1. Valley of Flowers National Park, India
Along the elevated slopes of the Western Himalayas, you’ll find endless meadows of alpine flowers. This section of park is also home to many rare animals, such as the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, and blue sheep.
2. Five Flower Lake, China
Five Flower is one of 118 lakes in the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. This area in particular creates an especially radiant color pallette from surrounding mineral deposits and incredibly diverse plant life.
3. Hitsujiyama Park, Japan
Pink moss lines the base of Mount Fuji, creating a surreal contrast with surrounding trees.
4. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Home to over 1500 species of fish and 600 types of coral, the reef is a getaway for native Australians as well as travelers looking for the ultimate diving experience.
5. Yuanyang County, China
The terraced fields in China create an unpredictable array of layered colors, while also providing rice for millions across the country.
6. Lavender fields in France
These lavender fields are just as fragrant as they are colorful. I can only imagine standing between the endless rows…
7. Lake Hillier in Australia
The bubblegum pink color of Lake Hillier remains a mystery, but unlike other pink lakes around the world, the colors remains year round. Still…unexplained.
8. Braunwald, Switzerland
The dandelion fields with the backdrop of the Swiss Alps make for one spectacular view.
9. Red Sea Beach, China
In one of the biggest wetlands in the world, the highly alkaline soil allows the bright red suaeda plants to flourish.
10. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
The flowers of the Netherlands are world renowned, with the largest garden sprawling with over 7 million flowers.
11. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
Located in Yellowstone National park, it’s the third largest hot spring in the world, and definitely the most colorful.
12. Cornwall, England
The poppy fields overlooking the Celtic Sea brighten the notoriously rainy UK.
13. Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake is fed by glacial waters and gets a pretty shade of blue from the rock flour that deposits from erosion.
14. Luoping, China
The seemingly endless fields of yellow canola flowers attract many photographer as well as bees. Luoping is a prominent region for honey production.
15. Shark Bay, Australia
The bright red, iron-rich cliffs above the white sands and blue water make Shark Bay a must-see part of the infamous Australian coast.
16. Pamukkale, Turkey
The hot springs in the travertine terraces of Pamukkale are a major tourist attraction in Turkey and have been a calming escape for natives and travelers for thousands of years.
17. Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan
The gardens have 20 dazzling species of the wisteria flower. Strolling through the tunnel is a surreal experience for visitors.
18. Hokkaido, Japan
The Rainbow Field in Japan is a beautiful rolling hill full of neatly planted rows of multicolored flowers. It looks like something out of a Disney movie…
19. Vermont in Autumn
The fall foliage in Vermont completely changes the Green Mountain State into layers upon layers of brightly colored forest.
20. Caño Cristales River, Columbia
Known as The River of Five Colors, Caño Cristales is a marvel to look at, but due to high sediment levels is not a sustainable home for any species of fish.
21. Namaqualand, Namibia
In the spring, Namaqualand turns from an arid, barren landscape to a flowering paradise with many flowers not found anywhere else in the world.
22. Juneau, Alaska
The ice caves under the Mendenhall Glacier are a magical place that may not be around much longer. The 12-mile-long glacier has retreated 2 miles due to climate change since 1958.
Any of these destinations would be a dream come true for a nature lover. I think I have some new entries for my bucket list…