The 13 most beautiful places in the US

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The 13 most beautiful places in the US

The United States is packed with impressive things to see. Here the most beautiful places in the US are listed.

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1. Niagara falls

A dream to many is to get to see Niagara Falls. Located at 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
The adoreable Niagara Falls.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Niagara Falls >>

2. Antelope Canyon

Year after year Antelope Canyon was a well-kept secret in Arizona. Today, not so much. Millions of people visit the unique canyon each year. To enter you need to be with a guide so make sure that you book in advance to not miss out on one of the most visually stunning experiences there is.

Antelope Canyon light beam
The beams appear only when the sun is high on the sky.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Antelope Canyon, Arizona >>

3. Yellowstone National Park

Of course Yellowstone National Park needs to be on the list with the most beautiful places in the US. Yellowstone is bigger than a small state and full of things to discover. And it’s estimated that about 60% of the world’s hot springs and geysers are inside the park. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is colorful like something from out of this world.

The Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring shows off its bright colors.

Read more: Reasons to visit Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming >>

4. Everglades

This enormous wetland of Everglades spans around two million acres in Florida. A good way to grasp the vast areas is to take an airboat tour. The most famous and most dangerous inhabitant in Everglades is the alligator. Make sure that you take precautions to not end up on a dinner plate in Everglades!

Alligators in the Everglades
Gators of the Everglades.

Read more: The best ways to see alligators in the Everglades >>

5. Monument Valley

If you have seen the movie classic 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 simply stunning. They almost make you think you have traveled to a different planet.

Monument valley of the cross country road trip
Monument Valley, the last stop of this section.

6. Mammoth Cave

Underground in Kentucky you find the longest known cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave. The explored passageways are more than 400 miles (640 km) long. Still, there is much more of the Kentucky giant yet to be explored.

The Bridal Alter in Mammoth Cave
The beautiful cave formation in Mammoth Cave called the Bridal Alter.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Mammoth Cave, Kentucky >>

7. Grand Canyon

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 its length of 277 miles (446 km), width of up to 18 miles (29 km) and depth of more than a mile (1847 m) is nothing less than impressive.

Grand Canyon overlook
Majestic overlook at Grand Canyon.

Read more: Where to stay near Grand Canyon >>

8. Zion National Park

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

Overlook in Zion NP
Overlook in Zion NP

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Zion National Park, Utah >>

9. Shoshone Falls

Just outside Twin Falls in Idaho you find Shoshone Falls. It doesn’t have the same impressive flow rate as the world famous Niagara Falls. But the truth is that Shoshone Falls is higher than Niagara. Shoshone is roughly 40 feet (12 m) higher than Niagara Falls!

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

10. Horseshoe Bend

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 go so well together and create a magnificent view.

Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
Horseshoe Bend in Arizona.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Horseshoe Bend, Arizona >>

11. Badlands National Park

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 beautiful rock formations in the park.

Huge rock formation in the Badlands.
Huge rock formations in the Badlands.

Read more: Visiting the Badlands National Park in South Dakota >>

12. White Sands National Park

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). White Sands is a huge distance away from the ocean, but this was a seabed in a distant time.

White sand dunes stop on road trip
Endless dunes in White Sands National Park.