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9 Unreal Travel Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

From rainbow mountains to cascading waterfalls and more, add these jaw-dropping travel destinations to your bucket list for an unforgettable vacation.
5 minute read | Sep 30, 2022
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    Looking for a hidden gem to explore and add to your travel bucket list?

    From rainbow mountains to 140 feet tall gold statues, shining emerald waters, and more, there are countless awe-inspiring treasures around the world waiting to be discovered. 

    Check out these 9 unreal travel destinations that are sure to make your jaw drop and leave a lasting impression. 

    Contact a Travel Advisor in the Avoya Travel NetworkTM to learn more about all that these dreamy destinations have to offer for your next vacation.

    1. Keukenhof Botanical Garden

    Nicknamed the “Garden of Europe” for its bountiful array of flowers, Keukenhof Botanical Garden in Lisse, Netherlands is a scenic beauty at the top of our travel bucket list. It is most famous for its colorful tulip displays that bloom each year, with visits to this picturesque garden only occurring from mid-March to mid-May.

    To explore the over 800 varieties of tulips and over seven million individual bulbs in bloom throughout the garden, you can take a bike tour, a scenic helicopter ride above, or a leisurely stroll through the rainbow blossoms. To enhance your trip to this visual wonder, we recommend a river cruise to Amsterdam, which is only a short drive from the garden.

    2. Zhangye National Geopark

    Colorful rainbow mountains sound like something out of a fantasy land; however, they exist in our world as Zhangye National Geopark in Gansu, China. One of the most awe-inspiring travel destinations in the world, this natural wonder is a sight you must see to believe.

    Originally an ocean about 540 million years ago, the colorful landforms of the region were created after years of erosion from rivers, wind, and tectonic plate collisions. In the present day, Zhangye National Geopark draws millions of tourists each year who are in hopes of crossing it off their bucket list. Will you be one of them?

    3. Pamukkale Travertines

    While many travelers have visited hot springs in their life, they likely have not experienced anything like the famous travertines of Pamukkale in Denizli, Turkey. With cyan blue waters surrounded by pristine white limestone, these thermal pools deceivingly look like a winter wonderland.

    The iconic juxtaposition between the icy setting and warm atmosphere earns Pamukkale a spot on our travel bucket list. The unique landscape of Pamukkale also makes it the perfect back drop for an ‘Insta-worthy’ photoshoot, so don’t hold back from taking lots of pictures. 

    4. Plitvice Lakes National Park

    If you’re a nature buff, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia. Decorated with emerald waters, lush greenery, and breathtaking waterfalls, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of our favorite travel destinations for an inspiring escape.

    Plitvice Lakes National Park spans almost 74,000 acres and features 16 terraced lakes, over 60 waterfalls, more than 50 mammal species, and numerous towering forests. From river cruises and cave explorations to horseback rides and zip lining, there are countless ways to explore this beautiful park and its natural wonders. 

    5. Batu Caves

    Home of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, Batu Caves in Selangor, Malaysia draws pilgrims and tourists from around the globe to awe at its grandiose beauty. From the towering golden statue of the Hindu deity, Murugan, that greets you at the cave’s entrance to the ornate and colorful fixtures throughout the interior, this shrine provides visual wonders at every turn.

    Over a million spectators make the trip every year to see this colorful wonderland. If you do choose to check this destination off your travel bucket list, watch out for the caves' resident monkeys. While cute, they are rumored to be quite mischievous.  

    6. Gasadalur

    Although only a small village on Vágar located in the Faroe Islands, Gasadalur is world-renowned for its rich natural beauty. Gasadalur first gained popularity for its picturesque Múlafossur Waterfall and has remained a favorite travel destination for nature enthusiasts.

    From scenic hiking to birdwatching local puffins, this Danish village is perfect for a tranquil escape from your day-to-day life. If you’re planning on crossing this hidden gem off your bucket list, we recommend a Norwegian or Viking cruise to one of the neighboring Faroe Islands to enhance your getaway.

    7. Antelope Canyon

    Formed over thousands of years from water and wind erosion, Antelope Canyon in Arizona, USA is filled with breathtaking views. When visited at the right time of day, sunlight dances across the curves of the sandstone rockface, illuminating the world around you in vibrant red, orange, and purple hues.

    One of the best travel destinations for adventure lovers, Antelope Canyon is divided into upper and lower regions offering varying hiking difficulty levels, so anyone can visit regardless of ability. During your visit, take a guided tour to learn all about the canyon and its significance to the native Navajo people.  

    8. Bagan

    Bagan, an ancient Burmese city in the Mandalay region of Myanmar and a UNESCO World Heritage site, feels like another world with its over 2,000 temples and picturesque views. Originally built by residents of the Pagan empire to make merit, these temples draw spectators from around the globe hoping to explore their history.

    During your visit, treat yourself to an unforgettable hot air balloon ride – a popular method of viewing the jaw-dropping beauty of a sunrise over the ancient plain. 

    9. Moraine Lake

    Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada features majestic views at every turn. This glacial-fed lake has become one of the must-see travel destinations for visitors to Canada due to its turquoise blue waters and verdant forest surroundings.

    During your visit, we recommend taking a scenic hike in the surrounding trails, a tranquil canoe ride on the lake, and time away to simply bask in the awe-inspiring views. After sunset, stargaze at the Milky Way, highly visible due to the clear skies above. 

    Book With Confidence

    With remarkable travel destinations all around the world, there’s always a new dream location waiting to be discovered. After uncovering these 9 unreal destinations off the beaten path, you now know which places to check off your travel bucket list first.

    When you’re ready to book the ultimate adventure, you can turn to one of Avoya Travels' Independent Travel Advisors for a stress-free planning and booking process. 

    Call the number at the top of this page to be connected with a Travel Advisor in the Avoya Travel NetworkTM who can help you get the best price and answer any questions you have about booking your next vacation to one of these dream destinations.

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