Are you looking for a holiday destination that’s a bit different from the usual beach or city break? Luckily, Expedia have created an interactive guide that allows you to explore some of the world’s most otherworldly destinations. Below, we have given you a whistlestop tour of some of the locations it features.
The Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming, United States is famed for being the largest hot spring in the US and the third largest in the world. As well as its sheer size, the destination produces a kaleidoscope of rich colours as a result of naturally occurring chemical reactions. From fiery reds in the summer to dark greens in the winter, this is a place that needs to be seen to be believed.
You can make the most of your trip to the spring by exploring the surrounding area. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Hayden Valley and the Yellowstone Lake offer both striking and distinctive experiences. Further to this, you can enjoy two world-renowned Geysers where you can witness jaw-dropping eruptions of Old Faithful and the sprawl of Norris Geyser.
The Marble Caves
The Marble Caves situated in Patagonia in Chile are equally stunning and dramatic. Formed naturally over 6000 years, the caves are mesmerising, with different shades of cerulean blue depending on the season and water levels. A visit to the caves can be extremely difficult, but those who have managed describe it as a humbling experience, as they witness the power and beauty of nature.
Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell
The sharp ridges that pour from the glacier; the views across Vatnajökull National Park; the forested stretch of Skaftafell and the ocean beyond that, make Svínafellsjökull a unique destination. A visit to the glacier can be truly a synaesthetic experience, where you need to be prepared for the stretches of sharp undulations of ice which are both unnerving and utterly captivating.
A visit to the glacier is a rewarding experience in which you can witness nature at its finest, with mesmerising blue ice contrasted with untouched snow and veins of black ash. Fans of Game of Thrones will notice Svínafellsjökull is the setting for ‘North of the Wall’ from the hit series. Upon visiting, you will understand exactly why it was chosen as the home of the infamous White Walkers.
Cappadocia is unique for its round mounds and hills covering the landscape, a palette of orange, yellow and brown, and hot air balloons being the only pops of bright colour. The history of Cappadocia lies in its soft stone, as it enabled people to construct underground dwellings, and not just survive in this environment, but thrive.
Cappadocia has a rich history with a huge emphasis on survival. From escaping the harsh winters and wild animals, and later to escape persecution at the hands of Roman soldiers.
However, it later became home to 36 underground cities, each housing close to 10,000 people, including a winery, stables, a church and was equipped with ventilation shafts.
Tianzi Mountain in the Hunan Province of China is seemingly floating above clouds, these rocks were formed by sedimentary rocks 318 million years ago. They were slowly eroded away by water and wind, transforming into the mesmerising quartz stone peaks that we see today.
Visiting Tianzi Mountain is becoming easier for tourists with cheap flights to Zhangjiajie operating daily from cities around China. From here you can organise visits to the UNESCO Heritage Site, or if you are more adventurous you can rent a car in Zhangjiajie. There are plenty of places to visit Zhangjiajie such as visiting Huangshi village, the Grand Canyon, Yellow Dragon Cave and Baofeng Lake.
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