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Friday, August 08, 2014

20 Most Surreal Places in America

The Wave, by Dave Webb
Weather.com has this interesting photo essay featuring what it calls the "20 Most Surreal Places in America."

The essay begins by saying that not every beautiful place qualifies as "surreal."

Some places, in the United States, though, really would qualify as surreal, according to the traditional definition: "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream."

These spots on the list are located in our neighborhood:

8. Horseshoe Bend: Arizona
9. Bryce Canyon: Utah
14. Lower Antelope Canyon: Arizona
18. The Wave: Arizona
17. Fly Geyser: Nevada
19. Grand Prismatic Spring: (Yellowstone) Wyoming

Here's the rest of their list

1. Dry Tortugas National Park: Florida
2. Haiku Stairs of Oahu: Hawaii
3. Watkins Glen State Park: New York
4. Mendenhall Glacier Caves: Alaska
5. Oneonta Gorge: Oregon
6. Whitaker Point: Arkansas
7. Hamilton Pool: Texas
10. The City of Savannah: Georgia
11. Sequoia National Park: California
12. Thor’s Well: Oregon
13. Devils Tower: Wyoming
15. Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe: California
16. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness: Colorado
20. Pebble Shore Lake, Glacier National Park: Montana

Irrational reality is an interesting concept, subjective and difficult to pin down. All of the spots on the list are fascinating, in my opinion, but some don't hit me as surreal. Granted, I haven't been to all of them in person, but I've been to many. Below I list a few several spots I'd rank with the best of this list:

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde

I could go on...

– Dave Webb

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