Seeming to sprout from the depths of <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destination/new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>’s Lake Wanaka, this lonely willow tree has caught the eye of countless visitors to the South Island. Lake Wanaka rests on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, offering scenic sierra views to those willing to hike.
Seeming to sprout from the depths of New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka, this lonely willow tree has caught the eye of countless visitors to the South Island. Lake Wanaka rests on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, offering scenic sierra views to those willing to hike.
Photograph by Martin Valigursky, Alamy

19 iconic trees around the world

Get outdoors with a trip to these natural wonders.

A visit to historic or meaningful trees provides a sense of connection to the wonder of the natural world. Vital parts of their ecosystems, trees also spark our imagination, inspire famous books, receive worship, and bear witness to history. Spending mindful, intentional time around trees—what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—can promote health and happiness.

From an ancient tree standing on holy ground in France for almost a thousand years to the canopy of a cashew tree the size of a soccer field in Brazil, here are some of our favorite trees around the globe that are worth a trip.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Kevin Johnson is a freelance writer for National Geographic Travel. Follow his adventures on Twitter.

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