Awesome Aerial Views in All 50 States
From Florida to Washington state, the United States is full of beautiful views. Whether perched on a mountaintop looking out over the natural wonders of the land or sipping a cocktail from a chic rooftop lounge with a bustling city below, every state has a stunning vantage point to offer. Here are some of the best views from above that don't cost much money to enjoy -- in fact, many are free.
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This stylish restaurant and club atop the capital city's W hotel offers clear views of Washington's national monuments with posh, modern ambiance. A night's stay may not be within most people's budgets, but views from POV can be enjoyed with an $8 beer or $11 glass of wine.
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The main hike on 6,817-foot Big Mountain is the Danny On trail, which leads to a renowned view of lush land all the way to Glacier National Park. Access to the 7-mile trail is free, but it goes through bear territory, so bringing bear spray and making a lot of noise is highly recommended.
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The highest point in Mississippi, at 807 feet tall, Woodall Mountain provides sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Some locals scoff at calling the mound a mountain, though. It's also known as Yow Hill.
The mesmerizing views in Bryce Canyon are many, one seemingly greater than the next. Scenic Route 12 offers more than a dozen lookout points from which to see the shimmering, colorful rock formations known as the "Grand Staircase." Enter as a group in a car and pay $30 -- or buy an annual pass for $35.
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This restaurant and bar atop the Motor City Casino holds a guaranteed jackpot: spectacular views of Detroit from the 16th floor. A cocktail or appetizer is generally cheaper than what's on the menu at the 72nd-story Coach Insignia Detroit in the Renaissance Center complex. The skyscraper restaurant and bar has cheaper desserts, though.
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