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12 Most Breathtaking Rock Formations in America

Reader's Digest Logo By Jacqueline Kehoe of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: Sure, you know the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion. But what about the incredible sites and breathtaking rock formations that lie beyond our country's ever-popular national parks? In our pandemic world, outdoor pursuits require fewer crowds and more space, and there are plenty of places in the country where you can find that, along with some of Mother Nature's greatest creations. You might not have considered these 12 spots—but you should. Each offers myriad opportunities for head-turning road trips, quiet outdoor getaways, unforgettable adrenaline rushes, and plenty of time spent in awe. But the stars of the show are the most amazing rocks you'll ever see. From ancient volcanic explosions to the nation's deepest canyon to towers popping out of the prairie, America's geologic story is a stunner. Of course, America isn't the only place with amazing natural wonders. When you've scrolled through these pictures, check out these other gorgeous rock formations around the world.

Otherworldly beauty

Sure, you know the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion. But what about the incredible sites and breathtaking rock formations that lie beyond our country's ever-popular national parks? In our pandemic world, outdoor pursuits require fewer crowds and more space, and there are plenty of places in the country where you can find that, along with some of Mother Nature's greatest creations.

You might not have considered these 12 spots—but you should. Each offers myriad opportunities for head-turning road trips, quiet outdoor getaways, unforgettable adrenaline rushes, and plenty of time spent in awe. But the stars of the show are the most amazing rocks you'll ever see. From ancient volcanic explosions to the nation's deepest canyon to towers popping out of the prairie, America's geologic story is a stunner. Of course, America isn't the only place with amazing natural wonders. When you've scrolled through these pictures, check out these other gorgeous rock formations around the world.

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