Too Beautiful to Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found on Earth

These bizarre locations may seem like a series of elaborate movie sets, but they are real destinations that you might want to see for yourself.

The Wave, Arizona, U.S.

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This sandstone rock formation is located in northern Arizona on the Utah border. Greg Mote [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr

Travertines, Pamukkale, Turkey

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Pamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish, is located near the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis and has been a popular bathing spot for thousands of years. Pecold/Shutterstock

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, U.S.

Prismatic Springs
The Grand Prismatic Spring is bigger than a football field at 370 feet in diameter. Lorcel/Shutterstock

Red Beach, Panjin, China

Red beach in China
You won't find sand on this beach. Instead, this wetland is covered in the seepweed suaeda salsa, which turns a brilliant red every autumn. Guo Yu/Shutterstock

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Triangle salt piles and clouds are reflecting in the mirror of dry lake Salar de Uyuni, surreal places on Earth
The extreme whiteness of these ancient salt flats stretches for more than 4,000 square miles. Tetyana Dotsenko/Shutterstock

Dragon's blood trees, Socotra, Yemen

Dragon's Blood trees in Socotra
The evergreen species Dracaena cinnabari gets its name from the red sap the tree produces. HopeHill [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by red dunes in the Namib Desert. 2630ben/Shutterstock

Rice terraces, Bali, Indonesia

Bali rice terraces
Bali’s landscape, with its steep mountains and deep gorges, make wet rice farming difficult, so farmers developed this system of terraced rice fields. Marko5/Shutterstock

Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey

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In south central Turkey, Cappadocia is home to unique geological features called fairy chimneys. Heracles Kritikos/Shutterstock

"Door to Hell," Derweze, Turkmenistan

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Also called the Darvaza Crater, this gas-fueled hole in the ground has been burning for more than four decades. Tormod Sandtorv [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.

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Giant's Causeway is one of the most famous examples of basaltic columnar jointed volcanics. Kanuman/Shutterstock

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan

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Millions of baby blue-eyes flowers bloom every spring at this public park in Hitachinaka, Japan. milezaway/Shutterstock

Giant Buddha, Leshan, China

Giant Buddha in Leshan, China
This ancient statue carved out of a cliff face is 233 feet tall and was built between 713 and 803. contax66/Shutterstock

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine

Tunnel of Love in Ukraine
Though trains travel through a few times a day, people can stroll through the green, leafy tunnel, which is nearly two miles long. Alexander Ishchenko/Shutterstock

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

Antelope Canyon
This sandstone formation is famous for its angular walls and spectacular colors that occur when the sun is in just the right position overhead. Scott Prokop/Shutterstock

Odle Mountains, Italy

Odle Mountains
The Odle Mountains are located in the Dolomites, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Angelo Ferraris/Shutterstock