USA August 05, 2018
11 Epic Landscapes You Can Only Find In The U.S.
When it comes to gorgeous landscapes, the U.S. really does have a little bit of everything. Mountains, deserts, prairies, lakes, oceans, canyons, valleys…you name it. While we can’t all take a cross-country trek to see these diverse landscapes, the following photographs may just inspire you to.
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Like something from a surrealist painting, the landscape of Antelope Canyon is bizarre, breathtaking, and undeniably beautiful. This slot canyon in Arizona is the most-photographed natural attraction in America's southwest region, and for good reason.
2. Grasslands in Nevada
There's something so purely American about the prairie and grasslands in the heart of the country. While you may not always find horses roaming in the distance, this landscape is no less majestic.
3. The Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia.
The portion of the Appalachian Mountains known as the Blue Ridge is a gentle alternative to some of the country's more rugged mountainscapes. These mountains are said to be among the most ancient ranges in the world, and their draw is undeniable.
4. Arches National Park, Utah
If ever you've dreamt of exploring Mars, then you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Arches National Park. It's here you can explore the unique rock formations known as arches and feel worlds away from it all.
5. The Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
Tucked away in southwestern Colorado awaits a desert that comes out of seemingly nowhere. Known as the Great Sand Dunes, this area draws explorers from all over to a world of soft sand dunes perfect for hiking and sliding down.
6. Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake was formed over 7,000 years ago when an eruption caused the tall peak to collapse. Visitors and photographers alike are drawn by the lake's beautiful blue waters.
7. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Most everyone in the world has seen at least an image of the Grand Canyon, yet to see this landmark in person is something else altogether. Totaling nearly 2,000 square miles, this natural wonder is almost too vast to comprehend.
8. Lake Michigan
The Great Lakes, with their vast horizons and alluring waters, are nothing short of magnificent. Its dramatically clear waters make for the perfect vacation setting in almost any season (that is...if you can brace the freezing cold weather in the winter!).
9. The Florida Keys
And while we're on the subject of crystal clear waters, it doesn't get much more picturesque than the Florida Keys. For a slice of tropical paradise any time of year, these islands off the southern coast of Florida are unbeatable.
10. The Northern Lights
While the Northern Lights don't qualify as landscape, the combination of Alaska's frozen horizon paired with this natural phenomenon makes for unforgettable scenery. The aurora belt in Alaska's interior is one of the strongest in the world, and it's truly a bucket list experience.
Last but not least, the entire landscape of Hawaii merits its own place on the list. No matter which island or beach you happen to visit, the proximity to the Pacific Ocean paired with the unique flora of this tropical state make for a phenomenal experience.
Which of these epic U.S. landscapes have you seen? Which would you add to your bucket list? We’d love to hear from you!