Waipio Valley, Hawaii
What does it feel like driving on possibly the steepest road of the world, dotted with several waterfalls: majestic, isn’t it? If you are looking for a family friendly hike to the most picturesque spots, Waipio would not disappoint you at all. Black sand beach, stunning views from atop, and pristine waterfalls are a few of the many perks.
Activities to do: Hike, a steep drive, stroll on black sand beach, photography.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
The word ‘Jiuzhaigou’ literally translates to “Nine Village Valley”. This UNESCO World heritage site is best known for its blue, green and turquoise coloured lakes. Reach this enchanting valley if you want to see the endangered giant panda and the golden snub-nosed monkey. Jiuzhaigou is also home to approximately 140 bird species. This remote region was initially inhabited by Qiang and Tibetan people, and later transformed into a nature reserve and national park. Want to see this place at its best? Visit Jiuzhaigou valley in autumn.
Activities to do: Photography, hiking, rock-climbing.
Bohinj Valley, Slovenia
Comparatively lesser known, this place has everything to keep it visitors engaged and of course, mesmerised. Take a hike to reach the pristine 78m waterfall, or opt for the cable car ride and touch Mt. Vogel.
Activities to do: horseback-riding, hiking, fishing, rafting.
Sedona Verde Valley
If there is anything more beautiful than witnessing the mighty red sandstone formations in a lush green backdrop, then it is to see them glow fiery red and bright orange thanks to the rising and setting sun rays.
Activities to do: The red rocks form a popular background for numerous activities, from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The Valley of Geysers, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Discovered in 1941 by Kronotsky reserve geologist Tatyana Ustinova and observer Anisifor Krupenin, The Valley of Geysers, is one of the largest geyser fields in the world, and a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful site is accessible only to several thousand people because of its remote location and reserve status.
Activities to do: Helicopter ride, fishing, photography.
Valley of Flowers: Uttarakhand, India
Emerald green mountain ranges, seemingly endless landscape dotted with flowers of almost all colours and cottony white clouds make up for what it looks like a near perfect landscape, and yes it is no imagination but a real life view of the famous ‘Valley of flowers’ which is located at 300kms from the Rishikesh city of India.
Activities to do: Hike, nature photography
Valle de la Luna: Chile
Wonder what the crust of moon looks like? Well, now you will know, that too without setting your foot on it…. Take a trip to Valle de la Luna aka ‘valley of Moon’ and check out the various stone and sand formations carved by wind and water that give the valley, a texture very similar to the surface of moon. Declared a Nature sanctuary, the astonishing part of this place is that it has not received a single drop of water in many years, no wonder it is called: “driest place on earth”.
Activities to do: gaze at the astonishingly beautiful night sky, Swimming at Pozo3, walking trail.
Vinales Valley: Cuba
Enclosed cosily between the mighty Sierra de los Órganos mountain, this cultural landscape is enriched with stupendous architecture of farms and villages that still believe in traditional methods for agricultural production, particularly that of ‘tobacco’.
Activities to do: Visit the Tobacco Farm, Horse-riding, Organic farming.
Napa Valley, California
When you are not pretending to be a wine aficionado in this humungous valley that produces about three dozen variety of grapes, you are probably getting a massage, or indulging yourself in a game or two of Golf or may be reaching for skies in one of those colorful sky balloons.
Activities to do: Spa, Ballooning, Golf, Culinary activities.
Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia
Spread over a sprawling area spanning 438 sq. kilometres, Danum Valley is a home to an amazing variety of species of exotic animals and more than 270 bird species. Check out clouded leopards, mouse deer, and Sumatran rhinoceros in their natural habitat. You could also see orangutans and gibbons ‘monkeying-around’ as you take a tour of this extremely peaceful place.
Activities to do: Night jungle tours, hike, trip to logging sites & timber mills, bird watching, swimming in the river, jungle treks.