by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Most beautiful natural wonders in the Western U.S.

10Best has rounded up the best natural attractions in the United States. These are the best in the West.

Alaska - Denali

The “roof of North America” peaks at 20,310 feet. It’s only visible one out of every three days (due to cloud cover), but it’s well worth the wait to see it emerge.

Arizona - Antelope Canyon

Winding, wave-like walls and light beaming down from above make this sandstone slot canyon near Page, Arizona a favorite among photographers and artists.

California - Avenue of the Giants

This stretch of road that parallels historic Highway 101 winds for 32 miles through Humboldt Redwoods State Park with a veritable wall of towering trunks to either side.

Colorado - Great Sand Dunes

The tallest sand dunes in North America undulate beneath the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

Hawaii - Waimea Canyon

“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” might be smaller and newer than its Arizona counterpart, but at 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and 3,600 feet deep, it’s still spectacular.

Idaho - Shoshone Falls

This waterfall along the Snake River, near the edge of Twin Falls, Idaho, is 212 feet tall – taller than Niagara Falls.

Montana - Chinese Wall

This limestone spine stretches for 22 miles along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, towering more than 1,000 feet at points.

Nevada - Cathedral Gorge

A narrow valley in southeastern Nevada is home to an impressive gorge carved into the soft bentonite clay. The park offers walking trails for enjoying the spires, cave-like formations and canyons.

New Mexico - Bisti Badlands

This 60-square-mile expanse of badlands in the Four Corners area features hoodoos of all shapes and sizes formed by erosion of the sandstone, shale and mudstone layers.

Oregon - Smith Rock

Popular with rock climbers, Smith Rock State Park outside of Bend features a series of red-orange volcanic crags jutting up from a river canyon. It's one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

Utah - Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Some of the most famous structures within Bryce Canyon National Park can be found within the Amphitheater. Viewpoints along the rim look down into the network of cliffs and hoodoos.

Washington - Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rain Forest inside Olympic National Park receives an average of 140 inches of rainfall annually, giving it the lush canopy and verdant carpet of mosses and ferns that make it so recognizable.

Wyoming - Old Faithful

People from around the world come to see this geyser erupt, and it's one of only a handful in Yellowstone that park rangers can predict with some measure of accuracy.

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