Magic Travel: A Guide to the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
The Earth offers spectacular natural wonders that only a small percentage of people will ever see in their lifetime. A global popularity poll announced seven provisional winners that outranks other splendid sights. These 7 natural wonders of the world include the Northern Lights, the Grand Canyon, Paricutin, Mount Everest, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Victoria Falls and the Great Barrier Reef. Many of these naturally-formed displays require an aerial view to capture the vastness of each phenomenon. Avid explorers, daredevils, backpackers, expatriates, and casual visitors place one of these 7 natural wonders on their bucket lists.
The Northern Lights: Auroras
The Northern Lights have become a sensation for tourists traveling along the Northern Hemisphere. The Northern Lights are auroras, or naturally occurring phenomena that consists of mystifying displays of light in the sky. The aurora lights emanate a diffused glow along the northern horizon. Sight seers describe the waves of northern lights as an electrifying phenomenon that increases as a traveler approaches the magnetic pole situated around the Arctic Islands of Canada. Most sight seers stand in amazement as the aurora lights dance across the sky. Unfortunately, the northern lights randomly appear, making it a very rare experience that only natives of the region experience regularly. An increase probability of seeing them occurs during the early spring and fall months.
- The Aurora Page
- Aurora's Northern Lights
- Aurora Forecast
- Rocket Reaches into the Northern Lights to Illuminate Aurora Activity
- Northern Lights in Northern Maine
The Grand Canyon
A vast media collection has captured the Grand Canyon located in the state of Arizona. As a naturally formed gorge created by the Colorado River, it has become recognized as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon's massive and colorful landscape has provided visitors with a breathtaking view that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. One of the most spectacular views occurs from the Toroweap Overlook, an accessible sight seers peak traveled by visitors down one of three dirt roads, including Saint George, Colorado City, and the Pipe Spring Monument. Each dirt road stretches an average of 60 miles. An equally jaw-dropping view can be experienced at Lipan Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which exposes visitors to rock strata and Unkar Creek. Scheduling a private helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon will provide an unforgettable life time experience.
- Land Use History of North America
- Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon
- The Grand Canyon Gallery
- How Did the Layers of the Grand Canyon Form?
- The Grand Canyon and the Moon
Even avid travelers may not know about Paricutin, mainly because this natural wonder resides in Michoc á n, Mexico. This cinder cone volcano was name one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, even over televised volcanoes, such as Yellowstone. Paricutin last erupted in 1952. It was coined one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, because of mankind witnessed its birth and rapidly growing formation. Tourists venture on a twelve mile round trip to the peak of the volcano, either by treading on foot or horseback. Hikers will trail through sandy banks and lava fields surrounding the volcano. Visitors should plan to stay overnight for a duration lasting between one and two days. In addition, people can explore Paricutin at any time of the year.
- The Eruption of Paricutin
- Parícutin: The Birth of a Volcano
- Paricutin Volcano
- Paricutin: The Volcano Born in the Mexican Field
- Out of the Inferno: Volcanos
Victoria Falls is located in southern Africa along the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. This spectacular waterfall runs off from the Zambezi River. Seasoned explorers regard Victoria Falls as the largest source of falling water in the world. Explorers can tour Victoria Falls through a passage way leading through Livingstone or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Visitors should take advantage of the waterfall's mystifying experience by crossing over the border to gain a different perspective about this magnificent natural wonder. Tourists can view the waterfall by taking a helicopter or microlite tour to fully capture an aerial glance. In addition, visitors will have a good chance of seeing elephants, hippos, giraffes, and other wildlife while enjoying a once in a lifetime view of this amazing body of water. Tourists usually venture out to Victoria Falls during the rainy season, which lasts between late November and early April. The dry season is ideal for those seeking a rocky shore and scenic view.
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- The Smoke that Thunders: Victoria Falls
- BBC: US has Niagara and Zimbabwe has Victoria Falls. But the two don't compare.
- My Victoria Falls Album
- Zambia: Home of the Victoria Falls (PDF)
Mount Everest has an approximate elevation of 29,000 feet. Mount Everest lies within the Himalayan mountain range on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China. Mountaineers consider this mountain one of the highest spots on Earth; however, it is not the tallest mountain in the world, a title that belongs to Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Casual visitors should schedule a private flight around the mountain for an awe-inspiring aerial view. Frontiersmen should trek to the base of the mountain to fully experience Mount Everest's landscape. Additionally, explorers should choose a time absent of snow flurries, usually during the months of October and November.
- Next Stop, Mount Everest
- Top of the World - A Trip to Mount Everest
- Wharton Leadership Ventures: Himalayan Trek
- Mount Everest (PDF)
- High-Stakes Decision Making: The Lessons of Mount Everest
Great Barrier Reef
As the world's largest coral reef created by living organisms, the Great Barrier Reef includes over nine hundred islands, roughly three thousand separate reefs, and sustains a diverse ecosystem. Scuba divers have the best chance of viewing the Great Barrier Reef that contains colorful fish, coral, and marine life. Snorkelers have a guaranteed up close and personal experience. Both scuba divers and snorkelers can ride on a pontoon boat to access the Great Barrier Reef. Casual visitors have the opportunity to select from various boat and cruise tours that include single and extended day stays.
- Human Impact on the Great Barrier Reef
- The Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment Package (PDF)
- The Great Barrier Reef/Coastline
- The Great Barrier Reef
- The Great Barrier Reef: A Web Quest by: Andrew S. Baslerdo yo
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by towering granite mountains, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovada Peak, and the Tijuca hills. It was created by an erosion caused by the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists can explore the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro by a private helicopter flight to capture a breathtaking aerial view. Some visitors have used a hang glider to soar over the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro. The traditional way of seeing this natural wonder is to travel to the uppermost region surrounding the granite peaks that overlook the harbor. This will provide spectacular views of the beautiful beaches that lie inside the harbor. Other tourist activities include volleyball, stretching programs, and other sporting events.
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
- Welcome to Rio de Janeiro
- Rio de Janeiro, 1911
- History of Rio de Janeiro
- Rio de Janeiro, Brasil by Sergio Koreisha
Other Wonders of the World
A number of compiled lists exist from classical antiquity to the present day that catalogs the world's most amazing wonders, including man-made structures. For instance, the 7 wonders of the ancient world was based on guide-books illustrated by popular Hellenic sight-seers. Some of these ancient ruins include the Great Pyramid of Giza, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. An international non-profit organization named CEDAM International produced the 7 wonders of the underwater world that includes Palau, Lake Baikal, the Northern Red Sea, the Galapagos Islands, and the Deep-Sea Vents. The 7 wonders of the industrial world include the SS Great Eastern, Brooklyn Bridge, Panama Canal, and the Hoover Dam.