With a size that could go for a continent and wide ranging diversities, it is no wonder the United States is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking natural sites. So many visitors throng to the US for business and leisure and hope to sneak out time to see the White House in Washington, the beautiful skylines and sights of the Manhattan in New York, the Las Vegas Strip or the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
But if you’re a natural tourist and love to see nature in its bare glory, the US has some amazing tourist sites that will leave you breathless. There are so many natural wonders in the US, but we have picked out the 10 most amazing spots for you.
- The Grand Canyon
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the sheer size of Grand Canyon, coupled with its delicate and colorful landscape offer tourists unforgettable scenery that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. It has a depth of 1.6 km (1 mile) and is 446 km (277 miles) long. The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona, straddled by the Colorado River.
- Niagara Falls
Famed for their magnificent beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power, the Niagara Falls records more than 14 million tourists every year and is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world.
This spectacular natural wonder is located between the state of New York and the province of Ontario. Actually, Niagara Falls comprises three different falls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, which is located on the Canadian side.
- Florida Keys
The Florida Keys is a tropical vacationer’s delight in the United States. It is the country’s famous coral archipelago, spanning 120 miles of tropical islands that mass around the base of the Florida peninsula, and connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. The Seven Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys is the most scenic and is a popular location for films makers in the United States, including the producers of True Lies and Fast 2 Furious.
- Denali National Park
The Denali National Park and Preserve is home to Interior Alaska and includes the highest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley. “Denali” is native word in the Athabaskan language for Mount McKinley which means “the high one.” The Denali habitat is an untamed nature’s paradise with forest at the lowest elevations, tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations. The Park is also a natural preserve of Alaska’s great diversities of fauna like grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, and moose.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the most recent of five volcanoes that make up the Hawaiian Archipelago. A very valuable study resource for volcanologists, Kilauea has recorded 33 eruptions since 1952, besides the current eruption which began in January 1983 and is still ongoing.
Kilauea is a very low, flat shield volcano, strikingly different in form from the high, sharply sloping peaks of stratovolcanoes. It became a tourist attraction since the 1840s with local businessmen like Benjamin Pitman and George Lycurgus running a series of hotels at the rim, the most famous being Volcano the House.
Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, set aside in 1872 by the U.S. Congress to preserve the multiple geysers, hot springs, and other thermal areas, and protect the amazing wildlife and untamed natural beauty of the area. This park of natural wonder lies above a massive hotspot that spurts light, hot, molten mantle rock to the surface. As a result, the park hosts half of all the world’s known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples of geysers and hot springs. Its wild habitat is also a natural home for black bears, grizzly bears, deer, elk, bison and wolves.
Yellowstone is located mainly is the State of Wyoming but also extends into Montana and Idaho.
7. Arches National Park
When you visit t1024″ height=”545Arches National Park, you might think for a moment that you’re in a different planet with its vast red-earth landscape, 2,500 sandstone arches that frame the sky and rocks precariously balanced on pedestals. The most famous of the Arches is Delicate Arch, which stands as tall as a four-story building and has become Utah’s state icon, engraved on license plates and postage stamps.
8. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
The leisure the John Pennekamp Park offers is on the water, and under it. Offshore, you can plunge into the pleasures of Florida’s best diving and snorkeling, swim across exotic coral reefs, sea-grass beds, and mangrove swamps. Just opposite the John Pennekamp Park is Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary which is home 40 species of coral and close to 600 species of fish.
9. Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the most stunning features of the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is the Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved roadway in North America. It offers tourists amazing views around every bend and dash of moraines and glaciers and craggy hills that frame emerald meadows. As you negotiate the endless number of turnouts throughout Rocky Mountain National Park, you cannot resist a natural urge to stop and inhale the beauty of the lush valleys and glacier-etched granite peaks.
10. Yosemite Falls
The Yosemite Falls in California is the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth-highest in the world. It is the most famous tourist attraction at the Yosemite National Park, closely trailed by other incredible spots like the Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Dome, and the Merced River.
Want a Quick Tour? Apply for an ESTA Visa
The breathtaking sites are a must if you are in the US or hoping to visit anytime soon. They’ll leave you with eternal memories worth a million dollars. If you feel like booking a flight already and you’re qualified for an ESTA registration, you could visit the US in 72 hours.
ESTA Visa, which stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) Visa, is a USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) for citizens of the eligible 38 countries who wish to visit the US for business or leisure within a period of 90 days.
Countries whose citizens can apply for an ESTA Visa are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. You’re eligible for an ESTA visa if you’re a citizen of any of these countries.
To apply for an ESTA Visa travel authorisation, you will need to complete an online form application in your country of residence and pay a mandatory administration fee. You will also need an e-passport, which is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip.