If you’re a nature lover, North America is full of beautiful natural landscapes perfect for touring. From the stone structures in the western United States to the powerful Niagara Falls in Canada, there are natural wonders all across the land. When you’re planning your next vacation, make sure you hit all the natural wonders the Americas have to offer. Whether you’re a photographer or you’re just looking for tourist places to enjoy a summer trip, take a look at nine of the most beautiful landscapes in North America.
1. Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada
As one of the northern-most territories of Canada, the island is a perfectly preserved example of the warm wetland forests of millions of years ago. Even though the island has an average temperature of -20 degrees Celsius, palm trees, redwoods, and other warm weather trees have been preserved in the national forest. Not only does it lead way for exploration, but the sight is something to behold. Once reaching the island, there are glaciers, polar bears, and other amazing natural wonders to see.
2. Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
As one of the most beautiful coastlines in North America, North Carolina is known for it’s beautiful beaches and white sands. Cape Hatteras is along the northern coast of the state and brags some of the best surfing and most pristine beaches. The beautiful dunes are protected and untouched by commercial development and the wild horses run free along the shoreline. With a variety of small islands off the coast, there’s always something to see when visiting this natural wonder.
3. Niagara Falls, Canada and U.S.
What makes Niagara Falls special is that is spans two countries. Whether you’re travelling on the US side or the Canadian side, there’s always something to see. This beautiful natural wonder is a sight to remember. With observations decks to get up close and personal, you can snap a once in a lifetime picture or enjoy feeling the cool mist if you’re traveling in the summer. Take in the breathtaking views or charter a boat to become part of the Falls.
4. Monument Valley, Utah
Along the Utah border, Monument Valley is one of the most unique natural landscapes in the world. With sandstone buttes towering above the arid desert landscape, these wonders range to up to 1,000 feet tall. As a popular backdrop in movies, you’ll be transported into the old west. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is the perfect start for your next natural landscape road trip.
Spanning the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades are a popular destination for those looking for adventure. These wetlands are one of the largest subtropical areas in the United States. With a mixture of water canals and forests, the Everglades are perfect for fan boating and exploring. Catch a glimpse of the American crocodile or other wildlife native to the region.
6. Denali, Alaska
Formally Mount McKinley, Denali is the tallest mountain in North America. Named after the native peoples of Alaska, the mountain spans a beautiful natural park open to the public. Make this your first stop on a trip across the state, or hop on a cruise ship for a special excursion. For the truly adventurous, climb to the top for a spectacular view not many get to enjoy.
7. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
As the world’s largest cave system, Mammoth Cave is located in central Kentucky. With 400 miles of caves explored, there are a variety of natural formations to see. From natural underground pools to stalactites, there are beautiful wonders deep under the ground. Catch a tour to venture deep within the cave system or go at night for a ghostly tour after dark.
8. The Canadian Rockies, British Columbia
Unlike its United States counterpart, the Canadian Rockies are a special range all on their own. With clear turquoise waters and wilderness that spans for miles, these Rockies are different from anything you’ve seen before. Spend time gazing at the snow-capped mountains or catch the slopes for some skiing. The beauty of the tall peaks is something that cannot be missed.
9. Grand Canyon, Arizona
As the most iconic natural landscapes in the world, the Grand Canyon draws millions of visitors every year from all across the world. This deep canyon system was hollowed out by years of water, streams, and rivers. Take in the breathtaking views along the high ridges, or ride down to the bottom of the canyon for an even more unique look. Round out any great American road trip with a stop at this natural wonder.
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