Arches National Park, UT
Delicate Arch Trail, Devil's Garden Trail (to Double O Arch), Balanced Rock Loop
Arches was instantly another favorite. The mixture of red rock, sage brush, and bright blue skies made even the drive spectacular (I admittedly pulled over a lot.)
When I first arrived at the park, I headed to the Delicate Arch trailhead, knowing it was popular and likely crowded. And I certainly had a lot of company on the trail. When I reached the arch, I settled down with a snack and waited for the line of visitors to clear out from under the arch so I could snag a photograph without any strangers in frame. That turned out to be a futile exercise and after 30 minutes, ultimately resorted to shouting my plea for just 10 human-free seconds. Thankfully it worked.
In the afternoon I opted to hike the Devil's Garden Trail out to Double O Arch. Past Landscape Arch, the trail becomes primitive and more difficult to navigate, but the views and more solitary setting made it well worth the scramble. Partition Arch (below) was especially beautiful, with incredible views through the rock to the rest of the park.