We asked our readers to vote for the most beautiful locations in the USA. Now the results are in. This gallery showcases the top ten most beautiful places in America as voted by Rough Guides readers.
America’s oldest national park has been voted the tenth most beautiful place in the USA thanks to its diverse landscapes and gorgeous seasonal colours. You'll find everything from bright blue and yellow geysers to lush green alpine meadows here. Early summer is one of the best times to visit, when the wildflowers burst into bloom and the park's gangly bighorn lambs take their first steps.
Best for location: Faithful Street Inn
Best for relaxing & hiking: The Cody
Best to observe wildlife: Naturalist guided day tour from Jackson, Wyoming
In ninth place on our list of the most beautiful places in the USA is Montana. Known to many as "Big Sky Country", this state is packed with glorious vistas, from the snow-capped Rocky Mountains to desolate high prairie, but remains relatively untouched by tourism.
Best to explore Glacier National Park: North Forty Resort
Best for families: Lone Mountain Ranch
Best for adventurers: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting
Best for fishing cruises: Half-day fly fishing trip in Glacier National Park
On the border of California and Nevada, two-million-year-old Lake Tahoe is picture perfect. In summer you can laze on its sunny beaches, circle it on bike trails and take to the water on boating trips while winter offers skiing and hiking beneath snow-topped granite peaks.
Best for a luxurious stay: The Landing Resort & Spa
Best for lakefront: Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa
Best for self-explorers: Hybrid Bike Rental and self-guided tour
Best for a relaxing afternoon: Happy Hour Cruise from South Lake Tahoe
This state has captured the hearts of many of our readers and it comes seventh place on this list. There's no wonder why; Alaska has a lot to boast about. Expect to find 12ft-tall bears, majestic moose, remote glaciers, deserted coastlines and soaring mountains.
Best to stay in nature but close to downtown: The Lakefront Anchorage
Best to stay in nature: Land's End Resort
Best for families: Arctic Circle Day Tour from Fairbanks
Best for day trip from Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full Day Tour
Bryce Canyon's striking landscape isn’t actually a canyon but a collection of naturally formed stone pinnacles caused by frost weathering and stream erosion. For one of the most mesmerising views, head to southern Bryce Point – dawn or dusk is the best time to capture the hoodoos (top-heavy formations) at their brightest.
Best to stay close: Best Western PLUS Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Best Motel: Bybee's Steppingstone Motel
Best for adventurers: 1-hour guided ATV tour
Best for a slow-paced trip: 3-hour horseback riding tour in Red Canyon
In fifth place is the mountainous Grand Teton National Park, named for the Teton Range that runs through its centre. Teeming with wildlife and dotted with beautiful lakes, it’s a worthy contender for one of the most beautiful places in the USA.
Best for spa: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa
Best for location: Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, a Noble House Resort
Best for a unique experience: Hot air balloon ride during sunrise from Jackson Hole
Best for wildlife spotting: Half-day Wildlife Safari Adventure
One of the most famous landscapes in the country, Monument Valley has been voted the fourth most beautiful place in the USA by our readers. Here you'll find all the classic vistas you'd expect from the Wild West – it's simply unlike anywhere else.
Best for location: Goulding's Lodge
Best affordable resort option: Desert Rose Resort & Cabins
Best for early risers: Sunrise tour in Monument Valley
Best for families: Sunset tour in Monument Valley
With nearly five million visitors a year, The Grand Canyon was bound to sit highly in this list. It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the USA and is just as impressive from every angle: you can hike through it, take a helicopter ride over it, or even white-water raft along the canyon floor.
Best for a luxurious stay: The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
Best budget option close to the park: Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon
Best for thrill-seekers: Tandem Skydive including pictures
Best for a relaxed family tour: Guided sunset Hummer tour
All 53 square kilometres of Crater Lake in Oregon are breathtaking. Sitting inside the hollow of Mount Mazama, formed by an explosion over 7000 years ago, the blue waters of this caldera lake offer stunning reflections of the often snow-topped cliffs that surround it. You can even scuba dive into the near-2000ft-deep crater.
Best to stay in nature: Aspen Inn in Fort Klamath
Best for a comfortable stay: Sleep Inn & Suites
Take a day tour from Bend to Crater Lake.
We reckon this is one of the world’s most dramatic geological spectacles – and so do you. It's no surprise that Yosemite has topped this list. Its rock formations have been the subject of many a photograph and have astounded travellers for centuries.
Best for nature setting: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp
Best for skiing: Austria Hof Lodge
Best for camping: 3-day camping adventure in Yosemite
Best for first-time visitors: Day Tour from El Portal to Yosemite and Glacier Falls