The Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States

An American-made must-see list.

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America is full of incredible sights, both natural and manmade, but not all sights are created equal. Dive into our list of the most beautiful places in all 50 states, and you might just find the perfect spot for your next adventure.

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Alabama: Bellingrath Gardens & Home

This , designed by prominent Mobile, Alabama, architect George B. Rogers, is full of brightly colored blooms and edible crops. , the successful owner of a Coca Cola bottling franchise, and his wife Bessie, called the land home up until the 1950s. You can still tour their today.

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Alaska: Creek Street

Although was once what is politely referred to as a Red Light District, it currently serves as a with quaint tourist spots. Visitors of this beautiful and historic walkway can spot wildlife (think otters, eagles and large schools of salmon) and browse quaint shops and galleries along the way.

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Arizona: Antelope Canyon

The rock formations in Arizona's look absolutely surreal. Operated by the , the canyon was . Bring your best camera if you decide to tour the location — the sunbeams play off the canyon walls to create colors you'll want to capture.

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Arkansas: Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

Designed by Fayetteville, Arkansas, architects E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings, the sits on a quiet hilltop overlooking Bella Vista's Lake Norwood. 15 main arches stand 50 feet tall, and its walls are made of 4,460 square feet of glass. If you're already imagining your wedding or vow renewal taking place here, you're in luck: The chapel can be reserved for special ceremonies.

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California: Sequoia National Park

You've heard of California's renowned redwoods, but did you know about its sequoias? While redwood trees stand as the tallest trees in the world, sequoias are the largest. The , a tree fondly known as General Sherman, can be found in the Golden State's . Believe it or not, General Sherman is 275 feet tall, 102 feet wide and weighs 2.7 million pounds.

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Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park

Not only is Colorado's beautiful, but it also gives us a chance to travel back in time. The 5,000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings that make up give us a closer look at the Ancestral Pueblo community that made the land their home for 700 years, and the park staff continues to preserve them today.

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Connecticut: Mystic

with a ton of character, , is full of beautiful restaurants, galleries, shops and homes like the one pictured here. Visitors will also enjoy taking in the location's rich history: Settled in 1654, Mystic is home to what is known as the nation's leading maritime museum, .

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Delaware: Hagley Museum and Library

What was once the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont is now a stunning educational center in Wilmington, Delaware. A Smithsonian affiliate, the works to further the study of business and technology. also owns 235 acres of land along Delaware's Brandywine Creek.

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Florida: Naples Pier

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida, the serves as an excellent spot for fishing, dining and simply taking in the ocean views. We're also willing to bet is the perfect spot to watch a sunset.

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Georgia: Wormsloe Plantation

Before coming to America in 1733, Noble Jones was nothing but a humble carpenter. After years of working successfully in the states as a physician and even Royal Councilor, Jones decided to settle down and make spectacular his home. Today, visitors can enjoy the property's beautiful avenue of live oaks and a slew of costumed period actors who bring to life.

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Hawaii: Sea Caves Along the Na Pali Coast

Along the island of , you will find a number of . Formed by harsh waves slamming into the island's porous lava rock, the caves now provide the perfect place for kayakers and other adventure-seekers to get up close and personal with the land.

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Idaho: Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh

From April to June, Idaho's is the epitome of a wildlife sanctuary. The Camas Creek is completely filled, a field of purple camas lilies begins to bloom and to the marshy area. Consider this spot a must-see if you enjoy bird-watching.

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Illinois: Bahá'í House of Worship

The in Wilmette, Illinois, is the oldest of the seven Bahá'í temples that exist around the world today. With nine sides, a massive dome and a beautiful garden, serves as a house of worship for believers in the Bahá'í faith, which was in the mid-1800s.

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Indiana: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Believe it or not, Indiana is home to one of the country's most stunning beaches. With 15 miles along Lake Michigan's southern shore and 15,000 acres belonging to , offer visitors a variety of beautiful landscapes — dunes, wetlands, prairies and forests included.

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Iowa: Amana Colonies

The are made up of a total of seven villages. Settled by German Pietists who lived a communal lifestyle until the 1930s, are approximately 150 years old. Today, they attract visitors with charming brick and clapboard homes, blooming gardens and locally made beer and wine.

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Kansas: Baker Wetlands

Located just south of Lawrence, Kansas, the are home to many types of wildlife. The water, which drains out to the Wakarusa River via Mink Creek, supplies the perfect environment for a variety of flowers, plants, birds and insects. using the surrounding trails might just be able to catch a glimpse of a beautiful blue heron.

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Kentucky: Mammoth Cave National Park

Underneath the rolling hills of Central Kentucky lies — the world's longest known cave system — where more than 400 miles of it have been explored. Visitors can tour , then choose from nearby activities including horseback riding, biking and camping.

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Louisiana: Garden District

If Southern charm is what you're after, look no further than . In this , classically constructed mansions and lush green gardens line the streets. You might even recognize a house or two from a movie you love — the Garden District has been featured in a number of films including starring Brad Pitt.

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Maine: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Located at the entrance to the Muscongus and Johns Bays, the stunning is going on 200 years old. (President John Quincy Adams commissioned the structure in 1827.) If you were ever a state quarter collector, you might also recognize from Maine's 25-cent piece.

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Maryland: George Peabody Library

Baltimore's is so much more than a home for books: It also serves as an extravagant wedding and event venue for those willing to rent the space. With five tiers of balconies and more than 300,000 volumes of reading material, offers an elegant setting for wining, dining and, of course, researching.

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Massachusetts: Motif No. 1 Fish Shack

Of all the charming structures and beautiful landscapes in the tiny coastal village of Rockport, this little red fish shack is perhaps the most well-known. Known as since early 20th-century illustrator Lester Hornby deemed it so, the building has been recreated by several artists.

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Michigan: Turnip Rock

fascinating rock formation off the coast of Port Austin, Michigan, came to be after many years of waves wore down the stone. The land surrounding is privately owned; however, so the only way to get up close and personal with the island is via water. Note that the area is especially shallow, so to take a beautiful photo like this one is doable.

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Minnesota: Minnehaha Falls

As the centerpiece of Minneapolis's Minnehaha Regional Park, this 53-foot waterfall is an extraordinary find in the Twin Cities area. Its name, Minnehaha, comes from words meaning in the Dakota language, according to the .

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Mississippi: Windsor Ruins

The haunting were once part of the magnificent plantation home of Smith Coffee Daniell II, a wealthy Mississippi man who owned the house and the surrounding 2,600 acres. He only lived in the home for a few weeks before his death in 1861, and though the mansion remained the , it burned down in 1890 after a house party guest failed to put out a cigar. are what remain today.

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Missouri: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Directly across the state from St. Louis's gleaming Gateway Arch is the equally stunning , located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. , which was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 2011, regularly hosts operas and performances by the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Symphony.

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Montana: Lake McDonald

As the largest lake in Montana's photogenic Glacier National Park, spans 10 miles and sinks 472 feet deep. Formed by Ice Age-era glaciers, has a still, reflective surface that provides the perfect mirror for the surrounding mountains. Visitors might even spot a bighorn sheep, elk or black bear, as they are known to tour the area.

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Nebraska: Holy Family Shrine

An isolated Catholic chapel, the marvelous is located off Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska. At its highest points, roof reaches 49 feet tall, and the windowed walls give visitors a stretching view of the surrounding prairie. Although special ceremonies like weddings and baptisms are not permitted to be held at this location, guided tours are offered and a regular mass is held on Saturdays.

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Nevada: Fly Geyser

Because the Fly Geyser was previously located on private land, travelers had to drive along Nevada State Route 34 to view it. Earlier this month, though, the festival purchased the land, which means the formation will eventually be available for closer public viewing.

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New Hampshire: Blair Covered Bridge

, New Hampshire's rustic is the second longest in the state. The original bridge, which was built in 1829, burned down before the current bridge was constructed in 1869. Although it's been weathered and worn by travelers and hurricanes, the state of New Hampshire and the town of Campton continue to put in the effort to .

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New Jersey: Island Beach State Park

New Jersey's , which spans nearly 10 miles of the Barnegat Peninsula, is a popular place for ocean swimming and surf fishing. And with its maritime forests, tidal marshes and rolling sand dunes, provides an incredible backdrop for these and other recreational activities.

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