It's no secret that the Earth boasts a kaleidescope of dream-like natural wonders. With these beholden sites scattered all around the globe, we bet you've yet to come across most of them. Then again, if you ever want to start famliarizing yourself with the world's awe-inspiring gifts, below, we've listed down 10 of the best spots to start with.
1. Rainbow hot spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
Dubbed the Grand Prismatic Spring, this rainbow pool is the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Its cluster of majestic hues come from different colored bacteria that are able to suvive thanks to the various temperature levels that make up the spring's distinctly colored rings.
2. Pink lake, Lake Hillier, Australia
Australia's world famous cotton-candy colored saline lake is a sight to behold. Although the exact reason for its bubblegum appearance is yet to be known, most scientists infer that the phenomenon is due to microalgae present in the lake called Dunaliella Salina.
3. Reflective salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Known as the world's largest salt flat, stepping onto Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, when there's a thin layer of water from nearby lakes, almost feels like threading through the clouds as it purely reflects the sky above. According to National Geographic, this majestic expanse originated from pre-historic lakes evaporated from long ago.
4. Gates to Hell, Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan
This ominous fiery crater in Turkmenistan opened up more than 40 years ago and has continued to burn ever since. Reports say that the sinkhole was set created by Soviet scientists "to burn off noxious gases after the ground under a drilling rig gave way." Thanks to its eerie appearance, the collapsed cavern is also famously known as the country's Door to Hell.
5. Giant crystal cave, Naica Mine, Mexico
Buried 300 meters beneath beneath the Sierra de Naica Mountain in Chihuahua, Mexico is the Giant Crystal Cave, a.k.a. the "Sistine Chapel of crystals." Inside the surreal cave are massive crystals that can reach as high as 36 feet and weigh 55 tons. Reports reveal that the largest minerals inside went through "at least half a million years of uninterrupted growth."
6. Floating island, Mount Roraima, Venezuela
When enveloped by a sheet of clouds, Mount Roraima in Venezuela may appear like a floating island towering over the sky. The plateau stands at 7,671 feet above forest floor and is the highest peak of the country from Guyana’s Highland Range.
7. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Ukaraine's Tunnel of Love looks like an enchanted forest straight out of a Disney fairytale. In reality, it's a two-mile private railway built around arched lush foliage. While a train runs accross the tracks thrice a day to deliver wood to a nearby factory, it's best known as an ideal location for couples to take a romantic walk. Hence, the tunnel's name. Legend says that if you and your S.O. visit the Tunnel of Love, your wish together, if sincere enough, will come true.
8. Ice caves, Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
The otherworldly caverns of the Mendenhall Glacier runs a 12-mile stretch along the Mendenhall Valley in Juneau, Alaska. Unfortunately, the site has started to grately recede over the years due to global warming. Travel magazine and guidebook Atlas Obscura notes that the ice caves have "receded almost two miles since 1958, while previously it had receded only 0.5 miles since 1500."
9. Raibow mountains, Zhangye Danxia Park, China
These rolling rainbow hued hills in China were hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 2009. The once flat rock formation was formed approximately 55 million years ago after a collision between the Indian and Eurasian Plates disrupted the area. As for its extraordinary colors? Forbes explains "the Rainbow Mountains are cretaceous sandstones and siltstones that were deposited in China before the Himalayan Mountains were formed. The sand and silt was deposited with iron and trace minerals that provided it with the key ingredient to form the colors we see today."
10. Flower fields, Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
A famous IG-worthy spot in the Netherlands, the Keukenhof Gardens is home to roughly 7 million flower bulbs of varying colors planted every year. It's also known to be the largest flower park in the world and may be best viewed during the seasons between April and May.