The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon has historically been recognized as the largest canyon in the world. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is honored to serve as the Ambassador to North America’s Seven Wonders of Nature. Congratulations to each of these deservedly recognized natural wonders of North America.
On February 28, 2014, the Seven Natural Wonders of North America were officially declared in Irving, Texas. These wonders of nature were determined by insights from experts from around the world with a key focus on conservationists such as members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is a large bay on the Atlantic coast of North America. The name is believed to come from the French word “Fendu” which translate split. Although there are competitive tidal range locations, the Bay of Fundy holds the record. In most cases it is a statistical tie between the Bay of Fundy and Ungava Bay, however the highest peak at one given point was recorded at Bay of Fundy.
Everglades National Park
The everglades are actually a slow moving system of rivers moving at about .25 miles (.40 km) a day. The everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness found in the United States and the park encompasses 1,509,000 acres (6,110 sq km). The Everglades National Park differs from other national parks because it was established to protect the ecosystem versus some geographic feature or significance.
Mount McKinley, also known as “The Great One” or Denali, is the highest peak on any mountain in North America. The rise in elevation from the base to the peak is significantly greater than Mount Everest. The Everest base starts out on the Tibetan Plateau which sits at an elevation of 17,000 feet (5,200 m) which means that the vertical rise is approximately 12,000 feet (3,700 m). The base of Mount McKinley starts out at approximately 2,000 feet (610 m) plateau which means that the vertical rise is approximately 18,000 feet (5,500 m).
Niagara Falls is an incredible waterfall system located on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York of the United States. Niagara Falls is comprised of three distinctive falls that include: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. The Horseshoe Falls are 2,600 feet ( 792 m) wide with the American Falls measuring 1,060 feet (323 m) wide. The highest drop occurs on Horseshoe Falls at 173 feet (53 m).
Redwood National Forest
Redwood National Forest is comprised of the official Redwood National Park and Redwood State Park and located in northern California. Although the Redwood forest once exceeded two million acres (8,100 sq km), mining and logging has reduced the forest down to the current protected areas which cover a collective area of 131,983 acres (534.12 sq km). The Redwood forest runs along 37 miles (60 km) of the northern California coastline.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in 1872 when congress set the park boundaries aside as a wonder of nature. The geothermal features, waterfalls, varying ecosystems, and wildlife combine to create a phenomenal encounter with nature. The park is primarily located in the state of Wyoming in the United States.