Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge Observatory. Credit: Nanny&Poppa via Flickr CC
Awesome wonders right in our own backyard
Sure, incredible pictures of icy Nordic fjords, the limestone karst hills of Giulin, China, or Australia's Great Barrier Reef may make you long for an epic international family vacation. But as it turns out, we’ve got some pretty amazing sights right here in our own backyard.
If you live in Washington, you probably don’t need reminding that the active volcano Mount Rainier is the fourth highest peak in the United States — and a beauty at that. And you already know that Snoqualmie Falls is both taller and more beautiful than Niagara — while also offering an easy, family-friendly hike.
In fact, you’re probably familiar with many places on this list (it’s hard to keep a natural wonder secret) but there may just be a few surprises in the mix. Here are eight wonderful wonders to visit with kids — all right in our own backyard.