Colors of the Rainbow: Exploring Nature’s Colorful Beauty
There are places around the world that are so beautiful it almost feels unreal. Nature produces a vast kaleidoscope of colors, and for travelers who yearn to see the color wheel painted by the earth itself, these colorful places around the world fit the bill. And while there’s color all around you, there’s nothing quite like seeing it at its most pure. These vibrant locations are sure to leave a permanent impression on your memory.
Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees, Hawaii
When it comes to nature, tree varieties don’t fail to impress. And if you’re planning a vacation to Hawaii — whether you’re opting for luxury Hawaii travel or backpacking on the Big Island — there’s plenty of splendor to go around. The Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees (a type of evergreen) are a sight to behold. They grow very fast and usually double in size each year. They soar 200 feet into the air, with a trunk diameter of six feet.
At various intervals throughout the year, pieces of its bark are shed to reveal vibrant-colored hues underneath. Not only are these trees beautiful to look at, but they’re highly intelligent natural beings, too. They communicate with one another via fungi, creating an underground fungal network that helps them to share nutrients and exchange information.
Seven Colored Earths, Mauritius
The geological formation is nestled in south-western Mauritius in Africa. This display of sand dunes is a series of seven different colors: red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Each layer is settled into formation to create the illusion of striped artwork, and it’s a popular tourist attraction in the country. This strange formation of rolling colors was formed by a confluence of volcanic activity that many types of elements together.
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China
Your trip to China won’t be complete without a visit to Zhangye Danxia, a mountain range of colorful, striped sandstone. Its multicolored cliffs — bright displays of reds and browns and yellows — span across the horizon and stand several hundred meters high. Against the plain greens of the ground around it, the landscape looks even more magnificent. According to geologists, it’s formed by layers of oceanic crust millions of years old. For the most impressive views, visit the Park after a rainfall, when the colors show more intensely than any other time.
Lake Hillier, Australia
This is not your ordinary lake: spanning 37 acres, Lake Hillier is a bright pink lake that feels otherworldly. And this isn’t just a light trick caused by the sun’s reflection: put the water in a bottle with a cap, and it will remain pink wherever you take it. The good news is that this lake is that, despite its color, it’s an ordinary saltwater and technically swimmable. The bad news is that this bubblegum-colored body of water defies scientific explanation, and because no one understand what makes it pink year round, it’s currently being used as a research site. Visitors can still visit the area, but are not allowed in.
Tulip Fields, Netherlands
There are plenty of places to see tulips in the Netherlands during the spring, but Duin- en Bollenstreek is the biggest producer of tulips in the world. Rows upon rows of multi-colored tulips attract people from all corners of the earth. Travelers to the area recommend taking in the sight by bike and exploring nearby attractions for the best experience.