Being a naturally early riser, I love getting out in the brisk, early morning air and getting to a scenic location to wait for the start of a new day in hopes of witnessing a spectacular sunrise--where the rising sun lights up the underside of clouds and displays an unbelievably colorful palette of orange, pink, red, purple, blue and aqua. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, "It is true, I never assisted the sun materially in his rising, but, doubt not, it was of the last importance only to be present at it." My wife, on the other hand, normally rises at a more sane hour. For her, sunsets present the most beautiful skies. I enjoy both, and I hope you enjoy these photographs of the most beautiful, majestic, scenic wonders of the United States. Most of these locations have been set aside as National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, Wilderness Areas or other protected designations to preserve their scenic beauty for generations to come.
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