We recently began our list of 15 US sites that foreign visitors love but Americans tend to overlook. So, without further ado, let’s continue with our list…
Located within the Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in America and the third largest in the world after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. The spring is the perfect place to get some artistic inspiration as the colours in the rainbow waters – deep reds, bright yellows and fiery oranges – make for a fascinating experience.
Alaska is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights and travellers come from all over the world each winter in a bid to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon while taking advantage of winter experiences including snowmobiling, dog mushing, skiing and sporting events. While the northern lights are visible all year around, summer’s near-constant daylight makes seeing them almost impossible. In winter, however, clear, dark nights lend themselves to spectacular natural displays.
The Wave is a striking sandstone rock formation located close to the Arizona-Utah border on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes on the Colorado Plateau. The area is famous among hikers and photographers for its colourful rippling forms. Due to the popularity of the area, and to ensure that it is preserved for future generations, there is a permit and lottery strategy in place making it quite difficult to get the chance to visit the area but if you persevere, you will not be disappointed!
Thor’s Well is one of those places which has to be seen to be believed. Also known as the gateway to the underworld, Thor’s Well is a gaping sinkhole that sits on the edge of the Oregon coast and never seems to fill despite a constant flood of sea water which drains in to it. The site of natural beauty is a must visit for photographers and nature lovers.
On the border of California and Nevada lies Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake, the largest alpine lake in North America. Surrounding the lake are more than 22,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding adventure to be had with nine world-class ski resorts.
Located in the Bear Lodge Mountains, Devils Tower rises dramatically 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain. On September 24th, 1906, Devils Tower became the first declared United States National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. This site is considered sacred to the Lakota and several other tribes who have a connection to the area. There are hundreds of parallel cracks in the surface of the tower making it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. Of the 400,000 annual visitors, only around 1% actually climb Devils Tower.
When the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion thousands of years ago, Hamilton Pool Preserve was formed. Located around 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71, the pool is the perfect place to hang out for a few hours of relaxation.