Driving both highways 14 and 14A. 14 is lush and green with big rolling hills and mountains, and 14A drops from that into giant canyons and desert. You think the views can’t get any better and then there’s an even more jaw-dropping one around the next bend.
Zero crowds! Almost no people on the roads and on the trails. It was very easy to get away and completely surround ourselves with nature.
Dog-friendly! We took Honey and Barley hiking with us every time and they, of course, had a blast smelling all the new smells, going nuts over wildlife (moose! deer! ground squirrels!), and running through the unavoidable mud. Sidenote: we still need real hiking boots.