10 of the Most Colourful Destinations in the United States (U.S)

10 of the Most Colourful Destinations in the United States (U.S)
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Travel Bucket List – Most Colourful Destinations in the United States (U.S)


The varied topography, climate ranges, and cultural hubs of the United States provide some of the most diverse and dynamic scenery on the planet. 

Ramp up the hues on your next vacation; pack your bags and visit some of the most colourful destinations in the US.

PS – When you plan on ticking off places in this Travel Bucket List, don’t forget to have a selfie stick on hand. They come really handy, and the Perfect Selfie Stick these days, even come with accessories such as a Bluetooth remote and a tripod base.




Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Hop a flight to South Florida, and the color palette’s guaranteed to impress. Along Miami’s Ocean Drive in South Beach, palm trees flutter in the coastal breeze, and pastel-painted Art Deco structures overlook the teal waters of the Atlantic. 

This culturally-rich stretch of street features nearly 1,000 historic buildings, plus boutique hotels, rooftop terraces, and a chic dining scene. Want to consume some colors when you visit South Beach? Nab a seat at an award-winning ethnic eatery or spend a Saturday morning strolling through the SOBE Farmers’ Market.

Don’t stop the scenery-spotting here, though; there’s more to see in sunny South Florida. Rent a car, drop off your non-essential gear at a Miami luggage storage site, and hit Highway 1 for the Keys.

Ocean Drive Miami | Unsplash | Hector Falcon


Where to stay in Miami?

Nautilus by Arlo | Hilton Cabana Miami Beach | Loews Miami Beach Hotel



Key West, Florida Keys

Another colorful Florida destination, Key West wows with paradise vibes, turquoise skies, and whimsical neighborhoods peppered with hue-riffic Caribbean-style cottages. This small Florida Keys community is planted in the southernmost section of the United States, with a laidback lifestyle and hopping bar scene.

To maximize your exposure to this vibrant Florida Keys vacation destination, set off on a sunset sailing excursion or scope out the city scenery with a bike tour of Old Town Key West, or do a bunch of amazing things as mentioned in this Key West Travel Guide !


Where to stay in Key West?

Havana Cabana at Key West | Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina | The Laureate Key West



River Walk, San Antonio

Colors come from countless sources on the stunning San Antonio River Walk. This urban South Texas oasis lines the San Antonio River, with waterfront walkways winding between the shore and sections of shops, restaurants, and cultural hotspots. 

Have lunch alfresco under the rainbow of Casa Rio’s umbrellas, appreciate the elaborate architecture of the Mediterranean-style Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, or enjoy views from the water on a San Antonio river cruise, and if you are looking for more things to do in San Antonio, do check out this San Antonio Weekend Guide.

San Antonio River Walk | Flickr | Nan Palmero


Where to stay in San Antonio?

Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk | Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter



Painted Desert, Arizona

In northeast Arizona, the surreal, rugged landscapes of the Painted Desert explode in rust-colored rock formations, purple-hued hills, and sparsely-spaced succulents. Spanning the land gap between the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert is one of Earth’s most unique places

For the best views, hike the Painted Desert Rim Trail near Chambers, AZ, or take the Painted Desert Scenic Drive, which begins about 25 miles east of Holbrook. And, whatever you do during your colorific visit, don’t miss a Painted Desert sunset.



Las Vegas, Nevada

While in pursuit of America’s most colorful destinations, consider a Vegas visit. The lights and sights of this world-class entertainment hub are picture-perfect. Las Vegas hits high on the colorful destination spectrum, from the vibrant, over-the-top themes of the hotel scene to the vast, dusty desert land just beyond the city limits. 

Spend a day touring The Strip (consider hailing an Uber or two while spot-hopping; these aren’t your typical city blocks), and as night falls, hit the glimmering streets of the downtown area for some of the best performances in Vegas.


Where to stay in Las Vegas?

M Resort Spa & Casino | Cancun Resort Las Vegas By Diamond Resorts | Marriott’s Grand Chateau



Painted Cove Trail, Mitchell, Oregon

For a tranquil sight-seeing stop, plan a trip to central Oregon. In this land of lava fields and lush, mountainous terrain, you’ll find the Painted Cove Trail near Mitchell. This unassuming path flies under the radar but offers some of the most picturesque views in the Pacific Northwest.

Just 30 miles north of Ochoco National Forest and a two-hour drive from Bend, Painted Cove Trail weaves through a section of the John Day Fossil Beds, and this place is totally worth the trip. 

This easy, family-friendly trail is less than a half-mile long and winds around sienna-colored clay mounds that flow into charcoal gravel beds. Views span for miles from various points along the boardwalk-paved trail, and benches are planted along the way.

Did you know that Crater National Park is the only National Park in Oregon. It also happens to be one of the Best National Parks in the USA for Adventure junkies and nature lovers. So don’t forget to add that to your Oregon Travel Itinerary as well.




Waimea Canyon State Park, Hawaii

For some Hawaiian hues, head for the Big Island. Waimea Canyon State Park spans over 1,800 acres of the Island of Hawaii’s northwestern region.  

Nature’s paintbrush put in some overtime here. Rust-colored canyon walls frame lush rainforest valleys, and rushing waters cascade over mountain ledges. Hiking at Waimea Canyon State Park is probably the best way to access the most breathtaking views; trails range from easy to extremely challenging.

When you plan on visiting Hawaii, do spend a week at least in Oahu – the third largest island in Hawaii, and this 7 Day Oahu – Hawaii Travel Itinerary, would prove to be quite helpful to you. So don’t forget to bookmark it and save it for the future!


Where to stay in and around Waimea?

The Cabins at Kokee | Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu, Autograph Collection | Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger



New England in the Fall

For the ultimate color-filled vacation, head for New England in the fall. As summer temps begin to dip, the region’s vast forest lands erupt in explosions of fiery hues. Leaf-peeping is a popular pastime throughout the area, though there are some specific spots to visit if you want to get the most of your New England fall foliage trip.

Fall in New England | Petr Kratochvil | Public Domain Pictures




For top-notch leaf-viewing opportunities, take a road trip on one of Vermont’s longest stretches of road. Route 100 runs for over 200 miles, from the state’s northern border to its southern neighbor, Massachusetts. The highway winds along mountainsides and farm fields, and through some of Vermont’s most popular cities.

While scoping out the most beautiful foliage in Vermont, you might as well toss some bridges in, too. Montgomery, VT, is just south of the Canadian border, and this little city is surrounded by rivers. Snap some bridge pics, hike one of the roadside trails, and, with all these scenic distractions, remember to look at the leaves.

Foilage in Vermont | Flickr | Richard Ricciardi


Where to stay in Vermont?

Trapp Family Lodge | The Pointe at Castle Hill Resort & Spa




Move onto Maine for more spectacular views. This sprawling state’s array of climate conditions cultivates some of the most varied plant life (and leaf shows) in the region.

Aroostook State Park is an excellent place to launch your fall foliage tour in Maine. This northern park is one of the first places to burst into glowing golds and rich reds each season and offers some fantastic hiking trails for supreme color exposure.

For a little adventure during your Maine leaf-peeping trip, make a beeline for the Moxie Falls Trail in western Maine. Rustic boardwalks and rugged pathways weave through peaceful forests, eventually ending at the 100-foot-tall Moxie Falls. Pack a camera for this one…and some bug spray, too.


Where to stay in Portland – Maine?

The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection | The Francis | Portland Harbor Hotel



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