23 of the world’s most naturally surreal places

Our planet is breathtakingly beautiful, and it seems even the world’s most powerful artists are unable to fully convey its beauty. It has so much to offer that it’s hard to believe some incredible places truly exist. Take your car and drive out of the city, away from the crowds, to search for such picturesque places.

And if you can’t travel, you can always take this virtual tour. The LikeAble team asks you to fasten your seat belts; an amusing trip through the world’s most surreal places is about to begin.

Deadvlei, Namibia

Considered the world’s oldest desert, Namib (meaning ’empty place’) was formed as long as 80 million years ago, during the time of dinosaurs. ©otto

Rapeseed fields in Luoping, China

In the early spring when rapeseed flowers are in full bloom, the region turns into a vibrant golden sea. It’s a breathtaking view and a real Mecca for photographers. © bbs

Lake Natron, Tanzania

Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is famous for the world’s hottest water. Its temperature frequently reaches 50 degrees Celsius, and the lake is only three meters deep. The water has gradually evaporated, turning what used to be a huge, full-flowing lake into an unusual blood-colored pool. © greentooth

Frozen trees, Lapland

The photographer had to travel to Finnish Lapland and survive the hard frost at 40 degrees to take these shots, but the results are worth the effort. © Niccolo Bonfadini

Lagoons in the desert, Brazil

The Lencois Maranhenses National Park reminds you of a typical desert at first sight. But it’s not a desert; unlike Sahara and some other barren places, Lencois Maranhenses gets a lot of rain throughout the year. The water accumulates in valleys and between the sand dunes, forming picturesque blue and green lagoons. © travelx

Mount Rainier, United States


Mount Rainier is a giant stratovolcano, reaching a height of 14,417 feet (4392 meters). Its uniqueness lies in its shadow casting along the clouds during the most beautiful sunrises. © whenonearth

The Wave — Arizona, United States

The Wave is a natural sandstone rock formation stretching along the Utah-Arizona border. According to scientific researchers, the Wave was formed from sand dunes that turned into solid rock millions of years ago. © stltoday

Pink Lake, Senegal

A unique natural phenomenon, this huge bowl of bright pink water resembling a creamy strawberry smoothie occupies the area of three square kilometers). © bioindustry

Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Glowworm Caves is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions. Thousands of glow worms populating and lighting up the pitch-black caves make you feel like you are watching a night sky with a million stars. It’s truly amazing! © opticoverload

Underwater waterfall, Mauritius

Le Morne Brabant Peninsula, Mauritius is famous for its fascinating underwater waterfall illusion. This unusual natural landscape was formed as a result of the runoff of sand and silt deposits. © thevirtualtravelers

Tulip Fields — Lisse, Netherlands

What can be more amazing than tulip fields striped with different colors when flowers come to bloom? It’s hard to believe the colors are real. The land looks like someone hand painted it in gold, fuchsia, scarlet and violet. © olgysha

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

This is one of the biggest natural attractions in Venezuela. The so called Tepui Mountain is 8,800 feet (2700 meters) high. With a flat peak, from a distance, it resembles a huge tree stump or a stone box. © guinnessrecord

Color-changing Marble Caves, Chile

The Marble Caves are a unique bright blue formation located on the border of Argentina and Chile and partially bathed in the turquoise water of Carrera Lake. The locals call this place the Marble Cathedral. © Dan Lundberg

A house in the middle of the Drina river, Serbia

This is a tiny shelter that provides soothing shade from the hot summer sun and fights with high autumn winds. Built more than 40 years ago, this house is a sign that humans and nature can exist in harmony. © Irene Becker

Rainbow landscape of Danxia, China

The awesome scenery of Gansu (Chinese province) is like a magnet, attracting visitors from all over the world. The main tourist appeal is a mountain formation known as ’Danxia Landscape,’ which means ’a red cloud’. © Melinda Chan

Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a large, round underwater crater 407 feet (120 meters) deep, a geological wonder not far from the Yucatan Peninsula. Seen at a height, the hole looks even more incredible. © Wata51

Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

This is the world’s largest cave. It is so huge that one can even fly a plane or hot air balloon inside of it. © Carsten Peter

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

The Japanese word ’hitachi’ translates to ’dawn,’ and the park is located on the territory of a former U.S. military base. Various plants and flowers make this area of 120 acres an amazingly beautiful place to visit. © shin-k

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

The sand on this beach is so white and pure that it is considered the purest in the world. An interesting fact: NASA used this sand to make special lenses for telescopes. © noaml

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is a dried-up salt lake located in the desert plains of Altiplano, Bolivia at an altitude of 11,975 feet (3,650 meters) above sea level. It has a huge area of 34,500 square feet (10,500 square kilometers) and it is the largest area of saline-alkali soil on our planet. © abc7

Ice Caves, Iceland

Skaftafell cave is situated on a frozen glacier lagoon in Iceland. The centuries-old, highly compressed ice is substantially free of air bubbles. © deluxebattery

The twisted trees of Slope Point,
New Zealand

When you find yourself at Slope Point in New Zealand, you feel like time is frozen in the midst of the strongest hurricane. © eco-turizm

Yellowstone supervolcano, United States

Eruption of this volcano would cause climate change all over the planet. © crealia