If you're looking for the next place to go for an eventful summer vacation, take a peek at these nine beautiful locations throughout the United States where you and your travel companions can enjoy endless fun in the sun.
The Wave, Arizona
This red sandstone rock formation located near Arizona's southern border with Utah is a breathtaking hiking destination that has become so popular that there's a competitive lottery process to be selected to receive a permit in order to visit. The best months to see The Wave, according to its informational website, are April, May, September, and October.
Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
With more than 1.5 million visitors per year, Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. Its picturesque waterfalls make it a prime destination for hikes and weddings.
The Falls were formed thousands of years ago when the glaciers receded, exposing a fertile plain later cultivated by Native Americans. According to its tourism website, Snoqualmie is the English pronunciation of “sah-KOH-koh” or “Sdob-dwahibbluh,” an indigenous word meaning moon.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Dubbed America's "all natural theme park," this Michigan island allows no cars, offering the limited options of horse and buggy, bicycle, or your very own feet.
The lively Victorian village allows you to experience nature's beauty while also enjoying historic sites and museums, water sports, and even golf.
Grand Teton, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park is a destination for the adventurer in you. With its striking views, extraordinary wildlife, alpine terrain, and pristine lakes, this national park is one of nature's very own playgrounds.
The park has more than 200 miles of trail to explore, making it a fantastic backpacking location. Tourists have already begun planning their visits to view the solar eclipse across America this year set to take place on Aug. 21, with the center crossing Grand Teton.
Joshua Tree, California
the drive through Joshua Tree today pic.twitter.com/B96mqcx89z— Maddie McCartney (@MaddieMakesit) May 28, 2017
Located just 140 miles east of Los Angeles, the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park is best known for its premier rock climbing, camping, and hiking.
Since the California desert land was upgraded from a national monument to a national park, it has become "the ultimate retreat for artists and musicians," Kevin Walker, a mechanic at the Joshua Tree Bicycle Shop reportedly told GrindTV.
Hamilton Pool, Texas
If it's tranquility you seek, look no further than Hamilton Pool Preserve located in Dripping Springs, Texas. The 50-foot Hamilton Creek waterfall spilling over into the pool makes for a serene swimming experience and stunning views.
Watkins Glen, New York
Watkins Glen State Park is the most popular of the Finger Lakes State Parks with a stream that descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, creating 19 waterfalls along its path.
Visitors can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, swimming in the Olympic-sized pool, biking, and hunting.
Emerald Coast, Florida
It's no secret that Florida's beaches are some of the most popular vacation spots in the country, but the Emerald Coast contains hidden gems, such as secret beaches, hidden state parks, and incredible sightseeing options distinct from the typical Sunshine State experience.
The Emerald Coast is the area's unofficial name, which was bestowed upon the stretch of land by a local junior high school student back in 1983.
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area, New Mexico
Hoodoos in Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness. New Mexico. USA. pic.twitter.com/Ie7hiVLmuk— Antonio Lozano (@cord7oba) October 9, 2015
While vegetation is scarce, fossils in the area are plentiful. The landscape of sandstone cap rocks and scenic olive-colored hills make for an astonishing view rarely found elsewhere.