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The Best Outdoor Amphitheaters in America

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Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Amphitheater

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.
Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington
Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington

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
Austin, Texas

Chapter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Chicago, Illinois

The Gorge
George, Washington

Greek Theatre
Berkeley, California

Hollywood Bowl
Los, Angeles, California

Ravinia
Highland Park, Illinois

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, Colorado

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, California

Wolf Trap
Vienna, Virginia