The world is filled with extraordinary and incredible places, while it is impossible to see them all in one’s lifetime we have selected 15 of the best you should try and visit before you die.
1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China.
The area is known as “the eye candy of Zhangye”. Many artists admire this masterpiece as it is unbelievably colorful, like an imaginative oil painting.
2. The Great Blue Hole in Belize.
The Great Blue Hole is a world-class destination for recreational scuba divers. They are attracted by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear waters and see myriad species of marine life including tropical fish and spectacular coral formations.
3. Tulip fields in the Netherlands.
The largest flower auction in the world, FloraHolland in Aalsmeer, is just 30 minutes from the capital Amsterdam.
4. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.
The Son Doong cave is the world’s largest cave. The name “Son Doong” cave means “mountain river cave”, It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain. Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights.
5. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan.
This is a stunning park in Ibaraki – Japan, featuring a variety of green spaces and seasonal flowers spread out across 350 hectares, as well as an amusement park and several cycling and walking trails.
The park’s iconic flower is the blue Nemophila, which covers Miharashi Hill in the spring and mimics the color of the sky. The flowers are usually at their peak from late April to mid May.
Paths crisscross the hill providing views over the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the park. In fall, the hill is covered by green kokia bushes which slowly turn red as the weather turns cooler. These autumnal colors are usually best from early to mid October.
6. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States.
The Mendenhall is a 12-mile-long glacier in the Mendenhall Valley, located only 12 miles from downtown Juneau in Southeast Alaska.
The Ice Caves are inside the glacier, accessible only to those willing to kayak to, and then ice climb over the glacier. However, the glacier is retreating increasingly fast as global warming heats the oceans and temperatures rise.
7. Ancient Region of Anatolia in Capadócia, Turkey.
The region of Cappadocia in central Turkey is home to one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Deep valleys and soaring rock formations dotted with homes, chapels, tombs, temples and entire subterranean cities harmoniously are carved into the natural land forms.
8. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.
These famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth. But Vaadhoo Island has another surprise that is only revealed at night.
The mesmerizing shining water looks like a mirror, that reflects the sparkling stars above. However, the secret is this: phytoplankton – the marine microbes – are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.
9. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway.
Trolltunga — translating to ‘The Troll’s Tongue‘ — is a massive horizontal cliff towering 2,300 ft above Lake Ringedalsvatnet outside Odda, in Hordaland county.
Along with The Pulpit Rock and Kjerag, it’s probably the most spectacular place to hike to in Norway. If you’re brave enough, imagine how much fun you could have taking all sorts of edgy (literally) photos!
It’s sure to get your adrenaline running, both at the time, and when you show others your holiday souvenir snaps later.
10. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States.
The Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark – and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe.
Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest.
11. Marble Caves at Patagonia, Argentina and Chile.
Dubbed as the most beautiful cave network in the world, “Cuevas de Marmol” is a 6,000 year-old sculpture hewn by the crashing waves of Lake General Carrera of Patagonia in Southern Chile.
Also called the Marble Cathedral, the intricate caves are part of a peninsula made of solid marble surrounded by the glacial Lake General Carrera that spans the Chile-Argentina border. The swirling pattern on the cave interiors are a reflection of the lake’s blue waters, which change depending on the water levels dictated by weather and season.
12. Salar De Uyuni in the Potosí and Oruro – Bolivia.
If you’re planning a trip to Bolivia, chances are you’ll want to experience the world’s largest salt flat: Salar de Uyuni. Visiting this popular destination is without doubt an unforgettable journey, providing a transient glimpse into the surreal realm of Bolivia’s southwest.
13. Enchanted Well at Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Brazil.
The Enchanted Well also called “Poço Encantado” located in Chapada Diamantina National Park in Bahia, Brazil approximately 400 kilometers inland from Salvador, the capital town of Bahia.
The inspiring feature of well consist of crystal clear water, even pebbles and tree stumps can clearly be seen. It is surely one of the most incredible places on Earth.
This monster sunken pool water is more than 120 feet deep, even though you can still see the bottom. The gorgeous “well” was actually formed through erosion of an underground river in surrounding limestone environment.
14. The Iguaçu Falls in Paraná, Brazil Border with Argentina.
One of the great natural wonders of the world, the Iguaçu Falls are situated near the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Iguaçu Falls are an awesome sight as tonnes of water throw themselves over cliffs and the mist rises through the jungle. The falls are taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide.
It is well worth spending a day on each side of the falls, especially if you plan to do any of the boat rides or other activities offered. Whilst the majority of the falls are in Argentina, a better overview is had from the Brazilian side.
15. The Longyou Caves or Mysterious caves, in Zhejiang province, China.
These caves represent one of the largest underground excavations of ancient times and they are considered by the Chinese to be the ‘Ninth Wonder of the Ancient World’.
The caves were carved in sandstone, a homogeneous medium-hard rock, and are thought to date to a period before the creation of the Qin Dynasty in 212 BC. Despite their size and the effort involved in creating them, so far no trace of their construction or even their existence has been located in the historic record.
Which of these incredible places would you love to visit?