Beautiful Scenic Destinations the U.S.A.
A quick destinations guide highlighting breathtaking U.S.A. scenic destinations that I'd visit again in a heartbeat.
23 Places • ago
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Earth is incredible which is why I decided to create this free guide. I think that everyone deserves a chance to see nature's wonders without having to pay for an itinerary.

In my experience, some destinations are almost too ethereal to seem real when you're experiencing them firsthand. However, you can judge them with your own eyes once you visit. This map of these scenic destinations is created for you to bookmark a USA travel bucket list.

I continually update this list of beautiful places in the United States as I visit them and determine if they are over-hyped or if they deserve a spot on this list.

Phone, laptop, and tablet notes

For easier access, save this guide to your library. These destinations will be saved to Your Map.

To view all destinations on a map on a desktop: click the map button on the top right of the page.

To view all destinations on a map on a phone/tablet: click the accordion folded map icon to view the map. To bring back the list, click the three lines with the magnifying glass.

Scenic Markers by State

California

Pirates Cove, California
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park at Pirate's Beach Cove Parking lot and hike down to the smuggler's cave for scenic views away from the beaches and traffic.
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Sunset Cliffs, California
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park in the city lot coastal viewing for a less busy view of the sunset cliffs.  3980 Lomaland Dr San Diego, California
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Washington

The Quad - University of Washington
@LiveWanderingBlog
This may not seem like a strong starting point but the Quad at the University of Washington has beautiful trees that make you feel like you're in a Hallmark movie when they blossom in the spring.
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Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains
@LiveWanderingBlog
Bring lots of water and sunscreen. There is a dirt parking lot and a short walk to the sculptures. There is no shade. No parking fees. Dogs are allowed on leashes and owners must pick up after them.
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Utah

Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
Bryce Canyon has free parking available. I recommend viewing it at sunrise and parking at the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Parking Lot.
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Double Arch, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
In Arches National Park, follow a short trail from the Windows parking lot to this double-arch geological structure. With good shoes and sunny weather, people can climb up under the second arch to take photos. Be careful of the drop-off!
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North Arch Window, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
One of the most scenic views is near the Windows in Arches National Park.
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Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park
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Colorado

Garden of the Gods
@LiveWanderingBlog
Try to arrive earlier during peak seasons because the main parking lot only has 200 spots. There is overflow parking but considering it's free this is a hot spot for tourists and locals to visit.
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Hanging Lake
@LiveWanderingBlog
Hike 2,000 ft to reach the top where you can view a beautiful waterfall. Take a break before the waterfall trail and soak in the peaceful environment that surrounds Hanging Lake.
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St. Mary's Glacier, Colorado
@LiveWanderingBlog
Beautiful in the winter and summer seasons depending on what kind of nature you want to hike in. Let it be snow or wildflowers.
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Roxborough Park
@LiveWanderingBlog
You need a state park pass or pay the daily parking fee. Pets and bikes are not allowed in the park.
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Michigan

Silver Lake Sand Dunes
@LiveWanderingBlog
Leashed pets are allowed in all areas other than the designated swim beach. Restrooms are available at the beach house. There is a vehicle permit fee.
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Minnesota

Lutsen Mountains
@LiveWanderingBlog
Four mountains and 95 runs--this is the most diverse ski area in northern Minnesota.
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Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park in the Gooseberry Falls parking lot near the visitor center. It has free parking and designated places for dogs. Take the paved path beyond the visitor center to the upper and lower falls.
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Caribou Falls State Wayside
@LiveWanderingBlog
A quick hike from the parking lot leads you to a staircase that descends to the base of the waterfall. Hikers can also see the top of the waterfall with beautiful views of Lake Superior.
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North Shore
@LiveWanderingBlog
Lake Superior is like the ocean. You have to see it at least once and drive the northern shore from Duluth to Canada at least once in your lifetime. It's a feat in nature that isn't replicated anywhere else in the world.
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Black Beach
@LiveWanderingBlog
Early morning or sunset are perfect times to visit this beach.
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Iona's Beach Scientific & Natural Area (SNA)
@LiveWanderingBlog
No permit or parking fees are required. The sunrise in September was an ethereal experience, to say the least. View my reel on Instagram to see the footage.
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Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
@LiveWanderingBlog
There is a parking fee but no permit is required to do the hike. They also have kayak tours which I recommend instead of navigating Lake Superior on your own. Lake Superior is known to change weather patterns quickly and guides will know the safest places to tour.
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New York

Ithica Falls, New York
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park on Lake St. and head out on the short trail to the falls for an amazing view.
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South Carolina

Burkes Beach, South Carolina
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park at this or one of Hilton Head Island's other hidden beaches to enjoy a less crowded sun rise.
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Florida

St. Augustine, Florida
@LiveWanderingBlog
Sit on the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Fort while eating a picnic and looking out over the ocean and St. Augustine.
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My goal is to make you feel inspired by your next trip to keep wandering through life. MY CONTENT I write about various destinations and topics that appeal to the modern traveler which I personally experienced including (but not limited to) ethereal hikes, trendy tea rooms, salt caves promoting relaxation, mesmerizing beaches, and luxurious lodging across the world. ABOUT ME Freshman year of college, I received my first passport stamp in Costa Rica. It felt like I was breathing air for the first time and my love for travel was born. My wanderlust grew as I studied hospitality and tourism at university while developing my own travel blog. Since then, I've moved all over the United States as a digital nomad finding new destinations to explore. Taking random trips whenever I could afford it wasn't cutting it for me, so I decided to live in Australia for a short period of time while finishing my degree. You can expect both urban and nature features in my guides. As much as I love to explore, I enjoy creating content of my adventures too! WELLNESS + TRAVEL While traveling is a big part of my life, I'm also a big advocate for personal wellness. As a certified reiki master, I focus on a wellness travel series that I created on TikTok; viewers can relax while watching shorter scenic videos created by yours truly (linked below). If you're open to traveling without a specific U.S. destination in mind, then you can start with my free guide! In it, I share my favorite scenic destinations I've experienced while traveling around the country.
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Beautiful Scenic Destinations the U.S.A.
A quick destinations guide highlighting breathtaking U.S.A. scenic destinations that I'd visit again in a heartbeat.
23 Places • ago
Free

How to use this free guide

Earth is incredible which is why I decided to create this free guide. I think that everyone deserves a chance to see nature's wonders without having to pay for an itinerary.

In my experience, some destinations are almost too ethereal to seem real when you're experiencing them firsthand. However, you can judge them with your own eyes once you visit. This map of these scenic destinations is created for you to bookmark a USA travel bucket list.

I continually update this list of beautiful places in the United States as I visit them and determine if they are over-hyped or if they deserve a spot on this list.

Phone, laptop, and tablet notes

For easier access, save this guide to your library. These destinations will be saved to Your Map.

To view all destinations on a map on a desktop: click the map button on the top right of the page.

To view all destinations on a map on a phone/tablet: click the accordion folded map icon to view the map. To bring back the list, click the three lines with the magnifying glass.

Scenic Markers by State

California

Pirates Cove, California
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park at Pirate's Beach Cove Parking lot and hike down to the smuggler's cave for scenic views away from the beaches and traffic.
Add to
Details
Sunset Cliffs, California
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park in the city lot coastal viewing for a less busy view of the sunset cliffs.  3980 Lomaland Dr San Diego, California
Add to
Details

Washington

The Quad - University of Washington
@LiveWanderingBlog
This may not seem like a strong starting point but the Quad at the University of Washington has beautiful trees that make you feel like you're in a Hallmark movie when they blossom in the spring.
Add to
Details

Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains
@LiveWanderingBlog
Bring lots of water and sunscreen. There is a dirt parking lot and a short walk to the sculptures. There is no shade. No parking fees. Dogs are allowed on leashes and owners must pick up after them.
Add to
Details

Utah

Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
Bryce Canyon has free parking available. I recommend viewing it at sunrise and parking at the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Parking Lot.
Add to
Details
Double Arch, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
In Arches National Park, follow a short trail from the Windows parking lot to this double-arch geological structure. With good shoes and sunny weather, people can climb up under the second arch to take photos. Be careful of the drop-off!
Add to
Details
North Arch Window, Utah
@LiveWanderingBlog
One of the most scenic views is near the Windows in Arches National Park.
Add to
Details

Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park
@LiveWanderingBlog
Add to
Details

Colorado

Garden of the Gods
@LiveWanderingBlog
Try to arrive earlier during peak seasons because the main parking lot only has 200 spots. There is overflow parking but considering it's free this is a hot spot for tourists and locals to visit.
Add to
Details
Hanging Lake
@LiveWanderingBlog
Hike 2,000 ft to reach the top where you can view a beautiful waterfall. Take a break before the waterfall trail and soak in the peaceful environment that surrounds Hanging Lake.
Add to
Details
St. Mary's Glacier, Colorado
@LiveWanderingBlog
Beautiful in the winter and summer seasons depending on what kind of nature you want to hike in. Let it be snow or wildflowers.
Add to
Details
Roxborough Park
@LiveWanderingBlog
You need a state park pass or pay the daily parking fee. Pets and bikes are not allowed in the park.
Add to
Details

Michigan

Silver Lake Sand Dunes
@LiveWanderingBlog
Leashed pets are allowed in all areas other than the designated swim beach. Restrooms are available at the beach house. There is a vehicle permit fee.
Add to
Details

Minnesota

Lutsen Mountains
@LiveWanderingBlog
Four mountains and 95 runs--this is the most diverse ski area in northern Minnesota.
Add to
Details
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park in the Gooseberry Falls parking lot near the visitor center. It has free parking and designated places for dogs. Take the paved path beyond the visitor center to the upper and lower falls.
Add to
Details
Caribou Falls State Wayside
@LiveWanderingBlog
A quick hike from the parking lot leads you to a staircase that descends to the base of the waterfall. Hikers can also see the top of the waterfall with beautiful views of Lake Superior.
Add to
Details
North Shore
@LiveWanderingBlog
Lake Superior is like the ocean. You have to see it at least once and drive the northern shore from Duluth to Canada at least once in your lifetime. It's a feat in nature that isn't replicated anywhere else in the world.
Add to
Details
Black Beach
@LiveWanderingBlog
Early morning or sunset are perfect times to visit this beach.
Add to
Details
Iona's Beach Scientific & Natural Area (SNA)
@LiveWanderingBlog
No permit or parking fees are required. The sunrise in September was an ethereal experience, to say the least. View my reel on Instagram to see the footage.
Add to
Details

Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
@LiveWanderingBlog
There is a parking fee but no permit is required to do the hike. They also have kayak tours which I recommend instead of navigating Lake Superior on your own. Lake Superior is known to change weather patterns quickly and guides will know the safest places to tour.
Add to
Details

New York

Ithica Falls, New York
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park on Lake St. and head out on the short trail to the falls for an amazing view.
Add to
Details

South Carolina

Burkes Beach, South Carolina
@LiveWanderingBlog
Park at this or one of Hilton Head Island's other hidden beaches to enjoy a less crowded sun rise.
Add to
Details

Florida

St. Augustine, Florida
@LiveWanderingBlog
Sit on the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Fort while eating a picnic and looking out over the ocean and St. Augustine.
Add to
Details

* * *
CURATED BY
My goal is to make you feel inspired by your next trip to keep wandering through life. MY CONTENT I write about various destinations and topics that appeal to the modern traveler which I personally experienced including (but not limited to) ethereal hikes, trendy tea rooms, salt caves promoting relaxation, mesmerizing beaches, and luxurious lodging across the world. ABOUT ME Freshman year of college, I received my first passport stamp in Costa Rica. It felt like I was breathing air for the first time and my love for travel was born. My wanderlust grew as I studied hospitality and tourism at university while developing my own travel blog. Since then, I've moved all over the United States as a digital nomad finding new destinations to explore. Taking random trips whenever I could afford it wasn't cutting it for me, so I decided to live in Australia for a short period of time while finishing my degree. You can expect both urban and nature features in my guides. As much as I love to explore, I enjoy creating content of my adventures too! WELLNESS + TRAVEL While traveling is a big part of my life, I'm also a big advocate for personal wellness. As a certified reiki master, I focus on a wellness travel series that I created on TikTok; viewers can relax while watching shorter scenic videos created by yours truly (linked below). If you're open to traveling without a specific U.S. destination in mind, then you can start with my free guide! In it, I share my favorite scenic destinations I've experienced while traveling around the country.
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