Survey shows that Utah is the most beautiful U.S. state
The United States has 3.7 million square miles of land area.
131,250 square miles of that is designated as part of the national park system, which consists of 401 parks.
That’s only about 3.5 percent of the country’s total area!
It should be more, since much more than 3.5 percent of the country’s natural beauty is worthy of preservation.
The natural beauty of the United States should be available to enjoy for everyone, which is why the national parks were created 145 years ago in 1872.
However, this list is not just a list of national parks. Instead, it is a survey of the internet’s most popular landscapes in America.
To determine this list, we informally surveyed more than 30 travel sites and took the number one entry from each site to compile our own list, without repetition.
Only 18 states made the cut.
We also created a ranking of the most beautiful states by counting how many times each state occurred on our list and then dividing those counts by the total number of states to come up with a percentage.
According to the survey, Utah is number one, with 18 percent.
It was closely followed by Arizona, (15%) and Alabama (12%).
[Two entries, The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Wasatch Mountains, contained two states, so there are more states than entries.]
The Top Five Most Beautiful States
Check out the list below and let us know if you agree or disagree.
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Monte Sano State Park, Alabama
Bellingrath Gardens, Alabama
Zion National Park, Utah
Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon, Utah
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Adirondack Park, New York
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Gulf Shores of Alabama
Glacier National Park, Montana
Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
Mount Hood, Oregon
Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Utah
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Wasatch Mountains, Utah and Idaho
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
Crater Lake and Wizard Island, Oregon
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama
Town of Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Acadia National Park, Maine
Arches National Park, Utah
Mount Redoubt, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Green Mountains, Vermont
Death Valley National Park, Arizona
Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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