We all know the 7 Wonders of the World (although these days there is a modern list as well as the traditional), but there is no official Natural Wonders of the World checklist. Now, this is probably because there is too many to choose from!
However, if you fancy a family holiday that is more off the beaten track – have a look at the following seven and see if one piques your (and your children’s) curiosity. Don’t forget to factor in your holiday essentials when planning.
Niagara Falls is the collective name for the three waterfalls that go across the border separating the United States and Canada. Almost 110,000 m3 of water goes over the edge of the waterfalls every minute. If you are traveling to the state of New York, or to Ontario, it is a must see and a great Kodak moment for the photo album.
The largest rainforest in the world, covering 2.7 million square miles and with land in 9 countries. You have the choice of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana if you want to visit part of the forest, though some are more established as tourist destinations than others.
Located in Arizona, although easily accessible from a few states (such as Nevada), the grand canyon is a popular attraction. It is 277 miles in length. You can fly over via helicopter or take a bus tour out for the day. There are some themed places to stay around the canyon itself if you want to make it a focus of your vacation.
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is created from collisions of electrically charged particles in the earth’s atmosphere. It can be difficult to know the best places to see the lights as the optimum can vary depending on time and season. The Southern Lights are confined to the Antarctic, so they are not seen as often, but the Northern and Southern Lights are usually mirroring each other.
The Dead Sea in Israel is said to have many therapeutic effects, aside from the fact it is fun to float in. If you are bringing your kids, it is recommended that children under six do not go into the water due to its high salt and mineral content. Scientists think that the Dead Sea may be shrinking, so it might not be around in years to come!
This may seem like a daunting experience with children, and certainly, if you want to climb to the top, they will not allow anyone under the age of 10 to go to the top, but there are plenty of activities in the surrounding areas while you still can take a glimpse of the mountain.
A little closer to home, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland were formed by a volcanic eruption. The story about Finn MacCool appeals to the younger child; they will possibly have been told about it in school, so to see it in person combines fresh air and a great tale to tell their friends!