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Jan 05 2018

10 Places on Earth Like Mars

10 Places on Earth Like Mars: Part of travelling is being able to experience something different, so different that it feels out of this world. Whether that’s a different culture, language, architecture, or even surreal landscapes that feel alien in nature.

While actual travel to another planet is out of reach, this list will hopefully quench that thirst to see something unworldly until you can step foot on another world for yourself. For your next holiday instead of travelling to somewhere like the tried and tested beach, why not try and visit somewhere which is similar to Mars and truly amaze your friends?

This is a list of the 10 places on Earth which seem most like the Red Planet of Mars.

10 Places on Earth Like Mars|

1: Red Center/Great Artesian Basin/Simpson Desert – Australia

There are few places on Earth which resemble the striking color of Mars as much as this area in Australia. The resemblance of Australia to Mars doesn’t just run skin deep, but the two places share a deeper connection.



Australia is the major provider (90%) of the world’s supply of precious opal, with the main reason on Australia’s large opal concentration due to acidic oxidative weathering. This process has been discovered on Mars, which makes these areas in Australia one of the closet matches to Mars on Earth.

2: Atacama Desert – ChileValley of the Moon

CC Image via Flickr by Justin Vidamo


The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Due to this reason and the fact that the arid conditions of the Atacama Desert matching those to that of Mars so well, NASA frequently use this location for testing of their Mars rovers.



3: Chott el Djerid – Tunisia Chott El Jerid - salt lake - Tunisia

CC Image via Flickr by nina_pic



Chott el Djerid in Tunisia is a massive salt lake which can provide the same feel of isolation of being on Mars, although despite the recent announcement of water found, it wouldn’t be anywhere near this amount of water so lets just use our imaginations.



During  the year certain parts of the lake are known to change colours and take on a green, purple, white, or even red appearance. If visiting during surise or sunset it will provide a Mars like experience like no other.


4: Dasht-e Lut – Iran Dasht-e Lut 1a

source: ninara (cropped vertically and edited by TGA)



While this location may not provide the stock standard ruby red sands of Mars, it does provide rock structures which look like sand castles and hills which are reminiscent of any NASA photo of the red planet.


The tall standing structures of Dasht-e-Lut in Iran will provide you with hours of fun, and plenty of photography opportunities to make you feel like you have truly been transported to another planet.

10 Places on Earth Like Mars|

5: Death Valley – California, United States

Badwater Basin
CC Image via Flickr by Keith Yahl 



Death Valley is one of the driest areas in the world, with it being the driest in the North American region. The rugged landscape of Death Valley looks like a perfect match for Mars which combines sand dunes, jagged hills and rock faces, and a crusty dried dessert floor.



6: Grand Canyon – United States

Grand Canyon CC Image via Flickr by Paul Fundenburg



The Grand Canyon is an amazing site on its own, and is considered one of the world’s 7 natural wonders. But what brings this location onto the list is the sheer size and magnitude of the location which provides a jaw dropping moment of pure humility.



The dark orange and sunset red coloured rocks combined with a deep rigged ravine, all merge to create an unworldly location which looks as if you’re looking onto the planet of war itself.



  7: Chabahar  Mountains- Iran Chabahar, Baluchistan

 CC Image via Flickr by Beluchistan



A jagged mountain with extremely sharp cliff faces which resemble a broken piece of glass than a mountain is purely otherworldly. When you think of the terrain of another planet your imagination usually begins to run away, but one thing that continues to pop into contention is the notion of sharp and unnatural structures.



This beauty from Iran makes visiting the country purely for this landscape viable in itself. Chahabar is one of the few places of Earth which feels truly similar to Mars.



8: Wadi Rum – Jordan

Wadi Rum CC Image via Flickr by Maureen


The unworldly rock structures and blood red sands all combine to create an uncanny Mars like environment which can be viewed right here on Earth. The landscapes of Wadi Rum look so similar to that of Mars, it was chosen to be the main film location for the movie The Martian featuring Matt Damon which is set on Mars. Wadi Rum is one of the few places on Earth like Mars that it truly feels as though your stepping foot on another world.


9: Lake Mungo Walls of China – Australia

Lake Mungo NP - On the Great Wall CC Image via Flickr by Peter Boer


While it may share a similar name to that of the Great Wall in China, the Walls of China in Lake Mungo of Australia are a completely different beast all together.



The colour of the rock faces share that distinctive red clay colour which is prominent within the Australian Red Center. But what makes this landscape so abstract are the sharp angles which look like they are directly based from an alien landscape from Mars itself.

10: Goblin Valley State Park – United States

Goblin Valley CC Image via Flickr by Julian Fong


This odd place looks like it was the background set for the original Star Trek featuring William Shatner. Its so weird and uncanny that it looks fake. But that is part of the charm of Goblin Valley Park, this entry on the list is a little bit more fun than others, but still looks like it could easily be found on a distant planet.



Did you like our article ’10 Places on Earth Like Mars’? If so please share, comment, or pin! Were there any locations similar to Mars which we forgot? Let us know in the comments section below!



Cover Image via Flickr by Maureen, text added by They Get Around


  • Good suggestion to NASA to go next time to take more photos as the Curiosity’s photos.

    Dec 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • I’ve actually visited 2 of the places on your list: Grand Canyon and Death Valley. I never thought of them being akin to Mars but now that you mention it, I can see it. I have a couple other places on the list I hope to visit one day.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:49 am
  • My kiddo is very much in to space. This would be a fun post for him to read and use his imagination to run away with. Knowing him he want to travel to each one of these places just to check it out.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 10:37 am
  • Wow, that’s really cool! Seeing as we homeschool, I think this calls for a great little Science lesson on Mars terrain.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 11:04 am
  • This is a really cool list and I totally agree, Goblin Valley State Park looks like straight out of a scene from Star Trek. I’d love to visit some of these places.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 4:40 pm
  • The world is such a beautiful place. When you sit back and think about how incredible the world is its shocking. Sadly enough I’ve not made it to any of these people.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm
  • Pam

    I’ve never heard of Goblin Valley before. It looks so cool. Well, all of these places do.

    Jan 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm
  • All these landscapes look so out of the world. Each one gives the impression that it belongs to another planet, maybe mars, and all of them are ideal for a sci-fi film.

    Jan 9, 2018 at 8:25 am
  • This was an awesome post idea! i really love all of the crazy formations Earth has!

    Jan 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm
  • My Teen Guide

    These places do look like extra-terrestrial locations. So dry and barren with little to no sign of life. I would love to see the Goblin valley and the Death valley too. They are the closest place to visit, and hopefully, I can see the ones in other parts of the world too.

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:31 am
  • I was in awe when we went to Grand Canyon so I would love to see these other magnificent natural beauties! That one in Chile is breathtaking!

    Jan 10, 2018 at 5:17 am
  • I’ve only been to Grand Canyon and we had a blast. Every time I see redrocks like the one in Valley of Fire in Nevada or Zion Park in Utah . i felt like I’m already in the planet of Mars. The views are breathtaking.

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:37 am
  • Wow, these places are all beautiful. Goblin Valley is close to me, and I have photos of my mom and dad there when they were young and first dating. I need to go.

    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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