Alabama: Stephens Gap
Among the most popular attractions in the state, especially for hikers and photographers, is Stephens Gap, a cave with a 143-foot pit. The cave is located in Woodville, in the Lake Guntersville Area of the North Alabama Region.
Alaska: Mendenhall Ice Caves
Inside the 12-mile-long Mendenhall glacier is a network of ever-changing ice caves created by the melting of the glacier. Visitors can only access the caves by first kayaking to the glacier, then climbing over it to reach the opening.
Arizona: The Wave
The Wave, a sandstone rock formation located in the Coyote Buttes North area on the Utah Arizona border, is one of the most photographed sites in the country. Photos of the Wave almost always looks photoshopped, even though it is not. Getting to the Wave requires a 3-mile hike and a permit.
Arkansas: Whitaker Point
The Whitaker Point offers beautiful views of the Buffalo National River, and the 2.9-mile trail that gets you to the Point, located deep inside the Ozark National Forest, is worth the trip. It’s located near Pettigrew, open year-round, and is easy to hike.
California: Lake Tahoe
The largest alpine lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe covers 191 square miles on the border of California and Nevada. It sits over 6,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains. The waters are famous for appearing different shades of blue, turquoise, indigo, and purple depending on the location and weather.