Best scenic lookout in every state
Natural viewpoints can inspire, thrill, and motivate, so it’s no surprise that travelers flock to observation decks and lookouts when exploring a new locale. Whether you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of a bustling city from 70 floors above or watch a roaring waterfall in the Rocky Mountains, Stacker has rounded up the best scenic lookout in each state.
The team used data from Foursquare to create a list of famous vistas, taking into account the number of check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends in order to determine the top-ranked lookout for every state.
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Alabama: Vulcan Park and Museum
Address: 1701 Valley View Dr. (at Valley Ave.), Birmingham, Alabama
This unassuming statue sits atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain, a tribute to the city’s industrial heritage. Red Mountain also features a park and museum.
Alaska: Mendenhall Glacier
Address: Juneau Ranger District, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Rd., Juneau, Alaska
This 13-mile long wall of ice sits 12 miles outside of Juneau. In addition to views of the glacier itself, there are hiking trails, waterfalls, and an interactive visitor center.
Arizona: Desert View Watchtower
Address: Desert View, E. Rim Rd. (at Grand Canyon National Park), Grand Canyon, Arizona
This unusual tower was built in the 1930s by architect Mary Colter. Designed in the style of ancient Puebloan towers, it affords mesmerizing views overlooking the Grand Canyon.
Arkansas: Pea Ridge National Military Park
Address: 15930 E. Highway 62, Garfield, Arkansas
The Pea Ridge National Military Park commemorates the Battle of Pea Ridge, fought on this site in March 1862. Today, the 4,300-acre battlefield is a great way to take in some untouched scenery.
California: Newport Back Bay
Address: East Bluff, Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach’s Back Bay is an inland delta with stunning views and a wetland preserve. The area is popular among walkers, joggers, and cyclists, thanks to many accessible trails.
Colorado: Rainbow Curve
Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
The Rainbow Curve overlook in the Rocky Mountain National Park lets visitors take in views of 10 different mountains at once, with a scenic valley down below. Hagues Peak, standing 13,560 feet, is the tallest in view.
Connecticut: Castle Craig
Address: 1 Peak Dr., Meriden, Connecticut
This unique trap rock observation tower was dedicated to the town in 1900. You can access the observation deck at the top by climbing a metal interior staircase.
Delaware: South End of Boardwalk
Address: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach’s mile-long boardwalk is both scenic and quaint. There are few better places to take a walk along the ocean.
Florida: Tampa Riverwalk
Address: Riverwalk, Tampa, Florida
This 2.6-mile path runs alongside the Hillsborough River in Tampa. The trail connects the city’s Arts District with other attractions, like the Channelside District and convention center, all with views of the water.
Georgia: Rock City Gardens
Address: 1400 Patten Rd. (Rock City Trail), Lookout Mountain, Georgia
This cluster of ancient rock formations is visited by nearly 500,000 people each year. Along the 4,100-foot trail, you’ll see flowers, caves, and a stunning overlook of the Chattanooga Valley.2018 All rights reserved.