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Breathtaking views from all 50 states

  • Breathtaking views from all 50 states

    Summer is here, which means it’s time for road trips, beach breaks, and family vacations. Some may have the time to trek across the country to scope out impressive coastlines, forests, or mountain ranges, but not everyone can leave their state to travel—only 62% of Americans reported taking a vacation away from home in 2017. Thankfully, taking in a beautiful backdrop doesn’t have to mean traveling far and wide.

    While a majority of Americans say they’d prefer to do absolutely nothing on vacation, most still want a change of scenery. For those used to city living, taking in some nature may offer a much needed boost of stress relief. To find the most breathtaking sights across America, Stacker searched through National Park Service and state tourism websites. Whether heading out on the open road or sticking close to home, click through to see the best views in the United States.

  • Alabama: Little River National Preserve

    Little River Falls can be seen near the visitor center at the Little River Canyon National Preserve in Gaylesville, Ala. Visitors can drive for a scenic 11 miles beginning with a view of the Little River Falls from afar and ending at Eberhart Point Overlook.

  • Alaska: Denali National Park and Preserve

    Denali, the highest mountain in North America, is located in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The park is 6 million miles of land where visitors can hike, view wildlife, or even mountaineer. For the best weather, visit between May 20 and mid-September.

  • Arizona: Horseshoe Bend

    Horseshoe Bend is a meander situated in the Colorado River near Page, Ariz., in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Horseshoe Bend’s rock walls are made up of a variety of minerals, including hematite, platinum, and garnet.

  • Arkansas: Buffalo National River

    After a rainfall, hikers can follow trails to see a number of waterfalls along the Buffalo National River in St. Joe, Ark. Visitors can also float down the river starting in the spring.

  • California: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

    Travelers can marvel at sequoias (redwood trees), in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Northern California. Research has shown that walking among trees and greenery makes people feel better, so these forests could be a good vacation stop for those looking for stress relief.

  • Colorado: Maroon Bells

    Practically anywhere in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park offers a stunning view, but the lake and peaks of Maroon Bells are particularly photogenic. The site is located 10 miles west of Aspen in a glacial valley. There is restricted access to the area during the summer and fall, and visiting mid-week will offer the most privacy. Visitors can take a public bus to Maroon Bells from mid-June through early October.

  • Connecticut: Kent Falls State Park

    Visitors can hike a quarter-mile trail alongside the water at Kent Falls State Park in Kent, Conn. During the summer, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.—get there early to get a parking spot.

  • Delaware: Cape Henlopen State Park

    The Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the state, is silhouetted as the sun sets at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The park also has a designated swimming beach that provides a lifeguard between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.

  • Florida: Anna Maria Island

    There’s nothing like a serene walk on the beach. Located on the west coast of Florida, Anna Maria Island features the Gulf Coast’s signature white sand beaches and picturesque sunsets.

  • Georgia: Blood Mountain

    Blood Mountain is the tallest peak on Georgia’s section of the Appalachian Trail north of Helen, Ga. Visitors can hike to the summit along the Byron Reece Trail at Neel’s Gap.

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