You don’t need a passport to see the best of what Mother Nature offers. America, the third biggest country in the world offers a plethora of awe-inspiring natural wonders that are waiting to be explored and experienced by outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers like you.
From tropical rain forests to sea life, canyons to majestic mountains, I’ve rounded up my top 6 picks of US destinations that all nature lovers should visit at least once in their lifetime.
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
This slot canyon in the American Southwest was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandtone. The unique ‘flowing’-shaped rock formation and natural canvas of colors make it a popular location for photographers and sightseers alike.
2. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
Tucked away within the Columbia River Gorge, is a hidden treasure that will make you feel like you’re in Peter Pan’s Neverland. It’s described as “one of the true dramatic chasms in the state” and is a home to all sorts of botanical wonders and four major waterfalls.
3. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
Imagine walking through a field of thousands of gorgeous and colorful flowers. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock Skagit Valley in Washington to enjoy the beauty of the Tulip Field in full bloom. Schedule your visit between April 1st and 30th to experience the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
4. Buffalo River, Arkansas
Located in Northern Arkansas, Buffalo River is a popular destination for outdoor lovers who enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking and fishing. It offers all sorts of adventures whether it’s for a romantic escape, family fun or river exploration. One of the best spots in Buffalo River for a killer view is the Whitaker Point which is a popular spot for scenic photographs and proposals.
5. Key West, Florida
The only living reef in the US is a must-see destination if you are seeking for a one of a kind underwater adventure. Key West offers shallow reefs for snorkelers and deeper ones for experienced divers. here, you’ll get to see sunken ships, intricate natural coral formations and amazing marine life.
6. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
If you are looking for a freshwater and ski adventure, Lake Tahoe is the perfect destination for you. It’s the #1 Ski Destination and the biggest, second deepest alpine lake in Northern America. The beautiful Lake Tahoe is where California and Nevada meet.