To create a Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America list is no easy feat. There are literally thousands of beautiful places but if you’re looking for a place to visit, this list is a great place to start.
We can’t include all of the information you should know about each place, but links are provided so you can further explore and plan a trip from the comfort of your home.
Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the United States. Originally called Niagara Reservation, it was established in 1885.
The park encompasses over 400 acres and 140 of those acres are under water. An excellent place for a family vacation, you’ll find many types of endangered bird species here as well as many species of rare plants.
You may think it odd to plan a visit to a cemetery but in this case, it’s worth the trip. Located in the beautiful town of Savannah, Bonaventure is dubbed the world’s most beautiful cemetery.
The cemetery began as Evergreen in 1846. It is 103 acres of history, moss laden trees and incredible statuary. Trip Advisor ranks the cemetery 4th in the list of places to see while in Savannah and if you visit at night, you might get lucky and receive a visit from a friendly spirit!
Kenai Fjords is where the ocean meets ice and mountains. The land is majestic and a trip here should definitely be on your bucket list.
This is a place for any and all who love the outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating and more are sure to keep you busy and happy. Visit their site to learn more about what to do, what to see and where to stay.
Washington and Idaho
You’ll find at The Palouse 4,000 square miles of hypnotic views. If you’re a photographer then don’t hesitate to visit this paradise. If agriculture is your interest, this is the place to go.
For a bit of fun, take the kids on a hunt for the Giant Earthworm! The winters are mild and the summers dry. There really is not a bad time to visit and partake of the history and scenery.
Bryce Canyon is home to the biggest collection of Hoodoos in the world! What are Hoodoos? They are oddly shaped pillars of rock left as a result of erosion. A must see! This attraction offers hiking, campsites, ranger programs, telescope stargazing, horseback riding and moonlit guided hikes.
There are activities for everyone in your family and with this beautiful canyon in the background, you’re guaranteed a restful and enjoyable time.
Open year-round, the Oneonta Gorge is the perfect spot for those who love to hike. There is no shortage of beauty and opportunity for exploration here. It should be noted this trip is best suited for those who are experienced hikers and/or in good health.
It’s not always an easy trek! It is beautiful though and if nature inspires you, there is no better place in the world to find inspiration.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Undergoing restoration to make the springs more accessible and pleasant for visitors, you’ll enjoy six miles of beautiful scenery. Here you’ll find the home of Mission de San Martin de Timucua, a Native American village built in 1608.
This location is full of history from the Civil War to phosphate mining to local traditions. If you are planning a trip here, consider tubing, picnics, swimming, snorkeling and camping while enjoying the local wildlife.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge is nearly 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep. Feel daring?
There is a swaying suspension bridge that floats 80 feet above the gorge floor. Want to hike? Take advantage of sunset hikes or gorge floor hikes. Into water? Go paddling at twilight or take a full moon ride. Plenty of camping room with many amenities, this is an excellent place to go for the pure enjoyment of nature.
Note that rock climbing is canceled during the Peregrine nesting season so be sure to check their website before planning a trip.
If mystery and pirates capture your interest, then Nags Head is waiting for you. Visit Body’s Island Lighthouse, immerse yourself in lore and legend and have fun!
There is so much to do here that visiting the website is a necessity. Plan your trip, take a virtual tour, gather information about the beach, find out where to stay and learn about all the fun things you and your family can do on your visit.
Haleakala National Park
Who doesn’t love the idea of visiting Hawaii? And if you’ve been, you’ll surely want to go back. On your trip, be sure to visit Haleakala National Park.
With an elevation of 10, 023 feet above sea level, it is the highest peak in Maui. There are 30,000 acres of land open to the public, visitor centers and activities include horseback riding and hiking. It’s highly recommended you wake up early and take time to watch the sunrise from the visitor center located 9,740 above sea level. You have to see it to believe how truly magnificent it is.