Five Dazzling Destinations For Exploring the Desert

Grand Canyon, Arizona

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo of Grand Canyon is from Pixabay

For a true taste of the wilderness, nothing beats the desert. If you’re looking for your next adventure and want to try somewhere truly off the beaten path, here are some of the top desert destinations from across the world to choose from.

Arizona, USA

Arizona’s desert is one of the most iconic in the world. From the rocky monoliths of monument valley to the numerous ghost towns in the area, this is the place to make you feel like you’re in a Hollywood Western. The Grand Canyon also happens to be in this state – Canyon Tours offers a huge selection of ways to see the canyon from rafting trips to helicopter tours. Meanwhile, if you crave a bit of urban life, you can always cross the border into Nevada and visit Las Vegas for a couple days.

Western Australia

There’s more to Australia’s desert sights than Ayers rock. Head up to Broome in Western Australia and you can take camel trips into the desert. Companies such as Best of Kimberley will help organize your Broome Tours. Meanwhile, go to Perth and you have The Pinnacles to see – an eerie landscape of rock formations that will make you feel like you’re on the moon.

The Black and White Desert, Egypt

Most people heading to Egypt will go for the pyramids and other ancient sites. Whilst these cannot be missed, many holiday goers to Cairo skip the scenic deserts in the area. These include two unusual examples – the Black Desert and the White Desert. The first is indeed black due to volcanic activity, whilst the white desert is full of strange chalk formations that almost appear like snow. You can camp overnight and also visit many of the natural spas in the area.

White Desert
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Namib Desert, Namibia

Namibia isn’t on most people’s bucket lists when it comes to travelling. However, its desert is one of the most impressive in the world. It sports the highest dunes in the world, rising up like mountains in the horizon. Near here, you can also visit the dried up oasis of deadvlei sat between massive dunes. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, there’s also plenty of African wildlife to see here too including hyenas, ostriches and black rhinos.

Namib Desert
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Atacama, Chile

Atacama could well be the most hostile desert on the planet. It has the lowest recorded rainfall of any place on the planet and consists of mountainous terrain sporting geysers, and hot springs and gorges. You can ride through the desert on horseback via tours with companies such as Keteka. You also have various lagoons nearby, known for being so salty you can float on them.

Atacama Desert
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