You could spend your entire life exploring the natural wonders of North America and you probably wouldn’t even make a dent in what’s on offer. From shimmering lakes to towering mountains and everything else in between, North America has beauty like nowhere else on earth.
North America is a big place and you’re not going to be able to see much during your vacation. But, it’s not about quantity, it about quality. Here are some of the absolute best natural spots in North America to help you concoct the perfect itinerary.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Think about canyons in America and your mind will automatically go to the Grand Canyon. But, the Grand Canyon isn’t the only impressive canyon in the States. The Bryce Canyon in Utah is a place that defies belief. Filled with hoodoos, long thin spires that have been formed from millennia or erosion, the canyon is every photographer’s dream. Make sure you get there for sunrise or sunset – or both if you have a whole day to spare.
Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA
Is there anything more spectacular than a waterfall? There’s certainly something incredibly cathartic about watching white water tumbling over craggy rocks. The Multnomah Falls in Oregon is everything you hope for from a waterfall and more. Surrounded by lush forest in a beautiful valley, the fall makes the perfect Kodak moment. Be sure to check out the view from the bridge that runs above the top of the waterfall.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada
New Brunswick is a little known gem on the East Coast of Canada. Resplendent with natural beauty, the crowning feature in this province is the Bay of Fundy. The bay sees the highest tides on earth and is often visited by a number of rare species of whale. Not only is it an incredible experience to look out over the water here, but there are also plenty of hiking trails to follow and dinosaur fossils to observe.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA
Situated in the famous Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Prismatic Spring is an explosion of colour. The extremely hot water in the middle gives off clouds of steam and is the most vivid blue you have ever seen. From the centre to the edge of the spring, the colour of the water changes from bright blue to turquoise to green and then finally to yellow. It is truly a phenomenal sight to behold, both for its colour and its colossal size – the spring is longer than a football field, making it the third largest of its kind in the world.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA
Imagine rolling sand dunes of the purest white. This is exactly what you will find at the aptly named White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Located in the vast Tularosa Basin, the monument stretches for miles in every direction. Visitors to the White Sands National Monument can indulge in a number of different activities, including sledding down the sand, hiking and even camping. There is plenty here to fill a full day. Note that the weather in the desert can change very quickly and thunderstorms during the summer are common.