10 World’s Most Unique Tourist Destinations

1. Sichuan, China

Sichuan's Leshan Giant Buddha. This mountaintop Buddha is 233 feet tall. One of the biggest Buddha pictures is the 8th-century Giant Buddha.

2. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

A rich English gentleman built a bizarre environment at Las Pozas. He erected "House With a Roof Like a Whale" and "Staircase to Nowhere" on 20 acres. The pools are Las Pozas.

3. Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Pancake Rocks is on Paparoa National Park's western boundary of New Zealand's South Island. Ocean floor limestone and sandstone accumulated. Sandstone, softer than limestone, eroded.

4. Mont St. Michel, France

Tidal Mont St. Michel. When the tide recedes, it is surrounded by land. The island is off Normandy, France. The island's Gothic Abbey held French Revolution prisoners.

5. Icehotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Embrace cold weather? The winter-only Icehotel is 124 miles above the Arctic Circle. The motel is mostly ice. Ice beds accommodate visitors. Ice church, main hall, and bar. The bar's glassware are ice-carved.

6. Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

Blue holes have freshwater, saltwater, or a combination below sea level. From above, the hole appears brilliant blue, thus its name. Bahamas' Dean's Blue Hole is the deepest. 600-foot depth.

7. Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun

The Cancun Underwater Museum is offshore. The museum has 400 life-size sculptures. The underwater sculptures promoted coral development.

8. Alberobello, Italy

The Alberobello trulli become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. The Count of Conversano founded this Italian village in the 14th century. Trulli houses are here. Trulli are cone-shaped limestone homes.

9. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

The Hilton Resort on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island serves lunch and supper at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Restaurant is 16 feet below sea level. The sides and ceiling are transparent glass, so diners can see sea life.

10. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

Pamukkale Thermal Pools resemble cotton farms. Natural hot spring waters stream down the thermal pools' levels. Thermal pools are more than just a place to swim or relax.