33 Fascinating Places That You Must See to Believe!

Strange Places

Our planet is filled with a plethora of beautiful and fascinating landscapes. Here are 33 of the most interesting, colorful and unusual places on earth!

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Located in Southwestern Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat (over 10,000 square km in size). It is one of the country’s most popular attractions, bringing in tourists from all over the world.

Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Morning glory pool is a hot spring in the Upper Geyer Basin of Yellowstone National Park, USA. It’s unique color is due to various bacteria which are present in the water.

Morning Glory Pool

Photo: Jon Sullivan – Wikipedia Commons

The Marble Caves, Chile

Located in the Patagonia region of Chile, these caves were formed as a result of water flowing over thousands of years. Many people consider them to be the most beautiful network of caves in the world.

Marble Caves, Chile

Photo: Javier Vieras – Flickr

Socotra Island, Yemen

This island is filled with hundreds of unique species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Pictured below is the “Dragon Blood tree”, which is one of the most distinctive plants in the area.

Socotra Island

Photo: HopeHill on Flickr

Caño Cristales, Colombia

This river is often called the “river of five colors” because of it’s vibrant appearance. It is located in the Meta region of Colombia and gets its bright colors from the various river plants that inhabit it.

Cano Cristales

Photo: Mario Carvajal – Licensed under Creative Commons 3.0

The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

This natural gas field was discovered in Turkmenistan in the early 1970’s. The engineers who discovered it figured they should burn off all the gas, so it was set on fire. They expected it to only take a few weeks to burn out, however it still continues to burn four decades later!

Derweze, Turkmenistan

Photo: Tormod Sandtorv – Flickr

The Wave, Arizona, USA

The wave is a sandstone rock formation located on the slopes of the coyote buttes in Arizona, USA. In order to preserve the landscape, access is limited to only 20 people per day!

The Wave, Arizona

Photo: Greg Mote – Flickr

Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska, USA

These ice caves are located inside the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska. It is one of the few places where you can experience every stage of the water cycle at once!

Mendenhall Caves, Alaska

Photo: Andrew E. Russell – Flickr

Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

These giant crystals are located in the Naica Mine in Mexico’s Chihuahua state. Look at the man standing in the photo to get a feel for just how huge the crystals are!

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

This is a public park in Japan that features flowers of all types and colors, year-round.

Hitachi Seaside Park

Photo: Nipomen2 – Flickr

Lake Hillier, Australia

Yes, that’s right – a PINK lake! It is believed that the water gets its color from the mico-organisms and bacteria located within it.

Lavender Fields, France

The provence region in southern France is home to many fragrant lavender plants during the summer months.

Lavender Fields, France

Photo: Andy Blind – Wikipedia Commons

Great Blue Hole, Belize

This large submarine sinkhole lies off the coast of Belize and is a popular spot for recreational scuba divers.

Great Blue Hole

Photo: Ian Bottle / Alamy

Chocolate Hills, Philippines

These hills were given their name because of the fact that the grass turns from green to brown during the dry weather season.

Photo: P199 – Wikipedia Commons

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

This slot canyon is located east of the city of Page, Arizona and was formed by the erosion of Sandstone due to flash-flooding.

Danxia Landform, China

These colorful rock formations are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over millions of years!

Danxia Landform

Photo: View Stock / Alamy

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

This national park is known for it’s many bright-colored spires and hoo-doos.

Bryce Canyon

Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist – Wikipedia Commons

The White Desert, Egypt

The white desert is located 45 km north of the town of Farafra in Egypt. It is known for it’s large, white rock formations that were created as a result of sandstorms in the area.

Photo: Duane Perera

Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

This geothermal geyser was man-made and is located on a private Ranch in Nevada. Over many years, mineral deposits have created this brightly-colored scene!

Fly Geyser

Photo: Jeremy C. Munns – Wikipedia Commons

Spotted Lake, British Colombia, Canada

The many pools of Spotted Lake are created when the lake evaporates during the summer months. The colors are a result of the remaining mineral deposits, including such minerals as calcium and magnesium-sulphate.

 Yuanyang Terraces, China

These spectacular terraces are located in southwestern China and contain high-quality red tea, sugar cane, tobacco and rice.

Photo: Jialing Gao – Wikipedia Commons

Tulip Fields, Netherlands

The bright colors of tulips form a vibrant landscape during the spring months in Holland.

Tianzi Mountain, China

These stunning peaks are located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan province of China, and were the inspiration behind the landscape in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar”.

Tianzi Mountain

Photo: Chensiyuan – Wikipedia Commons

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

Vertical and horizontal erosion patterns have created this unusual pattern of limestone “forests” in Madagascar.

Tsingy de Bemaraha

Photo: Gloumouth1 – Wikipedia Commons

Pinnacles Desert, Australia

In Nambung National Park (Western Australia), you’ll find this impressive collection of limestone spires rising out from the yellow desert sand.

Pinnacles Desert

Photo: BinarySequence – Wikipedia Commons

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei is located in the southern part of the Namib desert, and is one of Namibia’s most popular attractions. The area is made of clay and salt, and is littered with dead acacia trees.

Pamukkale, Turkey

These terraces of carbonate minerals are located in the Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The area contains hot springs and is a major attraction for tourists.

Hang Son Doon, Vietnam

This cave is located near the Laos-Vietnam border and looks like something from another world!

Hang Son Doon

Photo: Genghiskhanviet – Wikipedia Commons

Svartifoss, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Svartifoss is a unique-looking waterfall found in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park.


Photo: Gudmundur Ogmundsson – Wikipedia Commons

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway is an area containing approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, and is believed to be the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Giant's Causeway

Photo: Patrice78500 – Wikipedia Commons

Goreme National Park, Turkey

These strange-looking pillars are often referred to as “fairy chimneys” and can be found throughout the Goreme National Park in Turkey’s Cappadocia area.


Photo: Wolfgangbeyer – Wikipedia Commons

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

These large, spherical boulders lie along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the coast of New Zealand.

Moeraki Boulders

Photo: Rowy / Creative Commons 2.5

Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia

This volcano is located in Ethiopia’s Danikil Depression, and is known for it’s unusual coloring. The area is amongst the hottest places on earth!

Dallol, Ethiopia

Photo: Achilli Family – Flickr

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