In this first installment, we’ll explore the first of many geologic wonders that exist all around the world. Check out all of the best places to travel and what makes them so special, so you can pick the ones you want to visit in the future!
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Placed right near a Navajo indigenous region in Arizona, the Antelope Canyon is made up of two one-of-a-kind slot canyons. As it happens with other geologic wonders, this canyon was formed by water erosion over thousands of years.
2. Marble Cave, General Carrera Lake, Chile
The outstanding Marble Caves in Chile are a series of sculpted caves right in the heart of Patagonia. This breathtaking geologic treasure is made up of three different structures: the Cathedral, the Chapel and the Cave.
3. Flysch Rock Formations, Zumaya Beach, Northern Spain
Right in the Basque coast of Spain, in the Zumayan beach, tourists from all over the world can find one of the best places to travel for geologists and nature enthusiasts. When a continuous rock strata is formed in an area it’s called a “Flysch”. This particular Flysh rock formation was made over the course of 100 million years by the ocean waves crashing against the cliffs.
4. St. Elias National Park, Alaska, USA
The St. Eilias National Park is the largest park in the US. Arguably one of the best vacation spots, this place is the equivalent of six Yellowstone parks and it contains acres and acres of blue and outstanding glaciers and inactive volcanoes.
5. Semeru Volcano, Indonesia
Undoubtedly one of the views you’re going to want to see at least once in your lifetime, Semeru Volcano is located in Java, Indonesia. This volcano is very popular amongst tourists but it’s also still very active and regularly emits ash explosions.
6. The Badlands, Alberta, Canada
The name of this unique geologic wonder was given by French explorers who deemed these as “bad lands” to cross. Ever since, thousands of people go to Alberta to get a glimpse of the best vacation spots and its odd rock formations, also home to the largest deposit of dinosaur bodies in the world.
7. Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Not all geologic wonders need to be underground, or in the shape of a volcano. The Rainbow Mountains in Peru take their name from the mineral combination in the soil of the mountains. This natural setting was discovered only a few years back when the ice melted from the mountains exposing the beautiful colors underneath.
8. The Wind Cathedral, Namibia
Located in the Southwest region of the Namibian desert there’s a massive sand formation known as The Wind Cathedral, and one of the best vacation spots in Africa. For the past 60-80 million years, the Atlantic Ocean drifts have been shaping this geologic wonder.
9. Lucky Pothole, Polk, South Africa
Right in Polk, South Africa, two magnificent rivers that created a river channel and meet continuously and form swirling eddies of water. This crash of waters has polished and created perfect holes in the mineral structure. In spite of the name of these geologic wonders, there’s no real “treasure” hidden inside the holes.
10. Kundel Hill, Eastern Siberia, Russia
This is one of the best places to travel, that you have to see from a greater distance to comprehend the greatness of it is Kundel Hill which looks like a massive crater but it’s not. This ultra-special rock formation is composed of alkaline-ultrabasic faults full of rare minerals.
There are plenty of natural wonders that look like they are out of this world. If you want to find out about more of these best spots to visit around the world don’t miss the following sections of our article.