3.8. billion people were transported by plane last year. This means that one in 2 people traveled somewhere in the past year. From time to time we all feel like we’re stuck in one place and that our life lacks adventure. Sometimes all you really need is to get out there and start exploring the miraculous attractions the world has to offer.
Bright Side gathered 20 of the most breathtaking places on Earth that will make you want to tour the world right away!
1. The hands of the Golden Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam
This is the brand new Golden Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam that opened to the public this past June. It resembles something that looks like it came out of a surrealist painting — it’s made of 2 giant hands holding it together from one side to the other! It took approximately a year to construct and it is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
2. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
This eccentric and delicate forest is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and it is the first authorized national park in China. It features magical, dramatic peaks that look like they just came out of a fantasy movie. With the sub-tropical climate in Asia, it is warm during the winter and cool during the summer which makes it an ideal attraction for any traveler, all year around. 98% of the forest is covered with vegetation and it is home to more than 700 animal species.
3. Beachy Head, United Kingdom
Descending above the clouds, anyone can admire the tall white wall that meets the waters of the North Sea. The view from the cliff is the sight of a lifetime that will make any adventurer put this place first on their traveling journey, especially if they love heights and beautiful sunsets.
4. Hamilton Pool Preserve — Texas, US
This stunning visual spectacle is a result of the natural erosion and collapse of an underground river thousands of years ago. It created the beautiful waterfalls that lead to the turquoise waters of the Hamilton Pool Preserve. It is a place that attracts swimmers that live or visit Austin during the summer for a nice refreshing bath.
5. Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur, Philippines
Located on Mindanao Island in the Philippines, the Hinatuan Enchanted River flows through both the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The unique colors that appear in its waters and the depth that has remained unexplored to this day has inspired various local legends about fairies magically giving the sapphire and jade colors to the river.
6. Northern Lake Baikal, Russia
At first glance, this picture looks like an ice sculpture that was broken on a frozen lake, but when you swipe to the right you will realize that it is one of the most beautiful sights you have ever seen. Located in Siberia, Northern Lake Bailak is the largest freshwater lake in the world and it contains more than 20% of the Earth’s freshwater. The turquoise color of the water creates amazing phenomena during winter when it freezes. It’s said to have the clearest water in the world.
7. Travertine pools and terraces at Pamukkale, Turkey
These warm travertine terraces and limpid pools that look like marble waterfalls are located in Pamukkale in Turkey. They are filled with carbonated mineral water and due to their location in the inner Aegean region, they keep the same temperature all year long.
8. Marble Caves of Lake General Carrera, Chile
Chile’s Marble Caves which are located in the Patagonian Andes, are one of the most isolated, natural treasures in the world. Even though it looks like someone went in with their paintbrush and started painting them with jade and turquoise colors, this is actually a work of nature that has been created over more than 6,000 years. Over time, the wind and water have been patiently carving these caves that are positioned between Argentina and Chile.
9. The Aleutian Islands — Alaska, US
The Aleutian Islands are nestled on the southwest side of Alaska. They are some of the most beautiful and dangerous islands to visit and are filled with history. There are 57 active volcanos on the islands and they are known for the battles that happened there during World War ll.
10. Mount Bromo Volcano, Java, Indonesia
At first glance, this place looks very picturesque, but in fact, it has an active volcano inside. Mount Bromo is located inside the Bromo Tengger National Park. It is the only active volcano left in Indonesia and is now a famous attraction due to its magical beauty and surrounding sights.
11. Natural Pools of Millpu, Ayacucho, Peru
These isolated natural pools in Millpu are a hidden gem that was recently discovered by a few travelers with Instagram in Ayacucho, Peru. The magical, turquoise, natural pools that sit one behind one another are truly an impressive spectacle. Anyone would love the variety of flora and fauna that surrounds the area and as well as the countless waterfalls you see as you walk toward the natural pools.
12. Zakynthos Island, Greece
One of the most beautiful Ionian Islands is Zakynthos. The water is so crystal clear that you can see your own shadow in the sand even when you are 5m deep. The most beautiful sight on the island is the Navagio Beach, which is an isolated cove on the northwest of the island with high cliffs that can only be accessed by boat. Additionally, the isolated natural blue caves into the cliffs make it an ideal destination for couples who are feeling romantic.
13. Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, Mexico
Ik-Kil is a magical cenote open to the sky, located in the Northen side of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is 85 ft deep and 200 ft in diameter. It is surrounded by vines from the opening at the top that reach out to the surface of the water making it look like small waterfalls. The carved stairs around the diameter lead down to the swimming area where visitors are allowed to swim in the enchanted waters.
14. Salt Lake, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is one of the most remarkable places to visit in South America. The salt crust usually extends to the horizon and during different seasons, lakes nearby overflow a thin layer of water that turns the salt flats into beautiful mirror reflections of the sky. Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world and covering 10,582 sq km.
15. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA
This photo, that looks like the result of a photoshop retouch that added rainbow colors around it, is in fact, the Grand Prismatic Spring located in Yellowstone National Park. It is the largest and the most beautiful natural spring in the US. It’s 370 m in diameter and 60 m deep. The vivid colors that resemble the rainbow are a result of microbial mats laying around the edges of the mineral water.
16. Oasis of Huacachina, Peru
Huacachina is a village built around a beautiful oasis surrounded by sand and it has a magical lake in the middle. According to locals, the mud surrounding the lake is able to treat conditions that were considered to be incurable. Huacachina has a population of 100 people and it is 5 km away from the city of Ica.
17. Floating fishing village in Halong Bay, Vietnam
This fishing village, called Cua Van located in Halong Bay, is one of the largest floating villages in the world. The locals are mainly fishermen and there are no houses on the land in the surrounding area — just floating houses in the sea. Among those floating houses there are schools and activity centers where people in the community can visit by taking a boat from one side of the village to the other.
18. Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Iguazu Falls are beautiful waterfalls pouring into the Iguazu River which is located between the borders of Argentina and Brazil. Together, they make up the largest waterfall network in the world. According to the local legend, a deity was planning to get married to a lady which he then got betrayed by. In revenge, he sliced the river in half to prevent her from being with her lover.
19. The Dark Hedges, Northen Ireland
The Dark Hedges is a magical avenue filled with beech trees that line Bregagh Road in Northen Ireland. The trees bend together inward, creating an atmospheric tunnel that is now famous for its use in the popular TV show Game of Thrones.
20. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Torres del Paine is a National Park that combines beautiful mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers in Patagonia. This heaven on earth is now one of the largest and the most-visited parks in Chile. It gets approximately 252,000 visitors per year and it became one of the most famous destinations for hikers due to the surrounding nature.
Which of these places would you visit first? Share your ideas with us in the comments.