Getaway idea: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Located in southern Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is described as a "weird and scenic landscape" of lava resulting from volcanic eruptions over the past 15,000 years.
Visitors can explore the park on a ranger-guided walk or on their own.
The visitor center offers informative exhibits and films as well as an opportunity to talk to staff about the best way to use your time while visiting the preserve.
The seven-mile loop road provides unequaled opportunities to explore Craters of the Moon, including access to trails that take you over, under and around various volcanic features.
Various hiking trails range in difficulty and distance so visitors can always find one suited to their needs.
The entrance fee is $8 per vehicle. Campsites along the lava formations are available on a first come, first served basis and cost $10 per night.
This destination comes from the National Park Getaways series, which helps people find new places to reconnect with nature, history, family and friends.
Each Wednesday, the National Park Service posts a new getaway idea on its website, nps.gov/getaways. There's a new park idea every week and most of the activities listed are free, so they're good, budget-friendly vacation options.