The great thing about our planet is that it never stops surprising us. The following list consists of fantastic places that look like they are from a fantasy movie. While describing some of these unbelievable sites, the only word that comes to mind is “unearthly”. So, dive into the miracles of mother earth and enjoy the ride.
Son Doong cave, Vietnam
Son Doong cave is the largest cave on earth if measured by a cross-section. This unique place full of underground rainforests, towering stalagmites, and cave pearls was only discovered in 2009 and has been a tourist attraction since then.
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China
The whole Zhangye Danxia national geological park is fascinating. Danxia landform stands out since it looks like an oil painting of a colorful landform. Somehow nature made sure that the palette of these mountain ridges was simply breathtaking.
Lake Retba, Senegal
The pink color of the lake Retba, or as the French like to call it, “Lac Rose”, makes people question the safety aspect, but it is safe to swim in this lake. Due to the high salt content in the lake, floating is more than possible too.
Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
“Door to Hell” or “Gates of Hell” is the creation of nature and inconsiderate soviet engineers. In the 70s, some soviet engineers thought that the site was an oil field. They set up a drilling rig, and instead of oil, they found natural gas. The rig collapsed, and to avoid the release of gas, they started burning it. It has been burning since then, creating orange flames and burning mud.
Painted Dunes, Lassen Volcanic National Park, The USA
The name “Painted Dunes” describes the site pretty much on point. The colors and shapes of the dunes look like they are a duplicate of a video game set on a foreign planet.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
The specific species of worms that glow are found in New Zealand and make Waitomo caves a popular tourist attraction. If you take a boat ride in Waitomo caves, you will see that the roof looks like a marvelous sky full of stars.
Fly Geyser, The USA
Fly Geyser is a result of an accidental well drilling into a geothermal source in 1916. The temperature of the exiting water is 200°F. The geyser looks a bit like “Moana” where water creates crazy motions.
Grand Prismatic Spring, The USA
The Grand Prismatic Spring is known for its various textures and colors. If you look at a photo of the spring taken from a helicopter, you may think it is a pool of bright paints on a textured surface. Due to snowfall, visiting the site is only possible from May till October.
Mudhdhoo Island, Glowing beach, Maldives
The glowing beach has become extremely popular among tourists. Nature once again did a great job, and thanks to microorganisms – phytoplanktons that create this glowing effect, we get to see a magnificent beach during the night.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni was created by transformations of several lakes 40,000 years ago. Now there are several meters of salt crust at the site. The unbelievable mirror effect that the salt surface creates attracts people from all over the world.
Red Beach, China
The name “Red beach” stems from the red plant of Suaeda salsa. The plant is light red during April and May but is green during summer. It is the autumn time when Suaeda turns bright red and creates a breathtaking landscape on the Liaohe river delta.
Abraham Lake, Canada
The bubbles created under the ice on Abraham lake’s surface look unreal. The methane gas (emitted by decaying plants) creates bubbles that get trapped under the ice.
Socotra Dragon Trees, Socotra, Yemen
Socotra is an island with incredible nature, but the Socotra Dragon tree (also known as the Dragon blood tree) always gets a special mention. The strange appearance of the trees makes Socotra a favorite attraction for tourists.
Naica Mine, Mexico
There are two unusual caves in Naica mines – the cave of swords and the cave of crystals. It is mesmerizing for the human eye to see the giant natural crystals or one-meter-long gypsum crystals.
Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska
It is hard to believe that Mendenhall ice caves actually exist. These ice caves are known for their unbelievable beauty (some people consider them the most beautiful place on earth) but also because you can witness every stage of the water cycle in one place.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
Hitachi seaside park is marvelous during all seasons. However, it is specifically known for the sea of blue flowers. It creates an illusion of the sky and the land emerging. Visiting Hitachi seaside park in April (the blooming month of the baby blue-eyes flowers) will leave you speechless.
Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
Tulip fields are integral parts of nature in the Netherlands. But the ones that inhabit various colors of tulips across a good amount of land are incredibly pleasing to the eye.
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love is a part of the railway station covered by forest. Trains pass through the tunnel quite rarely. So people can take walks during the day. The name “Tunnel of Love” stems from the fact that it is a favorite place for couples to take romantic walks.
Antelope Canyon, USA
The beautiful wavy shapes of the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon look unreal. The sun that shines through different parts of the Antelope canyon creates such sights that it is hard to contain yourself from amazement.
Mount Roraima, South America
Mount Roraima is a “table-top” mountain with unique prehistoric flora and fauna. By looking at the photos of mount Roraima, we feel like we are seeing something from another world. The great thing is that one can appreciate the beauty from the top of mountain Roraima since it can be easily climbed (it takes five days).
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Zhangjiajie national forest park amazes visitors with its unusual rock formations and peaks. It has become popular after 2009 – the release of “Avatar”. Zhangjiajie national forest park served as an inspiration for the film.
Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
The ethereal pale pink color of the pink sand beach makes it hard to believe that what you are seeing is real. The combination of clear ocean water and pink sand is simply dreamy.
Richat Structure, Mauritania
Richat Structure is a dome of 25m in diameter. Scientists claimed that a meteor created it, but it has recently been proven that erosion caused the creation of the Richat Structure. The satellite photos will make you think that the Richat Structure is part of a foreign planet.
Black Forest, Germany
The name “Black Forest” immediately highlights the mystery aspect of the site. The enormous pine trees and their high density do not let the sunlight reach the ground. Therefore, walking in the black forest feels like walking in the home of mysterious creatures.
Canola Flower Fields, China
Canola flower fields look like a sea of gold. Once you are standing in the flower field, all you see around you, till the horizon, are the golden Canola flowers – a truly magnificent sight.
Thor’s Well, The US
Thor’s Well is in all its glory after a high tide. It is mind-blowing how water drains back to the well, which according to theory, was a cave that collapsed due to erosion.
Ice cave in Skaftafell, Iceland
If you want to have a real-life “Frozen” moment for yourself or your little ones, the ice cave in Skaftafell is the place for you. There is a big chance that the ice formations will leave you speechless like most visitors.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The great blue hole is an unusual site that looks bizarre to an eye. Thousands of years ago, it was a cave that got flooded, and the depth created this fascinating blue color.
The Wave, Arizona, The US
The Wave is probably one of the most picturesque places in America. Due to its fragile formation, the visits to the site are not that frequent. However, visiting the Wave during midday is the best for seeing it in all its glory.
The Boiling River, Amazon
The boiling river kills any creature that enters the water. It was a mystery for quite some time. The boiling river goes quite deep into the ground, where the water heats up, and once it returns to the surface, we get the boiling river.