10 Natural Wonders You Need to See Before You Die

Traveler April 11, 2014 0 Featured, Travel
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From towering mountains to natural hot pools, the world is full of awe inspiring natural wonders. Keep reading to discover 10 amazing natural must see wonders you have to see before you die!

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

1. The Aurora Borealis, Northern Hemisphere

The Aurora Borealis, which is also referred to as the Northern Lights is a spectacular display of natural lights which can be seen in the night sky over a variety of countries including Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. For the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis book a specialized Northern Lights tour between October to March.

2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The reef, which is located just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is home to the world’s largest coral reef. The reef, which covers approximately 133,000 square miles and can be seen from space, is listed as a World Heritage Site and is the perfect place to snorkel or snorkel dive. Visitors can expect to see a variety of marine life including dolphins, whales, sea turtles as well as 215 species of birds and schools of tropical fish.

3. The Pamukkale, Turkey

The term pamukkale is Turkish for cotton castle and refers to Turkey’s natural hot pools which were formed by built up deposits of travertines, that are found in running water. To take a dip in a limestone pamukkale, visit the Denizili Province, which offers a variety of resorts and hotels, within close proximity of the pools.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

4. Victoria Falls, borders Zambia and Zimbabwe

Forget Niagra Falls and visit Victoria Falls, which is a staggering one mile wide and 360 feet high, making it both the widest and the highest waterfall in the world. Escorted tours to Niagra Falls depart from Livingstone in Zambia and the province of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on a daily basis.

5. The Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan

The Dead Sea which is located between Israel and Jordan is approximately 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, as such it’s almost impossible to drown whilst swimming in it. Just make sure not to submerge your head as the salinity of the water can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Also avoid swimming in the Dead Sea if you have any open wounds.

6. The Blue Grotto, Italy

The Blue Grotto is a picturesque sea cave which can be reached by boat from the island of Capri, is world renown for it’s unique blue glow, which is caused by the reflection of the sun passing through the cave’s underwater cavities. To enter the cave you’ll need to book a rowboat tour as larger vessels can’t fit through the cave’s entrance.

The Blue Grotto, Italy

The Blue Grotto, Italy

7. Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand

The Franz Joseph Glacier which can be found in the Westland National Park, is approximately 7.5 miles long and descends from the Southern Alps to just 984 feet above sea level. If you have a reasonable level of fitness consider booking a guided hike of the glacier, if not you don’t worry, as the view is just as spectacular from a helicopter.

8. Mount Everest, Nepal

Mount Everest is approximately 29,000 feet tall and is the tallest mountain in the world. While you might not be able to reach the summit on foot, you may be interested in hiking to the Base Camp, on the south side of the mountain or taking a guided flight around the mountain’s peak. If you’re interested in the Everest Base Camp Trek allow yourself 1-2 weeks to make the journey as you’ll need to stop to acclimatize at various points.

9. The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located just off the coast of Ecuador and are classified as both a national park and a marine reserve. The islands are a popular vacation spot for wildlife lovers as they are home to species of animals, which are not found anywhere else in the world. Examples of animals native to the Galapagos Islands include Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Tortoises and Galapagos Sea Lions.

10. The Grand Canyon, the United States of America

A staggering five million tourists visit the Grand Canyon each year and for good reason! The Grand Canyon, which is located in Arizona, has an average depth of 1 mile and an average width of 10 miles. If you visit the Grand Canyon, the awe inspiring view will be etched into your mind for the rest of your life.

So what are you waiting for? Life is too short not to delay exploring, so pick your favorite natural wonder and start planning your next vacation!

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