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Breathtaking Natural Attractions

The US has its' fair share of natural wonders, from majestic waterfalls to stunning national parks. We often forget about all the beautiful places we have right here at home.

Take a look at these 10 incredible natural attractions. Some are well known, while others are hidden gems. However, each attraction makes a worthwhile addition to any travel bucket list.
  • 1. Mesa Falls
    Mesa Falls
    Hwy. 47, , 83420
    Mesa Falls, the most spectacular waterfall in Idaho, offers a serene natural setting that cannot be beat. At 114 feet high and 200 feet wide, Upper Mesa Falls stands strong as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the US.

    Located in Southeastern Idaho in Targhee National Forest, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls can be accessed by taking the 28 mile Mesa Falls scenic byway. The journey along the byway leads you through beautiful forested lands, streams, and mountains until you reach the ultimate destination, spectacular Mesa Falls.
  • 2. Kaaterskill Falls
    Kaaterskill Falls
    27 Kaaterskill Ave, , 12463
    Upstate New York is an incredibly gorgeous region of the country with plenty of natural beauty, including the incredibly scenic Catskill Mountains, forests, rivers, streams, and waterfalls.

    One of the most tremendous features is Kaaterskil Falls, the highest 2 tiered waterfall in New York. A beautiful easy half mile hike leads you to the waterfall. Visit on a weekday morning for the most peace and quiet, as this popular hike tends to get very crowded.
  • 3. Old Faithful
    Old Faithful
    30 Yellowstone Avenue, , 59758
    Yellowstone, America's First National Park, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Abundant wildlife, waterfalls, beautiful mountains, rivers, streams, and geysers are just a few of the awe inspiring sights you will find within the park.

    Old Faithful, said to be the most predicable geyser on Earth, is worth the park admission price alone. Eruptions take place every 91 minutes. Be sure to plan a slot in your itinerary for this amazing natural wonder.
  • 4. Emerald Bay State Park
    Emerald Bay State Park
    11001 California 89, , 96150
    Skip the casinos and shows, and head out to this stunning 593 acre state park on the Southwest side of Lake Tahoe. Hiking and boat cruises (Zephyr Cove is fantastic) both offer tremendous views of the lake and mountains.

    Emerald Bay is a truly beautiful place for landscape photography. Get out and explore nature in one of the most tremendous settings in the world! Start with the Vikingsholm hiking trail for some of the most gorgeous views you will ever come across.
  • 5. Redwood National Forest
    Redwood National Forest
    US Highway 101 at Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, , 95555
    Is there anything more amazing than standing next to a tree that is several hundred feet tall (the tallest redwood is 379 feet) and hundreds-thousands of years old (some live up to 2000 years)?

    Redwood National Forest is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature, take stunning photography, and enjoy the peace and quiet of natural beauty.
  • 6. SeaGlass Beach
    SeaGlass Beach
    Elm St & Old Haul Rd, , 95437
    Sea glass collectors will rejoice at Ft. Bragg's SeaGlass Beach, known for containing the highest concentration of seaglass in the world. For those new to the term, sea glass refers to glass that has been tumbled (by years and years of crashing along the coast) into frosty jewelry like gems.

    There is not a square inch of Sea Glass Beach that is not covered with these beautiful pieces of glass. It truly is an amazing sight to see how something that was once garbage could be turned into such a treasure.

    The beautiful views and seal watching opportunities are also noteworthy.
  • 7. Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls
    24 Buffalo Avenue, , 14303
    Niagara Falls, located in both New York and Canada, is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. Horseshoe Falls is located in Ontario, while American and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York.

    Great views can be obtained from either side, however, the Canadian views tend to be even more stunning as you are directly facing the falls.

    Regardless, a visit to the American side is still a must if you can't get all the way over to the other side. Views are still incredible. Don't miss out on the nightly illumination show, where the falls come to life in a rainbow of dazzling colors. Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist are 2 fantastic attractions which let you get up close with the falls.
  • 8. Chapman Falls
    Chapman Falls
    366 Hopyard Rd, , 06423
    Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam offers a spectacular setting during the fall season: beautiful hiking trails alive with fall colors, a historic covered bridge, and an amazing waterfall.

    East Haddam has been rated one of the top towns in the country for viewing fall foliage. Enjoy a peaceful fall walk through one of Connecticut's most beautiful state parks: you will experience a great workout, take some gorgeous photos, and have plenty of time to reflect in the natural setting.
  • 9. Pacific Coast Highway
    Pacific Coast Highway
    California State Route 1, , 92629
    Frequently regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway is a must for anyone seeking an incredible road trip with endless breathtaking views.

    This exhilarating drive takes you through some of the most spectacular sights in the world, including the coastal redwoods, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the incredible coasts of Big Sur and Monterey. Plan stops at Monterey State Beach, Trees of Mystery, Redwood National Forest, and Golden Gate Bridge National Park.
  • 10. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon
    The South Rim of the Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon, , 86023
    The Grand Canyon is one of those must-see sights that everyone has to add to their bucket list at some point. This amazing natural beauty, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is even more spectacular when seen from one of the park's hiking trails.

    During your visit, go beyond the popular rim trail and explore the wonders of this natural beauty through a hiking adventure like no other along the Kalibab trail. If you are in excellent shape, be sure to plan for the 6 mile round-trip journey all the way to Skeleton Point, a very challenging journey which rewards you with a peaceful experience away from the crowds and great views of the river.