Here are 30 of the mysterious destinations on earth, ranging from the gates of hell and a real tunnel of love to Dracula’s castle and a waterfall on fire.
You don’t need to watch a science fiction or fantasy movie to see strange and legendary places — you can see them in real life right here on planet Earth.
There are places that look like they should be on another planet, eerie landscapes, geothermal wonders, and the stuff of fairy tales and nightmares. Here are 30 mysterious destinations, culled from travel site Kayak.com. They range from the gates of hell and a real tunnel of love to Dracula’s castle and a waterfall on fire.
Mineral-rich thermal waters reflecting the blue sky flow down petrified white travertine terraces in Pamukkale, a town in western Turkey. This Unesco World Heritage site is a striking natural formation. A thermal spa nearby was established about 2,200 years ago. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.
Perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, Stonehenge goes back as far as 5,000 years. The unique stone circle was erected around 2500 BC. The stones stand as high as 30 feet, and are believed to have been transported from 20 miles away. They are arranged in a circle thought to have astronomical significance that is still being explored.