With endless epic destinations in the U.S, how can you choose just one? From sandboarding on Great Sand Dunes to helicoptering over the Grand Canyon, the five best places to visit in the U.S. make for some serious travel adventures. Go ahead and check these epic destinations off your bucket list.

1. New York City, On a Kayak

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In this bustling metropolis, there is no shortage of exciting tourist attractions and activities. However, none quite compare to kayaking on the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan around the Statue of Liberty. Paddle 15 miles in open water, snap a photo with Lady Liberty and admire the iconic New York City skyline. Kayaking in NYC is uniquely epic and a great way to see the city and its monuments from a different perspective.

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2. Grand Canyon

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One of the most spectacular places to visit in the U.S. is the Grand Canyon – but you’ve got to do it right. The best view to appreciate the magnitude and complexity of it all is had by helicoptering over the Grand Canyon. Admire Desert View Point, Dragon Corridor, and green forests of the North Rim from above. And once you’ve seen the grand scale of this epic natural wonder from the sky, be sure to reserve a spot to camp inside the Grand Canyon. Hike to the dramatic Havasupai Falls, where blue-green water flows through the red rock of the narrow gorge. Take a dip in the striking natural pools and get to know the indigenous, Havasupai people in their remote village for the full experience.

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3. California’s State Route 1

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Also known as Highway 1 and Pacific Coast Highway, State Route 1 is a road trip that must be made to appreciate the beauty of the  U.S. The stunning scenery of California’s Big Sur region, and the redwoods and foggy waterfront between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle will take your breath away. Admire the impressive Bixby Bridge and head to Narrow Palo Colorado Road to escape into an enchanting redwood forest. Passing through this gorgeous stretch, where Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, is a place you won’t want to miss in the U.S. Stop for a sunset to capture the beauty at its finest.

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4. Yellowstone

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The first U.S. natural park consists of 2.2 million acres of natural beauty for you to explore. Discover a volcano’s hidden, colorful hot springs as well as mudpots, geysers and much more. Yellowstone is not only one of the best places to visit in the U.S. but also one of the cheapest. See wildlife such as buffalo and grizzly bears, and enjoy the expansive wilderness Yellowstone has to offer.

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5. Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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The tallest sand dunes in North America, rise to a maximum height of 750 feet in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Admire these enormous dunes, the backdrop of surrounding alpine peaks, and the flowing creeks of the Great Sand Dunes. What’s the best way to experience the epic nature of this natural wonder? Sandboarding or sand sledding, of course. Play in the stream and sled through the expanse of dunes for a truly unique experience. The monstrous proportions of these sand dunes provide a magnificent sight that you won’t soon forget.

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