The best views in the US are, of course, a matter of opinion. But there are a few vistas that are famous around the world and if you’re travelling to the United States, these stunning locations should be at the top of your 'must-visit' list. Whether you’re looking for spectacular mountain ranges or picturesque locations for romantic moments, you’ll find something of interest right here.
Where are some of the most scenic places in the United States?
Located just a short helicopter ride from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. This stunning location is renowned for its wonderful views of the Colorado River and its spectacular red rock formations. There are several wonderful vantage points along the rim of the canyon — local tour companies will advise you which one is best for a memorable photograph. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon.
Located around 12,000 feet above sea level, the Blue Lakes Hiking Trail is one of the most beautiful locations in America. Take a hike high up in the hills, and see the beautiful lakes that glisten in the sun from a spectacular vantage point. Perhaps the most eye-catching view of them all can be found at Yankee Boy Basin, which is home to a turquoise lake that is surrounded by trees and mountain ranges. Along the way, you’ll come across wildflowers, mountain goats, sheep and marmots. Just make sure you get a photo overlooking one of the area’s stunning lakes.
One of the most iconic, man-made views in America is the view from under the Brooklyn Bridge. From this jaw-dropping vantage point, you can see the architecture that defines New York City. Take in the view at night for an even more spectacular photograph. Spanning more than 6,000 feet, this is one of the world’s most recognisable suspension bridges. To enhance your visit, walk across the bridge as the sun begins to set.
The Cathedral of St. Helena is a German-built cathedral which is characterised by its beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic twin spires. The building itself is spectacular enough, but set against the backdrop of the huge mountain ranges that surround it, this cathedral is quite simply breathtaking. Hike up one of the many trails that surround St. Helena to get a view you’ll never forget. And don’t forget to take in the many views at the nearby Gates of Mountains wilderness area.
Nowhere in the world will you get to feel the ferociousness of Mother Nature more than at Niagara Falls. Located on the US/Canada border, this iconic landmark is actually three separate waterfalls — two are in New York, and the other is in Ontario. The American side of Niagara Falls is best seen from the air. Alternatively, ascend to the observation deck at Skylon Tower. If you’d prefer to feel the spray of the Falls on your face, take a trip to Horseshoe Falls on one of the many boat excursions in the area.
There aren’t too many views in the world that give you everything you could possibly want in a single frame. Capturing the best of Mother Nature, human engineering and urban sprawl is something only a handful of places on the planet manages to achieve. One such place is The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Stretching 4,200 feet, this incredible structure is the gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area. Find the right vantage point overlooking the area, and you’ll see the bay, the city, the bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Ocean — in a single, awe-inspiring frame.
The United States is blessed with many spectacular mountain ranges. But one of the most spectacular can be found at The Rocky Mountains. Stretching from Canada to Mexico, this mountain range is so large it had to be split into four sections: the Colorado Plateau, the Southern Rockies, the Middle Rockies and the Canadian Rockies. For a view of mountains that appear to touch the sky, head to Longs Peak — the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the most unusual mountain views can be found at the Mummy Range in the north of the park.
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