Forests are one of the most majestic creations of nature, so it comes as no surprise when portrayed as magical settings in many children’s books. But even for adults, a forest can be one of the most amazing travel destinations. Just standing in the middle of magnificent green scenery surrounded by towering trees and the soothing sounds of nature can be quite a humbling experience. To add up to the magic and to help you make up your mind, we prepared a list of the most beautiful forests in the whole world. Some of these are great destinations for solo travel, while others are the perfect setting for a group adventure. Nonetheless, they are all worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Ready to start this journey?
1. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan
If you wish to get away from all the fuss of your daily life, this amazing bamboo forest nearby Kyoto is one of the most amazing destinations you can pick. The high bamboo trees feel almost as if they were taken from a fantasy movie. And if you close your eyes, the rustling of the leaves and the creaking of the wood will transport you to a place of inner peace like you have never experimented before.
2. Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
The Daintree Rainforest is listed as a World Heritage Site, and its peculiar beautiful surroundings served as inspiration for the movie Avatar. The national park is just a two-hour drive from Cairns, and you can enjoy a guided tour where you will be able to engage in activities such as ziplining and bird watching. It is easy to get lost inside this wild scenario, but it’s worth it as you will be able to discover and observe the amazing and diverse Australian wildlife.
3. Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Once again, we present you with a beautiful forest that has been a source of inspiration for fictional tales. History says that the Brothers Grimm have been inspired by this German forest to create tales such as Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel. It comes as no surprise, though. The 100-mile stretch of pine trees is picturesque, and the small villages in the middle of the mountains look as if they came out of an illustrated fairy tale as well.
4. Otzarreta Forest, Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country, located in Spain’s northern part, near the border with France, is quite beautiful. The Otzarreta Forest can be found within the Basque Country’s Gorbea Natural Park, a perfect mountain area for hiking trails and discovering charming waterfalls and caves.
5. The Amazon Rainforest, South America
Amazon is known as the lungs of planet Earth, which makes absolute sense since it covers as much as 40% of all South America, extending its magnificence through countries such as Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Being the largest forest on Earth, the Amazon is home to more than 1,300 bird species and 40,000 plant species. Unfortunately, you might be running out of time to visit one of the most wonderful sites known to mankind, as global warming and human-made fires are destroying this precious land, as well as Amazon Rainforest animals and plants.
6. Olympic National Forest, Washington State
Would you like to visit a place where you will be able to enjoy coastal areas, a forest, and a mountainous ecosystem all at once? Then the Olympic National Forest is the place for you. Try the Mount Ellinor hiking trail, stop by the glacial Lake Quinault and take some time to admire the amazing Sitka spruces that can grow as much as 300 feet tall!
7. Borneo Lowland Rainforest
Borneo is the third-largest island in the entire world. There is a beautiful rainforest embraces the entire island. Sadly, palm oil extraction and logging have already destroyed as much as 30% of this natural wonder. But fortunately, nowadays, conservationists are doing their best to protect the world’s oldest forest – since the Borneo Lowland Rainforest is at least 130 million years old, making it twice as old as the Amazon. So, you might still be able to visit it and observe all of its grandeur.
8. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
If you are fascinated by biodiversity, you must visit the Great Bear Rainforest. This great forest is almost the same size as Ireland, being home to hundreds and hundreds of animals, including rare whales and wolves. Not to mention that you will also be able to enjoy 4,000-foot-tall granite cliffs that will leave you speechless, as well as giant cedar trees and beautiful waterfalls.
9. Dragon’s Blood Forest, Socotra, Yemen
This forest looks like something from another planet. The rounded top trees are uniquely beautiful, as they resemble UFOs. And these peculiar trees literally “bleed” an eerie, vivid red fluid when they are cut, making them uniquely strange and fascinating at the same time.
10. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Uganda’s Bwindi National Park is home to the largest collection of tree species in all of Eastern Africa, but animal diversity is also quite amazing. You can find side-striped jackals in this lush green forest, more than 350 bird species, elephants, and endangered mountain gorillas. For this reason, Uganda’s Bwindi National Park has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage.
11. Hallerbos Forest, Halle, Belgium
If you decide to visit Belgium from April to May, try to stop by the Hallerbos Forest while there. During this time of the year, thousands of bluebells cover the forest floor, leaving behind an unbelievable blue carpet that looks magical. And it’s easy to get there, as you can take a train from Brussels. Be sure to go early, as this place is usually crawling with visitors.
12. Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California
The natural giants that inhabit this park can take as much as 2,000 years to grow. It can be quite humbling to stand among these 300-feet-tall trees while you think about life, time, and our planet’s greatest wonders. The Rockefeller Forest is the world’s largest adjoining forest that is still standing, so you should also try to pass by.
13. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
From bats and migratory birds to a vast array of reptiles, Costa Rica is well known for its incredible biodiversity. Just northwest of San José, the capital, you will be able to find a 26,000-acre and get lost in the infinite green surroundings that are breathtaking.