Arizona's The Wave rock formation

Natural wonder—"The Wave," a rock formation in Arizona (©tusharkoley/Shutterstock)

America the Beautiful: 50 Awe-Inspiring Places to Visit

By Jessica Hoffman on 07/03/14

From Acadia National Park in Maine to California's Big Sur coastline, and from Alaska's Denali to Oahu's Northshore—and nearly everything in between—the adage "America the beautiful" always rings true. So in honor of U.S. independence this 4th of July weekend, we've put together our list of 50 amazing and beautiful places that are guaranteed to inspire you to travel from sea to shining sea—no passport required

Trust us—your bucket list is about to get longer.

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