21 Hidden Gems Of Beauty In The United States You Haven't Seen Yet.
#6. Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut
Most Americans think that they have to travel across the ocean in order to see a castle. Little do they know that there's one much closer than they think. Built between 1914 and 1919, the Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut, looks like it jumped right out of the pages of a mystery novel. Complete with hidden rooms, doors that can only be opened by completing a puzzle, and a hand-carved bar, Gillette Castle is certainly a sight to see! But make sure to watch out for restless spirits because there are plenty of rumors of ghost sightings at Gillette Castle.
#7. Snoqualmie Falls
If you're looking for a place that will surely take your breath away, the Snoqualmie Falls is the place for you. One of Washington's most popular attractions, the infamous 270-foot waterfall attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year.
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#8. Gila Cliff Dwellings
For thousands of years, the Gila Cliff Dwellings were used as shelter by different nomadic groups. Eventually, the cliff dwellings became home to the people of the Mogollon culture. The Mogollon people used the cliff dwellings for raising their children, crafting pottery, and living life the best way they knew how. The Mogollon people may not have had much use for the Gila Cliff Dwellings once they decided to move on, but fortunately for us, the cliff dwellings are still perfectly intact, allowing us to get a glimpse into the mysterious past.
#9. The Painted Hills
Located in Wheeler County, Oregon, the Painted Hills cover over 3,000 acres of land. The Painted Hills got their name from the colorful stratifications of blacks, golds, yellows, and reds that run throughout it. Apparently, the colors look different depending on the time of day, but experts claim that the best time to visit the Painted Hills is in the late afternoon.
#10. The Grotto of Redemption
Created from petrified wood, precious stones, and minerals, the Grotto of Redemption is "considered to be the world's most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place." Built by Father Paul Matthias Dobberstein in 1912 to pay homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who Father Dobberstein claimed to have saved his life from pneumonia, the Grotto of Redemption is a religious landmark that receives over 100,000 visitors a year.
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