With the world becoming increasingly accessible and more people exploring its many nooks and crannies, there are a plethora of trippy places to visit for the adventurous traveler.
From psychedelic forests and temples to dreamy deserts and rainbow-hued hillsides, there is something truly unique and awe-inspiring to experience no matter where you go.
Whether you’re looking for a spiritual journey or an exploration of the unknown, these trippy places provide an opportunity to step outside the norm and explore the beauty of the world in a new and exciting way.
Here are just a few of the most unique and trippy places to visit around the world.
Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan is a natural gas field that has been burning since 1971. It is a 70-meter wide crater located in the Karakum Desert, and it was created by a group of Soviet geologists drilling in the 1970s. The geologists had accidentally drilled into an underground natural gas pocket and the ground underneath them collapsed, creating the crater. In order to prevent the spread of methane gas, the geologists set the crater on fire, and it has been burning ever since. The Door to Hell is now a popular tourist attraction due to its unique and eerie appearance.
Zhangye National Geopark in Gansu, China
Zhangye National Geopark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Gansu, China. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.
The park is home to a wide range of geological features, including the snow-capped Zhangye Mountains, the Deqing Mountains, and the Lingyin Pass. The park is also home to a number of endangered animal species, including the snow leopard, the red panda, and the Tibetan antelope.
The Tulip Fields in Lisse, Netherlands
The Tulip Fields in Lisse, Netherlands are some of the most iconic and beautiful fields of tulips in the world. Located in the town of Lisse, which is close to Amsterdam, the fields are filled with millions of vibrant and colorful tulips in every imaginable shade. Tulip season in Lisse typically starts in April and lasts until the end of May, when the flowers are in full bloom. During this time, tourists from all over the world come to take in the beauty of the tulips and take photos of the stunning landscape. Visitors can also enjoy bike rides through the fields, strolls through the pathways, and even take a boat tour of the tulip fields. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or just a fun day out, the Tulip Fields in Lisse are definitely worth a visit.
The Red Beach in Panjin, China
The Red Beach in Panjin, China is a unique and stunning natural phenomenon. It is located in the Liaohe River Delta, which is the fourth-largest delta in China. Every autumn, a type of sea weed called seepweed (Sueda glauca) turns the beach an incredible bright red color, due to its high content of carotenoid pigment. The beach is around 4.7 miles long and is surrounded by reeds and wetlands, making it an important habitat for a variety of birds, animals and plants. Throughout the year, visitors can observe the Red Beach from a nearby observation platform, and during the autumn months, visitors can take a boat through the beach and take in the spectacular sights.
Rainbow Gum In Wailua, Hawaii
Rainbow Gum in Wailua, Hawaii is an iconic neighborhood store and hangout spot known for its delicious shave ice and fruity flavored bubble gum. The store has been a beloved destination for generations of locals and tourists alike, offering a variety of candy, snacks, and drinks. The store is also known for its unique flavorings and syrups, which can be added to the shave ice for a one-of-a-kind experience. Additionally, Rainbow Gum offers a variety of board games for guests to play, making it a great spot for family fun. The store has been open since 1982, and it continues to be a popular spot for visitors to Wailua.
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. Located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, this stunning spring is about 370 feet in diameter and is roughly 121 feet deep. The vivid colors of the spring are caused by the presence of thermophilic bacteria in the water that live in the microbial mats around the edges of the spring. The mats are colored orange, yellow, and green by the pigmented bacteria, and the blue-green of the water is due to the presence of a type of cyanobacteria. The spring is also a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can view the spring from an overlook or a boardwalk trail.
Canola Flower Fields in Yunnan, China
It is no wonder China’s canola flower fields are often referred to as a ‘golden sea.’ And while Luoping, a small county in eastern Yunnan, China, is relatively quiet throughout the year, when canola flowers are blooming, the area becomes vibrant with tons of tourists visiting the area. The yellow flowers can literally be seen everywhere.
Yuanyang County in Yunnan, China
Yuanyang County is located in the south of Yunnan Province, China. It is home to the beautiful rice terraces of the Hani people, which have been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The terraces are made up of steps that are carved into the hills, and the water is used to irrigate the terraces and grow crops. The Yuanyang County is known for its stunning natural beauty, and it is home to many minority ethnic groups, including the Hani, Yi, and Miao.
There are several villages in the county, and each village has its own unique style of architecture. The area is also known for its beautiful mountain scenery, and is popular with tourists for trekking and other outdoor activities.
Lake Retba in Senegal
Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, is a lake located in Senegal, about 30km north of the capital city, Dakar. It is well known for its pink-red colored waters, caused by a high salt content in the lake. The lake is a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets.
The water is so salty that it is sometimes possible to walk on the lake’s surface. The salt is collected from the lake, and is used for a variety of purposes, including for the cosmetic industry. The lake is also home to a variety of fish species, as well as various species of birds.
Pamukkale Hot Springs in Denizli, Turkey
Pamukkale, located in Denizli, Turkey, is one of the most stunning natural wonders in the world. The site is known for its white travertine terraces, which cascade down a steep hillside. These terraces contain hot springs that have been used for therapeutic purposes since ancient times.
The hot springs are said to contain minerals that are beneficial for skin ailments, such as psoriasis and other skin disorders. The waters of the hot springs are also said to be beneficial for joint and muscle related ailments. When it comes to psychedelic travel destinations, this is one of the most enjoyable!
Pamukkale is also known for its ancient ruins, which include the Hierapolis, the remains of a Roman bath, and the well-preserved Necropolis. The site has been a popular tourist destination for centuries, and today it is one of the most visited sites in Turkey.
Turkey is one of the cheapest destinations for a holiday too!
Lake Hillier in Western Australia
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake located on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia. The lake is about 600 metres long and is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. The pink hue of the lake is due to a dye created by the presence of the algae Dunaliella Salina. The lake is a popular tourist attraction and can be accessed by boat.
Caño Cristales River in Meta, Colombia
Caño Cristales translated as Crystal Channel, is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. It’s a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow”, and is even referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colors. The bed of river in the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by the Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.