Colorado: Maroon Bells
North and South Maroon Peaks tower over Maroon Lake in Aspen, reflecting their red hue off the water on sunny days. The Bells, along with their neighbor Pyramid Peak, are made of red mudstone and are known as the most photographed mountains in the Rockies.
Connecticut: Kent Falls
A series of falls that spans a quarter mile and drops 250 feet total, Kent Falls are one of Connecticut’s most popular natural attractions. They are located in Kent Falls State Park, which offers picnic tables, a paved path to the upper falls, and a handicap accessible viewing area at the lower falls.
Delaware: Great Cypress Swamp
The Great Cypress Swamp covers 50 square miles at the headwaters of the Pocomoke River and consists of seasonally flooded forests made up of bald cypress, white cedar, pines, and various hardwoods. It’s the northernmost bald cypress grove in the country and an important habitat for several at-risk bird species.
Florida: Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs is a series of clear, bubbling freshwater springs found in the sub-tropical Ocala National Forest north of Orlando. Contained in a recreation area that allows swimming and snorkeling, the springs are surrounded by palm and oak trees and are home to alligators, river otters, and eels.
Georgia: Tallulah Gorge
The gorge is about 2 miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep. A suspension bridge about 80 feet above the gorge offers stunning views of the area’s waterfalls and landscapes. Though very popular, the Tallulah Gorge’s trail is strenuous. A free permit is required to hike it.