From oceans and streams to waterfalls and rivers, water plays a vital role in creating many of the unique natural landmarks that people travel around the globe to enjoy. These four Watery Wonders of the World deserve a place on any traveler's bucket list, as they capture some of the most unique and memorable forms of water.
1. The Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan: Straddling the border between Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. It's so salty that no wildlife or plant can survive its depth. For centuries, people have been coming to the salty water for its natural healing properties. Area spas offer scrubs, masks, and detoxes featuring the Sea's naturally-occurring black mud and mineral-rich salts.
2. Waterfalls at Yosemite National Park, USA: With over 10 waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is a water lover's natural paradise. Favorites include Horsetail Falls, which looks like it is on fire as it catches the sunlight at dusk, and Yosemite Falls. At just over 2,400 feet tall, Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The falls are at their peak in spring, as winter snow melts.
3. Onsens, Kinosaki, Japan: The small town of Kinosaki is home to seven traditional hot springs or onsens. The different hot springs in this town offer a blend of private hot springs, cavern-style baths, and public pools, divided into male and female sections. All outdoor pools use naturally hot water that comes from geothermal springs.
4. Banff Upper Hot Springs at Banff National Park, Canada: Set against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped Canadian Rockies, the Banff Upper Hot Springs offer all-natural mineral springs. Soak in waters that contain healing minerals sulfate, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, and sodium. Springs are open year round and are the perfect apres-ski treat.
In its many forms, these watery wonders offer both relaxation and recreation. With the Dead Sea set to dry up by 2050, plan to see these unique features while they're still here.
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