The world is an incredible place. Unfortunately, many of us live very closed-off lives, never adventuring, and never exploring the wonders that sit right on our doorsteps. Getting out and exploring the world will help you to create and make memories that will last a lifetime, in addition to giving you an opportunity to learn new things.

However, if you are not an especially adventurous person, then it’s very likely that you won’t know where you are supposed to start when it comes to exploring the world’s many natural wonders. This post will tell you about nine of them.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel has some of Mexico’s most beautiful waters. If you love the ocean, then there’s really nowhere better to go in all of the Americas. One of the best things about Cozumel is scuba diving. You can visit a scuba diving center when you are there and go out for the day. The scuba diving center that you visit will provide you with all of the equipment that you need, as well as take you out on a boat, and supervise you.

Peak District, United Kingdom

The Peak District in England has some of the nation’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. On an almost weekly basis, people descend from all over the country to visit, hike and just take in the area’s beautiful surroundings. International tourists visit the area, too. It is fair to say that the Peak District has some of England’s most famous hiking trails. There are also lots of hotels, cafés, and small businesses located in the park, which you can visit and support if you want to.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

If you enjoy road trips, then you’ll love the Great Ocean Road in Australia. Many claim that the Great Ocean Road is actually the world’s most beautiful stretch of road. Whether or not this is true, one thing is for sure, and that’s that people from all over the world visit this road to hike it, cycle it, and drive it. You should be aware that the Great Ocean Road is notorious for having bad cell service, so if you are taking your phone with you, you might lose signal when you are there.

Big Sur, United States

The Big Sur is located in California. It is, like the Great Ocean Road, a very popular drive for people who are taking road trips. A lot of people also cycle along the Big Sur, since it is very populated and there are lots of hotels, cafés, and restaurants along the way. If you want a real adventure, then you could cycle or walk the Big Sur. Along the road there are some of California’s finest beaches, so you won’t be short on places to stop to hang out for an hour or two. The hotels located along the road are also mostly quite affordable, making them a great choice for travelers.

Pitons, St. Lucia

The Pitons are two mountainous lava necks located in St. Lucia. St. Lucia is a place already known for its amazing natural beauty, but the Pitons take it to a whole other level. Most people hike the Pitons, although there are roads that you can take if you aren’t interested in hiking. If you are going to hike out into the Pitons, it is important to take a GPS navigation device with you or to go on a tour. The reason for this is that it is very easy to get lost in and around the Pitons since it is so dense with trees.

Peyto Lake, Canada

Peyto Lake in Canada is regarded by some to be the most beautiful place in the world. The lake’s water is stunningly blue, and around it, there are foothills that can be hiked. If you love hiking, then this is definitely somewhere to consider. Additionally, the lake is very popular with fishermen. If you enjoy fishing, then you could take your equipment to this lake and give it a go. You should watch out for bears since they are known to frequent the area.

Grand Canyon, United States

The Grand Canyon is a very famous beauty spot, known all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of international tourists visit this place each year. And, on a daily basis, American tourists take tour buses to the Grand Canyon to see it for themselves. The Grand Canyon is a naturally occurring gorge. It is a mile deep, making it one of the largest gorges in the entire world. There are cafés and motels nearby, so if you want to walk along the canyon’s edge and take in the other local sights, then you could stay in one of them.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru is an amazing place that everybody has to see at least once. It is a 15th-century Inca citadel, but also has some fantastic views and great hiking trails. If you are intending on visiting then many local experts would recommend going up with a guide. While the hiking trails are all marked out and it isn’t easy to get lost, the hike can be quite intense, so having somebody there to supervise you that knows the trail well is a good idea. A guide will also be able to tell you about the citadel’s history.

Rainbow Mountains, China

The Rainbow Mountains in China are, except for Cozumel and the Grand Canyon, this list’s most interesting and perhaps breath-taking spot. If you have never seen them, then they are a mountain range that bears the colors of the rainbow. The phenomenon is caused by climatic conditions, centuries of erosion, and tectonic shifts. While China is not the only place in the world to have this kind of landscape, it certainly has one of the most beautiful. You can visit the Rainbow Mountains for free. Many would recommend getting a hotel in the area and then traveling to the various nearby observatories to view them.

There is so much more to the world than that which most people are used to. Life is short, so why not experience it all? You can visit any of the places in this list independently, although it is a good idea to get a guide for some of them, so that you can learn about the history, and also hidden spots known only to locals and tour guides.

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I've been writing since 2008 about a wide range of topics. I also love making furniture in my spare time, and birdwatching with my wife near our home in southern England.

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