Help us build the ultimate American travel bucket list by voting for your favorites
In our quest to find the best attractions in every state of the union, 10Best is turning our attention westward toward Hawaii and the northwestern United States – an area characterized by striking natural landscapes and ancient cultures.
We’ve enlisted a panel of travel writers and photographers in each state to nominate 20 their favorite must-see attractions. Now we need you to pick the winners. Vote once per day for your favorites in each state. Voting closes on Monday, July 3 at noon ET, and winners will be announced on Friday, July 7.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Alaska Attraction
The northern lights, visible over the Brooks Range — Photo courtesy of State of Alaska/Chris McLennan
The largest and most sparsely populated state in the country, Alaska boasts seemingly endless dramatic and varied landscapes, dotted with quirky small towns where travelers can make a base for outdoor adventure. Not to mention, the diversity of the Last Frontier’s people has created a cultural heritage quite unlike any other, which is also worth exploring.
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Best Hawaii Attraction
Sunrise at Haleakala — Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
A chain of islands piercing the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is the nation’s very own tropical paradise, complete with sandy beaches, some of the world’s most active volcanoes and a near-perfect climate throughout the year. The youngest state in the union has a long history and a rich cultural heritage characterized by the aloha spirit.
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Best Idaho Attraction
Shoshone Falls in Idaho — Photo courtesy of Blip Photo
Idaho, America’s 14th largest state, is home to just 1.5 million people with far more untouched land than developed. With so many wild places to explore, the Gem State draws adventurers from across the globe to its natural attractions, including the most miles of white water rapids in the U.S. But it’s not only about the outdoors in Idaho; Boise, the state capital, is quickly becoming a thriving metropolis, rich in its own cultural offerings.
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Best Montana Attraction
Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park — Photo courtesy of iStock/ IMNATURE
Sprawled across a landscape of jagged peaks and expansive prairie set beneath big, blue skies, Montana easily deserves the nickname of Treasure State. Many of the state’s top attractions are of the natural variety, but Montana’s American West heritage means there’s cultural appeal as well, from the historic centers of Billings and Helena to the college town vibes of Missoula and Bozeman.
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Best North Dakota Attraction
Theodore Roosevelt National Park — Photo courtesy of iStock/zrfphoto
It was the landscapes of North Dakota that inspired Teddy Roosevelt to create the National Forest Service to begin protecting America’s parklands. This sparsely populated Great Plains state hasn’t changed much since Lewis and Clark passed through in the opening years of the 19th century – the dramatic scenery remains pristine, and travelers will still find old frontier towns and cowboy culture.
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Best Oregon Attraction
Multnomah Falls — Photo courtesy of sparkloft
From windswept sand dunes, towering sea stacks and snowcapped Mt. Hood to the artsy neighborhoods of Portland, microbreweries of Bend and top-notch wineries of the Willamette Valley, Oregon offers a little something for everyone. This indie-spirited, eco-minded Pacific Northwest gem of a state is diverse in its geography and its culture, yielding a wealth of travel-worthy attractions.
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Best South Dakota Attraction
Mount Rushmore — Photo courtesy of iStock/Kjsmith47
In South Dakota, pristine wilderness meets the Wild West. It’s a state where a traveler can hike amid the imposing peaks of the Black Hills, watch a gunslinger shootout in Deadwood or pay tribute to presidents past at Mount Rushmore. The countryside brims with recreational possibilities, while towns like Pierre, Rapid City and Mitchell offer a host of cultural attractions.
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Best Washington Attraction
Mount Rainier — Photo courtesy of iStock/RomanKhomlyak
With Seattle as its cultural and artistic hub, Washington State enjoys a diversity that caters to nearly any type of traveler. From the Cascade Range to the Puget Sound, natural attractions in the state shine, but manmade offerings like the Pike Place Market or the Space Needle have become just as characteristic.
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Best Wyoming Attraction
Teton Range — Photo courtesy of iStock/tmestemacher
Wyoming, most famously home of Yellowstone National Park, has no shortage of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Amid all the state’s wild places and open spaces, its cowboy culture and Western heritage are alive and well, particularly in towns like Cody and Laramie. Ski gear and cowboy hats coexist in Jackson Hole, while Cheyenne, the state’s largest city, is home to museums, galleries, historic architecture and the annual Frontier Days festival.
Vote: Best Wyoming Attraction
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