We want you to be able to entertain yourself here in the United States while you wait for easier times.
So, we compiled this list of heartstopping United States destinations that closely resemble popular areas in other parts of the world.
And before you start exploring, making sure to pick up a Newverest Scratch Off Map Of The World so you can start planning your future international trips!
Great Sand Dunes National Park: Alamosa, Colorado
Similar to the Sahara Desert
The Great Sand Dunes, located in Colorado, are the tallest sand dunes in all of North America. They are so tall that they seem to resemble the African Saraha. Make sure to bring plenty of water and supplies when you visit these dunes because it’s quite a climb. But when you reach the top you’ll get a magnificent view that seems to transport you outside of the United States without actually having to leave home!
Sequim and the Dungeness Valley: Sequim, Washington
Similar to Provence, France
Provence, France is famous for its lavender fields that are overlooked by the Alpine Mountains as it ventures towards the Mediterranean Sea. The Sequim and Dungeness Valley lies along the Olympic Peninsula and is characterized by a similar scene. In July, you can take a tour through the lavender farms underneath a picturesque view of the Olympic Mountains along the Pacific coast.
Badlands National Park: Rapid City, South Dakota
Similar to the Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles of Australia and the Badlands of South Dakota have one thing in common: bizarre rock formations. Get lost in the many pinnacles and eroded buttes that extend for miles and miles. The striped layers of the rock show the development of its layers over time. While the coloration slightly differs from the Bungle Bungles, it is equally gorgeous.
Skagit Valley: Skagit County, Washington
Similar to the Netherlands
Keukenhof, located in the Netherlands, is known as the Garden of Europe because it is the world’s biggest flower bulb garden. Similarly, Skagit Valley in Washington offers an enormous tulip field. The best season to visit is in the spring, where they host a festival with a variety of activities to enjoy.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness: San Juan County, New Mexico
Similar to Pinnacles, Australia
Pinnacles, Australia has truly otherworldly limestone formations that seem to take you to another planet! The Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness hosts a similar experience, characterized by interestingly shaped hoodoos formed from a mixture of sandstone, mudstone, petrified wood, and more! Here, you can go hiking, wildlife viewing, and even camp overnight!
Cannon Beach: Cannon Beach, Oregon
Similar to Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
You don’t have to escape to the Caribbean Islands to enjoy paradise. You can find it right off the coast of Oregon! It’s downright gorgeous, but make sure to dress for the Oregon weather. The Haystack Rock is a famous igneous rock with a small cave system that you can explore at low tide. You’ll also want to check out the sandcastle contest that they host in June!
Mono Lake: Mono County, California
Similar to the Dead Sea
Like the Dead Sea in the Jordan Rift Valley, Mono Lake is America’s very own salt lake. It’s an endorheic basin, which means it has no oceanic outlet. It also contains brine shrimp, much like the Dead Sea. You can take a canoe out to the water or go birdwatching to see the migratory birds that feed off of the brine shrimp and native flies.
Bonneville Salt Flats: Tooele County, Utah
Similar to Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
The Bonneville Salt Flats trick you into thinking you’re walking on ice. This is a wild feeling, due to the dry heat that you’re simultaneously experiencing. The salt flats go on for so long that you can actually see the curve of the earth when you look out in the distance. The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia may be the largest in the world, but the Bonneville Salt Flats offer an equally one-of-a-kind adventure!
Hamilton Pool Preserve: Austin, Texas
Similar to Playa del Amor, Mexico
You don’t have to visit the Playa del Amor to swim in beautiful enclosed rock. Created by the collapse of an underground river, the Hamilton Pool Preserve in Texas is now a natural pool surrounded by arched walls and hosts a fifty-foot waterfall. Here, you can swim or hike for the day in the gorgeous secluded area.
Denali National Park: Denali Borough, Alaska
Similar to Nepal
Denali is a bit like the Everest of North America. Even if you choose not to scale this enormous mountain, it’s still breathtaking to gaze upwards at its massive structure. The National Park is huge, and the many glaciers and caves that make up this park make it seem like you’re right amongst the Himilayan Mountains! You can hike, ski, or even go snowmobiling here.
The United States contains such a wide variety of terrain that it is sure to match some sort of transcontinental landscape. Of course, it doesn’t replace your worldly travels, but these U.S. landmarks are just as breathtaking in their own way. They are sure to hold you over until the world opens back up to be visited again!
Which places on this list caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!