If you’re sitting at your desk staring out the window wishing you could be somewhere else - anywhere else - we understand you.
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
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
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
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. Thanks to over 300 sunny days a year, Lake Tahoe is a tourist hot spot and has tons of ski resorts and casinos nearby.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
This unique U.S. wonder is an incredible 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
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
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.
Northern Lights, Alaska
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
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
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
With unmatched beauty spanning from Tennessee to North Carolina, highlighted by over 1,600 different species of flowering plants located along its terrain, the 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 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.