There are seven natural wonders of the world. They are all unique and beautiful destinations that anyone can appreciate. There is even a famous song about the beauty of these places by Fleetwood Mac, called the 'Seven Wonders'.
Also known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis are displayed in the sky as waves or glowing sheets. It has also happened in the south, but is more predominant in the north. To view the lights you would need to travel to the northern hemisphere toward the magnetic pole. Although the lights can be unpredictable, they can usually be viewed in March, April, September, and October.
The Grand Canyon is a beautiful gorge created by the Colorado River in Arizona. It is 277 miles long, and can be explored by foot, mule, or white water rafting. The Canyon is open all year, but some parts are closed during the winter. It would be impossible to see the entire canyon in one day, and back country permits are available for those who wish to camp over night.
Located in Michoacan, Mexico, the Paricutin is an active volcano around 10,000 feet tall and last erupted in 1952. Its appearance was witnessed by man, and it grew 3/4 th's its size in the first year. Visitors may take the 12 mile round trip to the top by foot or horseback. You will see lava fields and buried homes. This is a tropical environment, and can be visited all year.
Victoria Falls is located in South Africa and is one mile wide and 360 feet tall. It is protected by two national parks and the falls source of water comes from the Zambezi River. Visitors may take helicopter or microlite tour of the falls. Microlites are small two person motorized aircrafts similar to a hang glider. Guests will typically also see an abundance of wildlife. The best time to view the falls is between late April to early November in order to see the base of the falls.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and located in the Himalayan range between Nepal and Tibet, China. Although the highest mountain, it is not the tallest in the world. The summit peak is a little over 29,000 feet, and the mountain is also called Chomolungma. Guests can take guided flights around the mountain. Those who are more adventurous can plan hiking and camping trips. The hike to the upper base camp is very expensive and costs around $25,000 to get the required permit from Nepal's government. The best times to visit are in the months of February, March, April, October, and November.
Located in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and boasts a beautiful 1600 miles of over 2900 separate reefs. The reef is so large it can be seen from space. It includes a vast array of species and over 900 islands. The best way to view the reef is by scuba diving or snorkeling. Boat rides and helicopter viewing is also available.
This beautiful harbor is tucked away in Brazil, and is also called Guanabara Bay. Its name translates to 'river of January'. The harbor was made by erosion from the Atlantic ocean. Visitors may tour the harbor by helicopter, cable cars, or hang glider, and the area is home to white sandy beaches and surrounding granite mountains. September and October typically have the best weather for visitors. It is recommended to view the harbor in the afternoon so the sun won't be in your face.