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50 Most Beautiful Places on the Planet

Creating a bucket list is a daunting task. Many tropical, cold and architectural paradises deserve to be on it. Everybody wants to see the entire world and selecting which few places to visit first can be intimidating. How do you choose? Go for exquisiteness and splendor. You’ll be lucky if you actually go to half of the locations.

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Skyline Drive, Virginia

This is one of the best places to see stunning fall foliage outside New England. This is also one of the best road trips you can go on in the U.S. There are many picnic areas along the route. Many prefer the Elkwallow and South River because of the opportunities to “meet” raptors and many animals. The drive is also a great adventure destination for hiking, biking and leaf peeping.

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Zhangye National Geopark, China

The Danxia landforms, located in the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, are the known as the eye candy of Zhangye. The rocks and cliffs come in a variety of formations — smooth, sharp, vibrant and extremely tall. The colorful rocks and rainbow ridges are absolutely awe-inspiring. These 24 million year old deposits of sandstone and other minerals are similar to a layer cake.

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Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is classified as the world’s largest sheet of falling water with a width of 5,604 feet and height of 354 feet. Spray from the falling water can be seen from miles away during the wet season. You can go on the wildest one-day whitewater trip in the world. The trip from Victoria Falls to about 17 miles downstream is a mixture of huge flows, water around 80 degrees, and significant drops, followed by a mile of flatwater.

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Great Ocean Road, Australia

This is by far one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. You will see the mighty-looking towering 12 Apostles and get very close to native wildlife. Go on a surf break and catch some great waves, but after you’ve had a chance to take a walk in the lavish rainforest and see its hazy waterfalls. Visitors enjoy the outdoors by bushwalking, going on mountain biking expeditions or taking the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This is definitely a place you should add seeing to your bucket list. The upper is approximately 4,000 feet in elevation. When the sunlight shines in the colors of the canyon, they appear to vibrate off of the walls. The canyon looks red, gold and orange.

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

This beautiful and mysterious place formed as a result of transformations between many prehistoric lakes. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. Because of the huge, flat area and clear skies, it is often used for calibrating altimeters of Earth observation satellites. It also creates a dream-like reflection off of the crust.

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Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

If you want to see many breathtaking waterfalls in a small amount of time, go to Iceland. The country is full of them. You can actually walk behind this almost 200-foot stunning waterfall. This photo is taken during the incredible sunset at about 1 a.m.

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Milford Sound, New Zealand

Go on an overnight cruise to Milford Sound, one of the most thrilling adventures in New Zealand. Experience the magnificent wonders of a glacier-carved fjord. You’ll cruise by hanging spear waterfalls and watch the sunset from the deck. The location on the west coast of the South Island makes Milford Sound a synthesis of spectacular natural landscapes with marvelous hues.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Located along the Liguria coast in Italy, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site deemed as having noteworthy cultural value for signifying a “harmonious interaction between man and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality.” The colorful village provides a vibrant backdrop for travelers who are after truly stunning snapshots. It’s a great destination for cycling and hiking.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

Morocco’s stunning blue city is breathtaking. The surrounding Rif Mountains enhance the splendor of the unique palette of blue and white buildings, providing a striking contrast. Adventurers won’t be bored – hikes along the hills are strenuous, bathing in the mountain streams is refreshing; and indulging in delicious local food is unforgettable. Valleys, ravines and scenic summits are plenty.

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Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The park is one of the world’s largest protected areas with a size of 59,768 sq. km. The park’s massive sand dunes, formed by winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean, are one of its defining characteristics. With some reaching more than 1,000 feet high, these dunes are some of the tallest in the world. Their orange-red color is caused by the oxidation of iron in the sand.  

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Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale is Turkey’s leading mineral-bath spa because of its natural splendor. Hot calcium-laden water flows over a cliff. As they cool down they form vivid travertines of hard, white calcium that form pools. Named the Cotton Fortress in Turkish, it has been a spa since the Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring.

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Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

The famous bamboo forest on the outskirts of Kyoto is without a doubt one of the most beautiful groves on the planet. The soaring green stalks move with the wind, colliding and twisting. Hiking along its paths, which are more than 1,640 feet long, is an adventurous experience worthy of a bucket list. The forest’s exquisiteness is also in its sounds – distinct rustling hums that have become their own attraction.

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Douro Valley, Portugal

The region, located in North Portugal, extends from the city of Porto to the eastern border. The Port wine production activities and the unique scenery sculpted by the Douro River and its streams are highpoints visitors should not miss. The valley is home to three World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO.

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Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

This spectacular lake and popular sight-seeing destination for many hikers in Banff National Park is nestled amidst sprawling mountains. The glacially fed lake can be found in the park’s “Valley of Ten Peaks.” Its most notable draw is the stunningly bright, turquoise-blue color of its water.

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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, India

Have a cup of tea on the hills of Kolukkumalai, home to the highest tea plantations in the world, according to Kerala Tourism. The estate is about 7,900 feet above sea level, providing excellent chances for stunning views of the far off plains. The distant hills sliding in and out of the fog is a fascinating scene.      

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Ireland’s most visited natural attraction captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 702 feet at their highest point they stretch for five miles along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara.

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Plitvice Lake, Croatia

The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of 16 beautiful lakes falling into one another, caves and waterfalls, according to UNESCO. These geological processes continue today.

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Mù Cang Chải, Vietnam

The eye-catching rice terraces in Yen Bai province are one of most attractive places in the entire country. The best time to visit in order to see the most colorful and lively displays is in September and October. The golden-green and toast-brown colors of the ripe rice are glowing because of the sun shining on them.

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Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria

This natural phenomenon is the most popular summer attraction for Bulgarians. The glacial lakes, located between 2,100 and 2,500 feet above sea level, are located on the northwestern Rila Mountain, itself a stunning highland region on the Balkan Peninsula. The names of the lakes come from their shapes and qualities. The highest, Tear Lake, for example, is known for its crystal-clear water. The seven lakes are connected through small streams. 

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Na'Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

This is a place you can only see by kayak, and the trip is worth it. The 17 miles of ocean shores is one of the most popular attractions on Kauai. The 4,000-foot tall cliffs along the coastline are some of the most dramatic in the world. You’ll see dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea caves, mangoes, waterfalls, and many stunning and secluded beaches.

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Santorini, Greece

The volcanic island set amid the Aegean Sea is famous for distinct architecture and sunsets that will blow you away. You’ve likely seen pictures of the striking white buildings overlooking the sea—Santorini is no travel secret, but it’s still well worth the trip. Check out the black sand beaches of Perissa, the historic hilltop village of Oia and the incredible wineries in the area.

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The Storr, Scotland

The “Old Man” is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside. Go for a day trip and get some incredible views of Skye and sharp peaks of rock set against the backdrop of rolling green hills.

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The Fjords, Norway

Norway is easily among the most beautiful countries in the world and the fjords are its trademark. The rugged scenery and massive inlets are magnificent. The fjords region ranges from the coast from Stavanger to the Russian border. The rustic village resorts look like they are from a fairytale.

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Nuuk, Greenland

Greenland is the least densely populated country in the world, which also makes it an incredible getaway. Nuuk, the capital, is described as a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature. Don’t overlook Nuuk Fjord. The intricate water system is the second largest in the world, packed with inlets and islands which are accessible by boat or kayak.

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Railay, Thailand

Railay is home to one of the most beautiful remote beaches in the world – Railay Beach. It’s a secluded beach that is only accessible by boat. Visitors enjoy the laid-back feel, incredible scenery, calm waters and amazing sunsets.

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Venice, Italy

Venice it not only one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but it is also one of the world’s most romantic cities. Its unique urban design makes for incredible photos. Enjoy stunning views at St. Mark’s Square, walk along picturesque canal sides, and go on a scenic gondola ride during the day.

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Swiss Alps

For some of the world’s most incredible skiing and stunning scenery, visit the Swiss Alps. Experience the thrill of staying at a high-altitude resort; freestyle ski on slopes surrounded by incredible landscapes, and take as many photos as you can.

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Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Sail through Kotor Bay and explore its beautiful landscapes for a unique, picturesque experience, or walk from Kotor old town to enjoy spectacular views of Kotor Bay. While you are there make sure that you visit some of their most famous landmarks – Kotor’s Castle of San Giovanni, City Walls, St. Tryphon Cathedral and Piazza of the arms, to name a few.

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Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne is surrounded by mountains, which contribute to the amazing scenic variety surrounding it. The lake reminds us of a fjord landscape. Vintage steam boats, boat cruises on board five historic paddle wheel steamers and 15 elegant salon motor vessels count among the highlights of this region,” according to My Switzerland. Another feature that makes Lake Lucerne stand out is the fact that the water flowing into the lake passes beneath the 13th-century Chapel Bridge.

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Pyramids of Giza, El Giza, Egypt

The unique shape and spectacular geometry make this archaeological site one of the most stunning places on the planet. The Pyramids of Giza are said to house the remains of deceased Pharaohs who ruled over Ancient Egypt.

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Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach, also known as Smuggler’s Cove, is located on the Greek Islands and is only accessible by boat. Visitors enjoy embarking on boat cruises to enjoy the beautiful sites of limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters and white sands.

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San Sebastian, Spain

Incredible views, great bars, a lively nightlife, romantic restaurants, gorgeous beaches and exciting music festivals, are just some of the many things you have to look forward to when visiting San Sebastian. This city lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Enjoy incredible views of the sunrise at the famous La Concha promenade.

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Lavender Fields, Provence, France

From June to August the lavender fields come to life. The colorful purple bloom around Mont Ventoux makes for a regal scenery and atmosphere. Go on a relaxing walk along the lavender roads in Provence from the field to the distillery and embrace the intense colors surrounding you.

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Keukenhof Park, Holland

Also referred to as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is known by many as the most beautiful spring garden in the world. View over 7 million bulbs and around 800 varieties of tulips. Visitors enjoy walking through the stunning gardens, attending flower shows and admiring the unique artwork.

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Amazon Rainforest, South America

The Amazon Rainforest covers the majority of the Amazon basin of South America. It represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforests and is comprised of the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Capture picturesque views while sailing down the Amazon River.

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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

This is one of the most stunning national parks in the world. It is popular among backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. Enjoy picturesque views of lakes, ancient forests, rivers, mountains and glaciers. The breathtaking landscapes make for some of the most scenic trekking routes in the world.

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Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China was placed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1987. It is located in Northern China and was historically used as an integrated military defense system. It’s one of the most spectacular places to view the sunrise in the world.

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Fiji

If you’re looking for a gorgeous honeymoon destination, look no further than Fiji. It’s truly paradise. Stay at the Royal Davui, a high-class adults-only resort that is situated on Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon. Only a few guests may be accommodated at a time, so be prepared for an exclusive experience.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands encompass some of the most pristine beauty in the world. It’s a rare destination with tons of unique wildlife and nature. It offers an incredible mix of tropical and polar species as well as volcanic rock landscapes. The Galapagos consists of 13 major islands, five of which are inhabited. Each of them has their own unique atmosphere and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The stunning island of Bora Bora encompasses some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. It’s the ultimate relaxation getaway and honeymoon destination. Visitors will enjoy delicious foods, tranquil spa treatments, and world-class services.

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Denali, Alaska

Denali National Park is home one the most jaw-dropping mountains in the world – formerly known as Mount McKinley. With an approximate summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level, this mountain has highest mountain peak in all of North America and is the largest of any mountain above sea level. Five huge glaciers flow off of the slopes of Denali.

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Havasu Falls, Arizona

Located in Grand Canyon National Park are the gorgeous Havasu Falls. You must take a hike to get there, sections of which are strenuous, but visitors say it’s definitely worth the challenge. Tip: Make sure you bring water with you, as there is no water accessible for the first six miles of the hike.

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This is Tanzania’s oldest national park. It’s famous for its annual wildebeest migration. It’s also one of the few places in Africa where the amount of lions is not declining. The best time to see them is between December and March. Take a safari style tour to view the lions.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This is one of the most popular of all castles and palaces in Europe. The Neuschwanstein Castle gets approximately 1.4 million visitors a year. The castle has appeared in several movies, some of which include The Great Escape, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty.

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Deception Island, Antarctica

Deception Island is known as one of the most incredible islands on the planet and for good reason. It’s an active volcano with steaming beaches, glaciers and a flooded caldera. Imagine floating in a hot spring surrounded by a snowy, cold landscape. You can do this at Deception Island.

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Byodo-In Temple, Keneohe, Hawaii

Located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains is the incredible Byodo-In Temple. Individuals of all faiths are welcome to visit the temple and worship, meditate or just simply appreciate its beauty. Admire the gorgeous landscape, large reflecting pond and small waterfalls.

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Zion National Park, Utah

Spectacular views, outdoor adventures, tons of nature and plenty of wildlife, are just some of the many things you have to look forward to at Zion National Park. For some of the most beautiful scenery in the park, hike the Weeping Rock Trailhead and make your way to the Observation Point. There you will enjoy panoramic views of the gorgeous park.

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Moravia, Czech Republic

Visit south Moravia to explore a UNESCO treasury. View a combination of beautiful architectural gems. Many people enjoy visiting Telč – it is said to boast fairytale-like feelings. Moravia’s stunning gardens and postcard scenery also make this beautiful town in Czech one to remember.

50 Most Beautiful Places on the Planet