29 Weirdest Places on Earth Absolutely Worth the Visit

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Our world is full of weird places. Some are both weird and beautiful. Some are weirdly beautiful, like something that should be ugly, but somehow isn’t. Others are just plain weird. Most of these weird places aren’t worth much more than a mention. However, some of them are absolutely worth seeing. Here are 29 of them.

1. The Nazca Lines– Peru

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In the desert of southern Peru, there are huge lines and figures etched into the landscape. They were created by ancient inhabitants (some say aliens), and no one knows their purpose. You can see some of them from a viewing tower, but the best way is to charter a flight.

If you’re from Jupiter, you’re in luck because this place is for you! NASA determined that space fragments would crash into Jupiter in 1994, so the people of Green River constructed this airstrip as a safe place for fleeing Jupiterians to land. Not a joke!

2. Island of Dolls– Mexico

Island of Dolls– Mexico
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People who find dolls creepy might want to skip this destination. Here, thousands of mutilated dolls hang from trees and lie in bushes. Legend has it that a local recluse created this sanctuary to help the ghost of a drowned girl find peace.

3. The Catacombs of Paris– France

The Catacombs of Paris– France
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Under the streets of Paris are miles of tunnels lined with skulls and bones. Cemeteries could no longer contain all the dead by the 1600s, and the stench of decaying corpses was a public health problem. Transferring the remains of some 7 million bodies to the catacombs took 12 years.

4. Fly Geyser– Nevada, U.S.A.

Fly Geyser– Nevada, U.S.A.
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In the Black Rock Desert, locals dug deep in search of water. They found it, but it was boiling hot and unusable, so they abandoned it. Over the years since, mineral deposits have built up, and algae adapted for surviving such conditions have painted the deposits in vibrant colors.

5. Giant’s Causeway– Ireland

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There are places where basalt columns have hexagonal bases and are interlocking. In Northern Ireland, about 40,000 hexagonal “stepping stones” lead to pillars rising from the sea. Legends hold that a powerful giant built this landscape in an effort to create a path to Scotland.

7. Socotra Island– Yemen

Socotra Island– Yemen
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The trees and plants here look like something out of a storybook or fairy tale, and they have to be seen to be believed. Some maintain this was the site of the original Garden of Eden or the inspiration for the idea.

8. Akodessewa Fetish Market– Togo

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Do you need to stock up on shrunken heads, animal skulls, and other strange items for voodoo rituals? If you do, you’ll be a satisfied shopper at this market in Western Africa.

9. The Republic of Molossia– Nevada, U.S.A.

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Founded in 1999 by His Excellency Kevin Baugh, this micronation occupies 6.3 square acres in the Nevada desert. Tourists are welcome in this “nation” of 30 people and four dogs that has its own currency, space program, and time zone.

10. Thor’s Well– Oregon, U.S.A.

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At the edge of the Oregon coast is a huge sinkhole that never fills all the way despite being surrounded by the sea. During high tide, water comes in from beneath and then bursts forth with high intensity.

11. Lake Natron– Tanzania

Lake Natron– Tanzania
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One of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, this lake also reaches temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Most species would quickly die in these waters, but the lake is home to halophiles, microorganisms that produce pigments that give the lake its red color.

12. Eternal Flame Falls– New York, U.S.A.

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Erie County is home to a waterfall that has a cave at its base. That’s not so unusual, but what distinguishes this site is that there’s always a flame burning inside the cave. It’s the result of carbon molecules emitting natural gas as they break down. Heat from rocks that are close to the boiling temperature for water then ignites the gas.

13. Roopkund– India

Roopkund– India
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Also known as Skeleton Lake, Roopkund is a frozen lake high in the Himalayas and filled with hundreds of human remains. The people there died from blows to their heads, but no one knows why or how. Some research points to hail, but other research suggests two separate death events.

14. Avanos Hair Museum– Turkey

Hair Museum
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The lady friend of a potter moved away and left him a lock of her hair to remember her by. Touched by the sentiment, women passing the shop began leaving their own locks. Today, this museum has locks of hair from more than 16,000 women from around the world.

15. Lake Hillier– Australia

Lake Hillier– Australia
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Colorful algae and bacteria give the waters of this lake close to the ocean a pink color. You can appreciate the scene from the shores, but it’s better from the air due to the contrast with the intensely blue sea waters so close by.

16. Darvaza Gas Crater– Turkmenistan

Darvaza Gas Crater– Turkmenistan
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In the middle of the desert is a burning crater that’s about 250’ wide and 70’ deep. Known as the Door to Hell, the burning crater is supposedly the result of a Soviet drilling mishap that ignited gasses in the crater back in 1971.

17. Crooked Forest– Poland

Crooked Forest– Poland
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Here you’ll find a grove of 400 pine trees all curved at their bases, most of them uniformly so. Some believe snow caused the bending when the trees were saplings; others maintain that humans shaped them deliberately.

18. Okunoshima– Japan

Okunoshima– Japan
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Known as Rabbit Island, this site is home to hundreds of rabbits, and it’s a popular destination for animal lovers. The rabbits aren’t native to the island, and no one knows how they got there.

19. Plain of Jars– Laos

Plain of Jars– Laos
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Massive stone jars are spread across the plains of Laos. Around them, people have found lids and human bones, and the prevailing theory is that these jars were for burials. Local legends, though, hold that giants used them to brew rice wine.

20. The Museum of Broken Relationships– Croatia

The Museum of Broken Relationships– Croatia
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When two Croatian artists broke up, they decided to make a museum dedicated to the relics of failed romantic relationships. Inside the museum, you’ll find letters, teddy bears, and other mementos, both mundane and bizarre, from bygone love affairs.

21. The Bermuda Triangle– North Atlantic Ocean

The Bermuda Triangle– North Atlantic Ocean
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Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, countless ships, planes, and people have vanished without explanation or trace in this region of the North Atlantic. Theories abound, but there’s no definitive answer for why so many vanishings occur here.

22. Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey
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From a distance, the terraces of this geothermal site look like the tiers of a mighty waterfall. Up close, you’ll find that the terraces are made of brilliant white calcite travertine with mineral-rich water flowing down them. The name means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish.

23. Magnetic Hill– India

Magnetic Hill– India
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A small stretch of road in the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh defies gravity: it pulls vehicles uphill. Some locals say it’s just an optical illusion, but scientists speculate that a powerful magnetic force emanates from the hill beneath the road.

24. Spotted Lake– British Columbia, Canada

Spotted Lake– British Columbia, Canada
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This truly unique place is one of the most unusual sights in the Okanagan Valley. In the summer, water evaporates and leaves mineral pools behind, each a different color. The lake is on tribal land and is considered sacred, so you can’t get up close to it, but you can view it well from the highway.

25. Badab-e Surt– Iran

Badab-e Surt– Iran
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It took thousands of years for these stunning travertine terraces in the northern part of the country to form. Two hot springs with different mineral properties provide the water to deposit minerals that are rich in iron oxide, which gives the terraces their distinct reddish color.

26. Tianzi Mountains– China

Tianzi Mountains– China
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If you like the movie Avatar, you’ll appreciate knowing that this region was the inspiration for the floating mountains seen in it. These peaks are tall, steep limestone pinnacles covered in lush green growth. Mist often shrouds the region, increasing the otherworldly feel.

27. The Hand in the Desert, Chile

The Hand in the Desert, Chile
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In Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the most arid places on Earth, you’ll find one of the world’s strangest works of art. It’s a sculpture created by artist Mario Irrarazabal, and it’s meant to convey a sense of human vulnerability and helplessness.

28. Cadillac Ranch– Texas, U.S.A

Cadillac Ranch– Texas, U.S.A
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Just off I-40 outside Amarillo is one of North America’s strangest works of art. Built in 1974 by 3 artists, it consists of 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose-first in the ground. Cans of spray paint are always at the site, so the look of the cars is always changing.

29. Devil’s Graveyard– Wyoming, U.S.A.

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Deep in Wyoming’s remote and rugged Absaroka Range is one of the most unusual natural features in all of America. Atop an otherwise unremarkable flat-topped unnamed mountain is a collection of stones positioned perpendicular to the ground, many of which look like gravestones. No one knows how this happened, but humans weren’t responsible.

Getting there isn’t easy, and only a relative handful of people have ever seen it. After driving more than an hour on dirt roads, you have to hike nearly 10 miles, much of it off-trail and with significant elevation gain. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that maps mislabel the location; the actual site is on the next peak north of what maps mark as the Devil’s Graveyard.

Best Place to See the Grand Canyon Sunrise at South Rim

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If you’re wondering where the best place to see the Grand Canyon sunrise at South Rim is, you’re not alone. With more than six million visitors to the national park each year, there are plenty of people trying to find the best place to see the show.

And what a show it is! Mother Nature does not disappoint. It was easily one of the most memorable sunrises we’ve ever seen! There are some things you should know before you go, though, and we’ll do our best to answer all your questions for you.

Best Place to See the Grand Canyon Sunrise at South Rim

No Passport, No Problem: You Don’t Need One to Vacation in These Countries

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If you’re an American citizen traveling out of the country, you have to have a passport to be allowed into somewhere else, right? While that’s mostly true, there are some exceptions. Some are independent countries, while others are U.S. territories that largely operate independently.

Note: Before you visit any of these places, make sure you look into what the entry requirements are. For example, you may need an enhanced ID or proof of certain vaccinations.

No Passport, No Problem: You Don’t Need One to Vacation in These Countries

Featured Image: Pirate doll decorated in old town in Koh Kred island, Nonthabur, Thailand
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Robert Sihler is an educator, freelance writer, and rock climbing guide and instructor living with his family in Driftwood, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction, streaming films, completing crossword puzzles, and rock climbing. When he goes on vacation, he likes to visit the mountains of the West and climb remote, obscure peaks that have seen few or no prior ascents.