vacations The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation

Ashley Reign
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Sick of the same old vacation spots? Wish you could find a place a little more exciting to experience your next adventure? If so, we can help! We’ve compiled a whole list of weird places on Earth you can visit. So toss out those theme park brochures and forget about blowing one more day at a crowded tourist trap, because we’ve got some of the most unique vacation destinations the planet has to offer.

Among the interesting destinations, you’ll find everything from natural wonders to places that have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. Rather than laying around reading a book on some crowded beach, why not visit the fairy tale-like forest that legend says was once walked by Robin Hood and King Arthur? Why settle for the magic of two hour lines at Disneyland when you can see a well that turns objects into stone, supposedly after being cursed by an Elizabethan witch? Whether you’re looking experience adventure, history, or the hidden beauties of Mother Nature, this list of weird places to visit is perfect for you.

So broaden your horizons with a look at some of the most interesting places you’ve never heard of. Whether you ever actually get to visit these weird places or not, sometimes it can just be nice to know that there’s always an out of the ordinary spot out there, just waiting for you to escape to.
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This Out-of-This-World Paradise

This Out-of-This-World Paradis... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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As it turns out, paradise has actually been tucked away in the mountains of Guatemala all this time. Though accessible only by the bravest of four-wheel vehicle drivers, the Semuc Champey natural monument offers visitors breathtaking turquoise pools, underground waterfalls, and some of the most stunning views in the world.

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This Rainbow-Walled Underground Oasis

This Rainbow-Walled Undergroun... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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China's Reed Flute Cave in Guangxi has been called "the Palace of Natural Arts" due to its stunning rock formations of different colors and forms. The cave also boasts several ink inscriptions dating back to the 8th century.

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This Gorgeous Fairy Playground

This Gorgeous Fairy Playground is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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Not only is St. Nectan's Kieve in Cornwall, England absolutely gorgeous, it's believed by many to be the gathering place of fairies and other mythical folk. 
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This Flowery Feat of Horticulture

This Flowery Feat of Horticult... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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When Carolus Clusius wrote a book on tulips in 1592, he probably never expected that it'd make the flower so popular that his garden would often be raided by tulip thieves! The craze continued into the 17th century, which saw the rise of "Tulip Mania," a period in which people snatched up tulips like Beanie Babies in the '90s. Today, the Netherlands still boasts a gardener's paradise each year from March to May, when millions of tulips, hyacinths, and other flowers transform the countryside into a sea of color. 
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This Dreamy, Swimable Sinkhole

This Dreamy, Swimable Sinkhole is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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In the mood for one of the most unique dips of your life? Check out Dzitnup Cenote, in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula for a gorgeous sinkhole which locals treat like a community swimming pool.  
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This Home of Beautiful, Ancient Architecture

This Home of Beautiful, Ancien... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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Said to have been built anywhere between 312 and 1292 BCE, the city of Petra, Jordan is among the most magnificent wonders of the ancient world. Thought to be the capital city of an ancient Semetic people, Petra was virtually unknown to the Western world until 1812, when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt wrote about its beauty. You can still visit the ancient city to get a look at the stunning architecture carved into its rocks. 
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This Eerie Fairy Tale Forest

This Eerie Fairy Tale Forest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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If Germany's Black Forest looks like something out of a fairy tale, that's probably because it is. Not only is the forest the original home of the cuckoo clock, it was also said to be the inspiration for several of Grimm's fairy tales.
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This Pathway to the Kings of Folklore

This Pathway to the Kings of F... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Places to Spend Your Next Vacation
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A natural chasm that runs between two moss-covered walls in the English back forest has become a hotbed of British folklore over the centuries. The mossy shadows of the Lud's Church in Staffordshire are said to have been a refuge for Robin Hood and his Merry Men, as well as the inspiration for the "Green Chapel" of Arthurian legend.