Have you visited the six amazing water wonders of the world? If not, it’s time to start your planing! With water covering up to 71% of the Earth’s surface, per the U.S. Geological Survey, there is no doubt an abundance of amazing places across the globe to take in Mother Nature’s beautiful array of water wonders. From the Dead Sea to Niagara Falls, water has a way of drawing us in to take part in its magic. Here 6 water wonders of the world!
CRATER LAKE, OREGON
Crater lake, the result of an eruption from Mount Mazama, also goes by the name “lake majesty.” According to the U.S. Department of Interiors, Mount Mazama was a 12,000-foot-tall volcano that erupted and collapsed around 7,000 plus years ago. At 1,943 feet deep, the deepest lake in the U.S. attracts people from all over the globe with its deep blue color, a result of it being fed only from melting snow and rain. There are no inbound channels of water, so no mineral deposits sediment is washed in from anywhere else, according to the U.S Department of Interiors. A perfect spot for those looking for adventure, the Crater Lake National Park welcomes swimming, skiing, hiking, cycling and sightseeing year round.
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Sitting on the U.S. and Canada border and with the ability to produce over 4 million kW of electricity, Niagara Falls is one
of the worlds most popular water wonders. It is reported that approximately 8.8 million people visit the falls each year with some of the more popular summer months attracting close to a million visitors. There is something for everyone who visits the falls and Niagara Falls State Park, which was established in 1885. One can partake in the many jet boat tours available or climb down to the Cave of the Winds hurricane deck (closed during winter), and stay for a LED illumination show at dusk that lights up the falls 365 days a year. And, if you aren’t able to travel any time soon to upstate New York, you can watch a live cam of the falls at niagarafallslive.com any time you want!
THE DEAD SEA, ISRAEL
With the landscape of the Negev Desert in the background, the Dead Sea, known for its health, healing and wellness properties, is actually a natural salt (30% salt) lake between Israel and Jordan. The water of the Dead Sea will glisten blue and green, and the edges are lined with white mineral salt deposits under sunny skies that never change about 330 days of the year. The thick, black mud found on the seabed of the Dead Sea is proven to be good for your skin and a huge attraction for people around the world. It is high in magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium, which can give you a mud bath better than you could find in many spas. These high levels of salt and magnesium can remove impurities and improve your skin’s functionality by making it a better barrier and more elastic. There are many tours you can take upon your arrival as well as public and private beach entries.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
One of the seven wonders of the world, home to 10% of the Earth’s coral reef system and roughly the size of 70 million football fiends, according to the Australian Government website, the Great Barrier reef is the most magical underwater coral reef in the world. The reef sits on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, and while anytime is a good time to visit the gorgeous underwater magic show, the best times to visit are June to October. Today, the Great Barrier Reef is a Marine Park and World Heritage Area that is not only home to the worlds most beautiful coral reefs, but also many plants and animals that haven’t changed for hundreds of years. According to their website, there are “600 types of soft and hard corals, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of mollusks, 500 species of worms, 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins” which makes this a scuba diver’s paradise.
PERITO MORENO GLACIER, PATAGONIA
Located in Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina Patagonia is one of the must-visits of a lifetime. For anyone who is craving adventure and loves the snow and cold, the glacier offers outstanding photo opportunities and hiking adventures. The glacier itself is about 3 miles wide and gives an amazing show for those who want to watch it from one of the viewing balconies. The glacier is always changing and moving, so you can get a wonderful show of ice falling. You can also go on a guided ice hike, take in the views on a boat ride or even venture out in a kayak for an up-close view.
GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, WYOMING
This is one body of water that is “for your eyes only.” As the hottest spring in the park, and third hottest spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park has surface temperatures reaching close to 189 degrees in the center and 130 degrees along the edges. Due to the water that bubbles at the center of the spring from underground chambers according to smithsonianmag.com, the water cannot sustain life, except small organisms, algae and bacteria. It is these living bacteria that give the spring’s its rainbow like color spectrum that is picture worthy no matter what angle you can get it from. For best visibly of the 160 foot deep spring, which has a diameter of roughly 370 feet across, would be to head to Midway Geyser Basin in the park. As gorgeous and appealing as it looks, this spring is NOT to be touched or swam in at any time.