The Top 8 Strangest Places to Travel on Earth

The Top 8 Strangest Places to Travel on Earth

Aaron Belyea

Each destination offers a unique and surreal experience that will leave you in awe, feeling like you've entered another world. Whether captivated by natural wonders or historical oddities, these places will ignite your sense of adventure and wonder. Let's embark on this journey of awe-inspiring exploration!

1. Socotra Island, Yemen

  • Location: Indian Ocean, near the Horn of Africa
  • Description: Socotra is often described as the most alien-looking place on Earth. Its unique flora and fauna have evolved in isolation, resulting in surreal landscapes filled with bizarre-looking plants like the Dragon's Blood Tree and the Cucumber Tree.
  • Exploration: Explore the island's otherworldly landscapes by hiking through the Dragon's Blood Forest and visiting the secluded beaches.

2. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

  • Location: Derweze, Turkmenistan
  • Description: Also known as the "Gates of Hell," this natural gas field has been burning for decades. The fiery crater creates an eerie spectacle in the desert landscape, especially at night.
  • Exploration: Visit during the evening to witness the flames illuminating the desert and camp nearby to experience the surreal atmosphere.

3. Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana

  • Location: South America (Tripoint of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana)
  • Description: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World " inspired this tabletop mountain." Its sheer cliffs and flat mountaintop give it a mystical appearance.
  • Exploration: Embark on a thrilling adventure to the summit of Mount Roraima. Trek through Venezuela's Gran Sabana region or Brazil's Canaima National Park and be rewarded with a view that will take your breath away. This challenge will ignite your spirit of adventure.

4. Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

  • Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
  • Description: This otherworldly geyser was accidentally created during a drilling operation in the 1960s. Its vibrant colours are due to thermophilic algae thriving in the mineral-rich water.
  • Exploration: Access to Fly Geyser is restricted, but guided tours are available from nearby agencies, offering a glimpse of this surreal sight.

5. Spotted Lake, Canada

  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Description: This saline endorheic alkali lake is known for its colourful mineral deposits, creating a mosaic-like appearance during summer.
  • Exploration: Visit during the dry season for the best views and take a guided tour to learn about the lake's cultural significance to the indigenous Okanagan people.

6. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

  • Location: Hunan Province, China
  • Description: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its towering sandstone pillars, which inspired the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.
  • Exploration: Explore the park's trails and glass-bottomed skywalks for breathtaking views of the surreal landscape.

7. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Location: Southwest Bolivia
  • Description: The world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, creates a mirror-like effect during the rainy season, making it seem like you're walking in the sky.
  • Exploration: Take a 4x4 tour across the salt flats, visit the nearby train cemetery, and stay in a salt hotel for a truly unique experience.

8. The Catacombs of Paris, France

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Description: This underground ossuary, which spans miles beneath the streets of Paris, holds the remains of over six million people. Its eerie tunnels are filled with neatly arranged bones and skulls.
  • Exploration: Take a guided tour to legally explore a small section of the catacombs and learn about their history and significance.


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