1. Alabama: Little River Canyon National Preserve
Located at the top of Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama, Little River Canyon National Preserve is centred around the river, which flows down the middle of a mountain ridge and has three big waterfalls. Visitors can explore, dive, kayak and rock climbing among the gorgeous scenery.
2. California: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
The Big Sur area is a wonderful road trip destination along the California coast known for its stunning scenery. Just off Highway 1, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has an 80-foot waterfall named McWay Falls that drops from rugged cliffs into the ocean. The park’s hiking trails also wind through a redwood forest with massive trees more than 2,500 years old.
3. Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park
4. Illinois: Starved Rock State Park
Less than 100 miles from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, Starved Rock State Park is the best spot to hike in Illinois thanks to its 13 miles of hiking trails of different skill levels. Enjoy natural scenery including waterfalls, canyons and diverse wildflowers and plants.
5. Maine: Cadillac Mountain
6. Michigan: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
7. Ohio: Hocking Hills State Park
Located in southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills is home to 17-acre Rose Lake as well as 59 miles of hiking trails and 40 miles of bridle trails that lead visitors to secluded hollows and waterfalls as well as majestic cliffs and gorges.