Exotic white sand? So passé. You don’t have to travel across the world to see surreal locales in technicolor palettes — we’ve got some hidden gems right here at home in the USA. This week’s royal shades of purple and pink are located at Pfeiffer Beach, a local favorite along the Big Sur mountain range in California.
I could name tons of conventionally beautiful bodies of salt water that I’d love to dip my feet into: The Dead Sea, The Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and so on. Salt flats, however, are an entirely different story — an otherworldly natural confection. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 4,000 square miles in Bolivia. Among cacti-lined islands and flamingo populations, the snow-white sea of salt looks as if it came straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. But this scene is no mirage- it’s a very real place that won’t disappear if you pinch yourself.