Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’re feeling the love! But forget about red roses, teddy bears and love hearts – there are so many lustworthy sights decked out in blushing tones across the globe ready to set the mood. From striking red beaches to ancient crimson palaces and soaring canyons that light up in fiery tones, expect a few heart-pounding moments. So go on, have a love affair with these spectacular red tourist attractions.
Antelope Canyon – Arizona, USA
Step inside this geometric wonder of nature in the sprawling desert of Arizona. Discover a world of twirling sandstone formations and red patterns that twist and turn to play beautiful tricks on the eye, ever-changing at the hands of the shifting light tumbling in from above. Step through the narrow slit entrance just a few feet wide, feel the temperature drop and wander through this incredible slot canyon, from wide and bright spaces to cave-like crevices shrouded in darkness.
'Rose Red City' – Petra, Jordan
An ancient city nestled amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in Jordan, Petra was literally carved into the vibrant red, pink and white sandstone cliff faces around the turn of the 2nd century. The fabled “rose red city, half as old as time” remained the capital city of the Nabateans for a number of centuries. An archaeological wonder, by day it’s incredible, but come back at night to witness the site turn crimson, lit up by candles to set the scene for an evening of Bedouin song and storytelling.
Red Beach – Santorini, Greece
The clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea meet dramatic lunar-like landscapes at Red Beach, where blood-red cliffs jut vertically into the skies and red and black pebbles grace the placid shoreline. A striking volcanic beach on the Greek Island of Santorini, it’s a little bit of a trek to get there, but absolutely worth it (and thankfully that means it’s not always packed).
Red Centre – Northern Territory, Australia
It’s not called the Red Centre for no reason! There’s no shortage of scarlet-tinged sights to catch glimpse of in our sprawling dusty Outback: the ancient sandstone formations of Kings Canyon, the famous Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and the Macdonnel Ranges, which turn their best fiery red in the midday sun. At sunset though, turn your attention to Uluru as it effortlessly glows bright at the heart of the nation against a spectacular backdrop of colours transforming in the sky.
Red Fort – Old Delhi, India
Wander the grand pavilions, winding garden paths and intricately hand-carved archways of yesteryear at the magnificent and imposing Red Fort in Old Delhi. The grand legacy of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the historic remnants still stand in all their crimson sandstone glory today. Towering high above the bustle and tear of Old Delhi since the mid-1600s, this is one palace fort you don’t want to miss.
Red Beach – Panjin, China
It’s not sand but seaweed that covers this striking beach in Panjin in China, which transforms from green to a vivid red as autumn rolls around. Perched in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world, it’s a delicate ecosystem that plays home to hundreds of bird species and wild animals, but no doubt one of the biggest drawcards is the chance to glimpse this colourful phenomena. Who'd have thought seaweed could be so appealing?
Red Panda – China
If the word ‘panda’ immediately brings bear-like, black-and-white images to mind, think again. The lesser-known Red Panda is an elusive and adorable little creature – widely loved for their kitten-like faces, fluffy tails and cinnamon red fur. Found only in isolated and mountainous regions in parts of Southeast Asia, their reddish-orange tint is the perfect camouflage for blending in with the branches of fir trees typically covered in red mosses.
Double-decker Buses – United Kingdom
The eye-catching red double-decker buses around the United Kingdom aren’t just a means of transport – they’ve become a destination in their own right and world-famous icons, particularly in London. It’s impossible to visit without jumping on board for at least one ride, even if just for a few stops – and it goes without saying, you must ride on the top deck!