That's such a good idea Ian!! And I know some lovely, out of the way areas!
We have a most remarkable desert here. It's said that if you visit late at night, you are highly likely to see a UFO! Of course, as wonderful as this desert is, I have no interest in visiting during high summer LOL!!! I'm a winter-time desert visitor.
Though we do have some lovely and amazing forests only about an hour from my home. I love going there year around - mostly for the wonderful mexican food restaurant and metaphysical store that are in that peaceful mountain community
Oh yeah, and for the forest too