8. Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China
When I first saw photos of the rainbow mountains of Danxia National Geological Park, located in Zhangye Danxia, China, I thought it was one of those Internet goofs – like the giant, 6-foot house cat. I know even 6-year-olds today can do some amazing things with Photo Shop. However, it’s a real place! (Although, it does appear some Internet photos have been “enhanced” – such as the one above.) There are several reasonably-priced hotel choices in Zhangye. The challenge in this Bucket List location is in getting to the park. The park is very far inland, just south of Mongolia. However, it appears there are direct flights from Nanjing, Lanzhou or Xi’an.