Depoe Bay, early in the morning. This returning charterboat illustrates just how narrow the bay entrance is. Picture taken from the deck of our B&B.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Liz Burnside

Depoe Bay, OR

Our favorite place, Depoe Bay, early in the morning. This returning charterboat illustrates just how narrow the bay entrance is. Picture taken from the deck of our B&B. — Liz Burnside

More: 10 hideaways by the sea

Mt. Rainier sunrise

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Kate Steward James

Mt. Rainier, WA

View of a Mt. Rainier sunrise from my deck. — Kate Steward James

More: 19 top Northwest campgrounds

Wow spots: Avalon, Catalina Island, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Viki Colby Nickels

Avalon, Catalina Island, CA

Our honeymoon cruise to Avalon, on Catalina Island. — Viki Colby Nickels

More: Top 10 hideaways by the sea

Wow spots: Swan Valley, Idaho

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Brenda Price

Swan Valley, ID

Trail beside Palisades Creek, Swan Valley, ID. — Brenda Price

Near Healdsburg, CA: Grapes just hanging out in late summer.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Wendy VanHatten

Healdsburg, CA

Near Healdsburg, CA: Grapes just hanging out in late summer. — Wendy VanHatten

Amphitheater Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Elizabeth Evans

Sequoia National Park, CA

Amphitheater Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA. — Elizabeth Evans

More: Sequoia Park Guide

Wow: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Ray Elicone

Big Sur, CA

Annual trip to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. — Ray Elicone

Sunset over Montery Bay last summer.

Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Lorraine Jones

Monterey Bay, CA

Sunset over Monterey Bay, summer 2009. The end of a beautiful day. — Lorraine Jones

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