The world isn’t limited to the same old hot spots that have been mentioned in guidebooks for ages. So for your next vacation, instead of trekking off to that place you’ve heard a million people talk about, strike out for one of these hidden gems and discover unique experiences all your own.The top 10 hidden tourist sites in the world is in no particular order.
1. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Of all of the waterfalls in the world, none are quite as extraordinary as those at Plitvice. It can be called a “series of waterfalls,” as this amazing natural ensemble is composed of 16 different terraced limestone lakes, with crystal clear water flowing from one to the next
2. St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, England
Perhaps you’ve heard of Mount Saint Michel, but what about its English cousin? With its castle and gardens rising proud from the waters of Mount’s Bay, St. Michael’s Mount is a beloved Cornish gem.
3. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
A dining experience unlike any other you could probably find in the world, this underwater restaurant sits below the Indian Ocean and thrills visitors with everything from schools of colorful fish to graceful sharks.
4. Treehouse Point, Washington, USA
This hotel, composed of several uniquely designed dwellings, is the ultimate proof that the fascination we have with tree houses doesn’t leave us along with our childhood.
5. Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti
Commanding a position atop the mountains of Northern Haiti, this early 19th century fortress provides stunning views of the surrounding mountainous terrain as well as the not too distant Atlantic Ocean.
6. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
This semi-arid land creates a dazzling display for the senses, from the towering red rocks that dot the landscape, to the Desert Oaks, wildflowers, and sporadic pools of water that crisscross this stunning natural wonder.
7. Sark, Channel Islands
With no cars, the living remnants of a feudal system, and a breathtakingly rugged coastline, Sark embodies the spirit of a simple, yet beautiful, English lifestyle. Dotted with centuries old farms and boasting a quaint village, this is the ultimate escape from hectic modern life.
8. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
Rising so many thousands of feet into the African sky that the clouds swirl about their slopes, this remarkable mountain range – actually a great escarpment – is carved by countless gorges and valleys that play home to a huge selection of biodiversity.
9. Lviv, Ukraine
This charming town has had the ultimate checkered past, being at various points in history part of Poland, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and now independent Ukraine. Nestled to the east of the Carpathians, this Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Faroe Islands, Denmark
Located to the north of Scotland in the bracing waters of the North Atlantic, these islands combine the richness of Scandinavian culture with the awe inspiring wonder of nature.