The Grand Canyon is a must. This canyon is a real eye-opener when you first see it. The climate is very good. If you visit the gorge in early spring, you can experience a winter climate and a desert climate. The Grand Canyon gives you the cold of winter and yet the warm, dry climate of the desert. Of course this requires physical activity. You'll need to hike on one of the many canyon trails to experience the desert climate. But the hike will be worth it. The best hike is the ascent to the plateau. I've done. When you reach that point, you get about two–Third to the Colorado River. When you arrive there, you will be in a warm desert climate.
White Sands National Monument
This is a very nice place to visit. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by pure white sand dunes. Some of these sand dunes are as tall as three-story buildings. They seem to go for miles. When the sand dunes end there is desert pavement. Here are some of the space shuttles landed. Here is the White Sands Space Harbor
The city of Alamogordo is nearby. According to recent estimates, this city has over 30,000 inhabitants. It is located in the Tularosa basin of the Chihuahuan Desert. Alamogordo and is known for its association with Trinity Test Site. The first atomic bomb was blown up on the Trinity test site. This was a split bomb. This type of bomb was once dropped on Japan.
The Air Force Base, which handles the landings of the Space Shuttle, is the Holloman Air Force Base. The White Sands National Monument is located next to the San Andres Mountains to the west. The Sacramento Mountains are to the east.
Serria Nevadas and the General Sherman Tree
The Serria Nevadas are a chain of mountains that exist in central California. These mountains contain the highest mountain of the lower 48 stars. This peak is 14505 m high and is called Mount Whitney. This is an excellent climb, but it will take two days.
In these mountains is also the largest tree on earth. This would be the General Sherman Tree. This is considered the largest giant sequoia in the grove. This tree is 274 feet high and its perimeter near the ground is over 100 feet.
If you want to visit these sites, you need a good map and knowledge of the environment. This is especially true for hikes in the area. Check the Internet for information to find out what you need for a successful trip.