27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

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1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

2. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador

The swing at the "End of the World" in Baños, Ecuador

3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize

    

The Great Blue Hole in Belize

4. Tulip fields in the Netherlands

Tulip fields in the Netherlands

5. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam    

The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

6. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

7. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States

Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States

The cave lies beneath the Mendenhall Glacier and it melts as you walk through it.

8. Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana

The tabletop mountains are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to roughly 2 billion years ago. The mountain also serves as a triple border for Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela.

9. Ancient Region of Anatolia in Cappadocia, Turkey

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The area has become a popular tourist area and a favorite spot for hot air ballooning.

10. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

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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

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This 355-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

This beach is known for its beautiful white sands, which are believed to have been brought to the beach from sea currents over millions of years. The sand is very fine and does not retain heat, making it comfortable for a barefoot walk along the shore. It can also damage electronics, so keep your cell phones and cameras in a safe place!

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)

The Marble Caves, known as Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral, are located at the center of the lake and were formed by waves over the past 6,000 years.

16. Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine

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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

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This is the world’s largest salt flat. It also becomes a giant mirror of the sky during the rainy season.

18. Enchanted Well at Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Brazil

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Located at Chapada Diamantina National Park, this well’s water is 120 feet deep and is clear enough to see the rocks.

19. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States

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Located near Page, Ariz., this brilliant slot canyon is split into two different sections, commonly referred to as “The Crack” and “The Corkscrew.”

20. Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa in Scotland

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Although it may seem like this block structure is man-made, it was actually formed by hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow.

21. To Sua Ocean Trench in the Lotofaga village on the south coast of Upolu, Samoa

To Sua is a giant hole in Lotofaga that was converted into a swimming pool with water flowing through a lava-tube tunnel.

22. Bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan

Often referred to as the “Bamboo Forest,” this tree-lined path is popular for walks and bicycle rides on a nice day.

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.

24. Haiku Stairs of Oahu in Hawaii, United States

Stairway to Heaven is a steep hiking trail that is technically closed to the public, but many people continue to climb despite “No Trespassing” signs.

25. Volcanoes of Kamchatka in Russia

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This large chain of volcanoes sits on the Kamchatka Peninsula, with 19 of them still active. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, standing at almost 16,000 feet high.

26. Cenotes of Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico

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These sinkholes in Mexico were formed during the ice age and were held sacred by the Mayans.

27. Kelimutu crater lakes in Flores Island, Indonesia

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The westernmost lake is called the Lake of Old People and is usually blue, and the other two are called the Lake of Young Men and Maidens and Bewitched or Enchanted Lake, which are typically green and red, respectively. The colors vary on a periodic basis and have become a popular tourist destination.3

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