From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is truly an amazing place packed with an incredible diversity of attractions. From national parks and wildlife refuges to museums and quirky roadside attractions, our great nation teems with things to see and do. 10Best wants to know which attractions deserve a spot on the must-visit list for each U.S. state, and we're starting in the Southwest and South.
For the next four weeks, cast your vote daily in each category to help us name our winners. Voting ends on Monday, June 5, and the 10 winning attractions in each state will be announced on Friday, June 9.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Arizona Attraction
Does the Grand Canyon get your vote for best attraction in Arizona? — Photo courtesy of iStock/Nikolas_jkd
Arizona's natural attractions – especially the majestic Grand Canyon – have long been a draw to adventure travelers from around the world. But the Copper State has plenty more to offer beyond its red rocks and deep gorges. Old West towns, ancient ruins and engineering marvels rank among its top draws.
Best California Attraction
Th Golden Gate Bridge is at the top of many travelers' bucket lists — Photo courtesy of iStock/somchaij
The state of California stretches along the Pacific coast for some 900 miles; its attractions – both natural and man-made – are as big and diverse as the state itself.
Best Colorado Attraction
Vote for your favorite Colorado attraction, like Garden of the Gods — Photo courtesy of iStock/pilgrims49
Open deserts, deep river canyons and jagged mountain peaks make Colorado an outdoor enthusiast's playground with loads of worthy attractions courtesy of Mother Nature. But with thriving urban centers like Denver, Boulder and Aspen, the Centennial State offers plenty in the way of cultural pursuits as well.
Best Louisiana Attraction
Which Louisiana attraction tops your list? — Photo courtesy of iStock/zrfphoto
A melting pot of geological and cultural influences, Louisiana presents the traveler with unique experiences found nowhere else on the planet. Stunning landscapes – pristine swamps, sprawling farmlands and the Gulf of Mexico – pair with classic jazz halls, Creole villages, French-influenced architecture and a healthy appreciation for two of life's most important pleasures, food and music.
Best Nevada Attraction
Does the Las Vegas Strip make the cut for best attraction in Nevada? — Photo courtesy of iStock/Sky_Sajjaphot
A vast state dominated by diverse, dramatic landscapes, Nevada is difficult to define. On the one hand, you have much of the population clustered in the southwest corner in the glitzy, glamorous and sprawling city of Las Vegas. On the other hand, you find untouched wilderness – alpine forests, high deserts and spectacular red rocks – that make you feel worlds away from civilization.
Best New Mexico Attraction
What do you think is the best attraction in New Meixco? — Photo courtesy of iStock/RobertWaltman
New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment for good reason. Culturally, the state is a melting pot of Native American, Anglo and Hispanic cultures. The natural landscapes are equally diverse – everything from subterranean caverns and vast sand dunes to aspen-covered slopes and snow-capped mountain peaks.
Best Oklahoma Attraction
Does this waterfall get your vote for the best attraction in Oklahoma? — Photo courtesy of iStock/crotonoil
Situated at a cultural and geographic crossroads of the United States, Oklahoma is home to 39 Native American tribes, a dozen ecosystems, two transcontinental highways and more than 200 man-made lakes. Old West heritage is evident around every turn, and natural beauty abounds in this land where prairie and mountains collide.
Best Texas Attraction
Do you want to remember the Alamo, or forget it in favor of another top Texas attraction? — Photo courtesy of iStock/Dean_Fikar
Texas is like a whole other country. It impresses with its sheer diversity of attractions – everything from pristine beaches, deep canyons and scenic swimming holes to stockyards, botanical gardens and one of the nation's best free museums. What's on your must-see list in the Lone Star State?
Best Utah Attraction
Vote for your favorite attraction in Utah — Photo courtesy of iStock/johnnya123
Home to several of the nation's most famous national parks, Utah's appeal lies primarily (and unsurprisingly) in its natural attractions. More than 65 percent of Utah's lands are public, offering superb access to red rock canyons, sandstone cliffs, snow-covered mountains and remnants of the state's earliest residents – both dinosaur and human.
Which attractions get your vote? Tell us in the comments.