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  • It’s a crummy day outside, and you’re sitting at your desk staring out the window wishing you could be somewhere where aesthetic beauty abounds. A place where your worries are carried away with a gentle breeze, and the sun warms you to your core. Unfortunately we can’t actually take you to any of these desirable destinations, but we can definitely help you imagine, even if it’s only for a moment. So let your mind unwind, and indulge yourself in the 11 most scenic places in the U.S.

  • Niagara Falls, New York

    Niagara Falls, New York

    Situated between Ontario, Canada, and New York, Niagara Falls is the largest waterfall in North America, with approximately 750,000 gallons of water rushing over the edge each second. With boat tours available, and breathtaking views from the decks, the falls offers an opportunity to see one of the most powerful natural wonders in the world.

  • Crater Lake, Oregon

    Crater Lake, Oregon

    This natural beauty is a great setting for day hikes. Cliffs reaching up to 2,000 feet tower over the deepest lake in the country, which spans over 21 square miles. It also has some of the cleanest air in the nation, which allows you to see for more than 100 miles from many points along the park’s 90 miles of trails.

  • Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

    Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

    Located in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe sits on the border of California and Nevada, and is the largest lake in the U.S. outside of the five Great Lakes. With the help of 300 sunny days a year, it is also home to tons of tourism, including ski resorts and casinos.

  • Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Grand Canyon, Arizona

    This unique U.S. wonder offers a canyon that displays beautiful combinations of color and depth stretching 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. You also don’t need a ranger to guide you, thanks to cell phone audio tours being offered at popular sites throughout the park.

  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Yosemite National Park, California

    This California beauty is an eight-mile glacial valley that is best known for its picturesque waterfalls, but also offers deep valleys, grand meadows, a vast wilderness and much more, all located within its nearly 1,200 square miles.

  • Zion National Park, Utah

    Zion National Park, Utah

    Featuring the Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and a half-mile deep, this massive 146,000-acre park is best appreciated being viewed from the bottom up, in contrast to the optimal viewing of the Grand Canyon.

  • Northern Lights, Alaska

    Northern Lights, Alaska

    Thanks to solar particles being thrust into our planet’s magnetic field, this incredible natural phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis, provides waves of yellow, green, blue and red lights that hover roughly 60 miles above Fairbanks, Alaska. While the lights can be seen from other places far away, the best seats in the house are in Alaska.

  • Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

    Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

    Surrounded by four major waterfalls on Oneonta Creek, this breathtaking gorge sits in the Columbia River Gorge, and has been designated as a botanical area by the U.S. Forest Service because of the unique aquatic and woodland plants that grow there.

  • Hamilton Pool, Austin, Texas

    Hamilton Pool, Austin, Texas

    Located about 23 miles west of Austin, this natural pool was created thousands of years ago when massive erosion caused the dome of an underground river to collapse, and has since become a popular summer swimming spot for visitors and residents alike.

  • Smokey Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina

    Smokey Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina

    With unmatched beauty spanning from Tennessee to North Carolina, highlighted by over 1,600 different species of flowering plants located along its terrain, Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S., with over nine million visitors annually. 

  • Thor's Well, Oregon

    Thor's Well, Oregon

    Thor’s Well is a large natural saltwater fountain located in a rock bed along Cape Perpetua, right off the Pacific Ocean. It is said to be about 20 feet deep, and most active during high tide and in storms around wintertime, as greater amounts of water flow into the hole.

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