Written by MAYA STANTON
Picking the most impressive panoramas in the United States is no easy feat – the country's abundance of showstopping views could make even the most jaded traveler weak at the knees.
Here are eight of the finest vistas from coast to coast.
Golden Gate Bridge
An iconic landmark indelibly associated with the City by the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge stretches 1.7 miles across the Golden Gate Strait, connecting San Francisco to Marin County.
Whether it’s shrouded in fog or standing tall on a crystal-clear day, the 1930s-era art deco marvel one of the country’s can’t-miss sights, and the best perspective is from the Marin Headlands.
Bonus: from there it’s an easy jaunt to the Pacific Coast Highway, a legendarily scenic route with jaw-dropping views of its own.
The Grand Canyon has to be one of the most photographed sites in the world, but there’s no way pictures can do it justice – as impressive as they may be.
This mile-deep, 18-mile-wide geological stunner is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and for good reason: between its scale and its colorful layers, it’s unlike anything else in the US.
It’s near impossible to hear the words “Rocky Mountains” without humming John Denver, and when you set eyes on the peaks that inspired the tune, it’s not hard to see why they provoked such an homage.
A massive collection of individual ranges spanning some 3,000 miles from Canada to New Mexico, the Rockies are truly a sight to behold.
Although they’re well-represented in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is perhaps the best-known place to check them out.