The United States of America boast 50 diverse states, home to an array of natural beauties ready for you to admire on your travels. At 3.8 million square miles, there’s plenty to explore across this spectacular country, from beautifully cascading waterfalls to impressively deep gorges.
While there’s plenty of manmade attractions and landmarks on offer across this vast area, from theme parks to political buildings, its unspoilt natural wonders are not to be missed!
Check out our top seven natural beauties we believe you should add to your travels bucket list across the third biggest country on earth…
1. The Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the state of Kentucky, is home to the impressive Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world. The national park, with its long cave system of chambers and subterranean passageways, is a hugely popular tourist attraction in the area, with the cave boasting almost 400 miles of underground passages to explore! As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, it’s a natural wonder not to be missed!
2. Monument Valley
Monument Valley is a beautiful red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, renowned for its impressive, towering sandstones buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The sandstone buttes rise up to an impressive 1000 feet above the sandy desert floor, which can be explored through guided tours and a 17 mile drive dirt road drive through the park. Thousands of tourists are drawn to this natural beauty every year, from all across the globe.
3. Grand Canyon
As one of America’s most famous natural wonders, a visit to the Grand Canyon is a must on your travels to this part of the world. The steep-sided canyon, carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona, is 277 miles long and located within Grand Canyon National Park. The impressive canyon is around 18 miles wide, with a depth of over a mile – inevitably attracting a spectacular five million visitors each year!
4. Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, a beautiful lakeside park complex offering brilliant gorge trails. The glen’s stream here descents an impressive 400 feet past 200 feet cliffs, creating 19 cascading waterfalls through its course. Located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler Country, visitors to the park can enjoy an Olympic-sized pool, tours through the gorge and excellent picnic spots!
5. Niagara Falls
Another hugely famous and popular natural beauty in the USA is Niagara Falls (which appears on most traveller’s bucket lists!). It is the collective name for three beautiful waterfalls which straddle the international border between Canada and the US; the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshow Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America. As well as an enticing natural wonder, the Niagara Falls are a valuable source of hydroelectric power – they’re a sight to be seen!
6. The Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US and third largest in the world, located in Yellowstone National Park. The spring, which is around 370 feet in diameter and 160 feet deep, is a fantastic natural attraction, known for its dazzling array of vibrant colours that change throughout the seasons.
7. Mountain Denali
Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of over 20,300 feet. The peak is located in the Alaska Range in the state of Alaska, as the centrepiece of Denali National Park and Reserve. This popular park spans across more than 6 million acres, attracting more than 400,000 people annually!
While Denali is a fantastic natural wonder to see, it can difficult to spot as its completely shrouded by clouds around a third of the time. The best possible way to see this beautiful natural beauty is by a flightseeing tour – an unforgettable experience on your American adventures.
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