Are you the adventurous kind? Some people pride themselves on being thrill-seekers and when it comes to their choice of holidays its often reflected in what box they are ticking next.
There are some truly amazing sights to be seen for the more adventurous traveler – especially if you are looking for truly unique scenes. While breathtaking natural beauty tends to drive a lot of travelers, nature’s (and sometimes man’s) more unusual scenes can be very powerful to experience.
There are some travel destinations that does not necessarily fall into the traditional category of “adventure travel” but nonetheless it will give you a different thrill. These are places that are just plain creepy and that gain fame for being strange and eerie places to visit. We’ve all been to places that just sent a shiver up your spine. Its exciting but it does require some nerves of steel.
If you are someone who like to travel and explore off the beaten track then this collection of 30 spooky places is just for you.
Some them you probably heard of before and others might come as a bit of a shock. Some are truly beautiful (see #4,#21 and #30) while others are just plain scary (see #14 and #29).
So, before you book your next flight to yet another beach resort, think again.
Why not go off the beaten track and explore some of these weird and wonderful travel destination?
1. Whale Bone Alley – Siberia
This scattering of whale jawbones, ribs and vertebrae 80 miles off the coast of Alaska is believed to be hundreds of years old. Experts estimate that it may date back to the 15th century and that it may have been used as part of an ancient place of worship.
2. The Nazca Lines – Peru
At first it may look similar to many patterns we see in crop circles. This however is much older and is actually cut into stone. What’s very fascinating about it is the fact that its drawn in a single continuous line and all the lines are perfectly straight and parallel – which would be near impossible with ancient tools and methods. Aliens ?
3. Red Beach – Panjin, China
A truly spectacular sight, this entire beach turns a bright red every fall. Its actually a type of seaweed that blooms every fall to create this amazing and very creepy sight.
4. Chocolate Hills – Bohol Island, Philippines
As far as they eye can see the landscape is dominated by these “bubbles” that are actually an uplift of coral deposits and a result of rainwater erosion. Its not always this lush green color though. It got its name from the dark chocolate brown color that the hills take on during the autumn.
5.The Bermuda Triangle – Atlantic Ocean
A lot has been written and speculated about one of the most mysterious places on earth. Its been responsible for more mysterious plane crashes and boating accidents than any other place on earth. Many planes and boats have completely vanished after crossing this 500,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Varosha – Cyprus
What looks to be a typical coastal town in any European city, this one is actually completely empty. It used to be a bustling resort city but after the Turkish invasion it was abandoned and has been ever since.
7. Cat Island – Japan
Its not everyday that the cat population outnumbers the human population but in Tashirojima there are 3 cats for every human. Originally cats where brought in to keep the rats away since the rats ate the silkworms that’s driving the silk production in the town. Over time, the cat population got out of control so if you are a cat lover you will get you kitty fix here. They even have a shrine for cat!
8. Lake Hillier – Western Australia
This amazing pink color is not Photoshopped! This lake has this luminous pink color all year round thanks to the high salt content in its waters. The salt attracts algae and bacteria that gives it this pink color.
9. Jacob’s Well – Texas
A natural spring that’s very popular with divers. Its more than 100 feet deep and gets very dark and scary the further you go down.
10. Akodessewa Fetish Market – Togo
Animal sculls and bones play an important part in many African cultures. Its used both for healing and rituals and there’s a huge market for it. None are bigger than the Akodessewa Fetish Market in Togo.
11. Maunsell Sea Forts – North Sea, England
What looks like Alien landing pods in the middle of the ocean is actually just off the British coast. It was originally built to protect England from a possible Nazi invasion but today its completely deserted and has a truly eerie quality.
12. Goblin Valley State Park – Utah, USA
Utah has some amazing natural sights and these sandstone formations are some of the strangest. It cover about 2 square miles and are soft sandstone formations that look like the surface of another planet.
13. Seaweed Farms – South Korea
Seaweed forms an important part of many Asian diets and these seaweed farms off the coast of South Korea are amongst the biggest. This is ocean farming on a massive scale and covers an area bigger than many countries in the region.
14. The Catacombs – Paris, France
As one of the great stories in the rich history of Paris, these 6 million skeletons are enough to make even the bravest person be totally creeped out. Parts of it is open for tourists, but make sure you have your lunch before you go.
15. Socotra Island – Yemen
With some of the most incredible biodiversity in the world, Socotra looks and feels like its on a different planet. Here you will find plants and trees that can not be found anywhere else in the world, including these peculiar trees.
16. Hoia Baciu Forest – Romania
Also known as the “Bermuda Triangle” of Romania, the Hoia Baciu Forest has many legends. Apart from all the people that’s gone missing here there’s been numerous UFO sightings over the years.
17. Kryziu Kalnas – Lithuania
With over 100,000 crosses on the hill, its a monument to those who lost their lives in the war. The Soviet Union bulldozed the area twice before but every time the Lithuanians just rebuild it.
18. The Giant’s Causeway -Northern Ireland
These very geometric shaped rock formations look almost completely man made but its the result of a huge volcanic eruption left behind molten basalt more than sixty million years ago.
19. The Door to Hell – Turkmenistan
This seemingly quiet desert landscape was once a gas field. When the Soviets set it on fire more than 40 years ago it started burning…and its still burning. This giant hole in the earth burns with an intense heat and there’s no way of stopping the natural gas from burning.
20. The Hand in the Desert – Chile
In this desolate landscape the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázaba created this strange looking sculpture of a buries hand reaching out of the ground. The artist is known for his works associated with human suffering and and this sculpture is said to capture the feeling of loneliness.
21. The Tianzi Mountains – China
If this looks familiar then you may recognize the landscape from the movie Avatar. This strange-looking group of limestone summits in China has an even more creepy sense because its constantly covered in mist.
22. Thor’s Well – Oregon, USA
A sinkhole that’s been the story of legends. Its also known as Spouting Horn and sucks up water before spitting it out with the waves and the tides.
23. Pamukkale -Turkey
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Turkey, it includes natural springs that run down limestone terraces and into thermal pools. The bright white limestone against the blue water is a truly amazing sight and the strange rock formations is out of this world.
24. Plain of Jars – Laos
With approximately 1-100 jars per acre, these giant megalithic stone jars was used to brew wine for giants according to legend. Experts claim that it may have been used for ancient burials.
25. Spotted Lake – British Columbia, Canada
Spotted Lake evaporates almsot completely in summer which leaves small, multi-colored mineral pools. This phenomenon can be seen from Highway 3, northwest of the small town of Osoyoos. However, the land itself is protected so no-one is allowed to walk over it.
26. Pyramid of the Sun – Bosnia
Most people think that the only pyramids are in Egypt but these are actually the largest man-made pyramids in the world.
27. Badab-e-Surt – Iran
The unusual reddish color from the Travertine (type of limestone) gives this place a very creepy feeling. Th water has a very high calcium content which causes the discoloration.
28. Glass Beach – California, USA
Thanks to the tides and natural erosion in the water, these broken glass bottles turned into smooth and rounded glass “pebbles”that cover the entire beach. The wet glass combined with the morning sun makes for a pretty spectacular effect.
29.Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico
After a girl died in the canals surrounding this island, dolls began to wash onto its shores according to local legend. The island’s only resident took to hanging the dolls in honor of the dead little girl.
30. Fly Geyser – Nevada, USA
One of the most freakish looking “eruptions” was actually the result of a mistaken drilling attempt by an energy company. On the edge of Black Rock Desert in Nevada The Geyser is growing several inches every year due to mineral deposits. It erupts up to five feet high and the shimmering rocks combined with the spectacular eruptions make it a sight to behold.
31. Blood Falls, Antarctica
A blood red waterfall streaming out of a tear in the face of Taylor Glacier had scientists puzzled for a long time. Its still not 100% known what causes this but its believed to be the result of iron rich minerals that’s bleeding into underground water. What’s even more remarkable is that scientists discovered organisms living 1300 feet below the ice thanks to the mineral content.
32. Mendehall Glacier, Alaska
These spectacular ice caves are approximately 12 miles long and is the result of a melting glacier. As parts of the glacier melts, scientists are discovering parts of the earth that’s been frozen for thousands of years. Some parts of the glacier allows daylight through to reveal the incredible ice tunnels.
33. Relampago del Catatumbo, Venezuela
If you are afraid of lightning then this is not for you. As the place on earth with the most frequent and most concentrated lightning strikes it receives strikes 200 nights per year with as many as 25 flashes per minute. The perfect weather conditions makes this all possible and is about 200% higher than what’s considered dangerous elsewhere in the world.
34. Richat Structure, Mauritania
Also known as the Eye of the Sahara, this incredible geometric pattern in the middle of the Sahara desert is more than 30 miles wide and even visible from space. It was originally thought to be a result of an asteroid colliding with earth but its now believed to be caused by a volcanic eruption.
35. Relampago del Catatumbo, Venezuela
The Aztecs called this “the place where the gods where created” and this ancient pyramid city has some of the most breathtaking ancient structures on earth. Its believed to be associated with rituals and covers about 8 square miles. For reasons unknown the city seems to have been abandoned about 1400 years ago and the pyramids date to times much earlier than that.
36. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is no stranger to fantastic natural beauty but this lake has something incredibly unique. The vivid rainbow colored edges of the lake are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The brightness of the color changes constantly based on the water temperature and seasonal conditions.