Traveling soothes the soul and enriches your life! However, during this pandemic, many people have had to scrap their travel plans, but don’t let it dampen your spirit. Soon, you will be able to pack your bags and head off to a place of indescribable beauty. And if you are running low on ideas as to where to go, check out this list of 10 unbelievably beautiful places you must see before you die!
1. Salar de Uyuni
A place where the sky meets the earth!
The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, spans across 4,050 square miles. Situated in southwest Bolivia, it is one of the most phenomenal attractions in all of South America.
The area is so flat that rainwater can’t drain away, and a thin layer of stagnant, calm water turns it into the largest mirror in the world.
A remnant of prehistoric lakes that dried up ages ago, Salar de Uyuni is a giant calibration device that can be used for satellite-based laser altimeters and radar.
Built around a small oasis and surrounded by massive sand dunes, Huacachina is a sight to behold!
Situated in southwestern Peru, Huacachina is steeped in legends, one of which states that the mud and water of this region have healing properties. Both tourists and locals cover themselves with the mud or bathe in the water in an effort to treat and even cure various ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism, and arthritis!
Whether or not you believe in legends, you would agree that this place looks magical. Besides its natural beauty, Huacachina is also famous for activities such as sandboarding and dune buggy rides. (1,2)
3. Hidden beach, Marietas Islands
From above, it looks like a large hole in the surface of a lush, green island, but as you zoom in, you see a serene beach and its crystal clear water.
Tucked underneath the surface of the Marieta Islands in Mexico, the hidden beach also goes by the name “love beach.” A romantic paradise, this unique spot provides the perfect amount of sun and shade.
Rumor has it that the hole that gave way to this famous beach was created as a result of bombings. Moreover, the group of islands has always been uninhabited, which makes it the ideal site for military testing.
An ancient rock fortress situated in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is one of the best preserved examples of urban planning of the first millennium.
King Kashyapa selected this site as his new capital, sometime around 477 to 495 CE. He built a massive palace along with an entrance that was shaped like a lion. Unfortunately, the sculpted head of the lion collapsed years ago, and the only thing left are its formidable paws.
Situated in the Thingvallavatn Lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure is a divergent tectonic boundary between the Eurasian and North American plates. It is the only place in the world that allows you to swim between two continental plates.
An underwater paradise, the spot is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also home to the clearest and most pristine water on the planet. In fact, the water here is so clean that you can drink it as you swim or descend on your dive! (1,2)
6. Haiku Stairs
This one is for the adventurous souls.
The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, refers to a steep hiking trail on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. A total of 3,922 steps make up this giant ladder that spans along the Ko’olau mountain range. The higher you climb, the more breathtaking the view gets.
However, the trail was closed to the public in 1987, making it illegal to climb the stairs. Despite this, the site attracts trespassers to this day, and in 2014, 135 people were cited, and six were arrested for climbing the stairs. The offense also carries a fine of $1000!
7. Lake Sørvágsvatn
The largest lake in the Faroe Islands, Sørvágsvatn, also known as Leitisvatn, covers a surface area of 1.3 square miles.
When viewed from the sky, it looks as if the lake is situated far above the surrounding ocean. However, when you look at it from afar, you would see that the lake is tilted down toward the ocean.
8. Namib Desert
The Namib desert is massive, stretching for over 1,200 miles!
The Southern Namib is home to some of the world’s tallest and most spectacular sand dunes that range in color from vivid orange to pink, and these dunes go as far as the edge where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Though the coast stretches for hundreds of miles, the spot that is most famous among tourists is the coastal city of Swakopmund. From here, you can take helicopter rides to fully appreciate the beauty of this place. (1,2)
9. Chocolate Hills
Situated in the Bohol province of the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills are a geological formation consisting of about 1,776 hills that are spread across an area of 20 square miles.
Though covered in green grass, the mountains turn brown during the dry seasons, making them look like mounds of chocolate. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Bohol, the Chocolate Hills have been declared as the third National Geological Monument of the Philippines.
10. Tunnel of Love
Situated in Ukraine, the Tunnel of Love is part of the industrial railway that stretches 3.1 miles in length. Surrounded by green arches, this fairy-tale location is a favorite spot for lovers.
Perfect for a romantic stroll, the Tunnel of Love looks the best during summer and spring when the trees are at their greenest and leafiest. However, the snow-covered branches in winter and the colorful foliage in fall also look incredible! (1,2)
What are some of the other beautiful places that are worth seeing in your lifetime? Let us know in the comments below!
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