- 1 / 109 NATURAL SPOTS YOU WON'T BELIEVE ARE REALDo you ever see a picture online (or, ahem, on Pinterest) and assume there’s no way it’s real?
With the range of editing tools now available to us all, it’s hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s wishful thinking...and a bit of Photoshop. So when we come across a 100% real spot that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss storybook, it’s important to give them the credit they deserve.
These nine places around the world are exactly that: real-life destinations that almost seem too good to be true (or, in this case, to beautiful to be real).
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- 3 / 102. LAKE HILLIERGoldfields-Esperance, Western Australia
Western Australia’s Lake Hillier is colored so strangely from a unique combination of high salinity and green algae—which produces a red pigment and pink bacteria. The result is a body of water in a color somewhere in the family of Pepto Bismol.
PHOTO BY ANNE MORLEY
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- 5 / 104. RAINBOW MOUNTAINSGansu, China
At the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, the mountain ridges and slopes come in technicolor. It's the result of layers of red sandstone and mineral deposits stacked up over millions of years, and then buckled upwards by tectonic plates. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and with this kind of jaw-dropping scenery, it's not hard to see why.
- 6 / 105. HIDDEN BEACHMarietas Islands, Puerto Vallarta
A beach located in a crater-like stone structure with an open roof, the Marietas Islands’ hidden gem is likely the result of something slightly (okay, very) unnatural—target practice by the military. The result is a secret beach, only reachable by swimming in, that feels like a private sanctuary of clear waters and warm sands.
PHOTO BY MIGUEL NARANJO
- 7 / 106. SALAR DE UYUNI BOLIVIA
- 8 / 107. ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK
- 9 / 108. PAMUKKALE THERMAL POOLSPamukkale, Turkey
The whimsical thermal pools in Pamukkale are a series of step-like levels carved by the flowing, mineral-rich water from white travertine. The direct translation of Pamukkale is “cotton castle,” and the terraces definitely feel akin to something more from your dreams than from reality.
PHOTO BY LWYANG/FLICKR
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