12 Strange Places We Never Thought To Travel To (But Definitely Should)
12 Strange Places We Never Thought To Travel To (But Definitely Should)  
By sanjay

If you want to start discovering the world and stop heading to places that are already overcrowded then you should start here.

HAIKU STAIRS IN OAHU, HAWAII
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This large staircase located in Oahu, Hawaii contains around 3,922 steps and brings literal meaning to the phrase "staircase to heaven". The original purpose of the stairs being built was to lead people easily to the top of this mountain to emit radio signals to ships in the Navy across the Pacific Ocean according to journeyera.com.

CROOKED FOREST IN SZCZECIN, POLAND
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The Crooked Forest is a strange forest made up of trees that have abnormal properties. The Crooked Forest is located near a small town known as Gryfino located in Szczecin, Paris. The forest itself has dozens and dozens of trees that grew crooked and now resemble something similar to a hook shape for their body.
The trees look as if they are out of a science fiction movie on a strange planet.

APOSTLE ISLANDS IN WISCONSIN, THE USA
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The Apostle Islands are a group of over 20 small islands located in Lake Superior around Wisconsin. These islands are known to hold many different species of plants many of which are now endangered in other parts of the world.
The islands also feature amazing river caves as seen by the image above. The small limestone cutouts seem too great to be a factor of mother nature. The river caves are known to freeze over in the colder months of the year creating amazing looking ice sculptures from the falling water within the caves. You can also find your fair share of bears according to the official Apostle Islands

AQUARIUM IN RANGIROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
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Many people have visited man-made aquariums but have you ever visited one by mother nature? Most of the times these aquariums are free and offer much more true to life experiences of how these creatures in these habitats live. One of these real-life aquariums is located in Rangiora on French Polynesia.
Sure, the stretch of land and water looks impressive from up in the air but if you actually travel to the Aquarium in Rangiroa then you can get up close and personal with the wildlife there.

ROTORUA HOT SPRINGS IN ROTURA, NEW ZEALAND
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The United States isn't the only place with impressive hot springs. The Rotorua Hot Springs located in New Zealand is a modern wonder and impressive all in their own right. Ever since these hot springs and others like it were founded in New Zealand, the springs were rumored to give healing properties to those who submerged themselves in the water. While there aren't any healing properties being dealt out at these hot springs it is agreeable that the hot springs offer a relaxing experience. According to Rotorua's official website, there are several places to relax in the hot springs including a river just outside of town.

AN INVERTED TOWER IN QUINTA DA REGALEIRA, PORTUGAL
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Many people decide to visit places that feature tall old historical towers like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, have you ever heard of an inverted tower? Think of the Leaning Tower of Pisa but going into the ground instead (and less leaning). This will result in the Inverted Tower located in Quinta Da Regaleira, Portugal.
The tower drop to be around 27 feet and features walkways that are carved into its walls.

LAKE NATRON, TANZANIA
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Lake Natron has had many myths and stories told behind the strange effects it has on anyone that touches its waters. These stories told of animals being turned to stone if they walked or drank the water in Lake Natron. Technically, the stories aren't wrong as there is an effect that Lake Natron has on animals that go near it.
The lake is made up of alkaline which has strong PH levels that will essentially burn anything that gets close enough to the lake to touch the water.

KAMPONG THOM, CAMBODIA
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Kampong Thom is a place located in Cambodia that offers visitors many different activities. It is located near Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and is fairly easy to get to.
While in Kampong Thom you can climb the stairs of Phnom Suntuk which is a pagoda high up on the mountains of Kampong Thom.

LAKE AT JIUZHAIGOU NATIONAL PARK, CHINA
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The Jiuzhaigou National Park located in China is a pretty unknown place as it is but the lake located in the national park is something made of wonders. The most striking part of the lake is the fact that the water is a very saturated turquoise and it is extremely clear. If you happen to visit the lake you won't have trouble seeing everything hiding under the lake. The lake is located just at Min Mountains near the Tibetan Plateau and it is a wonder as to why the national park isn't more popular seeing as it is located in a prime spot for tourism.

HITACHI SEASIDE PARK IN IBARAKI, JAPAN
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Japan is a beautiful country and when you get out of the major cities is when you can see some of its major spots of beauty. One of these places is located northeast of Tokyo in the Kanto Plain. What lies here is a large garden filled with bright and colorful flowers and a pathway that leads through all of them. Not only are these bizarre bright plants here but there are dozens and dozens of different other flowers within the garden itself. If you are a fan of the outdoors and flowers you may want to consider visiting Hitachi Seaside Park as it is only a few hours away from Tokyo.

PANGONG TSO LAKE IN LADAKH, THE HIMALAYAS
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The Pinging Tso Lake in India is known as India's most popular lake. The lake is also known to contain the highest amount of salt in any body of water in the world. This means that the lake probably isn't the best to swim in. The lake itself presents amazing beauty as it sits at the base of the Himalayan mountains which make for a perfect backdrop. Although the Lake is technically in China the best parts of the lake are located in India due to the Himalayas. The lake is definitely a beautiful spot to visit as most of the lake doesn't have many visitors.

HINATUAN RIVER IN SURIGAO DEL SUR, THE PHILIPPINES
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The Hinatuan River is also known as the Enchanted River and for good reason. The waters in this river are very saturated and very clear. It is the perfect swimming hole for anyone brave enough to jump into the fairly deep waters. The river lies behind the small province of Surigao Del Sur and is tucked away so much that many people don't even know it exists. This river is a place of paradise and the fact that it is so unknown is part of what makes it so great. Chances are the river won't be overcrowded by tourists like many other beautiful swimming spots in the world.