Check Out These 25 Hidden Natural Landscapes In The U.S

If you don’t have much money to spend on your next vacations but you really want to visit somewhere new and relax for a couple of days, then this is what you’re looking for! Here we have a list of 25 hidden natural landscapes in the U.S that could be perfect for your next weekend trip. If you don’t live in the U.S. but are planning to visit the country, we recommend you to visit these beautiful natural landscapes that will blow your mind. See #23, #6 and #3, they are some of our favorites!

#25. San Harbor Island

Located on the northeast shores of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe-Nevada State Park, Nevada, this sandy beach is a must-visit. With its cobalt-blue waters, Lake Tahoe is considered the largest alpine lake in the country and it surrounds the beautiful San Harbor Island. If you want to spend a couple of days surrounded by crystal-clear waters and the sounds of nature, you should go to this park!

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There are plenty of activities that you can do during the day, like swimming, kayaking, and scuba diving. You can also have a picnic on the riverbanks. In addition, the site is well-equipped with barbecues, tables, and restrooms. You can reach this site with the company East Shore Express, which offers buses that take you from Incline Village and leave you right in front of the park’s entrance.

#24. Old Man’s Cave

Old Man’s Cave is located in Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Ohio. This wonderful park is formed by more than 25 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, waterfalls and recess caves. Stating the obvious, the most popular area is Old Man’s Cave itself, located on State Route 664, where you can find the tiny yet pleasant Upper Falls and the Grandma Gatewood Trail.

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The park features several other landmarks, such as Upper George, Middle Falls, Lower Falls, and Lower George. The gorge is around half a mile long, so it’s worth a hike, even for beginners! So roam through the park’s trails and experience the wonders of nature, you won’t regret it!

#23. Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

If you want to see something different and one of a kind, you must go to Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Southwest Alaska and West Juneau. In 1915, Glacier Bay was proclaimed a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge, and in 1979 it became a binational UNESCO World Heritage Site. With more than 3,000,000 acres, you will be astonished by the views!

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In Glacier Bay, you will be surrounded by immense glaciers, temperate rainforests, and above all, snow-topped fjords. There are many ways in which you can visit this area but the most common is by a cruise ship, where you will have the best view of the glaciers. Maybe if you are lucky, you will be able to see sea lions resting in a rock!

#22.Monument Rocks

Monument Rocks, also known as the Chalk Pyramids, is a natural landmark located in Gove County, Kansas. Although they look like giant chunks of rock, these formations are actually made up of chalk. Scientists believe that they were formed over 80 million years ago, and due to their beauty, they have been named as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

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Maybe they don’t seem so big in the picture, but some of these chalk formations actually reach up to 70 feet! And, as a result of erosion, hundreds of unusual spires and shapes can be spotted in the area. The park is also famous because of the fossils that were found in the surrounding desert. Archaeologists, you’ll have the time of your life!

#21. Horseshoe Bend

Like its name says, the Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped formation located on the banks of the Colorado River, in Arizona. It’s located only 5 miles from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. The place seems quite remote, but it’s actually not so hard to get there: it’s just a 1.5-mile hike from a parking area right off Rute 89.

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Hiking all the way down to the river sure sounds like a fascinating adventure, but you should bear in mind that you’ll have the best views from the cliff above. Feel free to walk and explore the hidden trails of this magical site, and if you’re up for even more of an adventure, you can take a guided tour and visit the nearby Antelope Canyon. What are you waiting for?

#20. Glacier National Park

The Glacier National Park is located in Montana, next to the American-Canadian border. The park consists of more than 1 million acres, and it features over 130 clear lakes and more than 1000 different species of plants and animals. Now you probably get why it’s considered the “Crown Of The Continent Ecosystem”, right?

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The park’s beautiful forests, alpine meadows, towering mountains, and spectacular lakes are definitely worth a visit. If you’re up for some adventure, you have more than 700 miles of trails where you can go hiking, and if you’re brave enough, you can even go cycling! We are sure this landscape will blow your mind!

#19.  Skagit Valley

Can you imagine yourself completely surrounded by red, yellow, orange, pink, and yellow tulips? Well, you should go to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival held each April in northwest Washington, and experience it yourself! Thousands of visitors come to the state of Washington every year to be part of this unique American festival.

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During the festival, there are many lodging options, both budget, and splurge. Getting to Skagit Valley is really simple as it’s only 60 miles from Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, Canada. Of course, you can buy a guided tour pack, and you’ll be taken to the most gorgeous parts of these vast tulip fields.

#18. Thor’s Well At Cape Perpetua

Located in Cape Perpetua, Oregon, Thor’s Well is an extensive sinkhole inside a rock. To get there you need to rise to over 800 feet above sea level, but we are sure the view will be worth it as you will see more than 70 miles of Oregon’s rugged coastline.

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You should also know that Cape Perpetua is considered one of the Seven Wonders in Oregon. Getting there on your own might be a bit tricky because there are no markings of the site on the road. The easiest way to get there is by bus from Spouting Horn, although, to be honest, we recommend going on a tour or private car.

#17. Yosemite Valley

The glacial valley shown in the picture is located in Yosemite National Park, amid California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Surrounded by the Merced River, the park is almost 7.5 miles long and offers diverse landscapes where you can go hiking and enjoy nature. Every year, Yosemite Valley receives over a million visitors from around the world.

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Go to Yosemite Park and feel the power of glaciers and the tranquility of the High Sierra. The park is well-known because of its waterfalls and the immense deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias. Did you know that sequoias are the tallest and thickest trees in the world? Well, you’ll have to come to Yosemite Park and see them for yourself!

#16. New River Gorge Bridge

If you’re touring through the southern USA, don’t miss the opportunity to go to Fayette County in West Virginia and see the New River Gorge Bridge above the New River. With a 3,030-foot-long and 69-foot-wide structure, this bridge has been part of many movies and commercials.

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Also, the New River Gorge is one of the most photographed places in the southern USA. You can actually cross the bridge and have a panoramic view of the surrounding forest, but there is also a walking area underneath it. And if you are more adventurous, you can jump from the top on a parachute!

#15. Nā Pali Coast State Park

The Nā Pali Coast State Park is located on the island of Hawaii on the northwest side of Kaua’i. The park is surrounded by cliffs that can reach almost 4,000 feet. Apart from the island’s beauty, the park offers many activities which you can choose from, like hiking along the trails or kayaking from coast to coast.

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Considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth, we highly recommend you to visit this unique park, and you can even do it by helicopter, ship, or boat. In fact, if you go on a boat tour, you’ll be taken to a couple of hidden beaches that will surely amaze you. The park also harbors the Kalalau Valley, which is a great hiking spot!

#14. Acadia National Park

If you are looking for a new site to explore and you want to feel the fresh air of valleys and rivers, then Acadia National Park should be your next destination. It is located in Maine on the southwest of Bar Harbor, and it is home to one of the most spectacular landscapes of America’s East Coast. Animal lovers, this is your place of worship, since here you can find more than 30 species of animals, like black bears, moose, and reptilians.

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Besides, there are plenty of activities that you can do in each season of the year. During winters you can go skiing, while in spring you can try fishing. And of course, summer and autumn are great for hiking. You can visit the park by car or bus and there are many trails where you can go horseback riding and bicycling.

#13. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is home to one of USA’s most breathtaking lakes. The park consists of sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, deep forests, and lakes which will surely amaze you.

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Pictured Rock offers plenty of beaches, and the best part is that not many tourists come here! However, you should bear in mind that the clear waters are usually quite cold, so swimming is only for the brave. The best time of the year to visit the park is in spring where you can see the blooming of the many species of flowers. And spring is also a great season for hiking, let’s not forget that!

#12. Tallulah Gorge State Park

Surrounded by the sound of the river, the Tallulah Gorge State Park is located in Georgia. It is most famous for its marvelous six waterfalls, known as the Tallulah Falls. The site is home to one of the most impressive canyons in the eastern U.S. As you can see in the picture, the canyon is surrounded by forested mountains, and it is 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep.

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Tallulah Park is perfect for people who like sports and adventure as it has more than 10 miles of road where you can go biking and hiking. Also, you can visit the suspension bridge which is 80 feet tall and which offers the most spectacular views of the rivers and waterfalls.

#11. Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park was well-known because of the Old Man Of The Mountain, a granite cliff that sadly collapsed in 2003. Despite that, the park still has many activities worth experiencing and landscapes worth exploring. The park is located in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, and it is home to the stunning Cannon Mountain.

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Apart from that mountain, one of the most famous attractions in the park is the Flume Gorge. I also suggest going fishing and swimming in Echo Lake and Profile Lake. Last but not least, don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Appalachian Trail! Now, are you ready to discover the top 10 hidden natural wonders in the States?

#10. Zion National Park

Have you ever heard of Zion National Park? Located in Utah and not far from Las Vegas, this park is home to the one and only Zion Canyon.  This canyon is 15 miles long and it is most famous for its reddish and tan-colored Navajo sandstone walls.

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If you’re the adventurer type, then you can camp in the middle of the park for a couple of nights. The best sites for hiking are the Mama Zion, Angels Landing, and Emerald Pools, and if you’re lucky, you’ll come across some of the 75 mammals that roam the park. The park features mountains, canyons, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches. What else can you ask for?

#9. Sawtooth National Recreation Area

With more than 756,000 acres of beautiful mountain scenery, Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the perfect destination for your next trip to America. Located in Idaho, this park is home to the Sawtooth Wilderness, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness, and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas.

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The park is home to more than 700 miles of trails, which take you to alpine lakes and beautiful mountains. There are plenty of outdoor activities that you can do like camping, hiking, fishing, boating, rafting, and bicycling. During summer, you can even go for a swim, but don’t expect warm waters!

#8. Turner Falls

If you’re in Oklahoma and you want to make a quick trip and be surrounded by the sound of nature, we recommend you to visit the Turner Falls. These are the tallest waterfalls in the state and one of the most beautiful ones in the country, as they’re surrounded by steep rocky cliffs covered by thick layers of bushes and trees.

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The best time to visit this site is summer because the waters are warm and the falls form a perfect natural pool where you can swim and relax. You can also stay in one of the several camping sites that surround the waterfall, or if not, you can stay in a hotel and book a private tour to the falls.

#7. Mammoth Cave National Park

Located in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park is considered the longest cave system in the world. The park is also a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. The spectacular system of complex labyrinths will make you want to visit this place more than once.

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Every year, the park receives millions of tourists that want to see the unique fauna and flora found within the caves. We recommend booking the entrance ticket online since the cues in the ticket counters are sometimes endless. Remember that the temperature inside the caves is usually really low, so don’t forget to take your jacket!

#6. Delaware Water Gap

Right between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Delaware River passes through the Appalachian Mountains, forming the Delaware Water Gap. The ridge of the Appalachian mountains that surround the river is called the Blue Mountains in the Pennsylvanian side, and the Kittatinny Ridge in the side of New Jersey.

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The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers many outdoor activities such as rafting, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and rock climbing. The amazing natural scenery has attracted tourists for centuries. Now it’s your turn! Are you ready for another landmark located in the Appalachian Mountains? Then slide on to #5!

#5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Appalachian Mountains. Located near the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, this mountain chain is full of trails that will take through forested hilltops with spectacular views.

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It’s also considered as America’s most visited national park. It is home to many species of animals such as black bears, coyotes, turkeys, and raccoons. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cades Cove, a little mountain town in the middle of the park with a singular architecture.

#4. Beavertail Lighthouse

Located in Rhode Island, the Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1856 and is considered to be one of America’s oldest lighthouses. It is 64 feet tall and it’s considered the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. But apart from being an ancient building, it is located on Rhode Island’s rugged coast, which is beautiful to witness.

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History lovers, you’ll just love this trip! You can visit the museum inside the lighthouse and learn about its intriguing past. The museum includes a Fresnel lens as well as information about Rhode Island’s different lighthouses.

#3. Big Bend National Park

Located in West Texas, the Big Bend National Park is the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert. The park is home to more than 1,200 species of plants, 400 species of birds and over 50 species of reptiles. The park was named after the large bend in the Río Grande and Río Bravo, which is found near the border between Texas and Mexico.

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If you like desert sceneries and a clear blue sky, then you must visit this magical site. We highly recommend you to visit the park more than once as it’s too big to see it all in just one day. Its greatest landmarks include Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Castolon Historic District, and the Chisos Basin. I hope you’re ready for some trekking!

#2. Lake Willoughby

Located in the town of Westmore in northern Vermont, lays the amazing Lake Willoughby. In 2010, it was voted as the best lake in New England. This glacial lake covers an area of more than 7,000 acres, and in its pristine waters, you can see fish species like rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, and landlocked salmon.

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You can go fishing, boating, or swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. But if you’re up for some adventure, you can go hiking through the surrounding forests of Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor. Don’t forget to take your camera and your selfie stick, cause you’ll witness some fascinating views!

#1. The Berkshires

The Berkshire Hills, often simply referred to as “The Berkshires”, is a mountain ridge which is part of the Appalachian Mountains. These hills are most famous for the 3,491-foot Mount Greylock, which happens to be the tallest peak in Massachusets.

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If you’re an adventurous type of person, you should know that this park features more than 200 trails for hiking and camping. If this is not enough, you can visit the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the many museums, art expositions, and festival that take place in The Berkshires throughout the year. Nature and music, what a fascinating blend!

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