We all know that the likes of the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls make for great vacation spots, but what if you’re after some amazing natural phenomena and scenery that you never even knew were there? Here we look at some of the natural wonders found across the U.S. that you may never have heard of until now!
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
The longest cave system in the world is right here in our back yard, and at over 400 miles long Mammoth Cave rightly hosts some of the most stunning caves you’ll ever see. There are plenty of sights to see inside the cave such as Fat Man’s Misery and Tall Man’s Misery – we’ll leave you to figure why they were given these names!
Crater Lake, Oregon
Forged in the collapse of the massive volcano Mount Mazama, this caldera lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. with a depth of nearly 2,000 feet. Crater Lake has no rivers flowing in or out of it and has no fish, giving the water an eerily still feel. This feeling is added to by the Old Man of the Lake, a 30 foot-long tree stump that has been floating vertically in Crater Lake since before the turn of the 20th century!
Northern Lights, Alaska
There are few sights comparable on Earth to that of the Northern Lights dancing against the clear night sky. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as it is also sometimes called, is said to happen when solar flare particles come through the Earth’s magnetic field, although scientists are still not entirely sure why this results in light being emitted. What is for sure is that the Northern Lights should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Palouse Falls, Washington
A few miles upstream from where the Palouse River meets Snake River, Palouse Falls is a spectacular waterfall that sits beautifully against the rocky outcrop surrounding them. However, for some people the natural beauty alone is not quite enough. Kayaker Tyler Brandt set a world record when he kayaked over the falls, although at nearly 200 feet tall, we’d recommend you leave the kayaking to the professionals!
Eternal Flame Falls, New York
Not quite as tall as Palouse Falls but jaw-dropping nonetheless, Eternal Flame Falls emits natural gas from behind the bottom of the falls which can be set on fire. This small flame can be seen through the falls and must be re-lit when it goes out to avoid a build up of natural gas.
Garden Of The Gods, Colorado
The Garden Of The Gods combines harsh, red rock formations against thick green foliage to produce a truly stunning national park. Home to a number of geological wonders such as the Balanced Rock and Sentinel Spires, the Garden Of The Gods is a photographer’s dream as it also sits in front of the foreboding Cheyenne Mountain.