Florida Destination Named Among the "15 Most Beautiful" in the United States

L. Cane

The United States arguably gives beauty-seekers plenty from which to choose. From the country's waterfront coasts to its mountain ranges and its desserts, there is something for every taste.

Determining the Areas of the United States that are the Most Beautiful: There's a reason that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is such a memorable phrase. For many, the sentiment is quite true. What one person may consider beautiful may not move another.

That is the website Discoverer called determining the "15 Most Beautiful Places in the United States," one of the more "difficult things" they've done. Still, they certainly tried. And one of their picks was a Florida destination.

How Did Florid Fare?: The site picked 15 destinations from all over the United States. And there were only 15, so not every state had a choice included. So the competition was admittedly steep. Choices included the Joshua Tree in California and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. However, from Florida, the Discoverer chose one destination - Key West.

Why the Discoverer Liked Key West: The site specifically compared the beauty of Key West to the Caribbean and praised the Key's clear waters. It also noted that the variety of beaches, mangroves, and forests offered many opportunities for water activities.

Building upon the site's observations, Key West Florida Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is one example of a forest. According to the Gardens' website, it is the only "frost-free, subtropical, natural conservation habitat, native plant botanical garden in the continental United States." With 15 acres of gardens to see, this arguably makes for a lovely outing.

According to Paddle the Keys, the area's protected mangroves are home to 600 species of birds, fish, and marine life - including manatees. Many people who want to explore the mangroves choose to kayak.

Key West is home to multiple beaches, but Smathers Beach, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, and Dry Tortugas are often mentioned among listings for nice beaches in the Keys.

Key West Destinations that Many Consider "Beautiful": The Discoverer is one website, and few would argue that the beaches, mangroves, and forests of Key West are beautiful. But for variety, one can look at additional opinions about beautiful destinations within Key West.

A popular activity in the keys (which arguably gives one lovely things to look at) is a walk along Duval Street with its attractive restaurants and shops.

Another option is the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, which has 50 species of butterflies and 20 species of exotic birds. A pretty (and free) suggestion is to check out the sunset at Mallory Square. As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico, you'll often see the pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows of a south Florida sunset.

Finally, one can check out the Audubon House and Gallery to see some lovely gardens and a historic home with 18th- and 19th-century European furnishings.

The Rest of the Discoverer's Choices: Now that Key West has been discussed, here are the additional choices for the "15 most beautiful:"

Maroon Bells, Colorado

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Sequoia National Park, California

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

Florida Keys, Florida

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Joshua Tree, California

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Acadia National Park, Maine

Bluebonnets, Texas

Glacier Point, Yosemite, California

Angel Oak, South Carolina

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