The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in the USA
What are the most beautiful places in the US? We’ve gathered data from several websites (including our own) to determine the top destinations in the US. Here they are:
San Francisco, California
San Francisco was ranked in the top 50 “most beautiful cities in the world” by Flight network. Highlights include Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sea lions.
Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
Oneonta Gorge in Oregon was deemed by more than one travel website to be the home of one of the country’s 11 top “spectacular waterfalls” that travelers should see before they die.
Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
Construction on the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie began in 1837 and ended in 1839. It’s named after the now-famous 800 feet of oak trees that go back beyond the groundbreaking.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
TripAdvisor once named this beach “the best” in the nation. The beach has a relaxing environment and is praised for its calm ocean waves and clean white sand.
Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
Clear your calendar in April or you might miss the Tulip Festival hosted in Skagit Valley. People from across the globe travel here to see the tulips bloom.
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
This park is home to bears, moose, mountain goats, and even whales. But you won’t see them in your car. All but Exit Glacier is only accessible by boat or foot.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Over 3 million people visit this park every year. There are seven mountain peaks over 1000 feet and 158 miles of trails to hike.
Insider deemed this Boulder to be one of the country’s prettiest cities. Check out charming Pearl Street and check out the view of the famous Rocky Mountains too
Charleston, South Carolina
Travel website readers voted Charleston to be the country’s “Best Small City” several times. It’s praised for the beautiful outdoor recreational areas and colorful houses too.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Here at the popular White Sands National Monument, you will find 275 miles worth of gleaming gypsum sand. It’s the world’s officially largest gypsum dune field.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Also known as “The American Spa”, the water in this national park is as hot as 143 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s plenty of hiking trails here too.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
The colorful Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the best things about Yellowstone National Park in Teton County. The bacteria-colored water comes from 121 feet beneath the surface.
The Pacific Coast Highway, California
The PCH offers one of the country’s most popular scenic drives. Enjoy the cliff-side ocean views. Stop to see the redwood forests and Golden Gate Bridge along too.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Here you in the famous “Grand Canyon of the Midwest”, you will discover 244,000 acres of fossil beds and rock formations to explore.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is said by those in the know to be a “storybook town.” It comes complete with coastal pathways, huge mansions, and charming cottages to boot.
The Wave, Arizona
Located in Coyote Buttes North, The Wave is so fragile that today the authorities now only allow 20 people to visit it each day.
Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada
Famous Lake Tahoe is the United State’s second-deepest lake. Scuba divers praise it for its crystal clear blue water.
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri
This place is ensconced in the St. Francois Mountains. The “shut-ins” are igneous rocks and mild river rapids resulting from ancient volcanic activity.
The Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
This innovative museum was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. It includes 90-foot ceilings in its Windhover Hall and wings that open two times daily.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Situated in the Rocky Mountains close to the Canadian border, Insider has named it Montana’s “most beautiful vacation spot.” It’s also a World Heritage Site.
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, West Virginia
Sources consider this palace the most beautiful structure in West Virginia. Located in New Vrindaban, “America’s Taj Mahal” is decorated with 22-karat gold leaf.
Arches National Park, Utah
There are more than 2,000 natural stone arches here. The largest arch spans 306 feet. It is visited by more than one million people annually.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Visit this park on the “Big Island” if you’d like to get close to active, lava-filled volcanoes. Go on a guided hike or take a boat tour.
Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Feeling academic? Visit Wellesley College in Wellesley. The 500-acre campus includes a beauteous private lake and is said to be one of the country’s most beautiful campuses.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“The Met” garnered a Travelers’ Choice Award for “best museum.” It’s praised for its noteworthy collections of architecture, armor, art, furniture and even music.
Niagara Falls, New York
Opened in 1885 in Buffalo, this is the nation’s oldest state park. This world-famous waterfall flows with over 700,000 gallons of water every single second.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
One of the official Seven Wonders of the World, the world-famous Grand Canyon is roughly 70 million years old. It spans a distance of 277 miles.
Tallgrass Prairie Natural Reserve, Kansas
This 10,894-acre reserve is the only US park specifically dedicated to preserving the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Here you’ll discover flowers, trees, and wide, open spaces.
Thor’s Well, Oregon
Here in Yachats, Thor’s Well fills with water during high tide. The water then sprays out and drains back in again in a nearly-mesmerizing natural water show.
Central Park, New York
Central Park is a world-famous green oasis amidst all the skyscrapers of one of the busiest cities in the world. It stretches across 843 acres.
Willis Tower, Illinois
Stand atop this towering 110-story skyscraper and take in the incredible panoramic view of Chicago and Lake Michigan too. 1.5 million tourists visit this building annually.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
This is the country’s “most-visited national park.” Be sure to visit when the fireflies mate and you will witness a memorable natural light show.
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