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.
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.
Also known as a sacred medicine lake, the spotted lake in Canada was thought to have healing properties. Its “spots” on the surface are caused by high salt levels.
Mount Bromo has become a popular tourist attraction because of the close proximity you can get to the active craters in the massif area. The active volcano stands at 7,641 feet. The volcano is noted for its spectacular sunrises.
People from all over the world travel to the Ashikaga Fuji Gardens to witness the spectacular display of fuji flowers. The white, blue, and pink fuji are absolutely out-of-this-world gorgeous. Visit the gardens in the winter season to see the place’s incredible water illumination display.
This is one of the greatest attractions in all of Africa. 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 miles away during the wet season.
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.
Kuril Islands are the focus of a long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan. The island chain stretches north across the Pacific Ocean from the Japanese island of Hokkaido to the southern tip of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
The valley that is known for being one of the only places in the world to see wax palms in their natural habitat, according to Colombia Travel. These slender poles shoot up about 200 feet into the sky and are topped with a few palm leaves. The wax palm is the country’s national symbol and the world’s tallest palm tree.
This is a place you should see by kayak. 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.
Nature has a way of stunning people. Once you see the shapes out of the white cliffs at Etretat you will definitely understand why. You can go for some a walk at the top and go golfing at the course there. Imagine the views…
The Cliffs of Moher, estimated to be 319 million years old, are the second most popular tourist attraction in Ireland, after Trinity College in Dublin. The cliffs, which are about 5 miles long, rise sharply—up to 702 feet above sea level. Increased levels of carbonic acid in the water, along with flooding, will accelerate erosion of the limestone formations.
The Valley of Flowers is a must-see if you’re ever visiting India. The surge of aromas from more than 300 alpine flowers will take your breath away. It’s open from June until October. As you look at the horizon, you will see bright colorful carpet with refreshing mountainous snowflakes in the background.
Yemen is on the list of places that can kill you but this does not really apply to the remote island with plants that are up to 20 million years old. The island, often called “the most alien-looking place on Earth,” is so isolated that more than a third of its plant life does not exist anywhere else.
Iceland has several black sand beaches but Reynisfjara is one of the coolest and most impressive. Its iconic cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, called Hálsanef, is stunning. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar.
This coastal desert, filled with stunning red sand dunes, is located in southern Africa. It covers an area of approximately 31,274 square miles, extends along the coast of Namibia, and merges along with the Kaokoveld Desert.
The Tulip Fields are like a museum of the most beautiful sights in the entire country. The striking colors of the bulbs are a common spectacle in Holland during the spring. You’ll see seemingly never-ending rows of bright red, pink and yellow flowers.
This is South Africa’s “outback” with dramatic mountains in the background. The stunning flower displays can be seen along several drives that center on the towns of Garies, Springbok, Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth, according to SA Venues. The best time to visit for the widest variety of colors is in August.
A popular sight-seeing destination for many hikers in Banff National Park, nestled amidst sprawling mountains, this 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 the water.
This is where hoodoos and forest are mixed together. The Bryce Canyon is actually not a canyon. It is a spectacular series of more than a dozen amphitheaters, each of which is carved at least 1,000 feet into the chromatic limestone of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
The Five-Flower Lake, or Wuhua Lake, is certainly among the most beautiful places in China. This pristine oasis in the Sichuan province is far from big cities. It lies at the end of the upper reach of Peacock River, about 8,110 feet above the sea level and 16 feet in depth, according to China Travel Guide.
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.
This is one of the most dangerous places for scuba diving. Near the center of Lighthouse Reef an eerie, large submarine sinkhole takes up over 300 meters of the ocean. Over time the ocean rose, and a cave was flooded creating this World Heritage Site.
Formed as a result of transformations between many prehistoric lakes, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. Because of the large, 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.
The iconic rock stacks along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria have separated from nearby limestone cliffs. They began eroding away from the caves approximately 10 to 20 million years ago. The wind and water continue to corrode them at an average of 0.75 inches a year.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a dangerous place to take selfies, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its 16 terraced lakes that are joined by waterfalls. The waters have flown over the limestone and chalk for thousands of years, creating natural dams, caves and waterfalls.
This natural wonder is best-known for its spectacular scenery. The gorgeous white landscape and chalk-colored rock formations will leave you in awe. Tourists enjoy camping overnight under the stars, especially on full moon nights.
The Wave in the Coyote Buttes North area of the Arizona Strip is best photographed midday if you want to minimize the extensive shadows. Other areas are best photographed in mid-late afternoon. You must get a permit to see the Wave.
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.
Explore 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta on horses and riding alongside zebras, giraffes and elephants.
Pamukkale is Turkey’s leading mineral-bath spa because of its natural splendor. Hot calcium-laden water flows over a cliff. As it cools down it forms 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.
The rice terraces are well-known for their unique frontier scenery. The terraces built on the hillsides have a slope varying from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. Some rise by 3,000 steps, forming a landscape that is rare, both at home and abroad.
Buddhist monasteries are nestled into cliff sides. Colorful prayer flags are flapping in the wind. Rugged peaks are towering over valleys. There are views that are common in Bhutan, one of the most secluded adventure destinations in the world.
This is a UNESCO treasury. Go to see a combination of beautiful architectural gems. Its stunning gardens and postcard scenery also make this beautiful town in Czech one to remember. Moravia is predominantly formed of hilly country, highlands and low mountain ranges.
The park, whose name means “place of spirits,” is a remote and wild area, but indigenous peoples have lived there for thousands of years, according to Parks Canada. Today’s visitors come for wilderness-oriented experiences – camping, backpacking, climbing, and sailing. The park is accessible only by boat and charter plane during the summer.
This is a unique mountain with a flat top that overlooks the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It reaches approximately 3,558 feet in elevation. Visitors enjoy hiking or using the cableway to reach the top.
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.
The setting sun transforms the aspen trees and Maroon Bells into an absolutely magical place. All that’s missing is you, pitching a tent to spend the night in the gorgeous wilderness.
Zhangjiajie, China’s first national forest park, became famous worldwide from the movie Avatar in which the Hallelujah Mountains were inspired by Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie. The most popular and iconic feature of the park are the dangerous sandstone peaks.