John Muir had said – “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”. The clearest way into finding your own self and appreciating this beautiful world is also by going through a forest. A forest touches a part of you inside that nothing else can. It awakens you to look at everything in its simplest forms. Check out the following forests and start checking them out of your ‘Places To Visit’ list.
Apricot Valley, China
There are some reasons why we have put this on top of the list. Apricot Valley is the single, most magical, most beautiful forest to lay your eyes on in Spring. It is about 5000 acres full of tall apricot trees that are in full bloom in spring. Looking at this forest from afar, you will feel like you have been transported into a fairytale.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
Another treasure that China has to offer is Jiuzhaigou Valley located in Sichuan. It is not only lusciously beautiful with clear, blue lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks, but it is also a reserve for many endangered species of plants and animals like the Giant Panda.
Crooked Forest, Poland
If you like strange and weird things but are also a nature lover then this should be your first stop on your trip. This forest has 100 or so pine trees that have grown weirdly and nobody knows why. Imagine a long-stemmed question mark but upside down and then imagine hundreds of them side by side all of them covered with beautiful greenery. That’s the crooked forest.
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
The name of the forest was given by its most popular resident species – the sacred ‘Spirit Bears’. These bears are cream- colored Kermode Bears and the creamy-looking water makes this huge forest ethereal and beautiful.
Redwood National Park, California, United States
Three of the world’s tallest trees are located in this forest. If you are into tall trees or if you want to drive your car through a tree without any consequences then you should visit this forest.
Kelp Forest in Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, United States
Now we are talking about an underwater forest that you can literally dive into. You can meet some sea lions while witnessing a very eerie forest. If you don’t want to go underwater, then you can opt for one of the tallest aquariums in the world that is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and check out some beautiful aquatic creatures.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
You can walk on a suspension bridge in foggy weather not knowing where the bridge is leading you in this forest that is filled with tall trees and rare birds. This forest makes walking on a bridge feel like a beautiful adventure, that too, in the clouds.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan
This is one of the most popular tourist places in Japan because of the towering bamboo sticks and the beautiful sounds they make against the wind. If you want to experience these sounds or take any pictures, make sure to visit in off-peak hours.
Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
This forest grows in such high altitude regions that the clouds blanket it most of the time. The forest is full of spongy moss that is beautifully cut and carnivorous pitcher plants that look harmless enough to touch.
Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
With cascading waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and live flora and fauna, this forest has it all for all kinds of nature lovers. It’s even home to a significant population of lazy koalas that you can pet.