Special Report

The Most Beautiful Attractions in the U.S.

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21. Kenai Fjords, Alaska

This is where you go to see remnants of the Ice Age. Located at the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, which is its most popular attraction. Your best bet to see whales, dolphins, and sea lions is a cruise leaving from Seward.

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22. Indiana Dunes, Indiana

Millions of people from all over the country make the trip to the Indiana Dunes, which are located not far from the southern tip of the famous Lake Michigan. Hiking and biking are popular as trails take you through 70 miles of dunes, marches, and prairies.

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23. Badlands, South Dakota

The badlands are a trademark of the West. A 40-mile road trip along the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway is a good way to experience the area. You’ll witness ancient rock formations, cliffs, and colorful spires. The best viewpoints include Big Badlands Overlook, Pinnacles Overlook, and Yellow Mounds Overlook.

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24. Hill Country, Texas

Texas may be known, among other things, for high school football and BBQ, but Texas Hill Country is famous for bluebonnets, which are the state flower. The best time to see these beautiful native wildflowers is the first few weeks of April.

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25. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most popular natural wonders. It is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, and up to 6,000 feet deep, making it one of the largest and longest canyons in the world. One of the most popular ways to see it is to hike the South Rim trail, which is open year-round.