Some places are interesting in a way that just don't translate into photos. For instance, if you were to take a trip to a magnetic hill, you'd be able to feel the hill moving your vehicle upwards with no actual input from you.
It's an odd thing to experience, but it couldn't be less impressive to look at. If it's not happening to you, it basically amounts to watching a car slowly scale a hill.
But most of the places this world has to offer make their mark in very visually striking ways. In these cases, it's much easier to make us feel jealous about not being there.
However, it's not always totally apparent as to what we're seeing and that context can make a visually interesting pic even better.