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This is no ordinary parking spot – with no exterior walls or sides, this unique car park offers panoramic views of Miami.
The design was the brain-child of Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and is said to resemble a house of cards – the $65 million structure took two years to construct and opened in 2010. Whether it’s the sea and sand during the day, or twinkling Miami lights at night, there’s a great view everywhere you turn!
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If you’re in San Francisco, it’s definitely worth taking a drive up to the Potrero Hill neighbourhood where you can park up and enjoy beautiful views of San Fran’s city-scape, including Downtown, Twin Peaks and San Francisco Bay.
If it’s not too foggy, we also recommend paying Potrero Hill a visit on the fourth of July to watch as fireworks light up the sky. However, watching San Francisco sparkle at night, even if you aren’t in town on Independence Day, is a sight not to be missed!
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With its peaks, valleys, twists and turns, the Million Dollar Highway is perhaps one of the most breath-taking stretches of road in the world. Reaching an elevation of over 11,000 ft. and with hairpin bends, steep descents and no guard rails, this road is not one for the faint-hearted!
The Highway, which was built in the late 1880s, runs between Silverton and Ouray on Route 550 in Colorado and there are plenty of places to stop to take in the Rocky Mountain backdrop. While Molas Pass offers wonderful views of Molas Lake, Snowden Peak and Animas River, the Red Mountain Pass ascent shows remains of the Idarado Mine as well as views of Ouray.
So, park up, catch your breath and take in those stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
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The Iron Mountain Road is an unforgettable drive, described as one of the most unusual routes in America. It’s an historic stretch of bends designed to make you slow down and enjoy the views: wooden structures, tunnels, mountains and of course, Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial was established in 1925 and features sculptures of former U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The memorial, which was sculpted by Danish-American father and son duo Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum, has become an iconic symbol of the United States.
The one-lane tunnels were designed specifically to frame the Mount Rushmore Memorial. The best time to go is late afternoon when the sun is behind the mountain.
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Parking spots don’t get much more scenic than this roadside stop – the Teton Park Road cuts straight through the Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone in Wyoming. Look out for wild animals, lakes, canyons and hot springs along the road, then take time to enjoy the spectacular sunsets as they highlight the snow-capped Teton mountains.
Teton Park Road is closed during winter, but the road opens up again in May. Visitors to Grand Teton National Park also have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse which is due on August 21, 2017.
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Hermit Road offers jaw-dropping views of the Grand Canyon. The scenic route runs for seven miles along the west edge of Grand Canyon Village and out to Hermits Rest. There are nine designated viewpoints which provide spectacular views across this natural wonder. Mohave Point and Hopi Points are particularly good spots for watching the sunset and sunrise over the Colorado River.
The Grand Canyon’s age is often debated – some argue it’s 5-6 million years old, while others claim its origins go as far back as 70 million years. What’s clear though is that everyone agrees the Grand Canyon is a sight not to be missed.
You will require a Grand Canyon National Park vehicle permit which costs around $30 and can be purchased at the entrance stations.
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the border between Arizona and Utah and is characterised by clusters of vast sandstone buttes. Director John Ford used the location for many of his best-known Western films and, as such, this landscape is often what we think of when we imagine the Wild West.
Throughout the 16-million-acre reservation, there are plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the views – however, you will be required to pay a park entry fee of around $20.
Iconic features of Monument Valley include the “Mittens”, the “Totem Pole” and the “Ear of the Wind” arch. The valley is also a star-gazing hotspot thanks to its largely clear skies – the best time for this is during sunset or sunrise.
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Rim Drive is a 33-mile scenic highway in Crater Lake National Park – Crater Lake itself is the deepest lake in North America and the seventh deepest in the world. Due to the elevation of up to 8,000 ft. there’s a chance of snow at all times of year, while the vista is grandest from late spring through to early autumn.
Stop and enjoy the sapphire blue waters of this volcanic crater lake, as well as views of Wizard Island, the cinder cone found at the west end of Crater Lake. Like most National Parks, there is an entrance fee and these views will cost you around $15-20 per car.