You will never, ever get concert-goers and music lovers to agree which is the best outdoor amphitheater in America. The Gorge in Washington and Red Rocks in Colorado both have fierce defenders, and you can hold all the technical conversations you want about acoustics and so forth — they will never agree.
That’s why this list is alphabetical. Debate amongst yourselves the position for each amphitheater. And really, the subject is almost pedantic for those who can’t travel to see concerts at one of them. While a road-trip or vacation to these spots should be on the “to-do” list of every carefree person, particularly when young, it’s not going to be practical for a lot of people. There are outdoor music venues all over the country, from intimate settings in wineries to temporary tents set up in the summer where you can enjoy good music. Nearly every town has something. But if you’re really lucky, you live near one of these.
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, Wisconsin
The Backyard at Bee Cave
Chapter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Los, Angeles, California
Highland Park, Illinois
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York
Mountain View, California