I think driving around and spending anywhere from a day to three days in one place makes the most sense: many years ago, I flew out to Boulder to check out their MBA program; I went for a hike on the second day and was toast after less than three miles. And that was when I was doing 6-10 mile hikes on the weekends back home.
I love your photos—you have a great eye. If there are local’s trails worth exploring I’m definitely interested.
Please and thank you 🙏