The United States isn’t just amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties—though there are plenty of those. From sea to shining sea, this country has some of the most incredible natural and city views on Earth.
It should come as no surprise that wild wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Mount Washington, and the Grand Tetons, have earned spots on this list. After all, our national parks and mountain ranges are home to some of the highest points in the country — and some of the most dramatic views, surrounded by everything from red rock gorges to snowy, alpine slopes.
You don’t have to venture into the wilderness to score an amazing view. Our cities offer unique vistas of their own: best enjoyed on towering observation decks or with a cocktail in hand at a sky-high, rooftop bar.
In New York City, for example, the can’t-miss view is from the top of the One World Trade Center in Manhattan. On the observation deck perched 100 floors above the ground, visitors can see everything from the Empire State Building to helicopters hovering far below.
The best views in the country aren’t always from the top, either. In Rhode Island, head to Prospect Terrace, a steep hillside that offers visitors and locals excellent views of downtown Providence. Come here in the morning, sit at the base of the Roger Williams statue, and watch the sun rise over the city.
Whether you’re from out of town and want to orient yourself or are looking for incredible snapshots closer to home, this list highlights some of the very best places in every state for #Travelgram-worthy views. While an easy elevator ride or moderate hike can take you to many of these precipices, we’ve added a few bucket-list challenges for the mountaineers among us. How high would you climb for the best perspective of the world?