15 Secretly Incredible Travel Destinations

8. The Awe of Swallow’s Nest Castle in Southern Ukraine

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Located between Alupka and Yalta, the neo-gothic Swallow’s Nest Castle is a jaw-dropper. It’s perched 130 feet high on the scenic Auroa Cliff above the Black Sea. This decorative castle was constructed by a German noble in 1912 and once a flamboyant seaside home. Capture stunning views of the sea while enjoying its art exhibit center and Italian restaurant nestled right in the castle.

7. The Bastei Bridge in Germany

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The Bastei Bridge is likely one of Germany’s best-kept secrets. This iconic bridge rises about the Elbe River in Germany’s Saxon Switzerland National Park. From the bridge, you’re delighted with amazing vistas of wildflower-filled meadows, plateau mountaintops, moors and steep ravines. Look above, and you’ll like spot some horned owls, black storks and peregrine falcons. Take in the romantic landscape of the Konigstein Fortress and spectacular views across Saxon, Switzerland.

6. Scotland’s Fairy Tale Pools

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Nestled in the Isle of Skye, the Fairly Tail Pools is one of Mother Nature’s best gifts. Pools of vividly colored water run off the Cuillin Mountains and create beautiful, cascading waterfalls. It’s absolutely a magical sight and rightly named Fairy Tale Pools. Skye is fortress home to scores of old castles, archaeological sites and lush gardens. It enough to enchant even the most discerning traveler.

5. A Stairway to Heaven in China

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The 300-foot spiral staircase on the wall of the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou, China offers amazing views and without the danger of mountaineering. Capture a bird’s eye view of the Hebei, Henan and Shanxi provinces along with mountain peaks up to 9,000 feet high. Just keep in mind that you have to be under 60 years of age to climb this masterpiece.

4. The Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria, Egypt

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The Citadel of Qaitbay is perched on the same site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The citadel is a 15th century defense fortress buil for Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay. It’s an imposing structure with an interior maritime museum and galleries of Egyptian antiquities.

3. Thailand’s Amazing White Temple

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The Wat Rong Khun is known as the White Temple and perhaps the most unique temple in Thailand. Unlike traditional temples, this one is designed for the modern world by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Images of cartoons, movie stars and superheroes are depicted on the temple walls along with mystical creatures and Thai angels. Throughout the outdoor landscape, there are fantastical sculptures and architecture.

2. The Desert Oasis of Huacachina in Southern Peru

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The picturesque desert oasis of Huacachina is built around enormous sand dunes that are hundreds of feet high and a blue-green lagoon and lake. It has both the look and feel of a Saharan outpost. There is a delightful collection of trendy restaurants and hip resorts around the lagoon. Sandborders who love to ride the high peaks of the sand dunes are in nirvana at Huacachina.

1. The Cotton Castle in Denizli, Turkey

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The travertines of Pamukkale in Denizli are a set of bizarre calcium bathing pools. Its cliffs are just about pure white and resemble the look of cotton. Swim in the bathing pools while overlooking the scenic town of Pamukkale.