Summer vacations are all about seeing new things, trying new adventures on for size, and making a whole lot of memories! Toyota of Orlando wants to help you do just that – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest natural scenic spots in America that you definitely don’t want to miss. They’re pretty sprawled out so you can choose which corner of the country you want to check out. Whether you reach them by plane, train, or automobile, they’re definitely worth the trip!
Thor’s Well: Thor’s Well is an aquatic landmark located in Orgeon… and it’s definitely up there in terms of impressiveness. It’s a huge saltwater fountain that’s seemingly bottomless; it drains seawater endlessly with no end in sight. It’s also sometimes called the drainpipe of the Pacific, and it’s really only about 20 feet deep, but you would never know by looking at it! If you want a real show, check it out at high tide, when the waterworks are at their peak. Thor’s Well is located in Cape Perpetua, Oregon on the Pacific coast!
Mendenhall Glacier Caves: The Mendenhall Glacier Caves in Alaska are a sight to behold – and you’ll have 13.6 miles of cave to explore! They’re located about 12 miles from Juneau, Alaska and offer a bit of a challenge to access. You’ll have to kayak in and then hike, but trust us… it’s well worth it. You’ll be able to view the glacier’s exterior, and then climb inside the ice caves for surreal views up into the ice. However, you’ll want to visit soon – increasing temperatures are causing the glacier to retreat, so it may not be fully accessible soon. It’s worth the trip, trust us!
Zion National Park: Zion National Park is located in Utah, and it’s a stunning place to visit in terms of both water and mountain views. Not only that, it has a lot of historical significance; it was first settled over 150 years ago by settlers who believed it was a divine (literally) spot. The park itself is billions of years old, and features canyons, mountains, and streams that you can hike. There are a ton of trails of varying degrees of difficulty, but one of the coolest ones to check out is The Narrows – you’ll be walking in water, so bring your water shoes, but it’s worth it. You’ll be hiking through a canyon and the views are unbeatable!
The Wave: The Wave is a sandstone and rock formation located in Arizona and Utah in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness that you’ll have to see to believe – it literally looks like a wave in the desert made of sand and rock, and the colorful striations are incredible. It was carved by erosion via wind and water and there are several beautiful areas to hike and explore (and blow up your Instagram feed).
Ready to hit the road? Share your favorite scenic spots with us in the comments!