This country is filled with otherworldly spots where the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. Some of these places are so beautiful and unique, visitors feel as if they’ve walked into another world. Check out these incredibly enchanting places in the U.S.
1. North Carolina: The Land of Oz
Located on Beech Mountain, this whimsical theme park opened in 1970 and offers seasonal events that transport visitors to the magical kingdom of Oz. Every Friday in June, the park will open for a tour of the Yellow Brick Road, led by Dorothy herself.
2. Texas: Blue Lagoon
Located in Huntsville, this enchanting pool is fed by a natural spring. The waters are a startling shade of turquoise, and the pool is a popular place for bathing and photography.
3. Hawaii: Garden of Eden Arboretum
With 26 acres of winding trails, lush picnic areas, and ocean overlooks, this garden is definitely a magical spot. However, the jewel of the preserve is definitely the grove of rainbow eucalyptus trees. Streaked with bright orange, yellow and pink, these trees look like something out of a fairy tale.
4. Oregon: The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
This Catholic shrine and church is truly a marvel. One of the most enchanting spots in the sanctuary is Our Lady's Grotto, which is built into a natural cave and bedecked with flowers, candles, and ivy.
5. Florida: Whimzeyland
Head over to Safety Harbor for a peek at this incredible home. Locally known as the Bowling Ball House, this structure has been painted and decorated by countless artists. The end result definitely looks beautifully surreal.
6. Nevada: Fly Geyser
Located in Washoe County, this geothermal geyser was accidentally created by at attempt to drill a well. The geyser's fantastical colors are caused by the algae growing around the spout.
7. Missouri: Forest Park
This park is actually larger than New York City's Central Park. Located in St. Louis, its 1,293 acres are filled with beautiful reflecting pools, lovely sculptures, and even this striking pagoda.
8. Montana: The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is meant to be a pilgrimage destination for people of all faiths. The garden is still under construction, and will eventually contain over 1,000 buddha statues. The garden is locaed near Arlee, and admission is free.
9. Alaska: Glacier Botanical Gardens
You might think of Alaska as a land of ice and snow, but the city of Juneau is actually home to a lush garden of colorful blooms, fragrant flowers, and ever "upside-down" flowering trees.
10. Arkansas: T.R. Pugh Memorial Park
Head to North Little Rock and check out this storybook spot. The T.R. Pugh Memorial Park is actually home to the Old Mill from the first few scenes of "Gone with the Wind."
11. Minnesota: The Grand Marais Shore
The Grand Marais Shore is just one part of Minnesota's absolutely stunning North Shore, but the frequent sea fog and spectacular sunsets in this area make the Grand Marais area something really special.
12. Washington: Tree Root Cave
One of the most eye-catching natural features of Olympic National park, the Tree Root Cave is truly a bizarre phenomenon. Despite being precariously suspended over a deep pit, and having roots that apparently aren't drawing nutrients from the soil, this tree continues to flourish.
13. Colorado: Hanging Lake
It's easy to see why this place is considered one of the most enchanting tourist destinations in Colorado. Located in Glenwood Canyon, the shore of Hanging Lake is made of delicate travertine (dissolved limestone deposits), and the bright blue hue is the result of unique minerals in the water.
14. Illinois: Cave-in-Rock
This place looks something straight out of a pirate legend. Cave-in-Rock is located in Cave In Rock State Park, and boasts a 55-foot gaping stone maw. Overlooking the Ohio River, this mysterious spot was once home to bands of pirates and bootleggers. Nowadays, the cave is open to curious visitors.
15. Washington: Cedar Creek Treehouse
With a colorful rainbow bridge, sky-high observatory, and towering spiral staircase, this Mount Rainier treehouse looks like something out of a 12-year-old's imagination. Overnight stays are available for those who want to spend an evening snuggled up 100 feet above the forest floor.
Have you visited any of these enchanting places in the U.S.? Do you know of other magical spots around the nation? Let us know in the comments.
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