All Green Monsters can agree our planet is freaking awesome, amazing and incredible. We all have a little bit of nature fanatic in us that yearns to check out the gorgeous sights and places that nature has to offer.
It is hard to sum up all these worldly places– there are too many! However, we are going try to highlight a few amazing places every nature lover needs to see. If you think these pictures are breath taking, just imagine what it would feel like to see these in person! Be prepared to have the urge to pack your bags after checking out these places below – they are pretty incredible. In all of the excitement of your wanderlust, don’t forget to bring your camera.
1. Cueva de los Cristales or Cave of Crystals, Mexico
This gorgeous but toasty cave (112 Fahrenheit and 90-100 percent humidity) allows the growth of huge crystals. Only recently discovered in 2000 by two brothers who were drilling in a mine, the cave’s crystals can be several feet thick. Quite a sight to see!
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef has to be on a nature freak’s list of must-sees. This is one of the world’s largest living structures and it covers a span of about 1430 miles. This reef is big enough to be seen from outer space! According to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, it contains 600 types of soft and hard corals, 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of mollusks, 500 species of worms, 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. Phew that’s quite a population! Who’s ready to grab their snorkeling gear?
3. Mosi-oa Tunya or Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Located on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is over 1.25 miles wide. Some sections of the falls reach up to 354 feet tall – quite the drop. At an estimated age of two million years old, these falls bear the native title of Mosi-oa Tunya which is Kololo for “the smoke that thunders.” It was later renamed Victoria Falls by a Scottish explorer, we think the first name is much more fitting though. Be prepared to be awestruck ladies and gentlemen-nature is pretty sweet.
4. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher are an impressive sight to see. They offer a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean, standing 702 feet tall and stretching five miles in length. It’s no wonder over one million visitors make the trip to Ireland each year to check out this brilliant specimen of nature.
5. Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen translates to “many fountains,” and true to its name, the valley contains 72 waterfalls – take your pick! Be sure to check out the most famous waterfall: Staubbach Falls which boasts a 984 foot drop. Located in the Alps, Lauterbrunnen Valley is also one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.
6. Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake is a glacier fed lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Canada. Because it is a glacier fed lake, there is a rich mixture of rock flour, or silt, in the water which creates a gorgeous, deep blue color when light reflects off it. Take a canoe out on these beautiful waters and soak in nature’s fabulousness.
7. Jeita Grotto, Nahr al-Kalb Valley, Lebanon
If you want to see one of the biggest stalactites in the world, you need to make plans to visit Jeita Grotto. This gorgeous natural structure is the combination of two caves in the valley of Nahr al-Kalb. Eleven miles north of Beirut, the cave stretches over 5.6 miles! This famed massive stalactite measures over 350 feet tall. Who knew so much beauty could be found underground?
8. Gran Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This breathtaking sight is the world’s largest salt flat. The Gran Salar de Uyuni covers 3.86 square miles. This huge salt flat was created after a prehistoric lake evaporated, leaving behind a massive stretch of salt plain. The Andean sun baked the surface of the crusted salt ground causing this neat geometric pattern to form.
9. Aogashima Volcano, Japan
Green Monster nature-freaks who are looking for a little thrill might want to check out the active volcano island of Aogashima, Japan. This volcano hasn’t erupted since the 1780s, and approximately 200 villagers call the island home – so you might not be at much risk of finding yourself in the middle of a volcanic event, but there’s always a chance! In the mean time, you can enjoy this tropical wonder by taking a dip in one of the island’s natural geothermal saunas. Ahhhh…
10. Hillier Lake, Australia
Other lakes and water features have appeared on this list, but how about adding a pink lake? Hillier Lake is suspected to have its pink color due to a dye created by bacteria; however, scientists are not certain. This pink phenomenon is about 1970 feet long and is best viewed from the air to fully take in its pink glory.
11. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Sounds magical doesn’t it? The Isle of Skye is actually off the west coast of Scotland, and hiking through its remarkable landscape will allow visitors to view the Fairy Pools. These pools feature crystal clear water that perfectly reflects the blue sky. What a magical sight to see!
12. Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand
Continuing the magical theme, New Zealand’s Waitomo caves offer an unparalleled experience for nature lovers. Thousands of glow worms illuminate the cave walls in a mysterious way that does not seem real. Keep on shinning little worms!
13. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Does this canyon look fantastic or what?! Mother Nature, you continue to impress us inhabitants time and time again. The canyon walls reach up to 120 feet at certain points and are composed of the petrified remains of prehistoric sand dunes formed by the erosion of sandstone. Essentially, rushing water created this gorgeous natural art! The canyon is a sacred site for the Navajo so when you visit, be respectful.
We could go on and on about this incredible world of ours. This list is just a few amazing places, fellow Green Monsters, do you have any other places in mind? Share them in the comments below with the other nature freaks out there!
Lead image source: Carsten Peter / National Geographic