America The Beautiful – 4th of July Contest : Win $50

What’s your favorite place in the United States of America? Put your entry as a comment below. It can be anything from your favorite vacation spot, state, or the the backyard of your uncles house that was the annual meetup for a crochet tournament. It’s up to you!

The winner gets a $50 gift card to spend at or

How To Enter

1. Leave a comment starting today. Click here to visit the comment section.

2. That’s it!

On July 4th we will select a winner at random and notify you by email. It’s just that easy!

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Disneyworld!! Period!! The happiest place on Earth! The family and I are always talking about when we’re going back again and again! We still sing songs and tell stories all the time about our past trips!  -Steve, Customer Service

The great state of Texas! -Jay, Programmer

Arizona.  For its varying, incredibly beautiful landscapes, saguaro as tall as trees, and xeriscaped lawns. It’s also a short hop to California, Nevada, Mexico. As a teen and young adult I spent many a summer in the Phoenix area visiting family. Even at 124 degrees I still loved it.  Hey, it’s a dry heat! -Jessica, Merchandising

Mine is wherever I am relaxing with my family. It might be our back yard, a friend’s house, or a museum in another city. As long as I’m with them that place is my favorite. -Robert, Marketing

One of my favorite places to be in America is the San Marcos River sitting in a tube. Nothing is better than enjoying great scenery, good company, and lots of laughs. -Jordan, Customer Service

My favorite place in America is Redfish Bay in Aransas Pass, TX. There’s nothing like waking up early, getting on the boat, and then watching the sunrise with a fishing pole in your hand. Pure bliss! -Sarah, Marketing

Anna Maria Island, FL. This little known stretch of beach south of Tampa is the most pristine and beautiful place in America I have visited thus far. The water is always calm, clear, and turquois and the sand is powdery like walking on flour. There are no big hotels which leaves the you with plenty of room and they have a restaurant you can walk up to and eat at with an ocean view before you go back to some more sunbathing and relaxing. -Dennis, Analytics

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92 Responses to “America The Beautiful – 4th of July Contest : Win $50”

  1. Debbie Keen 21. Jun, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    My favorite spot in America is in the backyard of my mother’s yard in Collinsville, VA., located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.That yard is full of wonderful memories of my childhood – playing croquet on a late afternoon with my family, hanging clothes outside on the line, reading a book under a tree, playing baseball with my brothers, or lying in the grass with my best friend, Kathy, and watching the clouds turn from one shape to another. Mom’s yard was the best manicured and greenest in the neighborhood, full of flowers, budding Dogwoods, and a beautiful Japanese Quintz bush. There weren’t many street lights, so at night the lightning bugs and twinkling stars were dazzling bright against the dark sky. We sat on lawn chairs on the back patio and watched the spectacular fireworks on Independence Day, brighter than any on television. I have a plaque that says “to be a Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on one’s mother’s side, is an introduction to any state in the union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from Above.” Although I live in another state now, Virginia is still my favorite state.

  2. Marion 21. Jun, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Cannon Beach, Oregon!

  3. stace 21. Jun, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    my favorite place in america.. is on a rooftop somewhere with my kids, watching fireworks, and giving thanks for all those who have sacraficed to make this day worth while.

  4. Beth 21. Jun, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Montauk, New York! As far east as you can travel in the state.

  5. Jackson 21. Jun, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    NYC– it’s a city of the people, run by the people. It’s the waiters, teachers, entertainers, musicians, ushers, artists, patrons, diners, art appreciators, shoppers, chefs, police officers, transit workers, techie people, fashionistas, ticket takers, librarians, lawyers, financial people– everyone working together that makes the city work. Great city services & transportation. Everyone is doing their thing and happy to let others do the same. It’s a city of self-expression and brimming with charm.

  6. Natalie Austin 21. Jun, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    With only the oxygen in my lungs, submerged twenty feet below the surface of the ocean, Honolua Bay provides for a world completely separate from anything the rest of the country has to offer. Off the coast of Maui, where I grew up, the ocean floor allows you to swim through ancient lava tubes, chase after schools of fish and gaze (from a distance) at real life sea monsters. While a quiet world exists just inches below the surface, world class waves rage in the very same spot during the winter months. Surfers from across the globe come to Maui to compete in such contests as the Billabong Pro. Sitting on the cliffs surrounding the famed surf spot you can back your truck up to the edge, pack a lunch, and spend the day enjoying the athletes play on the treacherous waves below. A spot left untouched by man, the only view in sight includes the vast pacific ocean and the distant islands of Molokai and Lanai, truly Heaven on Earth.

  7. Colby 21. Jun, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Mackinac Island, MI

  8. Pam Collins-Bowen 21. Jun, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    I am in love with Oregon. I am fortunate to spend the summer here and tonight I am looking out my window and there is a deer and a new baby having dinner!
    The finch family is busy eating thistle from the feeder. Thank you, God. I am alive !

  9. Pam Collins-Bowen 21. Jun, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I am in love with Oregon. I am fortunate to spend the summer here and tonight I am looking at my Kliban cat calendar. It arrived today. It has 26 detachable postcards and it was a bargain. I am going to order more!

  10. Lynne A Shapiro 22. Jun, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    As a young child…I used to go with my parents to downtown Washington, DC to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. My Father was a government executive with the US Department of Commerce, Census Bureau…so we were allowed to go to the top floors of different government buildings and watch the National Fireworks indoors and avoid the masses of people and hot, balmy summer weather. I remember those days spent with my parents each 4th of July…as well as the lessons that we were taught as children about sacrifice and giving of ones life for the right to have freedom and the celebration of that. I do not live in the Washington, DC metro area any more…but I still remember the past.
    I especially keep in my thoughts,,,the naturalistic beauty that surrounded the area, the wonderful gardens and the magnificent old buildings steeped rich with history, culture and memories of the past. Washington, DC is one of the most important and celebrated locations within the United States. It is a place where so many important decisions are made on a daily basis that effect all of our lives….for it is the life blood of our country. We must always remember the sacrifice that were made as a people to remain free. To be able to have the right of freedom of speech, freedom to practice religion of choice, freedom to just be whoever we want to be. So in summary, I have to state that Washington,DC is one of my favorite places within the United States.

  11. Paul 22. Jun, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    My favorite place to chill out in the United States is Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts. It is a small island of the Elizabeth Islands Chain between New Bedford (on the South Coast of Massachusetts), Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. You need a boat to get there (duh, it is an island!) or you can take the ferry Alert II from New Bedford.
    Just chillin’ on the beach for hours at a time without the hustle of the tourist spots like the Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod. You have the beaches on the northern side of the island on Buzzards Bay or the Southern side of the Island with Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds. I prefer the Southern side of the island because the waves are more fun to surf.

  12. JCorbin 22. Jun, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    The most beautiful place in the USA is in the Smokey Mountains. It is majestic, peaceful and absolutely beautiful, From Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee there is beauty everywhere you look, each vista is more breathtaking than the last. God painted us a beautiful world and this is my favorite part of it.

  13. Gayle Hansen 22. Jun, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Without a doubt a true jewel. There is nothing quite like standing in the valley and looking up at Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, or El Capitan…or walking through one of the Giant Sequoia stands. Or the vision of Bridal Veil Falls at snow melt time. Yosemite is a magical place, and it belongs to all of us, as do all of the parks in the National Park System. I am a motorcycle enthusiast and one of the items on my Bucket List is to ride all of the National Parks. Yosemite is within a few hours of my home, so it is my most frequented of the national parks, but running close behind ion my list of parks I have ridden to, or in, are Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Haleakala Volcano, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Rain Forest…I could go on and on and on…the list is long.

    Wallace Stegner called our national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst” and I agree 100%

  14. Sharon Bowen 22. Jun, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    My favorite place in America is my own front yard. We live in Hyde Park in Chicago and our front “yard” is a huge city park. Trees, grass, dogs, kids, people talking, walking, exercising, City sponsored events. Green and peaceful. And ten degrees cooler than the surrounding area in the summer! No admission charge, not need to travel. No mowing, weeding, fertilizing. Just a lovely place to watch the seasons change and relax.

  15. tati 22. Jun, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I’m a native NYer, transplanted to the deep south, seven years ago. While I do like it here, I really look forward to my trips back to the northeast; to civilization and shopping and ethnic diversity in cuisine!

    Though I love NYC, my fave place is Boston. Old-world feel in a city setting, with the best of everything that NYC has to offer, just on a slightly smaller scale.

  16. Sharon Sambrano 22. Jun, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    The beaches of HI. My son, Skylar, and I want learn to surf and swim all day. It would be something new for us and we dream about it all the time.

  17. jane bauer 22. Jun, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Telluride Colorado…the most beautiful town in the US!

  18. Charlotte Amaro 22. Jun, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Northern Michigan is my favorite.

  19. Lindsie Newtz 22. Jun, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    My favorite spot in America is Jackson Hole, WY. When I was 14, my family took a 3-week camping trip out west, through 13 states. Jackson Hole was my favorite place of the whole trip. Beautiful Rocky Mountains, great restaurants, friendly people, gorgeous scenery even an Old West shoot-out! I sometimes wish I would have moved out there after college. I definitely plan to take my own family there someday! :)

  20. Norma 23. Jun, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    My favorite spot in America is our home. We love to travel, but being in our home is still our
    favorite place to be. Independence Day is especially wonderful at our house since my husband was born on the Fourth of July. We celebrate with him and family and friends every year with good food, games, and fellowship

  21. B J Creelman 23. Jun, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but people seem to forget there are other “Americas”. Canada and Mexico are part of North America. Then, of course, there’s Central and South America. For PC purposes, your contest should be for the most beautiful place in the United
    States of America.

  22. Julie Babcock 23. Jun, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    The beauty of ocean waves crashing against large coquina rocks, time-worn and tide-etched is a thing of great beauty. One of only two places in Florida where these giant stones lie just under the surface at high tide, low tide bringing the moss-covered, creature-holding tide pools within their surface into view. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park straddles highway A1A between Crescent Beach and Palm Coast. One side is the beautiful beach with these unusual rocks formed by coquina shells, once living beings in the sand, the other side is a beautiful garden with views of the intracoastal waterway. This State Park is a little out of the way and not as visited as most tourist spots in our state. Beautiful, intriguing, peaceful, thought-provoking, this virtual sanctuary lends itself to dreaming and introspection, and inspiration.

  23. Carlos Urreta 23. Jun, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks B.J., I appreciate your attention to detail and have changed the first sentence to reflect. Regards. -Carlos

  24. Pamela Patrick 23. Jun, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I look at the beautiful pictures on the Calendars i receive, and see places I will never get to go. The calendars I get have the most beautiful pictures. I live in the desert, however I love the beach and flowers and waterfalls, something we don’t have here. During the summer in July our temperature has reached 130, and even though we have a river and lake its to hot to be outside.

    I collect postcards for the same reason I buy these beautiful calendars to see places I will never get to visit.

    I hope I win it would mean a lot.

  25. CAROLINE ROPER-DEYO 23. Jun, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    While I love many geographic places and many historic sites in this country the place I love most is where Liberty resides in the hearts of those who love this country and that for which she stands. Oftentimes you see it on the faces of people who have served to preserve our freedoms; sometimes in historic halls it is almost palpable, and frequently when America and other songs are sung you can feel it. On the evening of 9.11.01 I know we all felt it.
    LIBERTY – long may she live.

  26. Sarah Bewley 23. Jun, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I love the rock climbing at Foster Falls, Tennessee! It’s a beautiful place, and it will always hold a special place in my heart for being my first outdoor rock climbing experience.

  27. Carol 23. Jun, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    My most favorite place in the USA is Wine Country California, Napa Valley. The scenes there with the morning light shining on the vineyards was enough to make you cry it was so beautiful and peaceful.

  28. brenda 23. Jun, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I’m from Cleveland Ohio. Every 4th of July we watch the fireworks by the Lake. it is so amazing and colorful.

  29. Peggy Fincke 23. Jun, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    We went to Arizona for a horseback riding vacation about 15 years ago. That is now my most favorite place in the USA (other than Florida where I watched my nephew launch on Endeavour May 16.)

  30. Michael Fiorito 23. Jun, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Favorite place in the U.S. is inside the luscious rain forest surrounding Mt. Kamakou on the island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i.

  31. Leslie Steinkamp 23. Jun, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    My favorite place in the US is Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It’s pretty and it’s where my husband proposed marriage to me.

  32. Joyce 24. Jun, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I live in the beautiful Florida panhandle which is the home of the Blue Angels. The other afternoon while they were practicing they flew right over my house. When I look up and saw them I felt a great sense of pride in knowing we live in such a great place-America !!

  33. Jamie Trampe 24. Jun, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    We just recently took our 3 young girls to Disney World in Florida and had a blast! It was such a fun place to be and I loved seeing my girls faces brighten up!

  34. Valorie 24. Jun, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    South Florida – Paradise all year long!

  35. Suzanne Auten 24. Jun, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    My favorite place is sitting on my screened porch in NC when the temperature is 70, watching birds eat at the feeders, the herons flying over the lake and just enjoying me time and nature.

  36. Colleen 24. Jun, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    My favorite place is anywhere my 12 year old Jack Russell, Fiona the Fearless is !

  37. Linda 24. Jun, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    My favorite place is the world in Maine. I absolutely love it! In autumn huge deciduous trees that line the interstate on the way to Bath that will take your breath away. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived!

  38. Peggy Krombholz 24. Jun, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    My favorite spot in America is Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point, Wisconsin every summer! I find great joy in watching the ducks and geese swimming by and watching the mother ducks and mother geese taking their babies off shore and on to the Wisconsin River for a swim. I also enjoy watching people of all ages enjoying the warm summer days and particpating in summer activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, cook outs and just overall enjoying life! That’s why Pfiffner Pioneer Park is my favorite spot in America.

  39. Kelley W 24. Jun, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    There are so many amazing places in the U.S., I don’t think I could choose just one. However, I would have to say that in my Mom’s later years she was ill and would come and stay with us over the 4th of july week-end because she could no longer travel. Our neighborhood has sooo many fireworks it looks like a professional display. She would be so excited to set up a chair and watch. The delight on her face I can still see although she’s been gone three years. Yes, definitely a favorite in Michigan.

  40. Kris Thorell 24. Jun, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    My favorite place in the world is on a beach –any beach! The sound of the waves and the continuous motion is soothing to me. I can forget my problems and just BE in the moment. Love love the beach at Daytona Florida, even though I’ve only been there a couple times.

  41. Kathy Lindsey 24. Jun, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Sweet Home, Alabama! God’s Country!

  42. pam jordan 24. Jun, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    my favorite place is gardner bassett road in troy, alabama. to me that road is freedom. it’s the road my whole family lives on and it feels like home when i drive on it. i could drive it blind-folded.

  43. Deanna Harrison 24. Jun, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Arizona. It is such a unique state. There is desert, mountains, creeks, caves, canyons, rock structures that boggle the mind. Plus there is so much history here (Route 66 anyone?)! Where else can you go from a Grand Canyon, to the mountains with pine trees to the desert with Saguaro in just a few hours?

  44. Regan 24. Jun, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Niagara Falls, NY. Beautiful from any angle, including that of America’s nieghbor, Canada. Incredibly powerful. I always enjoyed rides on the Maid of the Mist.

  45. Karen Wagoner 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My favorite place is Brennan Beach on Lake Ontario, Pulaski, NY where we would go for a week with my children and their families. It seemed so nice to get all of us together for that one week a year just to relax, eat together, and telling stories by a campfire at night (the young and old). Just being in touch with each other (17 of us) before they all go back to their busy lives, jobs, college, etc. What memories! Those moments are precious!

  46. Davene McCoy 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    I love Coronado Beach CA. My husband & I both spent over 20 yrs in the military and although it wasnt w/the Navy we love to go there and enjoy the beach and the relaxed atmosphere. We live in Arizona and love it here for the dry air, but in the hottest months of the summer when temps here reach close to 120 degrees it is wonderful to go there and enjoy the cooler ocean breezes and enjoy the glorious sunsets.

  47. Sally Sheehy 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    The pristine mountains of Eastern Oregon…camping with family.

  48. Marisa 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    What a difficult question to answer! There are so many beautiful places in the US to select from! For natural beauty, Moab, Utah and Arches National Monument is amazing! Chicago and San Francisco are great for cityscapes. Austin,Texas offers so much in terms of culture, food and atmosphere. And Tucson, Arizona is a favorite for the weather – especially during the Monsoon season with the fantastic lightning displays!

  49. Karyn 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    The beautiful state of Minnesota! All the lakes, trees, and wonderful people can’t be beat!

  50. Rick 24. Jun, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Michigan! …and it’s Great Lakes! The Winter Water Wonderland!

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