If there’s one word that could describe the United States, it’s probably ‘variety.’ The country ranges from the Arctic to the subtropical, from the moist rain forest to the arid desert, from the rugged mountain peak to the flat prairie. And although it is home to some of the world’s largest urban areas, the overall population density is relatively low, and there are plenty of sites that are almost devoid of habitation.
So when Reddit user u/driedkitten made a post on the platform, asking others to name what they believe to be the most beautiful place in America, it’s no surprise that the answers were also quite different. But that’s what makes this online thread interesting. It illustrates just how colorful the U.S. really is and can even act as a bucket list for anyone planning to go there. (H/T)
I’m incredibly biased, but the most beautiful place is the California redwoods. Drive up 101, and then detour towards Petrolia. There is absolutely nothing like it. Roll down your windows and drive 35mph. Smell the old growth. Stop at the pull-out. Take a small hike. It’s worth it.
Na Pali coast and Kalalau Valley on Kauai.
Yosemite! You drive thru the tunnel and come out the other side. Looks like heaven/utopia.
I’ve never been, but whenever I talk to someone who has been to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they talk about it like it’s better than any heaven they can imagine.
East side of Oahu or Maui.
Glacier National Park. I was continuously in awe that the place was real life.
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Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It’s gorgeous.
Heaven on Earth, in my opinion.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan. Unexpectedly incredibly breathtakingly beautiful.
Havasu Falls, no picture does it justice.
Subjective, of course, but Crater Lake is certainly a sight to behold.
If you want ocean – Carmel/Big Sur
Mountains – Yosemite
Desert – Joshua Park
Forest – Redwood National and State Park
You might have guessed I’m from California.
My vote is for Bryce Canyon in Utah. It’s breathtaking.
Silver Falls State Park outside Salem, OR. Nine waterfalls along a very narrow canyon. The waterfalls were 50-200 feet and hit the rocks below, turning to mist. The mist travels back up the canyon walls and collects on the foliage. It is a perpetual rainforest. A long, stringy lichen hangs from the tree branches, making it look like a scary Disney forest. A few of the more significant falls have paths you can walk behind.
Tetons on a clear day are beautiful.
The Appalachian Trail in upstate New York, the Ozark mountains in Missouri, or white sands in New Mexico. All beautiful for different reasons but equally excellent.
Pacific Northwest would be high on the list. Alaska.
Maine Coast in the summertime.
Kauai in Hawaii.
Hudson River Valley
Vermont, especially in the fall.
Glacier Bay, Alaska.
The Shenandoah Valley. It’s a fantastic place if you’re an outdoorsman: hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping.
San Juan mountains of southern Colorado.
A tie for Acadia, Hoh rainforest, and Rainier in the fall.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Big Bend National Park. It gets no press, and it is beautiful.
I think it depends on what you like. In my opinion, I like the New England states because I’ve seen pictures of the autumn that they have there. It’s the perfect place for Halloween. I love everything related to horror. And Maine is the state where lots of horror stories from Stephen King’s books take place.
American cities are just built differently than the rest of the world. Everyone’s talking about nature and landscapes for apparent reasons, but all joking aside, large American cities are charming for distinctly American reasons. San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, DC, NYC, Chicago, Boston. And those are just the large ones – Portland, Annapolis, Savannah, Austin, and Nashville.
Oh yeah, not to mention American girls in American cities.
Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. If you like deserts, it’s pretty as hell.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been in over half the states. California is gorgeous in the “wild” areas. The Pacific Northwest, as people have also noted. The red rocks of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah are breathtaking. It’s hard to believe sometimes that the color is natural. The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee are also beautiful, especially when covered in the “smoke” that gives them their names. The beaches of Hawaii, and the green island of Kauai, are also otherworldly. I haven’t yet been to the Dakotas, but it’s on my bucket list because I want to see Mount Rushmore. I have a friend who took pictures, and it doesn’t seem real.
Ditto on Crater Lake, which others have mentioned.
And then, of course, there are the cities. Whether they can be classified as beautiful remains to be seen, but some are legendary and worth visiting.
Point Reyes Lighthouse – the view of the shore from the cliff will change your life.
The Pacific Northwest. Nothing compares.
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