30 Awesome Places to Visit That You've Never Heard of ...

Leeann

I’m a travel nut, in fact if I could take months off and had the money, there are tons of places that you’ve never heard of (and that I’ve never heard of) that I’d love to visit! There’s something about going to a place that isn’t well known, because it’s like you found yourself a little gem that no one has ever heard of, and that is such a treasure! Plus, the places that most of us have never heard of are also the places that haven’t been overrun with tourists. So here are 30 awesome must-visit places that you’ve never heard of.

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Dean’s Blue Hole, the Bahamas

Dean’s Blue Hole, the Bahamas

Of all the places that you’ve never heard of, this place has to be one of the most captivating. It’s Earth’s deepest known underwater cave, and it’s absolutely incredible. The gorgeous ring of blues around this blue hole plunges to 202 meters, and diving enthusiasts will adore it.

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Dean's Blue Hole, located in the Bahamas, is a natural wonder that is not widely known to the general public. It is the world's deepest known underwater cave, reaching a depth of 202 meters. The stunning blue hues surrounding the hole are a result of the varying depths of the water. Diving enthusiasts will be in awe of the clear waters and diverse marine life found within the blue hole. In addition to its natural beauty, Dean's Blue Hole is also a popular spot for diving competitions and training due to its unique depth and conditions.

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Melissani Cave, Greece

Melissani Cave, Greece

The Greeks have long been aware of this place. Prominent in Greek mythology, this was the cave of nymphs, and as anyone can attest, nymphs are gorgeous creatures! It’s hard not to feel incredible when you’re in such a place of beauty.

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Melissani Cave, located on the island of Kefalonia in Greece, is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty. The cave has a partially collapsed roof, allowing sunlight to filter in and create a mesmerizing effect on the turquoise waters below. The cave is also home to a small island in the middle, adding to its unique charm. Visitors can take a boat ride through the cave and explore its crystal clear waters, making it a must-visit spot for nature lovers and adventurers alike. The cave was discovered in 1951 and has since become a popular attraction for tourists from all over the world.

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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

One of the most unique places to visit doesn’t even look like what you picture when you think of Malaysia. Normally a rather hot country, the Cameron Highlands, this country's most extensive hill stations, keep a lovely temperature of somewhere between 10°C and 21°C; perfectly cool and happy!

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The Cameron Highlands in Malaysia are a popular destination for tourists seeking a cooler climate in this typically hot country. Located in the northern part of the Pahang state, this hill station offers a refreshing break from the heat with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 21°C. The area is known for its stunning landscapes, including rolling hills, lush tea plantations, and strawberry farms. Visitors can also explore the local villages and learn about the unique culture and traditions of the indigenous people, known as the Orang Asli. The Cameron Highlands is a must-visit for nature lovers and those looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience in Malaysia.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Going to a place like Laos means going to a completely different world than the one we’re used to. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is one of the world’s most protected lands, which explains why it's not the first thing you think of when the word 'vacation' is brought up. But once you set foot in this colourful city, your eyes will be greeted with monks, luscious greenery, and red and yellow spices everywhere.

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Luang Prabang, located in northern Laos, is known for its rich culture and stunning natural landscapes. It is home to over 30 temples and monasteries, making it a popular destination for spiritual and cultural experiences. The city also boasts a bustling night market, where visitors can find unique handicrafts and delicious local cuisine. In addition, Luang Prabang is surrounded by lush mountains and is situated at the confluence of two rivers, making it a picturesque setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and swimming. It is also a great place to learn about traditional Lao crafts, such as silk weaving and paper making. With its peaceful atmosphere and charming beauty, Luang Prabang is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

This place looks like a dream come true. Taking 33 years to build, this gorgeous basilica is not only without a doubt one of the most incredible places that you’ve never heard of – until now – it is also one of the world’s hidden gems. Just Google the interior of this church and enjoy the splendor!

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The Las Lajas Sanctuary in Colombia is a stunning basilica that took 33 years to build. It is often considered one of the world's hidden gems and is a must-visit for travelers seeking unique and awe-inspiring destinations. Located in the southern Colombian department of Nariño, the sanctuary is built on a bridge spanning a deep river canyon. Its Gothic Revival architecture and intricate details make it a sight to behold. The interior of the church is just as breathtaking, with colorful stained glass windows and ornate decorations. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics and a popular tourist destination for its beauty and history.

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Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China

Anything you’ll ever see in China is rich with history. This place in particular has 2,500 years of history to its name. You can take a boat ride through the city and marvel at the incredible architecture. Being relatively new to tourists, this city has also taken steps to make several improvements to its basic facilities and functions, so go before it becomes overrun with tourists!

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Saturno Cave, Cuba

Saturno Cave, Cuba

When my boyfriend and I went to Cuba last year, the Saturno Cave was one of the most incredible sites I’ve ever seen in my life, and it is as stunning as the picture shows. The water is clear and blue, the rock formations are incredible, and the descent down to the cave is covered with lush greenery. Just don’t forget your camera!

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The Saturno Cave is located in Varadero, Cuba and is a popular tourist destination. It is a natural underground cave with crystal clear blue water and impressive rock formations. The cave is about 20 meters deep and has a small opening at the top, allowing sunlight to filter through and illuminate the water. Visitors can swim in the refreshing water and explore the cave's unique features. The cave is also home to various species of fish and bats, making it a fascinating spot for nature lovers. The entrance fee is only $5 and includes a guided tour, making it an affordable and must-visit destination in Cuba.

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

How beautiful is this place? Another site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, this is a destination that won’t be on the list of places that you’ve never heard of for long. It’s starting to gain a lot more tourists that can’t help but marvel at the glaciers and the wonderful wildlife that thrives here.

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Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina is a breathtaking destination that has recently gained popularity among tourists. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its stunning glaciers and diverse wildlife. The park covers an area of 726,927 hectares and is home to 47 glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Visitors can explore the park through various activities such as trekking, ice climbing, and boat tours. The park is also a sanctuary for a variety of animals, including pumas, guanacos, and condors. With its stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity, Los Glaciares National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover.

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

One look at this place, and I can’t help but think of that Disney castle. An island off the coast of France, this place has a pretty rich history, once serving as one of the most important fortresses way, way back in the day. It’s one of the most magical towns I've ever seen, and I would love to be able to view the sunset going down behind this gorgeous town!

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Mont-Saint-Michel emerges from the waters like a mirage, casting a spell on its viewers. Steeped in legends, this medieval structure is perched atop a rocky islet surrounded by turbulent tidal waves that transform its path to the mainland. Once a pilgrim's beacon, it lures visitors with a Gothic abbey that dominates the skyline, cobblestone streets, and quaint shops. The tides here are dramatic, quickly sealing off or revealing the way to this enchanting World Heritage site. Witnessing the architecture and natural beauty here indeed feels like stepping into a fairy tale.

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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Personally, I don’t think it gets any more incredible than this. Being a former history major, I absolutely love it when I get to visit a place of massive historical significance. Petra is one of those places. Estimated to have been built sometime as early as 309 BC, going here is literally like walking in the same path as someone else did, hundreds of thousands of years before you did. This place has been carved out of rose-colored rock and has maintained its brilliance, even to this day.

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Petra, Jordan is a must-visit destination for history lovers. This ancient city was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom and was an important trading hub between the East and West. Its iconic Treasury building is carved out of solid rock and is a popular spot for tourists. The city also has a network of tunnels, temples, and tombs that are waiting to be explored. In 1985, Petra was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2007, it was named as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Today, it continues to attract visitors from all over the world with its rich history and stunning architecture.

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Bhutan

Bhutan

Bhutan really made its debut as being one of the world’s happiest countries. It’s hard to put in to words the splendor of this country, and but the Bhutanese government requires visitors to spend a minimum of $200 - $250 USD a day in order to issue a visa. Now that it’s opened its doors to the public though, my best advice is to visit before it becomes too popular!

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The Kimberley, Australia

The Kimberley, Australia

For those of you who love a little rugged adventure, The Kimberley is the place to go. While the Aussie’s have most likely enjoyed all that this place has to offer over the years, it’s just becoming known over on this side of the world. This northern part of Western Australia is one of the wettest places you can visit, literally, as The Kimberley has a tropical monsoon climate. So if you’re visiting, make sure to double check the weather forecast.

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The Kimberley isn't just about torrential rains; it's also a land of contrast. From breathtaking gorges and idyllic waterfalls to the intriguing horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay, nature's marvels are in full display. Cultural enthusiasts will appreciate the rich Indigenous history, evident through ancient rock art. And let’s not forget the vast wildlife, with saltwater crocodiles sunning by riverbanks. Adventure seekers can indulge in bushwalking, four-wheel driving, or a scenic flight over the beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles. Remember, the best time to explore is during the dry season, from May to October, to avoid the extreme wet conditions.

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Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

Okay, so technically it’s illegal to climb these stairs, which is made abundantly clear with the giant DO NOT CLIMB signs all over the place. But what’s even more abundantly clear is now little people really care about those signs. You may not have heard of its true name before, because it's more commonly known alias is the Stairway to Heaven. The climb is surely arduous and steep at times, but it’s a climb of a lifetime!

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The Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, is a popular and challenging hike located in Hawaii. Despite being illegal to climb, many people still attempt the trek, drawn in by the stunning views and the thrill of the forbidden. The stairs were originally built in 1942 as a way for the US Navy to access a radio station at the top of the mountain. Today, the stairs are in disrepair and have been closed to the public, but that hasn't stopped determined hikers from finding ways to climb them. The hike consists of 3,922 steps and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.

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Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China

Remember in the movie Avatar how we were all mesmerized by the floating mountains and thought to ourselves – wouldn’t it be so cool if a place like that existed? Well look no further my friends! After seeing pictures and videos, you’ll add this to your travel bucket list in a heartbeat. It’s amazing that places like this can exist in the world, but it does! So take a gander while you can.

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Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is literally where reality meets fantasy. With towering peaks that rise dramatically from the mist, it's no wonder this locale served as inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar. Whether you're there for the epic sunrise hues painting the sky or the mystical fog that weaves through the craggy landscape, the panoramic views are a photographer's dream come true. But be prepared – the beauty is as breathtaking as the climb is steep. After all, isn't a bit of adventure what makes the destination even more enchanting? Pack your hiking boots and your sense of wonder!

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Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina, Peru

This place looks like something out a movie, literally a paradise in the middle of the desert. Unless you’re an avid sand boarder, chances are this little gem is one of those places that you’ve never heard of before. It really is incredible though. Built around a small natural lake, sand dunes surround this little spot of paradise. If you believe the local stories, the beautiful princess who was chased away by a hunter (seriously guys, leave a girl alone!) fled the area and in leaving, created a lagoon behind her. She’s also said to still live in the area as a mermaid, who I really wouldn’t mind meeting given the chance!

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Huacachina is a small village located in the Ica Region of Peru. It is known for its stunning oasis, surrounded by sand dunes that can reach up to 500 feet high. The village itself is home to only around 100 permanent residents, but it attracts many tourists for its unique landscape and activities such as sandboarding and dune buggy rides. The lagoon in the center of the village is believed to have healing properties due to its high mineral content. Huacachina is also a popular spot for birdwatching, with over 100 species of birds found in the area.

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Derweze, Turkmenistan

Derweze, Turkmenistan

Commonly known as the Gates of Hell (lovely claim to fame I know), this is one of those places that is actually a true destination. It may seem like a place that was made as a tourist trap, but sure enough, this place is quite natural. It is a natural gas fire, and the result of scientists who worked in the area in the 1970s who lit this area that’s rich is natural gas deposits. They just never thought it would burn for this long!

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Derweze, Turkmenistan is a unique and lesser-known travel destination located in Central Asia. The area is home to a natural gas fire that has been burning for over 40 years, earning it the nickname "The Gates of Hell." The fire was accidentally ignited by scientists in the 1970s and has been burning ever since. The area has become a popular tourist attraction due to its natural phenomenon, with visitors being able to witness the fiery crater up close. However, it is important to note that the site is not without its dangers, as the ground around the crater is unstable. Despite this, Derweze continues to attract adventurous travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Kaziranga National Park, India

Kaziranga National Park, India

A world heritage site that’s protected by the UN, this park holds a very large population of the Great One-Horned rhinoceros. It’s also home to wild boars, Bengal tigers, elephants, and still greatly untouched by humans. If you plan to visit this place, you’ll only be allowed to see about 20% of this park!

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Kaziranga is a biosphere reserve, teeming with a variety of species beyond the famed rhino. The park's grasslands, wetlands, and forests create a thriving ecosystem. It's a hot spot for birders too, with a stupendous diversity of avian life, including migratory birds like the lesser white-fronted goose. Don't miss out on the elephant safaris; they offer an unparalleled vantage point for wildlife spotting. Joining a jeep safari gives you a chance to delve deeper into this mystical land where the wild things roam with regal nonchalance. Remember, conservation efforts are crucial here, so tread lightly and respect the habitat.

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Antelope Canyon, USA

Antelope Canyon, USA

If you've never heard of Antelope Canyon, you’re about to hear of it now. This place is the most photographed part of the canyon in the American Southwest. This is one of the most gorgeous places to visit, and the natural colors and compression patterns you'll see will just blow your mind.

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Cappadocia Valley, Turkey

Cappadocia Valley, Turkey

One of the best ways to see this spot is from above, way above in a hot air balloon to be exact. This has to be one of the most magical places ever, and one of the best places to go for traditional Turkish food. Just looking at these rock formations remind me of a fairytale, and who doesn’t want to live in a fairy tale?

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Sailing through the skies in a hot air balloon provides an unparalleled vista of the whimsical landscape of Cappadocia. As you drift silently at dawn, the unearthly sight of chimney shaped rock formations, ancient cave dwellings, and undulating valleys unfold beneath you. After your celestial adventure, treat your taste buds to the region’s sumptuous cuisine. Savor kebabs cooked to perfection, sample the famous Testi Kebab, or indulge in the sweet delight of Baklava. It's not just a journey for the eyes; it's an enchanting feast for the senses at every turn.

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Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Look at this picture. AMAZING. This was one of those places that you’ve never heard of, up until now. Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat measuring 10,582 square kilometers, and it is a sight to behold. Imagine standing on ground so reflective, it’s like you’re standing in the sky. I must go here. Now.

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Salar de Uyuni is not just any destination; it's an extraordinary expanse where heaven meets earth, with its salt crust serving as a natural mirror, reflecting the sky so perfectly that the horizon vanishes. During the rainy season, this place transforms into a surreal, dreamlike landscape, creating the sensation of walking on water. It's not just a visual feast; the area is rich in wildlife, including pink flamingos that grace the nearby red and green lagoons. Fancy a touch of adventure amidst this otherworldly scenery? Off-roading across the flats will leave you utterly spellbound.

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Darien National Park, Panama

Darien National Park, Panama

Another incredible place that’s on the World Heritage List (whoever has the job of scouting these places is so darn lucky!), Darien National Park is a sight to behold. Once you see pictures of this place, it will never leave your memory. There are large parts of this park that aren’t very accessible due to its extreme isolation, but if you go to Cana, one of the easier places to visit here, you’ll be able to witness just a bit of the incredible nature of this part of the world.

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Darien National Park's raw beauty isn't just in its untouched rainforests, it also boasts pristine beaches, indigenous tribes, and a breathtaking array of biodiversity. Getting there is an adventure in itself – navigating rivers and treks through dense jungle. However, those who persevere are rewarded with sights and sounds that city life cannot provide - from the chatter of exotic birds to the rustling of mysterious creatures in the underbrush. It's a true frontier feeling in Darien, offering a defiant challenge to the modern traveler seeking the thrill of discovery.

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Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

This is a place unlike any other on earth. As the world's second largest coral atoll (do a quick Google search on this one), this place is virtually untouched by humans, which goes to show you just how beautiful and incredible Earth's natural beauty really is. Because of the lack of human interaction, you'll see natural just how it was meant to be seen - beautifully. There are species of all kinds of different mammals, reptiles, flora, birds, and corals here. If you ever do get to go, remind yourself of how lucky you are to be witnessing something so incredible.

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Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

I’m not really sure what to think when people say Yemen, other than a very memorable episode of FRIENDS when Chandler faked his move to Yemen (the address was 123 Yemen Street, Yemen). That’s probably why this particular spot is on the list of places that you’ve never heard of. It’s one of the most isolated landforms on earth, and that shows in the incredible trees and flowers that grow on this island. It’s not often visited, but the trusty folks at TripAdvisor have given it a 5/5, pretty impressive!

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

Lord Howe Island, Australia

Does this not take your breath away? This place is perfect for the water adventurer, and at any given time, you’ll be one of the only 400 visitors allowed on this island. Kept under protection of the UN, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise once you’re here. The mix of the landscapes, wildlife, and underwater adventures will make you fall in love with this place.

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Emerald Lake, Canada

Emerald Lake, Canada

I visited the Emerald Lake 2 years ago, and I spread the word about this place as much as I can even to this day. The waters are so still and clear, and the stunning backdrop of pine trees, snow capped mountains and blue skies against a truly emerald lake will take your breath away. If you’re lucky enough to be able to secure a place at the Emerald Lake Lodge, send me pictures because I want to see!

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Experience the serene beauty of this hidden gem firsthand. Nestled in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, the area offers hiking trails for adventurers of various skill levels, with each path promising spectacular views and wildlife encounters. Imagine kayaking across the glassy surface of the lake, surrounded by the vibrant hues of nature, or taking a winter visit to witness a snowy wonderland. The lake's tranquil beauty is mesmerizing year-round, making it a perfect escape from the hustle of daily life. Remember to pack your camera; the picturesque landscapes here are straight out of a fairy tale.

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Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

The word is WOW. It’s one thing to take a look at a picture of a landscape covered in rows and rows of different coloured flowers, but to actually BE in that place, it must be incredible. Chances are, this place in Japan is one of the places that you’ve never heard of before, but being just 2 hours from Tokyo, it’s fairly easy to get to. All year round you’ll be able to walk among flowers you’ve never ever seen before and take in their beauty. It kind of reminds me of a Dr. Suess world come to life. And plus, it must smell really, really good!

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Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

I have a thing for caves; not freaky caves with a ton of bats flying out at you, but caves that seem to be a hidden gem from the rest of the world like the Hang Son Doong Cave. It was literally just last year that this magical place starting prepping for their first public tours. This is the world’s largest cave - over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river, and looks just incredible. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for it, spend over $3000 and experience away!

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Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

This place looks beyond epic. These falls are so powerful, it’s said that you can hear it from miles away before you can even see anything. To give you some perspective on how massive this place is, it’s about 4 times higher than the Niagara Falls. You can hike up to the top or take a plane ride overhead. Whatever way you choose to see this site, you should visit if you have the chance.

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Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico

One look at this picture and it’s hard not to want to go here. It has a thriving city to explore, incredible art, clear beaches, and caves that look like this. Plus it’s also the birthplace of tequila, and is home to the coolest pyramids in North America, not too shabby if you ask me!

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Giola, Greece

Giola, Greece

The Giola Lagoon in Greece is probably one of those places that you’ve seen pictures of, an also one of the places that you’ve never heard of until now. This secluded lagoon sits seaside, so the view is incredible, but it reportedly takes quite a trek to get there. I imagine it’s quite worth it though, especially when it’s like having your own private pool right on the edge of the ocean!

So there you have it folks! A list of 30 awesome places that you’ve (most likely) never heard of, but have to visit if you ever get a chance. There are so many incredible places in this world, and sometimes it’s nice to just stop and take a moment to appreciate all the wonders of nature and of civilizations before us. So tell me, what are some of the places you love that most people don’t know about?

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But it's a great list for sure. Can be a bucket list

Omg ! Juste amazing !!

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is over 400 miles and is the longest.

Umm.. Most places r quite commonly known travelling destinations.

This is not the birthplace of tequila btw

I'm from Bolivia! And this country is just amazing! Salar de Uyuni is just awesome!

Amazing compilation! Thank you! Given a chance , I would add Valley of Flowers! India, Chandra Taal (moon lake) , India and the Living Root Bridge, India.

haha its great living in Alberta just because the rockies are always an escape

you should definitely visit some of the beautiful places in New Zealand, Milford sounds are incredible and there are so many more places to marvel over also because New Zealand is a small country you won't spend all your time getting around. search Queenstown, Milford and Aoraki national park

Too many spelling errors.

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