1 – Fly Geyser, Nevada
This geyser was created accidentally by well drilling in 1964 just north of Gerlach, Nevada. It gets its vivid color from thermophilic algae, but the minerals spouting out of the geyser continue to collect and grow the mound. There are tours that take you here since it’s on private property, but you can also see it from State Route 34.
2 – Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
In Bushmills, Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway was formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The eruptions created basalt columns of different sizes that you can walk on the Antrim coast.
3 – Glass Beach, California
Near Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino County, Glass Beach is a beautiful accident. After years of dumping garbage on the coastline, the trash site was relocated elsewhere. The area was then closed for clean-up and when it reopened the beach was left with crushed, tumbled glass. Make your way to this beach sooner rather than later since the glass remnants will continue to be ground down by waves.
4 – Hobbiton, New Zealand
Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice: The Hobbiton movie set is a real place created in New Zealand that you can visit at any time. Take a tour of this village in the hills of Matamata. Even for those who aren’t fans of the trilogy, how often do you have a chance to see an entire village built seamlessly into a hill’s natural facade?
5 – Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas, meaning “the pools” in Spanish, is a place in Xilitla, Mexico, that was built by Edward James from 1949 to 1984. What’s so unusual about this place is that there are surrealist sculptures surrounding the rainforest’s natural pools.
6 – Le Mont Saint-Michel, France
This island is unusual for its history and isolation. A small commune island off the coast of Normandy, France, Le Mont Saint-Michel is a medieval town that will remind you of a place out of a George R.R. Martin novel.
7 – Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, which means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is a natural formation of thermal springs and white travertine terraces in the Aegean region of Turkey. These springs are located next to the ancient ruins of Hierapolis and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
8 – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This salt flat is the world’s largest, covering more than 4,000 square miles. Even more amazing is that when it rains and the water covers the salt flat, it becomes an enormous mirror reflecting the sky. Whether you’re traveling during Bolivia’s wet or dry season won’t matter; Salar de Uyuni is a must-visit destination.
9 – Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
This one is a bit morbid, but that’s what makes it the unusual destination it is. Sedlec Ossuary is a chapel in Czech Republic that is decorated and furnished with thousands of human bones. Only an hour outside of Prague, it can be a fun day trip. 10 – Socotra Island, Yemen
10 – Socotra Island, Yemen
Located in the Arabian Sea, the Yemeni territory of Socotra actually comprises four islands, the largest being Socotra Island. Rare plant species, such as dragon’s blood trees, can only be found here; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world.