27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die
1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years, according to the Telegraph.
2. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador
At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view.
3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize
4. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Many people often mistake Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, as the designated space of the tulip fields. However, these majestic fields are located just outside the garden and are mostly privately owned.
5. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
6. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
7. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States
8. Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana
The incredible tabletop mountains are some of the oldest geological formations on the planet, dating back about 2 billion years ago. This was also part of the inspiration for Paradise Falls in Disney’s UP.
9. Ancient Region of Anatolia in Cappadocia, Turkey
10. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives
What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking.
11. Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa
This 354-foot waterfall lies at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is the widest waterfall in Africa. There’s also a famous feature on the Zambian side called the Devil’s Pool, which allows adventurous tourists to hang out at the edge of the falls.
12. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway
Trolltunga is a piece of rock that hangs out of the mountain about 2,000 feet up in the air. The Troll’s Tongue (translation in English) is available to hikers from mid-June to about mid-September.
13. Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia
14. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States
This magnificent beauty is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
15. Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
16. Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine
This railway engulfed in a tunnel of leaves is a Pinterest favorite and a Ukrainian hot spot for lovers. Although it’s undoubtedly romantic, there is an active train that travels through the tunnel three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. Just beware of the train before snapping engagement photos!
17. Salar De Uyuni in the Potosí and Oruro departments of southwest Bolivia
18. Enchanted Well at Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Brazil
19. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States
20. Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa in Scotland
21. To Sua Ocean Trench in the Lotofaga village on the south coast of Upolu, Samoa
22. Bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
23. Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand
This specific spot in the Waitomo Caves is known as the Glowworm Grotto, a place where glowworms create a starry effect on the ceilings. This species is exclusively found in New Zealand and is around the size of a mosquito.