When we think of exotic locations around the world, we usually think of a beautiful beach on a secluded island, but these locations around the world give the word exotic a whole new meaning. From caves to mountains, the world has so much beauty that is unknown to so many travelers and tourists.
Wisteria Flower Tunnel (Japan)
The Wisteria Flower Tunnel is unlike any botanical garden you may have ever been to. The passageway of wisteria flowers is located at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu. Wisteria is a type of vine that is a common fixture in many gardens, and it is primarily used for decorative purposes. Its winding branches in particular make the plant the ideal plant for hanging. Once the plant has reached maturity, it blooms lavender flowers in an assortment of pastel colors. Visitors to the tunnel during the months of April and May will be able to see the tunnel in full bloom during what is referred to as the “Fuji Matsuri” or “Wisteria Festival.” Unfortunately, visiting the tunnel during any other time of the year will be a disappointment, seeing as the branches will be lifeless.
Tianzi Mountain (China)
Tianzi Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China. Sitting at more than 1200 meters above sea level, the mountain offers visitors breathtaking views of different peaks around the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve. Visitors can take a cable car to see the peaks and an overlooking view of the reserve.
Naica Mine (Mexico)
Naica Mine is a working mine in Chihuahua, Mexico known for its amazing collection of crystals. 1,000 feet below the surface of the mine is a cave referred to as the Cave of Crystals. The cave contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found.
Mount Roraima (South America)
Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tabletop plateaus in South America. The borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana define the plateau. In order to reach Mount Roraima, visitors must take a plane to Santa Elena de Urairen, a small town in Brazil close to the border. Once arriving at the airport, you can then take a bus or shuttle to get closer to the plateau. Visitors are also welcome to hike along Mount Roraima, but it is recommended that you leave several days for your trip to be able to see as much as possible.
Mendenhall Ice Caves (Alaska)
The Mendenhall Ice Caves are located inside the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. The Mendenhall Glacier is 12 mile long glacier that has been federally protected. The Ice Caves are only accessible by kayak, and then a climb over the glacier. A visit to the Mendenhall Ice Caves is not for everyone, but it is certainly a unique experience for those seeking adventure.