Most of us love to travel. Many of us love planning vacations for months. As we navigate these unprecedented quarantines and pandemic times, here’s a look at the most beautiful places on Earth. The faraway exotic lands call out the inner wanderlust in us. The pure natural beauty of these places is unforgettable and has the power to transform us. While there are innumerable places to visit, here we have shortlisted 50 to help you plan your next trip. Some are well-known and on every bucket list, while some are more exotic. Explore and let the adventure begin.
#50 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is a must-visit on every traveler’s bucket list. It is the world’s first national park, which spreads across nearly 3,500-sq.-miles. The popular wilderness recreation area is set atop a volcanic hot spot and is home to hundreds of animal species. These include bears, wolves, grizzly bears, bison, buffalo, elk, and antelope. Among its many marvels, there is the most famous Old Faithful geyser and other gushing geysers. Other natural beauties include canyons, waterfalls, alpine rivers, forests, jagged peaks, and hot springs. It is set in Wyoming, but parts of it extend to Montana and Idaho too.
#49 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park is set in the region called Patagonia. The protected land boasts of unique and diverse topography. It includes the famous pampas (grasslands), forests, mountains, lakes, as well as glaciers and icebergs. Together they combine to make an unforgettable experience. The park abounds diverse wildlife as well. Visitors can expect a mesmerizing feeling looking at the rare animal species. These include the Andean deer, llama-like guanacos, huemul, foxes, and the regal puma. The stunning granite pillars are famous for the breathtaking sunrise and sunset experiences.
#48 Na Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii
Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park is situated in the northwest of Kauai Island. It runs along 17 miles of rugged Kauai coastline. It is a popular tourist and hiking destination though it is a bit hard to access. Perhaps that’s the reason why it attracts the diehard hikers and adventurers. Those who can brave the wilderness and the rough terrain are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Pacific. The diverse topography includes rugged sea cliffs, gushing streams, and waterfalls. There are also deep valleys covered in lush forests, walled stone terraces, and the towering pali.
#47 Antelope Canyon, Arizona
The Antelope Canyon is located in Southwest USA and is a popular tourist destination. Categorized as a slot canyon, it is divided into two sections. It spreads across the Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Tsé bighánílíní, or the Upper Antelope Canyon, means the place where water runs through rocks. Hazdistazí, or the Lower Canyon, means “The Corkscrew” in Navajo. It is accessible by guided tour only but remains a popular location for photographers and sightseers. Early mornings are the best times to visit. Light gliding in and out of the slot canyon during this time makes it look like the walls are on fire.
#46 Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni results from a prehistoric lake that dried up and is located in southwest Bolivia. The 10,582-sq.-km landscape is now covered by bright-white salt formations that give visitors an illusion of walking in the clouds. Situated amidst the Andes and at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level, it is the world’s largest salt flat. Along with the bright-white salt, it also features cacti-studded islands. A lithium-rich pool of brine, rock formations. In fact, it boasts of the world’s largest known lithium reserves. Wildlife is rare and diverse and includes the mesmerizing pink flamingos.
#45 Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Located southwest of Tokyo, it stands as the cultural, physical, and spiritual symbol of Japan. For centuries it has been revered as the holiest mountain and pilgrimage site for the Japanese people. At 3,776 meters, it stands as the country’s tallest peak. The iconic cherry blossoms in spring and the scenic view of the five lakes surrounding it attracts visitors from around the world. Adventurous summit hikes remain a favorite activity for both tourists and locals. Professional and amateur photographers flock to this visitor’s paradise to get that dream shot.
#44 Reine, Norway
Reine is a dreamy getaway that is yet unspoiled by tourists. It is a quiet, quaint fishing village located on the island of Moskenesøya in the Lofoten archipelago. It sits just above the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Lofoten Islands and can make one want to stay there forever. Visitors can stay in converted old fishermen’s cottages along the picturesque string of islands. They can camp under the stars to appreciate the midnight sun or the stunning Northern Lights up close. Some choose to hike up the mountain to soak up the island chain’s breathtaking views from above.
#43 Iguazu Falls, Argentina
The incredible Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls rank among seven new natural wonders of the world. The breathtakingly beautiful sight over the Iguazu River can be a life-transforming experience. It is located along the Argentina-Brazil border within the Paranaense Forest ecoregion. Spread over 167.34 acres, it makes up the most extensive system of waterfalls in the world. The awe-inspiring sight is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. It is considered one of South America’s most visited places.
#42 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The majestic Cliffs of Moher are a part of the UNESCO Global Geopark. The unique topography that has faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years has mesmerized visitors for centuries. Situated in County Clare, they rise to 702 feet at their highest point. They range for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean and run for about 14 kilometers. The dramatic beauty of the majestic cliffs has made them a part of iconic movies like the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the Princess Bride. They are one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions.
#41 Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan
The incredible Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a massive complex of gardens with plants and trees. It attracts tourists through all seasons. Built during Japan’s Heian Period, it is located on the outskirts of Kyoto. The beautiful forest is a grove filled with thick, green towering stalks. It was reconstructed in the 1930s and still remains a revered spot for locals. For them, Bamboo is a symbol of strength and the groves, a place that can ward off evil. The garden’s main attraction is the Togetsukyo Bridge or the Moon Crossing Bridge that stands over the Hozu River.
#40 Socotra, Yemen
Socotra is one of the largest of four islands in the Socotra archipelago. It is located between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea and is known for being host to unique flora and fauna species. Often called the most alien-looking place on Earth, Socotra is also one of the most ancient sites. Visitors bask in its sheer beauty and soak up the ruins of a second-century city. Legend links the old city to the original Garden of Eden, and a paradise called Dilmun mentioned in ancient Sumerian tales. The caves and the unique dragon blood trees are great attractions, as are the several shipwreck sites.
#39 Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region in Iceland and is known as one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. It is fed by melting water from the famed glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano and has a sheer drop of 60 meters. One of the most incredible experiences it offers is walking behind the water. The feel of the cascading water as if from behind a curtain is a life-transforming feeling. It cascades over cliffs and creates a spectacular view down the gorge. The steep and rugged cliffs and breathtaking terrain make for a memorable experience.
#38 Angel Falls: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. The waterfall plunges to 807 meters and has a height of 979 meters, dropping over the Auyán-tepui, or Devil’s Mountain, in the Canaima National Park. The park boasts of a rich and diverse topography. These include the steep flat-topped table mountains called tepuis, from which spectacular Angel Falls cascade down. The canyon it falls into is called the Cañon del Diablo or the Devil’s Canyon. The falls are named after Jimmy Angel, an American pilot. He was searching for gold and discovered the falls instead.
#37 Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Namib-Naukluft Park covers an area of 19,216 square miles. Its nature reserves occupy part of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. It is the fourth largest national park in the world. At the center of its attraction lies the nature reserve Sossusvlei. The enormous, red dunes here rise more than 900 feet above the ground. Rich in fauna, it is known for its wild game, including mountain zebras, ostriches, and kudus. It also features the barren and beautiful Naukluft Mountains, which attracts hundreds to witness its stark beauty.
#36 Chefchaouen, Morocco
The striking, blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen are every traveler’s dream. The old town is located in northern Morocco’s Rif Mountains. It is known for its quaint narrow blue alleyways, steep and winding cobbled lanes. The city is painted in beguiling talc or chalk-based paint, which has given it the name, “blue city” or Morocco’s “blue pearl.” It is famous for its Moorish architecture, leather and weaving workshops. The octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque and the Chefchaouen Ethnographic Museum draws large crowds too. The 15th-century fortress and dungeon house the main square of Place Outa el-Hammam.
#35 Ronda, Spain
The Andalucían city of Ronda regally stands on top of the El Tajo gorge in Spain’s Malaga province. It is located in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda and is surrounded by lush river valleys. The dramatic landscape is formed by the Guadalevín River, which flows through a deep gorge. On one side is the old city that dates back to Moorish rule. On the other side of the steep gorge is the “new” town built in the 15th-century. The two towns are connected by the jaw-dropping stone bridge, Puente Nuevo. The bridge has multiple lookout points that offer a scenic view.
#34 Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination in western Turkey. Known as the “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, it was built as a Roman spa city. It still features the ancient pool with its submerged Roman columns of the Temple of Apollo. Visitors can swim for free here. A notable feature is the stack of white travertine mineral-rich thermal pools. These hot calcium-laden waters are said to have healing powers. They overlook the Byzantine-Roman city of Denizli and are simply breathtaking. The ruins of the old town also include a necropolis with sarcophagi and a well-preserved theater.
#33 Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is Peru’s and one of the world’s biggest attractions. Located high on the Andes Mountains, this Incan citadel means the “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.” The ancient citadel is renowned for its architecture. Sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks were used to build it without the use of mortar. Massive rocks for the construction were transported without wheels. Considering that it stands at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, it is an architectural marvel. Visitors can climb to the top and look down at the Urubamba River valley. The panoramic view gives the perception as if one is walking in the clouds.
#32 Lake Louise, Canada
Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The beautiful hamlet is known for its glacier-fed, turquoise waters. The quiet and still vista is a year-round resort destination. Sometimes emerald green and sometimes impossibly blue, the lake is a big lure for tourists. It overlooks a stately chateau and a palatial hotel that promises a luxurious stay. The lake is surrounded by high peaks of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. There are numerous outdoor activities for visitors and locals. These include hiking and skiing options, with rare wildlife experiences for adventurers.
#31 Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
Reynisfjara Beach’s dramatic landscape adds to the breathtaking experience of Iceland. It is located near the village of Vík í Mýrdal, on the South Coast of Iceland. National Geographic has voted it as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches on the planet. The uniqueness of the beach lies in its black sands framed by basalt columns. The enormous basalt stacks are called Reynisdrangar. They line up the rocky shoreline creating a stark panoramic view. The beach is home to thousands of nesting seabirds who thrive here beside the roaring Atlantic waves.
#30 Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley in Portugal is growing in popularity as a global tourist destination. The wild and beautiful frontier landscape is listed as a World Heritage Site. The Douro River runs for one hundred and twelve kilometers. It forms part of the Spain and Portugal border. Hundreds of visitors flock to its lush vineyards and breathtaking vistas every year. Its beautiful and magical landscapes have given it the name of an enchanted valley. The rugged canyons and the steep, undulating hills surrounding the Douro River adds to its natural splendor.
#29 Oia, Greece
The coastal town of Oia in Greece is located on the northwestern tip of Santorini. It is known for its whitewashed houses lined along the narrow, hilly streets that lead to the cobalt Aegean Sea. Santorini is full of history, and so is Oia. The ruins of the Oia Castle draws hundreds of visitors for its incredible sunset views. It boasts of age-old historical and cultural artifacts. The famous pink bougainvillea along the houses are simply stunning. These houses are carved into the rugged clifftops and overlook a vast caldera. The Naval Maritime Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, exhibits local seafaring history.
#28 Krabi, Thailand
Krabi is a tropical paradise island set off the beaten path from the usual Thai tourist spots. Located between Phang Nga and Trang, it features stunning land and seascapes. The 150km-long coastline features majestic blue waters. The beaches are framed by the limestone cliffs and lush mangrove forests. There is much to do. Visitors can enjoy the turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. There are also exotic wildlife, waterfalls, and caves to explore. An array of activities include snorkeling, island-hopping, sea kayaking, rock climbing, jungle trekking, and scuba diving.
#27 Monteverde, Costa Rica
Monteverde is located in the mountainous region of northwestern Costa Rica. Visitors from all over the world come here to experience nature’s glory in the biodiverse forests in the clouds. Suspension bridges span thick rainforests. The famous walk above the forest canopy makes one feel as if one is walking on the clouds. Situated at 4,662 ft., the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is also known for its volcano peaks and coffee plantations. The constant rain and moisture-filled air have created the lush, evergreen forest that is home to rich wildlife.
#26 Zhangye National Geopark, China
The Zhangye National Geopark is famous for its mountains, which look as if they have been spray-painted. The park covers 510 square kilometers and is located within the prefecture-level city of Zhangye in Gansu. The multicolored ridges extend along the northern slope of the Qilian Mountain. They are made up of layers of different-colored minerals and sandstone. This natural phenomenon that developed over 24 million years gives it the famous undulating fiery look. They provide the entire Danxia landscape with a unique look. It ranks among National Geographic’s ‘Top 10 Geographical Wonders of the World.’
#25 Denali National Park, Alaska
The magnificent Denali National Park and Preserve is one of Alaska’s most famous sites. Even though a vast majority of the land is sheer wilderness, it hasn’t stopped visitors from flocking here every year. The stunningly beautiful wilderness is more than 6 million acres and is crossed by a single ribbon of road. It culminates in the 20,310-ft:- high Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The low-elevation taiga forest gives way to high alpine tundra. The terrain is home to diverse wildlife, including caribou, moose, grizzly bears, wolves, and Dall sheep. From the wildflowers and fireweed in bloom, one can bask in the glory of the northern lights.
#24 Twelve Apostles, Australia
The majestic Twelve Apostles are located 275 kilometers west of Melbourne. The rugged splendor of nature has been created by constant erosion of the limestone over 10–20 million years. They rise majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. Though only nine remains, the magnificent rock stacks still have a stunning effect on viewers. The limestone cliffs change color from sunrise to sunset. The softer limestone has eroded over centuries by the stormy sea and blasting winds from the Southern Ocean. These then formed caves in the cliffs, which became arches and collapsed into rock stacks.
#23 The Maroon Bells, Colorado
The Maroon Bells in Colorado is a popular tourist destination. It sits amidst the two-giant snow-striped mountaintops of the Elk Mountains’ Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. Located near Aspen, the reflective lake offers a symphony of color that changes with the seasons. It is surrounded by a national forest and separated by about half a kilometer by a glacial lake. Ice-Age glaciers have sculpted the basin of the lake and create an unforgettable panorama. The weathering of the iron-bearing mineral hematite has taken place over centuries. That, in turn, has given the surrounding mountains its distinctive maroon coloring.
#22 White Desert, Egypt
The White Desert is a well-known desert destination in Egypt. The unparalleled landscape offers a quiet, unearthly, and beautiful vista. Locally known as Sahra al-Beida, it is located in the Bedouin country of Farafra. The journey into this infinite whiteness can be rough. It stretches through a barren road of white rock spires and chalk towers. The 300-sq-km national park is filled with wind-carved rock formations in unusual shapes. The blinding-white chalk rock spires create a surreal landscape.
The beautiful and remote land of Tibet is located at the foothills of the Himalayas. Known for its stark beauty, it is nicknamed as the “Roof of the World.” Centuries of unrest between China and Mongolia have given it a tumultuous history, but it is considered a self-governing region overseen by the Chinese government. It is mainly a Buddhist territory with peaceful, friendly people. There is a sense of peace and spiritualism that transcends all the political turmoil it has gone through. The stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and the breathtaking high-altitude walks are unforgettable. The fabulous monasteries, the unique cuisine are big attractions as well.
#20 Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island known for its unrivaled beauty. It is indeed a paradise. Located northwest of Tahiti, the popular destination is also called the leading lady of French Polynesia. The island boasts of a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef and is surrounded by sand-fringed islets. It is a popular luxury resort, which is also known as a scuba diving destination. Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano, adds to Bora Bora’s beauty as it rises right in the center of the island.
#19 Cliffs of Etretat, France
The Cliffs of Etretat are striking rock formations carved out of white cliffs along the coastal resort town of Étretat. Located on the north coast of France, the cliffs include the L’Aiguille or the Needle and the dramatic Porte d’Aval arch. The stunning landscape has been made famous by Monet’s art. The thick pebble beach beckons one to walk along the shores. The charming resorts, plush hotels, and the quaint wood covered market add to its evergreen charm. The view from the cliffside Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde is even more breathtaking.
#18 The Fairy Pools, Scotland
The Fairy Pools are located at Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye. Ancient Scottish folk tales talk about fairies bathing in the rock pool’s cold waters, which led to its name. They are fed by a series of waterfalls from the Cuillin Mountains and are legendary for their beauty. A natural arch adds to the stunning beauty of these beautifully crystal-clear blue pools. The first waterfall is the highest and forms the deepest pool. The hiking path consists of lush greenery, rugged boulders, and river crossings over stepping stones.
#17 Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, Greenland’s tiny capital city, is pristine and stunning. It is located on the southwest coast of Greenland and is known for its extensive fjord system. The complex water system is the second largest in the world. For visitors, life-altering experiences include icebergs, waterfalls, and humpback whales. There are numerous inlets and islands that visitors can explore via kayaks and boats. Set against the backdrop of Sermitsiaq mountain, it is one of the best places to witness the northern lights. The waterfront is dotted with brightly colored houses that are showcased in so many Instagram posts. The colorful vista forms a perfect contrast to the freezing arctic weather.
#16 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitviče Lakes National Park is a famous forest reserve located in central Croatia. Spanning 295-sq.-km, it is known as one of the most gorgeous forest reserves in the world. The park is filled with natural wonders like sky blue lakes, limestone canyons, cascading waterfalls, and numerous hiking trails. The chain of 16 terraced lakes is all interconnected, which gradually extends into a limestone canyon. They are joined by waterfalls and walkways that wind around and across the water. The preserve is located between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar and is populated by diverse plants and wildlife.
#15 The Azores, Portugal
The Azores are an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic and a self-governing region of Portugal. They are a group of volcanic islands known for their dramatic beauty. There is a rich abundance of wildlife here. The islands are characterized by dramatic landscapes, green pastures, fishing villages, and blue hydrangeas hedgerows. The largest island is called São Miguel, known for the Gorreana Tea Plantation and its lake-filled calderas. Almost all the islands offer tourist hospitality along with myriad adventure sports. The Islands’ rugged beauty is home to the 2,351m Mt. Pico and famous vineyards sheltered by boulders.
#14 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries. Established in 1952, it is best known for its massive annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. The park covers 5,700 sq: miles and offers endless vistas of clear blue skies and vast plains. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth with its diverse resident population. The impressive fauna includes birds, lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and giraffes. The flora and fauna have remained rich for the past million years. Its natural beauty forms the backdrop for safari photography for decades.
#13 Arunachal Pradesh, India
Tucked away in the eastern fringes of the Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh is the northeasternmost state of India. It is known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ and is separated from China in the north by the McMahon Line. It also shares international borders with Bhutan in the west and Myanmar in the east. In all of its pristine glory, nature offers some of the most stunning scenic vistas in the world. The terrain mostly consists of deep valleys flanked by Himalayan mountains. The land rises from the plains through steep slopes, densely forested hills, and extends into the snow-capped peaks. Travelers explore the remote tribal villages, offbeat trails, mountain valleys, and gushing rivers.
#12 Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are located at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions. The million-year-old limestone caves offer visitors a magical and once-in-a-lifetime experience. The caves get their name from the population of a bioluminescent glow worm species called Arachnocampa Luminosa. These are found exclusively in the region. The cave tours have two levels; the drier upper level, which shows the stunning, delicate cave formations. The lower level tours showcase the glow worm grotto. Visitors can take a boat ride and marvel at thousands of magical glowworms.
Antarctica, Earth’s southernmost continent, is surrounded by the Southern Ocean and is the home of penguins. The expanse of 14,200,000 square kilometers is home to deep blue waters. It boasts of massive glaciers, vast starry skies, ice-covered mountains, and boulders. The fifth-largest continent is the coldest, with 98% of it covered in ice. It is also the least densely populated. Called the Land of Fabled Creatures, it offers stunning vistas. These include the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, and the Observation Hill. The sunrise or sunset is one of the best ways to capture the South Pole’s beauty.
#10 Gobi Desert, Mongolia
The Gobi Desert, located in southern Mongolia, is one of the world’s great deserts. The Great Gobi National Park is one of the largest World Biospheres. It offers sweeping vistas of rocky outcrops and gravel plains dotted by lush greenery. Amid the barren expanse, the land is home to rare flora and fauna species. It is home to the last remaining wild Bactrian (two-humped) camels and the wild ass. It also boasts of a small population critically endangered Gobi bears, the only desert-inhabiting bear. The extreme climate and strong winds could make travel dangerous. Visitors can soak in the colossal sand dunes, ice-filled canyons, dinosaur fossils, and camel treks.
#9 Lake Vättern, Sweden
The majestic Lake Vättern is a 129 km long body of freshwater shaped like a long finger pointing at Scandinavia’s tip. It is the fifth-largest lake in Europe and the second-largest in Sweden. Visitors can soak up the stunning vistas, beautiful sights, long, Riviera-like beaches, and amazing wildlife. The lake is connected to the massive waterways of southern Sweden and is best toured with local guides. Sudden storms may, at times, disrupt its otherwise unrivaled tranquility. It is a popular fishing destination. There are varied fish species remaining in its freshwater, some existing since the Ice Age. The inland lake is always great for fishing.
#8 Canterbury, England
Canterbury is a charming English town steeped in history and culture. Immortalized by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, it has retained its idyllic nature for centuries. The historic Canterbury Cathedral is the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Communion. The southeast England city was a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. The striking Tudor architecture blends with the medieval cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. Originally built by the Romans, the Romanesque and Gothic elements still show in the stone carvings and stained-glass windows. The scenic canal is a big tourist draw as well.
#7 Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Its natural splendor has been immortalized in many paintings over the centuries. Located in central Italy, it is also well known for its vineyards. It has a diverse topography that includes the rugged Apennine Mountains. The island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea is a big draw, as are the Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards. Visitors come here to soak the tranquil beauty of the countryside. They can relax, sip some wine, or hike through the beautiful scenery. The fields of yellow sunflowers, the vineyards, and the rustic medieval towns are a photographer’s dream.
#6 Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands is known for its unrivaled beauty. The larger-than-life landscape offers visitors a diverse and otherworldly experience. Centuries of glaciers and volcanic activities have created the green mountains and valleys. The area is known for waterfalls and trails and is very popular with hikers and nature-lovers. Red deer and golden eagles beckon wildlife lovers. Winter months attract skiers and snowboarders. Peaks like the Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean Nam Bian attract climbers year-round.
#5 Granada, Spain
The city of Granada is located in the Andalusia region in southern Spain. The natural beauty of the area combines with the grand medieval architecture to attract visitors all year round. The main attraction is the massive castle called the Alhambra. It dates back to Moorish occupation and has been home to many Arab Sultans. The fortress complex includes pools, fountains, royal palaces, patios, and gardens. The thousand years of Islamic influence is evident in the buildings, the quaint streets, and markets. These, against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevadas, create a mind-blowing experience for all.
#4 Grindelwald, Switzerland
The sleepy village of Grindelwald forms the backdrop for the perfect painting, photograph, or story. Located in the Bernese Oberland area in the Swiss Alps, it is a popular tourist destination. For locals, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. Summer is warm and beautiful, with many options to hike or simply soak in nature’s beauty. It is even more popular in winter with its annual sporting events like the toboggan run, snowboarding, and skiing. Climbers who wish to ascend the Eiger Mountain use Grindelwald as their base camps. Visitors also flock to the glacial gorge, Gletscherschlucht, located just outside the village.
#3 Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo is a glacial lake located in New Zealand’s South Island region. It is a part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. The waters of Lake Tekapo are milky-blue all year round and dazzling by night. It is a perfect spot for stargazing. The picturesque small town with its breathtaking scenery attracts visitors from all over the world. In winter, the surrounding snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water. In Fall, it is surrounded by gorgeous orange trees. In summer, pink and purple lupins line the banks offering a burst of colors.
#2 Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls, located in Southern Ontario, is perhaps the most popular tourist destination. It features as a must-visit place on most people’s bucket lists. The falls lie in the Golden Horseshoe region on the western bank of the Niagara River. The tremendous force of the thunderous, rushing water creates an icy and high-rising mist. The light and sounds show at night add to the glory. The intrinsic beauty of the Falls has mesmerized us for centuries. The unstoppable flow over the arching fault in the riverbed, the gushing currents are unforgettable. The curtain behind the Falls creates an ethereal atmosphere.
#1 Faroe Islands, Denmark
The beauty of the Faroe Islands still contains its pristine glory. Due to its remote location, it is relatively unmarred by tourist footfalls. It lies in the Northeast Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland. It was named Føroyar by the Norsemen, who settled here 1200 years ago. The Nordic meaning of Føroyar or Faroe Islands is Sheep Islands. It is an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands and covers a total land area of 1,399 square kilometers. The islands are rich in diverse flora and fauna.