24 Amazing Unknown Places You Never Knew Existed (2022)

Are you an explorer at heart who likes to seek out the unknown, hidden spots when you travel? Then read on for our list of the best unknown places in the world!

The best way to discover secret places is through locals and exploring on your own. At eDreams, we have over 50 nationalities in the office so we’ve asked around and gathered the very best tips from around the world, from locals.

Dive into the blue lake at Jiuzhaigou National Park (China)

Get a glimpse of this 1375-metre-long beautiful crystal blue lake in China. Tucked away in among the Min Mountains near the Tibetan Plateau, it’s a far cry from the bustling streets of Beijing! Deservedly, UNESCO turned the place into a World Heritage site in 1992.

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Walk the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii

Nothing quite comes closer to the ‘stairway to heaven’ than the Haiku Stairs in Oahu. These majestic stairs had a top secret purpose when they were built in 1942. Constructed by the Haiku Radio Station to transmit radio signals to Navy ships across the Pacific. Today you can walk the 3,922 steps. If you dare?

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Swim in the Enchanting River in Surigao del Sur, Philippines

The Philippines is slowly showcasing its beauty one island after the other, with places like Boracay and Palawan becoming ever more popular. But, there are still many unknown spots to be discovered. Tucked in behind the rocky mountains of a small province called Surigao Del Sur lies this fairytale-like river. Dive into the caves of the enchanted river without being disturbed by crowds of people.

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Explore the Crooked Forest in Szczecin, Poland

Discover the bizarre array of crooked trees that can be found near the town of Gryfino in Western Poland. Around 400 pine trees in the Crooked Forest grow at a 90-degree angle from the root. Some say that the reason behind the 90-degree bend of the trees is a gravitational pull within the area. Others have more sinister reasons. Make up your own mind!

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Visit the Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki, Japan)

A beautiful unknown place near Tokyo is hard to come by, but here’s one! Located northeast of Tokyo within the Kanto Plain is this vast hectare of a variety of flowers in every palette. Definitely a place where flower enthusiast can call paradise.

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Marvel at the Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, Himalayas

Considered as the most famous lake in India, this lake isn’t exactly a secret place, but it’s still relatively unvisited. Stretching out for about 160 kms, this saltwater lake contains the highest amount of salt water in the world.

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Discover the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, USA

This archipelago is a hidden gem of Wisconsin. These 60 foot high sandstone walls are almost too perfect to be naturally made, but they are!

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Go to the Salar de Uyuni (Salar de Tunupa) in Bolivia

This salt flat that extends to 10,582 square kilometers is considered to be the world’s largest salt flat in the world. Tucked away in Potosi, southwest of Bolivia, this is one of the most beautiful unknown places in the world. Formed as a result of the prehistoric lakes within its surroundings.

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Snorkel the Aquarium in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

This long stretch of natural coral reef is one of the best snorkelling spots in the world, full of colourful tropical fish. Healthy coral surrounds the aquarium with depths ranging from 1m to 4m. A secret snorkelling spot to avoid the crowds!

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Enjoy the Rotorua Hot springs in Rotura, New Zealand

Rotura is known as the world’s most remarkable geothermal wonderland, with shooting geysers and bubbling mud pools. While you indulge in relaxation, don’t forget to learn about the fascinating culture of Maori within your side trips.

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Wrap up warm in Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole

Are you ready for a cold adventure? Then hop on for a ride to the Arctic ocean to discover Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and North Pole. One of the most beautiful untouched places in the world. Svalbard translates to “cold coasts”. Over here you can find a number of nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and some polar bears too!

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Dare to look down “The Door to Hell” in Derweze, Turkmenistan

This natural gas field known as “The Door to Hell” or “The gateway to hell” is something out of the ordinary. This caverned collapsed in 1971, geologists then set it on fire to avoid the spread of methane gas and since then it just keeps burning continuously. Since then, it has become a unique place to visit. Dare to get near this crater for a good selfie?

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Hideaway in a small oasis surrounded by dunes in Huacachina, Peru

In Southwestern Peru lies a small town surrounded by a smalllake and surrounded by enormous sand dunes in the most infertile places on earth. This oasis only has 96 residents. This place offers you a good spot to catch the sunset and also explore the town’s rustic shops and be adventurous and try out sandboarding!

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Walk up to the Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola inTropea, Italy

Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, a secret getaway. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy. Get a good view of this12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery. This placeis a best kept secret of Italians where they all go to for vacations. (Apologies to the Italians for sharing it with the world!) Not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while you’re sunbathing?

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Visit the Psychedelic Salt Mines in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Don’t be fooled upon entering these salt mines. You are not in any way drugged into seeing things in a different form. These psychedelic patterns on the walls will surely leave you mind boggled as to how they were formed. As a result of the mineral carnallite, natural colourful swirls are formed.

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Explore Lake Natron in Tanzania, from afar!

This lake turns animals into stone. Yes, really! A highly unusual place to visit, but with a perfect explanation behind it of course. The water in this lake is extremely alkaline with a PH value as high as 10.5. Consequently, it automatically burns the skin of any animal dares venture into the water. TIP: Skip swimming in this lake!

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Mooch around Montreal Botanical Garden,Canada

This 75 -hectare of fine greenery is known to be one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. Visitors often visit thisbotanical garden with some thirty thematic gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses. This place is surely for all the nature lovers who enjoys a day to be one with nature.

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Climb theinverted tower in Quinta de Regaleira, Portugal

This 27- deep well is a majestic site that people dubbed to be an inverted tower. Located in an estate in Sintra, Portugal. The estate is without a doubt as beautiful outside as it is inside. This mysterious spot leave travellers wondering if it’s really a well or an inverted tower. What do you think?

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Be in two continents at the same time, in Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

Every wondered how it feels to be in two places at the same time? Then head on to Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland to get a good feel of how it is. Submerged into the Atlantic ocean, you can swim between the rocks and you’ll be swimming in both Europe and America!

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Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia

Located within the borders of Colombia and Ecuador, lies this enormous neo-gothic church. Said to be built by a family in the 1700s who claimed that they had seen the Virgin Mary in the sky. It’s off the beaten track, so you won’t find too many tourists here!

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Dive into Seegrottein Hinterbrühl, Austria

Located in Hinterbruhl Austria, this lake is considered to be Europe’s largest subterranean lake. Stretching 60 meters below ground level.

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See the Gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

Discover more traditional places in Japan. First stop is a good view of the Gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Japan. Get historic with these traditional guest houses.

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Go off the beaten track in Kampong Thom, Cambodia

A great alternative to Angkor Wat, situated half way from Phohm Penh and Siem Reap. Climb 807 steps to visit Phnom Suntuk, a pagoda on top of the mountains, and then take a boat trip on the Stung Sen River. These sites are unique spots to visit in Cambodia, away from the usual tourist traps.

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Go to Mount Sanqing, Jiujiang in Mount Sanqing, China

This place is known to be the place for practicing Taoist in the ancient times. The terrain of mountains has three peaks, Yujing, Yuhua and Yuxu Peak dubbed as the “Three Qing” in Taoism. This epic view offers you magnificent landscapes, peculiar rocks, and “endless-like” waterfalls.

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So what are you waiting for? It’s time to travel the road less travelled!

FAQs

What are the most secret places on earth? ›

Top 10 Secret Places In The World
  • Top Secret Place In China: Mount Sanqing. ...
  • Top Secret Places In Italy: Trentino. ...
  • Top Secret Place In Poland: The Crooked Forest In Szczecin. ...
  • Top Secret Place In Hungary: Tapolca. ...
  • Top Secret Place In England: Hunstanton, Norfolk. ...
  • Applecross Peninsula In Scotland.
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How do you find your secret spot? ›

Check Google Maps Or Google Earth

Search terms such as “landmarks,” “hidden gems,” or “viewpoints” on Google Maps for a tailored map of places of interest in your area. There's a good chance you'll find many familiar places on the map.

What place is untouched by humans? ›

The surviving fragments of the world, untouched by man, include parts of the Amazon and Congo tropical forests, east Siberian and northern Canadian forests and tundra, and the Sahara.

What country is forbidden to visit? ›

North Sentinel Island, India

The Sentinelese tribe have lived on the island for over 50,000 years under the protection of the Indian Government. This region is strictly prohibited for visitors of any kind and is one of the most dangerous and forbidden places in the world.

What is the darkest secret of the universe? ›

What is dark energy? It's one of the universe's biggest mysteries: more remains unknown than known about dark energy. It affects the universe's expansion, so physicists are able to infer that dark energy makes up roughly 68% of the universe and it appears to be somehow tied to the vacuum of space.

Are there any untouched places on earth? ›

Several mountains in Himalayan country Bhutan are believed to be unconquered, namely the world's largest unclimbed mountain: Gangkhar Puensum. Unexplored areas around the world also include small islands, such as Pitcairn Island off of New Zealand, and Palmerston Island in the South Pacific.

What is hidden inside the Earth? ›

Solution. The roots are hidden inside the earth for years.

Where can I find hidden gems near me? ›

How to Find the Hidden Nature Gems Near You!
  1. Use local websites. ...
  2. Search using Google Maps. ...
  3. Check Pinterest. ...
  4. Eavesdrop. ...
  5. Join an existing nature-type group. ...
  6. Use All-Trails or something similar. ...
  7. Find some local books about your area. ...
  8. Cross-reference it all with Instagram.
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What is a secret spot? ›

Although there isn't a strict definition, I believe most secret spots you will encounter fall under three categories: 1) A spot where people of a community gathers. 2) A free resource for people. 3) A tucked away location that offers isolation, an escape from the city.

How much of the Earth is left undiscovered? ›

Just 5% of Earth's landscape is untouched.

What was the last place discovered on Earth? ›

The last continent to be discovered was Antarctica in the early 1800s.

Are there any unmapped places left? ›

Some places that do exist don't show up on maps, while other places that don't exist do. One recent example is Sandy Island, which BBC reports appears on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps.

What is the deadliest island in the world? ›

North Sentinel Island is inhabited by the Sentinelese, indigenous people in voluntary isolation who defend their isolation by force. Their population was estimated to be between 50 and 400 people in a 2012 report.

What countries are not friendly to foreigners? ›

The ten countries least welcoming to foreigners are, in order: Bolivia, Venezuela, Russia, Kuwait, Latvia, Iran, Pakistan, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Mongolia. China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine are only slightly more hospitable to foreigners, according to this report.

What is the most intense thing in the universe? ›

These explosions generate beams of high-energy radiation, called gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), which are considered by astronomers to be the most powerful thing in the universe.

What is the unbreakable thing in the universe? ›

The strongest material in the universe may be the whimsically named "nuclear pasta." You can find this substance in the crust of neutron stars. This amazing material is super-dense, and is 10 billion times harder to break than steel.

What is the deepest thing in the universe? ›

The biggest single entity that scientists have identified in the universe is a supercluster of galaxies called the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall. It's so wide that light takes about 10 billion years to move across the entire structure. For perspective, the universe is only 13.8 billion years old.

Is Amazon forest fully explored? ›

The exploration of the Amazon is a multifaceted topic; strictly speaking, we can say most and possibly even all of it has been explored by humans, since populations have lived there thousands of years and constantly move about in search of new food and resources.

How much of Amazon is undiscovered? ›

The experts estimate that there would have been between 1,000 and 1,500 enclosed villages, and two-thirds of these sites are yet to be found.

How much of Earth is untouched by humans? ›

They conclude that just over 50% of Earth's land surface can be classified as having low human influence or being untouched completely, with a range of 48-56% depending on the type of human influence map used.

Is there a hidden planet? ›

In the outer Solar System, well beyond the orbit of Neptune and Pluto, a ninth planet may be waiting to be discovered. This 'ghost planet', nicknamed Planet 9 or Planet X, has never been observed directly, but peculiar goings-on in the space beyond Neptune hint tantalisingly at its existence.

What is the name inside the Earth? ›

The "pit" at the center of Earth is called the "core." It is made mostly of iron, some nickel, and about 10- 15 percent of a less dense material, probably silicon, oxygen, or sulfur.

What is actually under the Earth? ›

The Earth's interior is composed of four layers, three solid and one liquid—not magma but molten metal, nearly as hot as the surface of the sun. The deepest layer is a solid iron ball, about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) in diameter. Although this inner core is white hot, the pressure is so high the iron cannot melt.

What makes a person keep a secret? ›

People keep secrets to protect members of their family, bond with certain family members, and even alter the power within the family's dynamics. Secrets have the potential to change family dynamics because family members tend to organize their relationships around who knows and does not know their secret.

How can I trace a secret conversation? ›

How to find secret conversations on Messenger? It is very easy to find this feature within the Facebook Messenger app. Open the Messenger app and go to the profile icon. Scroll down the menu, and you will see the secret conversations button.

Can a secret relationship work? ›

While some secret relationships can actually work in the long run, it's typically because the secret finally comes out in the open. They tend to work out only if they stop being secret relationships in the not-so-distant future.

How do I find cool stuff around me? ›

If you didn't already know, often Google will localize your search results, which means typing in terms like “cool stuff to do near me” will yield results that are tailored to your current location.

What are some random places? ›

20 seriously weird places around the world
  • Spotted Lake, British Columbia, Canada.
  • The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland.
  • Thor's Well, Oregon, USA.
  • Pamukkale, Turkey.
  • Lake Hillier, Western Australia.
  • Badab-e Surt, Iran.
  • The Tianzi mountains, China.
  • The Nasca Lines, Peru.

What is a secret gem? ›

hidden gem (plural hidden gems) Something possessing a value or beauty that is not immediately apparent, which therefore has received far less recognition than it deserves.

Where would money be hidden in a house? ›

There are numerous places to hide valuables, said Dustin Fox, realtor and owner of Fox Homes. “Some common places for hiding valuables are behind wallpaper, inside couch and chair cushions, or behind loose bricks around fireplaces. People also like to hide valuables under steps, siding, and shingles.”

Do hotels have secret rooms? ›

Hotels keep such rooms secret for a variety of reasons, whether protecting the hotel's assets or protecting the guest's identity and privacy. Then, of course, there's the thrill of exclusivity. As The New York Times put it, hotels use these unlisted rooms "as a way to delight valued guests or generate buzz."

Are there any unknown places on Earth? ›

Several mountains in Himalayan country Bhutan are believed to be unconquered, namely the world's largest unclimbed mountain: Gangkhar Puensum. Unexplored areas around the world also include small islands, such as Pitcairn Island off of New Zealand, and Palmerston Island in the South Pacific.

Is there a place where no one has ever been? ›

Large areas of Antarctica have never been visited by humans. Satellite photos reveal it all to be a vast, icy wasteland. Several small Pacific islands are unexplored, due to access difficulties, or lack of interest. I think I'll buy one of those in the near future.

Are there places on Earth never explored? ›

There are still some places on Earth that have not been explored much by people. The ocean is one of these places. It covers more than 70% of Earth's surface, and it contains many types of ecosystems.

Why are some areas on Google Earth blurred? ›

Local law can restrict aerial photography or satellite imagery of sensitive sites; when Google gets imagery from commercial entities or government agencies, those sites sometimes come pre-blurred, according to The Google Earth Blog, which is not affiliated with Google.

What is the last place found on Earth? ›

'Antarctica was never even seen by human eyes until 1820. After seeing it in 1820, it took a while to actually land - in 1895. And with that moment every piece of land had been finally landed on by the human species. '

What is the least discovered place on Earth? ›

The Last Unexplored Places on Earth
  • The Darien Gap. ...
  • Gangkhar Puensum. ...
  • Sakha Republic. ...
  • Vale do Javari. ...
  • New Zealand. ...
  • Greenland. ...
  • Hang Son Doong. ...
  • The deep sea.

What on Earth is there left to explore? ›

“On Earth there's not much left in terms of true geographic exploration,” says exploratory climber Will Gadd. “But there's one great exception: caves. As far as I know this is the only true geographic exploration left in the world.” Unlike oceans and the world's surface, it's inpenetrable to GPS or sonar imaging.

Is there a place on Earth that hasn't been touched by humans? ›

North Sentinel Island, Bay Of Bengal

This small island lies in the Bay of Bengal between the southern coasts of India and Thailand, making it extremely remote. Its inhabitants, called Sentinelese people, are the only human beings who have ever lived on the island and have long since refused to accept modern visitors.

Has all of Australia been explored? ›

After more than 300 years of effort, scientists have documented fewer than one-third of Australia's species. The remaining 70% are unknown, and essentially invisible, to science.

What parts of the Amazon are unexplored? ›

And the craziest thing is, there are people there! We are talking about the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil – specifically an area known as Vale do Javari – and it is the number one most unexplored place in the world.

What places are still undiscovered? ›

7 Most Mysterious And Unexplored Places On Earth
  • 7 Greenland icecaps.
  • 6 Mariana trench, Western Pacific ocean.
  • 5 Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan.
  • 4 Deserts.
  • 3 Deep caves.
  • 2 Amazon rainforest, South America.
  • 1 Antarctica.

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