The Most Beautiful Natural Wonder in Every State

Source: OGphoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Virginia: Skyline Drive

This iconic road, the only public one in Shenandoah National Park, runs for 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though the drive should take you about three hours, realistically it will take you much longer because you will want to stop and take pictures at many of the road’s 70 overlooks and wildlife sightings.

Source: RomanKhomlyak / Getty Images

Washington: Hoh Rainforest

This temperate rainforest in Olympic National Park receives an average of 12 feet of rain a year, and is one of the oldest living ecosystems on the planet. Multiple hiking trails bring visitors through the moss- and fern-covered trees, which are largely sitka spruce and western hemlock.

Source: ForestWander / Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia: Cranberry Glades

The acidic soil of these boreal bogs in the Allegheny Mountains is home to many plants that usually live at higher altitudes, including carnivorous pitcher plants, cranberries, skunk cabbage, and sphagnum moss.

Source: earleliason / Getty Images

Wisconsin: Apostle Islands

A group of about 20 islands in Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands are covered in pits and caverns, old growth forest, and waterfalls. They are accessible by boat during the warmer months, but if the lake freezes deep enough to provide safe passage in the winter, visitors can walk to some of the islands, which are covered in beautiful ice formations.

Source: IngerEriksen / Getty Images

Wyoming: Grand Prismatic Spring

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. Its color rings are due to bacteria that inhabit different temperature zones in the water, which is scalding in the center and cooler at the edges of the pool.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.