From the weird and strange! to the unreal and bizarre; These are the MOST Magical Places on Earth!
Most Beautiful Fairy Tale Settings
1. Metolius Balancing Rocks
In general, forest fires are pretty bad, and you usually want to avoid them as much as possible. In this case, a forest fire in the Cove Palisades State Park of Oregon revealed something magical.
Previously hidden in the thick brush of forest was a series of rock pillars that had precarious rocks balancing on top of them.
This is possibly the coldest village on earth, positioned deep in Siberia. This village is a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle and has reached record lows of -96.16 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is a hardy permanent residence of about 500 who live in this city that seems like it could only exist with the help of magic.
3. Asik-Asik Falls
These waterfalls are actually streamed of pristine water that pours down in the mountainous Alamada region of the Philippines.
These falls were unknown until a photo of the falls won a national photography contest, after that this magical waterfall garnered a lot of attention.
4. Haughton Impact Crater
About 23 million years ago a meteor hit Earth around where Northern Canada is. What it left behind was a strange, otherworldly landscape. The crater exists in a place called a “frost rubble zone” and is the only crater to exist in such an area.
5. Moher, Ireland
Moher, Ireland might be most famous for these sheer cliffs that face the deep blue ocean. Many people travel across the country to experience this extreme and almost surreal beauty that feels like it has to be photoshopped.
6. Haukadalur Geothermal Field
The Haukadalur valley in Southern Iceland has a bona fide showstopper that performs on time every day. This Geothermal Field is home to Geysir and Strokkur, two hot spring geysers that erupt with a fantastic crystal blue explosion of water every 10 to 15 minutes.
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7. Tatami Rocks
This strange rock formation can be found in Kumejima-Cho, Japan and are named Tatami-Ishi or the Tatami rocks because they have formed a shape that resembles a tatami mat.
They actually formed into these hexagonal shapes because andesite magma cooled in a specific way and water eroded the top and created a smooth texture.
7. Pravcice Gate
Europe’s largest natural bridge is this massive sandstone arch that has attracted visitors to it for as long as it has existed. It can be found on the border of Germany and stretches 90 feet wide and 50 feet high. The chateau nearby was once used as an inn for dignitaries and diplomats, and although it no longer functions like that anymore, it has been preserved as a restaurant and museum dedicated to the history of the area.
8. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Once you witness these floating mountains of China’s Zhangjiajie National Park, you’ll not be able to erase that memory for a lifetime. Over 3,00 pillars are covered in hanging vines and twisted pines rise up from the mist in this magical and mysterious land. As per the rumors, these were James Cameron’s inspiration in the movie Avatar for his Hallelujah Mountains.
Interestingly, now you can reach here and have a close look at these foggy pillars since park authorities have built a glass bridge that covers 1400 feet over the valley. The bridge is safe as no accidents have been reported yet.
9. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
Sua Ocean Trench might be the most magical place you’ll ever swim across. The crystal clear turquoise water of this tropical swimming hole is fed by ocean currents via an underground lava tube. Sua is adorned with lush plant life and memorable cliff top scenery.
The absolutely blue water of this Samoan Trench is 100 feet deep, and it welcomes with a ladder, a harbor and a host of tropical fish. The stairway/ladder is available for diving, so you have a lot of time to practice your cannonballs and mid-air filming skill.
10. The Faerie Glen, Scotland
This rolling fields makes you feel like you’re in children’s fairy tales. Perhaps, from here it was named Faerie Glenn, though the fairies all look like having left for somewhere more private.
Hollywood realized the magic here and used it as the shooting location for the fantasy movie Stardust starring Robert De Niro. This is a great place to let your inner child play free and roam all over the cone-shaped hills.
Also, it might acquire the best place for an epic game of hide-and-seek in the world.
11. Chocolate Hills, Philippines
What about if you tell you that there, in reality, exist the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines. During the dry season, the grass surrounding these rolling cliffs turns brown in shade, making it look like a field of giant chocolates!
Nobody is really sure how they were formed, but a local legend claims that it was a battleground for two giants, who blurred the place by tossing huge rocks at each other.
12. The Giant’s Causeway
For one of the world’s great fairy tale places, step feet into the land of the giants. Situated in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is a stretch of the seafront with ultimate formed hexagonal columns, all are massed together at the water’s edge.
This scenario was formed by the volcanic activity years ago, or you can believe in the story that Giants Causeway was created by Irish legend, Finn McCool.
13. Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan is a mysterious land of temples in a tropical, misty landscape. You can see it from the bus, from the bike, or from above the hot air balloon in Bagan. It’s a magical place, of course, one of the best fairy tale places to be added in your Southeast Asia bucket list.
14. The Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye can be the ultimate magical and fairytale destination. This is really the land of fairies. Hit the Fairy Pools, extend the Fairy Glen, give your hello greetings to the Old Man of Storr, and visit the Dnvengne Castle. Just a short drive from the Isle of Skye is the wonderful Eilean Donan Castle, another one of the famous fairy tale settings to add to your list of places. The Isle of Skye is a dreamland for every single visitor.
15. The Trulli, Italy
Yeah, it’s for real and people do live in them. These are the cone-top designed fairytale dwellings; not occupied by Hobbits but the inhabitants of the Itria Valley in Apulia, southern Italy. It dates back to 1500, the Trulli (one of them is a ‘Trullo’) are embellished with symbols that stretches from the Christian to the bizarre.