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The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state Part 3

By Melia Robinson From Business Insider

The United States is a nation of spectacular natural, geological, and cultural diversity.

The third largest country by size in the world, the US contains landscapes as varied as the vast white sand dunes of New Mexico and the watery wilderness formed by trees and marshland in Florida.

Picking 50 wonders wasn’t easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

Melissa Stanger and Sophie-Claire Hoeller contributed reporting to a previous version of this post.

MASSACHUSETTS: The intrigue and beauty of Walden Pond are praised most notably by Henry David Thoreau in his book “Walden,” which is based on his experiences living there.

MICHIGAN: Lake Superior surrounds Isle Royale National Park, home to free-roaming moose and wolves. Lake Superior could hold all the other bodies of water in the Great Lakes.
Source: Great Lakes Information Network

MINNESOTA: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness spans over one million acres in the northern part of Minnesota. The area is mostly water interspersed with tiny islands that formed as the glaciers of the last ice age retreated and deposited huge boulders.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

MISSISSIPPI: The Mississippi River, which effectively splits the country in half, is both beautiful and dangerous. Inclement weather can cause devastating flooding in the area.
Source: National Weather Service

MISSOURI: Onondaga Cave is one of the most beautiful in the country, with dripping stalagmites and “lily pads” formed by mineral deposits in the water.
Source: Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

MONTANA: Glacier National Park features rugged peaks, pristine forests, glacier-carved valleys, and sparkling waters. It’s a hiker’s paradise, with more than 700 miles of trails.
Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko
Source: National Park Service

NEBRASKA: Chimney Rock National Historic Site is a geological formation left over from the erosion of the bluffs at the edge of the North Platte Valley. The spire rises 325 feet from the base and is composed of layers of volcanic ash and Brule clay.
Source: National Park Service

NEVADA: Named for the brilliant sandstone formations that burn red like the sun, Valley of Fire State Park was formed 150 million years ago by shifting in the sand dunes.
Source: National Park Service

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington stretches 6,288 feet into the sky. In fair weather, its summit offers views of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Quebec, and even New York.
Source: Mount Washington Observatory

NEW JERSEY: The Garden State’s crown jewel remains its 130 miles of coastline, spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The white-sand beaches draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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