8 beautiful travel destinations you didn’t even know existed

Everybody wants an adventure with something new and exciting to experience, but not everyone knows where to go in the world to find it. Here, Katie Anderton gives us eight of the most unusual, yet completely beautiful, places to travel.

Photo: fdecomite/ Flickr.

Photo: fdecomite/ Flickr.

1. Dongchuan Red Land – China

These amazing red lands are described as “God’s palette”. Dongchuan Red Land has become increasingly popular with tourists, particularly loved by photographers and backpackers. The best time to visit, however, is during May and June, just before the crops grow.

Photo: JiKang Lee/ Flickr.

Photo: JiKang Lee/ Flickr.

2. Glass Beach – California, USA

This beach is literally filled with sea glass which has been created from dumping rubbish near the coastline. But don’t worry – the glass is smooth and safe to stand on after a clean-up programme. This would be worth a visit if you’re tired of the same old sandy beach.

Photo: Images by John 'K'/ Flickr.

Photo: Images by John ‘K’/ Flickr.

3. Hobbit Village – New Zealand

If you’re a fan of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings trilogies, you must see Matamata! You can take a tour of the movie set and find out how it was all created in those tiny little houses.

Photo: Global Panorama/ Flickr.

Photo: Global Panorama/ Flickr.

4. Thor’s Well – Oregon, USA

In rough conditions, these waves rush into a gaping sinkhole and then shoot back upwards, forming a feature known as a spouting horn. This can be seen by taking the Captain Cook Trail, but obviously you wouldn’t want to get too close!

Photo: Bill Young/ Flickr.

Photo: Bill Young/ Flickr.

5. Infinity Pools – Bali

Perhaps a more relaxing choice of travel, if you prefer to sit and lounge rather than explore, are these luxurious infinity pools which offer a peaceful holiday complete with an incredible view.

Photo: Claire/ Flickr.

Photo: Claire/ Flickr.

6. Katikies Hotel – Greece

This iconic hotel created in a special location has a romantic and truly unique feel. Centred in a beautiful natural area in Santorini, this luxury plot would make the most calming and soothing getaway.

Photo: designmilk/ Flickr.

7. Kawachi Fuji Gardens – Japan

In Kitakyushu, you will find a gorgeous pastel-coloured fairy tale tunnel. The best time to visit the tunnel is April and May, as this is when the flowers are fully bloomed and the colours are plentiful.

Photo: Wicker Paradise/ Flickr.

Photo: Wicker Paradise/ Flickr.

8. Seven Falls – Colorado, USA

The seven cascading waterfalls in Colorado are definitely something you have to see at some point in your life. You can view the beautiful landmark through the 224 steps which take you all the way to the peak of the waterfall.

Photo: Amy the Nurse/ Flickr.

Photo: Amy the Nurse/ Flickr.