Surreal Places Series: Travel Locations You Must See

Looking towards the Desert Pearl Inn just outside of Zion National Park.

Surreal Places Series: Travel Locations You Must See

As you start narrowing down your next adventure, consider these surreal places and spaces. These are the first suggestions in our new series focusing on travel locations you must see!

Imagine visiting these Surreal Places at Zion National Park, United States Virgin Islands, and Pompeii, Italy. Part one in a series of amazing travel destinations

Pompeii, Italy

Conjuring up visions of locations that you can barely imagine? Well, the ancient site of Pompeii, would fit that dream. As you take in the ruins, it’s difficult to juxtapose the tragic disaster that occurred in A.D. 79 with the peaceful, majestic Mount Vesuvius of today. While trying to grasp the magnitude of the volcanic eruption, you’ll also be exploring an archaeological site (with homes and streets!) that is so much larger than pictures portray.

Surreal Places Pompeii Italy
Pompeii is a hauntingly surreal place.

This is one place that really messed with my mind. And I feel compelled to visit again — to try to take in the magnitude of this hauntingly, beautiful excavation.

I love traveling by train in Europe; it’s a convenient transportation option especially while traveling through a foreign country. The train stop nearest the excavation is Pompei Scavi-Villa Misteri. It’s a very short walk to the entrance, however you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking for the better part of your day, plus the surface is uneven so watch your footing.

United States Virgin Islands

A popular land and cruise based vacation spot, St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands boasts a stunning harbor near Charlotte Amalie. My favorite way to enjoy this view is on from the balcony of a cruise ship.

Surreal Places. Blue turquoise water soothes the soul at St. Thomas, USVI.
Blue turquoise water soothes the soul at St. Thomas, USVI.

On St. Croix, an excursion to Little La Grange will entice your senses. A 19th century plantation turned cattle ranch, the house is now the Lawaetz Family Museum showcasing family antiques. Spend time touring the impeccable grounds with tropical flowers and trees.

Surreal Places. Little La Grange Plantation House St Croix, US Virgin Islands
The gorgeous Little La Grange Plantation House and grounds on St. Croix.
Surreal Places. Tropical Landscaping at Little La Grange Plantation House St Croix, US Virgin Islands
The grounds at Little La Grange.

Headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands? Do not miss St. John for tranquility. In fact, swimming at Trunk Bay Beach is one of my all-time favorite memories. Add it to your vacation itinerary for playing in warm waters amidst an unspoiled setting. We took a boat from St. Thomas to St. John, however, I’m dreaming about an actual stay on St. John! How about you?!

Zion National Park, Utah

Experience the beauty of the steep, red cliffs of Zion National Park. Nestled in this surreal place are forest trails cut alongside the babbling Virgin River.

Surrel Places. Zion National Park is a contrast of red steep cliffs and green forested trails.
Zion National Park is a contrast of red steep cliffs and green forested trails.

Of all the parks that we have visited, this is my teen son’s favorite. From horseback riding to hiking, Zion offers a multitude of family activities.

Zion National Park Top Teen Vacation in a Surreal Place.
Even teens appreciate the surreal beauty of Zion!

Plan to hike and/or horseback ride in the morning or evening. Avoid the hottest afternoon hours; the heat was brutal during our vacation in late May – early June.

Recommended Lodging: Desert Pearl Inn in Springdale, Utah.

The Desert Pearl Inn at Springdale, Utah is just outside of Zion. One of our favorite Surreal Places.
Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah.

Stay tuned for our second part in the Surreal Places Series, plus watch for in-depth reviews of our recommended surreal places to inspire your vacation plans.

Have you been to any of these surreal places?

Where should we (and our readers) go next?

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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