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20 Natural Wonders Of USA

The scenic view of Yosemite National Park
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The United States of America is the third-largest country in the world by land and total area. Every corner of America is filled with beautiful man-made monuments and natural wonders.

Natural wonders found in the USA can vary from volcanoes, beautiful seas, scenic mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, and lush valleys. Mother Nature has blessed America's every state with breathtaking and picturesque natural beauty.

We have listed 20 natural wonders of the USA you must visit on your next trip.

1. Niagara Falls, New York

Breathtaking view of Niagara Falls located in New York
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The scenic Niagara Falls is known to be the border between Canada and America. It is located between the state of New York in the USA and the province of Ontario in Canada.

Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The scenic natural beauty is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.

The Niagara Falls State Park located in the USA has endless attractions such as Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Hiking Trails, Illuminations, Observation Tower, and more. The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August.

2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

The view of a volcano located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, image captured by Tyler Hulett
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located on the south side of the island of Hawaii consists of two active volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The park includes beautiful attractions such as Crater Rim, Puʻuloa Petroglyphs, Thurston Lava Tube, watching the lava glow from the Devastation Trail, and hiking the Kilauea Iki trail.

The best time to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is from November through March.

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

The beautiful Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon situated in Arizona is one of the most popular and must-visit natural wonders. The Grand Canyon National Park is known to be the second most visited park in the United States of America.

The Canyon is surrounded by layers of different-colored rocks whose beauty is enhanced during the time of sunrise and sunset. The Grand Canyon is divided into three regions North Rim, South Rim, and West Rim.

The attractions in the Grand Canyon comprise Yaki Point, Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit's Rest, explore Tusayan, and more. The best times to visit the Canyon are March through May and September through November.

4. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

The interior of the Mammoth Cave
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Mammoth Cave is situated in the south-central of Kentucky and it is the longest cave system in the world. The cave system and the natural beauty surrounding the cave are preserved by Mammoth Cave National Park.

Apart from visiting the cave, there are other activities in the national park such as hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, biking, and more. The best seasons to visit the national park for the best experience include spring and fall.

5. Old Faithful, Wyoming

People standing near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
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Old Faithful is a geyser located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The geyser erupts 20 times a day in the time span of every 44 minutes to two hours and the eruption lasts between 1.5 to 5 minutes.

The best time to visit Old Faithful is between mid-May and September. There are other several attractions near Old Faithful such as Blue Star Spring, Observation Point Trail, Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin, and Beehive Geyser.

6. Arches National Park, Utah

The Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
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Arches National Park located in eastern Utah has more than two thousand natural sandstone arches. Delicate Arch is one of the most popular sandstone arches in the national park.

The top sites of Arches National Park include The Windows, Double Arch, Devils Garden, Landscape Arch, Garden of Eden, Courthouse Towers, Balanced Rock, Petrified Dunes, and Native American Petroglyphs.

The best time to visit the national park is April through May and September through October.

7. Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Scenic view of  Hubbard Glacier
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Hubbard Glacier is one of the main attractions of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve in the eastern part of Alaska. The best time to visit Hubbard Glacier is July and August.

You need to have a private boat, book an Alaska cruise, or a scenic flight tour to witness the beauty of Hubbard Glacier since the glacier cannot to visited via car. 

8. Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas

The beatuful Hamilton pool
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Hamilton Pool Preserve is a beautiful natural swimming spot situated in the Texas Hill Country. The recreational place also features hiking and sightseeing making it perfect to soak in the natural beauty of the area.

The Hamilton Pool is a jade green-colored natural pool into which a 50 feet tall waterfall falls. The breathtaking swimming pool is surrounded by large limestone slabs and the temperature of the water reaches up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

9. Redwood Forests, California

Pathway in the Redwoods Forest California
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Redwoods are known to be the tallest trees in the world that can reach up to 377 ft. It is known that the remaining 45% of the coast redwood trees are being protected by the Redwood National and State Parks located in California.

You can enjoy the view of old-growth redwoods at Stout Grove, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, and Tall Trees Groove.

Apart from the scenic redwoods, the national and state park features other attractions such as Fern Canyon, Gold Buffs Beach, Redwood Creek Overlook, Crescent Beach Overlook, Bald Hills, and more.

The best time to visit the national park is early spring and summer.

10. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska

The breathtaking Mendenhall Ice Caves
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Mendenhall Ice Caves is located at Mendenhall Glacier, a few miles away from the Juneau, capital city of Alaska. The breathtaking cave is surrounded by ice in different shades of blue from sapphire to aqua and cobalt.

As you visit the Mendenhall Glacier, don't forget to take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, the visitor center provides information and facts about the natural beauty. You can also enjoy the hiking trails and kayaking.

The best time to enjoy Mendenhall Ice Caves is between May to October.

11. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

The picturesque view of the Great Smoky Mountains
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The Great Smoky Mountains are located on the Tennessee and North Carolina border. The mountain ranges are protected by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

It is known as the smoky mountains due to the natural fog present over the range. The mountain range features diverse plants, animal life, and the history of southern Appalachian mountain culture.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park includes attractions such as Sugarlands Visitor Center, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Cades Cove, Abrams Falls Trail, Chimney Tops, Alum Cave Trail, and more.

The best times to visit the park are the summer (June, July, August) and fall.

12. Crater Lake, Oregon

The view of Crater Lake in Oregon
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Crater Lake located in south-central Oregon is widely popular for its deep blue color and the clarity of the water. The beautiful blue lake features two islands Phantom Ship and Wizard Island.

The lake is one of the main attractions of the Crater Lake National Park. The best months to visit Crater Lake are July, August, and September.

There are other attractions near Crater Lake such as Union Peak Trail, Crater Lake Zipline, Pumice Desert, Three Lakes Sno-Park, The Pinnacles, and Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site.

13. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

The Aztec Sandstone in Valley of Fire State Park
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Valley of Fire State Park is situated in the south of Overton, Nevada. The state park is famous for its Aztec Sandstone, the sandstone formations appear to be like fire when the sun's rays reflect on the natural beauty.

The beautiful red-colored state park is known to be Nevada's oldest state park. The attractions of Valley Fire State Park include Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock, Fire Cave, Seven Sisters, Elephant Rock, Mouse's Tank, Rainbow Vista, and more.

The best time to visit the state park is from November to March.

14. Florida Everglades, Florida

Everglades tropical wetlands in Florida
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Everglades is known to be a natural region of tropical wetlands that is located in the southern part of Florida. The 20 percent of Everglades in Florida are preserved by the Everglades National Park.

The national park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA and is home to rare and endangered species. The Everglades features several activities and attractions such as bird watching, boating, bicycle, camping, fishing, geocaching, slough slogging, and wildlife viewing.

The best time to visit Everglades National Park is from December through March.


15. Monument Valley, Utah

The sandstone formations in Monument Valley
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Monument Valley is a part of the Colorado Plateau that features beautiful natural sandstone rock formations and colorful desert bluffs. The Sun's Eye is one of the most popular sand formations of Monument Valley.

Monument Valley has several exciting attractions such as Valley of the Gods, Goosenecks State Park, Navajo National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the mountain region southwest of the Monument Valley.

The best time to visit Monument Valley is between September to October.

16. Yosemite National Park, California

The natural beauty of Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park located in California is widely popular for its waterfalls, cliffs, clear streams, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. The highlights of the national park include Tuolumne Meadows, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, Tunnel View, and Glacier Point.

The popular time to visit Yosemite National Park is from May through September.

17. Garden of the Gods, Colorado

The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
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Garden of the Gods situated in Colorado Springs is a public park that has been named a National Natural Landmark since 1971. The park offers recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding trails, cycling, technical rock climbing, and jeep tours.

The sunrise and sunset view from the park is one of the scenic features of the area. Visiting the park early in the morning or late at night is considered to be the best time in order to avoid crowds.

18. Caddo Lake, Texas

A man canoeing in Caddo Lake
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Caddo Lake is located on the border between Texas and Louisiana. The beautiful lake feature 70 different species of fishes such as largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, chain pickerel and white bass, and yellow bass.

There are other wildlife species inhabiting the area including bobcats, snakes, owls, waterfowl, river otters, beavers, eagles, and alligators. The lake is being preserved by Caddo Lake State Park.

Activities such as hiking, fishing, and canoeing are allowed at Caddo Lake. The best time to visit the lake is in the spring and fall season.

19. Death Valley National Park, California

The scenic view of the Death Valley
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Death Valley is a desert valley known to be the home to the Native American tribe called the Timbisha tribe. The Death Valley National Park features sand dunes, mountains, salt flats, craters, and the lowest lake in North America.

The scenic attractions of the park include Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, Dantes View, Artist's Drive and Artist's Palette, Ubehebe Crater, Rhyolite Ghost Town, Natural Bridge, and Devil's Cornfield.

The best time to visit Death Valley is November through March.

20. Denali National Park And Preserve, Alaska

The natural beauty of Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park is situated in the interior of Alaska. The national park features the highest mountain peak in North America called Denali.

The national park has numerous attractions such as Husky Homestead, Denali Visitor Center, Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, Park Road, Savage Alpine Trail, Wonder Lake, Eielson Visitor Center, and Horseshoe Lake Trail.

The best times to visit Denali National Park are mid-May to early June, June to July, and August to early September.