Us travelers have a habit of getting carried away when planning trips. We want to see all the things and experience all the places. Money, practicality, and possibility go fresh out the window most of the time.
But, now and then, you may get that wanderlust tingle and realize that your finances won’t stretch to another big trip. It’s always a harsh blow to take and can lead to feelings of claustrophobia and despair. But, fear not. Limited funds don’t mean you can’t go anywhere. They just mean that you might have to stick a little closer to home.
It may not be the round the world trip you crave, but staycations are underrated. They’re quick, cheap, and can still lead you to some breathtaking experiences you never knew were waiting for you.
Here in the USA, we’re incredibly lucky to have some stunning scenery. In fact, many of the sites here could rival anything you’d see abroad. For proof, we’re going to look at three states with sights which are sure to take your breath away.
Naturally, Arizona had to come first on this list. If you’ve never visited before, you’re missing out. Most notably, this state is home to the world-famous Grand Canyon. If you’re after life-changing views, it doesn’t get much better. Every American should pay a trip here at some point in their lives. The layered bands of red rock are a history lesson in themselves. And, education aside, they look pretty damn amazing.
This is what the Grand Canyon look like when it’s lit only by lightning. pic.twitter.com/PmZZ7ZPUvO
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And, the sights don’t stop there. You could keep your education going with a visit to the meteor crater in the Arizona desert. Or, you could head to Oak Creek Canyon, little cousin of its grander counterpart. The stunning scenery here is sure to transport you to other worlds.
Another state worth a mention is Oregon. Known for its diverse landscapes, this is an area sure to have mass appeal. Mount Hood, a potentially active volcano, makes for a stunning day out. The same can be said for a trip to Crater Lake National Park, the namesake of which, Crater Lake, came from the collapse of former volcano, Mount Mazama. If you want to get a panoramic view of Oregon’s diversity, you could book into somewhere like University Inn & Suites Eugene, and take a hike up Spencer Butte. With an elevation of 2,055 feet, the views are guaranteed to take your breath away.
And of course, we couldn’t forget Wyoming. The most notable stunning scenery here is Yellowstone National Park. This nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness hosts hundreds of animals. There’s also remarkable scenery for miles around. Yellowstone is even home to Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest natural hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. And, that’s not all Wyoming has to offer. Here, you can also find stunning natural monuments like Devil’s Tower in The Bear Lodge Mountains. If breathtaking scenery is the aim of your travels, this is the place to be.