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    20 Must-See Travel Spots in America

    The United States is home to many must-see travel spots due to its unique geography from coast-to-coast. This list should be a good starting point. After these 20, you are on your own:
    1. Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
      1. A 12-mile long glacier that is home to beautiful ice caves.
    2. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
      1. The unique structure and natural colors make this canyon a must-see travel spectacle.
    3. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
      1. The Gorge has basalt walls which are home to a wide variety of plants found only in the Columbia River Gorge.
    4. Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
      1. The Tulip Fields are home to the must-see Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, held annually during the month of April.
    5. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado
      1. Two of the top 50 tallest mountains in Colorado. These mountains stand side-by-side and serve as the most photographed scene in the state and another must-see travel spot.
    6. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
      1. Abundant sea life, tropical bird breeding grounds, and tales of shipwrecks and sunken treasure make this a must-see.
    7. Zion National Park, Utah
      1. The unique geography and life-zone variety allow for unusual plant and animal cohabitation.
    8. Watkins Glen State Park, New York
      1. Finally a must-see travel spot in the northeast! Most noted for its 400-foot-deep gorge cut by Glen Creek and left from melting glaciers.
    9. Yosemite Valley, California
      1. Recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity.
    10. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
      1. The largest hot spring in the United States, and third in the world. Its colors are must-see, matching a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.
    11. Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii
      1. Known as the “Stairway to Heaven”, the trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff, but the stairs are currently not open to the public.
    12. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
      1. The Caverns include a large cave chamber of natural limestone which is about 4000 feet long, 625 feet wide and 255 feet high!
    13. Whitaker Point, Arkansas
      1. A jutting rock from a cliff that allows for a great view of Buffalo River country makes this a unique, must-see travel stop in the southeast.
    14. Hamilton Pool, Texas
      1. Created when the dome of an underground river collapsed has a 50-foot waterfall draining into it.
    15. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
      1. A segment of the Colorado River that makes a complete turn-around around a 1000 foot cliff.
    16. Northern Lights, Alaska
      1. Also known as the Aurora Borealis. This natural light show is caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetically charged particles.
    17. Bryce Canyon, Utah
      1. Not technically a canyon but a collection of giant amphitheaters. The amphitheaters are formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed.
    18. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
      1. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States at 1,645 feet. It is also the sixth largest lake by volume behind the five Great Lakes.
    19. Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee
      1. The “Smokies” get their name from the natural fog that looms over them from vegetation exhaling volatile organic compounds.
    20. Niagara Falls, New York
      1. Serving as a drain from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.