Thanks to the internet and social media, you can travel the world without leaving your home. However, there are still some amazing places that are less explored. Read about the most breathtaking and overlooked places in the world.
Lord Howe Island, Australia
Lord Howe Island is only 2 hours from the tourist-filled city of Sydney. However, due to its remote geography it is very less well-known. Made of a volcanic remnant, the island has been named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites of global natural significance. Other than the crystal blue lagoon, the island is surrounded by coral reef, contains an untouched forest, and is home to unique plants and animals.
Wulingyuan is known for the approximately 3,100 naturally created sandstone pillars. Many of the pillars are over 200 meters (600 feet) tall. Located in the Hunan Province, the area is also home to multiple streams, natural pools, lakes and waterfalls. It also features 40 caves, and 2 natural bridges. It was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1992.
Located on the White River, Gullfoss is definitely a sight to see. Although Iceland is know for its waterfalls, this may be the most beautiful. Gullfoss literally translates to Golden Falls. The river, Hvítá, rushes towards a wide curved three-step “staircase” and plunges down two stages. The average water running down the falls ranges from 80-140 cubic meters per second depending on the season.
Antelope Canyon, USA
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon (a canyon formed by the wear of water rushing through rock) located in Arizona. It was formed from the erosion of Navajo Sandstone and flash flooding. The canyon is only accessible through private tours. However, photography is difficult because of the wide exposure range due to light reflecting of the rock walls.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. It was named a UNESCO world heritage sight back in 1979, 30 years after its inception. The lakes are arranged in cascades and are separated by natural dams of travertine. Currently, 16 lakes are visible from the surface.