11 Strangest Places Spotted on Google Earth

7-AtacamaMap data: Google, CNES / Astrium / Google Earth

Atacama Giant, Chile

The giant figure carved into the rocks of the Atacama Desert has been the source of wild speculation and conspiracy theories over the last three decades since its discovery. Now, research into the habits of the ancient Tiwanaku and Inca civilizations tells us that this figure was probably carved into the rock to help people calculate seasons and crop cycles.

8-UTA-772Map data: Google, DigitalGlobe / Google Earth

UTA Flight 772 Memorial, Niger

This amazing feat of human engineering is actually a monument made by the families of those who died in the UTA Flight 772 crash of 1989. Supported by a $170 million donation from the Libyan government, the victims’ families trucked millions of rocks into the desert to create a monument that looks like a plane inside a compass.

9-Grand-PrismaticMap data: Google, SPOT IMAGE / Google Earth

Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming USA

Located in scenic Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the USA. Its gorgeous colors make it a popular tourist attraction, and also ensures that you’ll never miss it on Google Maps. The colors you see depend on microbes in the water — the spring is usually orangey-red in the summer, and deep green in the winter.

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.