VACATION IDEAS

12 cool places you've never heard of

You're gonna need a bigger bucket list. These 12 undiscovered destinations are off the grid and out of this world, and we're pretty sure you haven't visited any of them yet.

By , Thursday, Sep 22, 2011, 7:00 PM

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Lord Howe Island

An aerial view of Australia's beautiful Lord Howe Island, a two-hour flight from Sydney.

(R. Ian Lloyd)

Lord Howe Islands

Lord Howe's native kentia palms, with views of two volcanic mountains: Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird.

(Tom Till/ Getty Images)

Lord Howe Island

Thompsons General Store on Australia's Lord Howe Island.

(Ashley Whitworth/ Alamy)

Saint-Sauvant

The 12th-century Romanesque Saint-Sylvain Church, inĀ Saint-Sauvant, France.

(Courtesy Jack Ma/Wikimedia Commons)

Lanai

The lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo, Lanai, where thousands of years of wind erosion has created incredible spires and towers.

(Maryellen McGrath/ Landov)

Sucre

A vegetable stall at the central market in Sucre, Bolivia.

(Jerome Lorieau)

Tusheti

The ancient village of Dartio in Georgia's Tusheti region.

(Courtesy Wild Frontiers)

Senegal

Cormorants in Senegal's Iles de la Madeleine National Park, a pair of spiky uninhabited outcroppings 2.5 miles off the coast of Dakar.

(TJ Haslam/ Flickr)

Verduno

The dining room in Castello di Verduno, in Italy's Piedmont Region, where guests can sample Barolo from the castle's cellars.

(Andrea Wyner)

Eastern Antioquia

The stonework kitchen at Queareparaenamorarte, a traditional restaurant along the Vuelta al Orienta, a looping day-long drive in Colombia's Eastern Antioquia region.

(Mauricio Granados)

Doe Bay

Doe Bay, on Washington State's Orcas Island, which has an unassuming resort of the same name.

(Cameron Zegers Photography)

Wuppertal

South Africa's wild Cederberg Mountains, which surround the picturesque town of Wuppertal, four hours north of Cape Town.

(Awie Badenhorst/ Alamy)

Namje

The remote Himalayan village of Namje in Nepal, accessible only by footpath.

(Courtesy Stephanie Odegard)

Buffalo

Devils Leap in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, sitting in the backyard of outdoor-friendly town of Buffalo.

(Iconotec/ Alamy)