Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Unlike most glaciers on Earth, Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina, is still growing. At 19 miles long and an average of 240 feet high, the glacier covers 121 square miles and continues to expand. It is common for massive pieces of the glacier to fracture and crash into the water beneath, creating an epic spectacle for visitors.
Dole Plantation’s Giant Pineapple Garden Maze, Wahiawa, Hawaii
Once the largest maze in the world, this tropical plant garden covers over 3 acres and contains nearly 2.5 miles of pathways. The maze is made of 14,000 iconic Hawaiian plants, including pineapples, hibiscus, and crotons, and the center is in the shape of a pineapple.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
What started as an unofficial town dump site in the early 1900s is now a beach covered in sea glass. Cleanup efforts began in the ’60s, and in 2002, Glass Beach became part of MacKerricher State Park in California. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the weathered glass and trinkets, but removing glass or other treasures from the beach is prohibited.
Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail, Weldon Spring, Missouri
Formerly the site of an explosives factory and then a uranium refinery, this man-made hill in Missouri is an entombed hazardous waste site. After 15 years of cleanup and hundreds of millions of dollars spent, the Disposal Cell is now considered a safe recreational area and is a popular spot for birdwatchers and stargazers.
Lake Abraham, Alberta, Canada
Frozen bubbles of methane fill this ice-covered lake in winter, creating a surreal landscape that draws photographers to this Rocky Mountain locale in Alberta, Canada. The bubbles are created when bacteria consume decaying organic matter and release methane as waste, which becomes trapped in the frozen lake.