I’m a sucker for a national park. They’re a great way to get outside and experience nature without really “roughing it”. Sure, they can be crowded, but if you take a few minutes and are down to hike a bit, there are always spots you can get away from the pushing and shoving tourists and screaming children for a little peace and quiet. The Great Sand Dunes is absolutely PERFECT for this, and is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to in my life. I kept forgetting that I was still in Colorado instead of somewhere in the Middle East, because you just don’t expect to find miles and miles of sand dunes amongst the mountains.