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3 Natural Wonders That’ll Make Your Spirit Soar

Forget about towering skyscrapers in the clouds, sprawling medieval castles and glittering cityscapes as the best-known architect has to be mother nature herself. From rushing, sparkling waterfalls, to iconic rock formations and stunning open bays our planet’s filled with natural wonders that are just begging to be photographed.

Tread softly upon crimson colored earth, gaze in wonder at ancient Aboriginal rock art and watch a kaleidoscope of colors dancing in the sky over your head as you experience natural beauty at its very best.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon found in Arizona, America must be one of the most impressive sights on earth and has attracted thousands of visitors to its cliff-like edges, as they peer nervously over the dusty edge into the deep gorge below.

Everyone knows it’s big, but the real scale of this behemoth like crevasse is truly immense.

The canyon has a depth of 1.6 km, is 16km long and has been carved out over six million years. It’s also a sacred place for the Native American tribes that live on reservations in the area and over five million visitors walk, run, skydive, raft and even take the skies to fly by helicopter over the entire Gorge each year.

Located at Eagle Point, the recently opened Grand Canyon Skywalk allows visitors to stand upon a glass, horseshoe bridge jutting out into the canyon 4,000 feet above the ground. It gives unparalleled views, and you can buy a range of merchandise, drinks, and snacks too.

Another Canyon in Arizona that has been on my bucket list is Antelope Canyon. Aggie from Travel in her Shoes provides us gorgeous photos of her visit that makes me want to take a trip there asap!

Victoria Falls

Mosi-oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls lies between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is one of the most spectacular, powerful waterfalls in the world. Visitors flock to the Zambezi River to witness its might as water pours over the falls, plunging effortlessly into the river over a hundred meters below.

Photo credit: Hoppy1951 via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Here, the noise is so loud that tourists often bring earplugs, as the Victoria Falls can still be clearly heard over 40 meters away from its immediate location. It was named after Queen Victoria herself by the intrepid Scottish explorer David Livingstone.

He originally stumbled across the monumental waterfall in 1855, describing it as somewhat of a nuisance,  during his crossing of Africa as he traversed from the south to the north of the continent.

You can visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabe or Zambia, and during the dry season it’s even possible to trek though some parts of the falls themselves.  

Ayers Rock

Named Uluru by the Aborigines the indigenous peoples of Australia, the stone giant of Ayers Rock towers over the landscape  surrounded by burnt red earth and leafy eucalyptus trees as well as being of great sacred importance to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu.

Each rock as well as their shape has special, spiritual significance, their own name in Dreamtime or the old Anangu religious stories that explain how the world was created.

Depending on what time of day you visit Uluru the rock changes color, as light and shadow play across its smooth sandstone surface, while the sun casts its rays down on the largest natural formation for hundreds of miles.

But if this list that doesn’t inspire you, The Travel Pockets has also provided their readers 10 photos that will inspire you to travel in America. These photos are amazing and will allow you to appreciate mother nature at its best. Is there any other locations that make your spirit soar?

 

 

 

 

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