10 Spectacular Real-World Locations That Are Seemingly From Another Planet

There are so many fantasy fans these days – what with Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and so many more. Some people wish they were living in a fantasy world, more often than not. That is fine, as long as they realize how beautiful planet Earth can actually be at times. There are certain locations hidden away across the planet that one would swear they were plucked straight from your fantasy novel. It’s hard to discern which is real life and which location is created by a magician with a fantastical mind. Here are ten impossible real-world locations taken from fantasy.

The Painted Peaks

In China, the Painted Peaks are a mountain range unlike any other. For miles, the jagged peaks are striped in a rainbow of colors. In 2010, the entire range was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Cavern Temple

The Cavern Temple is a remote jungle temple that stems straight from an adventure story. The tower entrance is overgrown with vines. Inside, golden idols are situated for everyone to relive Indiana Jones.

The Twinkling Tunnels

The idea of slowly riding through a dark tunnel is kind of creepy, but in New Zealand you can do so with the illuminating from tiny blue pinpricks of light overhead. These lights come from glowworms attached to the ceiling.

Baobab Boulevard

The Baobab Boulevard can be found on Madagascar, the isolated African island. The baobab trees are massive, thick trunked specimens that look like they come from fantasy worlds when stuck together.

The Haunted Forest

The Haunted Forest, also known as The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland, is a simple dirt road lined with trees. These trees were planted back in the 1700s, and were meant to make the path look more enticing. The tangled tunnel of tree branches is quite creepy.

The Fairy Garden

The Fairy Garden, which is known by its name of The Kawachi Fuji Gardens, is located in Kitakyushu, Japan. The otherworldly nature of the flowers growing over a massive trellis is simply beautiful.

The Starlight Seas

The glowworms in New Zealand are not the only ones to glow bright blue. In the ocean, there are some aquatic species known as phytoplankton that create a brilliant blue light. They sometimes wash up on beaches, creating an imagery of starlight floating in the water.

The Misty Canyons

The Misty Canyons, otherwise known as China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, are like the homes of Dwarves. There are over 3,000 towering natural columns shrouded in mist. Some of these reach over 600-feet tall.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein Castle is straight out of a Disney fairy tale. Perched atop a single, lonely hill with green forests surrounding every side, the castle is picture perfect.

Crystalline Caves

Mexico’s Cueva de los Cristales, The Cave of Crystals, is a beautiful place deep underground. The crystals that have formed from any hard surface in the cave are truly massive, dwarfing humans who venture down there.