25 Amazing Natural Wonders of the World - Travel Video
Our beautiful world is home to some incredible natural wonders that have created over millions of years as a result of volcanic activity, water and wind erosion, and other causes. There are several natural wonders to discover around the world, ranging from the Grand Canyon to mystical peaks in China. Here are 25 of the most magnificent natural beauties on the planet. But before we get started, don't forget to subscribe to our channel, and click the bell icon, so you can keep up to date with all our lastest destinations. 25.
Yellowstone National Park Another very wonderful and unmissable national park is just north of its untamed reaches. While the majority of Yellowstone's majestic mountains, canyons, and geysers are located in Wyoming, minor areas extend into neighboring Idaho and Montana. It was the world's first national park, formed in 1872, because of its beautiful scenery. While Yellowstone is rich in natural wonders, it is most known for the over 10,000 hot springs, mudpots, and geysers that dot its landscape. Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful are the most popular and photographed of these because of their stunning colors, magnitude, and regular eruptions.
Aside from experiencing the world's largest geothermal area, you may also trek and camp in its beautiful woods, mountains, and valleys. Yellowstone is also known for its incredible fauna, which includes bears, bison, cougars, and Canadian lynx. 24. Milford Sound Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist locations, attracting approximately one million tourists each year. Because it was produced by melting glaciers, this beautiful natural wonder, located in the Fiordland National Park on South Island, is more truly a fjord than a sound. The Sound, which is surrounded on all sides by steep, towering cliffs and thick rainforest, contains several spectacular peaks named after animals and objects that they resemble, such as Mitre Peak, The Elephant, and The Lion.
Milford Sound's periodic rains add to the beauty of the area by creating hundreds of waterfalls that tumble down the steep cliffs and last for days after the rains cease. Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, two permanent waterfalls, are also famous sites on the sound. 23.
Angel Falls Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world's tallest waterfall, is undoubtedly one of the most stunning vistas imaginable. The fall plunges 807 meters into the jungle below, shooting from the summit of Auyan Tepui mountain, with much of the water turning to mist before reaching the ground. Angel Falls' overall height is 979 meters when all of its cascades and rapids are included. Angel Falls is difficult to see due to its remote location in Canaima National Park, but its gorgeous setting and awe-inspiring landscape make it well worth the effort. 22. The Sahara Desert The Sahara Desert is the world's largest desert, occupying an area roughly similar to the size of the United States.
Although this immense geographical mass receives practically no rain, it is not without life, and visiting the Sahara is a fantastic experience for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. Consider a continent-sized sea of parched red sand, peppered with wind-carved sand dunes and natural oases where nomadic herdsmen congregate with their camel trains. You can take a guided journey deep into the Sahara from one of the many cities on the outside; Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia are common starting sites for a Sahara adventure. 21.
Masurian Lake District The Lakeland stretches approximately 290 kilometers eastward from the lower Vistula to the Poland-Russia border and covers an area of approximately 52,000 square kilometers. During the Pleistocene ice age, glaciers sculpted the lake district. Many of its hills are moraines, and many of its lakes are dammed by moraines. The lakes are linked by rivers and canals, producing a vast network of waterways. The Masurian Canal, built in the 18th century, connects this system to the Baltic Sea.
The entire area is a popular tourist attraction for boaters, canoeists, anglers, hikers, motorcyclists, and nature lovers. It is one of the most well-known lake areas in Central Europe and a popular vacation destination, attracting the greatest number of people each year. 20. Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro, the African continent's largest mountain, towers magnificently above the surrounding Tanzanian countryside. The mountain is made up of three dormant volcanic peaks, the largest of which is Kibo Peak, which rises over 19,000 feet above sea level. Visitors travel from all over the world to take on the challenge of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest peak on the rim of the Kibo Crater.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park surrounds the summit, and trekkers may encounter elephants, buffalo, and other smaller species at lower altitudes. Many visitors to Mount Kilimanjaro combine their trip with a Big Five safari in one or more of the adjacent national parks and reserves. 19. The Matterhorn The Matterhorn is an Alps mountain that straddles the main watershed and borders Switzerland and Italy. It is a massive, nearly symmetric pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, with a summit elevation of 4,478 meters, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe, as well as one of the most challenging mountains to climb in the world, especially from the Italian side. While professional rock climbers may be able to summit it, the Matterhorn Gondola from Zermatt is the greatest way to see it for everyone else.
If the weather is clear, you may be able to glimpse the Matterhorn from several spots around town. 18. The Maldives The Maldivian Archipelago is situated on the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a massive undersea mountain range in the Indian Ocean that also forms a terrestrial ecoregion with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep.
It is the lowest-lying country in the world, with an average ground-level height of 1.5 meters above sea level and a highest natural point of only 2.4 meters. Its white-sand beaches and breathtaking crystal-clear waters draw visitors from all over the world, and its coral reefs support numerous ecosystems, including 187 kinds of bright hard coral. This region of the Indian Ocean alone is home to 1,100 fish species, five sea turtle species, 21 whale and dolphin species, 400 mollusk species, and 83 echinoderm species.
17. Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie National Park, famous for being the inspiration for the incredible environment in the film Avatar, is home to one of the world's most unique landscapes and is a must-see site for all tourists to China. Over 3,000 tree-topped quartzite sandstone pillars soaring for the heavens (some as tall as 2,600 feet) can be found in the park, while verdant forests and picturesque streams await discovery on the ground level. Many unique kinds of animals, birds, and plants can be found in the national park, which is best explored on foot along a network of beautiful hiking routes. Visitors who are feeling daring can even go rafting down the Mengdonghe River. 16.
Glencoe Glencoe is a beautiful valley in Argyllshire, Scotland, named after the River Coe that runs through it. The valley was the location of a brutal massacre of the MacDonald clan by the Campbells and the English in 1692, but today's tourists can expect to discover a very tranquil, picturesque, and historic valley surrounded by stunning Western Highlands mountains. It is an ideal location for mountaineering and hiking, and visitors may also participate in a variety of watersports on the River Etive. If you don't feel like hiking, you can ride a chairlift up to one of the overlooks at Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort. 15.
Salar de Uyuni Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, located over 12,000 feet above sea level near the crest of the Andes Mountains. This incredible natural wonder was formed when a prehistoric lake dried up, leaving behind a vast landscape of salt, rock formations, and bizarre cactus-covered islands. There is a saline lake behind the large salt crust that is particularly rich in lithium and several other minerals. Although wildlife is sparse in this harsh and unfriendly area, flamingos and over 80 other species of migratory birds flock to the saline lake. This isolated spectacle should be on everyone's bucket list, and it's usually reached via Uyuni in Bolivia or Atacama in Chile. 14.
Giant’s Causeway The Giant's Causeway, located in County Antrim on Northern Ireland's picturesque north coast, is a collection of over 40,000 neighboring basalt columns formed by a succession of prehistoric volcanic eruptions. What makes these incredibly gorgeous "stepping stones" so unique is that they are all symmetrical and interconnecting, as if they were meticulously placed in position by a huge hand. You may learn more about the causeway's 60-million-year development in the visitor's center, where you can watch an interactive multimedia presentation before exploring the site. Many of the stones have been polished to a smooth surface by thousands of years of natural erosion, and you should wear strong walking shoes. 13. The Galapagos Islands The world-famous Galapagos Archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador.
The secluded islands are one of the world's best places to see wildlife and are on many travelers' bucket lists. Because the islands are home to such a diverse range of wildlife, most of which is found nowhere else on the planet, tourism is strictly regulated to protect the delicate ecology. The waters around the islands are home to a diverse array of marine life, making scuba diving one of the pleasures of every visit.
You can either tour the islands on a live-aboard boat or island hop from one inhabited island to the next, taking day trips to the more remote uninhabited islands. 12. Victoria Falls The amazing view produced by the world's largest curtain of falling water, which generates a thunderous boom and a cloud of vapor that can be seen from several kilometers away, is known as "Mosi oa Tunya" or "the smoke that thunders" by the locals. The falls span about a mile and plunge more than 300 feet into a tiny canyon below. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River on the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe and may be viewed from either side.
The area surrounding Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa, and visitors may participate in activities ranging from bungee jumping and whitewater rafting to canopy experiences, canyoning, rappelling, and much more. On both sides of the border, there are also magnificent national parks where you may go on a Big Five safari trip. 11. The Great Barrier Reef As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is high on many people's "must-see" lists. Imagine the world's largest reef, comprised of over 3,000 unique reef systems, hundreds of pristine tropical islands, and some of the world's best beaches, all snuggled in crystal-clear blue waters. The reef system supports an extraordinary diversity of marine life and draws millions of visitors who come to enjoy an unrivaled marine experience.
Aside from scuba diving and snorkeling, you may also witness the marine richness from a glass-bottomed boat or semi-submersible, as well as go whale watching, swimming with dolphins, sailing, and island hopping. Cairns, Port Douglas, Rockhampton, and Townsville are the most popular coastline departure points. 10.
Grand Canyon The iconic, huge canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona is one of the few wonders that should be on every list. It is not the world's longest or steepest canyon, but its entire magnitude combined with the wonderfully colored terrain makes it one of the most spectacular natural wonders. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and has a depth of over a mile. The Grand Canyon is a massive natural wonder formed millions of years ago by glaciers.
Its red rocks change color according on the angle of the sun, creating a magnificent backdrop for any photograph. Popular activities include hiking the mile down into the canyon and rafting down the Colorado River. 9.
Table Mountain In Cape Town, near the southernmost tip of the African continent, the iconic, flat-topped Table Mountain guards one of the world's most interesting and diversified landscapes. Table Mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2012, is encircled by Table Mountain National Park, which is home to the Cape Floral Region, which contains numerous types of endemic plants that are unique to the region. Table Mountain is a famous hiking location, and you may hike to the summit and then take the revolving cable car back down.
The peak provides breathtaking 360-degree views of the stunning Cape Peninsula. 8. Mount Everest Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, with an elevation of more than 29,000 feet. The mountain is part of the Himalayas, and the mountain's top serves as the international border between Nepal and China.
For dedicated mountaineers, Mount Everest is an enticing draw, with many risking their lives to reach the snow-covered, cloud-hidden top. The first confirmed summit occurred in 1953, and by 2013, there have been 4,042 successful climbs. Visitors may take in the magnificent scenery of the mountain by visiting Everest Base Camp, the starting site for climbers. You can climb up to Base Camp or take the eco-bus, which includes a visit to the Rongbuk Buddhist Monastery, the world's highest monastery. 7. Pamukkale-Hierapolis Pamukkale in Turkey is a genuinely unique natural wonder produced by calcite-laden waters from natural springs sitting on a cliff face 600 feet above the plains.
The rivers left a sequence of magnificent white travertine terraces and basins filled with warm azure waters, petrified waterfalls, and unusual mineral forests as they made their way down the steep cliffs. Close to this spectacular natural wonder, you'll find a brilliantly preserved man-made wonder: the ruins of Hierapolis, an old Greco-Roman spa town with baths, temples, colonnaded streets, and much more. Come soak in the ancient mineral-rich waters and marvel at the extraordinary levels of sophistication that existed so long ago. 6. Komodo Island Komodo Island is part of the Indonesian archipelago and is notable for its Komodo dragons, which may be seen in Komodo National Park.
Its history also makes it unique, as its residents (approximately 2,000, compared to the island's 5,700 remaining Komodo dragons) are supposed to be the descendants of former criminals exiled to the island by a sultan in Sumbawa in the 19th century. When the island is open to guests, Pink Sand Beach is one of the top places in the world for snorkeling and diving. The sand appears pink because it is a blend of white sand and red sand created by foraminifera fragments. 5. The Dolomites Italy's majestic Dolomites, another interesting UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a must-see attraction for all nature lovers.
The Dolomite Mountains, which rise above 10,000 feet in northeastern Italy, are part of the Southern Limestone Alps. A considerable portion of the Dolomite region is protected by national parks, and the entire area is considered one of Europe's top hiking, mountaineering, and skiing locations. There are numerous scenic hiking and trekking trails to be discovered against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty, including vast woods and parkland highlighted by dramatic rock formations, massifs, and glaciers. Aside from the stunning scenery, the area is home to several excellent museums showcasing history, culture, and geology. 4. Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls, located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, are without a doubt one of the world's most magnificent natural wonders.
The magnificent waterfalls cover an incredible 1.7-mile width, which is broken up by various islands, causing the massive curtain of water to break into hundreds of isolated waterfalls and cascades ranging in height from 170 to 260 feet. The waterfalls are shared by Argentina's Iguazu National Park and Brazil's Iguacu National Park, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On the Argentinean side, the Rainforest Ecological Train provides access to the falls, while on the Brazilian side, a canyon walkway and spectacular helicopter flights provide a bird's-eye view. 3. Ha Long Bay The stunning Ha Long Bay (Bay of Descending Dragons) is located in northern Vietnam, about 100 miles east of Hanoi. Nothing completely prepares you for the spectacular beauty seen at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is frequently cited as one of the world's natural wonders. The vast bay is lavishly peppered (almost 2,000) with unique limestone karsts that rise magnificently from the sea, many of which are densely forested and conceal large sea caves.
A bay cruise (day trip or overnight) on a classic "junk" boat is the finest way to explore as much of this gorgeous bay as possible. It is also feasible to travel between the inhabited islands and visit some of the smaller islands. 2. Jeju Island Jeju Island is a volcanic island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable natural features, which include the world's best lava tube system. The island is home to Mount Hallasan, Korea's tallest mountain, which offers waterfalls, woods, and a lake-filled crater, in addition to the amazing Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave, which has multi-colored carbonate roofs, floors, and lava walls. On a guided day tour from Seoul, you may discover everything about the island's fascinating geology, or you can stay a little longer and explore Mount Halla National Park, where you can hike along a very gorgeous 9-mile shaded forest trail.
1. Amazon River The Amazon is one of the most amazing bodies of water on the planet, with a length of over 4,000 miles and the world's largest drainage system, discharging around 7,440,000 cubic feet per second. The length of the Nile is a matter of disagreement for some, as debates rage over the Amazon's genuine headwaters. The Amazon Rainforest, which surrounds the river's drainage basin and covers nine different countries and nearly 40 percent of Brazil's land mass, is equally magnificent.
With all that space, it's no surprise that the South American rainforest is home to more species than any other bioreserve on the planet, including many that have yet to be discovered. What is your favorite natural wonder? Thank you for watching.