If you’re asking about the most beautiful places in the USA, I certainly have an opinion! After a total of 13 trips to the United States, crossing it coast to coast and having lived there for half a year, I came across some of the most beautiful places in the USA. Many of these are rather hidden spots, some are pretty obvious as well. Just for the heck of it, I want to show you my personal Top 10 of the most beautiful places in the USA!
1. Washington DC
In no other city you can feel so close to world politics than in Washington DC. Having lived there, the city has a magical, historical and powerful touch to me. All political powers are represented with great landmarks (Congress, White House, Supreme Court) and have a certain flair to it. Furthermore, all the different memorials and Arlington Cemetary make history come alive. In addition, all the young staffers and students make the city very young and vibrant!
An awesome Guidebook: Photographing Washington
2. Grand Canyon
One of the well-known of the most beautiful places in the USA, but still a lifetime highlight for me. Standing at the rim of this massive natural wonder is something you will never forget. It’s also the perfect spot for photographers, especially during sunrise and sunset. See my Grand Canyon Images here!
The most complete Guide to Grand Canyon
3. Kauai, Hawaii
I thought Hawaii couldn’t get more beautiful until I arrived on Kauai – but this island is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the USA! Being my favorite Hawaiian island, it is an awesome spot for nature lovers! There’s not too much tourism going on compared to let’s say Oahu, which gives the whole island a very relaxed atmosphere. I have to say though: sights like Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast or Wailua Falls are so beautiful that you should not miss them! Check out my Kauai Photos here!
The ultimate Kauai Guidebook!
4. Zion & Bryce National Park
Some of the greatest rock formations can be found in these two National Parks! While Bryce Canyon offers spectacular Hoodoos with great hike trails down the valley, Zion National Park has a very diverse nature and landscape to offer. I especially loved the hikes in Zion during hot summer days, coming across waterfalls, red rocky canyons and lush green valleys. Highly recommended! I’ve uploaded my Bryce Canyon Photos here!
Great Lonely Planet Guide to Zion & Bryce
5. Yellowstone NP
Thinking about the most beautiful places in the USA, Yellowstone has to be included! A very big National Park, and one of the greatest! Breathtaking natural wonders, wild bears and bisons, active geysers and hot springs. I was able to visit Yellowstone National Park in 2011 and have been a fan ever since. Perfect for hiking, camping and exploring the nature. Check out Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most beautiful places in the USA. See my Yellowstone Photos here!
The best Guide to Yellowstone National Park
Page in Arizona is a city with a huge collection of natural wonders around it. Located in the rocky desert of Arizona, one can find the beautiful Antelope Canyon nearby, as well as Horseshoe Bend. Also the perfect spot for watersports acitivities, as Lake Powell is just nearby. I’ve been there twice and loved it both times.
“Weird Arizona” – a great Travel Guide!
Located in Arizona, just one and a half hours north of Phoenix, Sedona is nicely located in the stunning red rocks of the area. Driving around the awesome natural wonders of Sedona with a convertible is such a great experience. Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Oak Creek Canyon – there’s just so much to see and do in the surrounding of this beautiful town! See my Sedona Photos here!
Secret Sedona Guidebook
8. Monument Valley
Located in Utah inside the Indian reservations, Monument Valley offers one of the greatest photo opportunities and should always be included in a list of the most beautiful places in the USA! I’ve been there twice – but in 2010 we had to fight with a sandstorm and couldn’t take the typical photographs of Monument Valley. In 2011 though we made it again and had the perfect weather!
Monument Valley Photography Book
9. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is somehow surreal: after driving through the desert, you suddenly find the greatest spot for entertainment in the whole wide world. Casinos, the best restaurants, great outdoor tours – Vegas has it all! Even the hotels are just incredible, like the Bellagio, Venetian or Mirage. You also have to check out Downtown for the classic Las Vegas experience. If you have a car, make sure to get to the Valley of Fire just outside of Vegas! I’ve uploaded some of my Las Vegas Photos, as well as some of my Valley of Fire Photos.
Frommer’s Guide to Las Vegas
10. US Virgin Islands
One of the territories of the USA located in the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands are an awesome experience! Not only because of the great climate and the perfect blue/turquoise water, but also because of the awesome nature and nice little towns.
Fodor’s great Guide to the US Virgin Islands
What do you think? Which are your personal most beautiful places in the USA?