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23 Surreal Attractions In The US You Need to Visit At Least Once

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You don’t need to travel across the globe to get a chance of admiring scenic views. There are surreal places in America you need to visit before you die. So long as you live in the U.S., you do not require a passport to see the following:

1. Savannah, Georgia

Oak tree lined road at historic Wormsloe Plantation
Oak tree lined road at historic Wormsloe Plantation

Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and offers its visitors a charming personality. You also get to admire its array of Spanish moss trees which are fairy tale-like in appearance.

2. Northern Lights, Alaska

Northern lights in Alaska
Northern lights in Alaska

Few wonders in the world match these beautiful Northern Lights. Take a trip to Alaska between the months of September to April and get a front-row view of this magical sight. To get the best view of the lights, visit Anchorage and Fairbanks.

3. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington

Tulip Fields in the Skagit Valley, Washington
Tulip Fields in the Skagit Valley, Washington

There is no designated site on the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields in Washington. This is why during the festival which runs from the first day of April to the last, a driving tour offers you the best opportunity to see the gorgeous flowers on these tulip fields as they bloom.

4. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon in the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona
Antelope Canyon in the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona

You will find this brilliant slot canyon near Page in the state of Arizona. The canyon is split into two sections known as ‘The Corkscrew’ and ‘The Crack.’ It has a unique structure and portrays the natural canvas of color.

5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

See the colors of the rainbow on this natural pool which also happens to be America’s largest hot spring. You can find it at the Yellowstone National Park.

6. Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming
Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

This giant igneous intrusion known as the Devils Tower rises more than 5,000 feet above sea level. A lot of stories and theories surround this site.

7. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

Oneonta Gorge, river canyon in Columbia Gorge, Oregon
Oneonta Gorge, river canyon in Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Located in the Columbia River Gorge are aquatic and woodland plants that strike visitors following its uniqueness. During the warm summer period, visitors who walk through the creek marvel at the scenic view made on the walls by ferns and moss. They resemble fairy-like creations.

8. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Lake Tahoe in famous California mountains, Sierra Nevada National Park
Lake Tahoe in famous California mountains, Sierra Nevada National Park

At the border of California and Nevada is Lake Tahoe. This clear, freshwater lake makes for an ideal vacation spot as it finely combines with surrounding trees. It is North America’s largest alpine lake.

9. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado

Autumn colors at Maroon Bells, with reflection in lake
Autumn colors at Maroon Bells, with reflection in lake

Aspen is the nearest city to this wilderness area located in the Elk Mountains of Central Colorado. Spanning over 181,000 acres, the area offers more than a hundred miles of trails.

10. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Aerial view of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Aerial view of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

The only way to access this isolated island is by boat or a seaplane. It is located about 70 miles to the west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. You will find a lot of sea life in the clear waters which surround it.

11. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Sunset at the Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Sunset at the Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon, Arizona

It is shaped like a horseshoe, and that explains the origin of its name. Horseshoe Bend is located outside Page in Arizona and is best known for its famous meander. It offers a great view of the Colorado River.

12. Zion National Park, Utah

View from Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
View from Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

This popular destination for lovers of nature that covers 146,000 acres is located near Springdale in Utah. You will not miss the 15-mile long and a half-mile deep Zion Canyon which happens to be a prominent feature. During your visit delight yourself at other spots like ‘The Narrows’ and ‘The Subway.’

13. Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii

Woman on the Stairway to Heaven, Oahu, Hawaii
Woman on the Stairway to Heaven, Oahu, Hawaii

Another name for this location is the ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It offers a steep hiking trail which visitors continuously climb despite the visible and well-placed ‘No Trespassing’ signs.

14. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Walkway through the Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Beneath the rocky land of this National Park lies over 119 known caves for visitors to explore. It can be accessed through an elevator which rides 750-feet down the ground or a natural entrance. The caves were formed out of limestone and sulfuric acid.

15. Hamilton Pool, Texas

Hamilton Pool sink hole, near Austin, Texas
Hamilton Pool sink hole, near Austin, Texas

Right outside Austin is a popular spot for tourists known as the Hamilton Pool. It is mostly visited during the summer and was created from the collapse of an underground river’s dome. This was caused by a massive erosion thousands of years ago.

16. Yosemite Valley, California

Yosemite Valley at dusk with snow caps
Yosemite Valley at dusk with snow caps

The reason why this 8-mile glacial valley is a hot spot for tourists is simple – it offers scenic trails for hikers. The area is covered in pine with granite summits like El Capitan and Half Dome surrounding it. Yosemite Valley is picture-perfect for photographers.

17. Niagara Falls, New York/Ontario border

Niagara Falls between the USA and Canada
Niagara Falls between the USA and Canada

The Niagara Falls is renowned and remains a popular spot for tourists. You can easily find it along the United States and Canadian border.

18. Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

As a result of frost weather and stream erosion, the large natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon were formed. This collection is famous for its geological structures. Located about 50 miles from the Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon in Utah features white, orange, and red rocks.

19. Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee

View of fall foliage and mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
View of fall foliage and mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This mountain range located along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina remains the most visited National Park in the U.S. More than 9 million visitors come on an annual basis to see this sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains known as ‘The Smokies.’

20. The Wave, Arizona

The Wave is an awesome vivid swirling petrified dune sandstone formation
The Wave is an awesome vivid swirling petrified dune sandstone formation in Coyote Buttes North

Known for its vibrant colors, this sandstone rock formation is located in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness close to the border of Arizona and Utah. It looks like a painting and can be reached by a trackless hike.

21. Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist looking Up
Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist looking Up

This National Park is home to giant sequoia trees which includes one of the largest in the world, the General Sherman Tree. This famous tree is believed to be 2,500 years old and stands at 275 feet.

22. Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska

Ice Cave at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
Ice Cave at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

The 12-mile glacier located in Mendenhall Valley of Juneau is home to so many incredible ice caves which look surreal. Take a chance to see the whimsical clouds by following the West Glacier trail.

23. Palouse Falls, Washington

The Palouse Falls in Washington
The Palouse Falls in Washington

The Palouse Falls remains in existence because the Franklin County Public Utility District failed during their bid to build a hydroelectric power generation dam. Ratepayers in the state of Washington elected to preserve the falls.

These are a few surreal places in America which you should add to your bucket list.

 

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