Hopefully, you’ve already read about some of these popular locations in previously published pieces. This article will provide you with insight as to what to see first once you arrive. This is about Mother Nature’s best work in the US. So, without further ado, we present the most stunning natural wonders in the USA.
Most Stunning Natural Wonders In The USA
1. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park’s most well-known hot spring is the Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin. It has a stunning blue center surrounded by rings of green, yellow, and rusty orange. It looks practically otherworldly. You can take in its shape from the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook.
2. Caddo Lake, Texas and Louisiana
One of the more mysterious natural wonders here, Caddo Lake is situated on the border between Texas and Louisiana. Spanish moss practically drips from the crooked limbs of the cypress trees, their knotted trunks submerged in the dark depths of this network of bayous and marshes.
3. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina
The gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains, a.k.a. The Smokies span an area along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Be sure to see Clingmans Dome. At a height of 6,643 feet, it’s the highest point on the Appalachian Trail.
4. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon is divided into two areas. They are known as The Corkscrew and The Crack. You can only explore these stunning slot canyons with a tour with a native Navajo guide. This canyon was created long ago by furious flash flooding during monsoon season.
5. Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
The huge Hubbard Glacier is 400 feet tall and six miles wide. Found off the coast of Yakutat in the eastern area of Alaska, this gargantuan glacier is probably the state’s most impressive landform. It’s different from most glaciers, it isn’t retreating but advancing through the water.
6. Cadillac Mountain, Maine
This stunning mountain is one of the main attractions of Acadia National Park. Found along the rugged North Atlantic seaboard, it stands 1,530 feet above sea level. From October 7th through March 6th this granite mountain is the first place the entire country sees the sunrise.
7. The Garden of the Gods, Colorado
Nestled deep in Colorado Springs, this is a popular National Natural Landmark. It is known for its tall, towering rock formations of pink, red, and white sandstone and limestone. Here you can interactively learn about the origins of these individualistic rock formations.
8. Logan Pass, Montana
Located in Glacier National Park along the famous Continental Divide, Logan Pass arguably best represents the park’s beauty. Hike through the striking natural beauty here.This is reportedly the highest point along the gorgeous Going-to-the-Sun Road – the scenic road winding through the famous Rocky Mountains.
9. Fly Geyser, Nevada
Fly Geyser in the Black Rock Desert is quite colorful. Back in the 1960s, a geothermal energy company was drilling in search of a power source. The water they struck was not hot enough and they failed to seal off the opening correctly. Thus, the geyser spews steam and water to this day.
10. Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake is the deepest in the US. At its deepest point, it is 1,943 feet deep. Located in Crater Lake National Park, it was formed roughly 8,000 years ago when the volcanic Mount Mazama erupted and created a caldera that was very slowly filled with rainwater and snowmelt.
11. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Located in the Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Monument is a 275 square mile desert of gypsum sand. It’s the planet’s largest gypsum dune field. Gypsum is a rare mineral that dissolves in water, but it thrives in this dry climate.
12. The Everglades, Florida
The oft’times mysterious Everglades is a large subtropical wilderness of wetlands located in southern Florida. The Everglades National Park is but a small part of this place. Visit during the dry season between November and April. There are fewer mosquitos, and the temperature is lower.
13. The Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas
The best time to visit this beautiful natural swimming hole is in the summer. You’ll find it 20 miles west of Austin. This pool used to be underground ‘til the limestone roof above it fell. The pool is fed by a 50-foot waterfall.
14. Monument Valley, Arizona, and Utah
Tranquil, majestic Monument Valley is actually ensconced in the Navajo Nation on the border of Utah and Arizona. Take in the sight of the sandstone buttes towering as high as 1,000 feet above the desolate desert floor. Enjoy a Navajo-guided tour.
15. Spire Cove, Alaska
Spectacular Spire Cove can be found within popular Kenai Fjords National Park. The scenery here is unlike that of any other place in the world. Head to Resurrection Bay and go kayaking here in this stunning cove. See the rocks and glaciers rising from the blue water.
16. Yosemite Valley, California
This great glacial valley is located in famous Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Highlights here include such high granite summits as El Capitan and Half Dome. From the favored Tunnel View viewpoint, you can see the lush forests, rugged cliffs, and more.
17. The Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves, Alaska
These ice caves are situated more than 12 miles out of the state capital Juneau. Carved deep through the12-mile massive Mendenhall Glacier, these cool blue, ethereal ice caves are difficult to reach. Hikers must cross an ice field and scramble over slippery rocks too.
18. Redwoods, California
The imposing redwoods can be found in the Redwood National and State Parks. The famous General Sherman in the Giant Forest in popular Sequoia National Park is over 2,000 years old. Another impressive tree is the 600-year-old Hyperion. It’s the planet’s tallest living tree and stands over 380 feet tall.
19. Star Dune, Colorado
This great golden sand dune is one of the main attractions in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. These protected sand dunes are reportedly the tallest on the continent. They reach heights of over 740 feet. Star Dune is the tallest at 741 feet.
20. Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls is not the highest or the largest waterfall on Earth, but it’s the most famous. Located in New York State near Buffalo, three thunderous cascades of water splash across the border into Canada. The water here has a distinctive blue-green tint.
21. The Narrows, Utah
This is a well-known area in Zion National Park. If you’re a hiker, you must take the popular trail up the Virgin River through the slot canyon and experience the Narrows in person. It’s a unique 16-mile trek that may include some wading.
22. Ruby Beach, Washington
Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park in Washington state is said by some to be one of America’s prettiest beaches. It’s named for the ruby-reminiscent crystals in the beach sand there. Surrounded by a “Jurassic Park-like forest”, it comes complete with sea stacks and weathered driftwood.
23. Shoshone Falls, Idaho
Located in Twin Falls, on the Snake River, is known as “the Niagara of the West.” This must-see stunning natural wonder attraction is 212 feet tall. The water thunders down over a rim that’s almost 1,000 feet wide. See them in the spring.
24. Grand Teton, Wyoming
The 13,775-foot Grand Teton Mountain is the highest one in the entire Grand Teton National Park. It’s a welcome, unspoiled natural wonder. Part of the Teton mountains, it’s also one of the most popular American mountaineering destinations. Visit in the winter.
25. The Painted Hills, Oregon
The Painted Hills are one of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument archeological sites. These color-drenched hills are a lot like China’s Rainbow Mountains. The distinguishing black, orange, red and yellow colors are actually a result of ages-old volcanic activity.
26. Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rainier is a part of the colossal Cascade Range in Mount Rainier National Park less than 59 miles out of Seattle. Technically, this large, 14,410-foot-tall mountain is actually an active stratovolcano. No worries though, as it’s not erupted since the late 1800s.
27. Joshua Trees, California
These unusual, spunky-looking trees can be found only in Joshua Tree National Park. Their shocks of prickly spines and spindly trunks not only make them a frequent source of curiosity, but they are also recognized as an important part of the Mojave Desert’s ecosystem.
28. Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon is unsurprisingly the main attraction of Bryce Canyon National Park. Undoubtedly its most individualistic characteristic is the towering rock spires nicknamed “hoodoos.” Almost aglow with shades of orange, red, and yellow, they give this canyon a surrealistic atmosphere. Tour it on horseback.
29. Wonder Lake, Alaska
Visit this natural wonder in Denali National Park and Preserve. Also known as Deenaalee Bene’, this lovely lake is said to be one of the most beautiful in the entire park. It was created by multiple retreating glaciers and perfectly frames Denali Mountain.
30. Burns Basin, South Dakota
Burns Basin is situated within the more than 244,000 acres that make up stunning Badlands National Park. Here you will discover prairies and peaks where bison and bighorn sheep live free amidst this interesting, rugged, natural landscape. Hike The Door Trail!
31. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Just a half-hour drive away from Portland, this two-tiered waterfall towers 611 feet above the craggy bluffs. Here in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the blue water collects in a deep pool at the base of the falls.
32. Luray Caverns, Virginia
The otherworldly Luray Caverns are ensconced in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’re reported to be “the most extensive” caverns in the eastern US. The ancient sand-tinted stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years and the meandering tunnels lead to large, echoing chambers.
33. Alvord Desert, Oregon
Reminiscent of the Atacama Desert in Chile, this stark mountain-fringed landscape is nestled in the Pacific Northwest. It is an arid lakebed that receives less than seven inches of rain annually. The dry, cracked earth is dotted with several natural springs.
34. Devils Tower, Wyoming
You really can’t miss Devils Tower. This rock towers 1,267 feet into the sky. It’s a sacred site to over 25 different Native American tribes. You probably recognize it from the classic Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
35. Kīlauea, Hawaii
Situated in stunning Volcanoes National Park, this is one of the planet’s most active volcanoes. Perhaps the best way to get a look at the volcano and the other sights here in the park is to take the convenient 11-mile Crater Rim Drive route.
36. Turnip Rock, Michigan
For a comparatively little geological formation, this peculiar rock can leave a big impression. You’ll find it nestled in the shallow water near the shore of Lake Huron. Its shape is the result of powerful waves striking and eroding the lower sections.
37. Palouse Falls, Washington
Found in southeastern Washington, this 200-foot-high waterfall crashes down into the Palouse River. It was formed in the Ice Age by floods. Look at this natural wonder from just the right angle and the water appears to be coming out of the very rocks.
38. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Regular readers know the red rust Grand Canyon is one of the well-known Seven Wonders of the World. It’s approximately 70 million years old and opens into a gorge that’s 18 miles wide. It spans an astonishing distance of 277 miles.
39. The Delicate Arch, Utah
The Delicate Arch can be found in the Arches National Park. This famous 52-foot freestanding natural arch is the most popular here. Take the 1.5-mile hiking trail to the famous formation and see it up close.
40. Crater Lake, Colorado
Some say stunning Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park is one of the prettiest lakes in the world. Over 7,000 years ago an active volcano in the area erupted and then slowly collapsed on itself leaving this giant punch bowl-shaped blue lake.