If you have a travel bucket list, The Seven Natural Wonders of the World needs to be on it! These natural sites are located all over the world and are truly amazing that they are completely natural. The Seven Natural Wonders of the World will give you a sense of humility as you realize how small your daily worries are, when there are these breathtaking natural beauties all around the world. Many of the Seven Natural Wonders have many options on how you can visit them and get the most out of the experience. While many of these are for the more adventurous traveler, there is always an option for the beginners too, so there is no excuse! Don’t miss the chance to see any of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World if you are anywhere close to them, start planning your trip and cross these seven beauties off your travel list!
Mount Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest, named one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which is the highest spot on the earth that you can reach. Mount Everest is located in the Himalaya Mountains between Nepal and Tibet, China. While making it all the way to the highest peak on earth is not recommended for the average traveler; although starting at the base camp and making the trek to the upper base camp will be much safer and efficient for the average person. The Trek to upper base camp will give you breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountain Range. An alternative for those who just want to experience Mount Everest from a bird’s eye view is to take a guided flight around the mountain; this will offer some views that very few have had the opportunity to see.
Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, also known as, “Smoke That Thunders” is the largest waterfall on Earth, based on width and height. Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and was named after a Scottish explorer who named the falls after the reigning queen at the time, Queen Victoria. There are two main ways to experience Victoria Falls at its full potential, the first, being by air. A helicopter tour over Victoria Falls offers one of the most impressive ways to witness the falls, the natural beauty of the falls will have you in awe and you will have a great chance of seeing elephants and other natural wildlife. The second and also equally impressive way to experience Victoria Falls comes from the trails that follow alongside the falls. This unique trail option offers you with face to face views of the falls where you will hear the water pounding and view the vapor rising, you will quickly understand the name “smoke that thunders”.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge located in Arizona that was created by the Colorado River. Although The Grand Canyon is nor the steepest nor longest canyon in the world, but is recognized as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world due to its overall scale and size combined with the beautifully colored landscape of Arizona. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world that offer a little something for everyone. For the less adventurous there are many vistas and viewing points to enjoy the view from an easily accessible point. For the more adventurous The Grand Canyon can be explored on foot through day hikes or extended backpacking trips. One of the most unique ways to experience The Grand Canyon is on the back of a mule, this gives you an amazing opportunity to see some breathtaking crevasses and views of the canyon while experiencing its natural habitat as well. Lastly, the floor of the canyon offers a variety of white water rafting options based o skill level.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world stretching over 1,600 miles and can even be seen from outer space! The Great Barrier Reef supports one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is clear that there is only one way to fully experience this beauty and that is by diving right into it! Snorkeling or scuba diving will off colors, organisms, plant life and animals that you have never seen before and up close and personal.
Northern Lights, Northern Hemisphere
The Northern Lights are one of the most majestic natural wonders of the world, as it appears that vibrantly colored waves are dancing across the sky. Experiencing the Northern Lights is a little more unpredictable than some of the other natural wonders of the world; unfortunately you cannot predict when the lights will appear. Although unpredictable, your best chance of catching this spectacular site is by traveling to the northern hemisphere, particularly closer to the magnetic pole, which is located in the Arctic Islands of Canada. The dancing likes are also unpredictable in their time of occurrence, but your best bet is during March-April or September-October.
Paricutin Volcano, Mexico
Paricutin was named one of the seven natural wonders as an active volcano. It was established as a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth. Although dormant since its last eruption in 1952, the volcano offers many beauties The best way to experience Paricutin Volcano is to take the 12 mile round trip journey to the top of the volcano. This will provide you with a variety of amazing views. This is no easy hike, but it will take you through some amazing sandy banks and lava fields leading up to the volcano. To make the trek a little easier you can also go on a guided horse back tour, but still be prepared for a strenuous trip.
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Harbor of Rio de Janerio was created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean and is the largest bay in the world, surrounded by unique mountains and formations. You can experience some of the amazing views the harbor offers by hiking to the tops of surrounding mountains and outlooks for a panoramic view of the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro. While, those views will be breathtaking, like many of the other natural wonders of the world, from above, will offer the best views, this can be done by helicopter tours and for the more adventurous even by hang gliding! Whether hiking to peaks of surrounding formations, viewing the harbor by air or even walking along the harbor you will have breathtaking views from all around.