Moab, Utah is among the 10 spots ranked on the All-American Destinations.
From California to the New York island, there are sights that every American absolutely must see. For this year, the consensus on the top cities has been unveiled. Travel Channel released its list of 2014 Best All-American Vacations, so those planning their next family vacation can dive into these awe-inspiring destinations:
Moab is home to both Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. The gorgeous landscape is famous for its breathtaking red rock formations, but you can also soak up pristine views from Canyonlands National Park. With great scenery and an array of outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking, this spot is a nature lover's paradise.
Black Hills, Dakotas
In the Black Hills, you can visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, which contains some of the largest mountain carvings ever constructed. Add that to the Mammoth Site, exposing the fossils of the prehistoric world, along with Custer State Park, where visitors witness one of the nation's greatest free-roaming buffalo herds, making a "buffalo jam" just another day in traffic.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Those on leisure travel can remember what silence feels like at Joshua Tree. The 5,000-foot elevated desert park located in Southern California has 12 self-guiding nature trails and lookouts from Keys View that extend beyond the Salton Sea to Mexico. Other trails lead you to the remains of the gold mining era. If you're up for a challenge, try to hike all five of the park's fan palm oases. Just don't forget to bring water.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Formed in the dormant volcano of Mount Mazama's crater, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1,900 feet. The immaculately blue water is surrounded by cliffs towering up to 2,000 feet as well as wildflowers, fir and pine. Boasting world-class views, it's no surprise Crater Lake National Park makes a stellar setting for day hikes. Here you can breathe in some of the cleanest air in the nation.
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
As the world's former whale port, Nantucket Island is now designated a National Historic District. The 50-square-mile island packs seaside cottages, historic museums and upscale dining. Take a walk to Brant Point Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in the country, or head to one of the several beaches that welcome swimmers and surfers alike. While there are plenty of historic shipwrecks to see here, a vacation on Nantucket is nothing but smooth sailing.
When compared with the nature-rich destinations on the rest of the 2014 all-American list, Pittsburgh makes for perhaps one of the most surprising choices. Yet one summer weekend in the Steel City is enough to realize why it made the cut: Visitors flock to the iconic Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museums, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Ohiopyle State Park in this hip spot.
Everglades National Park, Florida
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. The diverse habitats are home to a number of rare and endangered species like the American crocodile, manatee and Florida panther. This site is an international treasure, too – it's listed as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance.
Bannack State Park, Montana
Explore the "Old West" in this best-preserved Montana ghost town. Bannack was the state's first major gold discovery in 1862, when the population swelled to dig up gold in the hills. Today, you can relive the rush with more than 60 original structures still standing, including the governor's mansion, old hotel and Methodist Church. Besides the rush, camping, bicycling and wildlife viewing are staples in Bannack State Park.
Finger Lakes, New York
Say hello to world-famous wineries and unparalleled New England nature in the Finger Lakes region of New York, located about 4.5 hours north of New York City. Oenophiles have a heyday here, choosing from more than 100 vineyards and delightful wine tours. For the outdoor enthusiasts, this destination is known for its stunning lakes, remarkable waterfalls and golf. As far as vacation tips go, regulars in this region will advise that the best way to explore is by boat.
Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Nothing is more American than the nation's capital. Stroll through countless attractions, from the White House to the Smithsonian Institute to the Lincoln Memorial. For those on family travel, be sure to see giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at the National Zoo. The Washington Monument makes for a great family photo.