Secret Places That Tourists Don’t Know About

1. Shoo Cave, Scotland

This massive seaside cave looks like something straight out of Jurassic Park, but don’t worry, the only thing lurking within its depths is a hidden waterfall that cascades 80 feet into the placid waters below.

2. Green Lake, Austria

In the winter, this valley is usually a park with a small lake, but when the warmer months come, the valley fills with beautifully clear water to create a surreal and temporary underwater kingdom that feels like a dream.

3. Sark, Channel Islands

This small and rarely visited island in Normandy, France is hard to reach and only has 600 people inhabiting it. The trails are winding and breathtaking – it’s the only place feudalism is alive, and cars are banned.

4. Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Para Valley, Bhutan

Monasteries are magical places of calm and meditation. This one is parched on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley precariously, but would probably be the most memorable experience of your life.

5. Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

This steep hiking trail is more commonly referred to as the Stairway To Heaven, and for good reason. It leads to a stunning view, made easier with the help of wooden stairs, but is still a grueling journey.

6. Lord Howe Island, Australia

Only 400 tourists are allowed to visit this beauty per year, preserving its ethereal nature. It’s an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant between Australia and New Zealand, in the Tasman Sea. It’s paradise, with all the flora and fauna imaginable.

7. Alter do Chao, Brazil

This town straddles the Amazon rainforest and has an incredible beach which that is a channel of white sand surrounded by water, known as the “Island of Love”, and a huge lagoon called Lagos Verde. You can only get here by canoe, but there’s a plethora of unique animals waiting for you.

8. Meghalaya, India

This is a remote forest in tribal territory that transforms into rivers due to annual 40 feet of rain, but a series of sky bridges help you navigate the flowing environment. Feels like you’re in ‘Avatar’.

9. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The brilliant red-orange rocks of this slot canyon in the American southwest is so stunning, it’s hard to believe it’s a natural wonder and not a massive art exhibit. This Navajo paradise will leave you breathless.

10. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

The second slot canyon on our list isn’t even accessible by trail – you have to spend a day walking to winding creek bed with a difficult log jam you have to climb. It’s a hidden waterfall oasis that is the perfect isolated bathing or swimming spot, and it’s a reward for the fit and adventurous.

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