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The crumbly earth is carved into all manner of shapes: pinnacles, precipices, pyramids, knobs, cones, ridges, gorges – or, if you’re feeling poetic, lunar sandcastles and cathedrals. The rainbow hues that colour these formations are most striking at dawn, dusk and just after rainfall.
Spanning more than four hundred miles, this spectacular mountain route links North Carolina with Virginia and takes in stunning vistas, wild-flower studded hiking trails and Appalachian bluegrass shows.
Further east, the highway passes some of the most jaw-dropping waterfalls in the region, beginning with the two-tier torrent of Bridal Veil, 4.5 miles from Vista House. Another four miles on is the spectacular, and hugely popular, Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state, whose waters plunge 542ft down a rock face, collect in a pool, and then drop another 70ft.
Today, the appropriate line for this Key West park might be “ye shall beat your swords into snorkels.” The waters beneath the fort’s walls are ideal for exploring the coral reefs that are one of the Keys West most famous attractions.
Find even more great things to do in Key West in our list of 12 reasons why you should visit Key West.
When travelling in California, don't miss the opportunity to visit one of California's best beaches.
The face of the glacier is about 1 mile (2km) from the visitor centre, while its 1,500 sq miles (3,885 sq km) of ice and snow is called the Juneau Icefield.
Much the most popular destination for tours is Upper Antelope Canyon, a two-mile dirt-road drive down from the highway. Shuttle buses deposit visitors outside a slender, unprepossessing crack in a red sandstone wall. Stepping inside is like entering both a cathedral, in that you find yourself in a majestic chamber adorned with delicate glowing colours, and a pinball machine.
Since the mid-20th century, Hamilton Pool has become a popular summer swimming spot for visitors and residents of Austin.
Alaska offers a great deal of breathtaking scenery. Discover more about the most beautiful places in Alaska.
Because of its ethereal beauty the Grand Canyon is one of the best places to travel alone to enjoy harmony with yourself. If solo travelling is what you need, explore our guide to the best places to travel solo.
Explore the diverse beauty of America's lakes with our guide to the magnificent lakes in America.
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