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The most unusual places in the world

Hello there! Are you ready for an adventure?

Today, we are going to explore the world’s most terrifying, bizarre, and one-of-a-kind locations that will leave you in awe. From spooky abandoned places to otherworldly geological formations, there’s no shortage of strange and scary places to discover. So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a thrilling journey!

Adventure Travel

Adventure travel is a type of tourism that involves exploring remote, exotic, and often challenging destinations. When it comes to weird and unusual places, we have some that will grab your attention.

It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown, whether it’s hiking through a jungle, climbing a mountain, or white-water rafting down a river. Adventure travel is perfect for thrill-seekers who want to experience something new and exciting, while also immersing themselves in different cultures and environments. It’s a great way to push yourself beyond your limits and create unforgettable memories.

Adventure travel has become one of the most popular ways to explore the world and challenge oneself physically and mentally. It allows travelers to connect with nature. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush or simply looking to escape the mundane, adventure travel is a surefire way to add some excitement to your life. So pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

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Mount Kelimutu

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Want to see something weird? Weirdly, at Mt. Kelimutu you will witness the result of a volcanic eruption that is home to three separate crater lakes, all of the distinct colors – black, blue, and turquoise.

However, that is not where it ends. The colors change ALL the time! So, no guarantee of what colors you will see when you go!

How bizarre is that!

  • Best time to visit: May to September
  • Getting there: Book a flight to Ende. From Ende, take a bus or taxi to the nearest village from where people usually trek (2.5 hours) to the lakes and mountains.
 

Monolith Of Uluru

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The world’s largest single rock is in Australia, i.e. Monolith Uluru.

With a height of 348 meters and a circumference of 5.8 miles, this is the world’s largest rock and one of the weirdest places on earth.

One single mountain-sized rock that stands alone. It maintained its position as the surrounding rocks deteriorated, becoming the longest-lasting Monolithic rock structure.

  • Best time to visit: September to November
  • Getting there: Catch a flight to Yulara.  From Yulara, you can either drive yourself or take a taxi or a bus to Uluru. Getting a hired vehicle gives you the freedom to spend as much time as you like taking photos and sightseeing.
 

Aokigahara Forest

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This is not only one of the world’s most unusual places. It is also super creepy!

The Hollywood movie The Forest explores the eerie nature of the Aokigahara Forest which is said to have been haunting people for a very long time. 

Also called the Suicide Forest, this jungle lies at the foothills of the famed volcano Mount Fuji in Japan. It’s believed that over 500 people have committed suicide in this spooky jungle, notorious for its endless cases of haunting and visions of ghosts that have occurred here.

  • Best time to visit: mid-June to mid-September
  • Getting there: Take a taxi or bus from Tokyo to the entrance of the forest and stop right there. Don’t go further.
 
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Easter Island Heads

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These massive stone sculptures, created by the Rapa Nui people, range in height from 3 to 10 meters and weigh as much as 75 tons! The Moai have unique facial expressions, with some looking serious and others smiling, and are adorned with red topknots made of volcanic rock.

But the real mystery lies in how the Rapa Nui people managed to create and transport these massive statues across the island. While some experts believe that ropes and wooden sledges were used, others think that supernatural powers or even aliens were involved!

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Moai is that they all face inland, overlooking the Rapa Nui people rather than the sea. This has led to many theories about their purpose, including that they were meant to watch over and protect the community.

  • Best time to visit: April to June or October to December
  • Getting there: Get a seat on the LATAM airline from Santiago which is the only airline that flies to this island.
 

Oneuli Beach

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Also known as the Black Beach.

Soak in the view of the black sand, a result of volcanic activity over centuries, amidst the crystal-clear waters at the picturesque Oneuli Beach, Hawaii.

It’s a paradise for swimmers and those who snorkel. Certified instructors are available to teach you how to snorkel if you have not mastered it yet. You will not regret a dive into this beautiful black sand beach. In addition, you’ll be impressed by the raw beauty of the cinder cone and coastal environs. The 106 m (350 ft) high rim of the cinder cone is the best spot for magnificent sunrise or sunset views.

  • Best time to visit: April to May
  • Getting there: Drive from Wailea towards the Grand Wailea Resort in Makena. 4 miles south of the resort is a dirt path to the parking lot of Oneuli Beach.
 

Ruby Falls

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Talk about unusual places on our planet, then this sure is one!!

Since millions of years ago, Ruby Falls Cave within Lookout Mountain near Tennessee features prominent cave formations like stalactites and stalagmites, columns, drapery, and flowstone. The 145 feet (around 44 meters) high underground waterfall is illuminated to create this spectacular purplish hue.

Now, this is what I call a hidden gem!

  • Best time to visit: It’s good to visit all year long.
  • Getting there: Catch a flight to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Then, hop on a bus or take a taxi to the Lookout Mountains.
 

Sailing Stones

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How weird is this? Death Valley in California is known for its Sailing Stones, a mystery that has bewildered many generations since 1915. 

The discovery of a track inscribed by a particular stone that had moved in the dry land prompted the locals to study the geological phenomenon to learn more about this mystery. Since then, many rocks have moved on their own. It’s believed that the movement is the result of the formation of ice around the stones (although unconfirmed).
 
  • Best time to visit: mid-October to mid-May
  • Getting there: Catch a flight to McCarran International Airport. Then, take a taxi or bus to see the moving stones in Death Valley.
 

Magnetic Hill

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Defying gravity! Another unique experience is a tiny stretch of the Srinagar-Leh highway on a hill in Ladakh that tends to pull vehicles!!! Seriously!!!

You park and turn off the ignition of your car. Then, wait for it, ….your car will slowly start moving on its own!!! Furthermore, the mysterious magnetic properties will pull your car UPHILL

  • Best time to visit: July to September
  • Getting there: Take a flight to Leh, or a road trip on the Delhi-Manali-Leh route.
 

Nazca Lines

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The unusual shapes etched into the usually desolate desert environment are only discernible from above (on a plane, of course!), where people may make out the Nazca Lines.

Thousands of tourists come to these prehistoric remnants in South America each year because they are among the most amazing phenomena and a respected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Best time to visit: May to October
  • Getting there: Fly over Nazca or get a bus ride to the mirador (viewpoint) in the middle of the desert for a restricted view.
 

Die Rakotzbrück

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Also known as Nature’s Own Ring.

The 19th-century Die Rakotzbrück bridge is famous for its unique construction accuracy, with the bridge and its reflection merging into a complete and perfect stone circle, no matter where you see it from. Known as the mysterious ‘Devil’s Bridge’, both the ends of the Rakotzbrücke have thin rock spires installed, to make it look like natural basalt columns, which commonly occur in many parts of Germany.

A bit spooky in some way, right!?

  • Best time to visit: May to September
  • Getting there: Fly to Dresden. Then, take a train to Gablenz from Dresden Hauptbahnhof. From there you can take a taxi to the Devil’s Bridge.
 

Check for the cheapest flight tickets here.

Silfra Rift

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One of the most unusual phenomena on earth! Two continents and two tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasian plates, are divided by the Silfra Rift, one of the world’s least-known locations.

It takes up an area that is roughly 600 by 200 meters. Snorkeling in Silfra Rift is one of Iceland’s most amazing experiences. On your journey to Iceland, be sure to indulge. The splendor of this natural gem will wow you. Get ready to be amazed by one of the strangest places on earth.

  • Best time to visit: June to August
  • Getting there: Fly to Reykjavik and take a taxi or hired vehicle to drive to Silfra (one hour away).
 
 
 
 

Tianzi Mountains' Tall Natural Structures

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One of the most distinctive tourist destinations in the world, the Tianzi Mountains served as the sole inspiration for the Avatar sets. The abrupt rise of these mountain peaks from the terrain produced a stunning scene. These mountainous regions are situated inside the Wulingyuan Scenic Area and cover an area of 21 square miles. The mountains are the result of sedimentary rock erosion over millions of years.

 
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Blood Falls

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An aerial view of the red waters where the Taylor glacier terminates at Lake Bonney, Antarctica.

A spooky respite from the endless whiteness of the winter.

Due to the massive levels of iron present, the water is red in hue. The red coloring is due to “oxidized iron in brine saltwater, the same process that gives the iron a dark red color when it rusts”. – Researchers of the University of Alaska.

  • Best time to visit: November to February. During this time, the weather is milder and the ice is less likely to impede access to the falls.
  • Getting there: Fly to Taylor Valley and hike to the waterfall with a guide.
 

Kapuziner-Eremitage

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On the eastern slope of the Wartenberg, Prince Joseph Maria Benedikt von Fürstenberg had an English garden put out in 1783. He also had a hermitage with a Capuchin automaton in it, which was amusing.

The little hermitage, in the middle of the forest, is an odd wooden structure with twig decorations on the walls. The home has a little bell tower on top.

  • Location: Geisingen, Tuttlingen, Freiburg District, Baden-Württemberg.
  • Getting there:  Hikers will enjoy this intermediate hiking trail.  More info >>
  • Best time to visit: April to October.
 

Mount Roraima

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Mount Roraima is another one of the weirdest places on earth. The massive mountain has an absurd flat top that is reputed to be one of the most mysterious and home to a wide variety of exotic plants and animals.  Mount Roraima is Pakaraima chain’s tallest mountain and Venezuela’s highest point known as Laberintos del Norte.

  • Getting there: Fly to Boa Vista and take a bus or taxi to Mount Roraima.
  • Best time to visit: December to April.
 

Nelson Lakes National Park

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Lake Rotoroa at the Nelson Lakes National Park in New Zealand is one of the weirdest places in the world and will blow your mind to smithereens. The blue lake is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom and can’t even make out the depth.

  • Getting there:  Fly to Nelson or Blenheim and take a taxi or a bus to Lake Rotoroa.
  • Best time to visit: December to February
 

Giant Crystal Caves

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One of the strangest sites on earth is Giant Crystal Cave, which is located in Naica Mine. These enormous sparkling mineral pillars that are located deep inside the earth’s crust are enough to give you claustrophobia. Over 500,000 years have passed while this enormous structure has been expanding beneath Mexico. It provides an excellent case study on how creatures endure high temperatures and humidity. Visit this location at least once if you love the outdoors.

  • Getting there: Fly to Chihuahua and take a bus or train to Naica. From here you can get a taxi to the caves.
  • Best time to visit: December to April.
 

Iceland Geysers

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Go up North to the volcanic lake called Mvatn. Reykjahl settlement, which is on the northeastern shore, serves as a base for exploring the region and contains an information center. The mineral-rich waters of the man-made lagoon at the east-of-here Mvatn Nature Baths in Northern Iceland have been recognized for their therapeutic benefits. Near Námafjall Mountain, a short distance away, is Hverir, a hot springs area with bubbling mud pots and fumaroles.

 

Lake Natron

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Looking for some weird places in the worldLake Natron is one of the most unusual places and one of the scariest in the world! It is also regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world!!

Animals that die in this African lake are turned into mummies through calcification because of the presence of huge volumes of sodium bicarbonate. The high alkaline collection results in the lake looking red during summer. This is the reason this lake is also known as the ‘Petrifying Lake’. Despite all these conditions, it is grazing ground for the Lesser Flamingos. 

Fancy a dip? I’m not so sure about that!

 

The Iguazu Falls

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The Iguazu Falls in Argentina is one of the widest waterfalls in the world.

If cascading waterfalls captivate you, plan a trip to this beautiful destination and prepare to be blown away. 

  • Best time to visit: July to October and February to April.
  • Getting there: It’s easy to reach the Iguazu falls; like a mere bus or taxi ride away from both Buenos Aires and Rio.  Fly to either Foz do Iguaçu Airport (IGU) in Brazil or Cataratas del Iguazú (IGR) in Argentina.  Check for the cheapest flight tickets here.
 

Moeraki Boulders

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These weird giant egg-like rocks are said to be one of the most unique places in the world and are laid out on Koekohe Beach in New Zealand.

To add to the mystery of this natural phenomenon, the mammoth almost 4 m high boulders are scattered around in the most peculiar formation. Some say the rocks have been formed because of mineral and sediment accumulation which eventually fossilized.

  • Best time to visit: December to February (visit the site between low-tide and mid-tide at sunrise)
  • Getting there: It’s a 30-minute drive on State Highway 1 from Moeraki or Hampden to Koekohe Beach.
 

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And that’s it for today, folks!

If you’ve already been to one of these fascinating destinations, do drop us a photo or two on our Travel And Home Facebook Community.  Did you also find it bizarre, creepy, weird, or all the above? We’d love to hear from you.