How much of the world have you seen? If you’ve done a little bit of travelling, you’ve probably already seen just how spectacular the world can be, even in your own backyard. This planet is a highly diverse place, and sometimes you might feel like you’re not even on Earth.
If you’re a traveller looking for some awe and wanderlust, look no further than this list. Sometimes you want to explore a place that puts you far out of your comfort zone. Luckily, you don’t always have to go far to experience something new. Here are the world’s best otherworldly landscapes you can’t miss.
1. Bumpass Hell, California, USA
It comes as no surprise that California is one of the first stops on this list. With some of the most popular cities in the world like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s no wonder travellers are ditching the busy cities in favour of some outlandish sights.
Bumpass Hell, located in Lassen Volcanic National Park, is such a place. These volcanic pools got their name after Kendall Bumpass discovered just how scalding the water was in the 1860s. Now, visitors can explore the area around the pools via a safe trail. Just watch out for the water! Click here to read more about the best places to stay in California.
2. Stiltsville, Florida, USA
Travel across the United States for this next otherworldly landscape. If you’ve ever dreamed of a far-away planet where homes are built on stilts over the water and there’s no land in sight, such a place exists. Stiltsville, Florida is a small community of wood stilt homes located a mile south of Cape Florida.
While you’ll need to be a member of the Miami Trust in order to visit the remaining homes, however, you can always float past on your jet ski or boat. Remember, the tide changes throughout the day, so you might find yourself closer to sea life than you think.
3. Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Located just a short distance from Cancun, you’ll find cenotes. What are cenotes? In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are hundreds of miles of cave systems. These cenotes are pools of crystal clear water within the caves.
Visitors who can make the trek through the caves can swim in this water, and you can even see fruit bats flying around. It will feel like you’re on a new planet for the first time.
4. The South Shore, Iceland
Most Iceland visitors head straight to the famous Blue Lagoon, but the South Shore is really a magical place in its own right. In the South Shore, you’ll find some of the top attractions like Reynisfjara Black Beach, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, and the Skogafoss Waterfall.
If you’re up for something really eerie, check out the Solheimasandur plane wreck on the black beach. The plane wreck is from a 1973 crash from a U.S. navy DC plane that ran out of fuel. You can still see the remains on land right next to the ocean, and it looks like something out of a movie.
5. Predjama Castle, Slovenia
If you find yourself in Eastern Europe, don’t overlook the small country of Slovenia. While the nation itself is primarily made of tiny villages, the Predjama castle is a sight to behold. The castle earns a name for itself from being the largest cave castle in the world. Built into the side of a massive mountain, this castle is a medieval wonder.
This medieval castle has been sitting on a 123-meter-high cliff for over 800 years, and you’ll even find hundreds of secret tunnels leading from behind the castle. If you’ve ever wanted to experience a landscape that’s seemingly out of a knights storybook, now’s your chance.
6. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
If you’ve seen the famous blockbuster movie with Leonardo DiCaprio called The Beach, you know just where this is. The famous beach is actually known as Maya Bay, and it was recently closed indefinitely to give the local reefs a chance to recover from ongoing tourism.
However, you can still visit this magical landscape by touring the Phi Phi Islands. Located off the coast of Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands tower over the ocean like a fortress. You’ll feel like you’ve crash-landed somewhere completely untouched by mankind.
Ready to Explore?
If you’re heading off on a new adventure, why not add these spots to your must-do list? These bucket list landscapes are beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll have to remind yourself that you haven’t blasted off into a different solar system.
It’s hard to believe just how varied Mother Nature can be. From the deserted, black beach in Iceland to the homes on stilts off the coast of Miami, there’s so much to explore when you leave your comforts behind.