Tis the season to admire spectacular Christmas trees. When I think of “must see” Christmas trees, I usually think of the trees that grace that Capitol Building and the White House, and of course, the famous Rockefeller tree. They are each breath taking and ornately adorned, but they have quite the competition with large trees and extravagant lighting ceremonies in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, just to name a few. Even those, however, don’t make the top of the list.
If you want to be witness to some of the largest, tallest, and most magnificent Christmas trees in the U.S. then you’ll need to travel to the states of Missouri, Nevada, Idaho, and California. Be sure to bring your camera with you, because you won’t see views like these anywhere else in the country. Try capturing images from all different angles, up close, and from a distance far enough away to encompass the tree in its entirety. Experiment with your aperture and shutter speeds or try some of our other photography tips to provide yourself with a variety of stunning shots to share this holiday season.
So, beginning with the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as an honorable mention, we’ll now count down the five tallest U.S. live Christmas trees you simply must see in 2016.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in Midtown
The 84th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting commenced with over 50,000 lights draped around a 14 ton, 94-foot Norway Spruce.
5. The Crown Center Christmas Tree in Kansas City, MO
Standing at 100 feet tall, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is quite the spectacle this year. As a side note, every year the tree is recycled into special edition Christmas tree ornaments that are sold as a charitable fundraiser. You can check it out here.
4. Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada
The Nugget Casino Resort has set a high bar with their 105-foot White Fir Christmas tree in this, their inaugural Christmas Tree celebration.
3. Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, CA
What better way to inspire the spirit of holiday shopping than to erect the world’s largest live-cut Christmas Tree. The 115 foot glamorous White Fir graces the Citadel Outlets in true Los Angeles style.
2. The Ferndale Christmas Tree
In a long running feud with The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho, Ferndale residents insist that their living Sitka Spruce Christmas Tree is on the higher end of the debated measurement range of 151.26 – 162. 5 (only ½ foot taller than The Coeur d’Alene’s).
1. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Tree in Idaho
The Coeur d’Alene Resort has claimed to have the tallest living Christmas Tree for several years now. It’s Grand Fir towers an astonishing 162 feet above the city!
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