Top 10 Most Beautiful U.S. States

The Top Ten
1 California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles... read more

The most beautiful state is Alaska, but a lot of California is beautiful. Ocean, desert, mountains, woods, farmland. Northern California is more beautiful and more seasonal. A lot of Southern California is an ugly desert, but you can't beat a beach sunset or a good mountain view.

It's so beautiful! It has the beaches, mountains, desert, forests, farmland. Everything! The Central Coast and Northern California are the most beautiful (Redwoods). San Francisco is fun and quirky and Los Angeles is fun and sunny.

The cities are dirty and tourists trash the place, but it is still well deserved to be first. With the redwoods and Sierra Nevada, it has to be. Even the dirty cities I mentioned aren't all that dirty in many spots and are still great looking.

2 Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

Beautiful state and culture. Beautiful island of volcanos, beaches, and palm trees. The food is great, and the people are sweet.

It's simply magical. The views are breathtaking. Has everything life has to offer. So much culture and love for nature.

How is this amazingly wonderful and beautiful state below California? This is ridiculous!

3 Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

Oregon is the best state in overall majesty. From the coast and the dunes to the deserts and mountains, Oregon is epic and I think it is better than Utah. I feel like this place should have more national parks. Here are some proposed national parks that I think should be created: Columbia River Islands National Park, Columbia River Estuary National Park, and Oregon Basin National Park.

To be honest, I think Crater Lake is not a good national park. The lake is the deepest in the country but it is devoid of life. There are no native fish in the lake. Not many people visit this national park compared to Zion and Grand Canyon. I think Columbia River Islands would be amazing. There are islands in the Columbia River that should be protected. Overall, Oregon should be number one and it is an amazing state. #columbia river islands national park!

4 Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

It's more than just desert. It has beautiful mountains and Flagstaff is great. It has the Grand Canyon, cool native reservations, nice national parks. Phoenix is kind of boring. I kind of prefer Tucson.

Arizona is amazing - the Grand Canyon, deserts, and other features are amazing!

5 Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

Washington is beautiful. It is not all rainforest. There are mountains, coasts, deserts, and farmland - it has everything. Washington is great. Explore all the state, not just Seattle.

Beautiful state. The islands, Seattle, the deserts, farmland, forest. It's a great state, very progressive, home of grunge music and quirky people.

Breath-taking beauty which includes the awe-inspiring green forests, spectacular mountains, and the Puget Sound, home of the mighty Orca whales. The flowers are bountiful, colorful, and some aromatic. The national parks, waterfalls, hiking trails are all awesome. We love our wildlife and our pets.

Our weather is free from hurricanes, deadly tornadoes, and long cold winters. Washington state is gorgeous.

6 Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

Beautiful state. Beautiful rocks and national parks. It has the desert, snow, skiing. Salt Lake is a quirky little town. People in Utah are surprisingly attractive and pretty chill.

Utah is uber underrated and diverse, ranging from palms and red rocks in the southwest, to some of the best skiing and impressive mountain ranges on Earth to the north, to some of the most unearthly beautiful canyons, arches, etc. in the desert all across the south.

I live in Oregon, and I think Utah should be number one. It's out of this world!

7 Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Alaska is the most beautiful state. It has the Arctic, ocean, mountains, wildlife. Everything! Anchorage is a cool city. It reminds me of Portland. It has cute small towns. It may be cold in the winter, but please visit in the fall, spring, or summer.

The most beautiful state. A lot of nice dramatic scenery. Pacific rainforest, Arctic tundra, mountains, empty wilderness with animals. Alaska is intense.

We have 17 out of the top 20 tallest mountains in America, over half of the world's glaciers, more coastline than the rest of the U.S. combined, North America's largest oil field, America's two largest forests, and no plants that are poisonous to the touch, etc.

8 Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa.

As someone who can spell beautiful correctly, I believe this state is the absolute most beautiful in the United States. California is beautiful, but it's neither affordable in terms of time nor money. The people are miserable, there's no sense of community, and the state wants you to be poor.

As a staunch conservative living here against my will (my parents moved here about a decade ago), I can't wait to save up enough money to move our construction business to Montana. Hopefully, I won't be chastised for coming from a backward state. Aside from the political discussion, the absolute beauty and the sense of peace you get in Montana is unparalleled.

9 Wyoming Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Wyoming is gorgeous. It's like Montana. Yellowstone and the Tetons are amazing. Open ranch, prairie, super peaceful and calm. Hot cowboys, friendly small-town people.

You cannot judge what this beautiful state has to offer by rushing through it on the Interstate. This state has to be explored off the beaten path to fully appreciate it.

Wyoming is a very beautiful state due to sparse population and large open spaces. Wyoming barely has more people than our nation's capital!

10 Maine Maine is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Known for its rugged coastline, it is the easternmost state in the contiguous U.S. Its capital is Augusta, while its largest city is Portland. Maine is famous for its maritime history, as well as its seafood cuisine, particularly... read more

Maine is beautiful. Tons of ocean and pine trees. Nice beaches (it can be pretty cold). Portland is a chill little town. The Maine accent is funny and the people are pretty nice. It's beautiful in fall, but watch out for moose.

This is everything beautiful that Oregon has, except it's the entire state. Maine has more coast, exponentially more lighthouses, and real winter.

The forests in Maine are better than in Washington state.

The Contenders
11 Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

My beautiful Centennial State should be ranked higher. There's a variety of different terrains. To the east, there are the plains. Near the middle, the gorgeous Rockies. To the west, a more desert-like area.

I have always been drawn to the mountains though. When I lived in Denver, I would see them in the distance. It's a great place for nature lovers and people like me who appreciate nice views.

Absolutely gorgeous state. I have lived all over the U.S. and Colorado is the most gorgeous in my book. Hawaii and states in the Pacific Northwest are also gorgeous, but there's something refreshing about the Rocky Mountains.

12 Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.
13 Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

It's way too humid sometimes, old slow drivers rule the roads, and it has bipolar weather.

But it has such gorgeous beaches, the sand is white, the water is blue, the nightlife is stunning, the lights are bright, and the music pumps to the rhythm of your heart. You feel the breeze and the sun hit you most of the day. The scenery is just gorgeous. So much variety.

14 Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Are you kidding me? Nevada is so beautiful! Lots of deserts and mountains. Its vast emptiness is what makes it so breathtaking. But Nevada isn't all desert. Don't forget the lakes and the forests over by the California border. This is the type of environment I dream of living in.

Because Vegas! Just kidding, but it's got tons of beautiful mountains, lakes, and canyons too. Should be top ten!

15 Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

When you hear about the prettiest states, I never hear anything about Tennessee. I don't understand. Everything is so green and clean, even the outskirts of Nashville are very green. And then there are the Smoky Mountains in the east, which are breathtaking. As someone who comes from California, even I was surprised at how beautiful Tennessee was.

My home state, absolutely stunning mountains in the east. Just that part alone makes it one of the best!

Has anyone seen the Tennessee mountains before? Breathtaking!

16 Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.
17 Rhode Island Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States.

Small state, but Newport is beautiful. The beaches are nice, and there's a lot of woods, and you get all four seasons. Providence is not that pretty. It's quite hood.

18 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
19 Louisiana
20 Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.
21 Michigan

Why is Michigan placed so low? It's definitely one of the most beautiful states - the prettiest I've seen and lived in. At least it should be in the top five.

We have beautiful lakes, beaches, historical forts, pine trees, sand dunes, ski resorts, definitive seasons, caves to explore, beautiful forests where deer run free, as well as awesome orchards and vineyards, to name a few.

Michigan is the best state, hands down. The west side is better.

22 Connecticut
23 North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Come on, North Carolina's got everything you could want: incredible beaches with landmarks, such as the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the tallest in America, big cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh, and the highest mountains in the Eastern U.S. with breathtaking views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It should be at least in the top 10!

24 Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

Iron Range and Eagle Mountain areas up there on Lake Superior are just stunning.

25 New York New York is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic Region. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is... read more

New York City is beautiful. Upstate is even more beautiful. You get waterfalls, woods that change color in the fall, hills, Adirondacks, and Finger Lakes. New York has it all.

First off, you have New York City, which has an amazing skyline and some amazing architecture with its rising buildings and beautiful bridges. "But New York's so dirty and ugly! Hmph!" With a city of over eight million people, yeah, it's going to be dirty. And the "ugly" parts are the Bronx, which every city has a version of.

Go east of the city and you'll find yourself in Long Island. There are so many awesome beaches there, and some bluffs in Montauk which could make a beautiful picture. Okay, now head upstate and you'll find the Catskill Mountains, which look stunning during autumn by the way. There are some really cool swimming holes and waterfalls there, and of course, stunning views.

Head even more upstate and you'll find yourself in the Adirondacks. Those are some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. You can find Lake George, Ausable Chasm, Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, Mount Marcy, and so much more!

Alright, now let's talk about Western New York! You have two of the Great Lakes there, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which both have their unique looks to them. There's other cool lakes like the Finger Lakes and Green Lake State Park. You can also find some really breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls like Niagara Falls (one of the most beautiful and famous in the world), Letchworth State (Grand Canyon of the East), and Watkins Glen State Park, which has amazing rock formations and is roughly one of the most beautiful places in America. I haven't even mentioned half of the wonders New York has to offer, but it definitely deserves higher than #35! I say it should be in the top 10.

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