The 15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in the U.S.

OK, we all have our favorites. But here's a list of some of the most amazing American destinations to explore.

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You'll fall in love at first sight when you visit charming Charleston or Nashville, or when snapping pics around scenic natural wonders like the islands of Hawaii or the Badlands of North Dakota. These beautiful locales are waiting for you to explore one adventure, meal, or photo at a time. And in most cases, they are just short drive or plane ride away. What are you waiting for?!

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Kauai, Hawaii

It's hard to believe that this gorgeous slice of paradise is part of the United States. The Wailua Falls feeds into the Wailua River after a 173 foot drop. The falls were notably featured in the opening credits of the TV series Fantasy Island. It's truly a fantasy come to life.

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

If desert tranquility is your thing, you need to head to New Mexico. White Sands National Monument in the northern Chihuahuan Desert have dunes aplenty for some sledding or hiking fun. You could also just stand in one spot for a while and take in the blue skies above you and the white sand under your feet.

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Maroon Lake, Colorado

There are many reasons to take a trip to Aspen and Maroon Lake should be at the top of that list. The view will take your breath away no matter what time of year you visit.

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George Smith State Park, Georgia

We can't promise that you'll always get a foggy/bright day like this when paying a visit to George Smith State Park in Twin City, Georgia. The 1,634-acre area features some of the best nature and wildlife in the state.

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Don't let the name fool you, there's so much good to be found in Badlands. Hunt for fossils near the rock formations or observe the sheep and prairie dogs in the grasslands area. It's all the reason you need to pack your bags and head to South Dakota.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

These breathtaking walls, formed by centuries of erosion, are located near Lake Powell in Navajo territory. Touring both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon requires little-to-no hiking (you'll do more of it in the Lower Canyon), and it’s the perfect opportunity to take magnificent pictures. There’s a 25% discount during the month of January — it’s never too late to start planning a great start to the new year.

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Thor's Well, Oregon

Also called the “drainpipe of the Pacific,” this natural salt-water well near Cape Perpetua in Yachats, Oregon, is actually an optical illusion of sorts. It appears to be a bottomless sinkhole but is only around 20 feet deep. The viewing platform gives you a magnificent close-up look at the water, but fair warning: Wear proper waterproof attire.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Nothing beats the energy and soul of New Orleans. Whether you’re savoring sweet beignets (the holiest of pastries) at Café Du Monde, soaking in smooth jazz in the French Quarter or exploring the infamous nooks of Bourbon Street, New Orleans is full of charming sites.

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New York, New York

There’s nothing like New York City in the winter time. Take a trip to see the dazzling Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (which will be lit this year on November 29), catch The Rockettes kick line or watch The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet for magical memories that will last a lifetime. And bundle up for a chilly walk down the city sidewalks. You'll see an amazing mix of architecture and store windows decked out for the holidays.

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Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington

Just look at these vibrant beauties! Blooms in these picture-perfect fields only last one month — April! — when The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held. You’ll have to follow the page to get all the updated information, as the fields where festivities take place differ each year due to crop rotation.

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Zion National Park, Utah

As one of the most breathtaking parks the world has to offer and Utah’s oldest, the Zion National Park is defined by its reddish sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and beautiful canyon views. Whether you want to hitch up at the campgrounds or lodge at a hotel close by, the activities you can plan ahead and all that nature has to offer ( the quality pictures you’ll get) are worth the visit.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Due to Charleston’s mild climate, it’s another southern destination you can enjoy all year round. Whether you want to hit the shops, relax on the beach or explore the many historic sites and museums, there’s so much culture and charm here.

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

This rainbow-colored hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is deeper than a 10-story building and is the third largest spring in the world! It’s a beautiful sight to see, and you’ll be showing off the pictures you’ve captured for years to come.

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Portland, Maine

With arts, entertainment and lots of dining options, this coastal area is known as “The San Francisco of the East.” You’ll definitely want to visit in August for The Lobster Festival to enjoy fresh seafood, but you can bring the whole family for fun as soon as your calendar allows it. Go ahead! We're not stopping you.

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Nashville, Tennessee

"Music City" is a must-see for anyone who loves a range of dining — from authentic comfort food to gourmet meals — rustic, humble tunes and an unforgettable time at any of the electric, southern venues (Crossroads included). Bring your dancing shoes.

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