There are several stunningly beautiful locations around the world that are so colorful they look like a paint bucket has been splashed all over it. However this is just natural beauty at its finest. From flower fields to parks, there are a whole host of colorful places that will make you think you've walked into a postcard, but they genuinely do exist. The next time you're deciding on a destination to visit, consider adding a splash of color to your vacation and visiting one of the top 20 most colorful places on Earth.
Discover the Most Colorful Places on Earth
You may think your eyes are deceiving you when you take a look at our list of the most colorful places on Earth, but there is no Photoshop trickery here, just nature in all its glory. There are obviously more than 20 colorful places that you can visit around the world, but these are ones we have handpicked due to their magnificent colorful attributes.
1. Lavender Fields, France
The lavender fields in Provence are best enjoyed in the summer when the flowers are in full bloom. The purple will mesmerize you while the fragrance is overwhelming.
2. Caño Cristales River, Colombia
This Colombian river is known as 'The River of Five Colors', because of the range of striking colors it turns from the end of July through to November. The bed of the river becomes blue, yellow, green and black, but especially red, due to a flourishing red plant species called Macarenia clavígera, which is found at the bottom of the river.
3. Tulip Fields, Netherlands
During Spring, areas of the Netherlands are transformed into a sea of color due to the blooming of several tulips. The tulips reside in many different fields, and the most well known tulip farms are located in the Northeast polder in the province of Flevoland, The Kop van Noord-Holland area and the Bollenstreek near Leiden. The fields grow many varieties of tulip, meaning no two fields are alike, but they are all equally colorful.
4. Luoping, China
Luoping County in China is at its most beautiful in the spring, when its fields of yellow canola flowers bloom, creating a sea of golden color. The fields attract a lot of photographers who visit to capture the flowers during their peak blooming time. It is also popular with bees, and during the spring time beekeepers set up base tents in the fields so they can keep bees and harvest the honey.
5. Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan
The Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan, is home to 150 mesmerizing Wisteria flowering plants that are of 20 different species. The Wisteria tunnel is a surreal candy colored wonderland of white, blue, purple, pink and violet-blue wisterias, and is an experience that is best enjoyed from late April to mid May. If you visit any other time you will be faced with lifeless twisted branches, which can be disheartening.
6. Valley of Flowers National Park, India
This national park is situated along the western Himalayas and is well known for its endless meadows of vibrant alpine flowers and variety of flora. It is also home to several endangered species of animals such as the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and musk deer.
7. Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier features in our list of the most colorful places on Earth because of its bright bubblegum pink color. The color is caused by green micro-algae and red halophilic bacteria, both of which contribute to the vivid pink hue. Though these organisms may sound harrowing, they are not known to cause any harm to humans - making Lake Hillier a top tourism hotspot!
8. Five Flower Lake, China
There are 118 lakes in the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, but the Five Flower Lake is one of most beautiful amongst them. This shallow lake is a beautiful multitude of color, which is caused by surrounding mineral deposits and diverse plant life.
9. Yuanyang County, China
This county is famous for its mountains which have been cultivated into terraced rice paddies and provide a spectacular abstract pattern of color. The best time to visit and appreciate its beauty is after the harvest from January to March.
10. Red Sea Beach, China
The highly alkaline soil in this area means not many types of plants can survive this type of environment, however the bright red suaeda plants flourish. They start their growth cycle in April and are usually light red in color before they mature into a deep red.
11. Namaqualand, Namibia
In the Spring this area is really popular with locals and tourists, as Namaqualand transforms from an arid, barren landscape into a picturesque rainbow of colorful flowers.
12. Hokkaido, Japan
The rainbow of flowers in Japan are all neatly planted so they are grouped together in colors and provide a spectacular experience for flower lovers. The bright assortment of colors are from a variety of flowers including french marigolds, poppies, sunflowers and lupin.
13. Shark Bay, Australia
Shark Bay has exceptional natural features, making it a must-see if you ever visit Australia. The sandy white beaches, red cliffs, and beautiful blue water is captivating beyond belief, it's no wonder this area is a world heritage site.
14. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is also worth seeing in Australia. It is home to over 1500 species of fish and 600 types of coral, making it one of the most colorful places on earth, and a great location for diving.
15. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
There are several different hot springs around the world that you can visit, but the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring located in Yellowstone National park, is the most colorful of them all.
16. Pamukkale, Turkey
Another hot springs attraction is in Pamukkale, Turkey. These gorgeous pools of blue have been bathed in for thousands of years and are believed to bring a calming effect to those who visit them.
17. Juneau, Alaska
The ice caves in Juneau, Alaska, are a truly magical experience, but due to climate change they not be around much longer. The 12-mile-long glacier provides breathtaking views and lets you witness every stage of the water cycle at once.
18. Shibazakura Hill, Japan
If you visit the base of Mount Fuji in spring you will see it surrounded by hundreds of thousands of moss blooms, also known as 'shibazakura' in various shades of pink. This makes it a beautiful sight seeing spot if you are ever in Chichibu in Japan.
19. Lake Natron, Tanzania
This salt and soda lake is inhospitable for most flora and fauna, but salt-loving microorganisms like cyanobacteria thrive in it, and they cause the stunning deep red and orange colors of the lake by living there.
20. Cornwall, England
Cornwall is a beautiful county in England which encompasses several glorious sandy beaches and calm blue waters, but they also feature stunning fields of poppies just like this one in Newquay, making it one of the most colorful places on earth.