America is full of unique natural wonders and splendor. You may be interested in visiting any of the amazing water attractions such as Palouse Falls or Thor's Well. These places offer some of nature's most magnificent water sites. Perhaps you'd rather stay on dry land and visit Arizona's The Wave, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado or Skagit Valley Tulip Fields in Washington. They are all ideal places to get the perfect picture while spending time with your family. Take a close up peak at the gorgeous attractions listed below and plan your next vacation around any of these places to see Mother Nature at her best.
These caves actually exist because they are melting, so don't miss the chance to see this wonder before it's too late! As the glacier that formed these caves melts, ancient trees from forests that existed thousands of years ago are unearthed. Due to the movement and the melting, the color inside of the glacier caves is ever changing. As this cave and other nearby glaciers continue to melt, nearby Mendenhall Lake grows in size from their runoff. This is a stunning experience that you have to see to believe, but do it soon while it's still here.
This slot canyon in Arizona actually includes two separate and popular canyon sections, one being Upper Antelop Canyon, and the other Lower Antelope Canyon (or "The Corkscrew"). Thanks to a lot of flash flooding and erosion of the sandstone during monsoon season, we now have the deep, narrow corridors of the slot canyons with their sloping, wavy sides that so many make the trek to see.
There's a reason hundreds of thousands flock to Mount Vernon every year for this festival: its acres upon acres of brilliantly colored tulips is arguably one of the best natural floral displays in the country. There are plenty of photographic opportunities and breathtaking display gardens. Buds can color as early as the beginning of March, so anytime between early March and the end of April is a good time to go. Each field will flower for about two weeks, and is planted with a different tulip variety, so there are plenty of colors to see. Tulips are the main attraction but there are also daffodil fields on display.
Colorado's fourth-largest wilderness, spanning over 181,000 acres, is perhaps the best example of the Rocky Mountains that Colorado has to offer. Scenic would not do the Maroon Bells-Snowmass justice; its 100 miles of trail overlook valleys of alpines and lakes, go over 9 passes and all over 12,000 feet, and then of course you have the reason many hikers and photographers make the trek: the stunning Maroon Bells that are reflected in Maroon Lake below. If you go in summer you're in for the treat of the bountiful and beautiful wildflowers, and elk and deer can be spotted amidst the trees and trails. Any time of year is the time to check out the hot springs, which attract a lot of hikers during their breaks.
This is your tropical getaway destination of this list. Sea life able to be experienced is abundant, there are many legends of shipwrecks and treasures to be heard, and the coral reefs and tropical life in general are the least disturbed of all the Florida Keys. You'll be able to choose between the variety of adventures that the national park offers, including snorkeling, camping, scuba diving, picnicking, fishing, and kayaking.
This hiking trail on the island of Oahu, HI is nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven for good reason. The trail used to be a simple ladder connected to the narrow side of the cliff. The stairs have since been repaired and are now a combination of metal steps and ramps leading up the cliff. This is not a climb for the faint of heart, and Hawaii is actually still deciding whether or not they want to open it up to the public. But if you're craving the thrills of the climb and the pictures you'd get from the top, by all means, join the many people who annually make the trek and see what the stairs have in store for you!
Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve is many things to locals and visitors alike: it can be a popular swimming area in the heat of the summer, a breathtaking place for hiking, and one of the best places in Texas for unbelievable pictures, whether you're a self-proclaimed professional or an amateur and simply want to capture the beauty of this place. The pool and surrounding waterfall and cavern were created thousands of years ago when an underground river's dome collapsed, leaving a lovely limestone, stalactites, and a sleek waterfall that cascades into the pool below. There are over 200 acres full of cedars, rivers, and plenty of animals in the area that are meant for exploring and admiring, but the pool is certainly the biggest attraction.
This is a place to be reached by those with a sense of adventure and love for off-trail hiking. There is no path able to be taken to this location, so your trek to it will be just as fascinating and unique as the sandstone formation itself- that is if you're up to the challenge! The natural creation appears wavelike and many come to capture on camera its colorful, undulating appearance.
In the middle of a rough stretch of Oregon coastline called Cape Perpetua you will find Thor's Well, a deep hole in the rocky shore that spews seawater 20 feet high or more, usually around high tide. It's fascinating to watch the "well" fill up as the waves roll in, then overflow while spouting the water up like a geyser. The experience is nothing short of memorable and dramatic, so make sure you have a camera with plenty of space for both pictures and video!
The size of Palouse Falls alone can lure visitors to its location, but the surrounding area is another excellent reason to see it: the falls can be found deep in a ravine, and right at the edge of the river's chasm is where the falls cut through the surrounding highlands, falling 198 feet into a deep, circular hole. Any season is a great time to visit, as the weather and temperatures change the scenery in a brilliant way no matter the time of year. In winter the high cliffs can be lined with shimmering sheets of ice, or adorned with wildflowers and green trees. From the moment you step onto the trail at the park's entrance you will not be disappointed.