Do you have the travel bug? Well you might get it after you get a glimpse at these destinations. Our planet is filled with breathtaking vistas and mind-blowing landscapes and we’ve collected some of them just for you. So start packing and check out these amazing places you need to visit before you kick the bucket!
Found on Baffin Island in Nunavut.
This mountain has the world’s highest vertical drop, measuring 1,250 metres, straight down. It’s more than double the height of the CN Tower! (CN Tower is 553 metres tall)
Photo Credit: Mike A Blennerhassett
Found in California USA.
This takes the idea of one man’s trash being another man’s treasure to a new level. What was once place where people dumped their garbage has become a breathtaking view thanks to the tiny rounded glass pieces that fill the beach.
Photo Credit: Images by John ‘K’
Found near Page, Arizona, USA.
The Antelope Canyon was formed though years of flash flooding and erosion, creating a photographer’s dream
Photo Credit: Wikipedia user Moondigger
Great Blue Hole
Found off the coast of Belize.
This giant sinkhole, measuring 300 metres across and 124 metres deep, was formed over several thousand years when water levels were much lower. As ocean levels rose, the hole was filled with water.
Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Part of the Tepui plateau found in Venezuela.
Mount Roraima is known for its cliffs that measure 400 metres on all sides.
Photo Credit: Flickr User Padmanaba01
Lençóis Maranhenses is filled with white sandy dunes and despite its desert-like appearance, receives regular rainfall. The water collects between the sand dunes, creating little fresh water pools that pepper the landscape for miles.
Photo Credit: Edwin Poon
Salar de Uyuni
Found in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia.
This salt flat isn’t just your regular old run of the mill salt flat. This salt flat happens to be the world’s largest, measuring 10,582 square kilometres. When it rains on the Salar de Uyuni, the water pools and if you see it at the right angle, the world’s largest salt flat turns in the world’s largest mirror.
Photo Credit: Damien Fauchot
Found on the Iguazu River, which flows between Argentina and Brazil.
What could be interesting about a waterfall? There isn’t much to it except water and gravity. Well, what makes this waterfall so special is that you aren’t just getting one; you’re getting 275 waterfalls.
Photo Credit: Flickr User SF Brit
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Found in the mountainous karst region of central Croatia.
This park is famous for lakes that flow into other lakes that flow into other lakes and yada yada yada. There are over 16 lakes connected by waterfall and rivers. This park holds the title of being among the first natural World Heritage sites.
Photo Credit: Tim Venchus
People have used this hot spring haven for thousands of years. It has 17 hot water springs along with light blue travertine terraces.
Photo Credit: Ana Raquel S. Hernandes
Found in Northern Ireland.
If you are a fan of Q*bert than do we have the place for you! Check out the Giant’s Causeway where you can jump (don’t actually jump) around on 40,000 basalt columns. The Simpsons did just that in the episode titled In the Name of the Grandfather. These really cool geological formations are result of a volcanic eruption.
Photo Credit: Chris Lofqvist
Found on the island of Staffa off the West Coast of Scotland.
What happens if you are dying to see some basalt columns but the Giant’s causeway is filled with too many Q*bert and Simpsons fans? Well you just head on over the Scotland (who know Europe had so many basalt columns?)! Fingal’s cave has the added bonus of having just the right size and arched roof to create the spookiest sounds to accent your basalt columns experience.
Photo Credit: Flickr User dun_deagh
Blue Grotto Sea Cave
Found off the coast of the island of Capri, in southern Italy.
The Blue Grotto Sea Cave is quite a spectacular sight. Sunlight passed through the cavity and seawater, creating a blue light that filled the cavern.
Photo Credit: Glen Scarborough
Zhangjiajie Sandstone Pillars
Found in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province, China.
The Zhangjiajie Sandstone Pillars are towering columns created from years of erosion. This breathtaking view has been the subject of many ancient Chinese paintings and even been the inspiration behind the scenery in some modern day films, like Avatar.
Photo Credit: Flickr User Lacitadelle
A group of four islands found in the Indian Ocean, between the southern coast of Yemen and the eastern coast of Somalia.
These islands might be small but what they lack in size, they make up for with biodiversity. There are nearly 700 species living on these islands that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, like the dragon’s blood tree, pictured here.
Photo Credit: Alexandre Baron
Found in Dawa County, Liaoning, in northeast China.
This beach is famous for the grass species Suaeda salsa (Chenopodiaceae family) that grows in its alkaline soil. The grass starts off as a light red in April and turns the most strikingly deep shade of red in autumn. If the grass isn’t enough, the area is also a stopover site for 236 migrating bird on their way from Asia to Australia.
Photo Credit: Unknown
Door to Hell
Found in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan.
There is a giant pit in Turkmenistan, just burning for you to visit. Set ablaze by Soviet engineers in 1971, this natural gas fire has been burning continuously ever since, fuelled by natural gas deposits. With a diameter of 70 metres, the Door to Hell is quite an awe-inspiring site.
Photo Credit: Tormod Sandtorv
The Sea of Stars
Found on Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives.
Vaadhoo Island is home to dinoflagellates, a phytoplankton famous for is bioluminescence. When stressed, this phytoplankton lights up like the night’s sky.
Photo Credit: Tony Guyton
Found on Whitsunday Island, Australia.
The sand doesn’t get any whiter than the sand at Whitehaven beach. The 7 kilometre beach is known for its bright white sands made of 98% pure silica. Plus, it’s located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
Photo Credit: Flickr User Chill Mimi
Found on Middle Island, in the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.
No, this isn’t photoshopped; this lake is actually pink! Lake Hillier measures about 600 metres in length and 250 metres in width, and has extremely high salt concentrations. There are also pink lakes found in other parts of the world, like Canada, Senegal and Spain.
Photo Credit: Jean Paul Ferrero
Found in Tasmania, Australia.
This area is famous for its unusual geological formations, including Tasman Arch and The Blowhole, and the Tessellated Pavement, pictured here.
Photo Credit: JJ Harrison
Found in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Deadvlei is a gem hidden behind some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. With the Sossusylei dunes as a back drop, Deadvlei is a flat section characterized by white clay contrasting against the 900 year old dead trees that have been blacked by the intense sun.
Photo Credit: Martijn Munneke
Found on the Zambezi River that flows between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Victoria falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Measuring 108 metres tall, these falls are more than double the height of Niagara Falls.
Photo Credit: Charles Haynes
Found in the Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
The Three Rondavels are a series of mountains that are shaped like the traditional beehive shaped huts. Worn away by erosion, the Three Rondavels are just one of the amazing sites along the Mpumalanga Panorama Route.
Photo Credit: Andrew White
Found in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republish of the Congo.
Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano with one of the world’s deepest lava lakes. It is known for its extremely fast moving lava that flows like water.
Photo Credit: Cai Tjeenk Willink
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
This National Park is known for its Stone Forest, also known as tsingy. Tsingy are limestone rock formations that have been eroded into sharp points by water flowing through them and can reach 45 metres in height.
Photo Credit: Ralph Kränzlein
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Found in Alberta, Canada,
Known for its badland topography, it is one of the richest locales for fossil dinosaur specimens in the world. It became a World Heritage Site in 1979, and is a must-see for any budding paleontologist.
Tian Menshan Mountain
Found in the Northwest province of Hunan, China
Tian Menshan Mountain contains a massive natural arch with a gorgeous staircase leading up to it. It also boasts “the longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world”.