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USA’s Top 10 Natural wonders
Top 10 Beautiful Natural Wonders In the USA
1 Grand Canyon National Park
Top 10 Beautiful Natural Wonders In the USA – Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States’ oldest national parks and is home to the majestic Grand Canyon and the famed Colorado River gorge. Visitors can drive or walk the South Rim for magnificent views, kids can become Junior Rangers and learn about the nature, science, and history of the Canyon. Backpacking, camping, and whitewater rafting are other popular activities for adventurers.
2 Yosemite National Park California
Top 10 Beautiful Natural Wonders In the USA – Located in Central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the US. The park, which is nearly 1,200 square miles, is well-known for its magnificent waterfalls and is home to the highest measured waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls. You’ll also find beautiful deep valleys, meadows, and giant sequoia trees. The park is just hours from LA and San Francisco, making it a perfect travel destination.
3 Niagara Falls New York
North America’s most powerful waterfall is located on the Niagara River which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. The American side of the falls features the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls which can be viewed from land or from the deck of the boat, Maid of the Mist, if you’re brave. Visitors may also hike to the Cave of Winds beneath the falls or take in the many museums, parks, theaters, and other attractions.
4 Redwood National and State Parks California
The Redwood tree is the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth and this group of parks protect about 45% of all remaining Coastal Redwood old-growth forests. The park is also home to numerous threatened animal species and as such is one of the most significant protected areas in the country. Camping is popular in State Parks, but not allowed in the National Park. Visitors also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.
5 Denali National Park and Preserve Alaska
This impressive National Park features North America’s highest mountain, Denali (Mount McKinley), and the Kalhiltna glacier. The Denali habitat is diverse with a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, tundra at middle elevations and glaciers, rock and snow at the highest elevations. Park visitors enjoy wildlife viewing all year-round, dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling in the winter, and backpacking and hiking in the summer.
6 Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
This unique park is split by the Continental Divide which gives the eastern and western portions a very different character. The east side is drier with glaciated peaks while the west side is wetter with deep forests. The park contains many miles of trails and streams, 150 lakes, and 60 peaks higher than 12,000 feet. Many visitors enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Rocky Mountain National Park neighbors Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, another popular natural wonder with striking mountain views and pristine lakes.
7 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This one-of-a-kind park features Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive mountain volcano, Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world, and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes producing 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava a day. The park offers extraordinary volcanic landscapes, rare vegetation and wildlife, and a climate that ranges from lush tropical rainforests to arid deserts. Half of the park is a wilderness area that affords uncommon camping and hiking opportunities.
8 Everglades National Park Beautiful Natural, Wonders Florida
Found in southern Florida, this unique subtropical park protects 25% of the original everglades and is home to a variety of rare flora and fauna. Some of these rare and endangered animal species include the West Indian manatee, the American crocodile, and the Florida panther. Human activity has significantly damaged the ecosystems in the Park so visitors should be respectful of their surroundings as they walk and bike on trails, bird watch, fish, camp, and boat.
9 Yellowstone National Park, Montana, and Idaho
Yellowstone is the first national park in the world and is well-known for its wildlife and unique natural attractions. The park spans almost 3,500 square miles comprising lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. Old Faithful Geyser is a popular tourist attraction as is Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent and home to Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America. Hiking, camping, horseback riding are popular activities.
10 Mammoth Cave Beautiful Natural Wonders in – Kentucky
Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave system and currently includes more than 390 miles of passageway with new discoveries and connections added each year. The cave developed in Mississippian-aged limestone and is thus, extremely stable. There are a number of tours offered to visitors ranging from electric-lit routes to adventurous routes in muddy crawls and tunnels. Some popular features are Fat Man’s Misery, the Rotunda Room, and Grand Avenue.
11 Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina and Tennessee
Top 10 Beautiful Natural Wonders In the USA – Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a part of the larger Appalachian Mountain Chain and is the most visited national park in the US. The park features a wide variety of elevations, abundant rainfall, and old-growth forests, making it unusually rich in vegetation. Attractions include Cades Cove, a valley that preserved a number of historic buildings including log cabins, barns, and churches, and Mount Le Conte, a scenic mountain with unique rock formations, among many others. Visitors like to hike, camp, bike, and fish.
12 Glacier National Park Montana Beautiful Natural Wonders
Top 10 Beautiful Natural Wonders In the USA – Glacier National Park spans over one million acres and is home to majestic mountains, rolling foothills, meadows, rivers, and beautiful waterfalls. The park features numerous ecosystems, from prairie to tundra, and 730 miles of hiking trails with which you can take in the spectacular views in each ecosystem. In addition to hiking, visitors also enjoy camping, fishing, boat tours, or a ride on the famous Red Buses.
Author, Maggie Voelker, is a recent college grad who transplanted to Indianapolis, IN to work as a content writer. She loves going to concerts, traveling to new places (even if it’s just in town), bumming around the beach, fashion-sizing from head to socks, and attempting to cook. Image by WxMom