12 Best Natural Wonders in USA

1. CRATER LAKE 

In the caldera of a dormant volcano, Oregon’s brilliant blue lake has a depth of 1,943 feet, making it the deepest in the United States. It’s fed by snowfall from the dramatic peaks that ring its shores. 

2. NIAGARA FALLS 

It’s not the tallest (that’s Angel Falls in Venezuela) or the widest (that’s Khone Falls in Laos), but with more than 30 million visitors a year, Niagara, located in both New York and Canada, is by far the world’s most popular waterfall. Catch a glimpse from above at Niagara Falls Observation Tower or on a boat tour. 

3. BLACK HILLS 

North America’s oldest mountain range, located in South Dakota, got its name from the Lakota people, who called them Paha Sapa, or “Hills That Are Black.” Bison graze in the grasslands beneath the impressive spires of Custer State Park, and sculptures of American presidents at Mount Rushmore tower over the landscape. 

4. NATURAL BRIDGE 

Sacred to the Monocan people, Virginia’s 215-foot-long limestone arch makes it into the record books as the longest in North America. Thomas Jefferson called it “the most sublime of nature’s works.” 

5. MAMMOTH CAVE 

Although it’s famous throughout Kentucky, Mammoth Cave isn’t on many bucket lists. That’s a shame, because these stunningly beautiful caverns make up the world’s longest cave system, a wonderland for spelunking and subterranean tours.

6. HELLS CANYON 

The deepest canyon in North America—2,000 feet deeper than the more famous Grand Canyon—this lightly traveled park sits on the border of Oregon and Idaho. Don’t miss white-water rafting on the Snake River.  

7. TALL TREES GROVE 

The discovery of the world’s tallest tree led to the creation of California’s Redwood National Park in 1968. A moderately strenuous hike takes you to these tall wonders. 

8. KILAUEA 

Erupting almost continually since 1983, Hawaii’s Kilauea is the world’s most active volcanic mass. When lava pools in the Halema‘uma‘u crater, it’s often possible to catch a glimpse on a guided hike. 

9. DENALI 

It’s not hard to spot the icy slopes of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain peak. It’s in 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness that’s almost completely untouched, save for a single road. 

10. BAGLEY ICEFIELD 

Take to the air to see the continent’s largest concentration of glaciers in Alaska’s Wrangell–St. Elias. Among the record-breakers is glistening Bagley Icefield, North America’s largest tidewater glacier. 

11. WHITE SANDS 

One of New Mexico’s most dazzling sights, these undulating dunes of gypsum sand are the largest of their kind in the world. Some of its desert animals are found nowhere else on earth. 

12. THE EVERGLADES 

Called the “River of Grass,” the Everglades is the largest mangrove forest in the Western Hemisphere. Florida’s subtropical wetlands are the only place where the American alligator and crocodile coexist.

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