The Most Unique Natural Wonder in Each State

You don't have to travel far to find some truly magical landscapes.

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Typical tourist destinations like theme parks and resort towns certainly have their charms, but sometimes, Mother Nature creates jaw-dropping attractions of her own. From caverns that feel like a cathedral to mesmerizing springs, these natural landmarks are worthy of a trip.

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Alabama: Cheaha State Park

At 2,407 feet above sea level, offers fantastic views of the Talladega National Forest. There's also a popular resort at this park, which boasts a magnificent lodge.

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Alaska: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Located on more than 4.7 million acres of land in southwest Alaska, is home to at least 283 species of wildlife. Visitors are welcome year-round to fish, hike, camp and take river floating trips.

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Arizona: Antelope Canyon

Visitors to this , which is a Navajo Tribal Park, will feel like they've stepped onto the set of a spaghetti Western.

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Arkansas: White Rock Mountain

It's hard to choose just one breathtaking natural wonder in a state that has 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of rivers. But, just might win. It's one of the highest points of the Ozarks at 2,260 feet above sea level and is names for its cliffs that take on a white cast when viewed from a distance.

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California: Channel Islands

California is home to many beautiful natural attractions, and the is one place you don't want to miss. The national park covers five out of eight islands in the chain.

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Colorado: Garden of the Gods

This is another tough choice, as Colorado is home to impressive scenery. We're partial to the , where you can drink in the sight of 300-foot-high sandstone rocks along with another important natural landmark, Pike's Peak.

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Connecticut: Kent Falls State Park

Connecticut's hilly landscape creates the perfect conditions for an impressive waterfall — and you'll get just that at this gorgeous park. Here, you can watch tumble 70 feet down jagged limestone that's been worn by the passage of time (and water).

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Delaware: Cape Henlopen State Park

Located near the quaint town of Lewes, this park is home to some of the .

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Florida: Dry Tortugas National Park

Florida isn't just known for its theme parks and nightclubs. Located about 70 miles west of Key West, is only accessible by boat or seaplane. But once you get there, there's plenty to do, like snorkeling, birdwatching, saltwater fishing and camping.

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Georgia: Providence Canyon State Park

You don't have to go far to see the Grand Canyon ... at least, the . Though the 150-foot-deep gulleys that make up this wonder were the result of poor agricultural practices in the 1800s, the sight is rich in natural beauty. From the pink, orange and purple hues of the soil to the Plumleaf Azalea (which only can be found here), you'll want to take plenty of photos of this knockout feature.

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Hawaii: Papakolea Beach

One of only four green sand beaches in the world, on Hawaii's Big Island gets its coloring from the mineral olivine. Prepare for a two-mile hike on some rocky terrain to get to the secluded spot.

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Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Located at the Great Rift, these just might be the largest and deepest volcanic rift system that you'll find on the mainland of the United States.

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Illinois: Cave-in-Rock State Park

This park is named after a , which was formed over thousands of years by water. It's an interesting sight when viewed from a distance, but also offers a unique vantage point above the Ohio River.

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Indiana: Indiana Dunes

Comprised of , this park is most famous for its, well, dunes. Some reach heights up to 200 feet above Lake Michigan!

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Iowa: Loess Hills

Those who think that Iowa is nothing but flat land will be surprised to see these awe-inspiring hills at the western end of the state. These were created by the shifting soils, starting in the last Ice Age.

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Kansas: Monument Rocks

Also called the "Chalk Pyramids," these are an impressive sight. Each is the remnant of the Western Interior Seaway and is rich in fossils.

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Kentucky: Mammoth Cave National Park

Underneath the lush Kentucky landscape sits a network of caves that are downright amazing. In fact, they comprise the world's . So far, 400 miles of the system has been explored.

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Louisiana: Atchafalaya Basin

If you love Southern food, you might already be familiar with this river swamp (which is the largest in the United States). Why? Because it's one of the best sources for crawfish — over are pulled from the waters each year.

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Maine: Desert of Maine

Can you believe this is in New England? This located near Freeport, Maine, isn't exactly a true desert as it's made of exposed glacial silt and gets enough rain during the year.

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Maryland: Assateague Island National Seashore

It's not just about the 37 miles of (considered one of the best on the East Coast), but the wild ponies who can be found roaming free.

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Massachusetts: Mount Greylock State Reservation

We can't think of a better place to drink in views of autumn foliage than at Mount Greylock, the in the state. Depending on the day and weather, you can see 60-90 miles away.

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Michigan: Arch Rock, Mackinac Island

This natural stands 146 feet above Lake Huron and is one of the most photographed wonders in the state.

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Minnesota: Palisade Head

Located inside , this stunning cliff gives you an incredible view of Lake Superior. The cliff itself was formed over a billion years ago after a violent volcanic eruption.

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Mississippi: The Mississippi River

The famed river is a national natural treasure. Some of the best views of the mighty river can be found when exploring the Mississippi leg of the scenic .

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Missouri: Big Spring

One of the , the swirling waters of this natural spring flow at a rate of 286 millions of gallons of water daily.

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Montana: Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Naturally air-conditioned (but illuminated electrically), this sight consists of a number of caves. Together, they're one of the in the Northwest United States.

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Nebraska: Toadstool Geologic Park

Narrow clay pedestals and slabs of sandstone dot the otherworldly landscape, in arrangements that inspired the .

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Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park

Forty-thousand acres of red Aztec sandstone outcrops, petrified trees and petroglyphs make this one of the in the world.

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New Hampshire: Flume Gorge

First , this natural gorge (at the base of Mount Liberty) extends 800 feet. Between that and the 70-90 foot walls of Concord granite, it's definitely a breathtaking landmark.


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New Jersey: Paterson Great Falls

These inspired Alexander Hamilton to help found the city of Paterson as a hub of industry (mainly powered by the falls). Today, it offers a pocket of natural beauty in the largely developed landscape of North Jersey.

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