America The Beautiful….Iconic Photos Of Natural American Treasures
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
With everything from vast deserts and gorgeous beaches to sprawling mountain ranges, America is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world—and nowhere is that more evident than in the national parks. The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year. You don’t have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country’s national parks. We found some spectacular pictures of national parks, monuments, seashores and heritage areas around the country that will make you appreciate how beautiful the U.S. really is.
The volcanic basin of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, formed nearly 8,000 years ago. At almost 2,000 feet deep, the lake is the deepest in the U.S.
Visitors come to hike the granite peaks, swim on the beaches, and even get married in Acadia National Park, Maine, the first national park east of the Mississippi River.
Nestled within the nearly 1.5 million acres of parkland at Everglades National Park, Florida, are endangered animals such as the manatee, American crocodile, and Florida panther.
Over 2,000 stone arches fill Arches National Park, Utah. They’re not to be missed at sunset, when they take on a stunning glow.
Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and will feature living history camps and historic hikes.
More than five million visitors come to Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, each year. If you’re looking for an area with less tourist activity, head to the more remote North Rim.
The snow-white dunes of gypsum sand stretch over 275 square miles of desert at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, has been closed from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, but is planned to re-open July 4, 2013.
Hoodoos, or pillars of weathered rock, fill Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The area has some of the best air quality in the world, and on a clear day the visibility can exceed 100 miles.