Five fantastic natural wonder places in the United States that would make great National Parks. I've listed why each place would make a great National Park, and the likelihood for each place actually becoming a National Park in the future. A great deal of the likelihood depends upon who owns the land and real estate where these parks would be located.
All five of these places are big tourist attractions that attract millions of visitors per year. Each one brings in many tourist dollars into the local economies and fills up the hotels and motels in the areas.
Five Beautiful Places in United States That Could Be National Parks
1. Niagara Falls
As anyone who has ever been to Niagara Falls knows it is a special, magical place. Niagara Falls is one of the three great waterfalls in the world, along with Iguazu Falls and Victoria Falls.
Probability of Becoming a National Park: probably not good. Much of Niagara Falls is located inside Niagara Falls State Park owned by New York State. I can't see New York State turning over the park to the United States to make it Niagara Falls National Park.
2. Cape Cod
Cape Cod is a beautiful expanse of shoreline located along the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Massachusetts. Just a magnificent place, visitors to Cape Cod can see whales, seals and other marine life swimming by in the Atlantic Ocean right offshore.
Probability of Becoming a National Park: not bad. Much of the Cape Cod shoreline is already part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It's not that hard to see Congress one day create Cape Cod National Park.
3. Adirondack Mountains
The Adirondack Mountains are a beautiful chain of mountains located in Upstate New York. There are over 100 mountain summits in the Adirondacks, with 46 of them being roughly 4,000 feet or higher in height. Mount Marcy is the tallest at 5,344 feet.
Probability of Becoming a National Park: probably not good. Adirondack Park is a state-protected natural area that covers over 6.1 million acres, which is more than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks cover combined. But half the land is privately owned, which would probably ever prevent Adirondack National Park from ever becoming a reality.
4. White Mountains
The White Mountains are in northern New Hampshire contain a number of beautiful mountains and areas such as Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch, Kinsman Notch and Pinkham Notch. Loaded with fantastic mountains and valleys filed with beautiful waterfalls and flumes, the White Mountains would make a great National Park.
Probability of Becoming a National Park: probably low. Lots of the land in the White Mountains is privately owned.
5. Great Falls of the Passaic River
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Located in Paterson, New Jersey, the Great Falls of the Passaic River are where the Passaic River spectacularly turns and tumbles over a wide 77 foot high chasm of dark granite. Not nearly as large as Niagara Falls, the Great Falls of the Passaic River is still a fantastic site to see.
Probability of Becoming a National Park: not bad. The area is already designated as the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The park contains some fantastic history, as businesses in the Paterson area used to siphon off water from the river here to run a large and complex raceway system to use water power before electricity was invented. Congress could easily vote one day to create the Great Falls of the Passaic River National Park.
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