The USA has got to be home to some of the most stunning places on the planet. With its hard-to-believe variety of climates, landscapes, and architecture it’s hard to choose where to visit next. We’ve made that a little easier for you, with this list of breathtakingly beautiful American places that you need to visit.
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO
Welcome to the world’s largest gypsum sand dune field! As well as just gazing in awe at your surroundings you can take the Dunes Drive, an 8-mile scenic drive around the dunes. And yes, you can also go sledding!
All of Hawaii is incredible, but especially Kaua’i, the oldest Hawaiian island. Here you’ll find the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Waimea Canyon is 900m deep, and unlike its continental cousin, it’s lush with greenery because of the heavy rain that falls all year round.
CRATER LAKE, OREGON
In the crater of a collapsed, dormant volcano in Oregon you’ll find Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the US. Take a drive around the rim of the crater to admire the lake from all angles, or visit it in winter to give some snow sports a try!
GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK, UTAH
Want to journey into the Goblin’s Lair? No, you don’t need to go to Middle Earth - Utah will do! Goblin Valley State Park is filled with hoodoos, cool rock formations that are known to locals as goblins. You can try your hand at canyoneering, or visit in the dark if you dare to stargaze with your new goblin BFF.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Yosemite is where the wild things really are. In fact, 95% of this National Park is designated wilderness. It is the place to be for camping, hiking, and backpacking- just watch out for those black bears!
SONORAN DESERT, ARIZONA
With all those Saguaro Cactuses around, visiting the Sonoran Desert is like stepping into a Looney Toons episode. Keep an eye out for Wile E. Coyote! It’s the hottest desert in North America, and with ATV-ing, hiking and prehistoric rock carvings to be found, there’s really something for everyone here.
ST AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
Take a trip back in time (450 years to be precise) to the oldest city in the US. With buildings such as Castillo de San Marcos, there’s a historical European flavor to the place. Combined with 42 miles of Atlantic beaches, what’s not to love?
Walk down Savannah’s cobbled streets dripping with Spanish Moss, explore the atmospheric Historic District and experience true Southern hospitality. But this one’s not for the faint hearted as it’s apparently also America’s most haunted city!
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Go to where the Mojave and Colorado deserts join and you’ll find Joshua Tree. Its pretty rock formations make it an awesome place to go rock climbing and bouldering. Plus, if you visit at night you’ll be in for an incredible stargazing treat!
NORTH CASCADES, WASHINGTON
These stunning snow-topped mountains are basically the American Alps. Take a trip up to the North Cascades to do some serious hiking or mountaineering (and to check out those breathtaking views!)