Amazing Natural Wonders You MUST See

sea of stars maldives

Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives – This might be the most beautiful nighttime beach spot in existence. The water lapping up the sand looks like it is filled with tiny stars glowing vibrantly. It isn’t any pr stunt or trick, the illumination is actually thanks to tiny microbes called phytoplankton.

The Northern Lights, Alaska – Also known as ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south, these lights dancing in the sky are a light show given by nature. Scientifically explained, they are actually “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.” Whatever it is, the display is amazing. Head to Fairbanks for the most reliable viewing spot between September and mid-April. Early March is the ideal time.

Tianzi Mountains, China – If you’ve seen ‘Avatar,’ you have already had a peek at these amazing mountains. Go to Zhangjiajie to witness these amazing slender peeks were formed underwater 380 million years ago, but now reach heights over 4,000 feet above sea level. Visitors can ride cable cars or elevators to explore the area. Guided tours are available, but general feedback advises going at your own leisure is more rewarding. The fog is beautiful in images, but obscuring in reality. Check in before visiting to see if it is a foggy day.

Lake-Hillier

Lake Hillier, Australia – It looks like strawberry milk and scientists still aren’t 100% sure as to what causes the hue, but the saline lake is safe for humans and wildlife alike. A small strip of shoreline separates the lake from the ocean, but bubblegum color is just as brilliant no matter how you look at it.

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand – Take a boat road through a cave illuminated by tiny fly larva that drop down sticky filaments to attract a meal. It sounds odd, but the silent and breathtaking beauty of nature will overcome you.

Hamilton Pool, Texas – Located on a reserve, the swimming hole came into being after massive erosion caused an underground river to collapse. It’s busy during the summer and you might run into a line, but the beauty is worth the wait. Morning and weekdays are the quietest time to visit. Bring water and hiking shoes!

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey – Think of it as nature’s hot tubs. It may look like snow and ice, but white limestone is responsible for the deceptive appearance. You will be comfortable in your bikini any time of year. Soak in the springs and then explore the area for an amazing adventure.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – The landscape is something that has been recreated in hundreds of paintings…and for good reason. The interlocking basalt columns were created by an ancient volcanic eruption. It left a stunning natural wonder. You can tour the area with a guide, but prepared to do some hiking. Well worth the effort though.

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12 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. BusyBee March 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    we get that “red tide” here once in a blue moon in SoCal, too. The waves glow in the dark, but you don’t dare swim in it.

  2. Shiny March 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Giant’s causeway I have seen. It looks like it was built in the ’60′s. So weirdly graphic.

  3. Erin March 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Wow I want to see all of those, so very cool.

  4. Nikki March 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I have been to Australia and I never saw a pink Lake I would love to have.

  5. Pamela March 27, 2014 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Wow, that pink lake looks so surreal, must be amazing in real life.

  6. Janelle March 28, 2014 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I would love to see all of these things!

  7. Allie March 28, 2014 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Perfect list, and all things I would like to see in person.

  8. DD March 28, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Those all look so great. Definitely would love to see them.

  9. Shiny March 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I also recommend a trip to Sedona. It is amazing.

  10. Erin April 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I need to see the Sea of Stars that looks amazing!

  11. Jen April 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I want to go see the sea of stars! Bookmarking this. Thanks!

  12. Pamela April 29, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Wow, some of these are just beautiful, would love to see them all!

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