Vacations only come around once in a while, and they can get pretty pricey. When you finally get a few days off, what’s the most worthwhile experience to spend your hard-earned money on? These natural wonders are all located in the United States and are guaranteed to blow your mind with their size, beauty, and mystery.
Check out one of these spots next time you want to go on a fun vacation with your loved ones.
There’s no natural wonder that will make you feel quite as small as the Grand Canyon. This unreal landscape contains a canyon nearly one mile deep and ten miles wide. Despite its traditionally hot desert location, the temperature between different points of the canyon can vary about 25°F. That’s a drastic difference that requires hikers to add or shed a few layers if traveling from the rim to the gorge.
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone boasts every natural beauty imaginable- mountains, lakes, rivers, geysers, canyons, and more! This historic space was the first to be recognized as a national park, preserved for sightseers to enjoy and for the creatures inhabiting it to continue to flourish. If you love seeing animals in their natural habitat, there’s plenty of wildlife to observe at a safe distance.
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Four Corners Monument
Have you ever wished that you could be in multiple places at once? At the Four Corners Monument, you can! At the center of this landmark, the borders of four different states meet together. You can have one arm in Arizona, one arm in Utah, one leg in Colorado, and the other in New Mexico. Where else in the U.S. can you get bragging rights like these?
Location: Teec Nos Pos, Arizona
Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park is the adventurous introvert’s dream. There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the heart of a quiet, forested wilderness. You also get unmatched views at this park. Alpine trees freckle the ground, and the crystal clear waters reflect the vast mountain ranges that surround the area. If you want to make an overnight trip here, there are plenty of cabin and lodge rentals that you can cozy up in.
Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wander about the twists and turns of a natural underground cave? Mammoth Cave offers both ranger-led and self-guided tours of this natural wonder. This area was mined in the early 1800s and is renowned as the world’s longest cave system. You also get a close-up look at the eerie “bottomless pit” nicknamed the Giant’s Coffin during a cave tour.
Location: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
With rushing waters cascading at a speed of 32 feet per second, this waterfall is truly a fascinating sight. The United States and Canada share Niagra Falls. The American Falls is over a hundred feet tall and nearly a thousand feet wide on the U.S. side. There’s a bridge that visitors can walk across to see the falls in closer proximity and get the full experience.
Location: Niagra Falls, New York
No need to rush, you can take your time. These natural wonders have been around for a long time.
If a tour of natural wonders is out of your budget then consider this article for tips on a relaxing staycation!