When most of us plan vacations or trips, we usually search for the most popular tourist attractions worldwide – Eiffel Tower, Barcelona, you name it. We like to stay within our comfort zone or choose places that other people have chosen before us and deemed worthy of visiting or exploring.
But if you want to discover hidden beauties or even creepy sights, you might want to go off the beaten track a little.
Unexpectedly so, the most stunning sights in the world are either abandoned or unknown by the general public, whether we’re talking about architectural monuments, houses, places or landscapes. Below I have prepared a list of 10 best places to visit if you’re an explorer or a lover of the unknown, from hidden wonders to creepy locations that will surely give you the chills.
Best places to visit if you're a mighty explorer who doesn't get scared easily
1. Kolmanskop, Namibia
The town of Kolmanskop in the Namib Dessert has been abandoned since the 1950s. Today, it is a crumbling beauty, a ghost town housing long forgotten buildings that are starting to be partially covered by sand. This abandoned place will surely give you an eerie, haunting feeling and it is a unique travel destination without a doubt.
2. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria
This marvelous architectural structure called The Buzludzha Monument used to be serve as headquarters for Bulgaria’s communist party. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was deserted and today it is open for visitors. If you want to be put in a trance-like state and experience a feeling like no other, this destination should be on your bucket list.
3. Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia
This breathtaking display of nature’s wonders used to be a large steam ship left astray in Homebush Bay, Australia after World War II. Nowadays, it is truly a sight to see, as it embodies the result of nature and technology blending together, creating something beautiful. This ship has stood the test of time for 102 years and counting.
4. Lake Hillier, Australia
Also referred to as the pink lake of Australia, Lake Hillier is a saline lake with a peculiar pink color that has attracted tourists from all around the world. Because it is a destination like no other, this place surely deserves a mention on our list of 10 best places to visit.
The color of this lake doesn’t change even if you take some of the water and pour it in a bottle and it is said to be so because of a microorganism that’s found in it. If you want to experience a magnificent natural wonder, this is the destination for you.
5. Abandoned Train Station in Georgia
Located in Abkhazia, Georgia, this train station was deserted after the Abkhazia War in 1992-1993 and left in ruins. However, time hasn’t completely destroyed its aspect, quite the contrary. Instead it turned this abandoned station into a beautiful sight that blends architecture with nature in a stunning display.
6. Abandoned Psychiatric hospital, New Jersey
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital is not a location for the faint of heart, but if you like creepy abandoned places and the feeling of chills running down your spine wondering what happened within the busted walls of this psychiatric hospital, then this destination is your cup of tea. If you are not scared by the creepy factor, you will be thrilled to discover the crumbling ruins of the hospital that used to house America’s most disturbed patients. Yikes.
7. Underwater city in Shicheng, China
We have something for the deep ocean explorers on our list as well. This 1341 year-old underwater city located in eastern China will surely make your next diving experience memorable. Since the water has protected this sunken beauty from decay and erosion, the city is still in relatively pristine condition. Get to exploring, folks!
8. Abandoned Subway Stop, New York
Located underneath the City Hall in New York City and closed in 1945, this abandoned subway currently attracts a great number of tourists and urban explorers due to its stunning architectural design.
9. Abandoned Church in the snow, Canada
I can’t help but wonder why a heavenly (no pun intended) construction like this would be deserted in the first place. This church in Ontario is relatively untouched to this day, thus sparking up a lot of intrigue for curious tourists, locals or even urban explorers. The snowy scenery blending with the architectural details make this destination truly breathtaking.
10. El Hotel del Salto (Colombia)
Another one for the adrenaline junkies looking to start a new adventure, this hotel located in Bogota, Colombia has its fair share of haunting rumors, mystery and myths surrounding it. If you’re brave enough to venture into the unknown, this is the location for you.
I hope my suggestions of best places to visit gave you inspiration to jumpstart your next adventure or even add an extra touch to your future holidays. Spice up your next vacation or trip with your friends, put your urban (or should I say world?) explorer cap on and start making some unforgettable memories!
Which other places do you think should’ve made my bucket list? Tell me in the comments below!
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