Have you ever seen a shot of a mystical destination thinking to yourself just how "out of this world" that place looks? Well, there are countless places across the globe that look as if they come from another planet. With an array of destinations scattered just about anywhere and everywhere are full of whimsical mountains, colorful glaciers, magical waterfalls and formations that you would simply find in a sci-fi book.
Although a trip to Mars is quite costly, you are still in luck if you want to see mystery and fantasy combine in what we can only call some of the most spectacular places on Earth. From geysers in Nevada to glaciers in Iceland all the way to magenta lakes in Australia, you are bound to find something that will truly make your jaw drop! Without further ado, here are 25 places that look like they are from a completely different planet.
First up on the list is this stellar destination located in Gerlach, Nevada. The Fly Geyser, also known as the Fly Ranch Geyser, is a small geothermal geyser that is located on completely private land in Washoe County. According to Travel + Leisure, this is one of Nevada's coolest attractions along with other areas such as the Grand Canyon, and of course, the infamous Las Vegas. However, when it comes to places looking like they're out of this world, the Fly Geyser definitely takes the cake!
Bromo Volcano also referred to as Mount Bromo, is located in East Java, Indonesia. Not only is the destination full of mountains after mountains, but its claim to fame is also the volcano that makes this destination a very unique one! The volcano stands at 2,329 meters, and although it may not be the highest peak of the massif, it is, in fact, the most well-known, says Airpano. In addition to its record-breaking heights, the massif is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of East Java, Indonesia. Although the volcano may no longer be active, which may possibly be a good thing, it has become home to countless casuarina trees giving it a gorgeous green landscape.
Next up on the list is Torri Del Vajolet, otherwise known as the Vajolet Towers, located in the Dolomites in Val di Fassa, Italy. The Dolomites are a world-renowned destination known for its spectacular landscapes and magnificent sights. In this very case, the Vajolet Towers are made up of six summits, says Summit Post, that looks straight out of a Star Wars film. From the ashy charcoal colored mountains that create a truly spectacular view of the pits and peaks of the mountainous summits, this destination is truly picture perfect!
Salt Natron is easily one of the most majestical lakes on planet Earth, however, it appears this lake belongs more on Jupiter than over here! Lake Natron is both a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. According to Charismatic Planet, the lake is found within the Lake Natron Basin and is fed principally by the Southern Ewaso Ng'iro River, all the way to Kenya. Although it's size is definitely groundbreaking, it's the pink galaxy-like color that certain parts of the lake have that truly make it special!
Do not let any part of this destination name fool you, because although it may be sparse and empty, it is insanely beautiful! Deadvlei is home to one of the most astonishing sites on Earth. This landscape is a white clay pan located near the famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, Namibia. According to Namibia Tourism, Deadvlei translates directly to "dead marsh", and are home to countless Trees of Deadvlei, and are known to be more than 900 years old! Not only does this site contain some ancient plants, but has a color scheme that you won't be able to find anywhere else.
Jökurlsárón is a glacial lagoon that borders the Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. The lagoon's still, blue waters are dotted with beautiful icebergs that make the destination look totally out of this world! Iceland itself is known to be one of the most mystical places in the world, however, this lagoon is really something you won't see just anywhere. According to Extreme Iceland, the lagoon is surrounded by a black sand beach, that is not only home to thousands of fish, but also hosts hundreds of seals.
Pamukkale is a town located in western Turkey and is known worldwide for its mineral-rich thermal waters that flow beautifully down white travertine terraces. Nature definitely has a way of making us truly wonder just how it does what it does! These thermal baths, which look like individual pools of crystal blue water, are a result of an earthquake, claims Go Traveler, and rests just beside some historic cities. Pamukkale is located right beside Hierapolis, which is an ancient Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. In addition, Pamukkale thermal baths have also been referred to as 'Cleopatra's pool', as the Egyptian Queen is said to have taken a swim or two there, says Easy Science.
Lake Hillier, one of the most mystical places in all of Australia is next up on the list! Located in Goldfields-Esperance, Western Australia, Lake Hillier is a saline lake found on the edge of Middle Island, which is the largest of the islands and islets that make up the south coast of Western, Australia, says Forfun. The lake is most notable for its bubble gum pink color, which looks delicious enough to drink, although that probably would not be the best of ideas. The body of water was first discovered in 1802 by a Royal Navy explorer, and we are certain that he was as mesmerized by the color as we are.
Lake Baikal is a rift lake located in southern Siberia. The lake, also known as Turquoise Ice, is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the entire world, says Britannica. According to the source, Lake Baikal contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined! Although it breaks world records for containing the most freshwater, it is the glistening turquoise gemstone-like ice structures that truly make this destination magical. It may not be the most accessible place in the world, but that doesn't stop countless tourists from visiting this beautiful destination each year.
Next up on the list is Yuanyang County, China! This county can be found in Honge Prefecture in the southeastern Yunnan province of China, just along the Red River. It goes without saying that this destination is definitely worthy of making this list due to its stunning rice-paddy terracing. According to China Discoveries, this destination hosts some of the most intricate fields in all of China, making it look like it came straight out of a painting! In addition to its gorgeous landscape, this part of the area now forms the 45th World Heritage Site in China, too!
Caño Cristales is a Colombian river that is located in the beautiful Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. According to the City Paper Bogota, the Crystal Canyons is a tributary of the Guayabero River, which is commonly referred to as the "River of Five Colors", or "Liquid Rainbow". These names undoubtedly represent just how stunning the Caño Cristales truly is and is one sight that we recommend seeing if the opportunity arises. Tourists often visit the site to bask in all its glory, and you can too! The Canyon is a simple short trip into Serrania de la Macarena national park, where you'll find this magical destination.
Next up on the list is a destination that can truly take your breath away on glowworm at a time! Although it appears the walls of this cave are lined with tiny stars, it is actually full of millions of Arachnocampa luminosa, which is a glow worm species found solely in New Zealand. According to the Backpacker Guide, this specific cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes several other famously known caves such as the Ruakuri and Aranui Caves. The cave is accessible solely via boat ride, which is usually organized through a professional tour company. It is recommended to visit this gorgeous cave with a tour in order to preserve the cave and leave the glowworms unbothered.
Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, which is located in the inner Hebrides of Scotland. According to Atlas Obscura, the cave itself is notorious for its natural acoustics, and oddly shaped stone-like structures that make up the mysterious cave. The cave is considered to be a National Nature Reserve and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, making it not only a protected landmark in Scotland, but that holds a vast history as well. It was first discovered in 1772, and although no one lives on the islands, the cave itself has brought inspiration to figures such as Jules Verne all the way to Pink Floyd, says the source.
Canada is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world, and the Spotted Lake is one of them! This lake, located Northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia, Canada, is a saline endorheic alkali lake just east of the Similkameen Valley of B.C. According to Canadian Bucket List, the Spotted Lake is believed to have therapeutic or "sacred" waters, and the minerals of the Spotted lake were also used in manufacturing ammunition during the first World War, says Life Hack. Not only is this abnormally looking lake one that can benefit the health, but it is also quite powerful!
The Patagonia Marble Caves are located in the Aysén Region of Chile, in South America. The stunning views of color and texture make this destination a truly mysterious and mesmerizing site to see. According to When On Earth, the Marble Caves were formed by wave action over the last 6,200 years, now only shaping it, but giving it its array of colors that create a marble look to it. This destination also looks as if it were created right out of a fantasy sci-fi book, truly making us appreciate this wonderous landscape found across the globe.
Although this may appear to be Superman's original home of Krypton, it is not! This majestic destination is simply the Naica Mine Cave! Located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, is a working mine that contains extremely large selenite crystals, most of which are absolutely mesmerizing to the look at! According to Daily Mail, the caves were originally discovered completely by chance, although the cave was submerged underwater at the time, a massive area was drained in 1975 in order to allow workers to begin mining. Apart from its historic discovery, the mine itself contains crystals that are reminiscent of the infamous DC comic destination.
Plitviče Lake is located at the Plitviče Lakes National Park in central Croatia. The 295-sq.-km forest reserve has some of the most beautiful views that one would not expect to find on planet Earth, but behold, it does! According to Visit-Croatia, the destination is most known for its chain of 16 terraces lakes that are joined by stunning waterfalls, that further extend into a limestone canyon. Many tourists visit this spectacular place each year where countless walkways and trails wind around and across the lake allowing travelers to see its beauty up close and personal. It goes without saying that Plitviče Lakes is a destination that requires you to see it in order to believe it!
Salar de Uyuni, otherwise known as the Salt Flats, is located in the Andes of southwest Bolivia. This particular destination is the world's largest salt flat that provides breathtaking scenes and views of what can only be described as absolutely magnificent. According to Bolivia Hop, the Bolivian Salar de Uyuni is known to be a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike landscape made up of bright-white salt rock formations that draw in millions of tourists each and every year! Although the salt flat may appear completely bare, it is home to numerous pink flamingos that only make it even more of a majestic site.
The Grand Prismatic Spring is definitely grand! This mesmerizing site is located at the Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Who knew Wyoming could host such a spectacular landscape. According to Yellowstone Park, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and third largest in the entire world, falling two places below Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. In addition, the spring itself is made up of colors that match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism, including red, orange, yellow, green and blue!
Next up on the list is the Sea of Stars! Now, it doesn't get anymore heaven on Earth than it does with this spectacular destination located on Vaadhoo Island, Maldives. The island is known mostly for its mystical surprise of glowing blue waves that lap the sandy shore, which is only something you would find in a sci-fi film. According to Standard UK, the sea of stars attracts millions of tourists each and every year that gather to the Maldives in order to witness the natural phenomenon that turns the sea water into a body of electric blue-neon water!
Socotra Island, located in Yemen, takes the cake as being one of the most bizarre locations that seem to have been taken directly out of an Alien Sci-Fi film! This intriguing visual is all due to the Dragon's Blood Trees that inhabits most of the island. According to Unusual Places, the island itself, which is located on Yemen's Gulf of Aden, is home to over 800 species of plants, a third of which you cannot find anywhere else in the world! Talk about a unique destination. Tourists can and do visit this location, however, due to the vast amounts of life in Socotra, the island is limited in regards to roads, in order to preserve all that the islands hosts.
No place on Earth can get any more ethereal than this! Skaftafell Ice Caves are located in Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park and is one sight that we recommend anyone and everyone see in person. The park itself is home to massive glaciers that are visited by tourists annually, however, the true magic lay within the caves! According to Mountain Guides, the site is mostly known for its ice-capped Volcano, however, the interior of certain caves make for the perfect photo opportunity! The glistening ice blue ceilings the caves possess are not something you can find just about anywhere and are a site that should definitely be on your travel bucket list.
Have you ever seen a volcano within a volcano? Well, you have now! This stellar Volcano-ception is one site that is truly stunning to see in person. Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. The island itself is administered by Tokyo and is 358 kilometers south of the busy city. According to Unmissable Japan, the island was first discovered back in 1785, and is the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago, says the source. The stunning caldera, with vast amounts of greenery and double volcano, truly make this site remarkable.
Next up on the list is one destination that not everyone knows about! Hidden Beach is located in one of the Marieta Islands, which is located 22 nautical miles west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. According to Atlas Obscura, the beach itself is "something out of a fantasy novel", and if that doesn't say out of this world, then we don't know what will! The beach is surrounded with a sandy cavern and blue waters of the Pacific rushing in. According to the source, this secret spot has been known to host some romantic getaways and dates for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of open beaches, for a more secluded one.
Mount Roraima is located in South America and is known to touch on Venezuelan, Brazilian and Guyanese grounds. The massive structure, which rests above the clouds, is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. According to All That's Interesting, it was first discovered by English explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, and measures in with a 31 sq.-kilometer summit area that is bounded an all sides by huge cliffs measuring in at nearly 400 meters each, and that is simply just the plateau! Mount Roraima itself reaches 9,222 feet at its tallest point, says Atlas Obscura, and is 9 miles long.
Sources: whenonearth; life hacks; englishexplorer; atlastobscura