While humans have built some impressive, gravity-defying, and awe-inspiring marvels — here are the most photographed structures in the world — the natural world may have us beat. We’re no match for the power of glaciers carving valleys out of mountains, rivers eroding canyons for millions of years, or volcanoes creating new islands overnight.
24/7 Tempo created a list of the most beautiful natural wonder in every state after reviewing dozens of travel guides, encyclopedia articles, and photography collections. While there is no definitive way to choose the best natural wonder, we’re confident that each of these places deserves a mention.
These wonders are by no means each state’s most popular natural attraction, as the sheer scope and variety of the geological formations in places like Utah and Arizona cannot be overlooked in favor of one shining star.
From ephemeral blue caverns hidden inside glaciers to the eerie cypress swamps of the east coast, this country is packed with mind-boggling sites. You’re going to see some amazing sights, especially if you take the back roads — these are the 15 absolute best road trips you can take in the summer.