There are few things in life that can match the sheer beauty and spectacle of nature and there is nothing more naturally stunning than a tree tunnel. Mother Nature’s canopies can come in all shapes and sizes and provide a beautiful walkway to take a lazy afternoon stroll down. The following are 10 of the most beautiful natural tunnels in the world. From Japan to the Ukraine, California to Dorset, the following pictures show nature at its most glorious and are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Oak Alley Plantation
These oak trees in Louisiana, USA date all the way back to the early 18th century and provide a stunning tunnel over a road that leads to a plantation. The image may look familiar to some, as the location has been used in a number of films, including Django Unchained and Interview with a Vampire.
Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
Wisteria Tunnel in Japan may well be the most beautiful natural tunnel in the world. During the months of April and May each year, the wisteria flowers come into full bloom and provide an arch of colours for lucky walkers to stroll under.
Tunnel Of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love near the small town of Klevan in the Ukraine is actually a private railway line that is used to transport wood to a local factory. During the summer months the trees and bushes around the track are in full bloom though and provide a beautiful natural canopy for the train. The tunnel got its name due to the local legend, stating that any romantic wish made while inside the tunnel will come true.
Bamboo Path, Kyoto
The district of Kyoto in Japan is famous for its bamboo groves and one of the biggest attractions are the bamboo paths that cut through the Sagano Bamboo Forests. The narrow paths are surrounded by giant bamboo plants and provide a magical tunnel for tourists to wonder through.
On the coast of California near Point Reyes there lies a beautiful row of ancient cypress trees that line a quiet country road. The trees are hundreds of years old and provide a stunning natural canopy for local residents.
Every November in the city of Pretoria there is a stunning transformation, as hundreds of jacaranda trees that line the city’s roads come into bloom and provide a purple paradise for local residents.
Bodnant House in Conwy is one of Wales most popular tourist destinations and the Laburnum Tunnel located in the surrounding gardens is the highlight of the tour. When the laburnum flowers are in bloom, the yellow and gold flowers totally cover the arch and provide a breathtaking natural tunnel for visitors to walk under.
Garz, Ruegen Island
This stunning natural tunnel on Ruegen Island in Germany is at its most impressive during the spring and summer months when the foliage is green and thick, providing a breathtaking natural canopy for motorists to drive down.
On a quiet road in County Antrim, Northern Ireland there is a spot known as ‘Dark Hedges’ due to the avenue of beech trees that line the roadside and block out the sunlight. The natural tunnel is famous for its beauty and can provide a stunning photo opportunity in late afternoon, as the setting sun glistens through the trees.
This natural tunnel in Bonn on Heerstrasse, Germany is one of the most stunning canopies in the world but there is only a limited amount of time to enjoy it. The cherry blossom trees that line the street only stay in bloom for around 20 days per summer but, for those three glorious weeks, the street is transformed into a stunning pink and red tunnel.