You don’t have to travel internationally for stunning views. From the migration of the monarchs to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves, the U.S. is filled with truly breathtaking wonders! Below, we take a look at three particularly dazzling natural phenomena that occur in the U.S.
Each fall, monarch butterflies migrate south in search of warmer temperatures. Here in Pacific Grove, we’re fortunate enough to be the final stop for many West Coast butterflies. They depend on environmental cues to find their way through the North America to our area. The migration is an amazing sight to see — and you can do so right here at the Butterfly Grove Inn! We’re nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.
Alaska’s impressive Mendenhall Glacier contains brilliant ice caverns that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Its unique natural architecture and soft blue hue makes for an ethereal feel. Unfortunately, this natural phenomenon is slowly melting away. Make visiting the ice caverns a priority before it fades away completely.
This Death Valley mystery puzzled scientists for years. Today, however, we know that the movement of these heavy stones — as well as the trail they leave behind — is actually caused by the freezing and thawing of a thin layer of water on the lake bed, which allows the rocks to “ice skate” across it. Still, some prefer to believe the Sailing Stones are moved by otherworldly forces.