The Road Less Travelled: 5 Vacations Where The Journey Is The Destination
The mountainous province in southwestern China has much to offer for the bold traveller. About a 5-hour drive away from the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is the picturesque town of Zhenyuan – the “Venice of the East” – and another 5-hours from there is the 78-metre high and 101-metre wide Huangguoshu waterfall, the largest in China. Also make time for the natural wonder of Zhijin Cave, where the colourful karst formations give the vast cavern an ethereal look.
Almost smack in the middle of the US of America, Colorado is always a waypoint on the quintessential American road trip; but the Centennial State is worthy of a trip by itself. Fly into Colorado Springs, via Los Angeles and bask in the lush greenery and crystal clear lakes of Mesa Verde park, and conquer the dangerous trek on the Devil’s Causeway. Also visit the Wheeler Geologic Area where its volcanic formed sandstones show nature’s beauty after its wrath.
Waitomo, New Zealand
New Zealand has seen a huge boom in tourism since its turn as Middle Earth, but a four-and-a-half hour drive from South Auckland will bring you to one of its more secluded beaches Waikawau Beach – so secluded that the only way to it is a small man made tunnel. Along your drive you could stop by Marokopa Falls, after you’ve checked out the Waitomo Caves, where, as one of the locations from The Hobbit, you can still get a Middle Earth experience.
While Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice get all the Italian hype, Pisciotta is a hidden gem many tend to overlook. Drive 5-hours out from Rome, skip the touristy Amalfi Coast and head straight to the Marina di Pisciotta, where the clear blue waters and pristine beaches, introduce your imagination to reality. The town of Pisciotta itself sits on a hillside, minding its own business, allowing its residents and visitors to disappear into the scenery and let the world go by.
Taroko National Park, Taiwan
The island of Taiwan may be a tourist magnet, but a 3-hour drive from Taipei will give you plenty of places to explore untouched nature at the Taroko National Park. The mountainous terrain is broken by gargantuan gorges that frame serene streams originating from spectacular waterfalls. The park can be traversed on by motor vehicles, on bicycles and foot, with the dotting of shrines to stop by, and breathtaking views to marvel at.
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