The 13 most beautiful places in the US

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America is packed with beautiful places to explore from north to south and east to west. The most beautiful places in the US include huge waterfalls, majestic rock formations and deep canyons. Continue reading to see the most beautiful places in America listed.

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1. Niagara falls, NY

A must on the list with the most beautiful places in America and a dream to many to experience is Niagara Falls. On the border between the US and Canada you find the waterfall with the highest flow rate of all the waterfalls on the continent. Every minute millions of cubic feet of water crash down into Niagara Gorge.

Misty Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, New York/Ontario.

2. Antelope Canyon, AZ

Year after year Antelope Canyon was a well-kept secret in Arizona. Today, not so much any longer. Millions of people visit the unique canyon each year. Its canyon walls are wavy and if you’re lucky and visit during the right time of the year you might even get to see a light beam. However, with or without the light beams Antelope Canyon is regarded as one of the most photogenic places in the US.

Antelope Canyon light beam
Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

3. Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park is included in most collections with beautiful places in USA. The park is bigger than a small state and full of things to discover and reasons to visit Yellowstone. It’s estimated that about 60% of the world’s hot springs and geysers are inside the park. In particular Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is colorful like something from out of this world.

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

4. Everglades, FL

The enormous wetland of Everglades spans around two million acres in Florida. A good way to grasp the vast area and to see alligators in Everglades is to take an airboat tour. Just make sure that you take precautions to not end up on a dinner plate somewhere in the huge swamp.

Alligators in the Everglades
Everglades, Florida.

5. Monument Valley, AZ/UT

If you have seen the classic movie Forrest Gump you know what Monument Valley is all about. The huge rock formations on the red valley floor on the border between Arizona and Utah are stunning. Monument Valley is the ultimate road trip destination and one of the most amazing places to drive in the US. And when you visit you can even stay at Monument Valley hotels with park view.

Monument valley of the cross country road trip
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.

6. Mammoth Cave, KY

Underground in Kentucky you find the longest known cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave. The explored passageways in the cave are more than 400 miles (640 km) long. Still, there is much more of the Kentucky giant yet to be explored. The huge cave is nothing less than impressive and the darkest place on the list with the most beautiful places in the US.

The Bridal Alter in Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.

7. Grand Canyon, AZ

One of the most famous wonders of America and the world is the Grand Canyon. It has been carved out by the Colorado River and that it’s grand is an understatement. Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and has a max depth of more than a mile (1847 m). The spectacular overlooks in the park offer some of the very best scenery in USA. To make a visit extra memorable there are places to stay in Grand Canyon National Park right on the rim.

Grand Canyon overlook
Grand Canyon, Arizona.

8. Zion National Park, UT

Zion National Park is not only the oldest national park in Utah, but also one of the most amazing pieces of nature there is to visit in America. The characteristic cream, pink and red sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park are beautifully contrasted by evergreen plants. The mix of colors makes Zion one of the prettiest places in the US.

Overlook in Zion NP
Zion National Park, Utah.

9. Shoshone Falls, ID

Just outside Twin Falls in Idaho you find Shoshone Falls. The waterfall is often forgotten as people tend to rate Niagara Falls higher. And it’s true that Shoshone Falls doesn’t have the same impressive flow rate as the world-famous Niagara Falls. But in fact, Shoshone Falls is higher than Niagara. Shoshone is roughly 40 feet (12 m) higher than Niagara Falls and a beautiful place in the US to visit.

Shoeshone Falls stop of road trip route
Shoshone Falls, Idaho.

10. Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Horseshoe Bend is located in Arizona very close to Antelope Canyon. From the overlook at Horseshoe Bend it’s about a drop of a thousand feet (300 m) down to Colorado River. The red cliffs and blue or green water go so well together and create a magnificent view.

Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona.

11. Badlands National Park, SD

The area of Badlands National Park was for a long time called “bad land” for its rough terrain. Nowadays, Badlands National Park is mostly associated with the interesting rock formations in the park. Badlands National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the US and it offers a different kind of beauty than many other spots on the list.

Huge rock formation in the Badlands.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

12. White Sands National Park, NM

In the deserts of New Mexico, White Sands National Park amazes visitors from near and far. The enormous white sand dunes spread out over around 275 square miles (712 square kilometres) and the park is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in the US. White Sands is a huge distance away from the ocean, but the area was a seabed in a distant time.

White sand dunes stop on road trip
White Sands National Park, New Mexico.

13. Acadia National Park, ME

The Atlantic coast with its wild beauty is awe-inspiring. And some of the most spectacular parts of the Atlantic coast you find in Acadia National Park in the New England state Maine. From the summit of Cadillac Mountain you’re also one of the first in the US to see the sunrise. So when you visit Acadia you not only get to see one of the most beautiful places in the US but you’re also in for a head start.

View from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine.

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