If there is one thing, among the many, that the internet has made possible, it gives people a chance to discover more places and things in the world. And it may even inspire a desire to travel in destinations that are home to some of the most unique and wonderful sights on Earth. Here are some unusual places you may want to visit if you are thinking of getting off the beaten tourist destinations and attractions.
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA
Goblin Valley State Park features an unusual landscape. The area is teeming with sandstone formations many of which look like goblins and out of this world creatures. There are marked hiking trails such as the Goblin’s Lair trail that stretches for about 1.5 miles (one way). Trails vary from difficult to easy thus providing plenty of options for everyone.
Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Lake Hillier’s deep pink color makes it a beautiful oddity. Its unique color is attributed to several factors that include the water’s high saline concentration, the Dunaliella salina which are algae species that inhabit the lake, and the halobacteria or pink bacteria.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Castle or Cotton Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southwest of Turkey. Its unique terraces-like cascading natural hot spring pools provide a mesmerizing sight for locals and tourists who visit to see this natural wonder.
Plain of Jars, Laos
The Plain of Jars is not only an unusual but also a mysterious place to visit. No one seems to know the story surrounding the numerous megalithic stone jars found in the area. The jars lend a surreal quality to the view of the plain.
Red Beach, Panjin, China
The Red Beach is a wetlands that serve as a refuge for migratory birds. It transforms into a vibrant red color in autumn giving an otherworldly feel to the place. A designated area is open to visitors who can use a wooden walkway to explore leading to the sea.
Socotra Island, Yemen
A visit to Socotra Island is like going to an alien world. The remote island boasts of a spectacular and one-of-a-kind biodiversity. It is home to strange looking trees like the dragon’s blood tree and unique plant species that may not be found in other places in the world.
Spotted Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Spotted Lake is a unique lake in that it reveals several mineral pools once the water evaporates during the summer months. The small pools vary in color making the place look even more surreal. The Okanagan people consider the Spotted Lake as a sacred place.