100 under-the-radar places everyone should visit in the world

Travel should be more than crossing attractions off a bucket list. It should be an opportunity to see some truly magnificent — and surprising — parts of the world.

That's why we have compiled a comprehensive list of lesser-visited destinations, whether they are natural or man-made spectacles, hidden wonders, or points of breathtaking scenery.

Click through to see the 100 under-the-radar places everyone should visit:

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100. Go surfing in Munich, Germany, where city-based surfers take their boards to the Eisbach, a small man-made river in Englischer Garten park

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99. Have afternoon tea in a rainforest in the centre of London at the Barbican Conservatory.

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98. Weave through the world's longest hedge maze at Wiltshire's Longleat Maze, which measures nearly two miles.

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97. In Prague, take a funicular up Petrin Hill to stroll through a verdant rose and lavender garden. While there, climb the Petrin Tower — a 210-foot-tall steel structure often called Prague's "little" Eiffel Tower — for beautiful city views.  

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96. Swim under the waterfalls of Croatia's stunning Krka National Park in Dalmatia.

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95. Find your way out of the maze at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden in Canada.

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94. Swim beside waterfalls in beautifully clear water at the Fairy Pools in the village of Carbost on Scotland's Isle of Skye.

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93. These adorable cottages in north-western Japan are all constructed in the “gassho-zukuri” architectural style. The entire village of Shirakawago is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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92. These strange rock formations in Australia's Northern Territory are giant termite mounds. They act as enormous magnetic compasses, with their thin edges pointing north-south and broad backs east-west. This helps the termites keep cool and survive in Australia's harsh climate.

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91. Trek to Albania's Sarandë District to peer into the Syri i Kalter ("The Blue Eye"), a gorgeous natural spring that goes deep underground.
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90. Travel to the very north of Denmark to Grenen, a beach in the town of Skagen that connects two seas: The Skagerrak Straight in the North Sea, and the Kattegat, which flows between Denmark and Sweden.

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89. Explore Vietnam's Phong Nha Caves, an incredible network of caves that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

88. In Slovenia, skip Lake Bled and check out the lesser-known Lake Bohinj, which offers equally breathtaking surroundings.

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87. Offering stunning sunset views for those willing to plan a trek or a hike, the active Rinjani Volcano is a must-see site on the island of Lombok in Indonesia.

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85. Go on a hike in California's Mammoth Falls to see the Devils Postpile National Monument — an impressive natural basalt formation that is surrounded by a mountainous landscape.


84. Walk along the sand dunes of Nairn Beach in the Scottish Highlands. You may even spot a dolphin off the coast while you're there.

83. See one of the world's coolest rock formations at Armenia's Symphony of Stones, a complex natural structure made of basalt rock on the side of Garni Gorge.

82. Hike to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a stunning yet lesser-visited national park in Colorado, US.

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81. Take a scenic hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park.

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80. Climb inside the crater of an active volcano (if you dare) on the island of Nisyros in Greece's Dodecanese. The volcano's last eruption was in 1888.

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79. Take in the views from the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate — a sprawling piece of land that sits at 8,000 feet above sea level — in Munnar, India.

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78. This bright blue grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, Canada, is so mesmerizing it doesn't quite look real.

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77. Take a scenic drive along Romania's winding Transfăgărășan road, which links Transylvania to Wallachia.

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76. Look up at a series of intricate tombs built into the side of a mountain by the Lycians in Fethiye, Turkey.

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75. Stay inside the temporary Ice Hotel installed every winter in Quebec City, Canada. It's not just the architecture that's sculpted out of ice — even the furniture is made out of the stuff. 

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74. Near the Colombian city of Ipiales lies the Las Lajas Sanctuary basilica church. Straight out of a fairytale, it is built on a bridge that dangles over a gorge.

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73. Marvel at the view of Lake Ohrid from the Church of St. John the Theologian, pictured below, in Ohrid, Macedonia.

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72. Admire the ornate patterns on the houses and church in the village of Pyrgi, on the Greek island of Chios.


71. The Staubbach waterfall in Switzerland sits next to the houses and church of a local town, covering it in a mist of spray.

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70. Knight Inlet in British Columbia, Canada, is only accessible by boat or sea plane. It's great for seeing wildlife like grizzly bears and sea wolves. 

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69. Swim in the translucent water of Giola, a natural rock pool in the region of Astris on the Greek island of Thassos.

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68. Hop on a raft to drift beside Croatia's Blue Cave of Bisevo, a naturally vivid grotto that is so bright in the sun it looks artificially illuminated.

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67. Road trip along Norway's Atlantic Ocean Road and drive over the Storseisundet Bridge, a nausea-inducing crossing that makes people feel as though they're driving in the sky.

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66. Explore the fascinating remnants of 300 million year-old animals and plants at Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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65. The Bodegas Ysios building in Spain's Rioja Alavesa uses incredible modern design to create the perfect environment for fermenting wine.

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64. Avoid the crowds at Stonehenge to see Machrie Moor Stone Circle on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.

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63. Take a tour of the Gede ruins — the remains of a Swahili town located in Gedi, a village near the coastal town of Malindi in Kenya.

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62. The US city of Boston is filled with cool cultural spots. George's Island, which is one of the islands in the Boston Harbour, was used as a coastal defence in the American Civil War.

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61. Israel's Nimrod Fortress, or Nimrod Castle, sits on a mountain overlooking the Hula Valley's rivers, waterfalls and thick forests. It offers a stunning view of the entire Golan region.

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60. Armenia's Etchmiadzin Monastery's cathedral is thought to be the oldest running cathedral in the world.

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59. Climb up a dormant volcano in Austria to see Riegersburg Castle. Inside there are two museums — one on the legacy of women in the area and another on witchcraft.

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58. Visit Qasr Amra, an ancient castle that dates back to the eighth century. It is found in the desert near Amman, Jordan.

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56. Marvel at multicoloured geological formations at the Paint Mines Interpretative Park in Colorado, US.

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55. Check out the eerie ruins of an old fortress that surrounded the city of Liepaja on the coast of Latvia.

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54. One of the most remote places in India, Zanskar Valley is inaccessible by road in the winter because of heavy snowfall. Even in the summer, it involves a trek not for the faint of heart.

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53. The Korean island of Oedo has been turned into an elaborate and imaginative botanical garden, Oedo Botania. It's a romantic spot, especially during the summer.

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52. Visit one of several ancient bridges that are believed to have been built centuries ago by the Venetians in Cyprus.

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51. The breathtaking Buddhist monastery Kye Gompa is spread over a hill in The Spiti Valley in the Himalayas. It sits at at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level.

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50. Shidakako Lake is the perfect place to see Japan's famous cherry blossoms.

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49. In San Francisco, there's a giant seaside instrument known as the Wave Organ. It is made up of pipes that are designed to emit sound when hit by waves.

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48. The striking Haifoss Waterfall in Iceland is only accessible to committed hikers and 4x4 vehicles, which keeps the 122-meter-tall cascade under-the-radar.

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47. Kariega Beach is an unspoilt oasis between the game reserves in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

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46. This strange Hand Sculpture is one of the Atacama Desert in Chile's most iconic features — but it is 7,000 kilometres from the nearest main road.

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45. Foray into Portugal's enchanting Peneda-Gerês National Park for scenery that looks like it is out of this world.

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44. Badain Jaran Desert in Inner Mongolia, China, offers spectacular scenery. Remarkably, this desert contains approximately 100 lakes.

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43. See Europe's version of the Grand Canyon in the Czech Republic at Velka Amerika, near the village of Mořina. Once a mining quarry, the site now contains a glorious lake

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42. Walk across the Sheytan Krupriya (or "Devil's Bridge") near Ardino, Bulgaria. Built in the 16th century, the eerie-looking bridge is rumoured to be haunted.

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41. Explore the mountainous terrain of Sweden's stunning Sarek National Park.

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40. Climb up a mountain to the Caves of Kesh in Ireland's Country Sligo for spectacular countryside views.

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39. If you're looking for an alternative to the Grand Canyon, Black Magic Canyon in Idaho is stunning. Its ancient lava formations were carved over 10,000.

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38. An alternative to the tourist-filled region of Cinque Terre, the peaceful village of Tellaro, Italy, is just as beautiful.

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37. Dubai's skyscrapers can be overwhelming. Instead, travel through Oman and reach Hatta, an ancient village in the middle of the desert with an enormous freshwater lake

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36. Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape is relatively unknown to tourists. It is where Storms River meets the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and is a great spot for kayaking and scuba diving.

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35. The surreal sandstone rock formation, called The Wave, may draw you to Arizona, but a difficult hike awaits those who want to reach it.

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34. The imposing rock formations dotted around the coast make it worth the arduous journey to Niue, one of the most remote islands in the world.

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33. St. John's, the port city located in Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada's east coast, has a small town vibe despite being the province's capital city. Visit in the winter to see the colourful houses and winding streets coated in snow.

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32. Walk around the beautiful port city of Odessa, Ukraine.

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31. While it may not be appealing for a dip, this neon-green sulphur lake at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua, New Zealand, makes for a fascinating visit.

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30. Check out a Hungarian village where residents live in stilt cottages dotted about Lake Bokodi between the towns of Bokod and Oroszlány.

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29. Lie on a secluded beach on the beautiful island of St. Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, UK.

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27. Watch the sunset over a seafood dinner in Pangkor Island, a lesser-visited holiday spot off the west-coast of Malaysia.

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26. Journey to the edge of a cliff in the Faroe Islands to visit the remote village of Gásadalur and enjoy breathtaking views.

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25. Rent a canoe in Giethoorn, a town without roads in the Netherlands, where people get around by ferrying along the canal, or walking or cycling along paths.

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24. The market square bordered by neat rows of colourful buildings in Poznań, Poland, offers visitors a perfect photo opportunity.

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23. Go to Luxembourg. Established in the 10th century, the tiny nation bordered by France, Belgium, and Germany is often overlooked but it is packed with enchanting castles and nature trails.

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22. Spend a day hiking amid views of the Pyrenees in Andorra, a small country sandwiched between France and Spain.

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21. The British territory of Anguilla is one of the lesser-known Caribbean islands, meaning you can enjoy the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches without the crowds.

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20. Hop on a colourful boat in Aveiro, a vibrant canal city that's bursting with cool architecture on Portugal's west coast.

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19. Explore forests, lakes, and volcanic caves on the Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean.

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18. Visitors to North Stradbroke Island, affectionately referred to as Straddie, in Queensland, Australia, will often spot dolphins or humpback whales.

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17. Visit Bulgaria's smallest town, Melnik, perched in a remote spot amid the Pirin Mountains, for stunning views over a glass of local wine.

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16. Bathe in the crystal-clear water of the Ionian sea off the Greek island of Paxi.

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15. Ko Kut is considered one of the most beautiful and quietest islands in Thailand.

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14. Cycle through the Czech Republic's Palava region, known for its vineyards and picture-perfect green fields.

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13. Hop on a boat from Malta to visit its little-known neighbour, Gozo — an island strewn with temples, salt pans, and picturesque beaches.

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12. Spend an afternoon in the old town of Oviedo — the capital of Asturias, a principality in north-west Spain — and admire the mismatched houses that line a typical street.

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11. Take in views of the Portuguese countryside in Monsaraz, an ancient village with whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, and a castle.a

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10. Take a scenic walk in Lukomir, a remote village in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that sits on the lip of a large canyon.

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9. Intrepid travellers who don't mind the trek should visit Aogashima, a picturesque Japanese island that also happens to be an active volcano.

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8. Visit Setenil de las Bodegas, a village in Andalucia, Spain, that was built into cliffs and where residents' houses have large rocks covering them instead of roofs.

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7. Escape the noise of urban living with a visit to Lago de Yojoa, a peaceful natural lake in Honduras surrounded by idyllic scenery.

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6. Commonly referred to simply as Baños, this Ecuadorian city translates to mean "holy water baths." It is known for its healing hot springs.

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5. Walk through the Mani, a hilly region in Greece's Peloponnese that's known for its crumbling architecture.

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4. Trek through the rainforest in the small Bolivian town of Rurrenabaque.

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3. Go diving amid the ruins of a sinking abandoned prison in the town of Rummu in Estonia.

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2. Copper Canyon is much bigger, and much greener, than the Grand Canyon in the US. The best way to see it is on the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico, a train which travels 600 kilometres across northwestern Mexico.

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1. The small Peruvian city of Huacachina was built around this beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert.

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From a Japanese island that doubles as an active volcano to a neon green lake in New Zealand, here are our top 100.

Methodology: We have considered the number of current traveller reviews on TripAdvisor to rank the attractions in this list, from those with the most to least visitors. Have we missed any under-the-radar spots? Let us know in the comments.

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