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Atlas Recommends: 5 Places You Should Visit That Sound Good Enough to Eat


These natural wonders round the globe will leave you salivating with their scrumptious-sounding names. Yum, yum, yum…

Stromboli Island

Where else could this appetizing volcanic island sit but Italy? A bit north of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Stromboli  is open to visitors even though it erupts a dozen times daily. Interestingly, the cheese-filled turnover of the same name is reputed to have emerged from either Philadelphia or Spokane and is possibly named for the Ingrid Bergman movie Stromboli.

Chocolate Hills

Bohol Island in the Philippines has 1,268 green mounds that turn brown when the weather is dry – – they resemble chocolate kisses if seen from above. The hills may have formed from a volcanic eruption, though locals have a different theory involving a large buffalo and poop. Gives a whole new meaning to the “chocolate” part of the name.

Pancake Rocks

Refrain from pouring some maple syrup on these babies. The Pancake Rocks are actually areas of eroded limestone in Punakaiki, New Zealand. The layering effect comes from the force of marine life on the hard and soft areas of the rocks. There’s an extra coolness factor here – the rocks’ configuration has turned them into blowholes during high tide.

Turnip Rock

This rock resembles something out of a video came. This island of 20-foot trees sprouted in Lake Huron, Michigan,  thanks to thousands of years of erosion. Sadly, the rock is only able to be visited by boat thanks to private land ownership.

Mushroom Rock State Park

Located in Marquette, Kansas, the mushroom rocks are cemented calcium carbonate creations formed during the Cretaceous Period, which occurred at least 66 million years ago. The process of the hard top rock knocking against the soft rock creates the skinnier bottom half.