5. CLIMB THE HALF DOME Where: Yosemite National Park, California, U.S. Known for its distinct shape, this granite dome is a popular destination among hiking enthusiasts. Climb all the way up and witness a breathtaking view of the Yosemite valley down below.
Set in the shadow of red-rock monoliths, Sedona benefits from its striking location—visitors often beeline for its buttes, canyons, and spires. On clear nights, take in the region's light-pollution-free sky’s dazzling display of stars. A must-stay here is L'Auberge de Sedona, Condé Nast Traveler's 2015 Readers' Choice Awards top-rated hotel in the Southwest. It's set in the heart of Red Rock Country, and beauty abounds everywhere you look.
While going out of the country is a must-have experience for any traveler, it's important to remember all the gems of our own nation — because they are plentiful. Even better news? Staying within the United States is, as a whole, cheaper than