The United States, a sprawling nation situated in North America, is a tapestry of diverse landscapes and cultures that span approximately 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million square kilometers). From the rugged coastlines of the Pacific Northwest to the mystic nature of the Everglades, the U.S. encompasses a vast array of environments, reflecting its status as a melting pot of people and natural wonders.

The country hosts a myriad of ecosystems, from the everglades of Florida to the deserts of the Southwest. The majestic Rocky Mountains carve a dramatic swath through the continent, providing habitat for diverse wildlife. The Great Plains, with their vast grasslands, and the dense forests of the Appalachian Mountains contribute to the country’s ecological richness. The commitment to conservation is evident in the extensive network of national parks and protected areas, preserving the integrity of the U.S.’s natural heritage.

The United States is home to an array of natural wonders that draw millions of visitors each year. The Grand Canyon, a colossal chasm carved by the Colorado River, stands as a testament to the Earth’s geological history. Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world, showcases geothermal wonders and diverse wildlife.  From the pristine beaches of Hawaii to the glaciers of Alaska, the United States offers a diverse and captivating canvas for those seeking to explore its natural wonders.

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

  • The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is a mesmerizing natural light display in the polar regions. Caused by charged particles from the sun colliding with Earth's atmosphere, it creates vibrant, dancing hues of colors across the night sky, captivating observers with its ethereal beauty.
7 Natural Wonders of North America

Grand Canyon

  • The Grand Canyon, an awe-inspiring geological marvel in Arizona, USA, is a colossal chasm carved by the Colorado River over the years. Its layered rock formations showcase Earth's history, and its vast expanse, stretching 277 miles, is a breathtaking testament to the forces of nature.
Denali

Denali

  • Denali, North America's highest peak, dominates the Alaska Range in Denali National Park. This pristine wilderness showcases vast tundra, glaciers, and wildlife like grizzlies and caribou. Denali's soaring summit, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, encapsulates the raw and untouched beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

  • Niagara Falls, a natural wonder on the US-Canada border, is a mesmerizing display of three waterfalls—Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The thundering cascade of water, mist-shrouded landscapes, and iconic Maid of the Mist boat rides make it a spectacular testament to the power and beauty of nature.
Redwoods

Redwoods

  • The Redwoods, situated in California and Oregon, house the tallest trees on Earth—the coast redwoods and giant sequoias. These ancient forests create a cathedral-like atmosphere, with towering canopies and colossal trunks. Home to diverse ecosystems, the Redwoods are a testament to the enduring majesty of nature.
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

  • Yellowstone National Park, America's first national park, is a geothermal wonderland showcasing vivid geysers, hot springs, and diverse wildlife. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, its vibrant landscapes, from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to Old Faithful, offer an unrivaled showcase of nature's power and untamed beauty.
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

  • Yosemite National Park in California is a testament to nature's grandeur, with towering granite cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and ancient sequoia trees. Framing the High Sierra, Yosemite Valley captivates with its iconic landmarks like El Capitan and Half Dome, making it a sanctuary for awe-inspiring landscapes and biodiversity.
Panoramic view Crater Lake

Crater Lake

  • Crater Lake stands as one of the most iconic natural wonders of the United States, renowned for its stunning beauty and geological significance. Nestled within the rugged terrain of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon, this pristine lake captivates visitors with its crystal-clear blue waters and dramatic cliffs, forming a breathtaking vista that inspires awe […]

FAQ’s

1. How many natural wonders does the United States have?

The United States is currently home to 8 natural wonders (2 World, 5 Continent, and 1 Country).

World:

The United States is home to the Grand Canyon and it is one of the locations where you can experience the Aurora Borealis the second world wonder.

North America:

The United States features 5 of the natural wonders of North America.  Niagara Falls is a natural wonder shared with Canada.  The other four natural wonders include:

  • Denali (tallest mountain in North America)
  • Redwoods (Redwoods and Sequoias representing the tallest and largest trees in the world)
  • Yellowstone National Park (Largest stratovolcano in North America)
  • Yosemite National Park (Largest granite monolith, tallest waterfall in North America.
Country:

The only current feature of nature recognized as a natural wonders at this time is Crater Lake which is the deepest lake in North America.