This story originally appeared on jetsetter.com.
One incredible advantage of living or visiting a country as large as the United States is the diversity of its geography. The American Southwest, with its red rock and endless vistas, is nothing like the lush green hills of the Northeast, though no less amazing.
Often times Americans think they need to hop on a plane to Iceland or New Zealand to explore otherworldly landscapes, but that's simply not true.
Sahara-like sand dunes. Ancient Pueblo civilizations. Emerald green grottos. Get ready to have your mind blown.