by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Most beautiful natural wonders in the Northeast U.S.

10Best has rounded up the top natural attractions in the United States. These are the best across the Northeast.

Connecticut - Kent Falls

Kent Falls State Park in the scenic Litchfield Hills gets its name from the 250-foot series of cascading waterfalls along the Housatonic River. Hike through the pine forest to the top of the falls, or cool off in the mountain water at its base.

Maine - Gulf Hagas

The Appalachian Trail leads to Gulf Hagas, "The Grand Canyon of Maine." This 400-foot-deep gorge features waterfalls, swimming holes and chutes amid an old-growth pine forest.

Massachusetts - Monument Mountain

Image courtesy of Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

Literary giants the likes of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne drew inspiration from the views at the 1,642-foot peak of Monument Mountain. Three trails offer views over the Catskill Mountains all the way to Mount Greylock.

New Hampshire - Flume Gorge

Visitors can explore this natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty by hiking a one-way, two-mile loop trail through the fern and moss-filled Flume Gorge.

New Jersey - Great Falls of the Passaic River

The 77-foot-tall Great Falls is second only to Niagara Falls for waterfalls by volume east of the Mississippi. Alexander Hamilton founded the city of Paterson here in 1792, as the first planned city built around a hydropower system.

New York - Niagara Falls

Some 3,100 tons of water flow over Niagara Falls each second. Today, the falls sit within Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the U.S. and among the most popular.

Pennsylvania - Pine Creek Gorge

Better known as the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," the gorge measures more than 50 miles long and over 1,000 feet deep. The area is popular not only for its spectacular views, but also for its abundant wildlife.

Rhode Island - Mohegan Bluffs

The 200-foot-tall Mohegan Bluffs stand guard over one of the most beautiful beaches on Block Island. A set of 141 steps leads down to the sand, a popular spot for swimming and surfing.

Vermont - Quechee Gorge

Quechee Gorge State Park is home of Vermont's deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity over 10,000 years ago. Viewing points along Route 4 let visitors gaze down at the flowing waters of the Ottauquechee River 165 feet below.

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