If you've ever wanted to feel like you're exploring the grounds of Hogwarts in Harry Potter, this picturesque grove of ancient trees is the perfect place to visit. Wheeler Peak Grove in Nevada is home to Bristlecone pines that date back 3,000 years. They are some of the oldest living trees on Earth, and their spiraled shapes will make you believe in magic and all things spooky.

Just like the Whomping Willow from Hogwarts, these trees' wild, spiraled shapes look like something from the Dark Forest (minus the bad temper).

Located in Great Basin National Park in Nevada, the Bristlecone trees are ancient giants formed by harsh environments and strong winds. These elements are what give them their incredible twisted shape.

You can hike through Wheeler Peak Grove to get to this ancient thicket of pines, and admire the natural spiraling shapes while feeling like you've been transported right to the Hogwart's campus.

The hike is only about 1.5 miles one way and is considered a moderate climb.  

We've all wanted to know what it's like to live in the magical world, and these trees will make you feel like you're one step away from running into a hippogriff or a unicorn.

You can stand underneath these pines and snap some epic photos that will make it look like you've stepped straight into your own storybook adventure.

Though it is not still standing in the area, one tree from Wheeler Peak was estimated to have reached almost 5,000 years old!

The dream-like forest will remind you of something straight from J.K. Rowling's imagination, with maybe a dash of Tim Burton.

It is wild to imagine you can stand beneath a tree thousands of years old, that's just a day trip away from Las Vegas.

If you're a Harry Potter buff like us, or if you just want a bit of a stunning adventure in a dreamy, ancient forest, you won't want to miss this hike.

Now, if only we could swing into the Three Broomsticks for a Butterbeer after our journey, we would be in heaven.

Wheeler Peak Grove

Price: Free

Address: 100 Great Basin National Park, Ely, NV

Why You Need To Go: You can visit these 3,000-year-old trees that look like something straight out of Harry Potter.


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