Before the National Parks, the world associated the United States with two great outdoor treasures: Niagara Falls and Natural Bridge. The Virginia landmark, more isolated and less-visited, held an almost mystical connection for the travelers and artists who ventured to the 215-foot-tall limestone gorge carved out of the terrain by Cedar Creek. Thomas Jefferson thought so much of Natural Bridge that he owned the property for more than 50 years. Today, the Virginia state park system runs the actual landmark, while a private company operates caverns and a replica Monacan Indian town.
Location: Natural Bridge
Image: Library of Virginia