10 OF THE MOST COLORFUL PLACES IN THE U.S.

Crazy-beautiful spots close to home.
  1. Skagit Valley, Washington
    The state’s annual tulip festival takes place during the month of April--and gives the Dutch some serious competition.
  2. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
    One of the only green-sand beaches in the world happens to be on the Big Island. (Remnants of a volcanic cinder cone give the sand its olive hue.)
  3. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
    Yellowstone Park’s largest hot spring is known for its striking rainbow effect.
  4. Washington, D.C.
    The annual cherry-blossom festival is a rite of spring in which the white marble monuments of our nation’s capitol reflect the cheery pink blossoms exploding around them.
  5. San Francisco, California
    Vibrant lanterns and signs brighten up San Francisco's Chinatown.
  6. Harford County, Maryland
    Summertime is the prime growing season for sunflowers, whose vibrant faces follow the sun’s path across the sky daily.
  7. Ulster County, New York
    Fall leaf-peeping doesn’t get any better than this, with acres of preserved woodland erupting at the first snap of cold.
  8. Bryce Canyon, Utah
    Red-rock hoodoos--odd pillars of rock caused by erosion--create an otherworldly hiking experience in this national park.
  9. South Beach, Florida
    Cruise along Ocean Drive in Miami to see these candy-colored Art Deco buildings.
  10. Bear Lake, Alaska
    Aurora borealis lights up the late-night skies in winter, spring and fall.