Tree tunnels are an often-overlooked natural wonder. Haunting and whimsical, these tunnels can be made of deciduous trees, flowering blossoms, or even vines. I love tree tunnels. It’s never boring to discover its mystery and beauty. Check out the following list of ten amazing tree tunnels from around the world to explore beautiful spectacles of nature.
1. Tree Tunnel, Kauai
If silent gravel roads wrapped in greenery are your idea of paradise, a quiet stroll down this road in Kauai is sure to be to your liking. This tree tunnel almost conjures up images of lovers strolling hand in hand. If you are planning to visit Kauai this year, make sure you take a few pictures of this natural wonder.
2. Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ireland is also home to a tunnel of gnarled tree branches near Armoy. Spooky yet beautiful, the branches reach out almost as if to touch your vehicle as you drive by. You might not want to drive through this tunnel late at night unless you have your windows securely rolled up and your doors locked too.
3. Tunnel of Love, Rivne, Ukraine
Rivne, Ukraine is home to a tunnel of greenery that is the stuff childhood dreams are made of. If you’ve ever dreamed of running away from home or strolling through quiet forests with your best friend at your side, this Ukrainian tunnel is made for you. This is one of the best places to propose and get a lover’s picture.
4. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
Photo: Frank Reyes
One of the most breathtaking tree tunnels you can visit these days is located in South Africa. The best time to visit Johannesburg and enjoy the Jacarandas Walk is fall, particularly October when Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. You will see over 70,000 trees that make up this fantastic tree tunnel.
5. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Bonn, Germany
Have you ever visited an incredible tunnel of cherry blossoms in Bonn, Germany? Lush, pink, and verging on ethereal, the row of trees cast a haunting glow over cars nestled beneath their bountiful branches. Depending on weather conditions, the cherry blossom lasts around 10 days.
6. Wisteria Tunnel, Kitakyushu, Japan
Kitakyushu, Japan is home to some of the most beautiful wisteria tunnels you can imagine. If the scent of wisteria blossoms sends you into a tizzy, you are definitely going to want to add a trip to Kitakyushu to your life’s bucket list. Be sure to have plenty of room on your camera’s memory card when you visit and leave plenty of time to enjoy all the awe-inspiring sights Kiakyushu offers.
7. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Shizuoka, Japan
Japan boasts plenty of breathtaking blossoms. Lovely lavender blooms coat this tunnel’s pathway, making it the perfect spot for a quiet lover’s stroll. Can you imagine having your wedding photos taken in such an enchanting location?
8. Tenryu-Ji Shrine’s Bamboo Trail, Kyoto, Japan
The Tenryu shrine in Ukyo Ward, Japan is home to an entirely different type of tree tunnel. Towering bamboo line either side of the historic trail. If you are of the Buddhist faith or just admire the peaceful practices of the Buddhist way of thinking, this bamboo tunnel also needs to be added to your bucket list.
9. Topiary Tunnel, Zarcero, Costa Rica
Zarcero, Costa Rico has an incredible topiary tunnel that is worth a visit. Sculpted rows of double topiary arches line an entire walkway. Visitors can stroll alongside the arches or weave their way through them for a memorable travel experience.
10. Cismigiu, Bucharest, Romania
Locals and many tourists love this stunning tree tunnel in Bucharest, Romania. Bathed in autumn colors, this tree-lined pathway is warm and yet almost eerily haunting. Perfect for fashion photo shoots, this tree tunnel would be a terrific backdrop for a movie scene too. Can you imagine how stunning it would be in black and white with moonlight shining through the branches?
Have any of these ten amazing tree tunnels made you want to run out and twirl amongst the trees? Do they bring back childhood memories of looking up at the sky through sun-dappled leaves? Spending time in nature is a wonderful way to reacquaint yourself with lifelong dreams that you might have put on hold for far too long. Do you dare to seek out tree tunnels in your own neighborhood?