The top 10 most popular natural phenomena in the world include magnificent steaming hot springs, glowing northern lights, and sweeping red canyons. The top natural phenomena are calculated by over 1 million users’ data in the Visited travel app. You can scratch off places you’ve been, set travel goals, browse more top 10 travel lists, and get a custom map of your travels printed out using the Visited app.
These are the 10 most popular natural phenomena in the world according to the Visited app:
- 1. Grand Canyon is a vast natural phenomenon of red rock formations that date back millions of years in the southwestern U.S., in Arizona. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long and is an average of 10 miles (16 kilometers) across and one mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and includes stunning natural views of the ancient rock formations and the Colorado River’s white water rapids. Grand Canyon National Park is also the most visited U.S. National Park.
2. Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights, is a stunning display of natural lights seen in high-altitude areas in the northern hemisphere. The lights include luminescent, brilliant, sometimes neon-hued lights in the form of flickers, spirals, and rays covering the night sky.
3. Great Geysir is a geyser in southwest Iceland in the Haukadalur Valley. The natural hot spring occasionally erupts and offers remarkable views of the steaming geothermal waters coming from the Earth.
4. Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and the West Bank and Israel to the west. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth and has healing mineral waters, splendid mountain and water views, and cultural significance in major religions.
5. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the southwestern U.S. on Navajo land east of Lechee, Arizona. It is the most famous slot canyon and features brilliant red rock, spiraling rock formations, and sometimes cascading water falling through the rock.
6. Giant’s Causeway is a natural rock formation in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 40,000 interlocking basalt columns – many of them in a hexagonal shape – were formed by a volcanic eruption along the country’s northern coastline.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the U.S., located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The remarkable giant spring has bright blue, orange, yellow, and brown hues due to microorganisms in the water.
8. Goreme Fairy Chimneys is located on the central Anatolia plateau in Turkey. The unique chimneys were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.
9. Snow Trees are frozen trees in the northern part of Finland. The snow-encrusted trees are completely frozen for six months of the year, offering beautiful winter views.
10. Waitomo Caves is an underground cave system on the North Island of New Zealand. The unique caves have thousands of glowworms, waterfalls, and limestone formations.
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