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Seven Natural Wonders Of North America

Updated on December 7, 2014
Photo of General Sherman the Largest and oldest of the Sequoias.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:6209-GenShermanTree-SequoiaNatPark.jpg
Photo of General Sherman the Largest and oldest of the Sequoias.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:6209-GenShermanTree-SequoiaNatPark.jpg

7 wonders Of Nature In Your Own Backyard!

When seeking new travel destinations to seek out the beauty of nature, you need not travel far if you live in North America! Listed in no particular order, here they are: Sequoia National park, Garden of The Gods. Natural bridge National monument, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, Yosemite Valley and Mammoth Cave. Of course there are many others including the Grand Canyon for example, but these are the ones that I have chosen to cover in this hub.

The Sequoia National Park is a California park that consists of granite mountains and deep canyons, but it's most largest attraction is it's over 35 groves of Sequoia trees. Most notable is a Sequoia named the General Sherman Tree, it stands 273 feet high and measures over 37 feet in diameter and at over 3,000 years old , it one of the largest and oldest living things on the planet!

Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers, CA 93271, USA

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Garden Of The Gods located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a beautiful collection of unusually shaped and multicolored rocks that have been shaped in sandstone formations. There are names such as, Kissing camels and Balanced Rock. There is even a naturally made amphitheater known as Grey Rock.

The entrance of Garden of The Gods. Courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garden_of_the_Gods_Entrance_Sign.JPG
The entrance of Garden of The Gods. Courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garden_of_the_Gods_Entrance_Sign.JPG
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Photo of balanced rock. Courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Balance_Rock,_Garden_of_the_Gods,_CO.jpg
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Panoramic view of Garden of the Gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garden_of_the_Gods.JPG

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Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA

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Natural Bridge National Monument in Utah is comprised of three natural bridges called Sipapu (220 ft. high), Kachina (210 ft. high) and Owachomo (106 ft. high). They have spans of between 180-268 feet long. All are natural sandstone bridges that were carved by two streams.

This is a photo of the bridge Sipapu. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5504
This is a photo of the bridge Sipapu. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5504
 This is Owachomo at 106 ft high it is the smallest of the three bridges. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5503
This is Owachomo at 106 ft high it is the smallest of the three bridges. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5503

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natural bridge national monument utah:
Utah, USA

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Yellowstone National Park located in Wyoming,Montana and Idaho and is truly a national treasure. Known for it's Elk, Buffalo, Bears and recent addition wolves. It's Main natural attraction is a series of gesyers the most famous being Old faithful located in the Wyoming section of the park, because it spouts regularly about every 30-120 minutes. Every eruption yields about 10,000 gallons of water and shoots up about 90- 150 feet in the air!

 Old Faithful the most famous natural geyser in Yellowstone!http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5274
Old Faithful the most famous natural geyser in Yellowstone!http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=5274
A herd of Buffalo grab lunch! Photos Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8832
A herd of Buffalo grab lunch! Photos Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8832

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yellowstone national park:
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

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Yosemite Valley is Located in the Yosemite National Park in California. It is known for flat rock walls and it's very lofty peaks and domes. The Yosemite Falls are the highest in North America with a drop of over 2,420 feet. It's most famous terrain feature is El Capitan a granite formation that rises about 3,600 feet from the foot of the valley.

Yosemite valley and Half Dome. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8271
Yosemite valley and Half Dome. Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8271
 El Capitan Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8332
El Capitan Courtesy http://pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=8332

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, USA

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Mammoth Cave park is located in South Central Kentucky. The park spans over 52,830 acres of land as is to date the longest known cave system in the world, with in excess of 350 miles of documented mapped passages.

 National Park Rangers giving guided tours. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/Mammoth_Cave_tour.jpg
National Park Rangers giving guided tours. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/Mammoth_Cave_tour.jpg
 Visitors descend the Houchin's entrance, named after a pair of brothers believed to have discovered it in 1797. Only experts can't agree on which one.  Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Mammoth_cave.JPG
Visitors descend the Houchin's entrance, named after a pair of brothers believed to have discovered it in 1797. Only experts can't agree on which one. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/95/Mammoth_cave.JPG

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Mammoth Cave, KY, USA

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Niagara Falls are the falls from the Niagara River which borders New York State and Ontario, Canada. While the Falls on both sides do not exceed 176 feet in height, the Niagara Falls are extremely wide and move between 6-4 million cubic feet of water over the crest line every minute. This makes it the most powerful waterfall in North America. For this reason it has become both a mecca for honeymooner's and a major source for hydro electric power.

 New York's view of Niagara falls. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Niag715.jpg
New York's view of Niagara falls. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Niag715.jpg
 The Canadian Horseshoe Falls viewed from Skylon Tower. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Canadian_Horseshoe_Falls_with_Buffalo_in_background.jpg
The Canadian Horseshoe Falls viewed from Skylon Tower. Courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Canadian_Horseshoe_Falls_with_Buffalo_in_background.jpg
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    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Spirittourism, for your interest & post! Canada undoubtedly has many natural wonders beyond merely Niagra falls, worthy of anyone's Natural Wonders list!

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      Spirittourism 

      7 years ago

      Canada is usually a substantial country, second largest inside the world, and, as such, has a wealth of natural wonders. The best seven wonders of Canada.

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      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Thanks dearabbysmom for your post! I have only been to Garden of the Gods, but my wife has gone to Yellow Stone many times. Her Grandmother was a tour guide there for many years.

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      dearabbysmom 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I feel blessed to have visited 5 of the 7, have not seen Sequoia National Park or Yosemite. My sister has been to Yosemite several times and I love hearing her talk about it.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks triosol for your post! Having done this Hub makes me realize how much of this country I have yet to see!

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      triosol 

      8 years ago

      Amazing Hub! Great Job.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Money Glitch for your post! Mammoth caves is the one we plan to see next, but Yosemite Valley is the one we want to see the most!

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Wow nifty you did a great job on this travel hub. It looks awesome, and I want to visit all seven of the wonders of North America one day soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      I think these natural wonders remind us of the many wonderful sites in our own backyard! Thanks James Watkins for your post!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your fine travelogue, friend. The photographs are spectacular. I have only been to Niagara, but I hope to visit all of these before I expire. Thank you for the pleasure of this journey.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks spike03 for your kind comments! I really like the picture of half dome taken from the air! I have not been to Yosemite, but plan on going in the next couple of years!

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      spike03 

      8 years ago

      the pictures are very captivating especially the pictures taken from Yosemite Valley...

      Loved this hub..

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      I agree, we have some awesome places to visit right here in our own back yard! I never heard of Mammoth Cave National Park before writing this hub! Thanks oceansnsunsets for your post!

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      WoW, Nifty what a great hub! I have only been to Sequoia and the Garden of the Gods and Yosemite and loved them all. I hope to get to go to the other places sometime. Thank you so much for sharing this, its very inspiring to see what is in our own backyards. We should all support and go see these amazing natural wonders. Such beauty!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      The New World truly must have left early explorers in a state of wonderment and awe! Thanks Mentalist acer for your post!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      I agree Daniel Belize! With Yellowstone you get Natural wonders such as geysers and hot springs plus a great assortment of wild animals. Thanks for your post!

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Nothing matches the beauty of nature,great tour Nifty@50!;)

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      Daniel Belize 

      8 years ago

      Amazing! Yellowstone for me remains the epitome of a pristine wilderness. Great hub.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks rocco071 for your post! Our next trip on this list is going to be Yosemite Valley!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks billyaustindillon for your post! We are very familiar with Yellowstone & Garden of the Gods (my wife's Grand mother was a tour guide at Yellowstone).

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      rocco071 

      8 years ago from by the lake

      same here. great hub! love it!

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Love it Nifty - just logged and saw this and had to rate it up.

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