Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
You don't need a reason to visit one of Earth's most dramatic landscapes. Bryce Canyon is the result of millions of years of water and wind erosion creating a natural 'amphitheatre' of hoodoos - gravity-defying limestone pillars that pierce the sky. It's the perfect place to escape big city life, get some fresh air and put things in perspective.
When to go
Visit October to March and you may have entire trails to yourself. While traditionally thought of as a summer destination, winter in Bryce Canyon presents endless opportunities to go snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. If you are adverse to the cold, then definitely visit in the spring and summer when you can fish and hike, just don't go in the middle of summer, it's far too hot and crowded.
Who to take with you
It could be an interesting mother/father/daughter/son bonding trip.
Most likely to bump into...
Inspiration Point for the iconic view of Bryce Canyon and a night hike (opt for a guide unless you're feeling very brave).
An essential you need to bring with you
A tent. While you can stay in hotels or motels nearby, make sure you camp out under the stars at least one night. Bryce Canyon is one of best places in the United States for stargazing and has unmissable sunsets and sunrises.
How to get there
Fly to Salt Lake City or Las Vegas, from which it is about a four-hour but very scenic drive.