April 22, 2021

15 Most Beautiful Places in the World (Part 1)

Our planet is home to an endless number of gorgeous landscapes, ranging from scenic white sand beaches to jaw-dropping mountain ranges and plains dotted with wild animals. Below you can see the best places to visit, right now we may not be able to travel, but we will as soon as we can safely do.

1. ANGEL FALLS, VENEZUELA


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This country overflows with natural wonders, including the world’s highest waterfall – Angel Falls, with 3,212ft cascades, located in the UNESCO-protected Canaima National Park. Canaima is by far Venezuela’s most popular attraction, and the falls stretch an astounding 19 times higher than those at Niagara. Also, Pixar animators used the location as inspiration for the film Up, so it must be good.

 2. ANTARCTICA

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Although 99 percent of Antarctica is covered with ice, the scenery still manages to be diverse – surreal blue glaciers, active volcanoes, the rough waterways of the Drake Passage, and 360-degree views of untouched snow. Those views are made even better when an emperor penguin or humpback whale makes an appearance.

3. ANTELOPE CANYON, ARIZONA

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This slot canyon is in the American south-west. Antelope Canyon’s Navajo name translates to ‘the place where water runs through rocks’ – an allusion to its creation through erosion. The narrow, undulating spaces between rock formations allow for vivid patterns when sunlight filters through the striated stone.

4. ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE

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 A trip to Valle de la Luna in Chile’s Atacama Desert is a much shorter flight like exploring the moon Years of erosion have left behind jagged peaks, dry riverbeds, and a landscape startlingly similar to that of our favorite celestial body.

5. ARASHIYAMA BAMBOO GROVE, JAPAN

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Everyone should experience the ethereal glow and seemingly endless heights of this bamboo grove on the outskirts of Kyoto. The experience even extends beyond the visual realm: in 1996, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment included the Arashiyama spot as one of the top 100 Soundscapes of Japan, because of its creaking wood and rustling leaves.

6. AVENUE OF THE BAOBABS, MADAGASCAR

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Separated from continental Africa by 250 miles of water, Madagascar is the greatest adventure you haven’t had yet. The island nation’s secrets include giant moths, bug-eyed lemurs, and places such as the surreal Avenue of the Baobabs, where the centuries-old trees reach heights of nearly 100ft.

7. THE AZORES, PORTUGAL

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Roughly 900 miles off the coast of Lisbon, this Portuguese archipelago can inspire wanderlust with a single photograph. The verdant valleys, steep oceanside cliffs, rows of blue hydrangeas, and scattering of waterfalls make the Azores a destination worth exploring – just make sure you visit before everyone you know beats you to it.

8. BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA

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Easily one of the most beautiful spots in Canada, Banff National Park overwhelms with views of the Canadian Rockies and a regular cast of wildlife. The park is also known for its abundance of lakes, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and glacial Lake Minnewanka – each one more pristine than the last.

9. BORACAY, PHILIPPINES

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With its gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets, it’s easy to see why Boracay was voted one of the best islands in the world by our readers. Unfortunately, it closed for ‘rehabilitation’ last year to compensate for overcrowding and unregulated development but has since reopened to a limited number of visitors per day.

10. BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA

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Located on the False Bay Coastline, about 17 miles south of Table Mountain, Boulders Beach shows off Cape Town’s famous landscapes – bright blue water, granite boulders. It’s also known for its penguins. Many people come here to swim a few feet away from the adorable African penguin community, but feel free to just sit back and admire the coast as well.

11. CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

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Mexico is so much more than the stuff of party-holiday clichés, it’s home to 67 national parks and more than 5,000 miles of coastline, plus deserts and snow-capped volcanoes. Venture outside of your all-inclusive retreat to experience the region’s turquoise waters, marine life, and legendary Arch of Cabo San Lucas, standing where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean.

12. CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

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This Turkish region, where entire cities have been carved into the rock, is incredible on its own. And whenever hot-air balloons pepper the sky, its awe-inspiring level skyrockets.

13. CLIFFS OF MOHER, IRELAND

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Few places exemplify the raw, untamed appeal of Ireland’s west coast as this natural wonder, which tops 702ft at the highest point. And, while some might know them better as the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride, in reality, the cliffs are located just south of Galway.

14. DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA

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Despite controversies over name changes and a shrinking elevation, Denali‘s beauty is worth braving the extremely low temperatures. Take a road trip to see as much of the six-million acres of shimmering lakes and rugged mountains as you can.

15. DISKO BAY, GREENLAND

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Greenland is icy, mysterious and one of the most naturally striking places on the planet. Disko Bay perfectly illustrates the untouched essence of the island with its impressive icebergs, charming coastal settlements, and common sightings of breaching humpback whales.