20 Of The Most Beautiful Travel Destinations To Visit In America

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing new places and gaining a new perspective outside of my everyday life.

Today I’m sharing with you 20 of the most beautiful travel destinations you need to visit in America that you probably haven’t heard of yet!

1. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Location: Kanab, Utah

Photo Source: https://utah.com/coral-pink-sand-dunes-state-park

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is located in Utah between Kanab and Salt Lake City! You can ride ATVs, hike, go horseback riding, take photos, and camp in this beautiful park. Visit their website for more information.

2. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Location: Carmel, California

Photo Source: https://www.carmelmissioninn.com/video/point-lobos/

At Point Lobos State Natural Reserve you can see wildlife such as otters, sea lions, seals, gray whales, and thousands of seabirds. You can also go diving, hike, picnic, or visit an old whaler’s cabin!

Visit their website for more information.

3. Horsetooth Reservoir

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Of course, I’m a little biased because I went to college in Fort Collins, but Horsetooth Reservoir is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been! There is so much you can do here, such as rent a boat or paddle boards, go hiking (I personally loved going on sunrise hikes here), go swimming, bike, horseback riding, camp, fish, kayak, have a picnic, or just watch the sunset! Definitely check it out on your next trip to Colorado!

Get more information here!

4. Thor’s Well

Location: Yachats, Oregon

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This beautiful sight is a rock formation that is estimated to be about 20 feet deep, thus making it look like a massive sinkhole on the Oregon coast or like the ocean is being drained.

Get more information here!

5. Colchuck Lake

Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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This lake is seriously a jaw-dropping beautiful sight to end a hike in the Enchantments in Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Oregon. The hike isn’t too bad until the end it gets a little steep, otherwise the hike is pretty accessible for most skill levels! The hike is about 8 miles roundtrip and would be a wonderful way to spend your day. There are also several other trails and lakes you can access in the park!

Get more information here!

6. Luray Caverns

Location: Luray, Virginia

Photo Source: https://luraycaverns.com/

The Luray Caverns was first discovered in 1878 and today you can take a guided tour through the caverns and see the beautiful rock formations for yourself!

Visit their site for more information!

7. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Location: Dripping Springs, Texas

Photo Source: https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks/hamilton-pool-preserve

This gorgeous preserve is surrounded with protected natural areas and the beautiful swimming area is tucked away, which you can see pictured above. In the area, you can hike, go swimming, or have a picnic. Make sure you have a reservation before visiting!

Click here for more information!

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8. Madison Blue Springs State Park

Location: Lee, Florida

Photo Source: https://www.naturalnorthflorida.com/blog/its-officially-spring-time-in-natural-north-floridas-state-and-county-parks/

Madison Blue Spring State Park is a wonderful place to spend the day! You can picnic, fish, scuba dive, swim, paddleboard and kayak in the aqua blue water! This natural basin merges with the Withlacoochee River and is surrounded by woodlands.

For more information you can visit their website here!

9. The Bisti Badlands

Location: Farmington, New Mexico

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The Bisti Badlands is full of unique rock formations of different types of stone and are weathered into their rare shape. You can backpack, hike, or take photos of this beautiful landscape!

Get more information here!

10. Glacier National Park

Location: West Glacier, Montana

Photo Source: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/manyglacier.htm

Not only is the park full of gorgeous views, but you can also go hiking, camping, bike, fish, cross country ski or participate in a guided tour! There are so many things to do in the park and in the area to keep your trip full of activities!

Check out their website for more information!

11. Tahquamenon Falls

Location: Paradise, Michigan

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Located in Tahquamenon Falls State Park this serene park is the perfect place to clear your mind, take in the view, and relax. You can also backpack, hike, kayak, fish, and camp too!

Get more information here!

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12. Great Falls National Park

Location: McLean, Virginia

Photo Source: https://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm

Okay, can you tell I like national parks? And waterfalls? They’re just so gorgeous and this park is one I can check off of my travel bucket list! I’ve been here and it’s just as beautiful in person as it is in photos! This one is located just outside of Washington D.C. and is a great place to spend your day. You can hike, sight-see and take photos, but can’t camp.

Get more information here!

13. Cayuga Lake

Location: Ithaca, New York

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Cayuga Lake is one of the Finger Lakes (who named these lakes and can I tell them I’m into it?) and is the longest lake out of the Finger Lakes. When visiting this gorgeous lake you can also see the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge which is at the North end of the lake, visit the quaint surrounding towns, or check out the Taughannock Falls!

Click here for more information!

14. Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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The Great Smokey Mountain National Park is located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. It gets its name from its morning fog and is home to several waterfalls. You can go camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, visit the burial grounds or historical buildings, or go on a ranger-led tour!

For more information visit the National Park Service’s website here!

15. Antelope Canyon

Location: Page, Arizona

Photo Source: https://www.navajoantelopecanyon.com/Upper.asp

Antelope Canyon is located in the Navajo Tribal Park on Navajo land East of Page, Arizona! To enter the park you are required to be on a guided tour but the sights are just breathtaking.

Get more information here!

16. Garden Of The Gods

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Photo Source: https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/garden-gods

Oh yes, yes I went there. Literally and figuratively! As a Colorado resident, I must say this might just be my favorite place to visit in Colorado. Based on personal experience, I can tell you it’s absolutely gorgeous in person. I love that it’s also easily accessible for people of all mobility. There is a large paved sidewalk around the park that you can walk, or if you’re wanting to get more into nature, you can go off-road onto a trail for some hiking, do some rock climbing, horseback riding, or join in on a nature walk!

Get more information here!

17. Hell’s Gate State Park

Location: Lewiston, Idaho

Photo Source: https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/idaho/hells-gate-state-park

Hell’s Gate State Park is full of stunning sights located in Idaho. Here you can hike, mountain bike, camp, fish, boat, go horseback riding, or play disc golf!

Get more information here!

18. Shawnee National Forest

Location: Jonesboro, Illinois

Photo Source: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/most-beautiful-places-to-visit-in-illinois/10/

This beautiful park is full of forests, wetlands, and bluffs for you to discover on your next trip! Here you can visit the beaches in the park and go swimming, hike, bike, camp, hunt, horseback ride, or just take a drive and enjoy the views because there’s plenty!

For more information visit here!

19. Grand Teton National Park

Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo Source: https://www.national-park.com/welcome-to-grand-teton-national-park/

In this gorgeous park, you can go boating, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, or snowmobiling in the winter! The park is close to Yellowstone and your park pass works in both parks if you want to visit two in one trip!

Get more information here!

20. Custer State Park

Location: South Dakota

Photo Source: https://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/things-to-do/lakes-custer-state-park

Custer State Park is located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and like most state parks mentioned in the article, it’s drop. Dead. Gorgeous! My grandma also used to work here when she was younger! You can go camping, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, or boating!

Visit here for more information!

That is 20 of the most beautiful places in America you wouldn’t think of for your next travel destination that is worth visiting! Are you feeling inspired?

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