The Most Beautiful Places in North America

By chili, September 14th 2009 in Travel Destinations Comments (42)

Be it exotic Caribbean landscapes, Alaska's wilderness, the natural settings of Vancouver, or Arizona's powerful vistas, the North American continent features the world's most spectacular and beautiful sites. These several destinations presented below are only the tip of the iceberg. Mind you, 90% of this iceberg of beauty lies beneath the surface.

 

7. The Kalalau Valley. Hawaii

Kalalau Valley. By artolog

The Kalalau Valley is one of the most beautiful sites on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The lush tropical valley is located in the Na Pali Coast and it is accessible only by kayak or along the Kalalau Trail.
The magnificent Kalalau is surrounded by high green cliffs of more than 2,000 feet (610m) and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. The glorious landscape, isolation and wild nature make the place an excellent getaway for hikers, kayakers, and other outdoor addicts.

 

Kalalau Valley. By ehoyer

Kalalau Valley. By ehoyer

Kalalau Trail by Jeff Kubina

Kalalau Trail by Jeff Kubina

 

6. Vancouver. Canada

The Harbour. Vancouver. By PoYang

Vancouver, the harbour city beautifully located on the Burrard Peninsula between Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River in British Colombia, Canada, is a mecca for virtually all enthusiasts of museums, excellent restaurants, cafes, clubs, and in general, for fans of vibrant urban life. A large number of various rankings and surveys have proved that Vancouver is the best city in the world to live in. Besides its cultural, architectural, and infrastructural advantages, the city's natural beauty of nearby beaches, mountains, and forests makes it one of the world's most stunning metropolises.

 

Kits Beach, Vancouver. By Duane Storey

Lions Gate Bridge. By kk+

 

5. Tulum. Mexico

The Mayan ruins of Tulum. Mexico. By CasaDeQueso

Tulum sits on the exotic Yucatan Peninsula surrounded by the dazzling waters of the Caribbean Sea. This Mexican city of heavenly tropical landscapes houses the Pre-Columbian Maya city. The vistas of dramatically located ruins mixed with the balmy surroundings create a one-of-a-kind destination. The Caribbean laid-back atmosphere, white sands, slender palm trees and the turquoise ocean combine with the Mayan site to give the city its exceptional beauty.

 

Tulum Beach. By mdanys

Mayan ruins. By joiseyshowaa

 

4. Yoho National Park. Canada

Lake O'Hara. By meironke

Yoho National Park, which lies in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, has an area of 1,313 sq km (507 sq mi), and it is the smallest of the four national parks in the Rockies, but its beauty is grand. The site of marvelous mountains, rivers, waterfalls, clear lakes and wide meadows was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.

 

Yoho National Park. By Spatial Mongrel

Emerald Lake. By swisscan

 

 3. Greenland

Aurora Borealis, Greenland. By nick_russill

What makes Greenland beautiful is a magic lunar landscape of striking uniqueness and charm that's difficult to describe. The powerful vast Arctic and Atlantic oceans, massive glaciers and scenic displays of northern lights all come to one place to perform a majestic show in which the nature plays a key role.

From the geographical point of view, Greenland is part of the North American continent, but politically it belongs to Europe, as it is a constituent country of Denmark.

 

Glaciers in Greenland. By nick_russill

Tasiilaq, Greenland. By banyanman

 

2. Arizona

Monument Valley. By Flagstff

The mind-blowing landscape of Arizona with amazing rock formations, spectacular canyons and mysterious wild deserts deserves to be a runner-up on the list of the most beautiful places in North America. With such jewels as the sites of Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon, or Lake Powell (shared with Utah) it can rival the world's most amazing destinations. The only small crack in this glorious natural masterpiece is the crowd that can sometimes spoil the magnificent views.

 

Arizona's sunrise. By caddymob

Glen Canyon. By Wolfgang Staudt

Lake Powell. By brewbooks

 

 

1. Alaska

Eldred Rock Lighthouse. By WintrHawk

Wild, isolated, unconquered and beautiful...this is Alaska, the land of breathtaking landscapes, scenic mountains, enormous lakes and lush nature. Alaska is home to Mount McKinley located within awesome Denali National Park, the majestic glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park, and abundant wildlife, from humpback whales to grizzly bears.

Alaska is the largest and the least densely populated state of the USA.

 

Alaska. By skedonk

Alaska. By skedonk

Eklutna Lake. Alaska. By Alaskan Dude

The Grizzly bear in Alaska with Mt McKinley towering above. By B Mully

 

Comments

  1. drog_fly Sep 14, 2009 6:23 AM

    What a nice place!

  2. gina Sep 14, 2009 1:02 PM

    I think Chicago with its beautiful skyline should rank too. Chicago has the best skyline in the country.

  3. klh804 Sep 14, 2009 3:15 PM

    Amazing shots of Vancouver! I live here and know that its beautful but photos were incredible

  4. Michael de`Oz Sep 15, 2009 2:14 AM

    I was really impressed. It is really fantastic!

  5. mdeoz avatar mdeoz Sep 15, 2009 2:18 AM

    I was really impressed. It is really fantastic!

  6. Thomas Sep 15, 2009 4:42 PM

    Well only been to 2 of these places but i cannot wait to see the northern lights!

  7. laguna Sep 15, 2009 5:59 PM

    impresionante!!!!!son sitios meravillosos!!!!!!

  8. Mkcoy Sep 16, 2009 12:01 AM

    Wonderful photos!

  9. Becky Sep 21, 2009 3:26 PM

    Beautiful Places!

  10. Caroline Sep 21, 2009 5:47 PM

    what fantastic pictures - just beautiful!

  11. neha Oct 8, 2009 6:18 AM

    hai

  12. bathmate Dec 18, 2009 5:31 AM

    I wanna say hello

  13. jazz Apr 26, 2010 3:24 AM

    beautiful.......

  14. maria Jul 27, 2010 10:41 PM

    i luv them sooo wonderful!!!!

  15. yumna Aug 1, 2010 4:13 AM

    i love it

  16. Jackie Nov 10, 2010 7:39 PM

    This is just so breathtaking! I love it!

  17. nick Nov 19, 2010 1:57 PM

    im looket on this 1st time and i will just about woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  18. Mark Nov 30, 2010 4:58 PM

    i Love it

  19. debra fox Feb 18, 2011 2:17 AM

    I'm super surprised montana or the unbelievable yellowstone park http://www.google.com/images?q=yellowstone&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=um... didn't make you're list.

  20. anu p May 13, 2011 6:57 AM

    really it is unbilievable

  21. czarina Sep 27, 2011 4:16 AM

    i want more!!!

  22. charles Sep 27, 2011 4:19 AM

    BORING...

  23. jaymar Dec 28, 2011 1:45 AM

    so cute...

  24. sahil Jan 7, 2012 6:46 AM

    it,s butiful

  25. nayanika Jan 13, 2012 9:09 AM

    what a scenery !

  26. Vacation Quest Mar 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    Really all these places are so marvelous and have the god gifted amazing scenery.

  27. stephie boo; Mar 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    dAmN...i WaNNa Go To ThAt GrEEnLaNd

  28. stephie boo; Mar 24, 2012 5:22 PM

    && VaNcOuVeR lOOkS bEaUtiFuL ((: bTw.

  29. jason Mar 26, 2012 2:22 AM

    i just do not see Vancouver as "beautiful". to me, it seems overbuilt and without the grace of, say, Sydney or San Diego.

  30. Norms tear Apr 15, 2012 11:18 PM

    Uh....lake Powell (site ranked 2) is in Utah not arizona

  31. Ubaldo May 9, 2012 12:39 AM

    I think oll showed places are beautifull, but deffinatelly the best place to visit is Vancouver and México

  32. s.suresh Jun 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    there are very nice places.

  33. wbs Jun 15, 2012 5:51 AM

    very wonderful place

  34. sukanya Aug 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    very very nice and romantic pics

  35. steve Aug 26, 2012 5:26 AM

    Glen Canyon and Lake Powell are mostly in Utah and half of Monument Valley. A good geograpy lesson is needed here.

  36. kunwar aditya Aug 29, 2012 3:58 PM

    i cannot explain the beauty of these places and my dream to visit all these places.

  37. BonerMan69 Nov 13, 2012 2:21 AM

    8===D~(:

  38. ruhul Nov 20, 2012 3:37 PM

    i love it
    it is the bbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssttttttttttttttttt

  39. aman hybird Dec 9, 2012 10:36 PM

    These places are my last wishes

  40. ahmed king Jan 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    butterfly

  41. Cam Jan 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    Cool

  42. Puddings Mar 12, 2013 6:19 PM

    marvellously exasperating sites

  43. Name: Apr 21, 2014 6:32 AM

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