• 23:29

    Mark Twain made this Gold Rush town famous with his 1865 short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” but the county’s treasures were discovered long before that. Join Simon as he seeks out this region’s “perfect places,” and basks in its awesome scenery. Marvel at Big Trees State Park, experience the thrills, chills,

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  • 3:25

    Named for the barometric winds that can be distinctly heard at Wind Cave’s entrance, Wind Cave National Park is one of America’s oldest parks. Above ground, bison, elk, and other local wildlife roam the prairie grasslands and forested hillsides, but below ground exists the subterranean depths and passages of Wind Cave, one of the longest

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  • 5:18

    Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the world’s longest-known labyrinthian cave system known as Mammoth Cave, a part of the Green River Valley, and a stretch of picturesque country in south-central Kentucky.

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  • 5:54

    Above ground, the Chihuahuan Desert offers visitors a unique glimpse into the past as they witness ancient sea ledges that have been left exposed to the world. The desert landscape also offers great hiking opportunities through deep, rocky canyons. Hidden beneath the surface of the desert, however, exist more than 119 caves, a variety of

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  • 4:41

    From rugged Wheeler Peak to the peaceful foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place where you can rest your spirit in the solitude of the wilderness while strolling through forests of ancient pines, relaxing under star-glinted night skies, or exploring mysterious subterranean passages.

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