Everyone loves to travel, well almost everyone. But when it comes to where you should travel to, some places are simply more beautiful and more awe-inspiring than others. We have discovered some places you may not have known existed, that are beautiful beyond any holiday place you have been to in the most recent past. The beauty of these places are beyond belief. They are not your everyday holiday inns and as such, we are sure you did not even know they existed. All the same, get ready to be wowed once again by the things God made and the ones man has taken it upon himself to create.
1. Beijing Water Cube Water Park, China
Officially known as the Beijing Water Cube Water Park, Happy Magic is part of the National Aquatics Center and is now Beijing’s most visited tourist spot after the Great Wall. Thanks to a major renovation in 2011, the place looks even more futuristic than on opening day in 2008: Think of splashy colored tubes, transporting human water rockets through a system of slides twisting this way and that.
2. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. Reminiscent of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, it boasts of the same hexagonal basalt columns but houses them in a cathedral-like sea cave with shimmering turquoise water.
3. Summit on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. It is a 13,800-foot climb from Hilo’s beaches to the moonscape at the summit of Mauna Kea and it isn’t for the faint of heart, thus making it the single longest sustained climb on earth. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, Mauna Kea passed as the most active shield stage of life and it is currently about a million years old.
4. The Wave, Arizona
The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in the United States of America. This awe-inspiring rock wave in shades of ochre and crimson unfolds through the Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness near the Arizona–Utah border. It is famous among hikers and photographers for its colorful, undulating forms, and the rugged, trackless hike required to reach it.
5. The Airplane Hotel, Costa Rica
Hotel Costa Verde is located on a coastal rainforest bluff overlooking the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel is a shell of an old 1965 Boeing 727, transported to the jungle to make it look like it “landed” among the treetops. The result is part hotel suite, part treehouse.
6. Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming
Morning Glory Pool sits at the north end of Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park. The pool was called “Convolutus” which means “morning glory flower” by Mrs. McGowan, wife of Assistant Park Superintendent, Charles McGowan in 1883.
7. Ice Hotel And Bar, Sweden
The Ice Hotel and Bar in the village of Jukkasjärvi is reconstructed annually, with input by artists from around the world; it features snow floors, carved-ice furniture, and barware. Don your warmest gear (and close-toed shoes) if you plan to sip a cocktail in this frigid lounge, reputed to be the original subzero drinking destination.
8. Red Sea Star Bar, Israel
In the water of the Red Sea, seventy meters off the shore of Eilat, a unique underwater attraction was created – the Red Sea Star – which is the only underwater restaurant and bar in the world. Anchored 16 feet below The Red Sea, this underwater lounge is a wonder. Eccentric decor – jellyfish-shaped chairs and sea cucumber all coming together to make this bar a masterpiece.
9. Walking On Water, Canada
Have you ever thought you can walk on water? Well, in the far northern reaches of Canada, in the wild, frozen territory of Nunavut, you actually can. A mile out to sea on Canada’s Baffin Bay, you risk some slippery footing, but you can clamber up a half-pipe inside this massive berg. Walk along a curving ice-valley for a hundred feet or so, come out on the other side, and slide back down onto the sea ice.
10. Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, Senegal
Lake Retba, or Lac Rose (Pink Lake) is located in Senegal, just an hour from its capital city, Dakar. The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes and gets its distinctive color from a bacteria that produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight. The lake is also known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.