- Terrific timber Be mesmerized by the clusters of petrified (fossilized) wood. The trees look like they're made of colorful stone.
- Route 66 kicks Put the top down on the Chevrolet. A section of the fabled road is preserved in the park, the only section of the highway protected in a national park.
- Triassic treasures Find an oasis of water in the desert, or at least evidence that it once existed. Clam fossils in the park indicate that waterways once prevailed where sand, stone, and trees now define the land.
- Corps creations Say thanks to FDR. The Painted Desert Inn, a National Historic Landmark, was modernized by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the throes of the Great Depression. The recently renovated building is now a museum and bookstore.
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
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