If you’ve been following our summer road trip articles, you know what games to play to keep your kids occupied, and what to bring on your trip in case something goes kablooey. But none of that helps unless you have a destination in mind. Road trips demand an objective where a car is an asset, which puts America’s natural wonders at the top of many travel lists. With that in mind, we assembled our own list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the U.S.
Our criteria for choosing destinations were simple. First, it had to be something spectacular and made by nature, so tall buildings and carved mountains were out. Second, it had to be something you’d rather drive to than fly, either because it’s too far from a major airport, or because the drive itself is worthwhile. Finally, since the emphasis is on driving, it had to be in the contiguous 48 states; if you’re in Alaska or Hawaii, we’re assuming you have amazing vistas and stupendous natural wonders right outside your front door.