For most people, the Seven Wonders of the World are on the tippy top of the bucket list. For most people, a jaunt halfway across the world is a tall order. After all, who has the coin or vacation time to just drop everything and book a flight to Cairo? Well, if you want to save on time and money yet still want to catch a sight so stunning you’ll have to pick your jaw off the floor, there’s a solution: just stay stateside.
Not only are the relatively accessible, but, better yet, the most breathtaking relics in America—unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, or any of the other Seven Wonders—happen to be totally, 100-percent au natural. Oh, and unlike the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, they all exist without dispute. Here, as proof, are the top 15 most natural wonders in the United States. adventure travel and backpacking list
Delicate Arch; Arches National Park, Utah
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Just a simple drive through the orange and red rocks in the state of Utah provides some of the most magnificent views of the Earth in its natural state. The next time you find yourself on a road trip out West, be sure to make a pitstop at Arches National Park in Utah, where, besides compelling hikes with sweeping views of the rugged landscape, you’ll score the chance to revel in one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the entire country: the Delicate Arch. adventure travel and backpacking list
Standing at 52 feet high, the arch is made out of Entrada Sandstone and has remained a beacon of the state of Utah—from the cowboys of the 19th-century declaring it a welcoming landmark to Olympic athletes taking part in the torch relay, passing under the arch. To see the arch for yourself, you’ll need to trek three miles uphill. Though take it from us: the view is well worth the hike. adventure travel and backpacking list
Pro tip: If you’re visiting in the warmer months of the year, be sure to retain the full glory of the surrounding landscape with a stay at Under Canvas Moab, where upscale safari tents open to reveal stunning views in the middle of Moab. adventure travel and backpacking list