10 Unique and Amazing Places on Earth

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    Mar 13, 2011 9:17 AM GMT
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    I love traveling and I'm sure many of RJ members here share the same passion. This list of 10 unique and amazing places on earth is a good list for me to have and it will take a couple of years to visit all of the places on the list if I'm serious about getting through the list.

    Do you guys have any amazing places you have visited that you want to share?

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  • alphatop

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    Mar 13, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    Macau is absolutely amazing place, I've spend there 2 months. Hong Kong and Shanghai, if u like vibrant cities that never sleep. Thailand and his beaches and islands are breathtaking, my definition of paradise. Mongolia, if you like horseback riding in the endless steppe. Adriatic sea and coast, including countries such as Montenegro ( beautiful, absolutely ), Croatia ( numerous and various types of stunning islands ), Slovenia and Italy. Greek islands are amazing, my favorite is Crete, the biggest of them all, with a bunch of stuff to do.

    As for my travel wishes, def South America ( I can speak Spanish and love their temper, quite similar to Serbian, which is where I grew up ). Australia would be my second choice.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:07 PM GMT
    I have always been fascinated by Socotra; it looks like such an eerily extraterrestrial place.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    Not to be too Ameri-centric, but I found Yellowstone to be fascinating. The wildlife, the mountains, the geothermal elements like the mudpots and the geisers. Oh, the Grand Canyon is like that as well. Strangely fascinating. You travel millenia back in time.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidNot to be too Ameri-centric, but I found Yellowstone to be fascinating. The wildlife, the mountains, the geothermal elements like the mudpots and the geisers. Oh, the Grand Canyon is like that as well. Strangely fascinating. You travel millenia back in time.


    I love this picture:
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    Then again, none of these places is reachable for me. So browsing pictures on the web is as close as I can get.
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    The list shows places that are interesting mostly from a geological standpoint.

    One place that I find endlessly fascinating is the Amazon. The vast size of the river and the river basin is simply awesome, how the Rio Negro runs along side the Amazon for miles without mixing is fascinating, the variety of unique animals in the river (piranhas, electric fish, freshwater dolphins) without even mentioning the myriad species in the forest. There is just no other place like it.

    Machu Pichu (Peru) and Sedona (Arizona, USA) are special places. More than the indigenous cultures and the beautiful views, both places have a special energy about them.
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    Mar 13, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
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    Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia.
    It's the purest fresh water lake in the world.

    Also the Old City, Jerusalem, Lake Tiberias, Israel, The Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains National Park, the Grand Canyon.

    All these places I have visited in the past.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 13, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    I really want to go to Dunhuang, in China's Gansu Province:
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    And I want to go see Timbuktu! Yes, it's a real place:
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    I suppose the most unique places I've been include Angkor Wat, and the Fairy Springs in Mui Ne, Vietnam:
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    Mar 14, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    I have some photographs almost exactly like that last one, but they're the downstream end of old mine tailings in Spain. There are rails and wooden tracks all around in the mud that I thought had to do with the mine. However, I'm told that they are left by Japanese movie crews, who regularly go there to shoot "Mars" scenes for B-movies.

    One place that I'd like to explore is the Kamchatka peninsula - apparently the geothermal features rival Yellowstone, but the only access is by helicopter. No fences or boardwalks or interpretive signs...
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    Mar 14, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    I enjoy the untouched natural splendor of the U.S. national parks. I'd like to visit a South American or African rain forest or jungle one day.
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    Mar 14, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    -Detroit
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    -Seeing a major city that has so rapidly decayed and crumbled in less than half a century. How a city with a once enormous prosperous middle class has turned into a city with abject poverty and desolate, wind blown avenues
    -Abandoned skyscrapers, urban prairies

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    Urban prairie
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    Mar 14, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    I loved Laos which is near Thailand, I went there around the New Year of 1999-2000. I didn't want to leave and I'm a city kind of guy. They hardly had any asphalt roads and the town my mum grew up in was still building their main road. We even went to the house she lived in and the family who was living there let us look around and we didn't even know them. I imagine it would be similar to Thailand if they removed the tourist aspect, temples and high population.

    The moment I got there I immediately felt at peace, it was incredibly really strange. It was like there was a sedative in the air icon_smile.gif almost like time slows down there so you slow down with it and some invisible voice says 'everything is fine'. I wasn't high I swear! Maybe I didn't want to leave 'cos the home stay we were in had a hot son my age icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 09, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    I want to go to visit China and central Italy. I loved Barcelona (Spain) and Vienna (Austria). But I recommend visiting my county because it really has a history and great nature sites...

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    Amphitheater, Pula-Croatia


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    Behind a waterfall (Plitvice, Croatia)



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    Apr 11, 2011 10:23 AM GMT
    WOW I had never heard of Trakoscan. That place is amazing!!!
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    Apr 11, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    Miami (both pics taken yesterday at 'work')
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    Apr 11, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
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    Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia.
    It's the purest fresh water lake in the world.

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    On the world's biggest sand island. The water was brown round the edge when I went, from tannin rich plants if I remember correctly.
  • heymikey

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    Apr 14, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    I tend to go for architecture and history, than natural wonders. IIt's hard to come up with a list but I would have to say the Angkor Wat temple complexes would be in it. You feel like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft in one of their adventures.

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    Apr 14, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    dsmith123 saidI enjoy the untouched natural splendor of the U.S. national parks. I'd like to visit a South American or African rain forest or jungle one day.
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    They're not really "untouched" at all though in the tropics.. thats a myth... people live all throughout those and have done so for thousands of years
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    Apr 14, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Cant believe nobody mentioned Angel Falls.. "


    ... its worlds highest waterfall...


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    do people really not know about it?..

    Or do i only know this because its I was born by the Venezuelan coast and its in venezuela...


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    it was in the movie "Up" for crying out loud icon_razz.gif


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    Apr 14, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    Pato_Rico saidCant believe nobody mentioned Angel Falls.. "
    Oh, you mean one of my all-time favorite songs? icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:15 AM GMT
    dsmith123 saidI enjoy the untouched natural splendor of the U.S. national parks. I'd like to visit a South American or African rain forest or jungle one day.
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    This picture is sooo beautiful. I loved it. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:30 AM GMT
    Alaska is amazing during the Summer, the sun never sets and there are some extraordinary sites. Nothing to out of this world, but a lot of nature that is still virtually untouched and some amazing bluffs and valley ranges. That is only if you dont mind a little ice and cold...
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    Apr 14, 2011 9:55 AM GMT
    Matrah in Oman! Old school middle east, before all the radicalism!
  • ak77

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    Apr 14, 2011 9:58 AM GMT
    Such a difficult choice.........Of the places I've been so far I guess:

    Yangshou in Southern China - beautiful karst mountains
    Vang Vieng in Laos - great scenery and adventure activities aplenty - esp tubing
    Hong Kong - awesome city
    Angkor Wat, Cambodia - stunning temples on a grand scale
    Canadian Rockies
    Blue Mountains - NSW, Australia
    Scottish Highlands, UK
    The Alps (French, Swiss, Italian or Austrian)
    Halong Bay, Vietnam - Beautiful karst mountains in water

    That's all for the moment........
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    Off the beaten track for many, but I would say Newfoundland and Labrador. Nicest and most hospitable people I have met.