Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
2. Kinzua Bridge/Viaduct, Smethport, PA; - about 4 miles off of Route 6 outside of Smethport, the remains of the Kinzua Bridge took my breath away. It is difficult to fathom the extent of the destruction unless you actually see it in person. In 1882, Octave Chinute (who also worked with the Wright Brothers) designed the bridge aerodynamically using no cross-braces. At 300 feet off the Valley Floor it was the highest bridge on the profitable New York - Erie Railroad line. In 2003, a freak tornado tore it apart. Now, visitors walk out onto the "Skywalk" and can stare into the valley and the twisted remnants of the bridge - at no charge.
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Henry Doorly Zoo
Loveland Pass, Colorado
6. Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, CO: This is not a man-made sculpture or little ole plaque, but what should be (and what is in line to be) a new National Park. Columns of Red and white Navajo sandstone and Green Shale have eroded to form otherworldly shapes in the 11 canyons among the striated and weathered sandstone, and you can take day hikes or drive on an incredible 26-mile paved road. Though National Parks in Utah and elsewhere grab much of the "splendor of nature" attention, the Colorado National Monument rivals Arches, Brice or Zion in magnificence.
7. Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; Rock formations ready for their close-up. Every single silent western, singing cowboy movie and later the movies that made John Wayne and Clint Eastwood household names all look the same – setwise. That’s because they were all filmed in these strange, rounded sandstone formations called the Alabama Hills, just a couple of hours from Los Angeles.