America may feel small to some, only to realize how massive it is once you begin planning State-side trips. In comparison to some countries in Europe, Germany is actually two times smaller than the entire state of Texas. Likewise, the entire country of Italy can fit comfortably in the state of California. As you can see, even if you are born and raised in America, not every American has had the pleasure of visiting all 50 States.
Traveling can get expensive and lackluster when you think about how much time it takes to get from Point A to Point B. However when time is of the essence and you're trying to see the prettiest parts Ameria has to offer, look no further than this list. And yes, America is one big country so there are plenty more destinations that are just as pretty, but we only have space for 10. Let's take a look at some of America's prettiest destinations.
10 The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Arizona's Grand Canyon National park is one of the most-visited parts in America. Being over 270 miles long and 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon will make you feel things.
Being over two billion years old, the Grand Canyon has multiple tours for guests to take. From rive tours to backcountry camping, and is worth seeing in every time of day.
9 Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Hawaii is home to eight large islands, all with stunning views and a culture like no other. And while there are so many outdoor activities in Hawaii you could spend a month there without trying them all, the Haleakala National Park shouldn't be ignored.
On the island of Maui, Haleakala National Park aims to connect tourists with the raw nature of Hawaii. Being protection for endangered species, Haleakala National Park is extremely fragile. Come as you are and see a different side of Hawaii before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Maui.
8 Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Some tourists may believe Arizona's Antelope Canyon is attached or within the Grand Canyon, but that's where they're wrong. We can find Antelope Canyon about two hours and 15 minutes north of the Grand Canyon.
What separates Antelope Canyon are its sandstone walls. Hikers can walk in between these walls for a magical moment. Formed by erosion and flooding, these rocks have turned into stunning swirls, allowing beams of light to enter from above. There are plenty of tours that go through these canyons that give a deep history of how special they really are.
7 Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
Not too many people are too hot to trot to Alaska, but those that do have zero regrets. While it may take some time to actually get to the State of Alaska, the Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau are begging to be explored. The Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles long and has one-of-a-kind ice caves beneath, with crystal blue walls.
The only way to get to this cave is via kayak, however, do your research before heading off the coast of Juneau because thanks to climate change, this gorgeous glacier is slowly melting.
6 Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Florida is paradise for many Americans. It's a perfect weekend getaway, giving tourists time to play around in the sun and hit up the white-sand beaches. One place in Florida that needs to be explored the next time you go is Dry Tortugas National Park.
Seventy miles off the coast of Key West is the park, where it's made up of mostly water. On one of the seven small islands is Fort Jefferson, one of the largest forts in the US. Located on the island of Garden Key, you can have a tour of the Fort, go boating, fishing, paddle boating, and more. There's not many parks like this one!
5 Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
Not too many people line up for the chance to visit Wyoming, but the Grand Prismatic Spring is the only reason you need to book a trip right now. Held inside the Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Prismatic Spring is essentially a hot spring. The gorgeous colors surrounding the hot spring are from bacteria, making this one of the most photographed wonders of the world. It's also larger than a football field!
4 Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
As we said, you can't go wrong with anywhere in Hawaii, but the Na Pali Coast will bring tears to your eyes. With deep valleys, waterfalls, sea cliffs, and different terrains, every view seems new in this State Park.
While on the island of Kaui, you can take sea tours and charters around Na Pali Coast State Park. But if you want to get out of the water, try hiking tours or a view from above in a helicopter!
3 Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Califonia is massive and is one of the most sought after States in the US due to its great weather and Hollywood sights. It's also home to Lake Tahoe, which is so big that it actually runs into Nevada as well. Whether you're in Nevada or California, you'll be able to reach Lake Tahoe.
The freshwater lake is actually the second deepest lakes in America and is surrounded by outdoor recreational activities. In the summer months, you can swim and hike around Tahoe; and in the winter, you can ski the slopes while overlooking Lake Tahoe from above. It would be a long trip for Vegas and LA goers who wanted to see Lake Tahoe (around a seven-hour drive), but it's not even an hour from Reno and two hours from Sacramento.
2 Thor's Well, Oregon
Thor's Well looks like a massive sinkhole with a never-ending bottom, which is exactly what draws attention to it. However, according to scientists, Thor's Well actually drains the ocean's water. Being about 20 feet deep, the well was probably a cave at one point before collapsing and creating a "hole." While this sinkhole is gorgeous no matter the time of year or day, it's incredibly dangerous and should be viewed from the Captain Cook Trailhead from the Visitor Center.
1 Badlands National Park, South Dakota
If you're going to make the trek to South Dakota, you need to visit the Badlands National Park. The protected park has over 240,000 acres of stunning terrain, with bison and sheep roaming the lands. It's also home to one of the largest fossil beds, being a great source of information for years to come. You can hike and campout at the Badlands but just be sure to take nothing but pictures and respect the gorgeous grounds.