When I learned there was a place on this earth where there has been almost no measurable rainfall...ever...my curiosity was piqued, and I booked a trip to this extraordinary place -- the Atacama desert in northern Chile.
In the season of the midnight sun, the light is both ethereal and intense, and touring Iceland is an absolute adventure. Those of us who live here sometimes need to be reminded that people come from far and wide to see things we take for granted.
I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.