North America is a vast continent, with many fascinating places to visit and things to see and do. For those who want to experience the natural beauty of the continent, here are a few places that will amaze and astound the senses!
Itâ€™s hard to imagine the sheer scale of North Americaâ€™s most powerful waterfalls until you can see them in person. Approximately six million cubic feet of water comes rushing down over these falls every minute, which would fill almost 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools. While you are here, you can take a jet boat tour that will whiz you though exhilarating white water on the Niagara River or take the behind-the-falls tour to get up close to the waterfallâ€™s powerful spray.
Redwood National Park
Located along the coast of Northern California, the Redwoods National Forest includes the national park that spans 60 km off the coastline. The amazing redwood trees here are the tallest trees in the world. Within this lush West Coast forest setting you might also spot a bald eagle, northern spotted owl, Stellerâ€™s sea lions and brown pelicans.
Volcanoes National Park
The island of Hawaii sits within the â€œRim of Fireâ€ and Volcanoes National Park is one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. It is home to Kilauea, a fiery and active volcano, as well as Mauna Loa, which is the largest volcano in the world with a height of 4,168 metres. To watch these mountains of fire sizzle and spit out smoke is a truly fascinating experience.
Great Salt Lake
This is the largest saltwater body of water in the entire Western Hemisphere. Located in Utah, it is an enormous salty lake that stretches for more than 4,000 square kilometres. It was originally thought to be an extension of the Pacific Ocean because of its enormous size.
Death Valley is a ruggedly beautiful desert landscape and it is the hottest, lowest and driest spot in North America, located within the Mojave Desert of eastern California. This spot is famous for being the site of the highest reported air temperature on earth: 134 degrees Celsius on 10 July 1913. Death Valley is also known for its role in the California Gold Rush, as gold prospectors had to cross the valley on their way to the gold fields. (Although, only one death was recorded during this time.)
City of Rocks
This destination is very popular with rock climbers and it is believed that these rock formations are more than 2.5 billion years old. The City of Rocks is also known for having some of the most difficult climbing routes in the USA. This state park is located just north of the border between Idaho and Utah, and if you look carefully you might even find the names of early California Trail wagon train emigrants written on the rocks.
The Lost Sea
The Lost Sea is the second largest underground lake in the world and it is part of the Craighead Caverns system, located in Sweetwater, Tennessee, at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. The surface of the lake that is visible measures 4.5 acres and cave divers have explored extensively without reaching the end of the cave. In 1939, the remains of the Pleistocene jaguar were found within the cave. There are boat tours of the subterranean lake given which show visitors not only the Lost Sea but also the stalagmites, crystals and the waterfall within the caverns.
This scenic archipelago in the St. Lawrence River, Ontario, is actually home to 1,793 islands and each one is more beautiful than the last. As you cruise through this beautiful setting you will see all the island cottages perched on their rocky outcrops and holiday-goers relaxing on their boats. It is particularly stunning in the fall when the leaves put on a stunning red, orange and yellow show.
Western Brook Pond
This stunning fjord is located in rugged and beautiful Gros Morne National park, on the isolated east coast island of Newfoundland, Canada. The lake was carved out by glaciers and it is surrounded by dramatic 600-metre steep rock walls. This pristine lake has had very little impact from humans and can be seen via one of the two tour boats that cruise the lake from June to October. The tour boat operators had to undertake special training to ensure that they had minimal impact on the environment.
These are just a few of the most stunning natural wonders that will blow your mind in North America, so why not get out there and start exploring?
About the Author: Geoff Lambert is a freelance travel writer and extreme sports enthusiast who is fascinated by rocks, mountains, caves and other impressive geological wonders. Whenever he gets the travel itch, he knows he can search here for cheap flights.