Best Views in America - Slideshow

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Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

If you're up to the challenge, travel along the Kalalau Trail on foot and explore the Na Pali Coast. You'll find tall waterfalls and exotic plant life at every turn.
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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon offers a number of lookouts that allow visitors to gawk at its size, depth and colorful slopes from several different angles.
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Na Pali Coast

If you're up to the challenge, travel along the Kalalau Trail on foot and explore the Na Pali Coast. You'll find tall waterfalls and exotic plant life at every turn.
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Waimea Canyon

Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon offers a number of lookouts that allow visitors to gawk at its size, depth and colorful slopes from several different angles.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden

Sitting above Central Park and below the skyscrapers, the Met's roof garden is the perfect spot to take in the Big Apple and a dry martini.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

It may not give the most comprehensive view of New York, but Brooklyn Bridge Park allows visitors to appreciate the city from a different perspective. With the historic bridge in the foreground and Manhattan glistening behind, pictures routinely turn out exceptional.
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Denali National Park's Wonder Lake

Standing on the banks of the aptly named "Wonder Lake," you'll have the perfect spot to view Mt. McKinley (officially named Denali). On a clear day, North America's tallest mountain reflects onto water providing a double image -- if one was not enough for you.
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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Terrace

If you wish to minimize your exercise and maximize the scenery, stop in at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. From the hotel terrace, you can survey McKinley and its sister peaks. Afterward, enjoy a hot meal at the Foraker Dining Room with its panoramic views.
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Marin Headlands

While other viewpoints will get you pictures of either the city or the bridge, Marin Headlands offers the opportunity to catch both in a single frame. Plus, once you capture the perfect photo, you have great hiking trails calling your name.
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Horseshoe Bay

Unlike Marin Headlands, Horseshoe Bay positions you at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, so that you shoot upward, creating a dynamic angle. Additionally, if you'd like to linger awhile to absorb the view, consider staying at the exceptional Cavallo Point lodge or dining at the gourmet Murray Circle Restaurant.
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The Rim Trail

Walking along the Rim Trail, you'll watch the canyon shift before your very eyes. The sun and its accompanying shadows toy with the vibrant rocks, making every minute photo-worthy. And with 13 miles of path to shoot, you'll easily fill a memory card.
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Bright Angel Point

The North Rim attracts fewer visitors, so you may have a more serene moment gazing across the canyon. And Bright Angel Point, near the Grand Canyon Lodge, is the quintessential spot to daydream and to spot the Roaring Springs.
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Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

The Vegas Strip's lightshow really kicks off at night, but dusk is a less busy and gorgeous time to ascend the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. This particular vantage point also puts you right in front of the Bellagio Fountain show across the street.
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Mix at Mandalay Bay

While the Eiffel Tower places you in the center of the Strip, the Mix restaurant at Mandalay Bay positions you at the end. This perspective lets you capture nearly every Vegas landmark in a single frame. Plus, this Michelin-star eatery serves up some incredible (albeit astronomically priced) dishes.
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Jenny Lake

Attempting to squeeze the entire mountain range into your camera's viewfinder will give you a headache. So take it from us: You best chance to do it is at the Cathedral Group Turnout along Jenny Lake Scenic Drive in Grand Teton National Park.
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Along the Snake River

The best place to appreciate the Tetons may, in fact, not even be on land. Consider kayaking or rafting down the Snake River; this will award you with an innumerable amount of photo-ops. Plus, you'll have a good chance of spotting wildlife.
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Steps of the Lincoln Memorial

The top steps of the Lincoln Memorial not only provide an ideal vantage point for viewing the National Mall but also hold historic significance as the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech. The view is particularly moving in the morning when the sun crests behind the Capitol Building and Washington Monument.
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Newseum Terrace

This Washington D.C. lookout wasn't around five years ago, but we're sure glad it is now. When the Newseum opened its doors (and terrace) to the public in early 2008, it instantly became the shiny new kid on the block that features one enviable view along Pennsylvania Avenue.
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