17 Of The Most Unbelievable Places You’ll Find On Earth

Published March 16, 2017
Updated September 20, 2018

It's so easy to get bogged down by day-to-day sameness: here are 17 unbelievable places to remind you of the world's incredible diversity.

Moraine Lake, Canada

Unbelievable Places Moraine Lake Sunrise
The turquoise color of Canada’s Moraine Lake changes hue throughout the summer, as the melting glaciers feed the water. Flickr/james_wheeler

Moraine Lake
Another view of Moraine Lake.Flickr/dianasch

Meteora, Greece

The Meteora in Greece is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hill-like huge rounded boulders associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Wikimedia Commons/Vaggelis Vlahos

Meteora Lavender
The surroundings of the Meteora awash in hues of lavender.Natalia/Wikimedia Commons

Rio Secreto, Mexico

Rio Secreto Underground River
Rio Secreto is known as Mexico’s underground river. While its name lends itself to the clandestine, over the years the spot has become a popular tourist attraction.Gringation Cancun

Rio Secreto
With its thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along the river’s edge, visitors feel as if they have traveled back in time.Wikimedia Commons

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon
Though called a canyon, this park actually consists of giant natural amphitheaters. Years of steam erosion and frost weathering caused the formation of distinctive geological structures known as hoodoos. Business Insider

Bryce Canyon Close Up
The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks give a dramatic view to park visitors.Travel Skyline

Marble Cathedral, Chile

Marble Cathedral
This natural wonder is a network of caverns that reflect the waters of Patagonia, Chile’s General Carrera lake. Wikimedia Commons/Javier

Marble Cathedral Outside
To reach the spot, visitors must travel 200 miles on challenging dirt roads from the city of Coyhaique. Flickr/annais

The Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

Giants Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is the most popular tourist attraction of Northern Ireland, and consists of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that are a result of a volcanic eruption. Imgur

Giants Causeway Sunset
Voted the fourth greatest wonder of the United Kingdom, the causeway was declared a Natural National Reserve in 1987. Travel Destinations

Fly Geyser, Nevada

Unbelievable Places Fly Geyser Green Platform
While only 12 feet wide and 5 feet high, the Fly Geyser’s astonishing visual impact makes up for its scant size. Elite Health Optimization

Fly Geyser Unbelievable Places
Well drillers created the geyser on accident. Upon abandoning the site in 1964, dissolved minerals began to rise and ultimately accumulated into the formation we see today. James Zheng Photo

Glass Beach, California

Glass Beach
Beauty can derive from many sources, and Glass Beach offers visual proof that. The Fort Bragg, California beach is the result of early 20th century residents dumping their garbage over the cliffs for an extended period of time. The refuse included appliances and even automobiles.Wikimedia Commons

Glass Beach Underwater
Periodically, authorities lit fires to reduce the amount of garbage on the beach. Over the decades, waves pounded the shores and broke down everything but the glass and pottery. Wikimedia Commons

Tulip Fields, Holland

Unbelievable Places Tulip Fields
Flower bulb cultivation is a key economic driver in townships of North Holland, South Holland, and Flevoland, toward the center of the country.Alessandro Vecchi/Wikimedia

Tulip Field
The best time to visit Holland to see tulips in full bloom is mid March to mid May.Public Domain

Tunnel Of Love, Ukraine

Tunnel Of Love
In Kleven, Ukraine resides a picturesque rail line known as The Tunnel of Love. The tracks were originally built to provide passage for a private train to deliver wood to a local factory. Kickass Facts

Tunnel Of Love Winter
Couples looking for a fairy-tale experience have given the passageway an additional purpose, using the space as a romantic vista.Wikimedia Commons

Trolltunga Cliff, Norway

Trolltunga Cliff
Trolltunga Cliff is a horizontally hanging rock formation in Skjeggedal, Norway. Flickr

Trolltunga Cliffs Of Norway
Translated in English as "The Trolls Tongue," Trolltunga lingers around 700 feet above the Norwegian lake known as Ringedalsvatnet. Scandanavian Hiking

Yuanyang Rice Terraces, China

Yuanyang Rice Terraces
The Yuanyang Rice Terraces drape the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County, China. Home to the Hani people for over 2,500 years, the landscape evolved from human ingenuity and love of artistic beauty. Getty Images

Rice Terraces Photograph
The terraces sprawl across 28,000 acres of land.Getty Images

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale Sunrise
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province, southwestern Turkey. Wikimedia Commons/Mstfynr

Pamukkale Turkey
Pamukkale is famous for its hot springs and travertines, which are terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Flickr/Esther Lee

Danxia Landform Geological Park, China

Zhangye Danxia
Over 24 million years, different colored layers of sandstone and other minerals pressed together to form distinctive ribbons of color seen here. Wikimedia Commons

Unbelievable Places Rainbow Mountains
Thousands of years of rain and wind carved out the landscape seen today.Huffington Post

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park
Hundreds (if not thousands) of fluffy Kokia plants adorn the hillsides of Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan. Wikimedia Commons/dacheket

Hitachi Fireballs
While they plants are green during summer, they turn bright crimson red in autumn. Flickr/reggiepen

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in Page, Arizona. Its Navajo name, "Tsé bighánílíní," translates to "the place where water runs through rocks."Pixabay

Antelope Canyon Lower
Flash flooding and other sub-aerial processes eroded the area's Navajo sandstone to form the canyon. Over time, further erosion made the corridors wider and carved out the flowing shapes. Wikimedia Commons/Alex Proimos

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat, measuring a whopping 4,086 square miles. As its name suggests, Salar de Uyuni is extraordinarily flat, with altitude level variations of one meter to a little over three feet. Flickr/iancarvell

Salt Flats
During the wet season, a shallow layer of water covers the flats, offering visitors stunning vistas seen here.Yellow531/Wikimedia

Whether natural or man-made, it’s impossible to deny the fantastic beauty and variety of landscapes the world has to offer. The subjects of countless photographs and artwork, visits to these natural wonders no doubt appear on many people's bucket lists.

For those of us unlikely to see all of these breathtaking locations in person, these photos provide some form of relief. Above, check out 17 of the most visually stunning and downright unbelievable places to see in your lifetime.

To find out more about our incredible planet, learn 50 unbelievable facts about Earth. Then, check out six of the most beautiful beaches. Finally, check out Nevada's bizarelly beautiful Fly Geyser.

Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Kelly, Erin. "17 Of The Most Unbelievable Places You’ll Find On Earth." AllThatsInteresting.com, March 16, 2017, https://allthatsinteresting.com/unbelievable-places. Accessed April 21, 2024.