From Castle Rock in Grove County to Watkins Glen State Park here are 13 Stunningly Beautiful Places In America you need to go visit!
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6 – Turnip Rock on Lake Huron
Lake Huron is one of America’s five great lakes, it comprises the easterly portion of Lake Michigan. But the real beauty lives inside the lake, near Port Austin, it is called Turnip Rock. Eroded by watery waves over the course of thousands and thousands of years is this freestanding rock. The popular outdoor destination is well known by locals for its scenic views and crystal clear waters. You can only reach this coveted land mass by boat, once there, climbing the rocky ledges reveal a stunning forest, nearly untouched by time or filthy human hands. The geological formation is a lesser known American Beauty, but still one of the best, especially for those who thrive in the outdoors.
5 – Castle Rock in Grove County
Aeons ago, as the stories say, an ancient sea covered nearly all of the Midwest, inside this lush grove, found in Kansas, a maddening array of chalk deposits span nearly 11 miles, and are said to be breathtakingly beautiful. There are limestone pillars which tower over the nearby badlands of the Smoky Hills region, but the big sensation here, is Castle Rock, a landmark on the Butterfield Overland Despatch route, known by many as the Overland Trail. Castle Rock’s name hails from its resemblance to a castle rising above the prairie. This place of natural divinity is one of the 8 wonders of Kansas.
4 – Yosemite Valley
From the lush grooves which dwell inside the mountainous world of Northern California comes this monumentally gorgeous National Park. Enter through the Tunnel View, take either of the hiking trail loops which stay within the valley and lead to the trailheads, which force visitors to travel upwards, for some truly scenic wonders. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in all of North America. The valley is around 8 miles long and nearly a full mile deep, some of the best summits are rumoured to be the Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, Three Brothers and El Capitan. There are over ten wondrous waterfalls, endless mountain rocks, gorges and canyons, as well as so many pine trees, it will make your head spin!
3 – Horseshoe Bend
This next place of intensive American beauty can be found in the bend of the Colorado River from the Arizona side, pretty darn close to that illustrious world of rock called the Grand Canyon. This formation of land is, as you may have guessed, in the shape of a horseshoe, the bend is located approximately 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. The hike for access is roughly one and a half miles, and from what the stories say, is well worth the effort. The magnificent overlook is from 4,200 feet above sea level and allows for a view of nearly the entire span of the massive national state park. The steep cliffs which rise above Horseshoe bend come in a dazzling array of colors, thanks to all those lovely minerals.
2 – Watkins Glen State Park
This devastatingly beautiful glimpse into the splendour of Mother Nature can be found in Schuyler County New York, inside the Finger Lakes region. The centrepiece of this luxurious park of all things nature, is a 400-foot gorge, cut through the mountainous rocks by Glen Creek, which formed from melting glaciers. Rapids and waterfalls grow wild here. The rocks are mostly soft shales, with several layers of color-changing sandstone and limestone. There are three gorgeous trails to enter the cavern of the gorge, Indian Trails takes you through the forest, Gorge Trail follows closest to the stream and runs over the park’s 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and over 800 stone steps. Finally, there is the Finger Lakes trail, an 800-mile system of outdoor bliss.
1 – Zion
This National Park can be found in Utah, it spans nearly 230 square miles and is filled with astounding formations of canyons, as well as lush forests and stunning wildlife. There are approximately 290 species of birds, 75 mammals, including 20 distinct species of bats, and 32 unique breeds of reptiles, as well as oodles and oodles of plants. The park is so immense, it’s best to navigate through the four life zones, there’s the desert portion, the riparian world, the woodland spaces and the coniferous forest. There are mountains to climb, canyons to explore, buttes to rest on, rivers to ride and natural arches to take your breath away. Truly a sight to behold and an entire world of outdoor beauty to explore. Zion is a definite must see!