I love to travel and I love Bucket Lists and I loveee natural landscapes. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that my travel bucket list is full of sightseeing, climbing, hiking, and forests.
I could scroll through Pinterest for hours and hours searching for amazing places to visit.
Seven wonders of the world? Yes, sign me up for it. Abandon city in Japan? Yes, I want that too. Flying on a globe above Cappadocia? Wait for me!
So, even when I’m not able to travel (high-five to the pandemic keeping all of us at home), I’m bookmarking and pinning all those places I will (yes, I will,) visit someday.
And you know what? You should visit them too! Here are nine destinations you should add to your travel bucket list if you are a nature lover.
Travel Bucket List for Nature Lovers
Pammukale Natural Park, Turkey
Pamukkale stands for “Cotton Castle” and when you see the videos and pictures of this amazing place, located in the western part of Turkey, you understand the reason behind the name. The travertine cascades not only give out the illusion of being a frozen waterfall, but they also hold pools of thermal waters. Some of them are open to the public.
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is a salt flat located in Bolivia, in South America. The place has become very popular because it literally looks like you are walking in heaven. It is known as the “largest mirror in Earth”, because when it rains, the water on top of the salt flats, reflect the sky. To see this effect, you should visit it in the rainy season from January to April.
Zion Narrows (Zion National Park), United States
The Grand Canyon is probably one of the main tourist attractions in the United States. However, during my research, I stumbled upon different pictures of the Zion National Park Narrows, and it definitely and irrevocably earned a place in my travel bucket list. This park has beautiful and breath-taking rock formations. The best of the Narrows? You need to get your feet wet to see the best of it.
The Haiku Stairs, Hawaii
The Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven in Ohau, Hawaii are a dream to anyone who loves adventure and a good panoramic view. You have to climb almost 4,000 steps! So, be sure to prepare for the journey.
Currently, there is a debate around the stairs. They are considered dangerous and a nuisance to the communities around them. Although the stairs were saved from demolition, it is yet to be decided what is going to happen with them. So even if you add this to your travel bucket list, beware, it isn’t precisely legal. If you do, be considerate of the neighbors and don’t leave any trash in the place.
Mount Fanjing (Fanjingshan), China
Also called Fanjingshan, this mountain is the highest peak of the Wuli Mountains in the Guizhou Province. What’s interesting about it? At the top of it sits The Temple of the Buddha and the Maitreya Temple. A bridge connects the two of them. So, how do you get there? Through a cable car ride or by climbing 8, 000 steps. Quite the journey, right?
You can see more details about Mount Fanjingshan in this video!
Kirkjufjara Black Sand Beach and Dettiffos Waterfall, Iceland
Iceland is full of amazing landscapes and natural wonders. It is a must-go country for all nature lovers. Although Iceland has multiple places to visit, there are two, in particular, I look forward to seeing: the Kirkjufjara Beach and the Dettiffos Waterfall.
The Kirkfujara Beach is popular for its black sand and its rock formations. Every picture you take here will seem like a postcard. However, the beach can be dangerous for its sneaker waves. Moreover, landslides from the cliff that rises in front of it might occur at any moment. Therefore, visitors have to take every precaution or take a guided tour.
On the other hand, the Detitifoss Waterfall is located in the north of Iceland. This waterfall is often called the greatest waterfall in Europe. Such a waterfall cannot be labeled as anything else but sublime. You can admire it from different directions although the routes can be difficult to cross during winter.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
Located in Kyoto, Japan, this bamboo grove is one of the most popular sights in the city. There are various routes to access to the groove and enjoy its charm. Many people describe the experience as if one is entering another world.
Antelope Canyon, United States
It is hard to believe nature can produce such soft lines by itself. The Antelope Canyon in Arizona is without doubt one of the most beautiful places you could ever see. The light beams are mostly visible during March and October. Although you may feel the urge to wander around on your own, you require a guide to visit it.
Haneul Park (Sky Park), South Korea
For me, Haneul Park is a hidden gem. It is hard to find it listed on any site as a must-see, but in my opinion, it is. I had the pleasure of visiting it myself during Fall in 2019. The park is filled with pampas grass that blooms during autumn. When you watch the awe-inspiring panorama, it is impossible to believe the place was once a landfill.
You can read more about my visit to South Korea in here.
What’s your favorite nature landscape? Where is it?
Let me know in the comments!