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13 of the most beautiful places around the world

 

Bryce Canyon, Utah. (Photo by Matteo Flammini licensed CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Beauty is all around us. If you stop to look around, you can see beauty in almost anything. There are some places in the world that are considered the MOST beautiful. These are the kinds of places where you can sit and just stare for hours. Here’s a gallery of some places with stunning views around the world. Photos don’t even come close to recreating how beautiful these places are so you should really try to see them in person at some point in your life!

Nāpali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

coastal mountains leading into blue waters in Hawaii

Photo by Dhilung Kirat licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

It looks like something out of Jurassic Park! This entire area is a state wilderness park with cliffs, valleys, waterfalls and stone walled terraces where Hawaiians once lived and grew taro, a vegetable.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

huts out in the blue waters of Bora Bora

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Imagine living in a hut on a stilts in a lagoon? This tiny island lies in the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. The two peaks that rise out of the centre of the island, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, are the remains of an extinct volcano.

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

looking out over the water to the mountains

Photo by Bill Hertha licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This national park is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. Here you can find mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. The park is named after the three granite peaks of the Paine (say "PIE-nay") mountain range.

Machu Picchu, Peru

the ruins of macchu picchu from above

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You'll have to travel over 2,400 metres above sea level to get to these Inca ruins. They're considered one of the new seven wonders of the world — it's new list that was voted on by the public back in 2007, not part of the original UNESCO seven wonders list.

Cappadocia, Turkey

hot air balloons flying over Cappadoccia

Photo by Yusuke Matsumura licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This ancient part of Turkey dates as far back as the time of Alexander the Great. The area has a lot of historical and cultural artifacts, but what people visit the most are the fairy chimneys (or rock pillars), the houses and churches carved out of volcanic deposits, and the cave hotels which you can see by hot air balloon.

Salar de Uyuni, Daniel Campos Province, Bolivia

someone walking over the salt flats

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These salt flats in Bolivia get flooded in certain seasons causing the salty crusted surface to look like a mirror! These salt flats spread over 10,582 square kilometres!

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

a view of Bryce Canyon in Utah from above

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Found inside a national park of the same name, Bryce Canyon isn't actually a canyon, but a collection of giant amphiteatres (rock formations that naturally echo sounds or make them louder). People come to see the red, orange and white coloured hoodoos, or fairy chimneys — the tall, thin columns of rock that stick up from the bottom of the canyon — formed by water erosion and sedimentary rocks.

Mù Cang Chải, Vietnam

a wide view of the rice terraces of Vietnam

Photo by Hoang Giang Hai licensed CC BY 2.0

These rice terraces made by the back-breaking work of rice farmers in Vietnam are a popular place to visit in northern Vietnam — if you can make the hard journey to get there. The rice terrace fields sit 1,000 metres above sea level and stretch across 2,200 hectares of mountainside.

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

a view of the blue waters of Moraine Lake in Alberta

Wikimedia/Florian Fuchs/CC BY 3.0

Head over to Banff National Park to see this glacially fed lake just outside the Ville of Lake Louise. It is so blue because of the glacial rock flour — fine-grained particle of rock generated by glacial erosion — that is deposited in the lake.

Oia, Santorini, Greece

the beautiful houses of Santorini

Photo by Stavros Argyropulos licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

One of the Greek islands, Santorini was created by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, which occurred some 3,600 years ago.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

an overhead view of Lake Bled

Photo by Danny Sternfeld licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In the winter, Lake Bled freezes over and people ice skate on it. Bled Island in the middle of the lake can only be reached by gondola-style boats called pletnas.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

overhead  view of the mountains of Isle of Skye

Photo by John mcsporran licensed CC BY 2.0

The Quiraing land slip, part of the Trotternish mountain ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland is an unearthly place full of fantastic geological features making it a favourite for photographers.

Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador, Canada

wide angle view of Torngat Mountains

Photo by ビッグアップジャパン licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

One of Canada's most beautiful national parks full of glacier-filled fjords and iceberg filled waters. The Inuit lived here for centuries and they still fish and hunt across the park's wide tundra. You'll have to be an adventurer to visit as it's only accessible by boat or charter plane.


Think these places are pretty neat? Check out some other beautiful places in our National Parks section!