America means so many different things to so many people, but one thing we can all agree on is that this country is absolutely beautiful. From coast to coast, there are breathtaking views to be had in each and every state. Check out these iconic sceneries from all across the nation that highlight the beauty of some of the most recognizable landscapes in the country.
1. Lombard Street, California
This flowering street in San Francisco is composed of eight hairpin turns, and is an iconic symbol of one of America's most well-known West Coast cities.
2. Bisti & San Juan Basin Badlands, New Mexico
These sprawling badlands offer some of the most unique rock formations in America. The surreal landscapes of the Bisti Wilderness Area and the San Juan Basin Badlands exemplify the rugged beauty of the Southwest.
3. Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montanta
This stunning area of Glacier National Park is one of the most photographed areas in the country. Its raw beauty is a draw for photographers and hikers around the world.
4. Moulton Barn, Wyoming
One of the most photographed barns in the United States, Moulton Barn is a beautiful reminder of how America is all about exploring new frontiers.
5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wymoming
This spring is one of the most iconic features of Yellowstone National Park. The mesmerizing colors are the result of chemical, temperature, and sediment interactions within the hot spring. Visitors flock from across the country and globe to stand at its edges.
6. Sunflower Fields, Biltmore, North Carolina
Waving fields of sunflowers are a quintessentially American scene. Their bright, heavy heads bobbing and swaying in the breeze exemplify simple and sweet American rural beauty.
7. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Found in Keystone, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore was the work of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln Borglum. Over 400 workers carved the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln into the stone.
8. Golden Gate Bridge, California
Another San Francisco treasure, the Golden Gate Bridge is a three-mile long suspension bridge between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It has been honored as one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is definitely one of the most recognizable and beautiful bridges on earth.
9. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
This otherworldly expanse of buttes, pinnacles, and spires covers 379 square miles. The striking rock formations are mingled with the largest undisturbed grass prairie in the United States.
10. Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts
Built in 1713, the Old State House was the site of the Boston Massacre and the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the structure stands in stark contrast to the glittering skyscrapers surrounding it.
11. West Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
America's beautiful covered bridges are reminders of a time when travel was an entirely different experience than the high-speed transit of today.
12. Bison on the Plains, North Dakota
On May 9, 2016, the bison was declared the national mammal of the United States by the National Bison Legacy Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama. Millions of bison once roamed all across North America. After their numbers were reduced to only a few hundred in the late 1800s, conservation efforts by private individuals working with Native tribes have brought their population back into the thousands.
13. Portland Head Light, Casco Bay, Maine
The coastal lighthouses of Maine and other nearby states are iconic symbols of New England. Guiding sailors safely along the coastline was once the important job of lighthouse keepers across the region.
14. Triangle Pass, Colorado
The mountains of Colorado are absolutely some of the most beautiful in the country. Places like Conundrum Hot Springs, the Maroon Bells, and Triangle Pass are some of the most scenic spots in the state.
15. Corn Fields, Lawrence, Kansas
The golden corn fields of Kansas are as American as apple pie.
16. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Located on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is one of the most recognizable lakes in the region and North America's largest alpine lake.
17. Pensacola Beach, Florida
The beautiful beaches of Florida are renowned across the country. Pensacola Beach is one of the most spectacular stretches of sand and surf on the Florida coast.