Across this great planet of ours there are a lot of breathtakingly beautiful places. From sublime and surreal to stirring and sublime, attempting to list all of them would be a futile task. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t show you some of the most beautiful places in the world.
These places are what Mother Nature accomplished, albeit sometimes with the help of its inhabitants. So without further ado, here are some of the most beautiful places in the world along with a few breathtaking pictures.
1. The Maldives
The Maldives really look like Mother’s Nature emoticon. This heart-shaped island is in the Republic of the Maldives, a country in the Indian Ocean, which is located 250 miles southwest of India. The Republic of the Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands. Even though the Maldives is a very diverse and spread out country, it is one of the smallest ones in Asia in both population and land area. Only 200 islands are populated.
2. Rice Terraces of Vietnam
The terraces shown in our picture are in the Lao Cai region in Vietnam, but there are other scenes that can be found in Southeast Asia that are equally beautiful. People in these areas have been growing rice in these regions for a very long time, despite the fact that rice requires a lot of water and a flat surface. These terraces not only provide the very important crops needed by the people that live there but also offer an incredible sight. This is agriculture at its best: pragmatic and breathtaking!
3. Blue Lagoon
Tons of things can be found in Iceland, such as fjords, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and, of course, lagoons full of geothermal seawater. On top of this, according to the folklore in Iceland, the country is also inhabited by 13 different types of elves. To be completely fair, seeing how mesmerizing this country truly is, there is no wonder that people believe in these sorts of things. The Blue Lagoon has healing geothermal seawater and the blue waters are not only a very beautiful sight to look at but they are also applauded by a lot of people for their salubrious properties.
4. Antelope Canyon
This dreamlike landscape is located near Page in Arizona and it is definitely one of the most bizarre and beautiful places in the United States. The Upper Antelope Canyon is called “Tse’ bighanilini” by the Navajo which translates into “the place where the water runs through rocks.” And true to its name, the Antelope Creek forms two sections in the canyon. This is the thorough work of time and water that carved the very odd formations in the stone. It’s an awe-inspiring sight that is only even further enhanced by the desert light peeking through the very strange and beautiful natural stone formations.
5. Yangshuo, China
Yangshuo County is located in the southern side of China and it is a place that offers an incredible mix of lush vegetation, karst pinnacles, rice fields, caves, traditional architecture and the gorgeous Li River. Many people believe that this is the most beautiful river in the world. The mountains located near the region attract tons of climbers across the globe and the villages attract other tourists that enjoy bike riding and taking bamboo raft rides on the famous and beautiful Li River.
6. Neuschwanstein Castle
This beautiful castle on top of a hill in the Bavarian Alps was never home for a royal family. The man who wanted this castle, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, died before the building was completed in 1886. This castle in the Bavarian Alps is the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland. We chose to show you this picture as it portrays a castle floating on the clouds; however, the mist obscures the beautiful peaks and the wonderful scenery of the valley below, called the Hohenschwangau Valley. You’ll have to travel to this place to see it for yourself, but be careful not to get involved with any bad fairies floating around the place.
7. Giant Forest
The Giant Forest is located in the Sequoia National Park in California. Here you can find trees that really look like they are part of the Jurassic period. The forest is filled with more than 8,000 enormous sequoia trees, most of which are thousands of years old. The Giant Forest was named by John Muir in 1875 and it is the place where you will be able to find 5 of the 10 biggest trees in the world. One of those enormous trees is called General Sherman, which is recognized as the largest organism alive in our times, on top of being the biggest tree in the world.
8. Northern Lights, Norway
It is possible to see this crazy phenomenon from other locations other than Norway, but we chose this country as the place to witness the aurora borealis for tons of reasons. On top of the aurora borealis, you can also see polar bears, moose, whales, glaciers, islands and fjords in this amazing country. Norway is the place to visit if you want to see the wonderful light show that happens when charged electrons coming from the solar wind meet with the elements in the atmosphere combined with the magnetic force of the Earth’s core. In the land of the Vikings you will be able to see some of the most splendid and strangest tricks the sky can offer. It is also a great place to visit if you’re “tired” of tropical sceneries.
9. Tunnel of Love
The Tunnel of Love is located near the city of Klevin in Ukraine and while it’s not the most dramatic place in our list, it can definitely be a sight for sore eyes for a tree loving individual. The train tracks leading through the tree tunnel are a great way to travel, just remember to put down your book or whatever else you are doing on a train ride to enjoy this wonderful sight. A train travels through this beautiful tunnel three times every day. The 2 miles long arboreal archway hosts traveling lovers for the rest of the time and is believed to seal the promises made by them if their love is true.
10. Taktsang Palphug Monastery
The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is also known as the Tiger’s Nest, and it is located near the town of Paro, Bhutan. This small Himalayan country is between China and India and hosts a breathtaking monastery which rests on a cliff at an altitude of 10,000 feet. It was built in 1692 near a cave where guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. This is a dream location for loners and it is an excellent model of Bhutanese architecture. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is a wonderful gem that is neatly tucked into the beauty of its surrounding environment.
So there you have it. This was our list of the ten most beautiful places in the world. We really hope you enjoyed it and that we gave you some inspiration regarding the next place to visit.