50 of The Weirdest Places From Around The World
Our planet is a beautiful and surreal place full of awe-inspiring places and some very unusual and weird spots. The most exciting part about traveling the world is coming across places that are lesser known but amazing to witness. Every single corner of the planet shimmers with wonder, and some are just plain bewildering. These natural wonders exist almost beyond comprehension, such as lakes being pink and rainbow-colored mountains and caves. Traveling to these areas can result in some of the most amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Spotted Lake - Canada
Spotted Lake is located in British Columbia, Canada. In the summer, the lake's water evaporates and leaves behind three hundred and sixty-five small mineral pools. Each mineral pool is a different color from the next.
The lake is packed with different minerals, such as masses of calcium and sodium sulfates and small amounts of silver and titanium. A person can actually walk around the deposits, and the best time to visit this area is from June to August.
The Catacombs - France
The Catacombs are located in France and are a network of old quarry tunnels located beneath Paris. They serve as the ultimate resting place for about six million Parisians. The majority of the bones and skulls were collected from the city's overcrowded cemeteries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
However, the bones were not arranged the way they are today until the government realized their potential as a tourist attraction. The best time to visit the Catacombs is from April through October.
Giant's Causeway - Ireland
The Giant's Causeway is the result of a massive volcanic eruption sixty million years ago in Ireland. The eruption blasted forth a mass of molten basalt, which then consolidated and contracted as it cooled, finally forming fractures that can still be seen today.
It is home to about thirty-seven thousand polygon columns that are so geometrically perfect that local mythology claims they were built by a giant. They are perfectly straight rocks that jet out of the sea, and scientists are perplexed by the firmness of these rocks.
Montana de Siete Colores - Peru
Montana de Siete Colores is located in Peru and is wide lines of pastel blue, vibrant red, green, pink, and yellow that cover the surface of the mountain. It is also known as Rainbow Mountain, and the views from the mountain will amaze you.
The top is extremely hard to reach but is more than worth it. There are no scientific explanations for the mountain being colorful. The best time to visit the mountain is between May to July.
Tunnel Of Love - Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love looks like something out of a fairytale and is a green leafy tunnel. It is located in Ukraine and is actually a section of industrial railway that is beautiful. It is well known for being a favorite place for couples to take morning or evening strolls.
The tunnel is surrounded by green arches and is three to five kilometers in length, starting at Klevan station and ending in Orzhiv. The best time to walk through the Tunnel of Love is in May.
Glass Beach - USA
In California, there is a beach called Glass Beach, which is the result of decades of people dumping garbage of all types into the ocean by throwing them over the cliffs. The garbage eventually washes up onshore in the form of smooth pieces of glass.
Everything from electrical gadgets to bottles and cans ends up in the sea, and then the waves shatter them into colorful pebbles. The beach has become a popular tourist destination, but the beach is protected, so you can't take any of your findings with you. The beach is now considered endangered, and the best time to visit is between April and October.
Jellyfish Lake - Palau
There are seventy marine lakes in that area of Palau, but there is one that is known as Jellyfish Lake. The lake contains many jellyfish, but in 2012, the lake was closed to the public because there was a decline in the number of jellyfish.
However, the population has since bounced back. The best time to visit the lake is from December to February, and if you are brave enough, you can take a dive into Jellyfish Lake and swim with the jellyfish.
Cano Cristales - Colombia
The Cano Cristales is a river that glows red during the hot months in Colombia. The riverbed is covered by a peculiar variety of plants that turns red.
It is also called the River of Five Colors or the Liquid Rainbow and is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on the planet. You can watch the water cascading down the rocks and the best time to visit is from May to August.
Slope Point - South Island, New Zealand
Slope Point is located at the southernmost point of the South Island in New Zealand. Due to the strong Antarctic winds, the trees are permanently bent and windblown. It is one of the windiest and oddest locations where the steep cliffs, eroded by the winds and time, add to the beauty of the scene.
The area is used for sheep farming, but there are no houses on the land. Another neat thing about the area is the AA signpost that is installed here, showing the distance between the Equator and the South Pole. The best time to visit the area is from December to February.
Painted Hills - USA
The Painted Hills are located in the United States and are mineral stains on the slopes at John Day Fossil Beds in a variety of colors. The reds, yellows, golds, and blacks are affected by altering light and moisture levels. The hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.
The different layers of colors are from the soil being composed of a combination of siltstone, shale, mudstone, and lignite. The best time of the year to visit the Painted Hills is from June to August.
Lencois Maranhenses National Park - Brazil
Lencois Maranhenses National Park is located in Brazil and is in a protected area. The park features several tiny lakes separated by sand dune-like structures. The area is full of contrasting colors, and during the rainy season, the valleys among the dunes fill with freshwater lagoons, which are prevented from draining due to the impermeable rock beneath.
The park is also home to many species, including four that are listed as endangered. There are several activities in the park, such as surfing, canoeing, and horseback riding, and the best time to visit is from May to July.
Tianzi Mountains - China
The Tianzi Mountains are towering limestone pinnacles that are located in Hunan Province, China. It is surrounded by lush foliage and is often surrounded by mist.
A cable car connects Huangshi village to Tianzi village, and from there, there are several routes to enjoy all of the spectacular views of Tianzi. The mountains are also the model for the floating mountains in the hit film Avatar. The best time to visit is between March and November.
Salar De Uyuni - Bolivia
Salar De Uyuni is the world’s largest salt pan and is located in the Potos and Oruro areas of Bolivia. It is the world’s largest natural mirror when a thin layer of water forms on the surface.
It is the dried-up remains of a prehistoric lake, which left behind a void of bright-white salt, granite formations, and Cactus Island. It also has large flocks of beautiful pink flamingos and the best time to visit is from July to October.
Giant Crystal Cave - Mexico
The Giant Crystal Cave is located in Mexico and is massive gleaming mineral pillars deep within the Earth’s innards. This massive structure has been built beneath Mexico for more than five hundred thousand years. The cave is connected to the Naica Mine at a depth of nine hundred and eighty feet.
The cave has been mostly unexplored since being discovered in 2000 because of the extreme temperatures within the cave. In 2015, the mine reflooded and the cavern filled with water rich in minerals, which is required for the crystals to grow. The best time to see the crystal cave is between December to February.
Cat Island - Japan
There is an island in Japan that is called Cat Island. There are roughly one hundred humans on the island but there are also thousands of cats. The island is located in the Ehime Prefecture of Japan, a remote part of the country.
Originally, the cats were introduced to fishing boats to kill rats; however, they stayed on the island. The cats have procreated, and the locals love the living situation. The best time to visit is June and July, and there is a shrine at the center of the island that is said to bring good luck to married couples.
Moai - Chile
Moai are several carved effigies of huge heads sprawled across the beach in Chile. They were made by the Rapa Nui civilization back in the first millennium before the place was called Easter Island. They were made, using primitive tools, out of the black rock rocks on the island, chiseled and chopped to perfection.
However, when you visit the area, don’t touch the Moai because they are protected by law and will get you in legal trouble. The best months to visit are between May and November.
Island Of Dolls - Mexico
A place that is odd but also eerie and kind of terrifying is the Island of Dolls in Mexico. It’s kind of like a scene out of a horror movie, with dolls dangling in the middle of nowhere.
Most of the dolls are battered and dirty, and the legend is that the dolls started washing up on the sand after a girl drowned in one of the nearby canals. When they washed up, residents hung them from the trees on the uninhabited Mexican island of Xochimilco. The island is often visited during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.
Thor's Well - USA
Thor’s Well in Oregon, USA is also called the Spouting Horn and it is a sinking hole in the Pacific. In stormy weather, the surf rushes into the gaping pit and then shoots upwards with enormous power.
It is a bowl-shaped hole made of rough basalt shoreline and is best to visit one hour before the high tide by taking the Captain Cook Trail. It is best to visit the area between May and August.
Pamukkale - Turkey
Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Palace, is located in southwest Turkey. It is a World Heritage Site that includes the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, once a great city. Water pours down the white travertine terraces from natural springs and forms thermal pools, resulting from calcium carbonate deposits.
The water is from an underground spring and is warm. The area is very popular with tourists, and the best time to visit is between March and November.
Guelb - Mauritania
Guelb er Richat, also known as The Richat Structure, is an amazing circular geological formation in the Adrar Plateau of the Sahara, near Ouadane, Africa.
It is an eroded dome that is about twenty-five miles in diameter. It exposes sedimentary rock in layers that appear as rings. It's a perfect spot to get a drone shot, and it's best to visit the area between April and October.
Lake Retba - Senegal
Lake Retba is located in Senegal and is a pink color. The color comes from the presence of Dunaliella salina algae in the water, and it has a high salt content. Some areas of the lake have a salt content of forty percent.
The lake is located about thirty kilometers northeast of Dakara, and it is safe to swim in. It is best to visit the lake in December and January and don't forget to pack your swimsuit.
The Wave - USA
The Wave is located in the United States, close to Arizona's northern border with Utah. It is a sandstone rock formation of psychedelic patterns and whirling hues.
Reportedly, the rock formations are from the Jurassic era, and in an effort to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the natural site, there is no signage for hikers. As a result, you have to find your own way in and out, which deters some people from venturing in.
Mendenhall Ice Caves - USA
The Mendenhall Ice Caves are located in Alaska and are tunnels of ice crystals of many tints of blue. The tunnels are a natural phenomenon that has perplexed scientists for years.
The caves come and go as mother nature chooses, and they are only accessible to those adventurous travelers. The glacier is twelve miles long, and in order to see inside the cave, you have to kayak to the edge of the ice and then climb over the glacier.
Fingal's Cave - Scotland
Fingal's Cave is a cavern that is located on Staffa's uninhabited islets in Scotland. They are square caves that are symmetrical. People rarely enter the caves, except for researchers and scientists.
It is a sea cave that is named after an epic poem by Scots poet-historian James Macpherson. The cave has a large arched entrance with sightseeing cruises between April and September.
Nyaung Ohak - Myanmar
Nyaung Ohak is located in Myanmar and is a strange forest with more than one thousand ruined temples. The area is lush with vegetation and was built in the fourteenth century.
"The village is reached only by boat through the Inn Thein creek, a long narrow foilage-cloaked canal that winds through the dense overgrowth. The scenic 8km boat ride from Inle Lake can be made only in the rainy season and winter, and not in summer as the water becomes too shallow." ---- Amusing Planet.
Jervis Bay - Australia
Jervis Bay is located in Australia, and it has the whitest sandy beach on the planet. However, that is not all that is odd and amazing about this beach; there is a magic that happens after dark. The bay has masses of plankton that glow in the dark and give the water a gorgeously ethereal look.
It is noctiluca, and the light is a chemical reaction of excitement and vibration, which generates the glow. Bioluminescence is usually seen in the warmer months, but you can get lucky at all times of the year.
Darvaza Gas Crater - Turkmenistan
The Darvaza Gas Crater is located in Turkmenistan, and it is also called the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell. It is a burning natural gas field that collapsed into a cavern, but it has not been discovered how it was ignited.
A popular theory is that geologists intentionally set it on fire in 1971. The crater is about ninety-eight feet deep and has a diameter of two hundred and twenty-six feet. The area is extremely popular with tourists and wild desert camping.
Goblin Valley State Park - USA
Goblin Valley State Park is located in Utah, and it is an uninhabited valley about two hundred and sixteen miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The soft sandstone has been eroded by wind and water to form strange pinnacles or hoodoos.
Many think they resemble goblins. The landscape is eerie and is about a mile across and two miles long. In fact, you can go on a spectacular canyoneering adventure in the Valley of Goblins.
Danakil Depression - Ethiopia
The Danakil Depression can be found in Ethiopia, and they are basically acid pools. The land is made up of brittle salt and sulfur crusts, which continue to move, even after millions of years.
It resulted from Africa and Asia moving apart, and it is the hottest place on Earth and one of the lowest places on the planet at three hundred and thirty feet below sea level. Scientists have said that unless the land stops moving, the land will continue to sink below sea level.
Pancake Rocks - New Zealand
In New Zealand, stacks of pancake-like rocks are formed by thousands of layers of sandstone and limestone collected on the ocean floor. They are appropriately called the Pancake Rocks, and there are a series of walkways flowing through the rock formations.
Sadly, the large number of visitors to the small village has put a lot of strain on the local infrastructure. It is best to visit during high tide in January to witness blowholes in full flow.
Man-Pupu-Nyor - Russia
The Manpupuner rock formations are located in Russia and are a group of seven stone pillars that are found west of the Ural Mountains. They are located on the mountain Man-Pupu-Nyor, on the Pechora-Ilychski Reserve's land.
It was once a high mountain, but due to natural weathering by rain, snow, wind, cold, and heat, it was gradually destroyed. The rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia and are a popular attraction in Russia.
Champagne Pool - New Zealand
Champagne Pool is a hot spring that is located in the Waiotapu geothermal area in New Zealand. The name comes from the constant efflux of carbon dioxide gas, and the vibrant colors come from a rich deposition of minerals and silicates.
The silicate area around the edge of the pool is teeming with microbial life. It was formed nine hundred years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, which resulted in a crater.
Plain Of Jars - Laos
The Plain of Jars is located in Xieng Khouang Province in Laos. They are large cylindrical jars that may have been used in ancient death rituals. There are thousands of stone jars that are arranged in clusters, but the origin of the jars is unknown.
Many believe that the jars may have once served as funeral urns or food storage. It is a popular tourist attraction and the best time to visit is in January.
Hand In The Desert - Chile
The Hand in the Desert is an odd work of art that grows out of the sand in the middle of Chile's Atacama desert. It is the creation of Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabal and was created to represent the awful human rights Chileans went through in the past.
The sculpture has a base of iron and concrete, and it stands thirty-six feet tall. It has become a popular tourist attraction, and it is best to see it between March and October.
Nazca Lines - Peru
The Nazca Lines are colossal lines seared into the desert landscapes of southern Peru and are best seen from the skies. From the sky, you can make out the strange shapes carved into the barren desert landscape.
The carvings were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE when people made depressions or shallow incisions on the desert floor. The area was designated in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular tourist attraction.
Waitomo Caves - New Zealand
The Waitomo Caves are located in New Zealand and are known for their abundance of Arachnocampa Luminosa, which is a glowworm species only found in New Zealand.
The cave has thousands of glow worms that light up the caves. The caves also feature waterfalls and limestone formations. It is a magical thing to see and is a popular tourist destination.
Lake Natron - Tanzania
Lake Natron is located in Tanzania and is also referred to as the Scariest Lake. Animals that die in the lake are turned into statues due to a huge volume of sodium bicarbonate. It is a salt lake and extremely alkaline and is red in color because of the presence of halophiles.
It is fed by small rivers and hot springs and is inhospitable to most species. However, the lake does support salt marshes, flamingos, and wetland birds. The best time to see the lake is between June and August.
Whale Bone Alley - Siberia
Yttygran Island is known as lonely and is a stretch of the northern shore of Siberia. It is called Whale Bone Alley because there are massive whale jawbones, ribs, and vertebrae that form an eerie passageway in the ground.
It was thought to have formed between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is unknown if it was a sacred gathering place for aboriginal tribes or a gathering place for mass killing. The best time to visit that island is in July.
Die Rakotzbruck - Germany
The Die Rakotzbruck bridge is located in Germany and was built in the nineteenth century. The bridge and water mirror merge into a complete and perfect stone circle, and it is also called the Devil's Bridge. The ends of the Rakotzbrucke have thick rock spires installed, which makes them look like natural basalt columns.
The bridge looks like something that belongs in a fairytale and was built by human hands. Spring and Autumn are great times to visit the park but walking onto the bridge is prohibited.
Chocolate Hills Of Bohol Island - Philippines
There are conical hills in the center of Bohol Island, Philippines, that are called the Chocolate Hills. There are more than twelve hundred and sixty hills that all vary in height, but their shape is consistent.
They are not man-made; they are the elevation of coral deposits. It is only during the dry season that the hills turn brown and earn their moniker of chocolate. They are a famous tourist attraction and have been declared the country's third National Geological Monument.
Lake Hillier - Australia
Lake Hillier is located on the largest island in Western Australia's Recherche Archipelago. It was found in 1802 and has a deep pink color that it maintains all year. The lake is pink due to high salinity combined with the presence of salt-loving algae called Dunaliella salina and halobacteria (pink bacteria).
It is a huge bubblegum pink lake in the middle of a forest and is an amazing sight. The best time to visit the lake is between April and September.
Badab-e Surt - Iran
Badab-e Surt is a stunning travertine terrace that is located in Northern Iran. They are a natural wonder that has evolved over thousands of years. It is generated by calcium deposits in flowing water, and these calcium deposits are from two distinct hot springs with different mineral compositions.
Their unique red color is because of a significant concentration of iron oxide in one of the springs. The best time to visit the terraces is from November to January.
Deadvlei - Namibia
Deadvlei means dead marsh, and the area is a sun-blackened dead forest in a white clay pit, which resembles a dried oasis. The forest is located in Namibia, and the lack of water causes tree roots to come outside in search of moisture.
The area has been used for several feature films. In addition, the area is surrounded by rust-orange giant sand dunes that form a contrasting backdrop. The best time to visit is in December but make sure to cover as much of yourself as possible because the area's extremely dry air will cause dehydration.
Socotra Island - Yemen
Socotra Island is known as the lonely island because it is all by itself, after separating from mainland Africa more than six million years ago. Due to the island's extraordinary and unique biodiversity, there are plants and trees found nowhere else on the planet.
An example is the old and twisted dragon's blood tree, the bulbous bottle tree, and many others. The best time to visit the island is from March to November.
Fly Geyser - USA
The Fly Geyser is located on the outskirts of Nevada's Black Rock Desert. It consists of a scorching fountain that erupts up to five feet high, and it is a consequence of human blunder and nature's wonder. It is almost one hundred years old and resulted from a well being drilled in the desert, and a geothermal boiling water point was hit.
They abandoned the spot because the water was too hot to use, which resulted in a ten to twelve-foot calcium carbonate deposit. The first was formed in 1916, and the second was formed in 1964 when a company drilled another well. There are now three mounds that are multicolored, which is from the thermophilic algae.
Huashan Mountain - China
Huashan Mountain features a dangerous and death-defying trail in China. The Mount Huashan Plank Walk in the Sky is also called the Road to Heaven and at the end of the trail is a tea house.
Hikers who are brave enough walk across a few planks of wood bolted into the side of a seven thousand-foot peak to reach a small shrine. The hikers are harnessed, but it is still extremely dangerous and terrifying. The mountain itself is one of the Five Great Mountains of China.
Christ Of The Abyss - Italy
The Christ of the Abyss is located in Italy and is a 2.50-meter tall bronze statue of Jesus Christ. Guido Galletti was responsible for submerging the statue, and it is now one of the top tourist attractions in Italy.
However, the statue is underwater, making it a favorite place for deep-sea divers. The original copy of the same is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The best time to dive under and see the statue is in May and June.
Red Beach - China
Red Beach is located in China and is a beach that is covered in a species of seaweed called Sueda. The species turn a vivid red color in the autumn, and the beach is an important wildlife reserve for migrating birds.
There is only a small area of the beach that is open to the public, but there is a wooden path that goes out to sea that you can take. It is a renowned tourist attraction, and it is best to visit the beach from September to November.
Underwater Park - Austria
Another weird spot is located in the Green Lake, or Gruner See, in Tragoess, Austria. It is a real park that ends up underwater during the spring. Scuba divers can dive down and walk across the bridge or take a rest on the bench.
It is also one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria. There are also submerged trees in the crystal-clear waters, giving it a magical look. You can also visit the park in the fall and actually take a stroll through the park.