They don’t call it America the Beautiful for nothing. This country is filled with gorgeous sights and dramatic landscapes that are best appreciated with a bit of elevation. What would America be without its iconic scenic overlooks? Dazzling the highways and enticing us to conquer some serious hikes, these rewarding views are always worth the effort. Here are a few of the most breathtaking overlooks in the U.S. where you can enjoy stunning views.
Cloudcap is the highest overlook on Oregon’s Crater Lake rim that you can access by car. This freshwater lake is a staggering 1,943 feet deep and circled by dramatic cliffs. The lake is famous for its striking blue waters and glassy surface. In fact, it’s actually a volcanic caldera that was created by the eruption of Mount Mazama. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America and is thought to be the purest body of water in the world as well. The vibrant blue caldera is fed entirely by rain and snowfall. This overlook will let you look out over the water to Wizard Island and Mouth Scott, as well as catch a killer sunset on the cliffs.
Dog Mountain Trail, Washington
This incredible hiking path is located in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge. Though it will definitely challenge anyone with a fear of heights, Dog Mountain Trail is one of the most stunning walking paths in the country. Explorers will be treated to the sight of dazzling wildflowers, dramatic cliffs, green forests, and unparalleled views of the Columbia River. Measuring 6.3 miles, Dog Mountain Trail in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge is certainly not for the faint of heart. Hikers that tackle Dog Mountain will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery for as far as the eye can see. Tackle this trail in late spring to see the wildflowers at their best.