15 Unbelievable Places You Should Add to your Future Travel Bucket List {After COVID}

Paris, Amsterdam, and London are incredible destinations, with their unique culture, picturesque streets, and iconic landmarks. But that’s where everyone’s going once we’re able to travel again, right? So if you want to avoid overcrowded parks and long lines of tourists, then make sure to add these incredible places to your post-corona travel bucket. 

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15 Unbelievable Places You Should Add to your Future Travel Bucket List ({After COVID} 

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Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Washington 

Every year from April 1st to the 30th, people from far and wide come to Mount Vernon, Washington to visit the colorful Skagit Valley Tulip Fields Festival. 

This epic month-long event celebrates all of Skagit Valley, and over a million colored daffodils, tulips and irises blooming. You can also enjoy the Skagit River, which snakes through the local communities, or you can head to Little Mountain Park and do some hiking, biking and enjoy the viewpoints in the forest. Make sure to bring many layers of clothing as the weather is known for being unpredictable. 

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Pamukkale, Turkey 

Imagine relaxing and unwinding in one of the various natural hot springs near the city of Denizli in Pamukkale, Turkey. The turquoise waters running through the white cotton castles in the thermal pools is even more striking than the photos you see on Instagram. This exotic location is also known for being home to the ruins of the ancient Roman spa-city Hierapolis, where you can soak like a Roman emperor or empress among the centuries-old ruins. 

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Fly Geyser, Washoe County, Nevada 

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The Fly Geyser in Washoe County, Nevada is an accidental wonder that will take your breath away. You see, back in 1964, a geothermal company drilled a well in a ranch in the Northwest of Black Rock Desert. But they later abandoned the project and left the well uncapped. Over time, the water rose from the drilled areas of the well. Then the mineral water formed limestone mounts that are continuously growing. The thermophilic algae in the area give the mounts a red-blue coloration. But what’s really spectacular about this site is the Fly Geyser that shoots boiling hot water five feet high in the air. 

Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii 

The Haiku Stairs is a steep hiking trail on the beautiful island of Oahu. There are a total of 3,922 steps that span along the mountain range. And it may very well be one of the greatest attractions of the whole island. But due to the dangers it posed, the stairs are closed to the public. So, technically, it’s not legal to cross it. But it has become somewhat of a forbidden fruit for thrill seekers. 

While you can get fined for trying to step on the stairs, there are plenty of experienced travelers who found a way to legally hike these infamous stairs, also known as “Stairway to Heaven.” There’s a back way that ascends a ridge up from the valley of Haiku near Kaneohe where you’ll get to enjoy the same scenic views without risking your life. Since the situation could potentially change, make sure to stay updated through official channels or consider hiring a tour guide before embarking on this journey. 

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland 

The Blue Lagoon Spa in Grindavik, Iceland, is a geothermal spa located in a lava field. This magical location is surrounded by a picture perfect scenery, hot thermal waters, and snow coming down. It’s not overly crowded most of the times, and once you take a dip, you’ll feel the regenerative powers of the silica, exfoliating mud, algae, and minerals in the water which work wonders on your skin. So don’t miss your chance to visit the magical Blue Lagoon if you’re planning to visit Iceland. 

Pro tip: Iceland Air offers an Iceland layover for no charge and allows you to explore Iceland for up to 48 hours. Just plan ahead before you book your tickets!

Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Southeastern Alaska 

To access the western part of the Mendenhall Glacier Caves in Southeastern Alaska, you’ll need to go kayaking and ice climbing first. But the hassle is worth it to hang out inside these magnificent caves which have transparent roofs and bright blue walls that shine when the sun hits them. Just be careful about visiting the caves in the summer as there tends to be movements in the caves. 

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Algarve Cave, Portugal 

The Algarve Cave in Portugal is one of the holiest places on the planet, but not for the reasons you’d think. The cave literally has holes on the ceiling that let sunlight shine through. And best of all, you have access to the beach’s shoreline, which sees tons of wave action day in and day out. But if you find a quiet moment, enjoy it because this spot is so popular that other travelers may soon wander in and spoil the peace and quiet. 

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming 

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, is the third largest hot spring in the world. It got its name because of the beautiful sequence of colors that are similar to those that appear when sunlight hits a prism. The striking rings of color are produced by a combination of the various temperatures and the presence of pigmented bacteria that thrive in this temperature zones. 

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Banff National Park, Canada 

Banff National Park in Canada is located in the Alberta’s Rocky Mountain and is considered a wondrous place because of the mountainous regions that are full of glaciers, turquoise lakes, ice fields, unique wildlife, as well as coniferous forest and alpine landscapes. 

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Ice Caves, Chile 

If you love some winter fun, hiking and freezing temperatures, then head on over to the Ice Caves in Chile in the Patagonia region. A beautiful reflection of light forms on the network of caves as the tortoise water of General Carrera Lake flows through them. This gives the sculpted caves an ethereal blue glow to them that’s every traveler and photographer’s dream come true. 

Havasu Falls, Arizona 

Snap a few Instagram-worthy photos, take a swim in the dramatic bluish-green waters, or just sleep in the shade and unwind without a care in the world. The Havasu Falls at Grand Canyon, Arizona, is one of the best spots to detox from the stress of daily life. The falls themselves are surrounded by a travertine rockface and the topography of the plateau range from gentle slopes to long steep cliffs at the edge of the ridge. 

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Lofoten Islands, Norway 

The remarkable Lofoten Islands in Norway offer climbing, hiking, skiing, fishing, cycling, and even Arctic surfing in both summer and winter. And who can turn down an opportunity to go horseback riding under the northern lights? You can even kayak between the islands, too. The colorful houses in the small villages and the sunsets alone will change you forever. 

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Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico 

If you’re looking for one of the best natural pools in the world, then add Ik Kil Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico to your ultimate travel bucket list. It was formed by the collapsing of a cave and the Mayans are said to have used it for relaxation. It’s 60 meters wide and the depth is over 35 meters. But don’t worry. There’s a ladder along the limestone wall that gives you access to the pristine blue water of this deep natural pit. 

Bruges, Belgium 

Known for its canals, medieval buildings and cobbled streets, Bruges, Belgium, will have you feeling like you’ve stepped through a portal in time and space. You’ll feel like you stepped into a real-life fairy tale town. Make sure to check out Stadhuis in Burg Square. The 14th century building has an ornate carved ceiling that’s a must-see, and there’s also a 13th century belfry with an 84-meter tower that offers a panoramic view of the city. While you’re there, don’t forget to try their delicious Belgium waffles. 

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Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico 

The Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico have ancient sea ledges, deep canyons, unique desert wildlife, and flowering cacti above. But beneath the surface, there are over 119 caves that were formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the limestone, leaving behind caverns of different sizes. Make sure to visit the Big Room, a massive underground chamber with natural sculptures, drapes, totem poles, fossils, and stalactites that cling to the ceiling. You will be amazed. 

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