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September 24, 2013 12:03 ET

Move Over Leaf Peeping: Cheapflights.com Finds Color Around the World

Discover the Top 10 Most Colorful Natural Wonders

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2013) - Autumn's chill is beginning to set in, bringing with it the beautiful transition from summer's green glow to the crisp orange, red and yellow hues of fall. While the whole world may not be privy to the colorful change of fall foliage, there are many places around the globe where Mother Nature displays colorful forms of beauty, often year round. So, while leaf peeping is the traditional way to get an eye full of color this time of year, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have a different idea. The team has broadened its search for color-infused sights and compiled a list of Top 10 Most Colorful Natural Wonders where more than just the trees brighten the world.

From orange and yellow hot springs to red rock formations to pink beaches, below are five colorful North and South American sites to make the list that will satisfy your color craving:

  • Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, United States - Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. The Navajo refer to Upper Antelope Canyon as Tsé bighánílín, meaning "the place where water runs through rocks." From mid-March until early October, beams of sunlight enter the canyon, giving it the orange-red glow tourists from all over come to admire. Due to its accessibility, Antelope is the most visited slot canyon in the American Southwest and a year-round attraction.

  • Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming, United States - Located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the funnel-shaped Morning Glory Pool is a hot spring named for its close resemblance to the morning glory flower. The hot spring itself reaches a temperature of 171 degrees Fahrenheit (77 degrees Celsius). The unique colors of orange and yellow are caused by thermophilic bacteria, which thrive in hot temperatures. This popular attraction can be reached by road -- it's less than two miles away from the Old Faithful Visitors Center.

  • Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States - Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this red rock formation was originally named Red Rock Corral, but, when two surveyors visited the spot, they decided it was a site fit for the gods and renamed it Garden of the Gods. This National Natural Landmark is in a free public park that's open daily, and tourists and locals use it for hiking, rock climbing and to take advantage of the incredible scenery.

  • Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas - You'll find plenty of white-sand beaches when you visit the islands of the Caribbean and the Bahamas, but pink sand is much harder to come by. That is unless you visit Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, which runs three miles along the island's east coast. "Frommer's" has named it one of the best beaches in the world and tourists claim it's ideal for swimming thanks to the year-round warm water and nearby coral reef that calms waves coming in from the open Atlantic Ocean.

  • Caño Cristales, Meta, Colombia - This South American attraction located in Meta, Colombia, is also known as "The River of Five Colors" or "The Liquid Rainbow," and it's easy to see why. Visitors come to Serrania de la Macarena National Park to gaze at the natural beauty of the flowing water, which features hues of pinks, reds, yellows and greens as a result of the blue water mixed with yellow and green sand. The pink comes from a plant species on the river floor called Macarenia clavigera, which turns bright red under the water's surface. Guided tours can be arranged to this unique and remote attraction.

Rounding out the list of worldwide colorful wonders are: Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, Gansu Province, China; Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China; Tulip Fields, Netherlands; Lac Rose, Senegal; and Lake Hillier, Australia. To read the vibrant details on these and Cheapflights.com's complete Top 10 Most Colorful Natural Wonders, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-most-colorful-natural-wonders.

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