Lovely Acadia. Mount Desert Island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and seasonal woodlands. Fall leaves colour the park red.

10. Acadia National Park, Maine

Lake Tahoe's turquoise water matches Philippines Instagram photos. This isn't a tropical island; it's a US lake. Most tropical islands are mountainless.

9. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Bend contains lakes, forests, mountains, and the Deschutes River. Enjoy riverwalks and green trees. South Sister and Crater Lake are difficult.

8. Bend, Oregon

Underrated US adventure destination: Asheville. I'm not biassed; Asheville offers great hiking. Asheville's outdoors are great.

7. Asheville, North Carolina

Most folks hike well-worn Canyon trails. Bright Angel Trail's vistas are popular. It winds 9.3 miles along reddish cliff pathways.

6. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Yellowstone hiking is expected. Abundant trails. All give views of Yellowstone's grasslands, streams, and hills. Grand Prismatic Spring makes Fairy Falls Trail popular.

5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Kauai is Instagram-famous. It has lush jungles, postcard-perfect beaches, and endless sunshine. Its beauty makes it an ideal escape.

4. Kauai, Hawaii

The PCH is a popular highway. It follows California's coast and has ocean views. SF, Santa Cruz, and SLO are classics.

3. Boulder, Colorado

The PCH is a popular highway. It follows California's coast and has ocean views. SF, Santa Cruz, and SLO are classics.

2. The Pacific Coast Highway, California

Yosemite is the ultimate adventure destination. Beauty surrounds you. This park features waterfalls, mountains, and woods.

1. Yosemite National Park, California

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