In 250 B.C. Philo of Byzantium wrote about the Seven Wonders of the World and it quickly became the travelers’ manifesto for centuries thereafter.
While you will never get a chance to see the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or the Colossus of Rhodes that Philo boasts about, we have some other marvels you can add to your bucket list.
The best part is you don’t even have to leave the country to bask in these natural wonders.
1. Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah
Heading out west you are sure to find some beautiful views of a rugged landscape and thrilling outdoor adventures.
People all over love the experiences Utah has to offer with the never-ending stretches of orange and red rocks, but its all a preview to the Delicate Arch.
Standing proudly at the top of a three-mile hike up the most visited mountain in Arches National Park stands a 52-foot arch made of Entrada Sandstone.
Cowboys in the 19th century established it as a welcoming landmark to the Olympic athletes participating in the torch relay, according to Best Life, and tourists have been declaring the delicate arch a sight to behold ever since.
2. Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park should definitely be a destination goal for the outdoors enthusiast, and no trip to the iconic park would be complete without the worthwhile hike to Yosemite Falls.
The falls are at peak flow in May, and you have a couple of routes to feel like you just stumbled upon a hidden enchanted world where cell phones and cubicles don’t exist.
It is only a short one-mile hike to make it to the lower falls, or you can pack a lunch and head to the top.
We promise it will be a day well spent once you check out the natural beauty and power of Yosemite Falls.
3. Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Crater Lake draws travelers in by its alluring deep blue hue and clear water, making this natural wonder almost too picturesque to be real.
Perfectly set into the center of mountain ranges, the 2,148-foot caldera has a rim ranging in elevation between 7,000-8,000 feet.
There are no rivers leading in or out of the lake, leaving it to be restored strictly through rain and snowfall.
Gently abutting out of the deepest lake in the United States are two small islands, Wizard Island and Phantom Ship, which are fun to explore after you have taken a rental boat out.
Follow the Cleetwood Clove Trail around the lake to find the perfect swimming spot or take a break and go fishing before returning to your local campsite.
If camping is not for you, then check out the Crater Lake Lodge, built in 1915, on the southwestern rim of the lake.
4. Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona
You will want to see this amazing wonder in the summer when the sunshine gives the red cave walls a glow that really shows you just why this unique natural wonder is such a coveted sight.
It is believed flooding eroded Navajo Sandstone to form slot canyons with a fantastic “flowing” pattern throughout.
This is one natural wonder that you have to see to truly grasp the force and beauty behind Antelope Canyon.
The Navajo Nation has tours running throughout the year as long as recent flooding hasn’t shut the park down; which occasionally happens.
Don’t miss out on America’s natural wonders. There is no need to fly around the globe to catch glimpses of some of God’s best work.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)