The cold season is upon us, and if you’re not a fan of snow, skiing and all that white scenery, there’s reason to keep happy. How about remembering how much color the nature offers us the rest of the year? Here are the 15 most colorful locations around the world.
15. Juneau, Alaska
The ice caves under the Mendenhall Glacier are a magical, looking like sometthing out of a fairytale. With all that global warming talk, this place that may not be around much longer. The 12-mile-long glacier has retreated 2 miles due to climate change since 1958.
14. Namaqualand, Namibia
I’m not really a flower-guy – if there is such a thing – but this scenery is quite beautiful.
13. Caño Cristales River, Columbia
Known as The River of Five Colors, Caño Cristales is a marvel to look at. Due to high sediment levels, this is not a suitable home for any species of fish, although it’s stunning.
Vermont completely changes its clothes during autumn. The Green Mountain State transforms into layers upon layers of brightly colored forest.
11. Hokkaido, Japan
The Rainbow Field in Japan is a beautiful rolling hill, filled with rows of multicolored flowers. Even the people at Disney couldn’t think this one up.
10. Pamukkale, Turkey
The hot springs in the travertine terraces of Pamukkale are a major tourist attraction in Turkey, for obvious reasons. This breathtaking setting has been a calming escape for thousands of years.
9. Shark Bay, Australia
The bright red, iron-rich cliffs above the white sands and blue water make Shark Bay a must-see location on the coast of Australia. The shark part bothers me, though.
8. Luoping, China
The seemingly endless fields of yellow canola flowers attract many photographers and bees alike. Needless to say that Luoping is a prominent region for honey production.
7. Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake is fed by glacial waters and gets a pretty shade of blue from the rock flour that deposits from erosion. No man could ever replicate this mesmerizing shade of blue.
6. Cornwall, England
The poppy fields overlooking the Celtic Sea brighten the notoriously rainy UK. It’s a pretty rare occasion to enjoy such a bright, sunny day.
5. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
Located in Yellowstone National park, this is the third largest hot spring in the world. But it is the most colorful one, that’s for sure.
4. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
The flowers of the Netherlands are world renowned, with the largest garden sprawling with over 7 million flowers. So, to be enjoying this beautiful scenery is no surprise to me.
3. Braunwald, Switzerland
The dandelion fields with the backdrop of the Swiss Alps make for one spectacular view. It somehow reminds me of The Sound of Music.
2. Yuanyang County, China
The terraced fields in China create an unpredictable array of layered colors, while also providing rice for millions across the country. I didn’t think such hard work could ook so beautiful.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Home to over 1500 species of fish and 600 types of coral, the reef is a getaway for native Australians as well as travelers looking for the ultimate diving experience. It is also an important ecosystem, and at least that stunning.