With the day-to-day doldrums we endure, it’s easy to forget just how fascinating, beautiful, and often miraculous our planet is.
These natural mountains, rivers, caves, shorelines, fields and islands are marvels of nature, truly surreal and colorful places that would make for an incredible bucket list for any seasoned or hopeful traveler.
I hope to visit as many of these as I can in my lifetime.
Who wouldn’t want to go swimming in a pink lake?
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1. Tianzi Mountains – China
2. Antelope Canyon – Page, Arizona
An archipelago that consists of four islands, Socotra’s bizarre-looking flora and fauna that has evolved in isolation from the rest of the world, including hundreds of plant species like these mushroom trees which are found nowhere else on Earth.
4. Canola Flower Fields – China
5. Lake Hillier – Australia
This strange, naturally pink lake is located in the Recherche Archipelago of Australia. Scientists theorize that the odd color is caused by various bacteria or micro-algae that live in its waters. Not to worry, it’s perfectly safe for swimming!
6. The Cave of the Crystals – Naica, Mexico
7. Mendenhall Ice Caves – Juneau, Alaska
8. Red Beach – Panjin, China
9. Angel Falls – Venezuela
10. Sea of Stars – Vaadhoo Islands, Maldives
The glowing blue tide at night is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates.
11. Zhangye Danxia Landform – China
12. Marble Caves – Patagonia, Chile
13. Cano Cristales River – Colombia
14. The Eye of the Sahara (Richat Structure) – Mauritania
15. Reed Flute Caves – Guangxi, China
16. Spotted Lake – British Columbia
Large concentrations of salt, titanium, calcium, sulfates, and other minerals form these spotted pockets.
17. Ice Towers of Mount Erebus – Antarctica
Superheated gas rises from the steam vents inside these frozen slopes.