These are the most stunning locations in the United States, from majestic deserts to gorgeous beaches.
Mother Nature wasn’t modest when it came to America, where her creations include ethereal barrier islands, wooded river valleys, and stunning desert mesas. One could argue that she was overly generous when it came to American scenery.
The natural beauty of the 50 states is so vast and overwhelming that it is virtually impossible to comprehend. This is a completely subjective list of the most beautiful places in the United States, ranked by state.
Mail is delivered by boat in this small coastal village on the Magnolia River. The city’s history dates back to the late 18th century and is named after its natural treasures.
Bubbling springs and shaded canopies of magnolia trees.
Few states capture the imagination quite like Alaska. And the 13-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the United States, boasts the awe-inspiring beauty of the Arctic. Hikes here take you through boreal forest and along glistening glaciers (the Route Glacier Trail goes straight to ice floes; crampons are recommended). Climb the ridge for wild mountain views. The park has some of the tallest peaks in the country.
What else can we say The Grand Canyon is Arizona’s most picturesque location. You can find pristine natural beauty in every corner of the state, from enchanting Emerald Cove to the sacred Canyon des Heis Shelley, but nothing matches the majesty of Arizona’s flagship.
Among the natural wonders of this world, Havasu Falls (or Spy Falls) contrasts seemingly incredible turquoise water with red rocks, and the arc of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend is a must-see.
Dominated by northwest Arkansas, the Ozark National Forest is a year-round destination. Lush oak and hickory forests are dotted with caves (tourable Blanchard Springs Caverns has an underground river), caves, beaches, campgrounds, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Whitaker Point and Sam’s Sloan are popular with hikers and climbers.
The country’s third-oldest park occupies a prominent place in the national park system, UNESCO, and on travelers’ wish lists around the world. The Alpine Wonderland attracts millions of visitors each year to see the high-altitude beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, characterized by granite domes, towering sequoias, and steep waterfalls.
Hike or drive to Glacier Point to see Yosemite Valley from 7,000 feet. The million-dollar panorama includes Yosemite Falls and the famous Half Dome. These are surprisingly close, capturing non-vertical slopes above the valley floor from a height of 4,800 feet.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, this 1.5 million hectares of water-rich wilderness is home to extraordinary flora and fauna, including American alligators, manatees, otters, and shorebirds. inhabited. To see it, take an airboat tour, paddle a canoe or kayak through the mangroves, bike the popular Shark Valley Tram Road, or hit the flat Anhinga Trail through seagrass marshes.