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The Most Colorful Natural Wonders in the World

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After two years of COVID-19 we could all use a little color in our lives. 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the most colorful natural wonders on Earth. Ranging from deserts to oceans and from hot springs to waterfalls, they offer more than a little color and truly span the globe. 

Fortunately, with international travel restrictions being lifted, these amazing places are becoming accessible to adventurous souls once again. (Here are 50 natural wonders everyone should see at least once.)

The reasons why these natural wonders are so colorful vary. For example, the rocks that cap Utah’s Bryce Amphitheater have a pink hue, whereas the waters of Tuscany’s Cascate del Mulino are turquoise. (See these beautiful pictures of the world’s biggest waterfalls.)

In some places wildflowers provide the colors. Antelope Valley and Carrizo Plain are famous for their floral displays. Antelope Valley is home to the state-protected California Poppy Reserve, which boasts the most consistent blooms of the state flower. Colombia’s Caño Cristales River is known as the “River of Five Colors” and the “Liquid Rainbow” because of the amazingly colorful aquatic plants that grow there.

A bioluminescent species of ostracod crustacean known as the sea firefly accounts for Okayama, Japan’s place on our list. It produces a brilliant blue glow that can be seen in the area’s shallow waters and rocky shoreline. 

There’s also Lake Hayes in the South Island of New Zealand, one of the closest countries to the South Pole where the Aurora Australis originates. The skies there are sometimes lit up with amazing green and pink displays

Click here to see the most colorful natural wonders on Earth

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Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon
> Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Antelope Canyon
> Location: Near Page, Arizona

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Antelope Valley
> Location: Los Angeles County, California

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Aurora Australis
> Location: Lake Hayes, New Zealand

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Bioluminescent Beaches
> Location: Okayama, Japan

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Bourke’s Luck potholes
> Location: Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

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Caño Cristales River
> Location: Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, Colombia

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Carrizo Plain National Monument
> Location: San Luis Obispo, California

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Cascate del Mulino
> Location: Saturnia, Italy

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Cliffs of Moher
> Location: Burren region in County Clare, Ireland

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Eye of the Sahara (Richat Structure)
> Location: Sahara’s Adrar Plateau, near Ouadane, Mauritania

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Fly Geyser
> Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada

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Geirangerfjord
> Location: Møre og Romsdal county, Norway

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Grand Canyon
> Location: Arizona

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Grand Prismatic Spring
> Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Great Barrier Reef
> Location: Australia

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Horseshoe Bend
> Location: Near Page, Arizona

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Huanglong Valley
> Location: Sichuan, China

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Lake Hillier
> Location: Western Australia

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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
> Location: Brazil’s north Atlantic coast

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Ljotipollur crater lake
> Location: Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Marble Caves
> Location: General Carrera Lake, Patagonia, Chile

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Maroon Bells
> Location: Near Aspen, Colorado

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Masazir Lake
> Location: Near Baku, Azerbaijan

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Monument Valley
> Location: Arizona-Utah border

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Moraine Lake
> Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Mount Roraima
> Location: South America

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Na Pali Coast
> Location: Kauai Island, Hawaii

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Ngorongoro Crater
> Location: Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Northern Lights
> Location: Various

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Palouse
> Location: Parts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon

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Paria Canyon
> Location: Northern Arizona and southern Utah

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Plitvice Lakes
> Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Punkaharju Esker Nature Reserve
> Location: Finland

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Red Beach
> Location: Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China

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Rock House
> Location: Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

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Salar de Uyuni
> Location: Andes in southwest Bolivia

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
> Location: South Region, Iceland

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Serrania de Hornocal
> Location: Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina

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Skyline Drive
> Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Spotted Lake
> Location: British Columbia, Canada

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Tallulah Gorge
> Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

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The Wall
> Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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Turda Gorge
> Location: Transylvania, Romania

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Verdon Gorge
> Location: Southeastern France

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Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
> Location: Zhangye, Gansu, China

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