There are some extremely remarkable and mysterious landscapes on Earth that can leave their visitors absolutely awestruck. Here is a collection of the 20 most unique landscapes on the planet that you may not have even known existed:
1. Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is 112,500- acre wilderness located near the border of Arizona and Utah. The wave seen above is a sandstone rock formation known for its vibrant color. It’s a difficult hike to reach this particular area and a visitor’s permit is required.
2. Salinas Grandes
This large salt flat Salinas Grandes is located in central-northern Argentina. Its field stretches 2,300 square miles and encompasses many breathtaking saltwater pools within its expansive stretch.
3. The Kelimutu Volcano Crater
Kelimutu is a volcano close to the town of Moni in central Flores Island, Indonesia. The volcano contains three beautiful lakes differing in color, from turquoise to emerald green.
4. ZaoOnsen Hot Spring
ZaoOnsen is a famous hot spring located on Mount Zao in the northern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Here, you will see “ice trees,” which pack on large amounts of snow to form fascinating shapes.
5. Rice Terraces at Yuanyuang, Yúnnán
Yúnnán in southwestern China is known for its surreal patchwork of rice paddies terraced along the region’s fertile plateau.
6. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in southeast Europe. It is made up of beautiful interlinking and cascading lakes, caves, and forests. Visitors enjoy its glimmering rainbows and shimmering aquamarine pools.
7. Fly Geyser in Nevada
Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser, is a tourist attraction in Nevada located 20 miles north of Gerlach. This multi-colored mount was accidentally created in 1916 during a well drilling and it has been drawing visitors ever since.
8. LencoisMaranhenses Sand Dunes
The LencoisMaranhenses Sand Dunes are located in Northeastern Brazil. These sand dunes are valleys that are filled with water during the wet season, creating a beautiful spectacle.
9. The Cappadocia Valley
The Cappadocia Valley is located in the heartland ofTurkey and is known for its many thousand-year-old cave dwellings. This rocky landscape is filled with numerous underground settlements that are still occupied today.
10. White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
The splendid White Sands National Monument is located in New Mexico. It’s known for its dramatic landscape, which resembles white snow and covers 275 square miles of desert.
11. The Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
Salar de Uyuniis located in Bolivia and is the world’s largest salt flat. During the wet season, its landscape is covered in a thin layer of water, creating magnificent reflections of the sky.
12. Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring located in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world. Its beautiful spectrum of colors is created from different kinds of bacteria that thrive in various temperates.
13. Las Salinas de Torrevieja
Las Salinas de Torrevieja is a nature reserve located near the city of Torrevieja, Spain. This unique landscape features two salty lagoons that are pink in color. The pink hues are created by algae.
14. Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach is located in Whitsunday Island, Australia and is known for its beautiful turquoise water and impeccably white sand that blend together to create a spectacular view.
15. The Door to Hell
The “Door to Hell” is a natural gas field located in Turkmenistan. The field collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971 becoming a crater.
16. The Strokkur geyser
Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area in the southwest part of Iceland. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting punctually every 6-10 minutes, blasting water up to 40 m into the air.
17. Colombia’s CañoCristales
CañoCristales is a natural phenomenon blanketed by an aquatic plant that radiates vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue under various weather conditions. While it tends to look like a typical river most of the year, it takes on hues of the rainbow during the months of June to December.
18.The Naturally Terraced Thermal Springs of Hierapolis-Pamukkale
Pamukkalemeans “cotton castle” in Turkish and is a natural site in southwestern Turkey. This area is known for its hot springs and pristine white terraces formed by carbonite mineral left by flowing water. The hot springs resemble white clouds.
19. The Rhone and Arve Rivers Collision in Geneva
The two rivers, the Rhone and the Arve, bleed together in Geneva, Switzerland, creating an incredible sight. The Arve is more brownish in color and is fed by glaciers in Chamonix Valley, while the Rhone is greenish-blue and starts in Lake Lehman.
20.Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Utah and is known for its vibrant-colored geological structures, which have been formed through erosion. These structures are often called “hoodoos.”