16 Wonders of the Natural World That Everyone Should See in Their Lifetime

Thanks to social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, it seems like there are few places in the world that we haven’t seen before. While our feed is awash with photographs of tourist towns like Positano and bustling cities like London, every now and then, we come across quiet, ancient places in the world that stop us in our social media–scrolling tracks. 

Unlike glittering Times Square or the impressive Burj Khalifa, these natural wonders aren't the handiwork of human ingenuity. Perhaps that's why they're so impressive: From rose-hued lakes in Western Australia to hidden underground beaches in Mexico, these destinations almost seem too beautiful to exist. They might look like they’re from the realm of imagination, but believe us—they’re absolutely real.

Here, we spotlight 16 stunning wonders of the natural world that left us speechless. Skip major cities: Nature beckons.

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This story was originally published in July 2017 and updated in December 2017.