When you really start to explore and look at all corners of this beautiful planet that we are living on, the number of places to discover and experience are endless. The earth is full of breathtaking natural phenomenons that leave you in awe of their magnificence. Here are just a few incredible places that are awe inspiring and moving to see. Even to see a few of these places is worthwhile. So, get your passport out, pack your bags and get ready to travel to 15 of the most amazing places to see in the world.
15. Victoria Falls
This is one of the most breath taking natural waterfalls in the world. It is located in Zambia, Africa. CNN even named it one of the seven natural wonders of the world, that`s how impressive it is. It is one of the world`s largest waterfalls measuring at 5604 feet in height. It is a major tourist attraction that attracts roughly one million people a year who become captivated by the flowing water. One of the coolest features is the Devil’s Pool. It is an area of the water that people are allowed to enter but only between the months of September and December when the current slows down and it is safe to swim and splash around. It is located right near the actual falling point, but is relatively safe if you are cautious. Some deaths have occurred but it is rare. This is for those who like to live life on the wild side.
14. Yellowstone National Park
If you are a nature and animal lover, this spot is definitely for you. The park is so big that it is in part of three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It is a vast area that has lush greenery, lots of wild life and beautiful waters. You can find elk, wolves, bears, bison and even some endangered species roaming freely. There are plenty of things to do; you can go hiking, boating, fishing and camping. There is absolutely no hunting allowed on the grounds. Since the 1960`s roughly two million people visit the park each year and we can see why!
13. Reed Flute Caves
Located in Guangxi, China is a cave that is like no other in the world. It embodies the most beautiful rock formations which have been lit up to highlight the color and shapes of the rocks. Photographs of this spectacular wonder look like paintings; imagine what it must look like in person! An interesting about this cave is that there are over 70 inscriptions written inside dating all the way back to 792 AD. There are different areas within the cave that the Chinese have given names. For example the `Crystal Palace of the Dragon King` area, which is an area that was also used as a bomb shelter once for approximately 1000 people.
12. Cappadocia, Turkey
What makes this location special is that it is totally interactive. Cappadocia is known for it’s hot air balloon rides that let you get a bird’s eye view of the wonders below. There are four main cities in Cappadocia that tourists frequent: Nevsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray and Nigde. Cappadocia is so ancient looking; It is covered in rocks that came from volcanoes millions of years ago and eventually eroded into amazing shapes and forms. Homes and religious centres were then carved from the soft volcanic rocks making it an extremely unique place.
11. Amalfi Coast
Without a doubt, Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is absolutely breathtaking offering up many stunning views overlooking the entire town and Mediterranean. Amalfi is a paradise all its own. There are rows of grapes being grown for wine and lemons that are the size of your hands. There air smells of fresh and is not polluted and you see bright pink flowers almost everywhere you go. Even the hotels there have beautiful ceramics. When you are exposed to the wondrous Amalfi Coast, an overall sense of calm and peace overcomes you.
10. Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is the second largest isle in Scotland and is home to some of the most breathtaking views. Although it is mostly wet and rainy, the isle is full of large green mountains that overlook the water. It has a population of approximately 10,000 people and is rich in cultural history. A popular touristic sight is the harbor at Portree which is surrounded by cliffs and looks like it is straight out of a storybook.
9. Kings Canyon National Park, California
This amazing park was established in 1940 and houses the most gigantic sequoia tress in the world. It is also home of the General Grant Tree which is the second largest tree in the entire world. It is 1650 years old and is 267.4 feet in height. It is humbling to see and experience these trees with their stature next to our tiny human bodies. Such natural settings in all their splendor reminds us of just how small we are in this universe. It truly is mesmerizing.
8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This is one of the coolest natural phenomena exist; it looks like a photoshopped picture, but unbelievably it isn`t. It is an elevated salt flat that is 11,995 feet above sea level. You can find huge amounts of lithium, potassium, sodium and magnesium in this wondrous area. Not surprisingly, tourists flock from around the world to experience this mirror like landscape. Many of the hotels are actually built with cut salt blocks from the area which is not your usual material for building walls, ceilings and furniture to accommodate guests. Some of the most beautiful pictures have been taken in this area and it is one of those places you have to see to believe.
7. Kuang Si Falls, Laos
If seeing this picture doesn’t make you want to just dive in, we are not sure what would. There are three separate levels to these falls. At the top are calm and turquoise pools where you can swim before the actual drop to the falls. Only one of the pools is closed off to the public because it is considered sacred place by locals. It is a hot spot for tourists and it is easy to see why. There are different paths and bridges that you can take to get to the area. A tour guide is usual on hand to accompany you to this beautiful piece of paradise.
6. Paro Taktsan, Bhutan
Also known as Tiger`s Nest, this beautiful Bhuddist monastery has four temples and was built on a cliff overlooking Bhutan. All the buildings connect through rock stairs and bridges. One of the temples overlooks the entire valley below. The area is surrounded by waterfalls, pools of water and natural greenery. It is very private and they only allow public visits once a year. The most recent famous visitors were Prince William and Kate Middleton who had to walk three hours in order to get there to visit inside and take in the spectacular views.
5. Longsheng Rice Terasse
Located in beautiful China, this terrace is also known as Dragon`s Backbone because of how it looks similar a dragon’s and it`s scales. At 650 years old, the look of these rice fields is mesmerizing. It is roughly 2600 feet above sea level and winds up and down the mountain. The best times to go are in spring and fall because that is when the rice is very full. It is a beautiful sight to see especially when the sun’s rays are shining down upon the fields making brilliant colors emerge.
4. The Amazon River
There is no question that you need to experience the longest and largest river in the entire world at least once in your life. There are over 3000 different types of fish that have been discovered so far in this amazonian wonder with new species found every year. There are dolphins, manatees, gigantic otters and yes, infamous anacondas. This bed of water which is surrounded by lush rain forests is a vast area that homes countless species and life forms that have yet to discovered, which makes this place all the more fascinating.
3. Railay, Thailand
Don`t you wish you could just crawl into a picture and never come out? Well, this is place that could let you do that (or at least feel like you are doing it). This area is best known for it`s amazing rock climbing which is a big tourist attraction. It is surrounded by turquoise waters and has insanely green mountains and hills. If you are dying to get onto this secluded Thai island, you will have to take a boat because that is the only way to get there. There are also several caves you can explore or you can just relax by the ocean.
2. Petra, Jordan
This city is absolutely breathtaking and is best known for its architecture. Petra is also sometimes known as Rose City because of the color of the stone that most of the architecture is built with. It is rich in history and so very old and ancient; when exploring the city it feels like travelling back in time. In 1985, it was even declared to be a world heritage site. Tourism has greatly increased since the media did some stories on the area, which made it more publicly known.
1. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
This is a 7 km beach located on Whitsunday Island which is basically paradise on earth. It was discovered in 1879 and has been frequented by many over the years looking to experience the serenity and beauty of the turquoise ocean and flawless white sand. In 2008, the beach was even awarded a prize for being recognized as one of the cleanest beaches in Australia. The is upheld by the banning of cigarette smoking and dogs on the island. You know when it`s really hot out and you have to start running frantically into the shade because your feet are burning? Because this is the most perfect beach ever, the sand actually naturally does not retain heat so it is always comfortable despite the temperature.
Book your ticket and start packing today because there is a whole lot of world to see!