Travel Bucket List # 8 — Natural Places of the World

       Earth is a wonderful planet. The life that has evolved here has transformed a huge, inanimate rock into a veritable cornucopia of ecosystems, supporting millions of interesting and unusual creatures. In addition, the thermal engine inside our planet drives  the surface plates (our continents and oceans) hither and yon, creating a geological masterpiece of mountains, oceans, volcanoes, etc. What a place!

        As custodians of this elaborate work of art, world citizens have united to preserve some of the earth’s most fantastic places, locations that offer the very best of nature’s creations. Here is my Bucket List of Natural Places around the World (the few that I have seen are asterisked).



                Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

                Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


                Bali, Indonesia

                Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

                Li River, China*

                Mount Everest, Nepal

                 Mount Fugi, Japan

                 Pammukkale, Turkey

                Stone Forest, Kunming, China


                Bernese Oberland, Switzerland*

                 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

                 Connemara National Park, Ireland

                Fjordland, Norway

                 Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

                 Golden Circle, Iceland

                 Highlands, Scotland*

                Lake District, England*

                Lakes Region, Italy*

                Plitvice National Park, Croatia

         North America

                Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada*

                Bay of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick*

                Cape Breton, Nova Scotia*

                Copper Canyon, Mexico

                Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick*

                Jasper National Park, Alberta*

                Morne Trois Piton National Park, Dominica*

                Pitons Area, St Lucia

                Yoho National Park, British Columbia*


                 Blue Mountains, Australia

                 Bora Bora, French Polynesia


                 Great Barrier Reef, Australia

                  Kangaroo Island, Australia

                  The Kimberley, Australia

                 Rotorua Thermal Area, New Zealand

                 Tahiti, French Polynesia

                 Tasmania, Australia

                 Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

                 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

     South America

                   Amazon River & Pantanal, Brazil

                   Angel Falls & Grand Sabana, Venezuela

                   Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica*

                   Falkland Islands

                   Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

                   Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

                   Torres del Paine, Chile

      Total = 47 (I have seen only 13 — a long way to go!).

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