With so many natural wonders to see why wouldn’t you make the United States your next destination? Here is a list of 8 natural wonders you just can’t miss the next time you’re in America.
8. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
There are so many things to see in Yellowstone that it’s easy to spend an entire day in this park. Whilst it is located primarily in Wyoming it also covers parts of Montana and Idaho. The most famous part of Yellowstone would have to be Old Faithful; which erupts around every 90 minutes so you are almost guaranteed a show. But Old Faithful isn’t the only thing Yellowstone has on offer. There are mulitiple geysers, hot springs, a canyon, waterfall and an abundence of wildlife.
7. Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah
Monument Valley is right out of an Old West Movie. If this isn’t what you picture when you think of the Wild West then I don’t know what is. The famous red rock buttes have been featured in many movies and are definitely worth a visit. There is only one main road that will take you through Monument Valley, the US 163, which will offer you the iconic view that has become so famous. If you want more than to just pass through, it is also possible to hike this area, but whatever you choose, Monument Valley won’t disappoint.
6. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, covering more than 390 miles. Humans have been visiting this cave for more than six thousand years with several sets of Native American remains having been found here. Several tours are available if you are wanting to see this amazing cave for yourself, ranging from one to six hours.
5. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon would have to be the most famous natural wonder in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. There really is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Spanning three states the Grand Canyon has so much to offer. Not only is it stunning to look at, you can also conquer your fear of heights with the Grand Canyon Skywalk; a horseshoe shaped glass walkway that allows you to look straight down into the Canyon, take a mule ride down into the canyon, or take a plane or helicopter over the canyon for that birds eye view. One day just isn’t enough to see all this wonder has to offer.
4. Niagara Falls, New York
When most people think of Niagara Falls they think of Canada, but this 51m collection of falls can also be seen from New York. It was formed at the end of the last ice age when glaciers began to recede and has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. From the American side the falls can be seen from Prospect Point Park which also offers an observation tower for a better view. If you are wanting to get up close and personal with Niagara Falls, then the Maid of the Mist is your girl. She will take you right into the spray coming off the Horseshoe Falls.
3. Everglades, Florida
The Everglades is 1900 square kilometre ecosystem which is home to an array of wildlife including the manatee, American crocodile and the Florida panther. The vastness of these wetlands allows for a truly magical feeling when visiting. The list of things to do here is almost endless. You can go biking, bird watching, canoeing, boating, camping, fishing and hiking just to name a few. This is somewhere you have to check out for yourself on your next visit to Florida.
2. Death Valley, California
At 86 metres below sea level Death Valley is the lowest point in North America, and also the hottest with a temperature of 56.7 C recorded in 1913. Located just over two hours drive from Las Vegas, it has become famous for it’s moving rocks. If you aren’t drawn to Death Valley simply for this strange phenomena or the record breaking heat, the landscape itself is also stunning and worth a visit.
1. Mississippi River
Spanning ten states, the Mississippi River is one of the most famous rivers in the world. The Great River Road will take you along this magnificent river and has many places to stop where you can get up close to the mighty Mississippi. If you happen to be in Louisiana there are a multitude of activities to do. Travel back in time on a traditional steam paddleboat up the Mississippi or visit one of the many Plantations along the river which once used the River to water their crops. Wherever you choose to visit the Mississippi, you will be amazed by the magnitude of this mighty river.
How do I get to America?
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