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We point out the ideal vantage points of the United States’ most dramatic scenes.
By Joel Fineman
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While on vacation, we all search for that perfect photo op — that precise moment that captures the entire trip’s atmosphere. This desire may be irrational, and oftentimes we return home with unsatisfying pictures, but that doesn’t stop us. We still aim for the perfect image to showcase our unique artistic vision — and to post online to impress our Facebook friends. Our photographic hunger drives us to take hundreds of shots (thank goodness for digital cameras) that are inevitably inferior to those found on a $.50 postcard.
To help you out, we decided to point out the ideal vantage points of the United States’ most dramatic scenes. All of our suggestions are accessible to the public and display inspiring urban or natural landscapes. And just in case you can’t reach our first choice or have more time to explore, we’ve recommended a “second place” to visit. So grab your camera and head out to capture the best views our country has to offer.
Best seen from: The Kalalau Trail along the Na
The Hawaiian Islands’ tropical terrain indulges the imaginations of honeymooners and adventure-seekers alike. Most travelers familiar with the archipelago will tell you that Kauai features the most stunning scenery, and we agree. The views we can’t get out of our heads were from the Na Pali Coast. Its sharp emerald cliffs and jagged mountains trace the northern coastline. And while a boat trip leads you to the perspective that is most often photographed, we recommend taking the more exhilarating, exhausting trek along the Kalalau Trail. Hikers begin this 11-mile route at Ke’e Beach and traverse five valleys before reaching Kalalau Beach. You’ll stop several times along this challenging but rewarding path for photo ops (and water breaks).
Second Place: Waimea Canyon
On Kauai’s western side, the Waimea Canyon (a.k.a. “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”) contains verdant gorges, soaring buttes and ever-changing scenery, which shifts with the sun and the seasons. Hiking the canyon is surprising manageable when compared to its larger counterpart in Arizona, but we still recommend stopping at a ranger station to pick up a trail map.
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