The surreal Meteora monasteries of Greece were originally built by monks to be a refuge from Turkish invaders, and until 100 years ago there wasn’t any way to get to them except for rope ladders. Today, however, you can take a cable car or walk up the perilous staircase cut into the stone.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Located in southwest Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, and while the term “salt flat” might not inspire much awe, the pictures and reviews tell a different story.
Also known as the Pulpit Rock, visiting this 1,968 feet (600 meter) high cliff is for those who love an epic view and don’t mind a good hike. There are many different tour and activity options in the area as well, including a hiking festival.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
You may recognize this gem from our list of the 25 most amazing waterfalls in the world. Located in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes is actually 16 separate bodies of water divided into upper and lower basins by natural dams consisting of moss and algae.
The Twelve Apostles, Australia
This collection of limestone stacks off the coast of Port Campbell National Park in Australia attracts roughly 2 million tourists every year. There are many nature-themed activities and even a helicopter ride to give you a different view of the limestone cliffs.