August 14, 2023 | Allison Robertson

Top 10 Weirdest Places On Earth

From spine-chilling forests to otherworldly landscapes and ghost towns, our planet is filled with places that defy explanation and tickle our curiosity. 

Our world is more than just famous landmarks and tourist trails; it's also home to some seriously strange and mysterious locales. 

If you're an intrepid traveler who enjoys the peculiar, the unexplained, or the just plain weird, buckle up. 

Here are the top 10 weirdest places on Earth that you can add to your off-the-beaten-path bucket list!

1. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

Door To Hell, TurkmenistanYoshie, Adobe Stock

Located in the middle of the Karakum Desert, the Door to Hell is a natural gas field that has been burning continuously since it was set on fire by Soviet scientists in 1971.

It's an eerily beautiful sight, especially at night when the flaming crater is more visible.

Despite its remote location, the Door to Hell is a popular tourist attraction.

2. Lake Hillier, Australia

Lake Hillier, AustraliaKurioziteti123, Wikimedia Commons

On Middle Island off the coast of Western Australia, Lake Hillier is famous for its shocking, bubble-gum pink color.

This lake isn't just tinted pink—it's a vibrant, full-bodied, opaque pink. 

Despite its unusual color, the lake doesn't seem to have any adverse effects on people or local wildlife, and it's safe to swim in.

3. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

The Island Of The Dolls, MexicoGabriel O., Adobe Stock

This small island hidden in the canals south of Mexico City is adorned with hundreds of hanging, decomposed creepy dolls.

The dolls were put there by the island's only inhabitant, Julián Santana Barrera, who believed they would ward off evil spirits.

Today, tourists can visit the island, but many find it too eerie.

4. Spotted Lake, Canada

Spotted Lake, CanadaAle Cam, Adobe Stock

Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia, is a saline endorheic alkali lake known for its spotted appearance.

In the summer, the water of the lake evaporates and leaves behind small mineral pools of different colors, hence its "spotted" look.

It's considered a sacred site by the indigenous Okanagan Nation, and while it's a sight to behold, it's fenced off for protection and can be observed from the roadside.

5. The Catacombs, Paris, France

The Catacombs, Paris, FranceNaeblys, Adobe Stock

Underneath the bustling streets of Paris lies a network of old quarry tunnels and caverns that house the remains of over six million people, giving it the nickname "The World's Largest Grave".

The eerie arrangement of skulls and bones draws thousands of tourists each year.

6. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania

Hoia Baciu Forest, RomaniaDaniel M., Adobe Stock

Dubbed the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania", this forest is notorious for unexplained phenomena, including UFO sightings, ghost appearances, and sudden feelings of anxiety.

Despite (or perhaps because of) these strange occurrences, the forest is open to intrepid tourists.

7. Centralia, USA

Graffiti Highway in Centralia, UsaBrian W. Schaller, FAL, Wikimedia Commons

This almost entirely abandoned Pennsylvania town was once a bustling mining community until a coal vein caught fire in 1962.

The fire is still burning today, with smoke often seen billowing from cracks in the ground.

Only a few residents remain, as the entire town was shut down due to safety concerns, but visitors can explore the town and its graffitied Highway 61, also known as the Graffiti Highway. 

8. Nazca Lines, Peru

Nazca Lines, PeruRodrigo Flores, Adobe Stock

From ground level, they're not much to look at. But from the sky, the Nazca Lines depict an array of creatures and shapes.

These huge geoglyphs were etched into the ground around 500 BC to 500 AD, and they've puzzled historians and archaeologists ever since.

While their exact purpose remains a mystery, tourists can view the lines from surrounding foothills or aircrafts.

9. The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole, BelizeAndreas, Adobe Stock

Off the coast of Belize is a circular 300-meter-wide and 125-meter-deep marine sinkhole.

While it's a popular diving spot, it can appear quite strange and daunting, especially from an aerial view where its dark blue color contrasts sharply with the surrounding turquoise sea.

10. Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean

Dar, rough oceanHASAN, Adobe Stock

In the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, between Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico, lies a region known as the Bermuda Triangle.

This infamous area has been a subject of fascination and fear due to a high number of planes and ships disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Despite its notorious reputation, it doesn't officially exist according to the US government, and it isn't recognized as a danger zone on any world map.

The area is heavily traveled with cruise and cargo ships routing through it regularly. Despite the occasional mystery, it's perfectly safe for tourists.


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