Whether man-made or one of Earth’s natural wonders, there are destinations around the world bursting with vibrant colors. These places will inspire you when the view from your window is fifty shades of grey.
As well as a host of brightly-painted doorways, balconies, steps and furniture emblazoned in glorious technicolor throughout the city, Guatapé is also home to some beautiful green views of the surrounding landscape.
From mid-July to mid-August, Valley of Flowers, the Indian National Park that lies deep in the Himalayan landscape, is especially colorful. Famous for the rare and beautiful flowers that bloom during the monsoon, visitors are also left awestruck by the untouched meadows, snow-capped peaks and alpine glaciers.
Indian Summer, New England, USA
Each autumn in the UK we’re treated to a spectacle as the leaves on the trees turn from bright green to brown, before shedding themselves completely. In New England, USA, however, visitors flock to the cities of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire to view the foliage turning various shades of brown, red, orange and yellow before it disappears.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef spans 2,300km, making it the largest coral reef on Earth – covering roughly the same area as the whole of Italy. As well as being home to an overwhelming number of exotic fish – around 1,500 species – the Reef’s various coral, sponge gardens and sea grasses offer divers a kaleidoscopic experience. Sadly, due to climate change its existence is severely threatened today.
Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
Home to the third-largest thermal spring on the planet: The Grand Prismatic Spring, it goes without saying that Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming offers a feast for the eyes. This natural phenomenon is caused by heat-loving bacteria in the boiling 160-degree water.
Caño Cristales, Colombia
Described as Colombia’s “liquid rainbow” or the “river of five colors” by locals and tourists alike, this unique waterway in the remote Parque Nacional Sierra de la Macarena is lit up from July to November with a plant cover that alternates between yellow, red, green, blue or black. An Instagrammer’s dream.
Five Flower lake, China
The stunning Wuhua Hai, also known as Five Flower Lake, is located next to 117 other lakes in the Jiǔzhàigōu Nature Reserve in the northern part of Sichuan Province. This freshwater lake enchants visitors with its blue-green water that is colored by mineral deposits and plants, and is surrounded by a colorful sea of rugged mountains and a bamboo forest.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The stunning reefs west of New Guinea host stunning marine life, and the Raja Ampat is home to 1,700 species of fish and 600 types of coral, meaning it attracts divers from all over the world.