Our world is filled with indescribable beauty, both man-made and natural. And it’s hard to say whether a single lifetime would truly be enough to experience all of these unbelievable places. Most of us will probably never see all that the world has to offer us–but you can always try.
While some consider travel to be a luxury, or even an unnecessary burden, others consider it to be important to living a fulfilled life. So to those who can’t get out and explore, here’s a few unbelievable places you can experience from the comfort of your home.
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
This tunnel was shaped over many years, as trains traveled the line three times time a day, moulding the surrounding trees. Now abandoned, the track is a romantic spot for an afternoon stroll.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. So much so that the salt flat is used to calibrate satellites.
Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska
The Ice Caves are inside a glacier; accessible only to those willing to kayak to and then ice climb over the glacier. However, this unbelievable glacier is retreating increasingly fast as global warming heats the oceans and temperatures rise.
Tianzi Mountains, China
These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.
Reed Flute Caves, China
This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years. The beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and pillars were all created through water erosion. In the present day, they are highlighted by multi coloured lights which create a truly surreal environment.
Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal is the oldest freshwater lake in the world. In the winter, the lake freezes, but the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the ice. In March, frost and sun cause cracks in the ice crust, which results in these unbelievable turquoise ice shards we see at the surface.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. Since significantly less light makes it down to the deeper depths, the walls often appear to be different colours.
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey
Over millions of years, the hot-springs in Pamukkale have transformed the landscape. Although it may look like these terraces are made of ice and snow, Turkey has bikini weather all year round. The ground looks like snow because it’s coated in white limestone.
Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
Thousands of tiny glowworms hang to the ceiling of this grotto. Here they radiate a luminescent light that creates an unbelievable scene straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Around 50 to 60 million years ago, intense volcanic activity in the area formed a lava plateau. Over time, the lava cooled and fractures created columns that are so perfect, they almost look artificial.
Fly Geyser, Nevada, United States
Fly Geyser was accidentally created when a well was drilled and left uncapped. Minerals and algae started to rise from the geyser and accumulated to form an alien-like mound.
Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Island
Strong ocean currents continually drive sand from the shores of Mauritius into the abyss below, creating this one-of-a-kind underwater waterfall.
Mount Roraima, South America
This tabletop mountain is one of the oldest mountains on Earth; dating back two billion years to when the land was lifted high above the ground by tectonic activity. The sides of the mountain are sheer vertical cliffs, with several waterfalls, making it nearly impossible to climb.
Aogashima is a volcanic island located 200 miles off the coast of Tokyo. Even more amazing than the unbelievable view is the geography – there’s a smaller volcano within the volcano island.
Fingal’s cave, Scotland
Like the Giant’s Causeway, this cave was formed by lava cooling and fracturing over millions of years. The jagged formations on the outside are entirely nature’s doing.
Naica Mine, Mexico
This silver mine is coated in crystals as big as 50 feet long and 4 feet wide. They were formed by hydrothermal fluids rising from the magma chambers below.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
This lake has a uniquely high salt content. Salt-loving microorganisms thrive and produce red pigment, colourizing the water. For other animals, the salt is deadly and many calcify (effectively turning into stone) after taking a dip in the water.
Lavender Fields, France
Fragrant lavender fields, cobbled streets and sizzling coastlines; Provence’s endless charms have inspired writers, painters and travellers galore.
Red Beach, Panjin, China
The Red Beach is about 30 km southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach gets its name from its appearance, which is caused by a type of sea weed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The weed that start growing during April or May remains green during the summer. In autumn, this weed turns flaming red, and the beach looks as if it was covered by an infinite red carpet that creates a rare red sea landscape. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.