Big Cypress National Preserve

Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve is a wetland paradise encompassing an impressive 2,500 square miles (6,216 square kilometers) of rich sub-tropical habitat. It's commonly called a swamp, but this is far from true because...

Butterfly trees

Once a year the cloud forest pine trees in the mountains of central Mexico take on spectacular raiment as they play host to millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. Upon encountering the sea of orange...

Arches National Park

The world's greatest diversity of natural arches and other geological formations has made Arches National Park in Utah the jewel of a unique region. Located in a high desert, extremes of temperature, water, and...

The sonoran desert

Local people say that no one can walk the Sonoran Desert and not be changed; that it has a natural power that both uplifts and humbles the spirit. Ringed by mountains and stretching across...

The drumheller badlands

The torn and twisted landscape of the Drumheller Badlands stretches like a giant scar through the rolling farmlands of southern Alberta. It is a conglomeration of gulches, buttes, gulleys, and canyons, all eroded from...

The bay of fundy

Twice a day the Bay of Fundy puts on a magnificent show unrivaled anywhere else in the world. The largest tides carry water into the bay at a rate equivalent to all the rivers...

Moraine lake

Walter Wilcox wrote that "no scene had ever given me an equal impression of inspiring solitude and rugged grandeur." He discovered and named Moraine Lake in 1899, and was so impressed with the scene...

Burgess Shales

On the perimeter of a great carbonate reef at the tip of the North American continent, in a warm shallow sea, there once lived a collection of the most extraordinary creatures the Earth has...

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove is aptly named, for a walk through this old-growth, temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island is bound to stir the soul. The forest is composed mostly of mature Douglas fir trees mixed with...

Banff National Park

Banff is Canada's oldest national park, first known as Hotsprings Reserve, and it stretches along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. It is a place of lakes, mountains, and glaciers. The...

The Golden Rock

Location Kyaikto Town, Myanmar(Burma) Golden Rock is one of the world's unsolved natural mysteries—a shimmering granite boulder teetering on the edge of a cliff. Located in the settlement of Kin-pun, the trek to this...

Paro Valley

Location  BHUTANFor centuries, the high mountains and dense forests of the small eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan made it virtually inaccessible to the outside world. The country's rulers reinforced this natural isolation by banning...