10 Amazing Places You Have Probably Never Heard Of

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Sure, you’ve heard of the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, and other EXTREMELY popular tourist attractions in the world. But what about Pamukkale and Lord Howe Island? There are A LOT of beautiful spots in the world that deserve a visit. And if you want to spend the next year exploring destinations you haven’t heard of before, here’s a list to help you get started.

Banaue Rice Terraces (Philippines)

Covering about 4,000 sq. miles, these rice terraces are nothing short of amazing. Yes, these are all built by hand with sweat and blood invested in its creation. However, what’s even more impressive about the Banaue Rice Terraces is that they’re 2000 years old. Who would’ve thought that something built by ancient Filipinos (who have no access to modern tools) would enjoy such longevity!?

Antelope Canyon (Arizona)

While underrated compared to the world-renowned Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon isn’t less magnificent by any stretch of the imagination. Matter of fact, a lot of people consider it more interesting than Grand Canyon. Naturally built by rivers and streams and taking thousands of years to create, this place is simply mind-blowing!

Pamukkale (Turkey)

The English translation of Pamukkale (which is ‘cotton castle’) sounds about right – it looks like a giant pile of cotton balls! During the ancient times, the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis sat on top of Pamukkale with awesome hot springs and layered terraces just below it. This mix of natural wonders and architectural history makes Pamukkale worth a visit.

Glen Coe (Scotland)

Located in the Scottish Highlands, Glen Coe is considered to be one of the most beautiful places not just in Scotland but in the entire Europe. Boasting one of the highest peaks in Scotland (BideannamBian) along with the winding River Coe, the great views it offers never fails to captivate visitors.

Lord Howe Island (Australia)

Only 400 people are allowed to visit this geographically remote island (which is two hours off the coast of Sydney) at any given time. And the reason is very straightforward: it is a LITERAL paradise and they want to keep it that way. Boasting flawless beaches; lush rainforests; diverse wildlife; and a blue lagoon, there’s no place in the world like Lord Howe Island.

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)

Known as the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest one in Croatia, Plitvicelooks more like a beautiful, untouched island from the South Pacific and less like a European tourist destination. A UNESCO World Heritage site, you can bet that this place will remain the way it was when it first opened in 1949.

Wulingyuan (China)

If there’s a real-life version of Avatar’s Pandora, this place would be it! Situated at the Hunan Province, Wulingyanis world-famous for its 3,100 NATURALLY created and towering sandstone pillars…and no other tourist attraction or destination can come close to that.

Namaqualand (South Africa)

A bit bigger than California, Namaqualand (which has an area of 170,000 sq. miles) doesn’t look any different than the rest of the region for the majority of the year. But when spring time comes, this region in South Africa transforms into a mesmerizing paradise. With hundreds of thousands of blooming daisies, the dry and arid land magically evolves Candy Land.

Gullfoss (Iceland)

Iceland is home to many waterfalls, BUT none is as beautiful as Gullfoss. Located on the White River, this stunning waterfallsspans over 3 MASSIVE steps, which plunges onto two stages and all the way down to a 105-ft deep crevice. Looking down as you stand at the top of the falls, it feels like you are perching above an abyss – a very beautiful one at that.

Sognefjord (Norway)

Showcasing depths that are about a mile and peaks that can take you to the skies, it could take you years exploring the treasures that this long waterway has kept hidden. Fortunately, you don’t have to explore this 127-mile long fjord by yourself.Dozens and dozens of boats sail through Sognefjord’s waters every single day.

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