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The 6 Most Beautiful Spots in the Western United States

Having lived most of my life in the East of the United States, outdoor spots in the West always seem to put me at awe of their beauty. I enjoy traveling and nature photography, so I've come across many different pictures as I've been planning my own future travels.

I saved six of the most beautiful places in the West, in my opinion, and now I want to share them with you. Let's see if you can make it the whole way through this without hopping in your car to go see one of these places in person.

Sedona, Arizona

When I first saw the picture to the right, I just sat and stared at it for a while. I then made it my desktop background; which it still is to this day.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is known for it's orange and red sandstone formations whose colors pop out the most at sunrise or sunset.

There's a lot to see here in terms of nature and there's a pretty big arts community.

A few of the places in Sedona that sparked my interest are Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and The Chapel of the Holy Cross. There are plenty of different places for you to explore though!

-- Sedona's Official Website --

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

This will show you how to get to Sedona and you can even enter your address to get directions.

Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon, California

Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon, California

Kings Canyon National Park, California

You'll feel like you're looking at another planet if you stare at the picture to the right too long. The sky and the reflection in the water are so surreal!

Kings Canyon National Park is filled with so many outdoor adventures and the landscape is really diverse. There's giant trees, canyons, mountains, caves and waterfalls.

There's a handful of spots I aim to check out, like: the Redwood Mountain Grove, Grizzly Falls, the General Grant Tree and of course Dusy Basin.

But believe me, there's plenty more to do here!

-- Kings Canyon's Official Website --

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

This will show you how to get to Kings Canyon National Park and you can even enter your address to get directions.

Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park houses a 6-mile-wide caldera (crater), which is what they call Crater Lake.

It formed when Mt. Mazama, now a collapsed volcano, exploded.

There's an island in the middle of the lake called Wizard Island (pictured on the right).

This island is the cider cone of the volcano, which formed after later eruptions.

You can actually hike down to the shore, take a boat to Wizard Island and then hike to the top of it to take in great views! When is the last time you stood on the cider cone of a volcano in the middle of a lake?

-- Crater Lake's Official Website --

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

This will show you how to get to Crater Lake National Park and you can even enter your address to get directions.

Snake River Overlook, Wyoming

Snake River Overlook, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This place is so beautiful that I chose two specific spots here to include in the list. Most people might be too distracted by Yellowstone to head this way, but don't make that mistake!

Snake River Overlook

The first spot is the Snake River Overlook which can be found on Highway 191. The view of the river is incredible with the Teton Mountain Range in the background! It's interesting to see the landscape change as it gets farther from a source of water.

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

The link above will show you how to get to the Snake River Overlook.

Oxbow Bend

The second spot is Oxbow Bend. Now I know these places are only 18 minutes apart and both of them deal with views of the Snake River, but this is my list! You'll thank me when you can go see 2 of the most beautiful spots in the West in one trip.

There's a bit more plant life to be seen here but the Tetons, once again, try their best to steal the limelight from the Snake River.

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

The link above will show you how to get to Oxbow Bend.  Aim for the Green Arrow on the map.

A couple other points of interest in the area are Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

-- Grand Teton's Official Website --

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

The last spot I chose is Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada.

The oddly unique grooves and formations in the clay, caused by erosion, give such an unworldly feeling.

If you showed me the picture to the right and told me it was from another planet, I'd believe you!

There are overlooks, trails and you can even camp or picnic here anytime of the year.


-- Cathedral Gorge's Official Website --

How do you get here?

>>Click HERE for Directions<<

This will show you how to get to Cathedral Gorge Park and you can even enter your address to get directions.

You made it the whole way down here without heading out the door to one of these spots?

Great job!

Now guess what you have to do?

Plan on getting off your butt and going to see one of these spots in person so you can tell me about your adventure!

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you can never capture all the beauty that your eye can bring in from a single glimpse at a place like any of the above.

Let me know which spot you think is the most beautiful, in the poll on the right.

Think I Missed A Spot? Tell Me About It!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2015:

We are in Arizona now so Sedona is familiar to me. The Antelope Canyon is the other place that amazed me.

MTCountryGirl on April 10, 2012:

I am a bit shocked Glacier National Park isn't on this list, but maybe I am just bias. :)

Jake on January 17, 2012:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado... breathtaking

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 30, 2011:

You should if you can, Karry Campbell! I plan on checking out these places myself!

Karry Campbell from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2011:

What beautiful photos! Makes me want to pack up the photo gear and hit the road.

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on March 15, 2011:

Yeah skyla.wishwash33, these places look beautiful! I hope you get a chance to check them out.

skylar.wishwash33 on March 15, 2011:

Wow.. AMAZING pictures. I haven't been to the Western US yet to check out these landmarks but it definitely is on my "to see" list now. :-)

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 03, 2010:

Sounds like you're living in the ideal spot for nature lovers, Mr. Smith!

Mr. Smith from Indiana on December 03, 2010:

I'm a fan of Northwestern Wyoming. I've hiked and fished many trails with packs, and/or children on my back and/or chest. My wife is a veteran of the "snap-in-the-butt" dry-fly on the Snake River. Now my grandchildren are experiencing the land that was passed down to us.

God is good.

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 02, 2010:

I plan on hitting up each spot myself, vballkel... maybe we'll cross paths! haha

vballkel from Michigan on June 02, 2010:

There are a lot of great spots on there! I need to visit some of these.

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on March 10, 2010:

Hopefully someday you can make it out to some of these spots lovelypaper!

Renee S from Virginia on March 10, 2010:

Oh, how I would love to travel and see sites like these!

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 23, 2010:

Thanks ginabuss, you picked a great place to get married!

ginabuss from Phoenix, AZ on February 23, 2010:

Wonderful hub! I just got married in Sedona so it certainly is a special place for me. Its just so unique and beautiful with so many great hiking trails.

Great photos you got there too!

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 18, 2010:

Gotta love natural beauty, Wanderlust!

Wanderlust from New York City on February 18, 2010:

Beautiful places! Great choice!

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 13, 2010:

Great addition TheWordWire! Antelope Canyon is gorgeous! I had it on my list of places I want to go, just didn't include it in this post.

TheWordWire on February 13, 2010:

Oh, what a great post! Soon as I saw Sedona, I smiled. I feel so lucky to have been able to visit all but Crater Lake on your list -- will definitely make it there someday.

There are so many incredible places in the American west that it's nearly impossible to narrow down the most beautiful. I'd suggest taking a look at Antelope Canyon as an addition. Near Page, AZ and Lake Powell.

Thanks!

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 08, 2010:

Great addition! I have plans to make it out there someday... I aim to hike to the top of Rainier!

VisitRainier on February 08, 2010:

Great picks - so much beauty, so hard to narrow it down! I would have to add majestic Mt. Rainier! Colorful wildflower meadows, powerful glaciers, alpine lakes, bountiful wildlife, rainforests, old growth forests...the list goes on!

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 08, 2010:

The Maroon Bells look gorgeous, ceigsti! Especially in the fall... I love when you can find a still lake that'll perfectly reflect a beautiful mountain range in the background.

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 08, 2010:

Yeah Hiking Lady, and the smaller crowds would attract me a lot more. Yellowstone is very popular!

ceigsti on February 08, 2010:

Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

Hiking Lady on February 08, 2010:

I definitely agree with the Grand Tetons! It really is a separate trip from Yellowstone. Both are amazing, but I just love the Tetons :)

Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 29, 2009:

Very true Frederick! I plan on going there too at some point.

FrederickD on December 29, 2009:

Don't forget the Olymipic Naitional Park in Washington. Some stunningly beautiful vistas up there.

eovery from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa on December 19, 2009:

I was raised in Wyoming, and it was not until I left, and then vacationed with my family, that I made it up to the Tetons and Yellowstone. I did go to Jaskson for school events a few times, but did not make it any further north to see the wonders.

Keep on hubbing!