There are few places more romantic than the awe-inspiring Natural Wonders of the World. Viewing them hand-in-hand with your sweetheart will leave you breathless and invigorated, with memories that last a lifetime.
Given the fact that the Wonders are scattered across the globe, they would be better suited to individual trips than trying to check them all off your bucket list at once.
Start dreaming up your future holidays full of romance and wonder with this list:
1. Mount Everest
Nestled in the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and Tibet, Mount Everest is the highest spot on Earth – the summit reaches its apex at an astonishing 8,848 metres. The most popular way to experience Everest is with a trek to the base, though more advanced treks are available for extremely fit, adventurous couples.
2. The Grand Canyon
Located mainly in Arizona, visitors not only marvel at the sheer size of this massive gorge (446 km long, a maximum of 29 km wide, and 1.6 km deep) but also at the incredibly colourful rock formations. There is a wide variety of activities here, ranging from hiking trips to the rim of the gorge, day or overnight trips inside the canyon, or white water rafting on the Colorado river. Any way you choose, you and your honey are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.
3. The Northern Lights
Lighting up the skies in Canada, Alaska and Norway, The Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – are characterised by brilliant streaks of green with specks of red, blue and purple that shoot across the night’s sky. March, April, September and October are the best times of year to be dazzled by this remarkable display, but make sure you bring your winter jacket and a thermos of cocoa.
4. The harbour at Rio de Janeiro
Located around the largest bay in the world and surrounded by exceptional mountains and geological formations, a trip to Brazil’s most famous harbour offers couples a wide variety of activities. Lounge on a white sand beach while taking in the magnificent view or trek up nearby Sugar Loaf or Corcovado mountains for a different perspective.
5. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, located along the northeastern coast of Australia, boasts the largest coral reef system in the world. The only natural wonder to be visible from outer space, the reef stretches over 2,600 km and includes 900 islands. For an up-close view of the reef’s colourful fish and coral, join a snorkelling or diving expedition. The adrenaline rush of being inside one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world will have you and your partner gushing for days.
6. Paricutin Volcano
Paricutin, a cinder cone volcano located 322 km West of Mexico City, was added to the Wonders because it’s the youngest volcano in the Americas. Incredibly, its birth was witnessed by humans. Couples can trek or ride on horseback to the top of this dormant volcano and explore the sandy banks and lava fields.
7. Victoria Falls
The largest waterfall in the world (based on width and height), Victoria Falls lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are two national parks that protect the falls and a variety of adrenaline-packed activities on offer around the gorge or down the Zambezi river (the source of the falls). Whatever you choose, the incredible beauty of the falls is best experienced together, as no words can capture its true glory.