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10. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia. A couple of days of tough climbing is well-rewarded at the summit of Mount Rinjani, the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, with this spectacular view. A crater lake, affectionately known as ‘Child of the Sea’ by locals, sits pretty at the top of this epic climb.
10. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia. A couple of days of tough climbing is well-rewarded at the summit of Mount Rinjani, the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, with this spectacular view. A crater lake, affectionately known as ‘Child of the Sea’ by locals, sits pretty at the top of this epic climb.
9. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland. If you go down to the woods today, drive through the Dark Hedges if you’re in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, a tree-lined road on the coast of Antrim. Game of Thrones fans will also recognise this area as the Port of Pyke, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy’s old stomping ground.
8. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan. Ok, so it’s actually a geyser, but ‘Door to Hell’ sounds much catchier doesn’t it? Plus, this burning pool of lava in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert, looks just how you’d expect a gateway to the underworld to look, red and hot and steamy.
7. Huacachina, Peru. Catch a glimpse of this impressive desert oasis, built in the 1930s around an existing watering hole. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the lake’s legendary resident, a mermaid.
6. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA. More wet stuff to blow your socks off, this time in North America. This natural pool, with its rainbow coloured waters, is found in Yellowstone National Park and is the third largest hot spring in the world.
5. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile. Admire the amazing Andes and visit one of South America’s most beautiful National Parks. Get your lama legs on and go hiking over mountains loaded with the white stuff and across glorious glaciers.
4. Kung Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos. Fast becoming a backpacker favourite, the Laotian city of Luang Prabang in home to Kuang Si Falls, a three tier splash spectacular with waters so clear and blue it’ll be hard to resist jumping straight in.
3. Kung Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos. Fast becoming a backpacker favourite, the Laotian city of Luang Prabang in home to Kuang Si Falls, a three tier splash spectacular with waters so clear and blue it’ll be hard to resist jumping straight in.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Frozen in the depths of winter, the world’s largest saltwater lake is transformed in to a giant, sky-reflecting mirror during rainy season
1: Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA - In the Navajo desert of Arizona, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon made up of stunning cracks and corkscrews, creating a wonderful light show. A must-see for any amateur photographer or Instagram addict.
Grand Prismatic Canyon, Wyoming, USA
Huacachina, Peru
The Dark Hedges
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Torres del Paine Park, Chile

By Linda Stewart

Just a few years ago there wasn't even a sign to say where they were.

Now the Dark Hedges at Stranocum have been rated one of the 10 most amazing places you won't believe exist on Earth.

The intertwining avenue of 18th century beech trees has been featured by travel search engine Skyscanner among its top 10 list of places which are out of this world. It sits alongside Antelope Canyon in Arizona, northern Lake Baikal in Russia and The Door To Hell, a geyser in Turkmenistan.

The serpentine row of trees is world famous after being used as the King's Road in HBO hit series Game Of Thrones and was recently nominated for landmark of the year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014-5.

A Skyscanner spokesman says: "If you go down to the woods today, drive through the Dark Hedges if you're in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, a tree-lined road on the coast of Antrim. Game Of Thrones fans will also recognise this area as the Port Of Pyke, unfortunate Theon Greyjoy's old stomping ground."

The avenue was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors to Gracehill House.

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