From fiery lava clashing with the ocean to a valley of more than 70 waterfalls. The world is an amazing place, full of incredible landscapes and natural wonders. Some idyllic locations sneak under the radar while others rise to international fame. VroomVroomVroom has chosen some of our favourite, unbelievable places around the world. These destinations offer visitors an unforgettable experience and are definitely worth the journey. In some cases, the journey itself can be part of the adventure!
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii is famous around the world for its pristine beaches and luxury resorts. But there is another side to this island paradise that is even more impressive. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on the Big Island. It is a stark contrast to the sun-drenched, sandy shores of Oahu and Maui. The park is home to Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano. Follow the Chain of Craters road, 9km of which closed because of the flowing lava. Watch as lava clashes with the Pacific Ocean in an unforgettable, volatile display.
Lauterbrunnen is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. It is a place like no other. It sits in a valley of 72 waterfalls, nestled at the base of a towering cliff face. The name Lauterbrunnen translates to “many fountains”. Don’t miss Trümmelbach Falls and Staubbach Falls. Some of the best scenic walking trails in Switzerland begin in Lauterbrunnen. Wind your way through the huge mountain range and stop in at beautiful Swiss villages.
White Sands National Monument
You may not expect to find white sand reminiscent of a tropical beach in the desert. Yet, you could stumble upon that in New Mexico. White Sands National Monument is in the Chihuahuan Desert. A great way to see the gypsum dunes is to go hiking. There are five scenic trails leading through the park. The region is ever-changing. Some of the active dunes in the area can move up to 30 feet per year. No matter what season you visit, the park is a fascinating destination.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a tourist hot spot in New Zealand. Visitors have fantastic views of the native glow worms that line the limestone walls. The glow worms are throughout many cave systems. Sail through the Glowworm Grotto on a guided boat tour. Also explore the Ruakuri Caves and see the glow worms from a different perspective. Find the caves on the North Island, three hours south of Auckland.
Auyuittuq National Park
Only intrepid travellers tend to make their way into the wild landscapes of Nunavut. Auyuittuq National Park is in northern Canada, on the remote Baffin Island. It is a unique landscape formed of ice and rock. Many visitors enjoy hiking through the stunning arctic terrain. The park is also home to the world’s largest single-drop peak. Climbers have been scaling the rocky face of Thor Peak for many years.
Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island has become one of Queensland‘s most iconic sights. If you are visiting Australia, do not miss the chance to explore Whitehaven Beach. The beach has some of the purest, white sand in the world. The Tongue Point lookout is a fantastic place to get a view of the dramatic inlet.
In the northern Atlantic lies a collection of islands boasting unbelievable natural wonders. You will not believe the inspiring scenery on the Faroe Islands. Emerald green peaks, lakes and sheer cliffs scatter over 18 islands. One of the most popular sights is Lake Leitisvatn, a lake unlike any you have seen before. For mountain views, visit Saksun. The small capital city of Tórshavn is also well-worth exploring. For any avid adventurer, the Faroe Islands should be on your bucket list.
Milford Sound is New Zealand’s most visited tourist destination, and it is easy to see why. In any kind of weather, the tall peaks dotted through the fjord make for an impressive view as they meet the clouds. Whenever it rains, the mountains turn into many waterfalls. Take a cruise of Milford Sound, or try a kayaking tour!
With a name like “Angel’s Landing”, you can expect that the scenery is going to be impressive. A rocky trail leads up to the 454-metre tall cliff top, which offers amazing views of the canyon. Angel’s Landing is in Zion National Park. It has become a sought-after destination for adventurous hikers from around the world. If the challenging Angel’s Landing trail is not for you, there is much more to see in Zion. Hike between the cliffs on the stunning Narrows trail, or visit the Emerald Pools.
The Canadian Rockies are not short of incredible attractions. Peyto Lake is another example of the region’s stunning natural scenery. Summer is the peak time to visit the lake when it turns a perfect shade of blue. You can find the beautiful glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park. Don’t miss this stop along the Icefields Parkway!
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