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Iowa's Pikes Peak named America's 8th favorite natural landmark

Photos taken by WeatherFirst Meteorologist Nick Stewart
Photos taken by WeatherFirst Meteorologist Nick Stewart
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They might be overshadowed by the more well-known Pikes Peak in Colorado, but Iowa's version is earning high marks from Americans surveyed by Aqua Expeditions. The agency found Pikes Peak rated the #8 favorite natural landmark in America, out of 250 possible choices.

From the mystical Appalachian Trail which runs through the east, to the natural phenomenon that is Mississippi’s Petrified Forest, and the esteemed Grand Canyon, the U.S. has volumes to offer when it comes to exploring natural sites and landmarks.

Here's a look at the Top 10:

  1. Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. New York’s Niagara Falls
  3. Missouri’s Elephant Rocks
  4. Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park
  5. California’s Redwood National and State Parks
  6. Hawaii’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  7. Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay
  8. Iowa's Pikes Peak State Park
  9. Arizona's The Grand Canyon
  10. Hawaii's Waikk Beach

Here are the ratings for the four Iowa landmarks included in the survey:

  • #8 Pikes Peak State Park
  • #109 Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • #110 Laura Ingalls Wilder Park
  • #111 Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • #218 Ledges State Park
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Aqua Expeditions, a recognized global leader in luxury small-ship expeditions, polled 2,100 Americans on which local natural landmarks they would most like to visit. It was revealed that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which lies on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, is the natural landmark most people would like to tick off their bucket list. Unsurprisingly, this destination is the most visited national park in America, having attracted more than 14.1 million visitors in 2021 alone. It’s no wonder so many others aspire to join the visitor’s book and witness the sprawling natural landscape, along with its year-round wildflower blooms, abundant rivers, waterfalls and forests.

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