People from across the world dream of visiting the U.S, and its partly because of the amazing landscapes and natural formations that are found everywhere you look. You don’t have to travel to a foreign country to experience the beauty of mother nature. There are places in the United States that will defy your vacation expectations, allowing you to see picturesque views, surreal canvases, and jaw-dropping landscapes that you would expect to see on a postcard. Here are some of the most truly unbelievable places found in the U.S.
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
It is hard to deny the mesmerizing beauty of Antelope Canyon, Arizona, which is why this is the most photographed canyon in America. There are two primary locations within Antelope Canyon that visitors can explore, both of which are located within the Navajo Indian Reservation. The sacred and spiritual nature of the reservation contributes to the vibrant and mystical beauty of mother nature.
The upper section of Antelope Canyon is referred to as “the crack,” and the lower section is called, “the corkscrew.” The upper area is over 4,000 feet in elevation, with the canyon walls rising over 100 feet above the stream bed. This beautiful location is a sacred Navajo Tribal Park; however, it is accessible by permit for tourists and photographers. Accordingly, Antelope Canyon is a major source of tourism for the Navajo Indians.
Do you know what contributes to the Canyon’s unique beauty? Keep reading to see.
The unique beauty of Antelope Canyon is the product of mother nature following flash flooding and chemical weathering. Thus, an erosion of Navajo sandstone formed, and what resulted is one of the most beautiful canyons in the United States.
There are a few characteristics that make visiting these canyons unforgettable. First, the light beams, occur only a few times a day, for a short while, but when they do it is an unforgettable sight. Another memorable sight is the pouring sand feature; this happens when your tour guide throws sand on the canyon walls, or when it blows in from above the canyon.
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2. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
You do not have to travel outside of the United States to see the natural wonder and beauty of mother nature. In fact, you can visit Yellow Stone Park to see thousands of geothermal features including fumaroles, mud pots, and hot springs. Perhaps the most stunning of these is the Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the largest hot spring in the United States.
The Grand Prismatic is in the Midway Geyser Basin and measures in at 370 feet in length and 121 feet deep. Besides its enormity, the hot springs are characterized by the stunning bands of vibrant colors. The mineral-rich blue water is bordered by rust red, yellow, and green. While these colors contribute to the beauty and appeal of the attraction, they are a result of thermophiles, microbes, and extreme temperature ranges within the hot springs.
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The grand prismatic is not only the largest in the United States; it is the third largest in the World. This natural wonder was discovered in 1839 by European explorers who were on an expedition for the American Fur company. While crossing the Midway Geyser Basin, one of the explorers took notice of a 300-foot “boiling lake,” within the geyser.
Ever since that time, there has been skepticism regarding whether the amazing colors are a product of a camera filter, or if such a beautiful thing can exist. To see it for yourself, just head to the Midway Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park and follow the crowds headed towards the main boardwalk.
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3. Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA
The beauty and splendor of glass beach is something you must see for yourself to believe. Glass Beach is in McKerracher State Park near Fort Brag, CA and is characterized by a wealth of sea glass. The history behind these gems colorful beauties is something you would never imagine.
In 1906 a large earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway, devastating most of the Bay area, which included the town of Fort Bragg. Following the earthquake, many of the destroyed homes were reduced to rubble, which was dumped into the ocean.
Fort Bragg and other coastal residents had no regard for the environment in the early 20th century. Accordingly, all garbage, glass, discarded appliances, and even whole automobiles were discarded over cliffs and into the ocean.
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The debris remained on the ocean for more than 30 years, while the waves washed trash along the coast. In 1967, city leaders closed the beach, and various cleanup efforts were enforced to reverse the damage. The biodegradable elements in the dumps sites degraded, while the metal was sold for scrap, however, the glass and pottery remained.
Throughout the years, the pounding waves broke the pottery and glass debris into the small, colored pieces you see today. You will find sea glass in a wide range of colors including sapphire, aqua, ruby, and green.
This place played a central role in a famous expedition over 200 years ago, click to see it.
4. Glacier National Park, Montana
Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies “The Crown of Continent,” otherwise known as Glacier National Park, Montana. You might recognize Montana’s Rocky Mountains from the famous Lewis and Clark expedition more than 200 years ago. Glacier National Park has a dramatic appearance distinguished by sparkling clear rivers, wild meadows, and towering waterfalls.
Glacier Park is also home to a large variety of wildlife as it is the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states. The park covers over 16,000 square miles, one million acres, and of that, 94% is managed as wilderness.
Along with its beauty and expansive wilderness, Glacier National Park is steeped in a 10,000-year-old history. All throughout the park, evidence of American Indian fur trapping, hunting, and mining adds a narrative to the scenic views.
Thinking about visiting Glacier National Park? Keep reading for things to do.
Glacier National Park is open year-round, and while there is no bad time to visit, summer is the busiest season. If you are planning a trip to the Park, there are a variety of things you can do depending on your interests.
If you are active, you can hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, Highline Trail, Logan Pass, among many others. There are also bus tours, which will show you highlights of what the park has to offer.
Considered one of Nevada’s coolest attraction, the Fly Geyser began as just a regular man-made drill, until an accident occurred.
This destination is truly unique, and a rare oddity as the geyser was man-made, which is where the accident occurred. In the early 1900s, an ordinary well-drilling operation was interrupted with geothermally heated water, which began rising through the cracks.
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5. Fly Geyser in Nevada
Considered one of Nevada’s coolest attraction, the Fly Geyser began as just a regular man-made drill, until an accident occurred. This destination is truly unique and a rare oddity as the geyser was man-made, which is where the accident occurred. In the early 1900s, an ordinary well-drilling operation was interrupted with geothermal heated water, which began rising through the cracks.
Although the miners attempted to cap it off to prevent leakage, their efforts were unsuccessful. Thus, minerals began dissolving and created a travertine mound, which now holds the Geyser you see today.
There are a few more features that make this geyser truly spectacular. First, water is constantly sprayed upwards of five feet, which sprays into 30 separate pools across 74 acres. Finally, thanks to a series of minerals and thermophilic algae, the Geyser has a breathtaking color display.
The Fly Geyser is not open for viewing, but that could change thanks to the Burning Man Project. Keep reading.
The Fly Geyser is located on a 3,800-acre piece of private property located just north of Gerlach in Washoe County, Nevada. Fly Ranch, which holds the famous Fly Geyser, also has 640 acres of grasslands, hot springs, wetlands, and natural spring pools. These beautiful sights all remained unavailable to the public until an organization known as Burning Man was formed.
Burning Man was created by a group of people who have a collaborative interest in purchasing the Fly Ranch property. The nonprofit organization was formed with the goal of creating rural centers that foster and showcase art, culture, and community participation.
After a 20-year pursuit, organizers purchased the Fly Ranch in June of 2016 for $6,5 million dollars. While the property is still closed to the public, it will soon be open for festivals, events, and public gatherings.
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6. White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
Imagine sledding down powdery sand dunes, cycling through a national monument, and backcountry camping in one experience. When you visit the unforgettable White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, you will experience that and so much more.
Located in New Mexico on the Tularosa Basin in the Chihuhuan Desert you will find one of the World’s greatest wonders. The sparkling white sands of New Mexico are so rare and stunning that they are listed on the Registrar of Historic Places, and can be found on any New Mexico travel guide.
The White Sands were not always a designated and protected monument; it was not until the 1920’s that the location was recognized for its uniqueness. Although the cresting, brilliant white dunes were marveled, it still wasn’t a recognized monument until 1934.
Keep reading to find out what gives the sand that unique white appearance.
The sprawling white sand dunes are made from a clear substance called Gypsum, which is rarely found in the form of sand. Gypsum is water-soluble. Thus, rain would usually dissolve the substance and carry it out to the sea.
The constant evolving nature of the gypsum contributes to the various dunes, which constantly change shape with the weather. As the gypsum grains move and shift, they knock into each other, this leaves scratches and causes the rays of the sun to make them appear white.
If this all seems a little too scientific, you may just have to see if for yourself and experience your own one of a kind outdoor adventure. You can visit anytime year-round, although the monument hours vary by season.
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7. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Can you imagine snorkeling with marine life in a beautiful, 100-mile water park among seven small islands? Although it is only accessible by boat or plane, it is well worth the trip to see the crystal blue water, coral reefs, and wide assortment of wildlife. Dry Tortugas is located in the Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, and although it is stunning, the park serves an important purpose.
Dry Tortugas was established to protect the ecosystem and the island of the Dry Tortugas and to preserve Fort Jefferson. It also serves to protect cultural shipwrecks and to allow for regulated public access.
Fort Jefferson was designated as a National Monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 under the Antiquities act. In 1983, the monument was expanded to establish Dry Tortugas as a National Park as an act of Congress.
Keep reading to find out how to experience the day trip of a lifetime at Dry Tortugas National Park.
There is something for everyone Dry Tortugas, and once you arrive, you will think you are in an exotic destination. To visit here, you can book a seaplane or a ferry, which truly adds to the uniqueness of your trip. While aboard the Yankee Freedom boat, you will enjoy amazing scenery including the Boca Grande and Marquesa Islands.
Once you arrive, your day itinerary is exploring with exciting options beginning with snorkeling through Fort Jefferson. Visitors can also camp within the park and fall asleep under the stars listening to the sounds of the waves. There are also tours of Fort Jefferson available with picnic tables, and you can also enjoy the beauty of the key west beaches.
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8. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
Every spring the Skagit Valley explodes with a Van Gogh inspired field of vibrant Tulips, Daffodils, and Iris’s. The florals are so splended that from an ariel view, the fields look like a patchwork quilt. Each year in Northwest Washington State, the Skagit Valley holds a tulip festival inspired by these amazing tulips and over one million people flock to the attraction.
Behind the largest festival in the Northwest Washington State is the Roozen family and Washington Bulb, Inc. Roozen was a six-generation bulb farmer from Holland who arrived to the United Stated in 1946 with big dreams.
He began his own bulb farming business in Skagit County and later, purchased the Washington Bulb Company. The Washington Bulb Company now farms over 2,000 acres of land and the Skagit tulip festival continues to grow every year.
You can enjoy many activities alongside the beautiful blooming tulips. Keep reading to find out more.
While marveling at the beautiful blooming tulips is a breathtaking sight, it is not all that you will experience in Skagit Valley. Throughout the month, there are several events including concerts, art galas, and farm tours.
There are several different ways for people to experience the tulips, for starters, you can walk through the dirt fields and see the tulips up close. If you prefer, there is a Tulip Town, which is a wonderful stop for famlies. If you don’t mind heights, and would like to get an ariel view of the tulips, you can even take a helicopter ride.
Although tulips are the most popular flower you will see in the tulip fields, you will also see other types of flowers. Any and every color and shade you can imagine will be found in the Skagit fields, along with some you never knew existed.
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9. Carlsbad Caverns, Eddy County, New Mexico
The Carlsbad Caverns are in the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico, CA, and are one of the oldest cave systems in history. They were formed nearly 20 million years ago and now receive upwards of 300,000 visitors daily. Within the Carlsbad Caverns lies 117 separate caves, with infinite underground chambers.
The most impressive formation is the “Big Room,” which is over 4,000 feet in length and 225 feet in height, but there are multiple chambers to visit. It also houses the nation’s deepest and longest limestone cave. The Carlsbad Caverns are filled with underground pools, fossil formations, speleothem formations, and thousands of bats.
To learn more about what’s hidden beneath these mysterious caves, keep reading.
There are some microbes that are yet to be discovered, which is one of many reasons why the site was declared a National Monument. Following that declaration, Carlsbad Caverns was named a National Park to ensure that the land and its inhabitants could remain undisturbed.
If you are a fan of archeology, you might appreciate that Carlsbad Caverns preserves a part of some of the finest Permian fossil reefs in the World. The stunning caves, which are characterized by the hanging Stalactite and Stalagmite formations are especially noteworthy.
You can plan a visit to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park and enjoy a self-guided tour, hiking trails, and even watch bats forage for food.
This getaway in central Texas lures daredevils and adventure seekers from far and wide. Click ’Next’ to see it.
10. Jacob’s Well, Wimberley, Texas
If you like adventure, then you may have already heard about the mystery and allure of Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, Texas. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Jacob’s Well is a karstic spring, which flows from the bed of Cypress Creek.
Anyone who lives in, or visits Texas escape to this local swimming hole to break free of the miserable heat. It is not only beautiful, it is the largest underwater cave and a non-stop source of water in Texas.
The cool water has attracted visitors for hundreds of years, but there is also a mystery lurking with the hundred foot caves. Daredevils and free divers cannot resist free diving at Jacob’s Well, and its tricky depth has led some people to believe it is one of the deadliest diving spots in the World.
There is still an undeniable beauty about Jacob’s Well and you don’t have to dive, swim, or seek adventure to truly appreciate it.
Have you heard about Jacob Well’s Exploration Project? Keep reading to see what is beneath the surface.
Many divers have sought to explore the depths of Jacob Well’s and most are limited to the few glimpses they can see while holding their breath. There have been others, who have lost their lives exploring the caves. While a few people have tried some alternative techniques to see what is beyond the surface, the well has so far proved challenging.
Early exploration efforts began in 2002 as part of a research project attempting to obtain video of the cave, with no luck. Thus, in 2007 members of an exploration team called Goodenough Springs Exploration Project formed and collectively organized the Jacob Wells Exploration Project.
The team uses advanced diving equipment and cave diving procedures to finally provide research, education, and exploration answers om what is lurking below.
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11. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
There are places on Earth that can make us feel small, and remind us that we are a part of an evolving World, which is beyond control. Volcanos are the perfect example of primitive forces at work, it is evidence of mother nature. It is even harder to believe that you can stand in awe of this amazement in the United States, but it’s a short distance away depending on your location.
Hawaii Volcanos National Park features nearly 70 million years of volcanic processes, the park is also a sacred home to native plants and animals. The two most active volcanos are, Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
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The most massive mountain on Earth is Mauna Loa, which occupies 19,999 cubic miles and stands at 56,000 feet above the sea floor. To give you an idea of the enormity of this mountain, it is over 27,000 feet higher than Mount Everest.
Standing at a close second is Kilauea Mountain, which meaning translates to “spewing,” or “much spreading,” in the Hawaiian language. This volcano appeared above sea level nearly 100,000 years ago, and is over 300,000 years old.
Hawaii Natural Park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987, and an International Reserve in 1980. Anyone can easily visit this beautiful site and explore everything nature has to offer.
This National Park is best known for its waterfalls. Keep clicking to see what else is has to offer.
12. Yosemite Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park is a tranquil park in the High Sierra with over 1,200 miles of waterfalls, glaciers, and valleys. Yosemite Valley was first designated as a National Park in 1984 and has since become a main destination spot for millions of visitors from April through October.
One of the main tourist attractions in Yosemite, is Glacier Point, which is a viewpoint located in the south wall above Curry Village. From this location, tourists can view everything the valley has to offer from an elevation of 7,214 feet.
Another popular Yosemite icon is a famous rock formation located at the east end of the Valley. This formation appears like a dome cut in half, which is where it earned its name, Half dome.
Keep reading to find out what you can do on your visit to Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite Valley is considered the crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and you must visit for yourself to see why. The park is located just east of San Francisco by car, or you can take a bus. Most people visit Yosemite during the summer months, but the park and its splendor are available year-round.
You can stay at a campsite within the park, or a hotel, however if you camp, expect to see wildlife. There are four campgrounds available, which all require early reservations, otherwise you can stay just outside of the park and drive in for the day.
While you are in Yosemite, there are several museums, visitor’s centers, and nature centers that you can check out. You can also visit all the unforgettable attractions and enjoy fishing, hiking, and explore several other recreational activities.
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13. The Grand Canyon in Arizona
If you ever get an opportunity to visit or drive through Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a must-see.
With over 277 miles of forests, canyons, plateaus, and breathtaking landscapes, it is no wonder that the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s natural wonders.
The Grand Canyon is over 18 miles wide and 6,000 feet deep, which is divided into a North and a South Rim. Both areas are contained within a National Park, which is managed by the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Navajo Nation.
The Grand Canyon is divided into two rims; can you guess which one is more popular? Keep reading.
Although the Grand Canyon is divided into two rims, the South Rim is open for most of the year and receives 90% of the parks visits. The canyon is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States, with over four million tourists arriving annually to see the canyon’s spectacular views.
If you are not afraid of heights and would like to experience the beauty of Grand Canyon in all its glory, the sky walk is the way to view the canyon. The Skywalk is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge, which extends from a rock formation 4,000 feet above the canyon.
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14. Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas
When the residents of Texas are hot and want to take a dip in the pool, they can cool off in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States. Just west of Austin, in Dripping Springs, Texas, you will find Hamilton Pool Preserve, which is a natural swimming hole created thousands of years ago.
Hamilton Pool was created 8,000 years ago, when an underground river collapsed and caused a massive erosion. According to legend, the grotto was discovered by the eight-year-old son of some 19th-century property owners. After realizing the site’s potential for recreational use, the property was opened to the public around the 20th century.
Occasionally the pool within this preserve is closed and restricted to the public. Take a guess why, and continue reading.
The Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres of protected habitat, which is constantly maintained to ensure that bacteria does not enter the water. Since the creek and pool are not treated with chemicals, the water quality is consistently regulated, and occasionally, the pool access will be restricted and closed to the public.
The pool is a magnificent jade green color, which features 50 foot waterfalls and large slabs of limestone resting on the edge. On the ceilings of the pool, you will find large stalactites growths, which surround moss covered cliffs and swallows.
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15. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA
If you have never been to San Francisco, you still might have seen this iconic landmark on dozens of photographs, paintings, and posters. The Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in San Francisco and is widely admired for its phenomenal engineering.
Before the bridge was built, the only way to get from San Francisco to Marin County was by boat, until the 1820s when a ferry service began to transport residents. Since the ferry took almost thirty minute one way, many locals wanted to build a bridge to connect the two cities.
Although many people agreed that a bridge was necessary, experts felt that it would not be possible to suspend a bridge across 6,700 feet. Another obstacle that engineers faced was strong winds, 372 feet of water, and treacherous currents and tides.
How did the Golden Gate Bridge go from an idea to conception? Keep reading to find out.
Connecting San Francisco with Marin County seemed like a dream next to mounting obstacles, but one Chicago engineer, by the name of Joseph Strauss was up to the task. In 1923, a special task force was formed to oversee the design of the bridge, after several designs were turned down, construction began in 1933.
The bridge was built in a little over four years and made available to the public in 1937. The crew spun a total of 25,000 individual wires within each 7,650-foot cable in the 4,200-foot suspension bridge making it a true engineering marvel. On May 27th 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge officially opened.
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16. The Wormsloe Historic Site in Georgia
If you travel 15 minutes southeast of Savannah, you will find the Wormsloe Historic Site, which occupies a portion of the Isle of Hope. This breathtaking site spans 822 acres of oak trees and Spanish moss, which protect the Colonial Estate of Noble Jones.
The site was obtained by Jones in 1736 when he obtained a grant for 500 acres of land on the Isle of Hope, which would form the core of Wormsloe. This was a huge achievement for Jones, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and a group of settlers from England.
Jones survived plague, hunger, and war in Georgia, keep reading to see what he did with the plantation.
After Jones had obtained a land grant for the Isle of Hope, he constructed a fortified house using wood, tabby, and a crude concrete made of lime and oyster shells. The reinforced home was one of the several defensive works Jones put into place to protect against Spanish threats.
Throughout his life, Jone survived several wars, plague, and hunger in a tumultuous Georgia and went on to serve his colony in several ways. Jones served his colony as a doctor, surveyor, agent, and even commanded a company of Marines in defending Georgia.
At the start of the American Revolution, Jones died, and Wormsloe was left to his descendants, who have restored the plantation to a place for visitors to visit and see highlights of history.
This National Park has a pristine ecosystem, so much so, that some species still exist from prehistoric times. Click “Next.”
17. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
In Northwestern Wyoming, just 10 miles south of Yellowstone, you will find Grand Teton National Park, which comprises one of the largest undamaged ecosystems in the world.
The ecosystem at Grand Teton is almost untouched, in fact, you can still find a species of flora and fauna, which existed during prehistoric times. You will also find thousands of plants, dozens of mammals, and over 300 species of birds.
The National Park is named after the tallest mountain in the Teton range, “Grand Teton,” which is 13,775 ft. high. In addition to their tall mountain peaks, the park features several lakes including the 15 miles long Jackson Lake.
Are you visiting Grand Teton National Park? Keep reading to see what you can do while you are there.
If you are planning a visit to Grand Teton National Park, you have plenty of options to fill your days and nights. The park has lakes, valleys, rivers, mountains, and wildlife, all of which, are filled with an abundant amount of history and landscapes for you to discover.
The options are endless when you visit this beautiful park, whether you choose backcountry camping, biking, bird watching, or horseback riding, you are sure to find something within the beautiful scenery that will make you feel like you are on a destination vacation.
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18. The Redneck Riviera in Alabama
If you haven’t heard of The Redneck Riviera in Alabama, you are missing out on a Southwest-style tropical paradise. This location is being compared to the Hamptons, South Beach, and Jersey Shore.
So, where is this tropical slice of heaven? It is located about 100 miles between the Alabama and Florida coastline. The Redneck Riviera, which is also referred to as the Emerald Coast, has sand that is as fine as powdered sugar. It is a fine, paper white, sand that can be found nowhere else along the coast.
What makes the sand at this beach so soft? Keep reading to find out.
So, what makes the sand so soft? Well, the signature fine-grain sand that pampers your feet is rare and can only be found on some beaches. The sand is made of a higher content of quartz, which is an unusual occurrence.
In addition to the fine sand, the Emerald Coast also has a lively social scene with plenty of festivals and events. If you love to fish and eat seafood, and not necessarily in that order, you will love “the Redneck Riviera.”
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19. The Sea Caves of Na Pali Island in Hawaii
Imagine touring an ancient hollow lava cave while coasting along turquoise blue waters, all without ever leaving the United States. It might be hard to believe it is possible, but it is all here within the States at the beautiful Na Pali Island in Hawaii.
You can only access this incredible destination by boat, helicopter, or kayak, and it is only accessible in the winter because the waves permit access to the entrance of the cave.
“Na Pali” means “the cliffs” or, “many cliffs” in Hawaiin, which can be seen from the deep and narrow valleys and hanging cliffs along the coastline. After years of surf eroded the coast of Na Pali, it widened the sea caves and caused landslides, which chipped away at these cliffs, leading to the many caves you see today.
The most famous cave along the Na Pali Coast is known as the open ceiling cave. Keep reading!
Perhaps the most recognized and popular sea cave on the coast of Na Pali is the “Open Ceiling Cave.” This cave is a hollow, lava tube, which is completely devoid of a ceiling. As you venture into the cave through the boat, you will enjoy the crystal blue water below you and the view of the open sky above you.
The ceiling of the cave fell through to the sea floor, and the entrance of the cave will shoot beams of sun through the cave opening in the summer. If you want to tour the sea caves for yourself, the best time to go is in the summer. You can catch a guided raft tour, which includes dolphin encounters and history narrations along the way.
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20. Mammoth Caves in Kentucky
Within the hill country of south central Kentucky, you will find the world’s largest known cave system with more than 400 miles of explored area. The site was first established as a National Park in 1972, became a World Heritage Site in 1981, and an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990.
What does all of this mean? This is miles and miles of amazing geological and historical significance. The park has over 52,000 acres in Edmonson, Kentucky, with smaller areas extending into Barren and Hart Counties.
The surface of Mammoth Cave Parks comprises about 80 miles, although new caves are constantly being discovered. Underneath Mammoth’s woodlands, there are two layers of stone, sandstone and shale cap, which act as an umbrella over limestone ridges. The umbrella leaks in places, thus, eroding the area in various places, creating a series of caverns.
You can visit the caves and tour three notable features Do you know what they are? Keep reading to see.
The National Park service offers a variety of cave tours to visitors, which offer a few striking features. For example, “Fat Man’s Misery,” is a very long and narrow cave with several low ceilings, or “Grand Avenue,” which is 267 feet below the surface and a four-mile hike from the entrance.
Lastly, you can visit a smaller and equally spectacular cave known as “Frozen Niagara.” Each of these hot spots are available through seasonal tours, which are either self-led or ranger-led. If you are up for a long and strenuous hike, you can go deep into the caves for a 4 ½ hour hike, or you can participate in surface activities.
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21. Spearfish Canyon in South Dakota
Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright once called Spearfish Canyon more spectacular than the Grand Canyon. Those are big shoes to fill, so what would make anyone say that? The Spearfish Canyon is a narrow gorge in South Dakota located on the edge of Black Hills National Forest. Many people flock to see the canyons thousand-foot-high waterfalls in varying shades of beautiful colors.
The canyon was not always the beautiful site that you see today, over 600 million years ago, in the Precambrian era it was completely covered by the sea. Once water and land started to appear, soft rock began to erode thus, creating the natural beauty that you see today.
Geologists flock to this canyon to study the creek bed. Do you know why? Keep reading to find out.
Besides the pure and natural beauty that is found in Spearfish Canyon, the creek has over 1,500 plant species. There are also a large number of bird species including blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, and bald eagles in this location.
This area is of specific interest to geologists, who flock here to study the Precambrian rocks, which were exposed by the creek bed. The high walls in the canyon consist of three different types of rock types that range from 10 to 400 feet in thickness.
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22. Ice Caves in Wisconsin
In the coldest of winters, when the conditions permit, you can travel across Lake Superior and visit the ice caves of the Apostle Islands. Once you arrive, you will embark upon sea caves adorned with ice formations, frozen waterfalls, and glistening icicles.
When you visit the ice caves, you are witnessing the constantly evolving nature of the lake and the ice floor. The ice formations change daily. This most exciting part about visiting the ice caves is the unpredictability of the caves beauty.
The cave changes dramatically depending on the season. In the summer, the red sandstone is merged between a beautiful sapphire blue lake and green forest.
How did the Apostle Caves form? Keep reading to find out.
This winter wonderland was formed millions of years because of sandstone deposits from large rivers. Thousands of years later, glaciers sculpted the sandstone into towering cliffs over Lake Superior.
You can visit and explore the ice caves if the weather conditions permit. Always check the cave watch website prior to heading out to ensure that ice conditions have not temporarily shut down the caves.
If you are planning to visit the caves, keep in mind that it is a two-mile hike through ice to Lake Superior, which can be dangerous and often unpredictable, so you are in for an adventure.
This site was originally created as a part of a plan to provide clean water to Philadelphia. Click “Next.”
23. Boathouse Row in Pennsylvania
Boathouse Row was the longest dam in the country in 1821 and during that time was created as part of a complicated plan to provide clean water to the city. The dam, which stretched 235 feet long and 26 feet wide became a popular hot spot for the city’s most popular sport, rowboat racing.
Boathouse Row began with the construction of the Fairmont Dam and its adjoining water works, which eventually led to the first regatta in 1835 and later the formation of several clubs.
Boathouse row has 15 homes, each with a unique social history? Keep reading for more.
Along boathouse row, you will find 15 houses, all of which have an address on boathouse row and are members of the local rowing clubs. Additionally, each home has a unique history and importance. For instance, boathouse #2 and #14, are associated with the Schuylkill Navy, this is an elite rowing club in Philadelphia. All the boathouses are at least a century old, and some of them were built over 150 years ago.
Boathouse Row hosts several annual events and regattas centered around rowing in the United States and is the hub of the rowing community. In 1979, lights were installed by an architectural lighting designer, which is what truly sets this site apart amongst others.
This bridge was built for transportation, and now it is the on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Click “Next.”
24. The Sights in New York
In 1925, an engineer by the name of Burr M. Stark engineered the construction of what was then the route nine bridge for transporting major New York City routes. The bridge, which is now known as, Ausable River Bridge, is not only the most visited and most photographed waterfalls, it is also on the National Registrar of Historic Places.
The Ausable Chasm Bridge is often called the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,” because it offers adventures and beauty at every turn. This bridge stands out because it is of its expansive concrete arch, which is bordered with a steel arch and detailing railing. Bordering the bridge, you will find a beautiful array of canyons, waterfalls, and colorful trees.
Would you like to see a literal Eternal Flame? Keep reading to see how you can.
In a small section of Chestnut Ridge Park in New York, you will find the Eternal Flame Falls, which is a real treasure to behold. Beyond this waterfall, you will find a small flickering flame, which appears like a constant candle. Naturally, this flame has spurred the imagination of several myths, legends, and stories, but there is, of course, the science behind this occurrence.
The Eternal Flame is the result of a natural gas pocket located within the grotto, which is a common occurrence. If you hike to the Eternal Flame, it may or may not be lit, so you should bring a lighter, and if the flame is out, all you have to do is relight it.
Despite the water, the flame remains lit, which defies logic and continues to baffle scientists, especially since the rocks are no hotter than a cup of tea. Regardless of the reason, this location is nothing short of remarkable.