25 Spectacular Places In America You Must See Before You Die

1. Havasupai Falls – Arizona

The Havasupai Falls, or locally known as the “Havasu Falls” sports a vast range of spectacular waterfalls set in unspoilt virgin forests. As if that’s not enough, the Havasu Falls is strategically located at the Grand Canyon which even without the falls, is still a natural wonder by itself.

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2. Zion National Park, Utah 

Zion National Park is near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep.

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3. Sleeping Bear Dunes – Michigan

These Dunes, including the hills, valleys, shoreline, streams and small lakes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes was naturally created and designed by Mother Nature millenia ago. Melted glacier caves filled with water are the main reason why Sleeping Bear Dunes are the huge attraction it is today.

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4. Acadia National Park – Maine

Conifers, wildlife, mountains and the ocean add to that majestic vibe of the Acadia National Park. Today many businesses are investing in Acadia helping it develop into a top tourist attraction.  Acadia has over 2 million visitors a year, making the place one of the most visited tourist destinations in the USA.

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5. Bear Tooth Highway

This 68 mile byway winds its way through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming and leads into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast Entrance. The Bear-tooth Highway is known as one of the most beautiful drives in America.

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6. MAMMOTH CAVE – KENTUCKY

The cave is located in Central Kentucky. The Mammoth Cave was originally developed to help preserve the cave system, including river valleys like Nolin Rivers.  Over 400 miles of cave passageways have been recorded but the full mapping of the labyrinth remains uncompleted and unknown.

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7. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – CALIFORNIA

Yosemite National Park is 1200 square miles in range and is  known not only for its wonderful waterfalls, but also visitors can enjoy the vast wilderness, the majestic deep valleys, grand meadows and the ancient giant sequoias.

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8. MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL – SOUTH DAKOTA

Mt. Rushmore holds a lot of history for the people of South Dakota. Tourists from all over the world visit the site to learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the United States of America. It is said that the main reason why the memorial is build is that it serves as a preservation of US unification.

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9. NIAGARA FALLS – AMERICAN SIDE

Debates have continued up to this point as to which country side has the better view of the falls. But whichever view point you prefer, Niagara Falls is undoubtedly spectacular! From the American side, most of the attractions can be found on the Niagara Falls State Park. For a more developed spot to view the falls from, the American country side is your best option. Several hotels and spots have been established around the area.

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10. GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE – COLORADO

The sand dunes of the Colorado Sand Dunes National Park are the tallest sand dunes in the North America. While it is a very adventurous get-away, it is best to consider the temperature when visiting the park. Temperatures above 95 °F (35 °C) are not uncommon in July and August.

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11. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK – VIRGINIA

Shenandoah National Park has a rich history and culture, from how its shape formed up to the oldest rocks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you’re into a cultural and history trip, then Shenandoah is really the best place for you.

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12. THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY OF CALIFORNIA

Featured in the National Geographic Book – Drives of a Lifetime, the Pacific Coast Highway is a twisting, cliff hugging route along the central coast of California. On the road trip, you will see picturesque view of the Pacific Coast and the California Cliffs.

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13. BADWATER, DEATH VALLEY – SOUTHWEST AMERICA

Definitely a unique get-away. There is a low place in the valley with a huge salt flat pan. Water in the valley is described to as poisonous which is nonsense although this is where the name comes from. The eye-catching sight of the salt formation is a picture you don’t want to miss

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14. THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS – SOUTHEASTERN US

Specifically located at the Tennessee mountain range up to the North Carolina Border, the Smoky Mountain Range is the part of the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Province.

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15. THE WHITE SAND NATIONAL MONUMENT, New Mexico

The White Sand National Monument or simply referred to as the White Sands is a national monument in New Mexico USA. It is a 275 square miles of pure white gypsum dunes which makes it probably one of the most unique and a most beautiful place to visit.

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16. CATHEDRAL ROCK – SEDONA, ARIZONA

Over the years, the Cathedral Rock formation has formed from the red sandstone of coastal sand dunes near the shore of the Pedregosa Sea. The red rock formation elevating from the ground soaring up to 1,500m is truly a sight to behold.

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17. NAPA VALLEY  – CALIFORNIA

The Napa Valley is said to be one of the world’s top wine producers. And because the area is a vast land of colorful vineyards, many resorts and tourist attractions have been developed over the years. Wine tasting at the various wine farms, first class hotels with limousine services and Bohemian Style restaurants are some of the services tourists look forward to.

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18. HAMILTON RESERVE – TEXAS

This 232 acres (0.94 km2) of natural habitat with a jade-green pool as the main highlight. The wild flora the chatterbox orchid (Epipactis gigantea) and the eastern red bay (Persea borbonia) can be found at the Hamilton Reserve. If you plan for a trip to the pool, you need to be there early since the parking space of the area holds only 75 cars. Trekking shoes are also advisable since you need to go downhill to experience the pool. It goes without saying that the Hamilton Preserve is not very friendly to children, but is an amazing place to be with if you’re up for an adventure.

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19. CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

The park holds a vast natural land in the Appalachian Mountains in the border of Virginia, Tennesse and Kentucky. The historical park offers a museum with exhibits and an auditorium. The local government also shows films about the natural, cultural and historical aspects of the area.

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20. THE WAVE, ARIZONA-UTAH BORDER 

 

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21. TALL-GRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE

One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas, Tall-grass Prairie National Reserve consists of a vast collection of flint hills. They offer a variety of educational programs and educational tours. So if you’re an individual with a craving for science and history, this is the place for you.

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22. WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK, NY

The Park offers so much for the visitor from its picnic facilities down to the Olympic – size pool. They also offer tourists a variety of accommodation and amenities like deer hunting (using bow), hiking, fishing and a lot more.

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23. CRATER LAKE, OREGON – WESTERN UNITED STATES

Beside the main reason that the Crater Lake is a majestic sight, the other attraction is that the lake has 2 islands, the Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship, both of which have a lot on offer.

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24. Napali Coast Kauai – Hawaii

This secluded 17-mile stretch along Kauai’s north shore offers wonderful views of boundless ocean, deep narrow valleys, and opulent green cliffs that reach more than 4,000 feet from ocean to summit.

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25. FALL CREEK FALLS, TENNESSEE

Fall Creek Falls is one impressive waterfall. It’s 256 feet tall, so the icicles you see hanging down are as big around as telephone poles and 30 feet long.

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