Special Report

The Most Beautiful Natural Wonder in Every State

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Massachusetts: Gay Head Cliffs

These colorful hundred-foot clay cliffs on the island of Martha’s Vineyard are constantly eroding, which has led to the historic Gay Head Lighthouse being moved to save it from falling into the ocean.

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Michigan: Pictured Rocks

While there is no dearth of beauty along Michigan’s Great Lakes coastlines, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers a little bit of everything beautiful about the coast, including sand dunes, steep cliffs, beaches, forests, and inland lakes.

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Minnesota: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The area, located in the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota, has more than 2,000 campsites, 12 hiking trails, and over 1,200 miles of canoe routes. Permits are required for day use as well as overnight trips.

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Missouri: Onondaga Cave State Park

Designated a National Natural Landmark due to the quality of its formations, Onondaga Cave features a wide variety of pristine cave structures and an underground river deeply entrenched in a canyon.

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Mississippi: Red Bluff

Red Bluff Canyon outside of Foxworth was formed by the erosion of sand, soil, and red clay by the Pearl River. About 200 feet deep at present, the canyon will continue to get deeper as the river continues to erode its banks.