30 Weird Travel Destinations On Earth That Will Give You Goose Bumps


February 21st, 2017   |   Updated on April 21st, 2023

Where words fail, pictures do the trick. And on this blog, you need the pictures to understand the baffling beauty and sublime grace of some of the strangest places on earth.

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1. Salar De Uyuni in the Potosí 

Where: Bolivia

What’s Weird: This is the world’s largest salt pan. And when a thin film of water gathers on the surface it is also the world’s largest natural mirror.

Clear blue waters of Bolivia in South America

2. Lake Natron- Petrifying Lake

Where: Tanzania

What’s Weird: Looking for the weirdest places on earth? How about this terrifying lake? Animals that die in this African lake are turned into statues, through calcification. The presence of huge volumes of sodium bicarbonate ensures they turn into mummies.

Fancy a dip? Don’t even think about it!

3. Die Rakotzbrück or Devil’s Bridge

Where: Germany

What’s Weird: This bridge is famed for its unique construction accuracy, with the bridge and its reflection merging into a perfect circle, no matter where you see it from. Spooky!

Mysterious devil's bridge

4. Spotted lake Khiluk

Where: British Columbia, Canada

What’s Weird: The most mineralized lake of the world; each of these 365 spots holds a unique chemical content and is said to cure different diseases. Definitely one of the nicer strangest places in the world.

Sacred Spotted lake of British Columbia


5. Slope Point

Where: New Zealand

What’s Weird: This forest is home to trees that are permanently twisted and windblown thanks to the intense Antarctic gusts. Windy much? This one of one of the windiest strangest places in the world.

The most beautiful southernmost point of New Zealand

6. Dead Vlei

Where: Namibia

What’s Weird: A sun-blackened dead forest in a dried oasis, surrounded by rust-orange giant sand dunes. The lack of water forces the roots of trees to come outside looking for moisture. The struggle is real!

Enormous beauty of Dead Vlei

7. Underwater park, Green Lake in Tragoess

Where: Austria

What’s Weird: This list won’t be complete without some underwater beauties. One of the world’s strangest places, this is not just a gimmick, but a genuine park that goes underwater during spring. After all, divers do need to rest and relax.

Every spring this park disappears under water

8. Eternal Flame Falls

Where: New York, the US

What’s Weird: The flame is fueled by natural gasses and burns bright right under a waterfall.

Mysterious eternal flame burning under the waterfall


9. Tunnel of Love

Where: Ukraine

What’s Weird: A section of industrial railway in Ukraine, this green leafy tunnel seems like something out of a fairy tale.

The beautiful view of the Tunnel of love

10. Christ of the Abyss

Where: Italy

What’s Weird: This is a 2.50 meters, you read that right, it is a 2.5 METRES TALL bronze statue of Jesus Christ, which is under water. A favorite place for deep sea divers, and definitely one of the most mysterious places on earth underwater.

Bronze statue of Jesus Christ

11. The Silfra rift

Where: Iceland

What’s Weird: The Silfra Rift separates two continents and two tectonic plates, namely the North American and Eurasian plates.

Adventurous Silfra rift in Iceland


12. Caño Cristales

Where: Colombia

What’s Weird: In the summer months, this Colombian river turns red. Actually, the river bed is covered by a unique species of plant, and that is what turns red. Another one of those mysterious places on earth underwater.

Beautiful Colombian river
13. Jellyfish Lake

Where: Palau

What’s Weird: This lake is a block full of harmless jellyfish.

Swim with golden jellyfish swarms

14. Blood Falls

Where: Antarctica

What’s Weird: Amidst the unending whiteness of the snow, Blood Falls provides a creepy relief. The water is red in color due to the presence of huge amounts of Iron. Definitely, makes the list of the strangest places in the world.

Have a view of red waters

15. Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds

Where: Oregon, the US

What’s Weird: The presence of minerals stain the hills in myriad hues. Changing light and moisture levels affect the yellows, reds, golds, and blacks.

Different shades of hills of John day fossil beds

16. Road to Heaven – Huashan Mountain

Where: China

What’s Weird: On the end of this treacherous death-defying trail in China is a mere tea house, but this Mount Huashan Plank Walk in the Sky is famed for its adrenaline raising effects. Would you walk the plank here, at one of the strangest places on earth?

An adventurous walk on the Huashan Mountain

17. Confluence of Rhone and Arve rivers

Where: Switzerland

What’s Weird: There is a defined contrast between these two rivers of Switzerland; one is blue and the other brown. They never fully mix due to the difference in density.

Spellbinding view of two different colors of rivers emerging together

18. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island

Where: Maldives

What’s Weird: Bioluminescent sea plankton that shines bright blue during the night.

Sea of stars that shines bright blue during night


19. Nelson Lakes National Park, Blue Lake

Where: New Zealand

What’s Weird: How about the fact that this is a lake so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom, and can’t even make out the depth.

Crystal clear waters of blue lake in New Zealand

20. Giant Crystal Cave at Naica Mine

Where: Mexico

What’s Weird: Deep down in the bowels of the Earth, these huge shiny mineral pillars are enough to make you feel claustrophobic.

Glistening view of the shiny mineral pillars

21. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Where: Peru

What’s Weird: Covered in wide lines of pastel blue, intense red, green, pink and yellow. There are currently no scientific explanations for this phenomenon.

Watch diferent shades of colors at this rainbow mountain

22. Yonaguni Monument

Where: Japan

What’s Weird: Scientists have only been able to confirm that this monument under water in Japan is five thousand years old. It is still not confirmed if it is natural or manmade. Theorists say that it could be alien made!

Have an out the world experience at this extrinsic monument


23. Crooked Forest

Where: Poland

What’s Weird: In an otherwise normal forest in Poland, full of straight trees, there is this collection of curved trees, for which there is no scientific explanation. One of the world’s weirdest places, indeed.

Collection of curved trees in Poland

24. Pink Sands Beach

Where: The Bahamas

What’s Weird: The sands at this beach is actually pink in color due to the presence of certain minerals and planktons

Amazing view of the pink sands

25. Richat Structure

Where: Mauritania

What’s Weird: With a diameter of almost 30 miles, this is a structure in the deserts. It looks like a massive fossil. Or maybe an alien spaceship landing strip?

Mystical structure in Mauritania


26. Great Blue Hole

Where: Belize

What’s Weird: A gigantic natural submarine sinkhole! No one knows the depth

Indeterminable depth of the great blue hole in Belize


27. Dead Sea

Where: Jordan

What’s Weird: Can’t swim? No problem! The Dead Sea, a salt lake, will ensure you can float without any effort, due to the high volume of salt and other minerals in the water.

Float on the dead sea in Jordan, weird travel destinations


28. Lake Retba

Where: Senegal

What’s Weird: Ever seen a lake that’s pink in color? That’s what is weird here, thanks to the presence of certain planktons and minerals

Mesmerizing view of the pink waters of Retba Lake

29. The Wave

Where: Arizona, the US

What’s Weird: A dreamlike world of swirling colors and psychedelic patterns. The rock formations are said to be from the Jurassic era.

Watch the wavy rock formations in Arizona


30. Mt. Kelimutu

Where: Indonesia

What’s Weird: The result of a volcanic eruption, this wonder is home to three separate lakes, all of the different colors – black, blue, and turquoise.

An amazing view of the three different colors of lake at the same place