If you think you’ve already seen everything and have visited all of the greatest places on our planet, we’ve got a surprise for you! Here’s a list of some unknown places you might have missed and should definitely put on your bucket list because they are even more charming than you can imagine. This article will help you explore the world and surprise people with your breathtaking stories.
We found 20 amazing places to visit if you’re planning your next vacation! We’ve also prepared a bonus for you at the end of the article.
1. The Grand Prismatic Spring, USA.
This hot spring is the third largest in the world, after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in the Dominican Republic. It is 370 ft in diameter, which is bigger than a football field (260 ft long and 160 ft wide.)
2. Cappadocia, Turkey
We all know Turkey for its colorful and bright landscapes. However, not everyone has discovered the beauty of this historical region in the Turkish provinces. Take advantage of the opportunity to join a hot air balloon tour that begins at sunrise. You can see the deep canyons, valleys, and fairy chimneys from above.
3. Mammoth lakes, California
Can you imagine yourself enjoying a heart-shaped hot spring in the middle of a valley surrounded by a dramatic backdrop? The name speaks of the size of the mountains, the expanse of the valleys, and of crystal clear mountain lakes.
4. Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland
What are your first thoughts when you hear “the Arctic”? If it’s cold, stark landscapes and a lack of coziness, prepare yourself for the fact that this hotel will break all of your stereotypes with its beautiful glass igloos in the middle of a forest. These igloos are perfect for observing the beauty and magnificence of the Northern lights.
5. St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, England
You probably think we’re mistaken, but there’s actually a British twin brother of Le Mont-Saint-Michel across the Channel. Prepare to be amazed at this island world of St. Michael’s Mount and the legends, myths, and over 1,000 years of incredible history. The castle and chapel were the home of the St. Aubyn family since nearly 1650.
6. Cenote Ik-Kil, Mexico
Mexico is rich in cenotes and one of the most breathtaking places is Ik-Kil. If you want to get to this amazing cenote, be ready to climb down 26 m. The water in Ik-Kil is 40 m deep while its diameter is 60 m.
7. Smoo Cave, Scotland
Smoo Cave is one of Scotland’s most interesting and mythical caves. It’s also one of the largest sea caves in Britain. The name of Smoo Cave means “a hole” or “hiding-place.” So, you may see it’s not a crowded place and it’s definitely something worth experiencing!
8. Black Canyon of the Colorado, Arizona
This canyon is on the Colorado River at the state line between Nevada and Arizona. It appeared about 15 million years ago and was named after the black volcanic rocks that are found along the area.
9. Socotra Island, Yemen
The plants on Socotra Island are what make this place one of the most alien-looking ones on Earth. This place is also known for having almost no roads on the island, as well as being a home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.
10. Tongariro, New Zealand
Tongariro is the national park and World Heritage area in New Zealand. Between the years of 2000 and 2003, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was shot here.
11. National Park, Channel Islands
Sark is an island in the Channel Islands in the southwestern English Channel and one of the hidden cool places on Earth (its population consists of about 500 people.) Cars are banned from roads in Sark and only tractors and horse-drawn vehicles are allowed.
12. Wisteria Tunnel, Kitakyushu, Japan
One of the reasons to visit this wonderful place is that there are about 150 Wisteria flowering plants of 20 different species in the garden. To see the magical tunnel in full bloom, it’s better to come here in late April or early May.
13. Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
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Bajos del Toro is a less explored paradise in the Alajuela province. This is a path leading to the Hidden Treasure Waterfall. So, take your time and hike the trails through crystal water and then climb the stairs to the bottom to get to a waterfall you can’t even begin to imagine!
14. Ruins of San Ignacio Miní, Argentina
It is considered to be one of the most unique and secret places in the world. The ruins of San Ignacio Miní is a 17th-century Jesuit mission complex. The construction included a hospital, a school, dormitories, and a stone church with a wood interior. The complex survived for about 2 centuries before native inhabitants destroyed it.
15. Mount Edith Cavell, Canada
This mountain was named in 1916 after Edith Cavell, an English nurse who was executed by Geran soldiers during World War I because she was helping Allied soldiers flee occupied Belgium to the Netherlands. You’ll find a fragrant subalpine forest, overwhelming alpine meadows, and spectacular views of Mt. Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier in the Cavell area.
16. Marble Caves, Chile
The magnificent Marble Caves of Patagonia were formed by waves over the last 6,200 years. This natural wonder is only accessible by boat. What makes the place even more mysterious is that the color of the Marble Caves changes depending on the time of year.
17. Lake in Sabah, Malaysia
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Sabah beaches and lakes are best known for their crystal clear water and white sand. The world’s most stunning sunsets and isolated islands will take your breath away and you’ll never want to leave this paradise.
18. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
“Ithaa” means “mother of pearl.” This restaurant is located 5 m (16 ft) below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Ithaa is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. It offers you a chance to dine and watch thousands of fish while staying dry, warm, and comfortable.
19. Panjin Red Beach, China
The beach got its unique color with a special type of plant called Suaeda vera. The plant remains green during the summer but in the fall, it turns into a deep red color that makes a red sea landscape look nothing short of mesmerizing. Most of Red Beach is a nature reserve, so it’s usually closed to the public. Only a small, remote section is open to tourists.
20. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Isn’t it paradise? At the very top end of the Upper Lakes, the falls are mostly concealed due to thick foliage that covers them up and makes them a bit difficult to find. So, if you really want to see this treasure, be extremely attentive to notice everything around you!
Bonus: For those who can’t live without reading books — Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University.
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This is one of the world’s largest libraries with rare books and manuscripts and various literary archives, such as early manuscripts. There is a room that holds 180,000 volumes in the central part of the library and there are more than a million volumes in the basement. The temperature and the humidity are both carefully controlled so as to protect the heritage for future generations.
Have you ever been to any of these places? If you have, share your stories, experiences, and photos in the comments below! If you haven’t, let us know where you’d like to go!