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Where: Wyoming

Why: Rising up the 1,040-foot prominence, Signal Mountain Road is an iconic four-mile series of quad-burning switchbacks. As you ascend, though, they gain magnificent vistas of Jackson Lake and Mt. Moran. From the top, 7,720 feet above sea level, all of Jackson Hole is visible—not to mention the full-breadth of the 40-mile-long Teton Range, a jagged set of horny ridges starkly standing sentinel over the blonde High Plains below. More Info

Runner-up: Acadia National Park, Maine

Cruise up Cadillac Mountain and rise with the morning, as this 1,532-foot peak is one of the first places in the United States the sun’s rays touch at daybreak. More Info