Traveling is an eye-opening experience. Explore far and wide and you’ll discover new landscapes that leave you awestruck. Actually, often you don’t even have to go very far at all. Here are five idyllic spots in the U.S. you won't believe exist.
Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii’s lush canopies and vibrant nature are what Instagram dreams are made of. The Haiku Stairs in Oahu will have you snapping pictures for days on end. Commonly referred to as “the stairway to Heaven,” Haiku Stairs is a hiking trail along the Ko’olau Range. With its steep 3,922 steps, the trail provides plenty of unbelievable views of the island. While it’s open to the public, be aware of the neighboring area. Local regulations prohibit hiking up the front of the mountain. Instead, there’s a safe and secure passageway through the back. From there you can travel down a few steps, snap your pics and avoid a hefty fine from the regional police.
Kenai Fjords National Park in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Winter more your forte? Then Alaska’s Kenai Fjord National Park is for you. With its gorgeous snow caps and glaciers, it’s a spot that needs to be seen up close and personal. It’s a drive away from Seward, the city known for being the final stop on the Alaskan Railroad. While being the smallest national park in Alaska, Kenai Fjord is one of the best for beautiful, calm seas and ice-decked mountains. If a trip up to this chilly delight is on your list, plan to visit between May and October. You’ll see shorter days and choppier weather later in the year, but the view is totally worth it.
Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona
This stunning canyon in Arizona is one of the most heavenly spots in the U.S. With its sandstone caves and scenic canyon slots, Antelope Canyon provides plenty to enjoy for the traveling photographer and hiker alike. Tours often take visitors through “The Crack” in the upper section and “The Corkscrew” in the lower section. The real treat here are the swirls and ridges all along the canyon’s surface. They’re a result of erosion over the years and are beautiful to see in the light, so be sure to book your trip when sunny weather is the MO.
Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah
Ever wondered what Jurassic Park would look like in real life? Angels Landing in Zion National Park will give you a good idea. These rock layers are more than 270-million-years old. The mix of trails here are great for both adventurers looking for a thrill and travelers who enjoy taking in the scenery. A secluded ranch lets you explore Angels Landing during slower seasons while mountain biking and rock climbing provide a more fast-paced experience. This idyllic spot is worth a few vacation days, as longer hikes can take anywhere from three to six hours.
Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Hidden in the hills of Oregon is the 611-foot Multnomah Falls, a majestic chute of ice and rain water. Only a 30-minute drive from Portland, this waterfall is a true representation of the splendor locked within Oregon’s borders. Multnomah Falls can be enjoyed both from afar and up close. Connecting two of the slope creeks is Benson Bridge, a foot path accessible to visitors. The bridge tends to get crowded during the summer months, however, as the sunlight makes for magical views of the streams.