The landscapes of the United States of America have been the subject of many songs, novels and ballads. Their beauty is unmatched. There aren't many countries in the world that contain the same amount of beautiful landforms as the U.S. does. The sheer vastness, natural beauty and diversity of all of the spectacular landscapes are sure to leave everyone breathless.
Even some of the most experienced travelers will probably admit that the magnificence of the landforms in the United States is second to none. This is why many travelers gather every year in their attempts to explore them and awe in their beauty. This article will name some of the most famous ones.
10. The Grand Canyon
Of course, we had to start the list off with possibly the most famous landform in the entire world. Visitors from all over the world come to visit this gorgeous canyon placed in the northwestern part of Arizona every year. There are many viewpoints that will allow you to enjoy this mile-deep beauty, and you should try to experience as many of them as possible. It also gives you the opportunity to hike or go water rafting nearby. Truly a magnificent place.
9. Appalachian Mountains
The Appalachian Mountains are considered to be one of the oldest landforms in the entire United States. It is believed they were created almost 480 million years ago. They stretch all the way from Newfoundland, Canada to Alabama. Many well-known ranges are present in these mountains, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited sites on them. It is well known for its incredible beauty and is well worth a visit.
8. Kilauea Volcano
Volcanoes have been inspiring awe in humans since ancient times, and this one is no different. Kilauea Volcano can be found on the Big Island of Hawaii, and it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You can visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see how the lava flows, which is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Seriously, when will you ever see lava flowing again in your life?
7. The Mississippi River
Although it is not the longest river in the United States (that title belongs to the Missouri River), it is definitely the most iconic one. The Mississippi River flows through ten states and is 2,320 miles long, and was celebrated multiple times in various songs and novels. This river is also extremely valuable for the industry, as well as for various forms of recreation. There are even cruises on paddle-wheelers available near New Orleans, that will allow you to experience how life was in the steamboat era.
6. Death Valley
This is a national park that is known for several things. It is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, and it also includes the lowest point in the entire continent. That point is the Badwater Basin, and it drops 282 feet below the sea level. This national park is also known as one of the driest places on the entire planet. It is open for visitors throughout the year, but it is recommended that you visit it between October and April, because of the high temperatures during the summer.
5. The Rocky Mountains
The Rockies are another extremely popular landform that stretches 3,000 miles from Canada to New Mexico. They are made up of more than 100 ranges. The best-known range is probably the Southern Rockies in Colorado. There are three national parks in the Rocky Mountains, and they protect the absolutely stunning natural beauty contained in this landform.
4. The Everglades
This is a national park that can be found at the southernmost tip of Florida. The park itself is made up of a complex network of habitats that are rich with various forms of wildlife. There are more than 400 bird species here, and some endangered crocodile species as well. If you love nature, the Everglades is the destination for you. You can take a boat tour or go hiking or driving through it. The boat tour is the preferred method of witnessing its beauties.
3. Kenai Fjords
This national park is located on the Kenai Peninsula that is located in south-central Alaska. You can see the enormous Harding Icefield here, as well as many spectacular icebergs that carved out wondrous fjords. The wildlife is equally as impressive here, featuring beautiful falcons and black bears. You can also take a boat trip to explore it, which is what we would recommend.
2. Carlsbad Caverns
Located in New Mexico, underneath the Chihuahuan desert, these caverns are considered to be one of the most beautiful networks of caves on the planet. You can see various forms of stalactites and stalagmites here, throughout these caves. There are more than 119 caves within the Carlsbad Caverns, so there is a lot to explore here. The central cavern is called the Big Room and is considered to be the largest cave in North America.
1. Yellowstone National Park
Two-thirds of all the geysers in the world are contained within this national park. The most well known of them all is the Old Faithful, popular among tourists for its extreme water blasting power. However, there are many other beautiful things contained in Yellowstone, and it is a popular place for anyone trying to escape the city life.