There are hundreds of breathtaking locations all over our little planet and there are countless destinations that people recommend tourists to visit. You’ve probably heard of the popular ones like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Prague, etc. but there are some locations that aren’t as popular. Some are completely off the grid, and only locals know about them. Some of the locations on our list are just like that.
You’ve probably never heard of them, but if you visit them, you’ll easily think that you’ve found yourself in some kind of a fairytale. Hopefully, this list inspires you to add a few more places to your travel bucket list.
10 Yosemite National Park In California
As one of the most breathtaking national parks on the planet, Yosemite National Park is going to remind you of how small you are and how big our planet is. With its high mountains and deep valleys, it has plenty of spots that you could get lost in, thanks to their beauty. It’s famous for the Lyell Glacier, and some of the oldest types of trees around the globe. Plus there are more than sixty different types of animals who can call this park their home!
9 Samaria Gorge In Crete
This is the biggest island in Greece, and according to mythology, the birthplace of Zeus. It has a very, very long history, dating all the way back to the Neolithic times. There are plenty of artifacts from the Minoan civilization which date back to over 2000 years BC. Unfortunately, the entire civilization was wiped out due to a sudden eruption of a volcano on the island. It’s a great place if you want to see a piece of history, or if you’d like to take a long hike.
8 Rio Celeste In Costa Rica
This is a very popular nature spot in Costa Rica, thanks to the incredible blue hue of the water, and the famous waterfall. As you can see in the photo, the water looks almost unnaturally blue, like it’s been photoshopped. However, the color of the water really is that blue, and none of the photos you’ll find have been altered. After years and years of research, scientists finally discovered that the water has that blue color due to an optical illusion. Regardless, we think it would be great to see this in person.
7 Lake Tekapo In New Zealand
About 250-300 million years ago, this area was actually deep under the ocean. There is a small town right beside the incredibly blue lake, which is surrounded by tall mountains. This is another body of water which has a ridiculously vivid color. Except that this lake actually gets its color thanks to the fine rock-flour that’s suspended in the water which was ground up by the glaciers. It’s also a great place for stargazing, as the sight at night is just as beautiful as during the day.
6 Phuket In Thailand
This island, which is a part of Thailand, is home to some of the most expensive resorts, restaurants, and spas. It also has an amazing old town and plenty of cultural attractions, while housing a lot of cafes and nightclubs. Where else could you find a combination of attractions that has something for literally everyone? It even has incredible beaches and there are over 30 of them! There are the long lively shores as well as the secluded parts. Literally something for everyone!
5 Santorini In Greece
You’ve probably already seen a picture of Greece’s Santorini before. There is a reason why it's known as Greece’s most beautiful island. The island came to be after a big volcanic eruption–in fact, this is the same one as that of the Samaria Gorge– and a few earthquakes. Thankfully, natural disasters three thousand years ago weren’t as bad as they are today. Plus, the island itself is actually a dormant volcano which is great because otherwise there wouldn’t be any dramatic sights. And you can stay in hotels that are right on the edge!
4 Strasbourg In France
Now, this is a destination that looks like it came right out of a Disney movie. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, a whole bunch of palaces and cathedrals, and half-timbered houses. All of these half-timbered houses are placed along the river and date from the 16th and 17th centuries. If you’re into French and German cultures, then this is the perfect location for you. There are influences in the culture, the appearance and even the cuisine from both countries!
3 Rarotonga In the Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a small piece of land, but they might as well be just a big and friendly resort. There are plenty of lagoons, beaches, shops and even churches all over the island. The islands have plenty of those white-sand beaches that are always picture perfect, and they are great if you’re looking for an underwater adventure. You can dive into the clear lagoons and get a close-up look of some colorful fish, big turtles, and beautiful coral formations.
2 Seville In Spain
This is the birthplace of Flamenco and one of the most popular locations all over the world during the Easter holiday. There were plenty of different civilizations that lived in this city in the past, like the Romans, the Phoenicians, the Moors and even the Visigoths, and all of them have left their mark on the city. But the most noticeable is all of the remains left behind by the Romans, which you can see all over the city’s center. And you can even catch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage!
1 Burano In Italy
Everyone has heard of Italy’s crowning jewel of destinations, Venice. Burano is actually a part of the Venetian Lagoon, it’s just located about 4 miles away from Venice itself. One of the most beautiful sights about this town is that each of the houses is painted a different color, which makes you feel like you’re in a cartoon! There are two crafts for which the island is known. The first one is lacemaking and the other one is glass working. There are beautiful sights and amazing crafts all over the Venetian islands, all you have to do is look for them.
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