The world is a crazy and crowded place. It’s easy to get lost in all of the noise and visit places that were made with help from men and women throughout history. So, if you are looking for a unique vacation experience you might want to check out these naturally beautiful and incredibly well-preserved spots. Whether you want to bask in the sunlight or explore ancient ruins, these gems of the earth will remind you that Mother Nature is amazing and shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Swing At The “End of the World” In Ecuador
This natural wonder is located 2,600 meters above sea level, allowing visitors to experience a breathtaking view while swinging in the vicinity of the terrifyingly beautiful Tungurahua Volcano. The swing may appear to be located directly over a cliff, but in reality, it hangs over a very steep slope. The untouched beautify in this area has made it one of the country’s most popular and visited locations.
The Great Blue Hole in Belize
The Great Blue Hole looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. In reality, it is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. You may have seen this natural wonder on TV or online. The hole is located near the center of the Lighthouse Reef. You’ll only have to travel 70 kilometers from the mainland of Belize City to reach this amazing sight. The circular hole is 300 meters across and 108 meters deep. You can expect to see a lot of tourists at this location, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in the country and the world. Once you arrive though, it’s a beautiful sight to behold.
The Flower Fields Of The Netherlands
When you arrive at the Flower Field of Holland you will be immediately taken back by the bold colors of the flowering tulip bulbs that arrive every single spring. The bright red, pink and yellow colors are overwhelmingly beautiful and draw in millions of visitors from all over the world. You can even take tours of the fields and get up close and personal with this amazing location. You’ll also experience the overwhelming odors these beautiful plants give off when grouped together by the millions.
Hang Son Doong Cave In Vietnam
Sơn Đoòng Cave is located in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park in the Bố Trạch District, Quảng Bình Province of Vietnam. It is a solutional cave and in 2009 it was determined to be the largest known cave passage cross-section int he world. The cave is located near the Laos–Vietnam border. This beautiful and natural wonder is visited by hundreds of thousands of excited vacationers every single year. If you’ve visited caves and loved them in the past this one will blow your mind.
Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka in Japan
Hitachi Seaside Park is located on the coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. The park can be found by traveling to the city of Hitachinaka, in the Ibaraki Prefecture. The area’s bold pink and red colors and its unique trees have made it a tourist destination for travelers from all over the world. With amazing Japanese culture surrounding the area, there are plenty of reasons to book your next trip and make a quick stop at yet another natural wonder of our amazing planet.
Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau, Alaska
The Mendenhall Ice Caves are located just 12 miles outside of downtown Juneau, Alaska. The caves are actually made up of various glaciers that have created a beautiful display out of ice. Hundreds of thousands of visitors take to this location every single year and they are never disappointed. There are two important considerations to keep in mind. First, you have to hike 4.5 miles to reach the caves. Second, because of climate change, the caves are quickly melting and won’t be around for future generations to gaze upon. This is one natural wonder that is unfortunately only available for a fleeting moment in time.
Mount Roraima In Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana
Mount Roraima or Tepuy Roraima and Cerro Roraima is located in the highest areas of the Pakaraima chain of the tepui plateaus in South America. When English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh first discovered the area during a 1595 expedition, he was amazed to find 400-meter cliffs rising from every side of the area. The area is also special because it borders Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil. As you can see from this photo, it’s definitely a wonderous spot for people who love to bask in the amazing glory of mother nature.
Ancient Region of Anatolia in Turkey
Cappadocia has a pretty amazing story. According to Herodotus, during the time of the Ionian Revolt in 499 BC, the Cappadocians were reported as occupying a region that extended from Mount Taurus to Euxine or the Black Sea. The area is renowned for housing various natural wonders that draw in hundreds of thousands of tourists every single year. Visitors are typically taken back by the area’s fairy chimneys and its unique historical heritage. This is as much a natural wonder vacation as it is a history lesson.
Sea of Stars On Vaadhoo Island In The Maldives
Vaadhoo Island is famous for its incredible ‘sea of stars.’ The marine bioluminescence of the area is caused by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. It was Woodland Hastings of Harvard University who first identified the special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals. The glow is actually from algae, proving that even some of the slimmest and typically non-breathtaking items in nature can be beautiful under the right set of circumstances. Another big win for mother nature and tourists when they visit this amazing location.
Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake
General Carrera Lake is located in Patagonia and is shared by Argentina and Chile. The lake is of glacial origin and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range, adding another layer of beauty to the area. An interesting fact about the lake is that the climate in the area is usually cold and humid while the lake features a sunny microclimate. The Marble Caves extend into the area, creating a beautiful area for travelers to explore while taking in other natural wonders from this pristine area. Hundreds of thousands of people make the trek every year — how about you?
Tunnel Of Love In Klevan In Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love was built as a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine. The tunnel links the area to Orzhiv with perhaps the most beautiful piece of railroad track in the world. The railway is surrounded by green arches constructed from the natural beauty of surrounding trees, bushes, and vines. This section of the track is three to five kilometers in length. The Tunnel of Love has become a favorite walking spot for locals looking to explore nature and relax.
To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa
The To Sua Ocean Trench is a giant swimming hole located in Samoa. The popular tourist attraction consists of two giant holes that are joined together by an ancient lava tube cave. One of the holes is full of swimmable water at a depth of 30 meters and the other is empty. If you visit the area you can take a swim by climbing an access ladder. This is a protected area that is open from 7 AM to 7 PM every day of the week. During the tourist season, this swimming hole can get crowded quickly, as many have discovered its natural wonders while searching for serene places to visit around the world.
Haiku Stairs Of Oahu In Hawaii, United States
The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven are located along a steep hiking trail on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. There are 3,922 steps to climb and they span much of the Ko’olau mountain range. When you reach the top of the stairway you will experience the breathtaking view which overlooks Kaneohe Bay. The steps were installed in 1942 by the United States Navy during the build out of the Haʻikū Radio Station, a top-secret facility that was to be used to transmit radio signals to Navy ships located throughout the Pacific. The station and trail were closed to the public in 1987 but many hikers ignore the “no trespassing” signs and continue to climb the man-made structure.
Cenotes Of Yucatán Peninsula In Mexico
Cenotes are natural swimming holes that were formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock. When the collapse occurred they revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Cave cenotes typically have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, allowing visitors to watch fish and plant life below the surface. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin. Underwater photographers especially love this location because of the amazing sea life they are able to capture while visiting the area.
Kelimutu Crater Lakes In Flores Island, Indonesia
Kelimutu is one of the most amazing volcanos you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. The structure is located close to the small town of Moni on the Central Flores Island of Indonesia. When visiting this area you will have the opportunity to gaze upon three craters, each which feature a different color. The colors in each crater periodically and unpredictably change due to a chemical reaction. Between January and November 2016, the colors of the craters changed six times.
Bamboo groves Of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
If you plan to visit Kyoto, Japan you have to stop by the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. This natural wonder is one of the most photographed sights in the city. With thousands of sprawling bamboo shoots, the area feels other-worldly. You can access this location directly from the main street of Arashiyama. There’s only one main path through the grove, which leads slowly uphill. After reaching the top of the hill, the entrance to the breathtaking Okochi-Sanso Villa is right in front of you. You’ll never look at bamboo table tops or flooring the same way again after visiting this tourist destination.
Glowworm Caves In Waitomo, New Zealand
Both locals and tourists vastly enjoy this amazing worldly wonder. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves.The glowworm, Arachnocampa Luminosa, is unique to New Zealand, which makes it even more special. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light within the caves, making them truly unique to the region and the world. You can enjoy a world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms. The caves have been a tourist attraction for more than 120 years.
Fingal’s Cave On The Island Of Staffa In Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave located on the uninhabited island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.The cave is renowned for its natural acoustics. The cave is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is part of the National Nature Reserve, ensuring its beauty will remain intact for many years to come. Visitors who have traveled to this location say its natural beauty is a perfect example of what Scotland offers to its millions of annual visitors.
Antelope Canyon In Arizona, United States
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon features two separate, scenic slot canyon sections that are referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”, and “Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew”. The beautiful natural color of these lands draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists and photographers every single year. The Navajo named Upper Antelope Canyon as Tsé bighánílíní, which translates “the place where water runs through rocks”. The Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí or “spiral rock arches.” Both locations are beautiful in their own right.
Salar De Uyuni In Southwest Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. The salt flat is located in the Daniel Compos Province in Potosi in southwest Bolivia. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. The areas are covered in a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine located beneath. The area is highly rich in lithium with 50% to 70% of the world’s known lithium reserves.