World’s 10 most unique desert destinations

Deserts can be beautiful in their solitude and isolation, but not all deserts are the same. Today we’re looking at the most unique deserts you can find anywhere in the world. 


1. Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
This Bolivian desert is the world’s largest salt flat, and one of the most iconic places in the world to take a photo!

Salar de Uyuni

2. Atacama Desert – Chile
A desert that’s teeming with beautiful foliage? It may be hard to believe, but Chile’s Atacama Desert is flush with amazing flowers and plant life!

Atacama Desert

3. Namib Desert – Namibia
With sand dunes and elephants and unique animal and plant life, the Namib Desert gives us a snapshot of life from centuries ago! Thought to be the oldest desert on the planet, it’s a unique place to explore in coastal Africa.

Namib Desert

4. The Black Desert – Egypt
With black sand and stones strewn throughout the region, the Black Desert of Egypt makes our list due to its unique colors!

The Black Desert

5. Simpson Desert -- Australia
Simpson Desert in Australia may be the most unique desert in the world, with rust colored sands and dunes like no other place on the planet.

Simpson Desert

6. Carcross Desert – Carcross, Yukon, Canada
The world’s smallest desert, Carcross, is located in Canada’s old Yukon Territory and was once home to a glacial lake. As the waters of the lake evaporated, a tiny desert was left in its wake, and is now famous for picnics, hiking, and more!

 Carcross Desert

7. Bledow Desert – Poland
Poland’s Bledow Desert is incredibly out of place at its home in Europe. Locals love the little desert, and it’s a common place for tourists to the region.

 Bledow Desert

8. Lençóis Maranhenses – Brazil
This unique desert sets itself apart from the rest due to the fact that rainy season brings a multitude of tiny water filled ponds throughout the region, making it look like there is oasis after oasis as far as the eye can see!

Lençóis Maranhenses

9. Desert of Maine – Maine
Maine? Really? Yes! The New England state is known for lobster, snow, and one tiny desert that seems dropped out of the sky! In actuality, the desert near Freeport, Maine, was formed due to a glacial sliding through the region over 11,000 years ago!

Desert of Maine

10. Tottori Sand Dunes – Tottori, Japan
Though a desert tropical island is more at home in the Caribbean, the Japanese island is home to a 10-mile by two-mile desert that looks straight from another planet!

Tottori Sand Dunes