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28 Uniquely Stunning Types Of Places Around The World

Discover all our planet has to offer, in one simple article!
Published by admin on 10 Dec 2019 Last Updated on 19 Oct 2021
BACKGROUND

Our world has many awe-inspiring wonders, man-made or natural. There are countless articles that highlight a specific region or type of attraction, but none that truly encompass all the beautiful, unique, or unknown places our planet has to offer.

So I undertook this momentous task; made possible by my travel site’s large and interlinked database of places. Whether you are a city or nature lover; solo backpacker or family unit; Disney fan or dark tourist, I’m sure you will discover something new!

1. NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

New 7 Wonders of the World


We start with the quintessential New 7 Wonders of the World, a bucket list for many globetrotters:

And the honorary wonder: the Great Pyramid of Giza (last surviving wonder of the ancient world).
Honorary Wonder: Great Pyramid of Giza


2. UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

L-R: China's Emperor Qinshihuang's Terracotta Army, Spain's La Sagrada Família, Chile's Easter Island


All World Heritage Sites are required to be unique, and geographically, historically or culturally significant to qualify, which makes these sites the world's best and beautiful.

3. WORLD NUMBER ONES

From Top, L-R: Gardens by the Bay, Burj Khalifa, Raja Ampat, Symphony of the Seas, General Sherman Tree, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


This unorthodox list showcases a rich variety of places which are number one in their field. They range from the first ever Halloween theme park (Knotts Scary Farm!) to the most visited monument in the world (Effiel Tower) to nature wonderlands (such as Raja Ampat’s unparalleled marine diversity).

4. TOP TRAVEL DESTINATIONS BY CONTINENT

From Top, L-R: NYC Statue of Liberty, Belize Barrier Reef, Barcelona's La Rambla, Netherlands' Keukenhof, Serengeti's The Great Migration, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, NZ Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Antarctica


Looking for the best attractions by continent? Here are all the famous and hidden gems which are on many traveler's bucket lists, from all over the globe:

5. SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF AFRICA

7 Natural Wonders of Africa


Africa is so vast that it has its own Seven Natural Wonders, many with its unique bonanza of wildlife:

Africa is famous for its many safaris and game lodges. Try to spot all of Africa's Big 5 while you're there: Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo.

6. NATIONAL PARKS

USA's Yellowstone, Argentina's Los Glaciares, China's Wulingyuan Zhangjiajie, NZ's Mount Aspiring, Namibia's Etosha, Japan's Chūbu-Sangaku


Above are some gorgeous national parks from around the world. Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon are some of the most famous NPs in America. See my Yellowstone article to learn more about this place!

7. MARINE PARKS

Great Barrier Reef, Whale Sharks in SE Asia, Maldives’ South Ari Atoll

Ditto for marine parks, with plenty of underwater paradises for snorkeling or diving enthusiasts. Click here for the best locations to see the giants of our ocean!

8. SCENIC HIGHWAYS & DRIVES

Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road, California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Hokkaido’s Patchwork Road


Love road trips? Burn rubber on these scenic drives around the world.

9. UNIQUE OR QUIRKY ATTRACTIONS

Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Chile’s Atacama Hand of the Desert, Austria’s Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum


These unique or quirky attractions are definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

Delving deeper, get inspired by this whole bunch of cool and unique activities which you can enjoy!

10. FAMOUS CITIES

Tokyo, Stockholm, San Francisco


Moving to urban jungles, we have Alpha Cities; the top tier of global cities. My hometown of Singapore is inside, and if you’re planning to visit, here’s a Singapore quick guide.

Discover day trip ideas with this site by clicking the “Near & Related” button:
Day trip options from Paris


You can do day trips from Paris to Palace of Versailles, Claude Monet’s House, Champagne Wine Region, plus even London or Bruges!

Las Vegas & Macau

Love gambling or adult-type entertainment? Hit the Casino Cities, such as Vegas and Macau.

11. TOURIST TOWNS & VILLAGES


Italy’s Manarola, Peru’s Huacachina, Japan’s Gokayama


If the hustle and bustle is too much for you, try a tourist town or village. These quaint, picturesque places are the perfect quiet getaway to relax and enjoy nature.

12. SKI RESORT TOWNS & BEACH RESORT TOWNS

Switzerland’s Zermatt, Hokkaido’s Niseko, South Korea’s Vivaldi Park


If winter sports is your thing, hit up a ski resort...

California’s Malibu, Bali’s Seminyak, Mexico’s Tulum


Or enjoy the sun, sand, and sea in a beach resort town.

13. ISLAND GETAWAYS

Spain’s Ibiza, South Korea’s Jeju, Japan’s Hokkaido


Visit the many major tourist islands all over the world…

Bora Bora, Maldives, Caribbean Cruise


Tropical island getaways are a favorite for couples or beach-lovers. Maldives is a magnificent island resort destination — with crystal clear waters, luxurious villa resorts, plenty of water activities — at affordable prices. See my Maldives 101 guide to know more.

The Caribbean is another amazing place where you can island hop in a Caribbean Cruise, tour many unbelievable beaches and coral reefs, and soak in the various cultural experiences and food.

14. WINE REGIONS & FARMS

France’s Champagne Region, Italy’s Val d’Orcia, California’s Napa Valley


How about a wine region if you are into bubbly?

Hokkaido's Farm Tomita, Peru's Mariposario Butterfly Farm, LA's Tanaka Farm


Tourist farms in all corners of the globe (whether it be flowers, fruits, veges, animals, or insects) can be a blast!

15. TOP EVENTS & FESTIVALS


USA's Burning Man, Japan's Fuji Shibazakura, Thailand's Yi Peng


If you're planning a trip, head to my ultimate festival article to discover what's rocking in that around the world! 

16. FAMOUS FILMING LOCATIONS

Croatia’s Dubrovnik (GoT), NZ’s Hobbiton, Ohio’s Shawshank Prison


Film & TV lovers gotta relive their favorite shows at these famous filming locations. From classic movies like Casablanca and The Shawshank Redemption to top-rated shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, from timeless sitcoms such as Friends to popular filming spots like the Griffith Observatory, we got them covered and ever-growing!

17. DISNEY-INSPIRED PLACES

Venezuela’s Angels Falls, Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, France’s Colmar


Are you a Disney fan or just love beautiful things in general? These Disney/Pixar-inspired locales are jaw-dropping places ranging from Angel Falls in Up to Neuschwanstein Castle for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castles to Belle’s Colmar-inspired village in Beauty & the Beast — if it is good enough to inspire a Disney film, you know it must be an eye-opener!

18. MIYAZAKI/STUDIO GHIBLI-INSPIRED PLACES

Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli, Fukuyama’s Tonoyama Port, Matsuyama’s Dōgo Onsen


Speaking of animation, let’s not forget Japan's Studio Ghibli-inspired places, which gave us timeless shows such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky.

19. DARK ATTRACTIONS

Auschwitz, Paris Catacombs, 9/11 Museum


Too kiddish? Let’s delve into the other end, a world of dark attractions, or dark tourism

What’s a dark attraction? One definition is any attraction which is related to death, disaster, suffering, or war. These places are popular with historians, war junkies, or people who crave an alternative travel experience. Slum tourism is another growing sub-category of this movement.

20. UNIQUE HOTELS

Finland’s Lapland Hotels Snow Village, Peru’s Skylodge Adventure Suites, Sweden’s Treehotel


Fancy an unforgettable stay? These stunning hotels will take your breath away with ice hotels, treetop lofts, cliffside capsule glass rooms, and more! Do note many are quite pricey, and some are not easily accessible.

21. FAMOUS & UNIQUE RESTAURANTS

Kuala Lumpur’s Dinner in the Sky, Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant, Michelin Restaurants


Unique restaurants, including dinner shows, can elevate your meal to an unforgettable adventure. Great restaurants, especially Michelin-starred-restaurants, are an attraction too, with a full course meal being an experiential journey of your different culinary senses: sight, smell, taste, and touch.

22. BEST WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT GETAWAYS

Prague’s Historic Centre, Tuscany’s Fattoria la Palazzina, Hokkaido’s Shikisai Hill, Turkey’s Cappadocia, NZ’s Lake Tekapo, Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love


Getting hitched or seeking a romantic getaway? Check out these breathtaking wedding shoot locations.

23. A JOURNEY OF EARTH, FIRE & ICE

Romania’s Turda Salt Mine, DRC’s Mount Nyiragongo Lava Lake, Iceland’s Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave


Fascinated with the underground? These “earthly” attractions will definitely give you a unique perspective. 

Fascinated with volcanoes and lava? There are currently no places to see flowing lava up close (Access to Guatemala’s Mount Pacaya is now restricted and Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea 2018 eruption drained its calderas). Still, adventure travelers can explore these fiery lava lakes.

Can’t take the heat? Enter one of the many ice caves on our planet. Fun fact: Ice caves form every winter and melt during spring or summer, so no trip there is ever the same.

Want to venture further? Book a polar expedition to the Arctic (North Pole) or Antarctica (South Pole) for an even colder adventure!

24. UNDERWATER ATTRACTIONS

Mauritius’ Le Morne Underwater Waterfall, Italy’s Christ of the Abyss, Maldives’ Ithaa Underwater Restaurant


Let’s get wet! Some of these are only suitable for diving, but others are open to anybody: Gawk at Le Morne’s underwater waterfall from a seaplane or dine at Maldives’ underwater restaurant Ithaa.

25. CHASING AURORAS

Auroras in different parts of the world

The aurora borealis (northern lights) or aurora australis (southern lights) are another elusive bucket-list item for many. Like ice caves, every aurora is never the same and every viewing is magical.

Auroras are usually seen in Scandinavia, Iceland, or Canada due to accessibility and infrastructure (Read my Scandinavia winter road trip to learn more).

26. DANCING IN THE CLOUDS

Paragliding in Rio, Hot Air Ballooning, Helicopter Tour in Grand Canyon


Many tourist hotspots often have one thing in common: Aerial activities. Paragliding, skydiving, or BASE jumping present an opportunity to try something new and get out of your comfort zone. For something milder, do a scenic plane, helicopter or hot air balloon tour.

27. INSECT ATTRACTIONS

Smokey Mountains' Firefliy Light Show, Michoacán’s Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Namerikawa’s Firefly Squid Boat Tour


Fancy being enveloped by hundreds or thousands of pretty things? The insect attractions around the world are truly a sight to behold!

28. HEALTH & WELLNESS RETREATS

Japan‘s Gōra Kadan Onsen, Iceland's Blue Lagoon Spa, Australia’s Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

How about a zen trip? Holidays are sometimes about unwinding and these wellness destinations will do the trick; whether it’s a Japanese onsen (hot spring), massage/wellness outing in South East Asia and South America, or a geothermal spa in Europe and Australia.

SUMMARY

We hope you discovered plenty of wonderful places for your next holiday. This page will constantly be streamlined and updated with more extraordinary places, so stay tuned!

Photos attributions (if any) are listed on their respective page photoviewers.

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