Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Named after the hero of an 18th century epic poem, Fingal’s Cave boasts numerous geometric columns reminiscent of Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway. Fingal’s Cave is formed from hexagonally jointed basalt columns created by solidified lava. The sea cave is located on Staffa, an uninhabited island that’s part of Scotland. Fingal’s cave contains high, arched roofs that magnify the sound of the ocean. Although boats cannot enter the cave, many local companies offer sightseeing tours of the surrounding area.
Surreal Places: Red Beach, Panjin, China
The Red Beach is probably the furthest thing from any traditional understanding of a beach. Instead of vast expanses of sand, a species of red seaweed called sueda dominates the Red Beach. This seaweed stays green for most of the year, then transforms into a dark, cherry-red color once autumn rolls around.
Aside from its bizarre coloring, the Red Beach is home to more than 260 bird species and 399 kinds of wild animals, making it one of the most complex ecosystems in the world. The Red Beach is also the world’s biggest wetland and reed marsh.