• HQWalls.org

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Salar de Uyuni

    Covering over 4,000 square miles, the world's largest salt flats are situated near the crest of the Andes. The flats are nearly 12,000 feet above sea level and were formed from several prehistoric lakes tens of thousands of years ago.

  • YingJohnnyZhang.Blogspot.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Jiuzhai Valley National Park

    Locally known as Jiuzhaigou, Jiuzhai is best known for its amazing blue and green lakes, incredible waterfalls, and unique wildlife, including the Giant Panda.

  • WonderfulWorldReview.Blogspot.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Wave

    Iron deposits and the unique Navajo sandstone explain the mixture of orange, yellow, and red coloring characteristic of The Wave. Some have claimed the rock formations actually date back to the Jurassic period.

  • 8ThingsToDo.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Hidden Beach on the Marieta Islands

    Located a few miles off the coast of Mexico, are the virtually untouched Marieta Islands. It's believed that the hidden beach and other craters and caves on the islands are due to explosions and bombings by the government.

  • TripThirsty.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Pulpit Rock

    Known for it's sheer rockface and striking overlook, Preikestolen is a plateau rock over 1,900 feet tall. From the top, enjoy breathtaking views of the Lysefjord and much of Norway’s lush countryside.

  • TrekEarth.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Badab-e Surt

    Badab-e Surt is comprised of stepped sedimentary rock terraces that have naturally formed over thousands of years. As water from two springs, cooled, and deposited minerals on the mountainside, the hot springs grew.

  • TheZooom.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Kuha Karuhas Pavilion

    The Kuha Karuhas Pavilion inside Phraya Nakhon cave of Thailand’s Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park was built for the visit of King Chulalongkorn, back in the 1800s.

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    Inspired Travel Ideas - Cave of the Crystals

    The Cave of the Crystals rests nearly 1000 feet below a Mexican mine. It contains some of the largest naturally occurring crystals ever recorded – some even measure up to 36 feet long and weigh as much as 55 tons!

  • Onetikk.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Valley of Flowers

    The Valley of Flowers National Park high in West Himalaya, India, is nestled between snow-capped peaks and blanketed in beautiful alpine flowers.

  • Flickr/guillenperez

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Cappadocia

    Located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, Cappadocia is widely known for its unique volcanic moonscape, and is home to incredible underground cities, rock houses, and world famous balloon tours.

  • Tumblr.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Skaftafell's Crystal Cave

    Located inside Europe's largest national park, Vatnajokull National Park, is the amazingly beautiful Crystal Cave of Svmnafellsjvkull. When the Vatnajvkull ice cap met the Icelandic coastline centuries ago, the Crystal Cave formed.

  • ILiketoWasteMyTime.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Fly Geyser

    Back in 1964, a farmer drilled a geothermal well but didn't cap or maintain it correctly. The boiling hot water began spewing from the hole and calcium carbonate deposits formed the geyser.

  • 8ThingsToDo.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Tunnel of Love

    Locals in Klevan, Ukraine call this lushly adorned still-functioning train tunnel "The Tunnel of Love." It's said that lovers who make a wish – if their love is true, the wishes are supposed to come true!

  • Una-Aqua.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Plitivice Lakes National Park

    Plitivice Lakes National Park in Croatia is known for it its 16 lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls and incredible caves.

  • az.Wikipedia.org

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Darvaza

    In 1971, geologists were drilling for natural gas when the ground collapsed. To avoid dangerous poisonous gas discharge, the crater was set on fire with the expectation that it'd burn off in a few days. That was over 40 years ago.

  • MojoBob.Blogspot.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Mt. Roraima

    Mount Roraima on the Venezuela-Brazil-Guyana border is a destination that deserves it's own travel itinerary. The tepuy, or tabletop mountain, is nearly 9,000 feet high and sits inside Canaima National Park.

  • JusttheTravel.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Great Blue Hole

    Around 10,000 years ago, The Great Blue Hole's roof collapsed to reveal the previously concealed cave. Measuring at around 1,000 feet in diameter and around 412 feet deep, the cave sits in the Belize's Great Barrier Reef.

  • Flickr/Brain Jeffer

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Basilica Cistern

    Found under the Eminönü district of Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is a sixth century underground chamber that features 336 marble columns, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways, all made without a mold.

  • TravelKutch.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Rann of Kutch

    The Rann of Kutch is the world's largest salt marsh and desert! During the monsoon season, the Rann floods with river water and sea water. Come winter and dryer seasons, the water evaporates creating the salty desert.

  • Entertainment-Enter.Blogspot.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Formed by thousands of years of water erosion, this pool, grotto, and canyon features a 50-foot waterfall that spills over limestone outcroppings.

  • GetinTravel.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Mt. Kelimutu National Park

    The three lakes of Mt. Kelimutu constantly change colors. Unlike other color-changing lakes around the world (Japan, Australia), it’s impossible to predict what colors or when the Kelimutu lakes will change.

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    Inspired Travel Ideas - Cano Cristales River

    "The River of Five Colors" and "The River that Ran Away from Paradise," Caño Cristales is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. During the short time between the wet and dry seasons, the river flows with vibrant colors.

  • Inhabitat.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

    Book a night in the Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland and you can spend the night stargazing. The igloos are made of thermal glass, preventing frost from building up on the outside.

  • WTFoto.net

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Ta Prohm Temple

    This lesser known Bayon-style temple in the Angkor Complex was built in the mid-12th to early-13th century and was originally used as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university.

  • it-it.Facebook.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Neptune's Grotto

    Off the coast of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia, sits Neptune's Grotto (Grotta di Nettuno); the stalactite cave was originally discovered by a fisherman in the 18th century.

  • Keren Su, Corbis

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Zhangjiajie National Forest

    The stone peaks of China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park inspired the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar. In 2010, China officially renamed one of the most popular peaks, Southern Sky Column, to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

  • ChinaTourGuide.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Yunnan Province Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    It’s said that 1,000 years ago, the local Hani people in southern China sculpted these rice terraces with their bare hands! Together, they transformed the then-barren valleys into a profitable and plentiful rice-baring Eden.

  • Nature.New7Wonders.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Dead Sea

    At over 1,300 feet below sea level, The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth on a mass of land. The amount of water that evaporates from it is greater than that the amount that actually flows into it.

  • EarthShots.org

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Cenote Samula

    A geological wonder with naturally formed stalactites and stalagmites, Yucatan cenotes, like Cenote Samula, were sacred places in Mayan culture, and are still considered a treasure today.

  • Commons.Wikimedia.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Pamukkale

    It may look like an arctic tundra, but this mineral-rich hot spring in Turkey is anything but frigid. Pamukkale's blue pools, which cascade over pearly cliffs, attract millions of visitors each year.

  • Eager-Beaver.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Biobay

    Known as the world's brightest glowing bay, the Biobay is home to millions of plants, animals, and micro-organisms that emit a blue-green light when disturbed in their habitats.

  • iStock

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Petra

    Venture down a narrow gorge between two cliffs towering at 263 feet high and you'll encounter the Lost City of Petra, Jordan. Petra was mostly unknown to the western world until it was "discovered" in 1812 by a Swiss traveler.

  • Flickr/LeonldL

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Baishui River

    The Baishui River in China is known for it's icy, crystal-clear waters. When the snow atop Jade Dragon Snow Mountain melts, glacial water cascades down into the river, making it frigid to the touch.

  • YourAmazingPlaces.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Aogashima Volcano

    Off the coast of Tokyo, Japan, the Aogashima Volcano is the southernmost island in the Izu archipelago. The volcano had a serious eruption in the 1780s causing casualties and a full evacuation.

  • Flickr/Joshua Candres

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Fingal's Cave

    According to legend, a giant named Fionn Mac Cumbhail built a bridge connecting Fingal's Cave to Giant's Causeway in Ireland to fight his Scottish rival. The cave has hexagon-shaped columns of basalt lining its interior walls.

  • TheAdventureBlog.Blogspot.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Chile's Atacama Desert

    Soaring, white-capped Andean mountains, saline lakes, active volcanoes, salt flats, geysers, and flamingos – the geography of Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest on Earth, is as varied as it is breathtaking.

  • AmusingPlanet.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Perito Moreno Glacier

    Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier is actually one of the world's few glaciers that's still growing. Of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian ice field, Perito Moreno is one of three that continues to expand today.

  • LoveThesePics.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Thousand Island Lake

    Thousand Island Lake (or Quiando Lake in Chinese) is actually a man-made reservoir. Quiando gets its name from the 1,078 islands that exist across the lake.

  • Facebook/Moorea Beach Cars

    Inspired Travel Ideas - French Polynesia's Atolls

    Situated in the middle of the South Pacific ocean – roughly halfway between San Diego and Auckland – French Polynesia is one of those postcard-ready locales that truly seems like paradise.

  • Flor.Forumid.net

    Inspired Travel Ideas - To Sua Ocean Trench

    Surrounded by lush vegetation, gardens, and all-around jungle-like conditions, To Sua, literally translated into 'big hole,' features a near-100-foot drop into crystal clear blue water.

  • RememberandReturn.WordPress.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Huacachina Oasis

    Surrounded by tall sand dunes, Huacachina in Peru is located a few kilometers from downtown Ica – town on the edge of the desert.

  • HumanSphere.info

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Lake Retba

    During the dry season in Senegal, the salinity content of Lake Retba actually exceeds that of the Dead Sea! The lake serves mainly as a tourist spot, while locals farm salt from the bottom with their bare hands.

  • Homestead Resort

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Homestead Crater Thermal Pool

    This 10,000-year-old, 55-foot-deep geothermal pool in Utah is open to swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers. It provides the only hot-water scuba diving in the U.S.

  • Nomadruss.Photoshelter.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Plain of Jars

    This largely unknown UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Xieng Khouang plateau in Laos is dotted with thousands of stone jars. The jars were most likely associated with burial practices of protohistoric communities in the area.

  • Itinerarist.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - The Blue Lagoon

    You've probably heard of Iceland's Blue Lagoon, but did you know that the popular tourist spot is man-made? Operation of a nearby geothermal power station accidentally created a lagoon of crystal blue geothermal seawater.

  • HQWorld.net

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Lencois Maranhenses National Park

    Lençois Maranhenses National Park is the only desert in the world with thousands of freshwater lagoons. The dunes fill with water from the rainy season, but during the dry season many of them disappear.

  • RiftValleyLodge.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Lake Natron

    The pink, red, and orange coloring of Lake Natron is caused by cyanobacteria, tiny organisms that grow in the water.

  • AmazingPlacesonEarth.com

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Crescent Lake

    During the Qing Dynasty, the Crescent Lake desert oasis was named Yueyaquan. Though it may not look like it, the lake is naturally occurring, though its growth and protection has been largely due to the government.

  • Matthais Wiet

    Inspired Travel Ideas - Ice Flowers

    Due to extreme cold and dryness in the North Pole, the air pulls moisture off imperfections in the ice; bits then vaporize. The cold makes the vapor heavy but the air can't hold the weight so crystals form ice flowers.

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