There are plenty awe-inspiring cities and towns to explore all over the United States, not to mention national monuments, fountains, bridges, and other man-made wonders. But, to us, it’s the natural wonders that hold a special place in our hearts; the mountains, forests, and canyons are the stuff of books and cowboy songs, continuously inspiring America’s people to go forth and explore. Narrowing them down to a mere three was no easy task, but somehow we managed.
The Grand Canyon
Carved out by the Colorado River, this mammoth dip in the earth attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year. A testament to the sheer power of nature, the Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Hiking, camping, and kayaking through the canyon are highly recommended to fully experience this outdoor phenomenon.
The Rocky Mountains
This Colorado girl might be just a little biased; however, it can’t be denied that the Rocky Mountains stretching from Canada to New Mexico are a wonder to behold. With many peaks towering more than 14,000ft above sea level, raging rivers, hidden and frigid mountain lakes, and a variety of wildlife, no outdoor enthusiast can pass from this world without climbing her cliffs, bathing in her streams, or marveling at her sheer beauty. A destination not to be missed is Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado where you’ll find rock-climbing, fly-fishing, hiking, and camping that will warm your little outdoorsy heart.
The Great Redwood Forest
Boasting the tallest trees in the world, this lush paradise is brimming with prairies, streams, and wildlife. When you move amongst these green giants you can’t help but be awestruck by nature and her many creations; the forest is home to the tallest living thing on earth, the Sequoia tree Hyperion standing at 379ft tall. Camping is permitted in certain areas and be sure to practice Leave No Trace so generations to come can enjoy the splendor of the Redwoods.