10 weird and unusual places to visit around the world

Our planet is full of unusual places shaped by nature or sculpted by the hand of man. These unique places are a real invitation to escape and prove to us how beautiful and diversified nature is. Prepare your suitcases, we are embarking on a world tour of the strangest and most unusual places to visit at least once in your life.

1. The Fly Ranch Geyser in Nevada

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The Fly Geyser, also known as the Fly Ranch Geyser, is a small geyser located in the state of Nevada. This magnificent geothermal geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon since it was accidentally created in 1916 during the drilling of a well. The highly mineralized water continues to gush out of the three openings (they are nicknamed the « Three Buddhas »), which allows the geyser to continue to grow from year to year. Visible from the road, the Fly Ranch Geyser is unfortunately difficult to access as it is on private property.

2. Katmai Crater in Alaska

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In 1912, the combined eruption of Novarupta and Mount Katmai caused the formation of a caldera three kilometers wide and four kilometers long closing a lake. The precipitation that feeds the lake also gives rise to the glaciers that cover the sides of the mountain and descend into the surrounding valleys. A one-of-a-kind show!

3. Vila Franco do Campo in the Azores

Located opposite the town of Vila Franca do Campo, about 1 km from the coast, this small islet originated from the crater of an ancient underwater volcano. The site is classified as a nature reserve because the walls of its crater are covered with endemic vegetation, while outside there is a natural swimming pool with an almost perfect circular shape and ideal for diving and swimming. In addition, the islet hosts an annual Red Bull Cliff Diving stopover – the World High Diving Championship.

4. The Shilin Karst in China

Shilin Stone Forest is one of the natural heritage wonders of China’s Yunnan Province. It consists of a set of gray limestone karst rocks to which the Chinese attribute all sorts of legends and superstitions. You can access the site thanks to a network of paths allowing you to caress these stone giants, some of which can reach 30 meters!

5. The twisted forest in Poland

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These twisted trees near Gryfino, Poland were planted in the 1930s, but that’s about all we know about them. One of the theories concerning them is that they would have been, during their growth, bent voluntarily so that they grow in this way in order to build barrels, boats or even furniture and other everyday objects.

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