From rugged mountains to pristine beaches, the United States is a nature lover’s dream. With stunning landscapes from coast to coast, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a world-class road trip or simply searching for destinations to add to your bucket list, we’ve gathered ten stunning natural landmarks you just can’t miss.
1. Antelope Canyon
A short drive from the glitz of Las Vegas, Antelope Canyon is the most famous slot canyon in the world, thanks to its vivid red sandstone. Over thousands of years, wind and water have carved the stone into stunning sculptural shapes. For perfect pics, plan your visit between March and October — this is the best time to capture the shafts of light shining down the slots.
2. Crater Lake
There’s so much more to Oregon than Portland. For jewel-blue waters and the deepest lake in the United States, head to Crater Lake National Park. As an added bonus for nature-lovers, there’s old-growth forests and a volcanic island ideal for exploring.
3. The Everglades
Nestled in Florida, the Everglades are a unique wetland landscape where mangrove tunnels meet cypress swamps. The best way to explore this region? Gliding through it on an airboat. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an alligator or two.
4. Finger Mountain
Deep in the country’s northernmost state, Alaska’s Finger Mountain is, in itself, a stunning rock formation. Add the raw beauty of the Arctic tundra surrounding it, and you have a winning destination just north of the Arctic circle: a must-do for adventurous travelers!
5. Grand Teton National Park
If you’re after rugged mountain scenery, gleaming sapphire lakes, and epic wildlife, then the Grand Teton National Park, nestled in Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains, is the place for you. Our tip: head out early. It’s the best time to spot elk, moose, bison, and more.
6. Na Pali Coast
There’s nothing wrong with lazing on the beach, but there’s far more to Hawaii than sunbathing. Check out Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, where lush rainforest and steep cliffs make for truly memorable hiking. Or, get a bird’s eye view with a custom sightseeing flight.
7. Niagara Falls
Okay, this natural landmark is one that the US technically shares with Canada. But take our word for it, Niagara Falls is not to be missed! Whichever side you see the falls from, prepare to be amazed by their sheer scale…and don’t forget to bring a raincoat!
8. White Sands National Monument Park
No trip to New Mexico is complete without a visit to the striking White Sands National Monument Park. As the name suggests, it’s famous for the stark beauty of its white dune-scape. Exploring its pristine sands is sure to be a highlight of your southwestern adventure.
9. Yosemite National Park
Headed to San Francisco? Once you’ve wandered through the Mission District and Golden Gate Park, take a day trip to Yosemite National Park. A particular highlight is the Sequoia trees, the tallest trees in the world. Walking through these ancient groves is an indescribable experience.
10. Zion National Park
Pink and red cliffs meet brilliant blue skies in Utah’s Zion National Park. Explore awe-inspiring canyons, ramble along riverbeds, and spot squirrels, deer, and bighorn sheep in one of the United States’ unique nature reserves.