31. Painted Hills, Oregon
> Closest city: Bend, Oregon (population: 99,178)
Oregon’s Painted Hills are noted for its fossil beds and hiking opportunities, and, of course, the hills’ orange, red, tan, and black stripes.
32. Haʻikū Stairs, O’ahu, Hawaii
> Closest city: Honolulu, Hawaii (population: 350,964)
The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, is a hiking trail offering scenic views, but a difficult climb, totalling 3,922 steps along Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountain Range.
33. Otero Mesa, New Mexico
> Closest city: El Paso, Texas (population: 678,815)
Otero Mesa is the largest of the remaining desert grassland habitats in the U.S. Though it has been used for cattle grazing for generations, it has retained its wild character and scenic vistas.
34. Supai, Arizona
> Closest city: Paradise, Nevada (population: 191,238)
Located in the Grand Canyon, Supai is the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. This is the only location in the U.S. where mail is delivered by mule.
35. Whidbey Island, Washington
> Closest city: Everett, Washington (population: 110,629)
The largest of islands of Washington’s scenic Puget Sound, Whidbey island has many popular parks and reserves. The island hosts dozens of festivals and events every year.