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11 Visual retreats to experience before you die.


1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China.

The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years, according to theTelegraph.   1-1

2. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador.

At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view. 2-1

3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize.

The Great Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s one of the top scuba diving sites in the world and the water is 407 feet deep. 3-1

4. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.

Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, created 2–5 million years ago. A half-mile block of 40-story buildings could fit inside it! 4-1

5. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.

What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking. 5-1

6. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway.

Trolltunga is a piece of rock that hangs out of the mountain about 2,000 feet up in the air. The Troll’s Tongue (translation in English) is available to hikers from mid-June to about mid-September. 6-1

7. Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia.

This beach is known for its beautiful white sands, which are believed to have been brought to the beach from sea currents over millions of years. The sand is very fine and does not retain heat, making it comfortable for a barefoot walk along the shore. It can also damage electronics, so keep your cell phones and cameras in a safe place! 7-1

8. Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine.

This railway engulfed in a tunnel of leaves is a Pinterest favorite and a Ukrainian hot spot for lovers. Although it’s undoubtedly romantic, there is an active train that travels through the tunnel three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. Just beware of the train before snapping engagement photos!

8-19. Salar De Uyuni in the Potosí and Oruro departments of southwest Bolivia

This is the world’s largest salt flat. It also becomes a giant mirror of the sky during the rainy season. 9-1

10. Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand.

This specific spot in the Waitomo Caves is known as the Glowworm Grotto, a place where glowworms create a starry effect on the ceilings. This species is exclusively found in New Zealand and is around the size of a mosquito. 10-1

11. Haiku Stairs of Oahu in Hawaii, United States.

Stairway to Heaven is a steep hiking trail that is technically closed to the public, but many people continue to climb despite “No Trespassing” signs. 11-1

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