America is full of stunning and breathtaking places. Perhaps, to describe all of them, you will need a whole cycle of articles and a small detachment of journalists. Ice caves and tropical islands, fantastic geysers, and majestic canyons, endless tulip fields, and the lights of the night metropolis – we took a chance and selected 10 of the most beautiful places in the USA.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA is one of the oldest parks in the country. The Grand Canyon was formed by the Colorado River, which eroded the plateau of the same name for almost 10 million years. It is still growing due to ongoing erosion. The canyon is incredibly large (446 km long, up to 29 km wide and 1800 meters deep), so the climate varies in different parts of it: the lower level is close to the desert climate of Arizona with dry and hot summers, and its upper wooded part is even covered in the winter snow. It is best to admire the surrounding enchanting landscape with the Grand Canyon Skywalk transparent observation deck hanging over the abyss.
The Hawaiian Islands, State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands USA is an American state located at a distance of 3700 km from the mainland of the country. The archipelago is of volcanic origin (there is even a volcano park here). The islands vary in size and landscape. The stunning nature of the tropical jungle, the amazing underwater world, welcoming local traditions, and the ocean in which you can swim all year round attract crowds of holidaymakers here – approximately 90% of Hawaii’s gross product comes from tourism and services.
Fly Geyser, Nevada
Despite its name, Fly Geyser is an active thermal spring. His education was not without human participation: in 1916, a well was drilled in these places, but a geothermal pocket was accidentally punched, and after almost 50 years, boiling water began to penetrate the surface. The walls of the geyser are still growing and changing (according to the latest data, its height was about 1.5 meters). Minerals, algae, and cyanobacteria give it an unusual color. The geyser is still owned by the ranchers, so tourists need to ask their permission to visit.
Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
The Mendenhall Glacier is not the largest in Alaska (only 12 km), but it is quite easy to get to it – it is located just 20 km from the state capital, Juneau. The caves there began to form not so long ago, in 2012. Global warming is forcing the glacier to slowly melt, due to which springs are formed in the caves, and their appearance is constantly changing.
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
The Golden Gate Bridge hangs over the strait of the same name, connecting San Francisco and southern Marin County. For several decades, the bridge retained the title of the largest suspension bridge in the world. Its total length is 2737 m, and the height of the supports is 227 m above the water. This giant weighs 894.5 thousand tons. The bridge is considered one of the most recognizable in the world – it flashed in films, TV shows, computer games and even on company emblems.
Night New York, NY
New York is incredibly large, noisy, and always in a hurry somewhere. The Statue of Liberty and the giant skyscrapers of Manhattan, Fifth Avenue and Broadway theaters, Central Park and Times Square – how many times have you seen them on TV screens? Although more than 8 million people live in New York, the number of tourists a year reaches almost 50 million and it is impossible to remain in any semblance of loneliness here, we are convinced that the city drowning in night lights is beautiful.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The park area is 145 sq. km. Its main attraction is a giant natural amphitheater. Its unique geological hoodoo structures were formed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks by wind, water, and ice. The striking shapes are complemented by the play of colors – from pale pastels to oranges and reds. Sunrises and sunsets are especially beautiful here.
Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
The Oneonta Gorge is part of the Columbia River. The high walls of ancient basalt are covered with many ferns, mosses, and lichens. A huge number of unique aquatic and forest plants grow in the gorge, thanks to which the area remains under the protection of the US Forest Service. There are also four wonderful waterfalls on its territory.
Skagit Valley, Washington
The Skagit Valley is located in the northern United States, near the Canadian border, between the Pacific coast and the Cascade Mountains. In the middle of the last century, they were going to build two nuclear power plants, but instead, fortunately, they began to grow flowers. In 1984, the first tulip festival was held in the valley. Since then, it has been held here annually from April 1 to April 30 and is one of the most visited in the state. Daffodils and irises are now also grown in this area.
US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands is a group of islands in the Caribbean that was once bought by the United States from Denmark. The largest islands are Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Santa Cruz. This is a piece of paradise with azure beaches, subtropical forests, picturesque bays, and secluded coves. The islands are not very densely populated, some of them can only be reached by sea. This often attracts celebrities and lovers of secluded relaxation there. Another bonus for shoppers will be the duty-free shopping allowed on the islands.