These Are The Most Incredible Natural Wonders You Can See In Each Of The 50 US States


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

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    1. Planning a trip to the US, or just want to see the best your state has to offer? Then you've come to the right place, as we run through the best natural wonder you can visit in each state.

      From swimming with manatees to seeing the remains of long-extinct animals, we're about to take you through 50 of the greatest natural wonders in the US, all the way from Alabama to Wyoming.

      So come with us as we take you on a digital road trip, and you can see what you've got in store – or what you're missing out on. 

      1. 1. Alabama

        If you’re heading down to Alabama, then you won’t want to miss Little River Canyon. Found on Lookout Mountain, it has some beautiful scenery and, of course, the river that lends it its name.

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          1. 2. Alaska

            Alaska is, well, pretty remarkable. If you’re lucky enough to go there, then make sure you head to Glacier Bay. Boasting more than 1,000 glaciers, it’s a sight that simply cannot be missed.

  1. 3. Arizona

    You might have heard of a little place called the Grand Canyon and, it's true, it is really stunning. It's not the largest or deepest canyon in the world but it is visually stunning, winding for 446 kilometers (277 miles) and spanning 29 kilometers (18 miles) at one point.

  1. 4. Arkansas

    Here in Arkansas, you'll find the wonderful Ozark National Forest, which is home to some amazing sights like the Yellow Rock Overlook and the Glory Hole waterfall.

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  2. 5. California

    California is home to numerous impressive natural wonders, but perhaps none more so than Yosemite National Park. Here'll you'll find the stunning Glacier Point, El Capitan, and more.

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6. Colorado

Visitors flock to the Rocky Mountains year-round in Colorado for both skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Here you'll also find the highest road in the US, Trail Ridge Road. And don't forget about Pikes Peak, sometimes called America's Mountain.

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7. Connecticut

In Connecticut, you can find the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, home to 500 tracks on display of dinosaurs dating back 200 million years. There's also a life-size diorama of dinosaurs making the tracks, and archival footage from the first discoveries here back in 1966.

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  2. 8. Delaware

    Welcome to Delaware, where you can find the amazing Brandywine Creek State Park. It spans 377 hectares (933 acres) and is divided up by grey stone walls that were built in the late 1800s.

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9. Florida

In Florida, you’ll find the Crystal River, home to manatees when temperatures drop in the Gulf of Mexico. And you can even swim with them in the waters that maintain a constant warm temperature.

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  1. 10. Georgia

    Head to Georgia for the fantastic Providence Canyon State Park, spanning more than 405 hectares (1,000 acres). It contains Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon", although note it's not entirely natural, as some of the gullies were the result of poor farming practices.

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11. Hawaii

Hawaii has plenty of volcanos, both dormant and active, for you to visit in the Volcanoes National Park on Big Island. Erupting right now, it's home to the active volcano Kilauea, which has been pouring out lava for 35 years – and people still even live on it. 

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12. Idaho


Idaho is home to a giant volcanic flood plain known as the Craters of the Moon. It spans 1,600 square kilometers (620 square miles), and it's continuing to grow and shift beneath the surface, with eruptions from its Great Rift occurring every 2,000 years.

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13. Illinois

Cave-in-Rock might not sound too impressive, but it's worth your time. This massive cave spans 17 meters (56 feet), having been carved by water thousands of years ago. Now it's visited by thousands of people to see the rather impressive structure.


14. Indiana


Stretching for 24 kilometers (15 miles) south of Lake Michigan, the state of Indiana boasts a fantastic array of dunes that are well worth a visit. Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?

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  2. 15. Iowa

    While it's not the biggest cavern in the US, Crystal Lake Cave in Iowa is one of the most impressive. Roundwater has carved the impressive shapes you see here from layers of limestone over 2 million years, with passages and crawl spaces for you to explore.

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16. Kansas

  1. Castle Rock, a large limestone pillar in Gove County, is seriously impressive. It stands 21 meters (70 feet) tall and is noticeable for its unique shape. It was likely formed from the weathering of chalk by wind and water from an ancient inland sea. It's pretty fragile though, so make sure you see it soon.


17. Kentucky

Kentucky is home to a seriously impressive maze of caves known as Mammoth Cave. It contains more than 640 kilometers (400 miles) of caverns and passages, making it the longest known cave system in the world, and new caves continue to be discovered. About 16 kilometers (10 miles) of beautiful caverns are available for tours.

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18. Louisiana

They're not just swamps. The impressive wetlands of Louisiana are home to a vast array of native plant and animal life, Bayou Bartholomew being the longest bayou (a slow-moving stream, river, or wetland) in the world at 600 kilometers (373 miles) long.

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19. Maine

Perched above the South Bubble mountain is this peculiar balancing rock, left behind by a massive glacier long ago and weighing in at 100 tons.


20. Maryland

If you want to see an extremely unique sight, then check out Assateague Island, a barrier island that's 60 kilometers (37 miles) long and sits off the coast of Maryland, although one-third of it is technically in Virginia. It's famed for its wild horses, thought to be the survivors of a Spanish galleon that shipwrecked here.

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21. Massachusetts


This state is home to the wonderful Chesterfield Gorge, found along the Westfield River. There's a half-mile trail running along the top of the gorge, with the canyon stretching up to 21 meters (70 feet) high in places, the result of being carved by water.

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22. Michigan

In Michigan, you'll find part of the incredible Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes in North America. It's so big it could fit all the others in it. You'll find some rather stunning spots and scenery around it too. 

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23. Minnesota


If you're looking for something mysterious, head to Devil's Kettle. This is where half of the Brule River disappears down a pothole, but no one has been able to find out where water from this hole reemerges. 

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24. Mississippi

Over in Mississippi, you'll find the Petrified Forest, where trees were washed down a river and later became fossilized 36 million years ago, giving us a fascinating glimpse into the past. 

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25. Missouri


At the impressive Elephant Rocks State Park, you'll find huge boulders thought to have formed 1.5 billion years ago from granite. Some say the boulders resemble a train of circus elephants, hence the name.

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26. Montana

If you want to see some impressive scenery, then head to Montana's Glacier National Park, 405,000 hectares (1 million acres) filled with alpine glaciers, wildlife, and more. There's a shuttle to take you around and more than 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) of trails, so there's plenty to explore!

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27. Nebraska


There's an amazing formation in Nebraska called Chimney Rock National Historic Site that is well worth checking out. It towers almost 90 meters (300 feet) above the surrounding North Platte River valley. It's composed of layers of volcanic ash and clay.

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  2. 28. Nevada

    Definitely make sure you check out the Valley of Fire here, Nevada's oldest and largest state park. It boasts some vibrantly colored scenery, thanks to its red sandstone formations that date back 150 million years, and it spans almost 18,600 hectares (46,000 acres).

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29. New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, you'll find an impressive array of small waterfalls known as Diana's Baths. There are plenty of areas and trails for you to explore, and you can wade in a few of the pools too.

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30. New Jersey


Here you'll find an incredibly unique and surreal site, bioluminescent waters caused by plankton. When night descends, these creatures sparkle and put on an incredible show on the Manasquan beach.

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31. New Mexico

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks might look like they're human-made, but they're really not. Located 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Sante Fe, these incredible structures are the remnants of volcanic eruptions about 6 million years ago.


32. New York


If you only see one natural wonder in New York, then you really have to make it Niagra Falls. Located on the border of Canada, there are actually three waterfalls here, with a breathtaking drop of more than 50 meters (165 feet). One of the three, Horseshoe Falls, is the most powerful waterfall in North America.


33. North Carolina

North Carolina boasts a load of amazing scenery and greenery. Out of the lot, though, consider paying Chimney Rock a visit. Made of granite, it stands 96 meters (315 feet) high and offers some amazing views of the surrounding area.

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34. North Dakota


Check out White Butte in North Dakota, the highest point in the state. It's shaped a bit like a shark fin and towers more than 160 meters (525 feet) tall, easily viewable from a distance.

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35. Ohio

There's an amazing rock formation in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan called Rock House. It features a ceiling that is 8 meters (26 feet) tall and openings that resemble the windows in a house. In total, there are seven Gothic-like arched windows and huge sandstone columns.

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36. Oklahoma


The amazing great salt plains of Oklahoma are definitely worthy of a visit. Made of salt left from pre-historic times, the entire state park spans 3,700 hectares (9,300 acres) and contains a lake that's about half as salty as the ocean.


37. Oregon

You've probably never seen a lake as impressive as Crater Lake in Oregon. The remnants of a collapsed stratovolcano, this caldera lake is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide and has a deep blue, mirror-like surface that is truly a wonder to behold.


38. Pennsylvania


It might not quite be the actual Grand Canyon, but the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon – officially called Pine Creek Gorge – is still impressive. It stretches for 75 kilometers (47 miles) and reaches depths of up to 440 meters (1,450 feet), with plenty of trails and scenic views to enjoy.

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39. Rhode Island

For an interesting cliff walk, make your way to Newport Cliff in Rhode Island. This trek of over 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) boasts some lovely scenery along the way, with drops of up to 21 meters (70 feet) in places – although don't worry, there is a walkway and railings to keep you safe.

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40. South Carolina


Step into a fairy tale in South Carolina by visiting the Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina. It's one of the oldest living organisms in the US, dating back up to 500 years, and its tentacle-like branches help cover an area spanning an incredible 1,600 square meters (17,200 square feet). Oh, and did we mention its longest branch is more than half the length of a football field?

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41. South Dakota

Want to see the remains of mammoths that died more than 26,000 years ago? Of course you do, so head to Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. This active paleaontological site contains dozens of extinct mammoth remains, with the first bones being found here way back in 1974.


42. Tennessee


Tennessee is home to a really, really awesome natural wonder. For two weeks every summer, synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) blink their lights in unison as part of a mating display. If you can time your trip around it, then it's certainly worth checking out this extremely unique event.

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43. Texas

In Texas, you'll find the impressive Jacob's Well karstic spring. At its opening is a popular swimming spot, but dive down into its depths and it descends 37 meters (120 feet), making it a popular spot for open-water divers.

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44. Utah


One of Utah's most famous sites is Delicate Arch, an astounding feature found in the state's Arches National Park. Here you'll find more than 2,000 bizarre and wonderful natural arches for you to behold.


45. Vermont

Take a gondola ride up Mount Mansfield in Vermont for some stunning views of the surrounding area. With an elevation of 1,340 meters (4,395 feet), it is the highest mountain in Vermont, with some prominent features that resemble a human face, including the Adams Apple and Nose.

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46. Virginia


The Luray Caverns in Virginia are the largest underground cavern system in Eastern America. Among the plethora of columns and mirrored pools, you'll also find the famous Great Stalacpipe Organ.


47. Washington

Famous for its eruption in 1980 that blew it apart, Mount St Helens is truly an incredible natural wonder, with the vast hole left from the explosive event still clearly visible.


48. West Virginia


Head to Sandstone Falls in West Virginia to see a large waterfall that spans the river's width of 450 meters (1,500 feet). There are plenty of beautiful trails and scenery for you to enjoy in the surrounding area.

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49. Wisconsin

Without a doubt one of the top sites in Wisconsin is the Apostle Islands. This group of 22 islands on Lake Superior play host to frozen waterfalls in the winter and to untouched old-growth forests in the summer.


50. Wyoming


Last but certainly by no means least, we come to Wyoming. It contains the largest supervolcano in North America, the Yellowstone Caldera. Surrounding this behemoth is the Yellowstone National Park, which contains a cavalcade of incredible canyons, rivers, hot springs, and oh so much more. It was also the first national park in the US, don't you know.

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