The 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World

If you’re looking to travel the World, you’ll have no problem finding beautiful places to visit. These are areas of our World that are truly magnificent to see. Here is the list of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World.

1. Santorini, Greece 

The 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World

Out of all the Greek islands, few are as quite as popular among tourists like Santorini. That’s because despite it having a population of just 15,000 people and being located about 200 kilometers southeast of the Greek mainland.

It has become a favorite destination for cruise ships in recent years due to its immense physical and natural beauty. In particular, the town of Oia, which is found on a rocky vantage point on the island, is easily one of the most beautiful in the world.

Featuring whitewashed brick houses with blue-domed roofs, the architecture is about as picturesque as it gets, with this being further amplified by the deep blue waters of an active volcano found in the Santorini caldera.

This beauty can also be seen in the rest of the island and is home to many unique beaches where solidified lava from the nearby volcano has caused the sand to become a variety of colors. These different beaches, including the red beach, black beach, and white beach, As such, if you’re hoping to take a trip to the Greek islands, Santorini certainly cannot be missed. 

2. Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park, Canada

Canada is easily one of the most underrated countries in the world in terms of natural beauty, even by Canadian standards, Banff’s national parks truly are exceptional.

Located about 150 kilometers west of the city of Calgary in Alberta’s rocky mountains, this national park is the oldest in Canada and encompasses a space of about 6600 square kilometers.

Due to its relatively northern location, it’s considered to have a subarctic climate and as such, the park is known for its mountainous terrain, dense coniferous forests, expansive glaciers, ice fields, and beautiful alpine landscapes.

In particular, Lake Louise is probably the most popular destination as its turquoise blue water makes it an ideal place to paddle on a canoe or go for a swim. The area is also known to be a great place for hiking, and it’s also filled with numerous trails that go across three different ecoregions. If you’re tired of traversing the trails, you can even visit the various hot springs and caves located throughout the park, which are easily some of the most fascinating in Canada.

However, it’s Banff’s mountains that get the most attention as their high and snowy slopes are not only world-class and caliber, they’re often snowy from November until May. As such, Banff national park truly is a dream destination for any outdoorsman.

3. The Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives is a tiny nation of 200 inhabited islands located southwest of India in the Indian Ocean, with the entirety of the country having a population of less than four hundred thousand.

Yet despite its tiny size, the Maldives is known to be a paradise on earth as this relative seclusion has left its beautiful beaches and amazing forests nearly untouched by humans. In particular, its beaches and resorts are some of the best in the world, with the island chain also being an extremely popular place for divers due to the quality of its coral reefs.

If you’d like to visit, time and money aren’t exactly on your side, that’s because thanks to rising sea levels, the islands are in grave danger of disappearing underwater and thus may need to be evacuated shortly. To make matters worse, the Maldives is also a very pricey place to get to as the flights and hotels there are famous for being extremely expensive.

4. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is located in the mountains of southern Peru at an altitude of 2430 meters. It was first built as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachahuti about the year 1450 and untouched by those outside the local community until the American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham was shown it by a local guide in 1911. 

Now the site itself consists of over 200 buildings where over 750 people are said to have lived, with the entire area running much like a small town. If you’d like to visit Machu Picchu, you’ll have to choose between one of two routes, the easiest way to get to the ruins by far is to take the train, and three train companies run journeys that take about three and a half hours each way and offer beautiful landscapes. 

However, if you’re a little bit more adventurous, you can opt to take the old Inca roads by completing the famous Inca trail trek. Spanning about 42 kilometers and lasting four days and three nights, this uphill climb is one of the most scenic in the world, as it takes you through lush cloud forests, alpine tundra, and steep mountain passes. As such, a trip to Machu Picchu is one where the journey is just as good as the destination.

5. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

While Venice may have become overburdened with tourists in recent years, at its core, the city of Venice is still one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Now, believe it or not, Venice was built on top of a large marsh, but over the years, the inhabitants drained it and created wooden support structures to keep the city afloat. 

Being completely underwater, they did not rot, and as the city developed so that it’s now filled with canals that traverse many homes and shops, some of which are more than a thousand years old. These canals give the city a shine, and tourists can travel through them with the help of large and sleek canoe light boats known as gondolas.

In addition to these, there are also many magnificent Historic sites one of the most awe-inspiring is St. Mark’s Basilica, which is full of gorgeous designs and surprising amounts of gold. There is also the Campanile di San Marco, a large tower that gives stunning views throughout the city.

6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

While the African continent may best be known for its vast deserts and beautiful savannas, Victoria Falls certainly gives both of these terrains a run for their money.

 

Straddle between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It goes by the local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya which, translates to the smoke that thunders, and it’s not hard to see why. After all, it’s essentially a 1700 meter long and 108-meter high sheet of falling water.

 

As a result, it often creates its rainbow during the day and moonbows at night. It’s also one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and as such, it’s become a popular tourist destination despite its remote location.

7. The Grand Canyon, United States

The 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World

While the United States may be filled with beautiful sights and unique terrains, few places are quite as iconic or as beautiful as the Grand Canyon, located approximately four hours east of Las Vegas and three and a half hours north of Phoenix.

It expands across an area that’s 466 kilometers long, 29 kilometers wide, and about two kilometers deep and was originally carved out by the Colorado river about five to six million years ago. Now besides its grandeur, the canyon is famous thanks to its array of colors, expansive forests, and of course, its fast rapids, and as a result, it can be experienced in more ways than one.

Perhaps the most common way that tourists see it is from above via its glass skywalk platform. If you’re a nature lover, you can get a more intimate experience by either hiking to the canyon floor or white water rafting through its belly.

To top this off, if you have especially deep pockets, you can even opt to experience the canyon by plane as there are numerous helicopter rides and skydiving experiences available. Yet regardless of which activities you choose to do, it should come as no surprise that it is a destination on many people’s bucket list.

8. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

While the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan certainly get the most attention from tourists, the Amalfi coast has also become a hotbed for tourism in recent years. That’s because this stretch of coastline which, is considered to be a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most scenic in the world.

Now the Amalfi coast essentially consists of some picturesque villages scattered across a series of cliffs, with all of them connected by the infamously narrow Amalfi coast road. These villages offer stunning views of the sea, and often it’s said that the best way to experience the views is to simply find a picturesque beach and soak everything in.

To top this off, the Island of Capri is also nearby, with it perhaps being the most famous for the blue grotto, which is a beautiful sea cave found on the northwest tip of the island. Therefore, the Amalfi Coast is the place to be if you’re in Italy.

9. The Pulpit Rock, Norway

The Pulpit Rock, Norway

As far as views go, few are as quite as beautiful or as dangerous as the one from pulpit rock in Norway. That’s because the rock which is located in the south of the country is essentially a cliff that features an incredible 600-meter drop into the waters below.

However, what makes it truly impressive is that despite its precarious position, the Norwegian government refuses to install any fencing around it. Due largely to the fact that very few deaths or accidents have been recorded on the site as such, the views from pulpit rock are stunning.

If you want to experience them for yourself, be aware that you will have to walk seven kilometers to reach there. However, many tourists will tell you that despite the trek, it is worth it.

10. Zhangye Danxia Geopark, China

Zhangye Danxia Geopark, China
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While northern China may not be the most popular tourist destination out there, it’s home to one of the most beautiful geographic areas in the world, known as the Zhangye Danxia Geopark.

It’s known for the odd colors, patterns, and sizes of its rocks, with them appearing as they do thanks to the deposits of sandstone and other minerals in the area being shaped by wind and rain over 24 million years. 

As a result, the vibrant colors on display have given it the nickname of the Rainbow Mountains, and due to the odd terrain, the whole geopark almost looks like it belongs on another planet. Therefore, most tourists agree that a hike through the 510 square kilometer area is an unforgettable experience.

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