We live in a world blessed with sights that are beautiful beyond words. Every human being probably dreams of visiting at least one of those places in their lifetime. Look at the places below, and you will see the beauty that fills the eye and warms the heart. It wouldn’t be appropriate or humanly possible to just pick a few places from the huge collection of amazing sights around the world and call them the “best.”
1. The Nine Hells of Beppu (Japan)
Located on the Japanese island Kyushu, it is also known as the hot springs capital of Japan. With steam coming out through every available crack, Beppu has become a popular destination for tourists. This place has has 9 geothermal hot-spots and because of their extreme temperatures and some very unique characteristics, nine of these hot-spots are known as the hells of Beppu.
2. Guaira Falls (Border of Brazil and Paraguay)
Could you believe there’s a waterfall with a flow more than twice as great as Niagara? About 1,700,00 cub feet of water cascades every single second- which makes for a beautiful and unique sight. The churning water created a deafening noise that could be heard for a distance of 20 miles (32 km). The falls, which were a tourist attraction for many years, probably represented the greatest volume of falling water in the world.
3. Racetrack Playa (California)
Also known as the death valley, this place is famous for the moving stones. The floor of the Playa is dried, scorched mud which has broken into perfect little octagons and pentagons and mosaic. The stones slowly move across the surface of the Playa, leaving a track as they go, without human or animal intervention. The climate in this area is arid. It rains just a couple of inches per year. However, when it rains, the steep mountains which surround Racetrack Playa produce a large amount of runoff that converts the Playa floor into a broad shallow lake.
4. Rotorua (New Zealand)
With its unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural hot springs and plenty of options for adventure, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most famous destinations. Home to botanical gardens and historical architecture, thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) —so named after it was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption— are within easy reach of the city.
5. Hell’s Door (Uzbekistan)
This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep under the ground. The Door to Hell would be an amazing vacation experience for the adventurous wonderers. This is a vacation idea that your mainstream tour operators don’t know about. And that’s the beauty of it.
6. The Great Dune of Pyla (France)
At 60Km from Bordeaux, in the South of the Arcachon Bay, it is possible to visit the highest dune in Europe, the Great Dune of Pyla (or Pilat). This dune reaches a height of 107m. At this summit, the view is spectacular with the ocean coast, the inlet of the Bay, the large pine forest and, when the sky is very clear, the Pyrenees Range.
7. McMurdo Dry Valleys (Antarctica)
The McMurdo Dry Valleys Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) encompasses the largest ice-free region in Antarctica. The dry valleys represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits and is an “end-member” in the spectrum of environments. What is very interesting here is the formation of land that seems to be quite questionable since Antarctica is known for snow, snow and of course snow.
8. Pamukkale (Turkey)
An unusual natural and historical site with the sparkling white castle-like cascades, Pamukkale is one of the most important highlights of Turkey, unique in the world. Tourists and locals visit Pamukkale frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness. Scientifically proven to cure many diseases, the waters attract people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year.
9. Mount Roraima (Triple Border Point of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana)
Arthur Conan Doyle populated the tepui Roraima with dinosaurs, strange vegetation and animals in his book, The Lost World, based on the accounts of British explorers Everard IM Thum and Harry Perkins who were the first Europeans to ascend Mount Roraima in 1884. Today, Mount Roraima is a destination for backpackers. Almost all who go up the mountain approach it from the Venezuelan side.
10. Iceberg B-15 (Antarctica)
Feeling the cold already this winter? Iceberg B-15 is one of the world’s largest recorded icebergs. With an area of over 11,000 sq km, it was larger than the island of Jamaica. Note that after almost a decade, parts of B-15 still have not melted. B15-A is the largest remaining section of the large B15 iceberg which broke away from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000. Scientists have placed a Global Positioning System device on it to track its movements.