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5 US Travel Destinations that will Take Your Breath Away

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Jun 10, 2022 01:07 PM EDT

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The United States is home to some of the world's most beautiful places. Besides, it won't be called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Of course, there are many other beautiful places worldwide, but the US also has its fair share of breathtaking destinations. From the rugged wilderness of Alaska to the vast and varied landscapes of Montana and the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona, these are the most stunning places in the US that you have to see to believe.

1. Alaska

Alaska is remarkably beautiful in so many ways. It offers many fascinating things for visitors to see and do. There are rivers to raft, mountains to climb, and several interesting wildlife to photograph. Indeed, the state offers a treasure trove of stunning features that you won't find anywhere else. 

Alaska's national parks are enormous and are scattered across the state, so choosing the right one to visit can be tricky. The Denali National Park is the most popular among them. Occupying six million acres of the Alaskan wilderness, it is home to wolves, caribou and bears. However, the stunning Denali mountain in the backdrop makes this park very popular. At 20,310 feet, this towering snowy peak is the tallest in North America.

The Thompson Pass, a 2,600-foot gap along the Chugach Mountains, is one of the prettiest places in Alaska. Aside from being the most stunning place in the state, it's also the snowiest. Visit during summer to enjoy its majestic views and hike the many scenic trails surrounding it.

2. North Carolina 

North Carolina has many picturesque spots, from the idyllic beaches in the east to the gorgeous mountains in the west. You will find beautiful vistas everywhere and a coastline that stretches for several miles. And the best way to experience all the stunning features of the state is to go glamping in North Carolina

In between glamping, take time to explore the great outdoors of North Carolina. Head to the Chimney Rock State Park, where you'll find a massive 315-foot granite rock. If you're in the mood to climb, venture to the top, and you'll be rewarded with unparalleled views of the Blue Ridge mountain. You can enjoy a 75-mile view in all directions from the top, including the Hickory Nut Gorge and the nearby Lake Lure. 

The Pisgah National Forest in Asheville is another picturesque place to see in North Carolina, especially for avid hikers. It encompasses more than 500,000 acres of land area and offers ample opportunities for scenic walks and other outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting. Some of the best spots to check out in the area are Mount Mitchell, Looking Glass Rock, and Mount Pisgah.

3. Montana 

Montana is definitely one of America's most beautiful states, a land of glorious mountains, charming ranch towns, and vast open prairies. Here, you'll be mesmerized by the Yellowstone's gushing geysers and dramatic canyons. You'll also be amazed at the stunning beauty of the limestone caves at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and the mysterious sounds that the Ringing Rocks produce. 

But the jewel in the state is the enormous Glacier National Park, a one-million-acre park where emerald lakes shine beautifully in the backdrop of snowcapped peaks. A true haven for hikers, the park has more than 700 miles of hiking trails weaving through wild alpine meadows, gushing streams, and evergreen forests. As you walk through the park, marvel in awe at the enormous glacier and spot mountain goats as you trek through the Grinnell Glacier. 

The American Prairie Reserve is another breathtaking site you shouldn't miss while in Montana. Located on the Great Plains of Montana, it's one of the most stunning spots in the state. Stretching towards the Missouri River, it's a conservation area dedicated to preserving the local wildlife, such as elk, deer, pronghorn, bison, bighorn sheep, and burrowing owls.

4. Kauai 

Kauai may not be as popular as the other Hawaiian islands, but it certainly is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever see in America. Boasting rugged mountains, dramatic sea cliffs, and beautiful beaches - it is a true paradise!

On the North Shore of Kauai, you'll find the most stunning landscapes, from white sand beaches to verdant valleys, lush jungles, and majestic waterfalls. The area is home to the towns of Kilauea, Hanalei, and Haena, including Princeville, an upscale community. North Shore would be a great base for your holiday in Kauai, given its magnificent scenery. If you want to stay in this area, you should seek out any of the ocean front North Shore Kauai rentals. Staying at these luxury rentals can make your vacation to Kauai even more relaxing.

Perhaps, the most stunning feature of the North Shore is the famous Na Pali Coast. At 17-miles long, the coast is lined with towering cliffs up to 3,000 feet tall, accented with cascading waterfalls and lush green valleys. Since the area cannot be accessed by car, you need to hike or go on a boat tour to explore this part of the island, which makes it even more interesting to visit.

5. Arizona 

Arizona boasts an abundance of diverse landscapes that will take your breath away! Given its amazing variety of scenic rivers, majestic canyons, towering peaks, and vast deserts, it's not a surprise why it's one of America's most beautiful states.

The world-renowned Grand Canyon is what makes Arizona very popular. The immense canyon gains the attention of millions of visitors worldwide for its incredible landscapes. It has a series of hiking trails and viewpoints along the South and North Rim, where you can admire its amazing panoramic views. The highlight is capturing the striking images of the canyon walls during sunset, which changes from orange to red. 

Of course, there's more to Arizona than the Grand Canyon. Here, you'll also find a stunning waterfall called the Havasu Falls. The Monument Valley is another interesting attraction to see, featuring dramatic rock formations and scenic dunes.

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