When natural beauty and wonder combine to create events like the recent solar eclipse, it serves as a reminder to us all that there is much splendor in the world. Beyond the seven wonders of the world, there are many natural wonders that we should all try to see in our lifetime. As a tribute to the more-known Seven Wonders of the World, we’ve put seven natural wonders at the top of our list.
While Geirangerfjord is a popular tourist destination, it is with good reason. Breathtaking doesn’t describe the feeling this magnificent fjord evokes. From the deep blue waters to the stunning snow capped mountains, this natural wonder is a feast for the eyes. Be sure to book a sightseeing trip that will take you to the amazing waterfalls either by hike or by kayak.
Jiuzhaigou National Park, China
Jiuzhaigou is Chinese for Nine Village Valley and this enormous national park covers 278 square miles. It is filled with waterfalls, tree-lined lakes, the Zharu Monastery, and also forested mountains. Our favorite, however, is Five Flower Lake which is a shallow multicolored lake that is lined with fallen trees. It is truly a sight to behold.
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
A burst of color within the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, Lake Nakuru’s algae is the attraction for the thousands of flamingos that call it home as they feed on it. The azure blue water and pink flamingos provide a stark contrast for the valley as well as the other animals you’ll encounter: pelicans, black rhinos, hippos, buffalos, giraffes. This is the ultimate locale for bird watching and just just 2 hours by road from Nairobi.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Palawan, Philippines
Running 8.2 kilometers underground, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Known as one of the longest underground rivers in the world, there is plenty to gasp over including one of the largest caves in the world. You can tour the river in a canoe and admire the limestone formations, stalagmites, and stalactites.
Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
Situated on New Zealand’s south island, the Fox Glacier is one of the most easily accessible on the planet. Visit with a professional and you’ll be able to explore the caves. Want the ultimate trip? Try the helicopter tour which will take you to stunning terrain not easily accessible by foot.
NaPali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Known as the gem of all gems, the NaPali Coast is the breathe-taking, beautiful north-west coastline of Kauai. You will find dramatic cliff faces, pristine beaches, rugged hiking trails and extensive archaeological sites. Some will advise a serious hiking adventure to explore the NaPali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, others argue that you must see it from the sea, but we think the best means to view this amazing landscape is by air. Charter a biplane or a helicopter tour of the island and you’ll have the best bird’s eye view.
Stromboli Island, Italy
Italy is full of beautiful destinations, but one of the most stunning is Stromboli Island and its volcanic eruptions. Even though the island is an active volcano with occasional eruptions (as recently as July 2017), the island is actually home to approximately 500 people. That fact is amazing by itself! You will fall in love with this natural wonder.
Go see the beauty in the world, beyond the Seven Wonders of the World, there are many natural wonders just waiting for you to discover them. After you’ve visited some natural wonders and are craving the vibrancy of the city, consider The Perfect One-Week Luxury Itinerary in Japan.