Even though we’ve explored just about every corner of our planet (and a big chunk of the deepest parts of our oceans, even sending men to the moon!) and we can fire up a computer with GPS and see satellite photos for nearly any spot on Earth, there are still some “hidden secrets” for adventuring travelers looking to get off the beaten path a bit.
And we’re going to clue you in on five of them below!
These off the beaten path hidden travel gems are going to help you have the kind of adventure you’ve been looking for, guaranteeing a trip that goes as far away from the touristy hot spots most people flock to as humanly possible.
Let’s dive right in!
The Rapunzel Fortress in Normandy
A lot of people pour into France every single year with the full intention of visiting Normandy and soaking up all of the World War II history it has to offer, and it’s easy to see why. These Normandy Beaches are some of the most famous stretches of land on the planet, and they are – quite literally – where the tide of World War II changed direction forever.
And while you’ll want to soak up as much of that WWII history as possible while you’re here, make sure you pop over to the hidden “Rapunzel Fortress” in Normandy or you’ll regret missing out. Designed to repel ancient invaders, it’s one of the most breathtaking medieval castles still standing today.
The Ribbon Tree in Costa Rica
This little hidden gem from Mother Nature is so buried in Costa Rica lore – and its location kept secret for most anyone that visits the nation – that you’re going to have to bribe and cajole a guide to take you to the Ribbon Tree while you’re down here…
…and you’ll have to promise NEVER to spill the beans regarding its location, either!
Trust us – this is something that can’t be missed.
The Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
Maybe one of the most photographed locations in the entirety of the Wild West, this definitely out of the way location in Page, Arizona draws hundreds and hundreds to it every year – but nobody really knows how to get there without some “boots on the ground” intel from a local (or a hyper connected GPS system helping them along the way).
There’s just something about this switchback portion of the Colorado River and the way it cut through the landscape that almost forces you to stop, reflect, and contemplate just how steadily time rolls on.
The Straight Up Staircase in Machu Picchu
Look, let’s be honest here – if you’re planning a trip to Peru, the odds are pretty good you have an itinerary filled to the brim with hidden locations and out of the way gems, but you need to make sure that the Straight Up Staircase is on the top of your list.
Nobody is quite sure who built these vertical stairs carved right into the stone of the mountains – at an almost straight up and down pitch, no less – or why, but they are travelled by intrepid adventurous looking to get in touch with the ancient world every single year.
You won’t EVER forget this experience.
The Coral Castle in Florida
Also known as the American Stonehenge, the Coral Castle location near Miami, Florida in the US is one of the most impressive structures every created by man – and becomes even MORE impressive when you learn that the entire castle and grounds were constructed by a SINGLE man in his 60s (and without ANY power tools).
Some believe that Edward Leedskalnin was able to reverse engineer some ancient technology the Egyptians used to build the pyramids while others believe his project to be the work of the supernatural, the occult, the extraterrestrial, or the satanic.
At the end of the day NOBODY really knows how this Coral Castle came to be, and that’s why you have to see it!