California is large enough to offer all types of landscapes that you could ask for. If you want a fantastic and gorgeous city with hills, head to San Francisco. You can also find picturesque vineyards, forests, parks, lakes, deserts, mountains, and more. Most people consider Yosemite National Park to be one of the major attractions for those looking to take in California's natural beauty, but you shouldn't forget about Napa Valley, Redwood National Forest, Mount Shasta, or Lake Tahoe. Don't forget to visit the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, the largest of all living trees worldwide.
Yellowstone is large enough to span multiple states, so you will find part of that national treasure in Montana. That fact alone puts Montana on the top 10 list, but there are many other unspoiled features to enjoy. Montana is known for its gorgeous blue skies and unspoiled landscapes. For a historic and visually appealing adventure, follow the Lewis & Clark Trail. Or you can enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountains or Glacier National Park. In the latter, you will find peaks capped in white and the Triple Divide Pass, which is full of wildlife and offers amazing views of the unspoiled wonders in Montana.
Although it is fairly far north, there is more to Alaska than picturesque snowscapes. That being said, the ranges such as the Brooks Range offer unforgettable views of snow-covered mountains. The Tongass National Forest and Chugach National Forest are gorgeous whether or not there is snow on the ground and show the versatility of beauty that Alaska has to offer. For true beauty you will only see in a handful of locations, time your visit to catch the Aurora Borealis, the most attractive natural light show.
As a series of islands, you will find beautiful features in Hawaii that can't be found anywhere else within the United States. The scenery is diverse with a diverse range of fauna and flora. Historical sites like Pearl Harbor are gorgeous, as are other landmarks such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Kilauea, Mauna loa, and Mauna Kea all draw an impressive number of visitors annually due to their unique offerings and the rich landscape around these volcanoes and mountains.
Utah is one of the most beautiful states in America if you want somewhere with rustic charm and beauty. You can find the Rocky Mountain Basin and incredible geological wonders. There are also multiple large stretches of natural beauty, including Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. For a breathtaking sight, visit the Rainbow Bridge. This is the largest natural bridge as well as a picturesque rock formation, crossing Lake Powell. The Wave, spanning southern Utah as well as Northern Arizona, is a natural phenomenon in the form of a canyon that actually has wave marks along the edges.
Washington State is home to many features which earn it a spot on this list. There are large cities such as Seattle, but you can also find undisturbed natural areas. The North Cascades are dramatic in appearance, dominating the north-central area of the state. Here you will find rock, ice, forests, and rocky peaks as well as the North Cascades National Park. Perhaps the most well-known and beautiful attraction in Washington is Mt. Rainier, which has the most glaciers of any mountain within the contiguous US in addition to forests, wildflower meadows, and roaring rivers.
When most people think of Colorado's natural beauty, they picture the Rocky Mountains and other similar landscape features. The mountains are truly inspiring, but you can find Colorado beauty anywhere you look. The Great Sand Dunes National Park shows that the state includes pretty desert landscapes in addition to mountains. To contrast the desert of the sand dunes, you can visit Glenwood Springs, which is not only gorgeous, but also the mineral hot springs that are largest in the world, with two different pools on site.
Arizona is known for the amazing and completely natural Grand Canyon, but there is more to this state than that one attraction. In addition to canyons and desert areas, you will also find pine forests, rivers, lakes, and valleys. No wonder there are multiple national parks (the Grand Canyon National Park and Petrified Forest National Park) in addition to sixteen different National Monuments, including Pipe Spring, Rainbow Bridge, and prehistoric Indian ruins.
Oregon is home to striking contrasts that offer natural beauty for everyone, no matter your tastes. You can find cultural sites, mountains, lakes, and more. Crater Lake is part of the South Oregon Cascades and is perfect for watching wildlife, camping, hiking, or even diving. Hells Canyon may have an intimidating name, but it is one of the most picturesque locations in the state, holding 653,000 acres including flowers, grass, rivers, and more. In terms of mountains, Mt. Hood is the main attraction in Oregon and for good reason as it is a gorgeous addition to any landscape and climbing it (at least partially) offers breathtaking views all around.
Florida, or the Sunshine State, is known for its gorgeous beaches, something which not many other states on this list have to offer. You can find populated areas as well as secluded locations with untouched natural beauty. For an addition to the permanent beauty of Florida, visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore at the right time and you will see thousands of Monarch butterflies on their annual migration.