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20 Amazing Places to Go Outdoors in the US

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If you are an outdoor lover, you probably value unique and new experiences. There are amazing places where you can visit or stay for a longer and just enjoy stunning views and Mother Nature. Enjoy your hiking and grab your backpack to be ready for your new adventure. These 20 amazing places worth of visiting in the US:

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is one of the “must-have” places to visit. It’s one of the most visited national parks where you can definitely find stunning views and peaks to go to. Located in New England, it is the only national park you can find with astounding inland lakes, thick forests that transform into beautiful hues in the fall season, astonishing ocean, the craggy outcrops, and stunning mountain views. You can rent a bike and roam around the park and experience the great outdoor journey. This is also a budget-friendly option.

2. The Badlands and the Black Hills, South and North Dakota

Located in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, this monumental place can offer you enjoyment and a remarkable outdoor experience. You can take in various rock formations and, if you are fortunate enough, you can even see bison herds. The natural beauty can be found here with plenty of things to do, ranging from beautiful parks, monuments and landscapes to attractions, wildlife, and scenic driveways.

3. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Located in Kentucky, this Mammoth Cave National Park offers an amazing cave system below ground, but also campgrounds, trails, river experiences and much more. Check out your favorite places and sign up for a tour to get the full view of the beauty the caves offer.

4. Mount Rainier in Ashford, Washington

If you love wildflowers in full bloom and hiking in summer time, this may be your choice. This iconic place in Washington’s landscape is great for hiking, camping and climbing.

5. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Probably the most famous place to go, this US National Park is just magnificent. Enjoy the peak and timeless views in the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Reserve enough time, especially in the peak seasons, as you will not be the only one here. And if you are nearby, outside Grand Canyon National Park lies Havasu Falls, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls.

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6. Burlington, Vermont

In Burlington, you can enjoy amazing outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, or paddle your boat across the Winooski River. You can also enjoy the view of Adirondacks and Green Mountains that are close to Burlington.

7. Yosemite, California

Another famous place to visit is Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Falls. Walk around the waterfalls, hike, and enjoy the amazing nature.

8. Keystone, Colorado

If you want to unwind with an outdoor activity, you can go to Colorado and experience a remarkable outdoor experience. Keystone offers a lot of adventures during summertime, such as hiking, alpine tubing, and biking, and several water sports. In winter, you may want to ski in the resort. Centered around River Run Village, this mountain town sits well above the sea level at over 9200 feet.

9. Arches National Park, Utah

Find natural sandstones, red rocks, and amazing landforms. This amazing place is really special and unique. Catch a view, hike in a variety of trails, and enjoy the red rock wonderland in a guided tour or just by yourself.

10. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

You may be a beginner or and experienced hiker, but if you love to see beautiful greenery, Oneonta Gorge and Triple Falls nearby may be perfect for you. You can see a lot even in a short hike.

11. Seward, Alaska

Looking for something special? Visit the most beautiful fjords in breathtaking, icing nature, but hurry as climate change is melting the glaciers. In this case, Kenai Fjords National Park is the place to go.

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12. Zion National Park, Utah

As one of the recognized backpacking destinations in the US, Zion National Park offers rocky and mesmerizing views, amazing rivers and numerous viewpoints to be amazed of the breathable landscapes.

13. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S and known for its wildlife, forests, lakes, rivers and canyons. Also known of the famous old faithful, geysers and diverse wildlife like wild wolves, bears and wild buffalos. Plan your visit ahead as there are so many things to do.

14. Coastal Georgia’s Wildlife Refuges

If you love nature, you may want to witness wildlife, affordable campgrounds, and free beaches. This unique and peaceful place offers a possibility to calm down and see a piece of wildlife, birds, deer and other fauna in the nature.

15. Portland, Maine

You can have the chance to experience great land and water experiences in Portland. There are many outdoor recreations available, like kayaking, sailing, motor boating, surfing, and hiking in the nature trails. You can go to waterparks, enjoy wildlife, or just enjoy the stunning scenery of this place.

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16. Monongahela, Jefferson, and George Washington National Forests

In Virginia and West Virginia, you can find U.S National Forests. This wilderness area is an opposite to the busy life. If you love hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures, you can check these places and enjoy the majestic view of forests and state parks. This place definitely offers a great variety of plant life. Be prepared to face the black bear as well, as they are relatively common.

17. Hawaii

Hawaii is a great choice for hiking due to a variety of landscapes making the visit memorable. Trek to Makalawena beach in Kekaha Kai State Park and see the Mount Kilauea. Located in the southern part of Hawai, Mount Kilauea is a young and active Hawaiian volcano worth seeing. The volcano rises above 4100 feet above the sea level. Remember to stay in designated areas to stay safe.

18. Canyon Trail, New Mexico

If you love hiking, head over to New Mexico and enjoy a loop trail hiking. Find beautiful wild flowers, amazing slots, geological formations and rocks. It offers moderate hike with beautiful views and you don’t need to be an expert to survive.

19. The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains – Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma

If you want a full outdoor experience, the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma are nice places to visit. Enjoy excellent driving roads, hiking trails, high mountain peaks, and interesting rivers.

20. Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada

This blue, clear lake is tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain. At an affordable price, you can be accommodated and experience a high-class vacation in Lake Tahoe, located in California and Nevada. There are plenty of options to do around the year, from hiking the mountains and renting an affordable kayak to experiencing a complete festival schedule.

There are definitely other beautiful destinations as well in the US. What’s your favorite one?