Harsh weather throughout Nebraska has made conditions along the Platte river between Grand Island and Kearney less than ideal for both cranes and humans who flock to see them.
Joshua Tree National Park is particularly striking in Spring when many of the succulents are in bloom and the weather is cool. Unless you are a music concert fan, I would stay well away from the park and surrounding area in mid April during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
From Optimist Park on the bank of the Missouri River to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, these are a few of my favorite places.
Anyone who grew up watching John Ford and John Wayne westerns will find the sights of Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, and Southwest Utah familiar.