America has many treasures just waiting to reveal themselves to eager explorers. Imagine soaking up the sights of Glacier Bay National Park while cruising to Alaska or getting lost in the hidden gems and fall foliage of New England. Discover paradise on the beaches of Hawaii or bask in the sun as you sail the Pacific Coast. In honor of Independence Day, let’s explore America’s beauty from sea to shining sea by first reflecting on the poem that became a national hymn.
Inspiration Behind “America the Beautiful”
Katharine Lee Bates, a poet and professor at Wellesley College, described the beauty of America in a poem after a cross-country railroad trip. Originally written in 1893, “America the Beautiful” became one of America’s most popular hymns with this well-known verse:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
In the spirit of Bates’ poem, here are some of the most beautiful destinations you can cruise to that may also inspire you: