Faraway Places

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

If you went from here to Timbuktu, where exactly would you go? Is it really a long way to Tipperary? It depends on where you are. Here are some of those places famous for being remote.

Badlands: The Badlands is a rugged and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. The soil there is too poor to farm.

Highlands: The Highlands is a mountainous region of northern Scotland that is famous for its beautiful terrain.

High Seas: The high seas is the area beyond three miles from any nation's territory, where no country has authority. Modern pirates still sail on these waters.

Klondike: The entire region of gold fields in northwestern Canada extending to Alaska is the Klondike. Gold was discovered there in the 1890s.

Lapland: Reindeer roam in this region above the Arctic Circle that extends through the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Outback: The outback is the wild west of Australia. It is an area west of the Great Dividing Range, which is desert land, with red dust.

Pole of Inaccessibility: This point on Antarctica is the farthest inland from all the seas that surround the continent.

Siberia: This is a vast area of northern Asia. Parts of Siberia are permanently frozen, and the average winter temperature is –50°F. It has long been a place for outcast, exiles, and Russian and Soviet prisoners.

Timbuktu: Timbuktu is a city in Mali, Africa, near the Niger River and Sahara Desert, a trading post once thought to be a city of gold. Many adventurers died trying to reach Timbuktu.

Tipperary: Tipperary is an Irish county. It's not very far from many places, but it earned this reputation from the song “It's a Long Way to Tipperary,” sung by soldiers during World War I.

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