Whether you’re a model looking for your next best dramatic portrait, a tourist seeking a glimpse of one of the world’s only gypsum deposits, or a local just looking to keep your feet cool in the summer heat, White Sands is there for you. It’s accessible by car for the tired, foot for the meditative, and bicycle for the adventurous. Friendly park rangers offer a variety of tours too! Think full moon bike rides, sunrise photography sessions, sunset strolls and Lake Lucero tours. Just remember to wear sunscreen to keep from getting burned where you least expect. Bring a selfie stick or lots of friends, and you’re sure to have fun. 19955 Highway 70, West Alamogordo, NM 88310, 575-479-6124, nps.gov/whsa

Runner-up: Franklin Mountains State Park, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd., 915-566-6441

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