If we ever finally get around to launching a mission to another planet, it will take between three months and a year to get to Mars. Proxima Centauri, the closest star with exoplanets in the habitable zone, is over four light-years away.
Suffice to it say the chance of anyone reading this to actually set foot on an alien world is basically zero.
Fortunately for intrepid explorers, our own planet is full of odd corners with bizarre geological formations and unusual plant and animal life. Many of these exotic locales have inspired fantastic worlds in our favorite speculative fiction, while others seem like they sprang out of our wildest imaginations.
If you’d like to experience a far-off planet orbiting a distant star, you might start with one of these fascinating — and sometimes dangerous — spots here on Earth.
1. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China