Valleys are often surrounded by huge mountainous landscape, and because they are hidden you can find many surprising wonders like turquoise lakes, majestic waterfalls, scenic landscapes and geological features. So let’s take a look at our top ten picks of picturesque valleys, which should definitely be on your bucket list.
10. Jamison Valley, New South Wales, Australia
This Valley is amidst the Blue Mountain and is about 12km long, down the great sandstone cliff. The area is covered by a thick eucalyptus forest, and you can discover many breathtaking waterfalls over there. The most famous activity among tourists is camping and bushwalking. It’s also home to the famous “Three Sisters” rock formation.This valley offers many beautiful sights and has several tracks. You can reach it from Sydney through a bus or a train, as it’s only a 100km away. You can also go there via Blue Mountains Explorer.
9. Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Beyond this valley lies a small town, Sabie. The town is located in the Sabie River banks and is encircled by a forest. You can see many marvelous sights if you visit the Long Tom Pass. You will also come across The Long Tom, a silver British cannon at the mountain top. This is an extremely picture perfect and historically significant place, located near the Sabie waterfalls, Kruger National Park, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pilgrim’s Rest and God’s Window. You can reach Sabie via the Long Tom pass through Lydenburg.
8. Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
This valley was once the capital of Hawaii and royal residences were also situated there. A breathtaking view of the ocean can be seen from the valley and the beach, which is circled by steep cliffs. A few waterfalls are also spotted down the cliffs. You can enjoy the day hiking up the Muliwai Trail to explore this scenic beauty.
7. Zabriskie Point, California, USA
Zabriskie Point is on the east side of the notorious Death Valley. You can experience this ancient landscape that has been subjected to erosion for millions of years. You must climb to the top of the hill to see the glimpse of this remarkable view. It’s a very popular spot, and anytime is suitable for a visit but summers gets extremely hot, so we recommend spring or fall.
6. Landmannalaugar, Iceland
This isolated valley is one of the top favorite tourist spot in Iceland. The valley entails crater lakes, Hekla volcano, lava fields and vibrant rhyolite mountains. Tourists love to discover the scenic sites by hiking on these easy trails. The valley offers excellent hiking opportunities as well. The road to Landmannalaugar is only open from June till late September so try to visit in these months only.
5. Moon Valley, Argentina
Moon Valley is located in Ischigualasyo Provincial Park and it is home to some stunning unearthly landscapes. There are so many unique places to discover, and the most interesting fact; a variety of dinosaur fossils were found here. The gray sand looks white under the moonlight, hence the name Moon Valley. It has many picturesque sites to see and is protected by UNESCO. You can catch a flight from the airport of Buenos Aires or can travel to La Rioja or San Juan by a car. Then you can reach the park via car or bus.
4. Yosemite Valley, California, USA
Ever heard of a glacial valley? If not, then you should definitely visit this mile deep beauty. The valley is enclosed by magnificent granite rocks and has many marvelous formations like El Capitan and Half Dome. Merced River is also situated here along with multiple waterfalls and streams. The visitors have the options to pick one of the many trails that are present in this attractive valley. It’s one of the most magnificent spots located in Yosemite National Park. You can take the 41, 140 and 120 Highway and travel by car or you can come via bus with Greyhound or Amtrak service.
3. Dolomites, Italy
This mountain range is situated in northern Italy and has numerous valleys. It is a popular spot for skiers, base jumpers, mountain climbers and hikers. It also has aesthetically pleasing view and pretty edgy slopes. Take a look at Seceda ridge; isn’t it is a marvel to see! Along with the picturesque views, it offers numerous thrilling activities. You can visit this valley at any month.
2. Red Stone Valley, Henan, China
This breathtaking red rock valley is situated in Mount Yuntaishan Global Geopark, Apart from the melodramatic rocks; you can see majestic waterfalls showering down for numerous stages. This valley is not only adored by tourist, but also attracts conservationists and geologists due to its great importance. You should visit this place with a guided tour. You can take a bus from Mt. Yuntai, and your destination will arrive in 15 minutes.
1. Valley of the Ten Peaks, Alberta, Canada
This world renowned valley in Alberta is famous for its ten peaks along with its scenic turquoise Moraine Lake. Its smallest peak it a bit over 3km. Tourist hike up a few trails to explore this beautiful place. It is extremely popular around the globe due to its beauty. You can visit this valley at any time of the year.