It will hardly come as a surprise to any of you that the United States is full of impressive natural marvels, as the fame of places like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and many other famous sights spans internationally. Still, the very abundance of stunning natural wonders in the US let’s quite a few noteworthy places slip between the cracks, which is a real pity, as some of these places are by no means inferior to the more famous natural sights.
1. Thor’s Well
This enormous, seemingly bottomless sinkhole is one of the most spectacular and simultaneously dangerous sights you could encounter in Oregon. Thor’s Well, as the pit is known, swallows enormous quantities of seawater when the tide starts to rise, attracting all the objects that surround it with great force and speed. Despite being quite a risky endeavor, Thor’s Well is a magnificent and unique phenomenon that attracts countless photographers and visitors on a daily basis.
2. Slide Rock State Park
The area around Sedona, Arizona, is world-famous for its characteristic red rock formations, but if you’re looking for a change in setting while visiting one of the Arizona desert locations, try looking at them in the winter. One excellent place near Sedona you can visit year-round is the Slide Rock State Park, which is located in the Coconino National Forest. Apart from having a natural water slide created from eroded red rock and being a beautiful swimming location in the summer, the snow-covered trees sprinkled with white snow contrasting the red rocks offer a one-of-a-kind view.
3. Pueblo Of Taos
The Taos pueblo is one of the oldest Native American settlements in the United States and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Excavations suggest that the settlement has existed over 1,000 years, but was suddenly abandoned for unknown reasons in the 13th century. The pueblo is situated within a Native American reservation, where an estimated 4,500 thousand people currently reside, and the buildings are made completely of natural materials, such as straw, water, and mudbrick.
4. Abiqua Falls
Another remote hiking destination is the Abiqua Falls – a gorgeous waterfall climbing down a steep basalt rock cliff in the midst of a dense forest. Located not far from Scotts Mills, Oregon, the road to the waterfall is a difficult one, as you’ll have to descend down the rocks to the pool of the waterfall, but it’s definitely worth the extra trouble because nothing beats a swim in a picturesque location like this.
5. Taggart Lake
One of the more remote walking trails in Wyoming takes you to the marvelous Taggart Lake, the crystal clear waters of which multiply the surrounding beauty of the forests and the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains. The stunning views, the silence and serenity of nature, as well as the wildlife you’ll be able to observe on this trail are everything an avid hiker could ever ask for, and more.
6. Fly Geyser
Before being bought out by Burning Man Project organization in 2016, the geysers were located on the Fly Ranch and, unlike many naturally-occurring geysers, these are a product of human activity. The beginnings of the Fly Geyser date back to 1916 when the owners of the ranch decided to drill a well on their property. Unexpectedly, the workers stumbled upon an extremely hot underground geothermal spring, and the digging of the well was halted and the well was sealed.