Mother Nature, from the magical desert plateau to the forested river valleys and the narrower barrier islands, wasn’t shy to America for her work. She can even be particularly tough when it comes to handing out American landscapes.
The natural beauty found in all 50 states is so vast and overwhelming that it is not unheard of, but almost impossible to understand. This is a completely subjective list of the most beautiful places in the United States by state.
Alabama: Magnolia Springs
Mail is delivered to a small coastal town along the Magnolia River by boat, the country’s last year-round river mail delivery. Built in the late 1700s, the city’s name comes from natural treasures such as fountains and shaded magnolias.
Alaska: Wrangel-St. Elias National Park and Reserve
Few states stir the imagination of the general public as much as Alaska. And 13 million acres of Langer-cent. Elias (the largest national park in the United States) combines the incredible beauty of the Far North. The hike here will take you through the northern forests, past the sparkling glaciers (the route glacier trails pass through the ice packs, crampons are recommended) and to the top with views of the wild mountains. The country in this park.
Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park Tour
What can you say? The most beautiful place in Arizona is the Grand Canyon. From the enchanting emerald cove to the sacred Canyon Deschais, every corner of the state has incredible natural beauty, but no match for the majesty of Arizona’s greatest charm.
Among the natural wonders of this world, Havasu Falls (or Spy Falls) faces red rocks with seemingly stunning turquoise water, and Horseshoe Bend’s Colorado River Arch is a must-see.
Arkansas: Ozark National Forest
The Ozark-St. National Forest, which controls northwestern Arkansas, is a year-round sanctuary with lots to do. The fern and hickory forests are dotted with caves (the Blanchard Springs caves have underground rivers), caves, beaches, campgrounds, horse riding and quad bike trails. Whitaker Point and Sam’s Throne are popular destinations for hikers and climbers.
California: Yosemite National Park
The third oldest park in the country occupies a high position in the UNESCO National Park System and the wish list of travelers around the world. The Alpine Wonderland is visited by millions of visitors annually to see the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, dotted with granite domes, towering redwoods and falling waterfalls.
Hike or drive to Glacier Point to see the 7,000-foot Yosemite Valley. The million-dollar panorama includes Yosemite Falls and the famous Half Dome, towering very close to the 4,800-foot valley floor.
Colorado: Garden of the Gods
Anyone who has any interest in geology (or photography, or the splendor of nature in general) can be speechless by the Garden of the Gods. Two tips: Visit the towering sandstone layers on weekday mornings to avoid congestion and hike the Siamese Twin Loop to see the snow-capped Pikes Peak (America the Beautiful inspiration) surrounded by red rocks. Please try.
Connecticut: Connecticut Coast
If you close your eyes and try to imagine the perfect New England seaside town, you’re probably not far from Old Lyme, Mystic, Old Say brook, and other Connecticut seaside towns. The small town along Long Island Sound combines the beauty of a tranquil coast with the charm of the Old World (think whitewashed hotels and cozy taverns).
Delaware: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
You don’t have to be an avid ornithologist to take care of this reserve. It is one of the largest remaining swamps and salt marshes in this region of the United States and is home to bald eagles, egrets, great blue herons, and other wading birds and animals.
Florida: Everglades National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, this 1.5 million acre aquatic wilderness is home to unusual flora and fauna, including American crocodiles, manatees, otters and charadrii. To see it, take an airboat ride, canoe or kayak through the mangrove swamps, bike along the popular Shark Valley Tramway, or follow the flat Anhinga Trail through kelp swamps.
Georgia: Cumberland Island
It’s hard to imagine a better place for peace seekers, bird watchers and even history buffs than car-free Cumberland Island. The Barrier Island, Georgia development is limited to the prestigious Gray field Inn, and the rest is about 10,000 acres of protected Parliamentary Wilderness. When you’re not strolling the driftwood beaches, you can kayak down the quiet canals to stop at the Guild-era Dinginess ruins.
Hawaii: Na Pail Coast
The wrinkles of the earth are perfectly visible along the coast of Na Pali in Kauai. Here a rock with steep moats (Paris) plunges into the Pacific Ocean. The only overland access is the brutal 11-mile Kalawao Trail, which follows jagged jade canyons and coastal valleys. The first two miles are a popular day hike. Also, permission is required. Although considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the world, helicopter tours are another way to see the exquisite terrain.
Idaho: Saw tooth National Forest
Four mountain ranges and four major rivers collide on 2.1 million acres of natural paradise, in the Sotut National Forest. The landscape of this paradise has not changed much since Lewis and Clark explored it in 1805. This forest has dozens of mountains over 3,000 meters high. Hundreds of shimmering alpine lakes, over 3,000 miles of spouting streams, grassy meadows, sagebrush plains, pine and aspen forests. Exploration methods are as extensive as the land itself, and include hiking, rafting, skiing, and mountain climbing.
Illinois: Cache River State Nature Reserve
You might think you’re at the bottom of Bayou, Louisiana, in that Bald Cypress and Tupelo wetlands. This type of wetland is the northernmost part of the United States. Explore approximately 12,000 acres of wetlands by kayak, canoe, or hike the park’s trails and sidewalks. Some of the cypress trees you will see are over 1000 years old and have a massive base over 12 meters in diameter.
Indiana: Hemrock Cliff
To begin with, Indiana is full of surprises. There are covered bridges and country roads in Vermont, dunes and lakeshores in Michigan, and foliage for the Smokey. This Box Canyon in the Houser National Forest is a beautiful place full of canyons and waterfalls, probably unrelated to the Heartland.
Iowa: Mako Kita Caves State Park
Avid explorers will be your element at Maquoketa Cave State Park. Rocky cliffs, miles of trails and over 12 limestone caves await you there. Some caves, such as the 800-foot ballroom, allow you to walk straight ahead, while others require serious cave exploration. In any case, take your headlights with you.
Kansas: Castle Rock Badlands
This quirky site is off the beaten path — literally. Located on private ranch land accessed by 4WD-demanding dirt roads, Castle Rock is a relic of an inland sea that once covered this part of the continent. The fragile, fossil-rich limestone pinnacles provide a near-shocking change of scenery from their Kansas prairie home.