1. Taroko Gorge National Park
What is it? One of Taiwan’s largest national parks, perfect for a refreshing day trip from Taipei.
Why go? To experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in Taiwan. Begin your adventure with an easy walk to Swallow Grotto for some of the best views of the gorge, waterfalls and the area’s namesake birds. The Baiyang Trail is your next stop. Bring a flashlight or use your phone to guide a path through long, gloomy, pitch-black tunnels that emerge at picturesque waterfalls and suspension bridges over bright blue water. On your journey home, get a photo in front of the beautiful and serene Eternal Spring Shrine. Designed to incorporate the year-round waterfall that runs through the complex, this shrine was dedicated to the 225 workers who lost their lives during the construction of the roads in this area.