15 Surreal Places You Have To See Before You Die
It’s pretty hard to believe that these 15 places full of awe-inspiring beauty and uniqueness actually exist. Thankfully, they are very real and are also ready to be explored. Life is short, and these places are far, far too incredible to miss out on. So, what are you waiting for?
Antelope Canyon – Arizona
Located near Page, Arizona, this beautiful slot canyon was formed by the erosion of Navajo sandstone. Don’t forget to bring your camera when you go! This brilliant canyon is a photographer’s paradise.
Lake Hillier – Australia
Take a helicopter ride over Australia’s Middle Island to view this amazing, bubblegum pink lake. The contrast between the pink hues of Lake Hillier and the blue waters of the Southern Ocean is absolutely stunning.
Sea of Stars – Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
Walk among the stars on Vaadhoo Island. This incredible phenomenon is actually not the mirroring of the twinkling night sky above, but the result of ostracod crustaceans in the water. Though scientists aren’t certain of the reason for the ostracods’ glow, there is no doubt that the effect is truly breathtaking.
The rolling hills of the Czech Republic
Take a relaxing drive through the countryside of the Czech Republic to view these incredible rolling hills. They stretch for miles, creating a breathtaking sea of emerald green.
Wisteria Tunnel – Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan
This charming tunnel is a part of the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Japan. The gardens are home to about 150 wisteria flowering plants and also boast beautiful fairy-tale-like views.
Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
Dubbed “Heaven on Earth,” Bolivia’s salt flats are absolutely awe-inspiring. When water collects on the plains, it creates a surreal reflective effect — transforming the vast flats into the world’s largest mirror.
Red Beach – Panjin, China
This unique beach is actually a reed-covered wetland located in China. It stays green most of the year, but every autumn it transforms into a vibrant sea of crimson due to the abundance of the colour-changing plant, Suaeda.
The Great Blue Hole – Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. With crystal-clear water and a variety of tropical fish, it’s no wonder the Great Blue Hole is known as a scuba diver’s paradise.
Tunnel of Love – Ukraine
This enchanting tunnel, located near the town of Kleven, is a passageway for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. It is a romantic destination as well; supposedly, couples who make a wish in the picturesque tunnel will have their wish granted as long as they’re sincerely in their love.
Havasu Falls – Arizona
It is hard to believe that such a breathtaking waterfall can exist in the middle of the desert. Thankfully, Havasu Falls is no mirage. The falls are located in a remote region of the Grand Canyon and can be accessed via a 10-mile hike. The hike can be strenuous at times, but a refreshing dip in the clear turquoise waters of Havasu Falls makes it all worthwhile.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves – New Zealand
Take a boat ride through the quiet waters of Waitomo Glowworm Caves for an absolutely magical experience. The caves are home to thousands of tiny glowworms that illuminate the dark cave.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China
Look familiar? Probably because these incredible sandstone and quartz cliffs served as inspiration for the fictional world of Pandora in the movie “Avatar.” Experience the forest in real life by riding a cable car through the mountains or hiking one of the park’s many trails.
Tulip Fields – Netherlands
Surround yourself with thousands of beautiful blooms in the Netherlands. Go in the middle of April to see the tulips in bloom in their peak season.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach – Hawaii
Say aloha to this gorgeous jet-black beach. Located on the southeastern Kau coast, Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is known not just for its unique sand, but also for its endangered sea turtle population.
The Enchanted River – Hinatuan, Philippines
The Hinatuan Enchanted River is a deep spring river on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Local legend says the river got its strikingly blue waters from fairies that added the colours of sapphire and jade to it.