10 OF THE MOST COLORFUL PLACES IN THE U.S.
Crazy-beautiful spots close to home.
- •Skagit Valley, WashingtonThe state’s annual tulip festival takes place during the month of April--and gives the Dutch some serious competition.
- •Papakolea Beach, HawaiiOne 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.)
- •Grand Prismatic Spring, WyomingYellowstone Park’s largest hot spring is known for its striking rainbow effect.
- •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.
- •San Francisco, CaliforniaVibrant lanterns and signs brighten up San Francisco's Chinatown.
- •Harford County, MarylandSummertime is the prime growing season for sunflowers, whose vibrant faces follow the sun’s path across the sky daily.
- •Ulster County, New YorkFall leaf-peeping doesn’t get any better than this, with acres of preserved woodland erupting at the first snap of cold.
- •Bryce Canyon, UtahRed-rock hoodoos--odd pillars of rock caused by erosion--create an otherworldly hiking experience in this national park.
- •South Beach, FloridaCruise along Ocean Drive in Miami to see these candy-colored Art Deco buildings.
- •Bear Lake, AlaskaAurora borealis lights up the late-night skies in winter, spring and fall.