Mother Nature has always had a knack for astonishing us. Whether it’s the majestic mountains towering high above the clouds, vast forests painted green with moss, or underground caves studded with Earth’s crystals, the most grandiose expressions of wild beauty and awe are those created by our own planet. Surreal, mind-boggling, unreal, here are America‘s wildest sights.
1. The Wave, Arizona
The Wave is well known to esteemed hikers and photographers. Situated in the Coyote Buttes of the Colorado Plateau, this rock formation – although fragile and visited frequently – is open for exploring along its rolling ‘waves’ of colorful sandstone.
2. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
The sandstone walls of Antelope Canyon have been formed by thousands of years of erosion – most of which is caused by flash flooding. As rainwater rushes down the basin, it picks up sand and debris, entering the various passageways and carving the flowing shapes of its walls visible today.
3. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US and the third largest in the world. But it isn’t the hot spring’s size that is remarkable – it’s the myriad of colors it exhibits.
4. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
Deep within the Carlsbad Caverns National Park are over 100 underground caves, stalactites magically clinging to the roof. Inside these caverns find the chromatic limestone walls and underground chambers that make the Chihuahuan Desert so special.
5. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, this horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River is defined by emerald waters and vivid mineral-rich canyon walls.