Often, when beaten down by the banality of our modern existences, we forget to pick our heads up and to take stock of the world around us. Even in the most desolate of places, there’s beauty to be found. Even more, if you’re willing to travel, you can see exactly what this world is about, and why life is for the living.
Maybe this is something that you already understand, or maybe it’s something you’re hoping to understand. Either way, you owe it to yourself to take your head out of its comfort zone and to expose it to the unrestrained beauty of the world, the beauty that the poets speak of.
With this in mind, we’ve collected this list of the 25 places you absolutely must visit before you die. If you’re already a world traveler, then perhaps you’ve visited some of these places. However, we doubt that you’ve visited them all, because they’re spread out across this tremendous planet of ours.
Does the idea of taking a boat ride through a glowing cave excite you? How about diving to the bottom of one of the most mysterious underwater holes in the world? If your ears are perking up, then this is the list for you. Some come check out these 25 destinations (and go visit them soon).
1. Redwood National Park
Sure, check out San Francisco and spend all of your money. But, be sure you take the trip out to see the enormous redwood tress that this region is known for.
2. The Swing at the End of the World
In Ecuador, you’ll find a swing that’s unlike any other on the planet. On it, you can swing out over the side of a cliff, enjoying incredible views in the process.
3. Whitehaven Beach
This is one of Australia’s hidden gems. The sand here is so fine that you won’t even believe it’s sand… It feels more like confectioner’s sugar!
4. Mendenhall Ice Caves
These ice caves, which are located just outside of Juneau, Alaska, are currently closed to the public… But it’s not like they pay anyone to guard them…
5. The Tunnel of Love
If you can stomach the conflict in the Ukraine, then make sure you hit The Tunnel of Love, an old railway line that’s completely covered by foliage.
6. The Hang Son Doong Cave
This cave, which is located in Vietnam, is the largest in the world. It’s so large, in fact, that a 40-story building could fit inside of it!
7. Fingal’s Cave
If large caves don’t do it for you, then maybe exotic ones do. The strange structure of this cave in Scotland was created by lava.
8. Easter Island
You’re no doubt familiar with the idols of Easter Island… Well, they’re even stranger when you’re staring them in the face… In person.
9. Haiku Stairs
You may think that you’ve experience Hawaii in the past, but you haven’t until you’ve hiked this treacherous but rewarding trail.
10. The Sea of Stars
Maldives is a big name in travel these days. One reason is the Sea of Stars, which needs to be seen to be believed.
11. The Great Blue Hole
If you’re a person that loves scuba diving, then a visit to this 400-foot-deep abyss in Belize is an absolute must!
12. Salar De Uyuni
This is the largest salt flat in the world, and it’s located in Bolivia. Make sure you go after it rains, though, because you’ll feel like you’re walking on water.
13. Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
There’s something so peaceful about walking through these bamboo groves in Kyoto. We can’t describe it; you need to experience it.
14. Mount Roraima
It’s one of the most beautiful destinations in South America, and it’s home to one of the grandest waterfalls in the entire world.
15. Glowworm Caves
New Zealand is home to its own species of glowworm, which are about the size of a mosquito. They hang out in these caves, and it’s incredible!
16. Marble Caves
In General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, you’ll find a rock island with a bottom that’s been eaten away by the waves for thousands of years. This is the result.
17. Hitachi Seaside Park
Make sure you plan to visit this destination in the spring, when everything is in bloom. It’s a view unlike any other you’ll ever have. It’s located in Japan.
18. Cenotes of the Yucatan
Okay, so they’re just giant sinkholes… But, you’ve never seen sinkholes like these. Plus, the Mayans used to revere them… That means something!
19. The Great Wall of China
You may have to compete with other tourists, but it’s worth it. It’s unbelievable that ancient humans actually built it!
20. The Grand Canyon
Hey, it’s an obvious one. But, this is one of those things that pictures truly do not do justice to. You HAVE to see it in person.
21. Zhangye Danxia Landform
As you can see, this location in Gansu, China, looks out of this world! But, it’s on this world, and it’s the result of 24 million years of geology.
22. The Enchanted Well
You’ve never seen water this clear in your entire life. Though it’s 140 feet deep, you can see straight through to the bottom.
23. Antelope Canyon
Need something a bit more exotic than The Grand Canyon? Then you want to give this amazing place in Arizona a try.
24. Tulip Fields of the Netherlands
Pretty much every tulip you’ve ever seen has come from the Netherlands. Wouldn’t you like to see them in bloom… All at once?
The name means Troll Tongue, and it’s a cliff that extends out 2000 feet above the ground, offering vertigo-inducing views of he surrounding landscape. It’s in Norway.