The natural world has always inspired awe. Fire shooting from the ground, lights blazing across the sky, and glowing ocean waves were fodder for the imaginations of ancient people, inspiring myths and legends of gods and otherworldly powers. Though science may now be able to explain the geological forces behind some of the earth’s most dramatic landscapes, that doesn’t make them any less magical.
24/7 Tempo compiled 50 natural wonders that you must see to believe. Some are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and most were nominees for New 7 Wonders of Nature, a 2007 initiative with a global poll that attracted over 100 million votes. If you are looking for a local perspective, these are the most beautiful attractions in the U.S.