We all want to venture into the unknown, follow unbeaten tracks and travel through the most remote and unspoiled nooks of the world. Still, there are some vistas in the world that must be seen at least once in a lifetime, and USA can boast an ample share of such.
1. Bryce Canyon National Park
The outstanding and breathtakingly beautiful rock formations of the Bryce Canyon National Park are a must in the USA. Called hoodoos, the unique geological structures formed by wind, water and ice erosion provide spectacular vistas for the park visitors. Don't miss it while in Utah.
2. Mount McKinley
Do not leave Alaska without seeing Mount McKinley, a spectacular mountain towering above the state's rugged plains. A chance to see the highest peak in North America is truly priceless, so don't hesitate for a second to head for Denali National Park where the mighty mountain can be found. Expect the stunning view of the snow-capped peak, an exceptionally beautiful park and wilderness that make this spot one of the most rewarding destinations in the USA.
3. Golden Gate Bridge
Iconic, world-renowned and, above all, amazingly beautiful, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is another American spot worth travelling as far as to the southern edge of the country. The architectural marvel spanning the Golden Gate strait has become an internationally recognizable image of the city and, in fact, the entire nation.
Golden Gate Bridge. By vgm8383
4. Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast. By Donna62
The state of Hawaii is truly unique and Na Pali Coast is its precious jewel. Located along the northwest side of Kauai, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island, the jaw-dropping coast is placed high on the must-be-seen list of the USA's wonders. The coast is best enjoyed when reached by hiking or boating. Picture-perfect Na Pali looks especially amazing when watched from a helicopter.
5. New York Skyline
No wonder New York City skyline is the most easily recognizable skyline in the world. No other city on the globe can boast such a spectacular silhouette comprised of 48 buildings exceeding 200 m. The view is certainly most fascinating at night. But mind you...it can easily become addictive.
6. Fire Falls in Yosemite National Park
Fire Falls in Yosemite National Park. By howardignatius
Witnessing the Fire Falls in Yosemite Park is one of a kind experience because this natural phenomenon occurs only in February every year. So if you happen to be in the park in February, try to find the Horsetail Waterfalls set in the Yosemite Valley. The visual perception of a fire falls is created by the sun that illuminates the fall from behind. Don't worry if you don't manage to see this spectacular optical illusion though - the park itself is an absolutely marvelous place to visit anyways.
7. Big Sur
Driving along the Big Sur coast is one of the most scenic road trips in the USA. Though it's only 90 miles long, the splendor packed into such a short distance is staggering. Beside having a stunning coastline, the region located in central California is fairly unspoiled, making it a perfect destination for cyclists, hikers, beach-addicts and all other types of outdoor lovers.
Big Sur, By tibchris
8. Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park. By dawn m.armfiled
Millions of tourists visiting the Grand Canyon National Park every year cannot be wrong - the place is simply breathtaking and special. Carved by the Colorado River and stretching for 277 miles (446 km), the Grand Canyon offers its visitors one of the world's most spectacular vistas. It's true the whole thing is a bit touristic, but then again, missing out on the famed gorge while in the US would be a shame.
9. Dunes of Death Valley National Park
Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. By andrew mac
Death Valley National Park is one of the most unique places in the United States. Known for its extremes - it is the hottest, the driest and the lowest spot in the country, the park is also famed for its amazing sand dunes. Although the dunes cover only around 1% of the park's space, their extraordinary look scores 100% in the beauty contest of the USA most spectacular vistas.
10. Las Vegas
No need to tell anyone that Las Vegas is a place that must be seen and experienced at least once in a lifetime. There is no other place like the Sin City, where countless bars, casinos, hotels and shopping centres make you feel like in Disneyland for adults. Whether your ultimate experience will be gambling, partying or shopping, a great adventure and fun are guaranteed.
By Werner Kunz
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