14 Amazing Places to Visit Before You Die

Mother Nature has given us an amazing amount of natural wonders, scattered across the globe. If you’re a traveler interested in unique destinations, these unbelievably beautiful spots should be right up your alley. Put them on your bucket list right now!

1. Sea of stars, Vaadhoo, Maldives

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If you find yourself on the off-the-beaten-track beaches of the island of Vaadhoo at night, you’ll be witness to millions of dazzling little lights sparkling in the sand. The water’s local population of bio-luminescent plankton causes the romantic and breathtaking phenomenon.

2. Banau rice terraces, Philippines

7155213536_cd78464b70_zWhile getting its name from the popular alcoholic beverage, the water of this natural geothermal body of water is not for drinking – it reaches temperatures of 167 degrees Fahrenheit and bubbles all day long, thanks to plenty of carbon dioxide.

3. Wulingyuan, China

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Dotted with 3,000 natural sandstone tower-like structures, the Wulingyuan region looks like something out of a fantasy movie. Between the formations are countless waterfalls, caves, streams and other magnificent sites.

4. Marble Caves, Argentina/Chile

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The General Carrera Lake borders two countries and houses a massive system of caverns and caves, whose walls bear a dazzling patterns of blue and white stone.

5. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

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You can feel like you’re in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or just soak up the amazing surroundings in this forest of sky-high bamboo tress that lies outside the metropolis of Kyoto.

6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Similar to America’s Death Valley, the 4086 square miles of Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats are a marvel to behold: a desolate desert of salt that attracts beautiful pink flamingos and other amazing animals.

7. Crooked Forest, Poland

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The pine trees in this forest, that seems to have emerged from a fairy tale, are all deformed, shaped like a question mark at the base. Surprisingly, scientists are still out on how they got this way.

8. Buckskin Gulch, Utah

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The offshoot of the famous Colorado River is a magnificent 12-mile-long canyon full of twists and turns that a traveler can navigate by kayak or raft.

9. Kakum National Park, Ghana

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This lush forest will put most zoos to shame. It offers lush flora but also plenty of sightings of exotic birds, monkeys, antelopes, elephants, and more.

10. Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall at 3,212 feet high (compared to Niagara’s puny 167 feet, for example). The waterfall gets its name from aviator Jimmie Angel, the first foreigner to see and (crucially) publicize the falls in 1933.

11. “Door to hell”, Turkmenistan

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This massive gorge in the Karakum Desert houses constantly burning fires that look as if they’re coming from the depths of hell. This is the result of a deep, underground natural gas field that was set aflame by Soviet petroleum engineers in 1971.

12. Champagne pool, New Zealand

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While getting its name from the popular alcoholic beverage, the water of this natural geothermal body of water is not for drinking – it reaches temperatures of 167 degrees Fahrenheit and bubbles all day long, thanks to plenty of carbon dioxide.

13. Socotra, Yemen

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Although right now might not be the best time to visit Yemen, owing to the fact that it’s engulfed in a civil war, the islands of Socotra are worth a trip in the future. The four island stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean claim no less than 700 plant and animal species unique to its lands These include the dragon’s blood tree, the cucumber tree, the Socotra bunting, and Christine’s mabuya (a type of lizard).

14. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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The tallest mountain in the world has been the subject of many films and books, most famously Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro . The country surrounding the amazing formation is filled with equally impressive flora and fauna, including “blue” monkeys, giraffes and water buffalo.