As we peer out of a more than year-long, pandemic-caused travel pause, Americans’ wanderlust is increasingly focused on nature and off-the-beaten-path escapes. These seven natural wonders of the world remind us that our Earth is a breathtakingly beautiful — as well as a sometimes mind-blowing and beguiling — place. How many of these wonders have you seen? Which ones would you most like to experience when you feel safe to travel again?
Simply mesmerizing. Vibrant lights — typically in shades of green and pink — sweep and stretch across skies over Earth’s magnetic north and south poles, like a heavenly dance 0f colorful swirling scarves. Generated by gaseous particles in our planet’s atmosphere that collide with charged particles from the sun, the dazzling Aurora Borealis can best be seen from the Northern Hemisphere’s Greenland, Iceland and Norway. North America — in parts of Alaska as well as northwestern regions of Canada, especially Nunavut and the Yukon — also showcases these ethereal glowing arcs and bends. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the phenomenon is called Aurora Australis…