If you are looking to take the trip of a lifetime that includes the most amazing destinations in the world, you don't have to travel to a foreign land to get it. There are places in the United States of America that will leave you feeling like you've just travelled to some of the most exotic, jaw-dropping places in the world. So don't worry about spending a fortune on your next trip, because we have you covered with some of the most awe-inspiring destinations that are located right in your own backyard.
Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington
If you are into flowers, this place will leave you breathless. Throughout the month of April, the tulip fields are in full bloom and filled with the most amazing colours you've ever seen. Some believe the flowers look like something you might find in a European region of Holland or Austria. But, they are right here in Washington state.
Yosemite Valley, California
When most people think of California, they think of Hollywood and celebrities. But, in fact, this area is filled with some of the most stunning, natural landscapes in the world. This glacial valley covers eight miles and is surrounded by beautiful granite summits. It's a photographers dream that will leave you snapping your camera from every angle.
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
This beautiful island is located about 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, although you will feel like you've just travelled to an exotic island in the South Pacific. You can only get to this area by boat or plane, which will just add to the uniqueness of your travel experience.
Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
This gorge will make you think you've just travelled to an exotic South American jungle, when, if fact, you're in Oregon. The gorge is in the Columbia River Gorge and features a huge range of different types of ferns and mosses.
Bryce Canyon, Utah
This amazing rock formation is located about 50 miles from Zion National Park. While most people think the Grand Canyon is the best rock formation around, this one could be a close tie. It is a stunning creation that will leave you breathless and a trip you will be talking about for years.
Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
If you like glaciers, this destination is a must. The ice caves in this 12-mile glacier are amazing to view. They are located along the West Glacier Trail in Alaska but you will feel like you just visited the Antarctica.
Niagara Falls, New York
While this is considered a tourist-heavy area, it is well worth the trip just to see the amazing falls that draws people from around the world every year. You can take a tour of the falls – located on the United States/Canadian border - or walk along the tourist area and enjoy the sound of the water hitting below.
Glacier National Park, Montana
These beautiful mountain tops are located near Kalispell, Montana, Glacier National Park and are considered an American treasure that takes up more than 1 million acres of terrain. So get out your hiking boots – and camera – and enjoy the beauty.
Northern Lights, Alaska
If this place isn't on your bucket list, it should be. And you don't have to travel to Iceland to see this natural wonder. America's northern-most state will give you the best views of the Northern Lights. For the best sights of the magnificent wonder, visit the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage between the months of September and April.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
If it's a fairy tale setting you're looking for, all you have to do is travel to Savannah, Georgia. The Spanish moss trees found here are considered a towering natural wonder and look like they are straight out of a novel.
Thor's Well, Oregon
This huge saltwater fountain, located along Cape Perpetua in Oregon, will leave you wondering if you are in Zambia. It's almost too beautiful to put into words, which is why you need to visit this amazing place. If you visit an hour before high tide, you will get the best views.
Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii
While this area is technically closed to the public, many break the rules to get a glimpse of it. The trail – nicknamed the “Stairway to Heaven,” will leave you wondering if you have just visited a tropical South American country.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming