These days it's not uncommon to see tourists stopping dead in their tracks to whip out a selfie stick and snap a photo. As you peruse Instagram, and follow travel accounts on Pinterest, you've likely come across a couple of destinations that seem too good to be true - they simply must be Photoshopped. But they aren't!
The world is full of sights that will take the words right from your mouth, making captioning your pictures nearly impossible. Make your next vacation one of these five picture-perfect destinations you see on your favorite social media sites, like these:
1. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Let's start off with a destination right here in the U.S. Smart Travel recommended you bump this spot up on your vacation bucket list as it is a truly unique sight. Yellowstone National Park itself is a wonder to behold, however the Prismatic Spring is breathtaking. When you approach the largest hot spring in the U.S., you'll immediately be taken aback by the dark blue center surrounded by a ring of all the colors within the rainbow. This will certainly be one of your most-liked photos.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Daniel Campos, Bolivia
If you're a self-proclaimed selfie expert, then you know a good picture is dependent on lighting and the quality of the mirror, of course. Wait until you see the amazing reflective surface of the salt mine in Bolivia. According to Conde Nast Traveler, it is the world's largest salt mine and when you visit, you might mistake the ground for a mirror. The salt perfectly reflects the bright blue sky, and anything else above it. How creative do you think you'll get with your selfie game in this spot?
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Clear blue water, white sandy beaches and mini cabanas dotting the shoreline are an Instagram fanatic's paradise. Forbes reported that this island is an inactive volcano that has since developed a coral reef from its remnants. It is the ecosystem within the reef that preserves this little haven so well. Resorts in this destination will give you ample photo opportunities. Swim with the fishes - or sharks - hike up the volcano, or relax on the beach with an icy tropical cocktail in hand.
4. The Rainbow Mountains, Zhangye Danxia China
This is a sight you really have to see in person - you can take a picture, but there's no way you can really capture its beauty unless you take it all in first hand. Forbes explained that its unique coloring - reds, yellows, blues and purples all swirl together to look like a painting - is caused by trace minerals that have eroded the sandstone. You can go ahead and boast "no filter" in this picture caption, but your friends might have a hard time believing you.
5. Milford Sound, New Zealand
Once you visit New Zealand you'll see why so many sci-fi or fantasy filmmakers choose this country as their ideal spot to film. The landscape in this country is so beautiful it looks like it must have been produced by special effects in a Hollywood studio. But believe it - they're real. CN Traveler had the dubious task of picking just one destination on this perfect island, but made a wise choice with the Milford sound, a mountain fjord surrounded by the sharpest color green you'll likely ever see. Plus, this is one of the sights where Lord of the Rings was filmed, so rest assured this picture will caption itself.
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