Below, we present of list of ten Natural Wonders in the US that we believe are worth visiting.
Acadia, Maine was once part of “New France”. Among the geographic features in the 47,000 acres Acadia National Park is 1,530′ high Cadillac Mountain the highest mountain on the East Coast.
Once privately owned the islands that comprise Acadia National Park were donated to the government to establish the first National Park on the East Coast. The park offers forests for hiking, granite peaks for climbing, preserved carriage roads for biking, and coastline for water sports and whale watching.
Adirondack Forest Preserve
Many think the Adirondack mountains are part of the Appalachians. They actually belong to the Laurentian Mountains. In the autumn New York’s Adirondacks are a leaf peeper’s paradise.
In the winter visitors can ski White Face Mountain. Sportspeople can hunt, fish and trap. Canoers can shoot the rapids through Ausable Chasm. In addition to every outdoor activity imaginable, the preserve also features sites devoted to the area’s history.
Crater of Diamonds
Discovered in Crater of Diamonds State Park the 40.23 carat Uncle Sam is the largest diamond ever found in the US. The diamonds and the crater are by-products of a volcanic eruption.
A vacation that might pay for itself visitors can scour the 37.5-acre site for diamonds and if you find it you keep it. In 2014 visitors found white diamonds equalling 6.19 and 3.69 carats.
Death Valley holds two world records. The hottest surface temperatures ever recorded 201 degrees F. The air temperature around the park’s aptly named Furnace Creek has reached a world record 134 degrees F.
Still, Death Valley is something of a misnomer. There are oases that are hospitable to human and animal life. Death Valley’s “walking” rocks move on their own as a result of freezing and thawing.
The million-and-a-half acre Everglades National Park is a monument to biodiversity. While some of the plants and animals that call the park home are indigenous to the US others can also be found in tropical regions of the Carribean.
Occupied by endangered manatees and Panthers the park is also home to alligators. The park’s Shark Valley whose name comes from the Shark River that is a tributary of the Everglades offers visitors the chance go gator watching by foot, bike, or tram.
Theodore Roosevelt is responsible for the 6,093′ deep Grand Canyon being declared a National Park. The canyon was the Pueblo Peoples’ equivalent of Mecca and Native American tribes still call the canyon home.
The air at the Grand Canyon is considered the cleanest in the US. Featuring several ecosystems the Canyon is home to 90 species of mammals and 129 types of vegetation. The climate at the Grand Canyon varies according to the depth at each point.
Comprised of limestone and sandstone Mammoth Cave’s 400 miles of explored passages make it the world’s largest cave system. A dozen of those passages can be explored by tourists. A rock formation called “Frozen Niagra” resembles a frozen waterfall.
The first white tourists visited the site in the early 19th Century. Slaves acted as their tour guides. Among the wildlife that resides in the cave are two species of fish that have no eyes owing to their living underground.
Redwood Park System
Redwood trees can achieve heights approaching 400′ and can live as long as 700 years. Red Wood National and State Parks is a network of 30 parks.
In addition to their namesake trees, the parks also consist of over 30 miles of coastline, rivers, prairies, and forests of oak. A 32-mile drive through the Avenue of the Giants will take you through 50,000 acres of Giant Redwoods.
Volcanoes National Park
Located on the big island of Hawaii the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are the centerpieces of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can see how the Hawaiian Islands were born and watch the big island get bigger.
Kilauea last erupted in 1983 and continues to erupt today. Over the last 25 years, Kilauea’s lava has added 550 new acres to the island of Hawaii. At 30,000′ tall Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth.
Yellow Stone’s Old Faithful Geyser is powered by a subterranean supervolcano. The almost 3500 square mile park encompasses portions of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. In 1872 Yellow Stone became our first National Park.
A platform at the top of Lower Yellow Stone Falls affords visitors the chance to watch the fall’s waters make their 308′ decent or you can take a staircase to the bottom of the falls. The park’s wildlife includes bison, elk, bears, and hundreds of other species.