24 Amazing Unknown Places You Never Knew Existed

Have you ever saw a photo a friend posted on Facebook or Instagram and wondered where it was? There are a number of places around the world that are off the radar as we are all busy sight-seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Westminister Abbey in London and the Vatican in Rome.

The best way to discover these unknown places is through locals and intense googling online. Here’s a little helping hand in discovering some of them!

Bluer than blue lake at Jiuzhaigou National Park (China)

Get a glimpse of this 1375-metre-long crystal turquoise lake in China.  Its hard to believe that this lake is in one of the most populated cities in the world and it has this lake tucked in among the Min Mountains near the Tibetan Plateau. This lake deserves attention that UNESCO turned the place in to a World Heritage site in 1992.

jiuzhaigou-lake

 

3,922 steps up high the Haiku Stairs or “The Stairway to Heaven” in Oahu, Hawaii

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Stairway to heaven”? Often than so you’d hear this over some mushy love songs. But this phrase fairly describes these stairs in Ohau, Hawaii. These majestic stairs has a top secret purpose when it was built in 1942. It was constructed by Ha’iku Radio Station to be able to transmit radio signals to Navy ships across the Pacific. The stairs counts to 3,922 steps. Do you think you got what it takes to climb this stairs?

haiku-stairs

Photo by shawnclover via Flickr

 

Enchanting River (Hinatuan River) in Surigao del Sur, Philippines

The Philippines is slowly showcasing its beauty one island after the other. Islands like Boracay, Palawan and Siargao. But the country offers you more that what Google can offer. Tucked in behind the rocky mountains of a small province called Surigao Del Sur lies a fairy-tale like river that will surely make you think twice if its real or not.

Dubbed as the “Enchanted River”,  invites people from all around the world to dive and explore its depth and caves.

Photo by 2il org via Flickr

Photo by 2il org via Flickr

Crooked Forest in Szczecin, Poland

A bizarre wide array of crooked trees can be found near the town of Gryfino in Western Poland. Where trees are slightly tilted in the most weird structure.  The Crooked Forest has around 400 pine trees that grow trees with a 90-degree bend from their root.  Some say that the reason behind the 90-degree bend of the trees is gravitational pull within the area.

 

Photo by lisabrideau via Flickr

Photo by lisabrideau via Flickr

 

Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki, Japan)

This beauty is located northeast of Tokyo within the Kanto Plain. A vast hectare with a variety of flowers in every palette. Definitely the place where flower enthusiast can call paradise.  (Mind you, this is just less than two hours away from Tokyo).

Photo by Reginald Pentinio via Flickr

Photo by Reginald Pentinio via Flickr

 

Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, Himalayas

Considered as the most famous lake in India, this lake stretches out to about 160 kms.  This saltwater lake is known to be containing the highest amout of salt water in the world. Pangong Tso Lake also extends from India to Tibet.

pangong-tso

 

Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, USA

This archipelago is located in the northern part of Wisconsin. These 60 foot high sandstone walls are just  almost just too perfect to be naturally made.

Sea cave at Swallow Point, Apostle Islands

 

Salar de Uyuni (Salar de Tunupa) in Bolivia

This salt flat that ranges to  10,582 square kilometers is considered as the world’s largest slat flat in the world. This scenery is located in Potosi, southwest of Bolivia. It is known that the salt flat was formed as a result of transformation or evolution of prehistoric lakes within its surroundings. This place indeed aged beautifully throughout time!

salar-uyuni

Aquarium in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

This entire stretch of naturally made aquarium in Rangiroa is beyond breathtaking not only within a bird’s eye view. Are you a diver? then be sure to include this on your diving list to experience the world’s most immense aquarium.

rangiroa

 

Rotorua Hot springs in Rotura, New Zealand

Rotura also known as the world’s most remarkable geothermal wonderlands. Rotura attracts travellers from all over the world to travel and enjoy its shooting geysers and bubbling mud pools. And while you indulge into relaxation, don’t forget to learn about the fascinating culture of Maori within your side trips.

rotorua

 

Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole

Are you ready for a cold adventure? Then hop on for a ride to the Artic ocean to discover Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and North Pole. Discover its untouched beauty. Svalbard which translates to “cold coasts”. This place consists of a number of nature reserves, and bird sanctuaries. And don’t forget its a place where you can find some polar bears too!

svalbard

 

“The Door to Hell” in Derweze, Turkmenistan

This natural gas field known as “The Door to Hell” or “The gateway to hell” is something out of the ordinary. This caverned collapsed in 1971, geologists then set it on fire to avoid the spread of methane gas and since then it just keeps burning continuously. Since then, this has been a popular tourist attraction for may tourist. Dare to get near this crater for a good selfie?

door-to-hell

A small oasis surrounded by dunes in Huacachina, Peru

In Southwestern Peru lies a small town surrounded by a small lake and surrounded by enormous sand dunes in the most infertile places on earth. This oasis only has 96 residents. This place offers you a good spot to catch the sunset and also explore the town’s rustic shops and be adventurous and try out sandboarding!

huacachina

 

Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy

Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, a secret getaway. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy.  Get a good view of this 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery.  This places is a best kept secret of italians where they all go to for vacations. (Apologies to the italians for sharing it to the world!) Not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while your sunbathing?

tropea-italy

 

Psychedelic Salt Mines in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Don’t be fooled upon entering these salt mines. You are not in any way drugged into seeing things in a different form. These psychedelic mind boggling patterns on it walls will surely leave you mind boggled how it was ever formed. These caves with pattern are completely natural. This natural beauty is caused by carnallite, known as a mineral that creates colorful swirls. Time to create a house made out of rock and mix it up with carnallite!

mine-salt

 

Lake Natron, Tanzania

It seems like the description just came out of a story book, but the photographs and stories around it is real. This lake turns animals into stone. With a perfect explanation behind it ofcourse. The lake is composed of alkaline that a has a PH value as high as 10.5. Having said with this high PH value, it automatically burn the skin of an animal that touches this body of water. The said amount of alkaline comes from the sodium carbonate that flow into the lake within its surrounding. TIP: Don’t get too close to this lake.

lake-natron

 

Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada

This 75 -hectare of fine greenery is known to be one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens.  Visitors often visit this botanical garden with some thirty thematic gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses. This place is surely for all the nature lovers who enjoys a day to be one with nature.

montreal-botanical

The inverted tower in Quinta de Regaleira, Portugal 

This 27- deep well is a majestic site that people dubbed to be an inverted tower. Located in an estate in Sintra, Portugal.  The estate is without a doubt a beauty outside and as well as inside. This mysterious spot lives explorers wondering if its really a well or an inverted tower. What do you think?

regaleira-portugal

Two continents in Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

Every wondered how it feels like to be in one place at the same time? Then head on to Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland to get a good feel of how it is. Submerged into the Atlantic ocean. Swim between the crack to get a the feeling of being between Europe and America. The water at its purest form is one of the sough after diving spots of divers around the world.

 

pingvallavatn-lake

 

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia

Located within the borders of Colombia and Ecuador, this sanctuary famous spot is its enormous neo-gothic church. The said church was built by a family in the 1700s that claimed that they seen the Virgin Mary in the sky.  Though this destination is out of the way if you’re only travelling around Columbia. Do try to include this on your list to see to get a glimpse of this majestic church.

 

Photo by Gameoflight via Flickr

Photo by Gameoflight via Flickr

 

Seegrotte in Hinterbrühl, Austria

Located in Hinterbruhl Austria, this lake is considered as  Europe’s largest subterranean lake. This is known to be 60 meters below ground level. Little by little, tourists has been visiting this underground subterranean wonder through boat tours.

hinterbruhl

Photo by magicketchup via Flickr

The Gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

Discover more of traditional places in Japan. First stop is a good view of the Gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Japan. get historic with these traditional guest houses are flocked by tourists and it seems get a hard grasp to avail reservations here.

shirakawa-go

Kampong Thom, Cambodia

A great alternative to Angkor Wat,  situated to half way from Phohm Penh and Siem Reap. Explore within the grasslands and rice fields around the area. Within Kampong Thom you can choose within climbing 807 steps of Phnom Suntuk , a pagoda on top of the mountains, visit a listed World Heritage site, Sambor Prei Kuk and explore the boat trip on the Stung Sen River. Remember these sites stand out from the typical sites to see in Cambodia. These options are definitely the road less-travelled.

kampong-thom

Photo by suprememoocow via Flickr

Mount Sanqing, Jiujiang in Mount Sanqing, China

This place is known to be the place for practicing Taoist in the ancient times. This terrain of mountains has three peaks, Yujing, Yuhua and Yuxu Peak dubbed as the “Three Qing” in Taoism. This epic view offers you magnificent landscapes, peculiar rocks, and “endless-like” waterfalls. Don’t forget about the clouds that may seem reachable within the mountains!

mount-sanqing

Photo by haglundt via Flickr

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to travel the road less travelled!

Article by Paula Queaño


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