As the holiday excitement wears down and the days move slowly along without celebrations, here’s a collection of the best of Reddit’s EarthPorn thread to make you dream of brighter days.
Wintertime, though one of the most beautiful across the United States, is also a notoriously difficult time to travel during. These EarthPorn photos will get your mind dreaming of beautiful scenery from your own home and may even inspire you to add a few more places to your Go-To list this year.
Eldorado Canyon, Colorado
Colorado is known for its scenic views and epic snow routes, but this shot of Eldorado Canyon in Boulder County is especially breathtaking, bringing out the blue sky against the snowy landscape.
The Boundary Water, Minnesota
The Boundary Waters is a wilderness area in Minnesota that is made up of about 1 million acres in the northern portion of the state. Famous for its recreational opportunities, from canoeing to hiking, this photo shows exactly why it’s such a renowned and treasured area.
Linville Peak, Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina
This photo captures the beautiful Linville Peak, looking downwards toward Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains, which seems like a fitting name considering the darker, expansive scenery.
Snowqualmie Pass, Washington
This photograph features a collision of nature and man, from Seattle’s own light pollution to the left and multiple wildfires around the area above Snowqualmie Pass. As beautiful as this is, it almost doesn’t seem real and could pass for a cataclysmic event on a faraway planet in a science movie.
Western Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Shortly after a rainstorm, Redditor IamIrene had the perfect view: a complete rainbow framing a single golden plant reaching up towards the sky. The colors in the photo are just one astounding reason to visit the Grand Canyon.
Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone, Wyoming
While most photos of Yellowstone feature sprawling green scenery and bears, this mellow photo is a nice change of pace and shows the true diversity of what is one of North America’s greatest national parks.
Yosemite Valley, California
This photo, taken by Phil Hawkins, is an exercise in patience and detail as it was the process of a 10-minute timed exposure watching the mist rise. Regardless of how it was captured, the light radiating from the valley floor mist is an incredible sight.
The Black Canyon, Colorado
This section of the Gunnison River in Colorado flows downward toward the west, and this section of the Black Canyon only receives about 30 minutes of sunlight per day, resulting in its name. From experience, one of the most awe-inspiring parts of crossing the Rockies by car heading west was noticing the water to begin flow down westward as opposed to eastward.
Upstate New York
This photo demonstrates the beauty of New York State, which is often overlooked by the roaring New York City. That’s not a brick road you’re looking at – that’s pure autumn leaf litter, lining the path like a luxurious carpet.
Glacier National Park, Montana
If you’ve never visited Montana’s Glacier National Park, let this photo be your inspiration to make it out to Big Sky Country one day. The mountains and valleys are some of the grandest the Rocky Mountain chain has to offer, with less people traversing the trailways than Colorado.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
While South Dakota may not be the first place many turn to for a national park experience, that should really change. The Badlands are expansive and beautiful, truly untouched and harkening back to prehistoric times.
A Marylander at heart, it’s impossible for me to not include a picture of my versatile home state. This scenic frosted field in Frostburg, Maryland is just one of the sceneries you can take in while traveling in the state, which holds the mountains and the ocean within hours of each other.
Elk State Forest, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is truly one of the most underrated, beautiful states in the Lower 48. Its deciduous tree population alone is worth the visit, especially in the summer and autumn.