10 Amazingly Beautiful Landscapes in the United States that you can't Afford to Miss

Years ago there was a commercial on TV that went something like this, “See the USA in your Chevrolet…” It brings back thoughts of getting in the car and driving to beautiful places in the United States for family vacations. You can do that right now. Within driving distance you will find many natural landscapes that will amaze you. Here are just a few.

1: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/eselby

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free; there is no admission to drive through the park. It is also the most visited of all the national parks. When you drive up to the very top, to the Tennessee/North Carolina border, the air is clean and clear. The elevation is 5,600 feet and the views are the most amazing you will see. It is a free adventure that you cannot afford to miss.

Address: 107 Park Headquarters Rd Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Website: www.nps.gov

2: The Low Country of South Carolina

The Low Country of South Carolina
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Key Studio

The Low Country of South Carolina is a place with beautiful landscapes and amazing water views. If you have never seen a shrimp boat at work, you need to! You can see marsh lands full of tiny sea creatures and beautiful birds. There are palm trees swaying in the breeze and colorful native flowers to delight your eyes. There is an amazing sand beach at Hunting Island State Park if you care to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Address: Low Country, Charleston

3: The Natural Bridge, Virginia

The Natural Bridge, Virginia

Yes, a bridge that was not built by humans because it is all natural. It is an historic landmark and something you should not pass up. This bridge was born out of an accident. A cavern collapsed and what remained looked like a bridge, thus the name ‘Natural Bridge. It is quite a tourist attraction and something you won’t find anyplace else. You can spend a few days there walking the beautiful and colorful trails in the area. Get a room at the hotel and visit the gift shop.

Address: 15 Appledore Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578

4: Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls, New York

The spot that is frequented by tourists and newlyweds alike – Niagara Falls - is probably the loudest natural landscape you can ever visit. Millions of gallons of water flowing over the edge of the falls is mesmerizing. The falls is actually located on the USA/Canadian border. The beauty of the area and the amazing force of the water is captivating. Make sure to stay in Niagara, New York a few days and take in all of the scenery you can.

Address: Niagara Falls, NY 14303

5: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

This river valley has been attracting visitors for many years. They flock there to see the majestic mountains and the amazing river valley. The colors are hard to describe, they need to be seen. Gas up the Chevy and head over to Arizona. If you plan on visiting be sure to take your camera, and make hotel reservations in advance.

Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Website: www.nps.gov

6: Luray Caverns, Virginia

Luray Caverns, Virginia

If you are into caverns, then the Luray Caverns in Virginia is an amazing landscape that you need to visit. If you don’t have a fear of going underground, you will see sights that will be hard to explain. They natural formations are mind-boggling. It is a little on the chilly side so be sure to take a sweater. You don’t want to miss any of a cavern adventure.

Address: 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835

7: The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/jc.winkler

The Mississippi River, lovingly called the Muddy Mississippi, is a very well known river. Barges transport materials up and down the river while pleasure boats enjoy the scenery. One of the best places to get up close and person with this river is in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can walk along the banks of the river and enjoy the majestic landscape and think of all the others who walked along that river and depended on it.

Address: Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130

8: The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/asafantman

The Appalachian Trail begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeastern Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine, that’s 2,200 miles of trail. Many attempt to do the whole trail, while others just enjoy the beauty of a few short miles of the trail. You will go through various natural scenery as you travel from Georgia to North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, ending in Maine. There are different natural and beautiful things to see from one state to the next. Get out your hiking boots and get started on the Appalachian Trail.

Address: Appalachian Trail Club, Atlanta, GA 30329
Website: www.nps.gov

9: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

You are probably familiar with the color of sand at most beaches along the coastline. The sand can run from almost white to dark beige. The exception is the black sand beaches on the Island of Hawaii. Imagine walking along the Pacific Ocean on a beach that is black. If you have not seen photos of you need to check it out in person. It is quite amazing and natural. You might have to share that beach with a green sea turtle, but he is most beautiful himself!

Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777

10: The Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

The Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo Courtesy: Bielmann/SPL

The Pipeline is where surfers have been doing their thing for decades. Many surfers dream of surfing the Pipeline and they do. Some make it while others fall of their boards too many times to count. If you aren’t a surfer just sit on the beach and soak in the beautiful colors of the Pacific Ocean while the colorful boards of surfers skim across the crystal clear water. It’s a dream location for amateur and professional photographers.

Address: Ehukai Beach Park, Haleiwa, HI 96712

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