Breathtaking Natural Wonders in the United States
The world is filled with stunning natural wonders, and many of them are found right here in the United States. It is a country that seems to have it all: tropical beaches with ocean views, snowy mountain tops, dry deserts, lush, green forests … you name it, the U.S. likely has it. So where do you begin when it comes to exploring it all? In this post, we will take a look at four incredible natural wonders that you can find in the various states throughout the country.
Nicknamed “The River of Grass,” the Florida Everglades is an expansive wetlands region that consists of forests, prairies, and other awe-inspiring wonders. There is no other ecosystem quite like it on the planet which places it at the top of our natural wonders in the United States. While in the Everglades, start off with a visit to the Corkscrew Swamp: Land of the Giants. To get in, take a stroll along the two-mile-long boardwalk that leads you straight into the heart of the swamp. Once there, you’ll be surrounded by some of the oldest, tallest cypress trees in the world. There are trees in that area that stand over 145 feet tall and 40 feet wide! After visiting the Corkscrew Swamp, trek over to the Big Cypress National Preserve and walk the Tamiami Trail. It’s there that you’ll spot more than a handful of alligators living in the canals along the trail. Finally, after getting all tuckered out from hiking trails in the Everglades, hop on a tram and enjoy the scenery along the 15-mile Gator Trail. If you’re up for it, you can opt to bike along this trail instead.
A place called Death Valley may not seem that inviting—or sound like one of the natural wonders in the United States—but it’s definitely an incredible destination not to be missed in California. Consisting of over 3.4 million acres of wilderness, you are guaranteed to discover more than a handful of breathtaking natural wonders in this national park. To begin your trip to Death Valley, start off with an easy two-mile hike to Natural Bridge. Afterward, pay a visit to the otherworldly Racetrack. The Racetrack is a former lake that is now all dried up and left with a vast wilderness of moving rocks! It’s important to note that the only way to drive on this lake bed is if you have a 4×4 and a high-clearance vehicle before venturing into this dry, desolate area.
If a trip to the Racetrack isn’t feasible, there are still plenty of other options to choose from. Something you will not want to miss out on is a day trip to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, a desert region surrounded by massive mountains. The contrast between this flat area and the high peaks of the mountains is breathtaking. Drive to this area and get out to walk for a bit (remember to bring plenty of water) or plan a quad-riding trip through the sand dunes. Either way, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Although part of the falls exists in an entirely different country (Canada), Niagara Falls still counts as a natural wonders in the United States. There is more than one way to experience these mammoth falls, including enjoying panoramic views of them from a hotel room or getting right in them on a Maid of the Mist boat tour, which takes you through the river and right underneath the falls! Don’t worry, you are prepped for the trip with a rain hat and raincoat so that your clothes will stay (mostly) dry. Another vantage point from which to view the falls can be found on the Cave of the Winds, a series of wooden walkways all around the falls. Make sure to bring your camera! The best views are often found on the walks along the Cave of the Winds.
You have to be pretty committed to the experience if you want to see Hubbard Glacier. You will need to be mentally and physically prepared for quite a trek to get there. This massive glacier is situated roughly 200 miles outside of Juneau, Alaska, and can be found off the Yakutat Coast. So just how big is the Hubbard Glacier? Approximately the size of a three- or four-story building (about 400 feet tall). And get this: that’s just a portion of it that shows. Most of the glacier is underwater. To see the Glacier, you’ll need to take a tour boat out onto the water. You will remain about half a mile away from the glacier, but it will still be close enough for you to see this impressive structure made by nature.
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