Top Amazing Places You Need To Visit Before You Die – Part 1

A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” It can be anything from learning how to sky dive to getting a tattoo. It is a little more expensive for the itchy of feet because traveling can really clean out your wallet, so you have to be circumspect when choosing where to go. Here is a bucket list of the top amazing places you need to visit before you die.

Socotra, Yemen

Socotra Dragon Tree in Yemen
Socotra dragon tree” by Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv) Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

It is an island with hundreds of plant species found nowhere else including the Dragon’s Blood Tree. It is considered the “other” Galapagos, and Yeme is very strict about tourists, so make sure you plan well ahead.

Zion Canyon, Utah

Zion Canyon as seen from the top of Angels Landing at sunset
Zion National Park angels landing view by Diliff. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It is part of the Zion National Park’s awesome cliff-and-canyon landscape that includes Kolob Arch, the world’s largest natural arch, which is 310 feet across.

Petra, Jordan

Facade of Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan
Al Khazneh in Petra by Bernard Gagnon Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This is one of the most unique archeological and architectural finds, a city half-carved into rock found between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea and surrounded by mountains. The architectures is a mix of Eastern and Hellenistic.

Drake Passage, Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica

Drake Passage
Drake Passage

For the adrenaline junkie, this is just the ticket. This is believed to be the roughest stretch of water in the world where the Circumpolar Current is at its narrowest and constantly battered by strong, high winds.

Ice cave in Vatnajokull, Southeast Iceland

Ice cave in Vatnajokull
Ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park

Also called the Crystal Caves, these are literally hewn out of ice by nature and the inside looks like it was carved out of diamonds.

Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia

Camel Thorn Trees
Camel Thorn Trees in Namibia

Acacia erioloba , actually called “giraffe trees” by the locals (Afrikaans kameeldoring), is a highly recognizable tree because of its height and canopy-like spread. It is a keystone species, which means many other animal and plant species depend on it for survival.

Grand Canyon

Sunrise in Grand Canyon
Sunrise in Grand Canyon National Park

This majestic landscape in Arizona is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and for very good reasons.

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima
Monte Roraima

One of the oldest mountain formations in the world, it does not look like a mountain at all. It is actually a group of 400 cliffs and it looks like the world’s largest tree stump.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, United States

Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring

This is the largest natural spring in the US. What makes it noteworthy in not its size, however, but its coloration. It matches the order of colors of a rainbow, hence the name.

Jackson Hole Valley in Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole Valley in Grand Teton National Park
Barns grand tetons / Grand Teton National Park by Jon Sullivan, PD Photo. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Descending down this valley feels like spiraling down a hole, which is why trappers back in the day called it that. Once in Jackson Hole Valley, the Treton Mountain Range looms on all sides providing a spectacular view.

Batad Rice Terraces, Ifugao Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces
Batad Rice Terraces Village in Banaue Ifugao

Batad Rice Terraces is one of two famous rice terraces in Banaue Ifugao (the other one is Bangaan Rice Terraces) because that is where they are located.

Marble Caves, Chile

Marble Caves in Chile
Marble Caves in Chile

Instead of ice, these caves are carved by nature out of marble, but they are equally awe-inspiring.

Karijini National Park, Australia

Karijini National Park in Australia
Karijini-National Park in Australia

This is one of the most spectacular nature parks in the world with a wealth of natural land formations, plantilife, and wildlife. It can be dangerous though, so always go with a certified guard.

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