Our Weird World – Bizarre Vacation SpotsMay 12th, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Our Weird World – Bizarre Vacation Spots
Sure, a quick trip to Disney Land or the sublime beaches of Jamaica might do it for some folks—but if you’re the adventurous type (we’re looking at you, Jason Hartman!) this world has plenty to suite your luxurious tastes.
Bump in the Night
If your preferences vary on the scary-weird, you might enjoy Antarctica’s Blood Falls. Difficult to travel to in person, the falls are typically viewed only in photographs. What looks like streams of blood fall from the white face of Taylor Glacier, a stunning contrast. Though the falls are somewhat alarming, they aren’t actually formed from blood. Instead, microorganisms sustained by the water’s iron and sulfur well beneath the surface of the ice give the frightening falls their color.
If you prefer something a little more accessible, you’ll want to check out Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick. In the 1930s, the spot became a popular tourist attraction because of the illusion it created. Vehicles appeared to roll backward and uphill without assistance, and many thought the Earth emanated a very strong magnetic force. In reality, the hill is an optical illusion, sloping downward.
Freak of Nature
In Spitsbergen, Norway, the sun is always at work. From April 20 to August 23, it never sets at all. The island is a popular tourist attraction, and may be particularly appealing for folks who don’t like to sleep. Hotel rooms have been modified to allow sleep, but it is easy to lose complete track of time.
Pamukkale, Turkey looks like it is covered in either snow or fluffy white cotton. Really, its calcium carbonate, the remnant of 17 hot springs formerly in the area. Now, the cliffs and terraces are a stunning white, the remnants of the hot springs that once offered a variety of therapeutic benefits.
He Who Smelt It
Though there isn’t a lot to see and do in Wyoming, it is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. In Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find the highest concentration of geysers anywhere on Earth. The most famous is Old Faithful, which regularly erupts every hour or two hours for two to five minutes. The water is extremely sulfuric though, so get ready to breathe a boiled egg scent. Because the park attracts so many tourists, there is a lodge that offers ice cream, food, and alcoholic beverages which can be enjoyed from an observation deck.
In Orchard Park, New York, you’ll find the Eternal Flame Falls, though you’ll likely sniff it out before it is in view. There are a series of smaller waterfalls, but behind them is the real treat. What appears to be a flickering orange flame that never goes out blows in the wind. And it isn’t an illusion—a macroseep of natural gas fuels the eternal flame, which can be relit if the water extinguishes it. (photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc)