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Best scenic lookout in every state

  • 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

    Rating: 9.1

    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

    Rating: 9.2

    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

    Rating: 9.6

    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

    Rating: 8.8

    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

    Rating: 9.6

    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

    Rating: 9.5

    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

    Rating: 8.9

    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

    Rating: 7.8

    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

    Rating: 7.9

    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

    Rating: 9.4

    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.

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