The island was described as “covered with birds innumerable” when it was first discovered (Credit: Wolfgang Kaehler/Getty Images)
2. Grand Prismatic Spring (USA)
This spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. It is located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It was first discovered by geologists in 1871, who gave it its name because of the coloration of the spring. The colors are those of a rainbow, which you can also get by shining white light through a prism.
3. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (Iran)
This mosque in Iran, which is also known as the Pink Mosque, is famous for its extensive colored decorational glass. Light is an important part of many mosques, because it is a major symbol for God in Islam. The stained glass windows of the mosque create a tapestry of beautiful colors on the floor of the prayer hall.
4. Taj Mahal (India)
The Taj Mahal, a massive white marble monument in India, was commissioned by Mogul ruler Shah Jahan and erected between 1631 and 1648. It was erected in honor of the emperor’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely regarded as a masterpiece of Islamic art in India and of architecture in general.
5. Gardens by the Bay (Singapore)
This nature park is part of Singapore’s plans to raise the quality of life by improving the amount of greenery and nature in the city. It has since become a popular tourist attraction. Most notable are the 18 Supertrees that range between 25 meters (82ft) and 50 meters (160ft). Visitors can walk on a walkway between two of the larger Supertrees, from which they can enjoy a panoramic view of the Gardens.
6. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (China)
The landscape in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China looks like it comes straight out of a SciFi movie. It might look familiar, because it was one of the inspirations for the world of James Cameron’s 2009 hit movie Avatar. The pillar-like natural structures are the result of natural erosion.
7. Waitomo Glowworm Caves (New Zealand)
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are one of the most famous natural attractions in New Zealand. The cave is filled with thousands of glowworms who create a spectacle of light unlike any you have ever seen before. The tour guides who are able to take you into this magical galaxy on earth are, according to them, direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally discovered the cave.
8. Antelope Canyon (USA)
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo (a Native American tribe) land in Arizona. The Navajo name for the canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means the place where water runs through the rocks. It was formed by the erosion of sandstone, due to flash flooding. Over time the water smoothed away all the hard edges and the characteristic “flowing” shapes were created.
9. Stonehenge (England)
This prehistoric monument found in England is believed to have been constructed somewhere between 3000BC and 2000BC. It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the world and has been a legally protected monument since 1882. Historians are still not sure what purpose it served. Most believe it could have been a burial ground
10. Great Wall of China (China)
Of course a list of interesting places around the world isn’t complete without the Great Wall of China. Unlike popular belief, you unfortunately cannot see it from outer space, but still it is worth visiting while on the planet. It was built as a fortification to protect China against various nomadic groups from the Eurasian Steppe.