Socotra, Yemen: Socotra is a remote island off Yemen that is known for its unusual plant life, including the iconic dragon’s blood tree. Many of the island’s plant species are only found on Socotra. The island is believed by some to have been the Garden of Eden or the Sumerian paradise known as Dilmun.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia: This red salt lake in Bolivia is flecked with white borax deposits and lined with contrasting dark blue. The water is less than 3 feet deep, and the area is home to multiple flamingo populations, including the nearly extinct James’ flamingo.
Lake Natron, Monduli, Tanzania: The scalding salt lake has a fiery red hue due to cyanobacteria that thrive in the hot water, which can reach over 120 degrees Farenheit. The alkaline waters corrode most objects that come into contact with them, including birds who mistakenly crash into the glass-like surface. The calcified bodies of birds and other animals can be seen washed up along the shores, resembling stone replicas.
Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos: The remote falls of Kuang Si in Laos are characterized by a series of stone-lined travertine pools etched out by waterfalls. The pools are smaller near the beginning of the falls and wider (and swimmable) near the bottom. Locals charge a small entrance fee and have built a wooden observation deck on site.
Market Theater Gum Wall, Seattle, Washington: It started in the early 1990s as a small stretch of wall that people began sticking their used gum to while waiting in line for a comedy show. The gum wall now stretches for over 50 feet on both sides of Post Alley and is now a top tourist attraction. The wall continues to draw tourists seeking to leave their wad and take a selfie.