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50 Places You Should See In Each US State

We already know that traversing America from one coast to another is not an expensive prospect, specially if you snatch a deal like this traveler who showed how you can do it for less than $200. However, while you could see a lot of scenic routes while on a train, the suggested route doesn’t exactly show off everything that the USA has to offer. And there are a lot of things each of the 50 countries has to offer. From stunning valleys to canyons to reservoirs, there are plenty of places worth visiting in all the states, and here are 50 most scenic places for each of them. While not many could argue that the choices aren’t beautiful, the final judgement is, of course, subjective. So if you think that there are more stunning places a country could offer, recommend your pic in the comments! Oh, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

# 1 Ladew Topiary Gardens, Maryland

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Located in Monkton, Maryland, Ladew Topiary Gardens are a 22 acre (8. 9 ha) nonprofit gardens that feature many creative topiary. The gardens were established in the 30 s by Harvey S. Ladew, who enjoyed fox hunting. Thus, many topiaries illustrate a fox hunt with ponies, riders, puppies, as well as a selection of other animals. The gardens are open from April to October.

# 2 Old Man’s Cave, Ohio

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Old Man’s Cave is attached in Hocking Hills State Park, in the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County, Ohio. It’s one of the most scenic hiking trails in the park and features 5 main areas: Upper Falls, Upper Gorge, Middle Falls, Lower Falls and Lower Gorge. Scattered from all the regions of the road are canyon and cascades that give a unique look at the earth’s subsurface.

# 3 Sand Harbor Island, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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Sand Harbor Island in Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park depicts some of the key elements of Lake Tahoe’s backdrop. The different hues of lake sea, the boulders scattered throughout the coast and the greenery that frames everything into one breathtaking picture.

# 4 Angel Oak, South Carolina

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This spectacular tree is located on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Angel Oak is around 66.5 ft( 20 m) tall , measurements 28 ft (8. 5 m) in circumference and makes shade that is about 17,200 square feet( 1,600 m2) wide-ranging. The Southern live oak is estimated to be 400 -5 00 years old. Don’t forget to grab a picnic basket or a volume and enjoy a peaceful afternoon by the tree!

# 5 Glacier National Park, Montana

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Located on the Canada-United States border, Glacier National Park covers a stunning region of 1,013, 322 acres( 4,100.77 km2 ). The park includes specific areas of two mountain ranges, over 130 named reservoirs, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. It’s no wonder that about 3 million people visit the site annually.

# 6 Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

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Located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Grand Prismatic Spring is a 160 feet( 50 m) deep hot spring, the largest in the United States( as well as 3rd largest in the nations of the world !). Its name is the perfect description for the spring, since its colour of cherry-red, orange, yellow, green, and blue seem just like the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism. With a stunning blue sea in the center, the edges switching colours from red to green thanks to microbial mats at the edges. The spring is around 160 degF( 70 degC) hot.

# 7 Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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As its name recommends, this incised meander in Arizona is shaped like a horseshoe and is situated 5 miles (8. 0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. The glimmering waters of the Colorado River make for a stunning landmark from the overlook 1,000 -foot( 300 m) above.The Horseshoe Bend is part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that includes Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Reflection Canyon and more, which make it a perfect destination to see in Arizona.

# 8 Lake Mohonk, New York

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Even if New York has such landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building to offer, there are some hidden gems hidden away from the Big Apple. Lake Mohonk is one of them. While it’s relatively low( one-half mile (8 00 m) long and 60 feet( 18 m) deep ), the lagoon is framed by an endless sea of greenery, inducing its shoreline an Instagram user’s dream.

# 9 Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve, Alaska

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Located in in Southeast Alaska west of Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a 3,223, 384 acres( 13,044.57 km2) land with 1,045 tidewater and terrestrial glaciers that makes for one sublime position. The stunning white glaciers contrast with the blue seas of Glacier Bay and the Pacific ocean and the sky, generate a natural “crack” in between that is perfect for holiday pictures.

#10 Yosemite Valley, California

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Californians’ favorite hiking place, Yosemite National Park embraces 748,436 acres( 3,028.81 km2) and features breathtaking granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear rivers, giant sequoia orchards, lagoons and mountains that all add up to form one unforgettable vision. Yosemite Valley is a a glacial valley that is around 7.5 miles( 12 km) long and approximately 3000-3500 feet deep. It is surrounded by high granite peaks like Half Dome and framed by a dense blanket of pines. Another feature of an already beautiful depict is the number of cascades in the valley, like Yosemite Falls that are 2,425 feet( 739 m) high.

#11 Monument Rocks, Kansas

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The first landmark chosen by the US Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark, Monument Rocks are also known as Chalk Pyramids and reach up to 70 ft( 21 m ). Experts estimate that the chalk formations have been formed 80 million years ago. They were also named as one of 8 Wonders of Kansas in 2008.

#12 New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia

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This stunning 3,030 ft( 924 m) long and 69.3 ft( 21.1 m) broad arrangement that stands 876 feet( 267 m) above the New River is the New River Gorge Bridge. Situated in Fayette County, West Virginia, this bridge was built in the 70 s and cost $37 million to construct. The bridge is not only a picturesque vision itself, but it also allows to take in the sublime vistum of the New River Gorge.

#13 Skagit Valley, Washington

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Probably the best time to visit this valley is in April, as the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is hosted during that time. Red, orange, yellow, pink, ruby-red and many more flowers paint the valley in the majority vibrant shades, generating the perfect possibility not only to enjoy the smell and sight of this beauty, but to snap a memorable illustration as well. The celebration claims that beautiful tulips describe over a million visitors every year and we’re not surprised as the visual is simply stunning!

#14 Thor’s Well At Cape Perpetua, Oregon

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Best recognized approximately an hour before high tide to an hour after high tide, Thor’s Well is a sinkhole in a rock located in Cape Perpetua, Oregon. The coastal area of Cape Perpetua is pretty breathtaking on its own, nonetheless, Thor’s Well is a sight everyone should consider when visiting this state. As spectacular as it is a high tide, the hole is actually pretty dangerous considering the merciless waters around, despite being simply about 20 feet( 6 m) deep.

#15 Na Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii

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Covering 6,175 acres( 2,499 ha ), the Na Pali Coast State Park is located on the northwest side of Kaua` i, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island. Although it’s not possible to reach it by vehicle, one can experience the charm of this state park by following hiking roads, taking a helicopter journey or simply kayaking to it from the ocean side. And while it seems like a lot of endeavor, it’s definitely worth the hassle as the opinion from The na pali cliffs that reach as far as 4,000 feet( 1,200 m) offer a sublime belief of the coasts and the Pacific ocean.

#16 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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Perhaps one of the most unique places on such lists, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, showcases the vast white dunes that appear extraordinary when vaulted by a blue sky. The sand dunes are composed of of gypsum crystals, giving it a unique pale colour. It’s small-scale wonder that many films like Transformers( 2007) were filmed on this website.

#17 Apostle Islands Caves, Wisconsin

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Although not always open, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has plenty of excellent visions to offering. Located in Lake Superior, off the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin, 22 Apostle Islands are quite stunning on their own with many caves etched in stone. Nonetheless, if temperatures in wintertime autumn low enough, the many pits and caves turn into breathtaking ice caves that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale.

#18 Pikes Peak State Park, Iowa

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The 960 acre( 390 ha) government park in Iowa, Pikes Peak State Park features impressive sights overlooking the Upper Mississippi River. The park gets its epithet from Pikes Peak which is a particularly high point overlooking the gorge of the Upper Mississippi, and like Pikes Peak in Colorado, is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

#19 Acadia National Park, Maine

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Located southwest of Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia National Park is 49,075 acres( 198.60 km2) large and features Mount Desert Island and many smaller islands. The land is not only impressive to look at, it is also rich in history as Native Americans have inhabited the region called Acadia for at the least 12,000 times. Bass Harbor Head Light is one of the attractions in the park, framed by the sea, wood and rock.

#20 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

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On the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan lies Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, encompassing 73,236 acres( 296.38 km2) and attracting approximately half a million visitors annually. This National Lakeshore is one of the many places perfect for photos, as individual regions features stunning rock formations, waterfalls, and sand dunes.

#21 Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania

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The water gap called Delaware Water Gap is situated on the state border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. With the contrasting heights of the mountains, the gap attains for a scenic view as well as offerings many activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, and rock climbing.

#22 Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

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A 2,689 -acre( 1,088 ha) Georgia state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, this State Park surrounds Tallulah Gorge, a 1,000 -foot( 300 m) deep canyon formed by the action of the river. The greatest allures in the park are the six cascades known as the Tallulah Falls, which cause the river to plummet 500 feet over one mile( 150 m over 1.6 km ).

#23 Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho

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At the heart of Idaho lies the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, a 730,864 acre( 295,770 ha) National Recreation Area featuring such stunning sights like Stanley Lake and McGown Peak. The peak is 9,860 feet( 3,010 m) above sea level and generates a memorable panorama when taken together with the clear waters of the pond, a perfect place to take in just how sublime nature is.

#24 Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

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Mammoth Cave National Park coverings an area of 52,830 acres( 213.8 km2) and features one section of Mammoth Cave which is the longest cave system known in the world. The cave was discovered in 1791 and is 651. 8 km( 405.0 mi) long. Besides the impressive cave, the park has some other lovely sights to give, like the Green River.

#25 Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

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Spanning across 29 Virginia and North Carolina districts, Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles( 755 km) long and offers some truly spectacular views. With valleys and mountains scattered across the parkway, some of the highlights include Roanoke Mountain and the Peaks of Otter.

#26 Pikes Peak, Colorado

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The highest peak of the south Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak is 14,115 feet( 4,302 m) high, higher than any level in the United States east of its longitude. The peak is named after Zebulon Pike, an American brigadier general and explorer, who tried to reach the summit on 2 expeditions, but was ultimately unable to do so.

#27 Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois

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While Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is now an historical park, years ago it was a large pre-Columbian Native American city( circa 1050-1350 CE ). The site embraces 2,200 acres (8. 9 km2) and includes around 120 manmade earthen mounds in a wide range of sizings. At some level in history the information was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture. In 1982 it was named as one of merely 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the United States.

#28 Brown County State Park, Indiana

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A perfect location to take a hike, Brown County State Park embraces 15,776 acres( 63.84 km2) stimulating it the largest of 24 country parks in Indiana. The broad variety of of trees on the scenic hills of southern Indiana make an excellent photo opportunity for those trying mosaic shootings, as the area is colored in patches of green, yellow and ruby-red in autumn. Of course, if you don’t like the autumn chill and have no allergies to worry about, the park is also beautiful in spring, when many blooms appear on trees in springtime.

#29 Everglades National Park, Florida

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The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, Everglades encompasses a vast region of 1,508, 976 acres( 6,106.61 km2 ). It’s an important natural habitat to some unique species like the manatee, American crocodile, and Florida panther. The Everglades& Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979 by UNESCO.

#30 Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

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Although the park’s ‘star’ Old Man of the Mountain( a series of five granite cliff ledges that appeared to be the jagged profile of a face) collapsed in 2003, Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire still has a lot to offer. From mesmerizing Flume Gorge to striking Cannon Mountain, the park is an excellent place for hikes and, of course, snapping gorgeous videos for your album!

#31 Outer Banks, North Carolina

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A string of barrier islands and spews off the coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia that stretches for 200 -mile-long( 320 km) known as Outer Banks is one of the best traveling destinations for those who love seaside and want to see something unique. As the area is vast, there are plenty of things to see and activities to choose from. From watching a one-of-a-kind sunset at Jockey’s Ridge to climbing the tallest brick lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks will have a perfect are responding to any wish.

#32 Turner Falls, Oklahoma

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Considered to be Oklahoma’s tallest waterfall, Turner Falls is 77 feet( 23 m) tall. A perfect sightseer destination during summer, Turner Falls cascade into a natural swimming pool where people visiting the website can swim and relax.

#33 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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#34 Zion National Park, Utah

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146, 597 acres( 593.26 km2) of Zion National Park has a lot to offer to any guest. Like 15 miles( 24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (8 00 m) deep Zion Canyon that you are able observe from Angels Landing. Or the Virgin River, that offers a beautiful path for hikes. It seems like you could find almost everything in this park, starting with mountains, valleys, buttes, mesas, monoliths, and terminating with rivers, slot valleys, and natural archways. It is small-scale wonder that this site attracted over 4 million visitors in 2018 alone.

#35 Cape May, New Jersey

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#36 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

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#37 Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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#38 Big Bend National Park, Texas

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#39 Lake Willoughby, Vermont

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#40 Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware

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Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware covers 5,193 acres( 2,102 ha) and faces Delaware Bay, forming an impressive sight for everyone fond of the seaside. It’s a great spot for camping, although not regions are always open. Areas that would be available during the day offer plenty activities for the visitors, including an field for surf-fishing, bicycle lanes, and a World War II-era watchtower.

#41 The Berkshires, Massachusetts

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The Berkshires have many epithets, including Berkshire Hills, Berkshire Mountains, and Berkshire Plateau, with the highest point reaching 2,841 ft (8 66 m) at Crum Hill. The region was named among the 200 Last Great Place by The Nature Conservancy. There are a lot of trails for those fond of hiking, as well as the Berkshire Botanical Garden if you enjoy less natural formations. It’s also a perfect spot for those working with a cultural savour as there are a lot museums, performing-arts institutions and festivals taking place in the Berkshires.

#42 Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

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#43 Beavertail Lighthouse, Rhode Island

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Built in 1856, Beavertail Lighthouse is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island. It recognizes the entryway to Narragansett Bay and is 64-foot( 20 m) tall, offering a spectacular look to the ocean, as well as the shoreline.

#44 Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

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Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska encompasses 3,005 acres( 12.16 km2) that are rich is not merely in scenic panoramas, but in history as well. The National Monument features historic overland trail remnants, mixed-grass prairie, rugged badlands, towering ridges and riparian area along the North Platte River, stimulating it the perfect place to step into our ancestor’s shoes. Scotts Bluff was an important landmark for innovators the Oregon Trail and many more. It was named after Hiram Scott, a clerk who died near the bluff in 1828.

#45 Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut

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