As the world continues to get overtaken by civilization and more jungles turn to concrete, there is something about seeing mountain looming in the horizon that reminds us of the true, everlasting beauty of Mother Earth. Towering above the world, covered in snow, asymmetrical yet perfect in every way, mountains silently proclaim dominance over even the tallest skyscrapers.
Take a look at this list of the top 12 most beautiful mountains in the United States (and Canada) and let us know which one is your favorite!
1. Grand Teton – Located in Northwest Wyoming, this is the highest mountain in Grand Teton National Park.
2. Mount Rainier – This is the tallest mountain in the state of Washington. It is an active stratovolcano and is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. It is on the Decade Volcano list, which is a list of the 16 most potentially dangerous volcanoes in the world.
3. Denali (Mount McKinley) – This mountain has the highest peak in North America. It is located in Southern Alaska as the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.
4. Mount Whitney – Located in California, it has the highest summit in the contiguous U.S.
5. Maroon Bells, Elk Mountain – This picturesque Colorado scene is made up of two peaks, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. They are the most photographed mountains in the United States.
6. Mount Saint Elias – Located on the Yukon and Alaska border, this is the second highest mountain in both Canada and the United States.
7. Mount Shasta – This mountain is located in Northern California and is potentially volcanic. This stand alone mountain offers an amazing, unobstructed view from the surrounding highways.
8. Great Smoky Mountains – This mountain range is located in North Carolina and Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is America’s most visited National Park.
9. Mount Elbert – Located in Central Colorado, this mountain is the tallest point in the state.
10. Sawtooth Mountains – Part of the Rocky Mountains, this range is located in Central Idaho. The highest point is Thompson Peak, near Stanley, ID.
11. Hawaiian Islands – The exposed peaks of a great undersea mountain range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain, which were formed by volcanic activity.
~BONUS MOUNTAIN FOR OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS~
12. Valley of the Ten Peaks – This valley in Banff National Park, Alberta, features the serene Moraine Lake crowned by ten majestic peaks.