Planning a trip to North America may conjure up images of the Statue of Liberty or the Hollywood statue in Beverly Hills, but there’s so much more to the region than the big cities. From the colourful valleys full of colourful flowers to the mammoth caves deep beneath the ground, here are some of the most beautiful natural wonders in North America that are worth visiting on your next trip.
1. Antelope Valley, California
The colours and scents of Antelope Valley are sure to lull you into a state of relaxation and appreciation of Mother Nature. Relax amongst the colourful wildflower poppies that bloom between mid-February to May. Take a seat on one of the benches along the path and keep an eye out for the lizards, birds and gophers.
2. Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Canada isn’t the only country with an impressive rocky mountain range, the Rockies pass through various areas throughout North America, including Colorado. The range’s highest peak is Mount Elbert, which is located in Colorado and is more than 14,000ft high.
3. Everglades National Park, Florida
The Everglades National Park in Florida is one of the biggest parks in the United States, so you won’t be short of things to do in this special place. There’s plenty of opportunity to get out in the wilderness, with boardwalk trails, boat tours and camping spots available throughout.
4. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
There is a network of caves more than 600km long in Kentucky called the Mammoth Caves and not only is it a spectacular sight, but it also the longest known cave system in the world.
5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
Also known as Yellowstone’s rainbow hot spring, this multi-coloured spring looks other-worldly. But, no, it hasn’t been photoshopped, the vibrant colours of blue and red are caused by the bacteria living in the spring.
6. Bryce Canyon, Utah
Move over Grand Canyon, because the Bryce Canyon can clearly impress, too. The alpine forests are home to some of the oldest trees in the world, some even reaching 5,000-year-old. Look out for the distinct red rock spikes that jut out from the ground. It's quite magical sight to behold.
7. Yellowstone National Park
Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park each year and for good reason. Not only is it the world’s first National Park, but it is also more than 2 million acres in size with more than 1,000 species of plant and 67 mammals. And with more than 2,000 campsites to take your pick from, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a place to pitch your tent.
8. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon National Park is split into north, south and western rim areas, while the south rim area is the most popular area of the park given its accessibility all-year-round. The Grand Canyon itself is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire country. It’s thought that the canyon could be upwards of 70 million years old, although it has changed its form and size in that time. While it’s not the deepest canyon in the world – that title is held by Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet at 17,567 feet – it is an impressive 6,093 feet deep.
9. Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls are located on the border of Ontario, Canada, and New York, United States. The giant falls are actually comprised of three different waterfalls called Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. More than 3,000 tonnes of water flows through the Falls every second, making it the largest waterfall in North America.
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