As the sky begins to turn the first shades of pink, with my dog Bobbi at my side, I slide open the door to my spacious private balcony on the 26th floor at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami and walk to its glass walled edge to watch the sunrise over Biscayne Bay and the city. Especially in warm weather destinations, there is no better way I like to start the day than watching the sunrise from the privacy of my hotel’s balcony.
Not all balconies are created equal, however, and watching the sunrise over a parking lot is not something I’ll rise at dawn for. But many balconies get it right, whether that is via awesome sunrise views in Miami, a private hot tub in Los Angeles or Grand Teton mountain views in Wyoming. Here are my eight top picks for amazing private balconies at properties across the US.