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The 50 Most Beautiful Places On Earth (That Often Lead To Life Transformation)

The world is a beautiful place but some corners of it have the power to transform our lives. While some of us are lucky to stay there forever, the wanderlust in the rest of us takes us to these exotic places. We get a break from the mundane and the power and beauty of nature make a deep impact. In this article, we have collated a list of beautiful places that are like no other. Some are more famous than the others, but we have chosen them for their sheer beauty and presence. These are the places that you visit but don’t want to leave. They have the power to change our lives, as an alchemist for our future.

#50 Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

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Nestled in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan is simply breathtaking. Tiger’s Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, is built into a steep cliff 3,000 feet above ground level. It hangs on a bluff overlooking a spectacular valley and offers a mind-blowing and peaceful sight. This Buddhist temple is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan and despite the hard trek gets a lot of footfalls round the year. This small Himalayan kingdom is also known to be the only place which measures its success via a Gross National Happiness (also known by the acronym: GNH). The index is used to measure the collective happiness and well-being of a population.

#49 Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

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Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s and perhaps the world’s most famous waterfalls. Located in the South Region in Iceland, it is a must-visit for tourists who flock to the beautiful country every year. The waterfall drops 60 m and is fed by melting water from the famed glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. As it cascades over steep cliffs, the gorgeous falls also make it easy for one walk behind and experience a whole new feeling and gain a greater respect for the might of beautiful nature. It attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

#48 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Torres del Paine National Park is protected land in the Patagonia region. The unique topography combines soaring mountains, forests, and golden pampas (grasslands), glaciers and bright blue icebergs, and lakes to make a mesmerizing experience for visitors. Sunrise and sunset over the soaring granite pillars can be life-altering experiences for some. Be prepared for fantastic wildlife watching as the park abounds in rare animals like the llama-like guanacos, foxes, huemul or Andean deer, and if you are lucky, even the reclusive puma.

#47 Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Namib-Naukluft Park is the fourth largest national park in the world and covers an area of 49,768 km². The park and nature reserve occupies part of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. Sossusvlei, the center of its attraction, features enormous sand dunes that rise 300m above the ground.it also features the barren and beautiful Naukluft Mountains with an appeal of their own. Known for its wild game, visitors can see ostriches and kudus along with mountain zebras roaming over the red sand dunes.

#46 Na Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii

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Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park runs along 17 miles of rugged Kauai coastline, in the northwest of Kauai Island. Hikers can enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific along with the breathtaking experiences through the swiftly flowing streams and cascading waterfalls, its towering pali or sea cliffs and narrow valleys covered in lush forests. Extensive stone walled terraces and the rugged grandeur of deep, narrow valleys add to the beauty of the place that is considered to be one of the oldest Hawaiian human habitats. Despite the hard access, it is a popular tourist and hiking destination.

#45 Pamukkale, Turkey

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Pamukkale (Cotton Fortress in Turkish,) in western Turkey, is a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stack of white travertine mineral-rich thermal pools overlooking the Byzantine-Roman city of Denizli. The hot calcium-laden waters that spring from the earth and flow down white travertine terraces are said to have healing powers. The Romans built it as a spa city, and it still features the ancient Antique Pool with its submerged Roman columns Temple of Apollo where visitors can swim for free. The ruins also include a well-preserved theater and a necropolis with sarcophagi that stretch for 2km.

#44 Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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Located in Southwest USA, Antelope Canyon is categorized as a slot canyon. It is a popular location for photographers and sightseers but is accessible by guided tour only. It sprawls across the Navajo land east of Page, Arizona and is divided into two sections. The Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, which in Navajo means the place where water runs through rocks. The lower canyon is called Hazdistazí, which in Navajo means “The Corkscrew.” Best times to visit are early mornings when the light beams gliding in and out of the slot canyon makes it look like the walls are on fire.

#43 Lake Louise, Canada

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Canada is beautiful and Banff National Park even more so. Lake Louise is a hamlet set inside Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Known for its turquoise, glacier-fed it is a year-round resort destination. The impossibly blue lake or sometimes emerald green water overlooks a stately chateau and is ringed by high peaks of the surrounding snowcapped mountains. The wonder at the quiet and still vista is a feeling you will remember forever. It also features an incredible hiking and skiing options, rare wildlife experiences, and a palatial hotel for those who want to soak in the lap of luxury in the arms of nature.

#42 Krabi, Thailand

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While Bangkok and Pattaya are overrated and saturated with tourists, Krabi offers a welcome respite for travelers. This tropical Thai paradise features stunning land and seascapes. Located between Phang Nga and Trang, it features majestic blue waters framed by limestone cliffs and lush mangrove forests. The 150km-long coastline features exotic wildlife, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, waterfalls, and caves, making it a perfect holiday destination. Visitors can also enjoy an array of activities like snorkeling, sea kayaking, jungle trekking, rock climbing, and scuba diving, and hopping across the 150 islands.

#41 Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

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Salar de Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the result of a prehistoric lake that dried up. Located amidst the Andes, it is now covered by bright-white salt formations that give visitors an illusion of walking in the clouds. The 10,582-sq.-km. The landscape is the world’s largest salt flat, and along with the bright-white salt, it also features rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Adding to its glory are the pink flamingos that abound here while other wildlife is rare. Its view from the central Incahuasi Island adds to its otherworldly feeling. At an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level, it also features a lithium-rich pool of brine, also the world’s largest known lithium reserves.

#40 Douro Valley, Portugal

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Douro Valley is fast becoming one of the most-visited parts of Portugal with its lush vineyards and the vistas of the Douro river flowing into the sea. The river forms part of the border between Spain and Portugal and runs for one hundred and twelve kilometers. Listed as a World Heritage Site, it is often called enchanted valley due to its beautiful and magical landscapes. The steep, undulating hills surrounding the Douro River makes it one of the best wine countries to visit in the continent. The rugged canyons which formed an impassable barrier against marauders in the past offer a wild and beautiful frontier landscape for Instagram lovers.

#39 Mount Fuji, Japan

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Located southwest of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Japanese revere it as their holiest mountain and their pilgrimage site for centuries. It is also the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters and summit hikes remain a favorite activity for tourists and locals alike. Its iconic profile and cherry blossoms the five lakes surrounding it during springtime is a photographer’s dream and a visitor’s paradise. It stands as the cultural, physical, and spiritual symbol of Japan for the world.

#38 Zhangye National Geopark, China

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The Zhangye National Geopark is located within the prefecture-level city of Zhangye, in Gansu, in Sunan and Linze counties. Covering an area of 510 square kilometers, the mountains look as if they have been spray-painted. Extending along the northern slope of Qilian Mountain, the mountains are made up of layers of different-colored minerals and sandstone, a natural phenomenon that worked for over 24 million years. The undulating fiery-red ridges and the multicolored mountain folds show the unique and wide variety of landforms that make up the Danxia landscape. The immense sea of fire with rolling waves ranks among National Geographic’s ‘Top 10 Geographical Wonders of the World’.

#37 Reine, Norway

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The quiet, quaint fishing village of Reine sits just above the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, on the island of Moskenesøya in the Lofoten archipelago. Reine is the kind of a dreamy getaway that will make you want to stay there and away from the madding crowd forever. The Norwegian fishing is a picturesque string of islands where visitors from all over the world come to appreciate the short days, the midnight sun, the long days or the stunning Northern Lights. Visitors can stay in a converted old fishermen’s cottages, campus under the stars or hike up the mountain to soak up the breathtaking views of the island chain from above.

#36 Twelve Apostles, Australia

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Located 275 kilometers west of Melbourne, the majestic Twelve Apostles offer a rugged splendor of nature that rises majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. Created by constant erosion of the limestone over 10–20 million years, the magnificent rock stacks of limestone cliffs change color from sunrise to sunset. Though only nine remain, they attract thousands of visitors every year. The stormy and blasting winds from the Southern Ocean eroded the softer limestone over centuries and formed caves in the cliffs which became arches and collapsed into rock stacks.

#35 Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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The incredible Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls are located along the Argentina-Brazil border and are considered one of the seven new natural wonders of the world. The breathtakingly beautiful sight over the Iguazu River makes up the most extensive system of waterfalls in the world within the Paranaense Forest ecoregion. Spread over 167.34 acres, the falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an awe-inspiring sight that forms one of the most memorable scenes one can experience in South America.

#34 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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From The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the famous and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. The majestic cliffs are situated in County Clare that has faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years. They run for about 14 kilometers, and range for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean and rise to 702 feet at their highest point. The dramatic impact of the majestic cliffs has amazed visitors and locals alike for centuries. The Cliffs are considered a unique region with outstanding geology and part of the UNESCO Global Geopark.

#33 Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

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Located on the outskirts of Kyoto, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a grove filled with thick, green towering stalks which form one of the most beautiful forests in the world. Built during Japan’s Heian Period, it was reconstructed in the 1930s. Bamboo is considered a symbol of strength in Japanese, and these majestic bamboo groves are also seen as a means to ward off evil. The incredible garden is a massive complex of gardens with plants and trees that have something to offer for all seasons. The main attraction is the Togetsukyo Bridge or the Moon Crossing Bridge, which flows over the Hozu River.

#32 Socotra, Yemen

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Located between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea, Socotra is often described as the most alien-looking place on earth. As one of the largest of four islands in the Socotra archipelago, it attracts visitors not just for its sheer beauty but also for its unique dragon blood trees, caves, and several shipwrecks. The island is known for being host to unique species of flora that exists nowhere else in the world. Some call it the most alien-looking place on earth, but that could very well be that it is one of the most ancient places on earth. It features the ruins of a second-century city; some say it is connected to the ancient Sumerian tales of a paradise called Dilmun and even to original Garden of Eden.

#31 Chefchaouen, Morocco

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Instagram’s favorite blue city is known for the striking, blue-washed buildings of its old town. Located in northern Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the ancient city is known for its blue-washed walls, famous Moorish architecture, and serpentine cobblestone streets. Along the steep cobbled lanes, tourists can explore the leather and weaving workshops the octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque. Nearby, is the 15th-century fortress and dungeon which houses the shady main square of Place Outa el Hammam and the Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum. Sometimes called the “blue city” or Morocco’s “blue pearl,” the city is painted in beguiling talc or chalk-based paint. The labyrinth of narrow blue alleyways offers an exotic getaway for visitors who can get an experience of a lifetime with the sight and smell of spices, incense, flowers, and fresh oranges.

#30 Ronda, Spain

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Ronda is an Andalucían city that stands atop El Tajo gorge in Spain’s Malaga province. The Guadalevín River flows through a deep gorge, creating a dramatic landscape. On one side of the steep gorge is the old city that dates back to Moorish rule and on the other is the “new” town that was built in the 15th-century. A jaw-dropping stone bridge, Puente Nuevo, connects the two and offers multiple lookout points. The Plaza de Toros in the New Town is known for its landmarks, especially the 18th-century bullring that draws hundreds of tourists here every year. The breathtaking Ronda sits in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda and is surrounded by lush river valleys.

#29 Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

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Iceland is breathtaking from every angle, but Reynisfjara’s dramatic landscape is all the more unique. Located on the South Coast of Iceland near the village of Vík í Mýrdal, it is known for its black sand beach framed by basalt columns. The enormous basalt stacks sit off the rocky shoreline and are called Reynisdrangar. They are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. The sea stacks against the backdrop of the roaring Atlantic waves and the black sand beaches create stunning panoramas. National Geographic voted it as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.

#28 Oia, Greece

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Located on the northwestern tip of Santorini, the coastal town of Oia is known for its whitewashed houses lined along the narrow, hilly streets that lead to the cobalt Aegean Sea. Pink bougainvillea along the houses carved into the rugged clifftops creates an otherworldly feel. The cliffs overlook a vast caldera filled with water. The ruins of the Oia Castle draws hundreds of visitors for its incredible sunset views. Santorini is full of history and the Naval Maritime Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, exhibits on local seafaring history, along with the other historical and cultural artifacts of this famous Greek Aegean island.

#27 Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Located in mountainous northwestern Costa Rica, the town of Monteverde attracts visitors around the year and from all across the world. Victors come here to experience nature’s glory in the biodiverse forests in the clouds, Situated at 4,662 ft. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve shelters countless wildlife species. You can walk above the forest canopy, as if on the cloud, through the suspension bridges span thick rainforests. The constant precipitation and moisture-filled clouds are the reason behind the lush, evergreen forest. The Costa Rican mountain town is also known for its volcano peaks and coffee plantations.

#26 The Maroon Bells, Colorado

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Located near Aspen, the Maroon Bells is perhaps the most photographed spot in Colorado, a state known for its legendary beauty. Surrounded by national forest, the Maroon Bells are twin peaks in Aspen’s the Elk Mountains Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. They are separated by about half a kilometer by a glacial lake. Sitting amidst the two-giant snow-striped mountaintops, the reflective lake offers a symphony of color that changes with the seasons. Just standing at the edge of the lake basin that was sculpted by Ice-Age glaciers and looking a panoramic vista all around does the heart good. Distinctive maroon coloring of the mountains is a result of the weathering of the iron-bearing mineral hematite.

#25 White Desert, Egypt

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The White Desert, locally known as Sahra al-Beida, is a well-known desert destination in Egypt. Located in Bedouin country of Farafra, it is a barren stretch of white rock spires and chalk towers. Journey into this infinite whiteness is filled with wind-carved rock formations shaped in the form of giant mushrooms or pebbles. Together they create a quiet, unearthly, and beautiful vista that is unparalleled. The 300-sq-km national park may feel like a surreal landscape with the blinding-white chalk rock spires sprouting up like frost-colored lollipops that have withstood the dry desert winds for centuries.

#24 Cliffs of Etretat, France

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Located on the north coast of France, the coastal resort town of Étretat is known for the striking rock formations carved out of its white cliffs. The stunning landscape has been made famous by Monet’s art. The cliffs include the L’Aiguille or the Needle which is a pillar rising from the sea and the dramatic Porte d’Aval arch. Even more breathtaking views can be seen from the cliffside Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde. A startling and entirely unexpected attraction is the cliff-top golf course. The thick pebble beach, some extravagant hotels, the charming resort, and the remarkable wooden covered market add to the evergreen charm of the place.

#23 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Plitviče Lakes National Park is located in central Croatia and is one of the most gorgeous forest reserves in the world. Spanning 295-sq.-km, This popular forest reserve is a complete visit with cerulean lakes, cascading waterfalls, limestone canyons, and many hiking trails. They are all interconnected as the chain of 16 terraced lakes are joined by waterfalls, some 78m-high, that then extend into a limestone canyon. The lakes are interconnected by electric boats, as well as hiking trails and Walkways that wind around and across the water. Located between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar, the deep woodland preserve is populated by diverse species including deer, wolves, bears, boars and rare bird species.

#22 Nuuk, Greenland

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Nuuk is located on the southwest coast of Greenland, one of the most beautiful and least visited places on earth. The tiny capital city is known for its extensive fjord system that offers stunning experiences that range from waterfalls, icebergs to humpback whales. The intricate water system is the second largest in the world and is packed with inlets and islands that visitors can explore to their heart’s content via a kayak or a boat. It is also one of the best places to witness the northern lights. Set against the backdrop of Sermitsiaq mountain, the waterfront is dotted with brightly colored houses that form a perfect contrast to the freezing arctic weather.

#21 Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is somewhat aptly named as it is often referred to as a graveyard. Sometimes referred to as the entire Namib Desert coast, it is located in the northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia. It lies to the south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River. The barren stretch of land is dotted with shipwrecks and whale bones. The green sea meeting sand dunes of The Skeleton Coast offers a stark and eerie and yet beautiful landscape. The 40 km wide and 500 km long coastal stretch is known as the world’s largest ship cemetery.

#20 Machu Picchu, Peru

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The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, which means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.”, is Peru’s biggest attraction. Standing at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, atop the mighty Andes Mountains, the citadel is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. Massive rocks for the construction were transported without wheels. A unique technique called “ashlar” was used to build these structures with astronomical alignments where Stones are cut to fit together without mortar. They fit so well that even a needle can’t go in between them. When you stand here and look down at the Urubamba River valley, you will as if you are walking in the clouds amidst panoramic views.

#19 Tibet

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Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the beautiful land of Tibet is a remote and mainly-Buddhist territory. Known as the “roof of the world,” the Himalayan region is known for its stark beauty, friendly people, and unique cosine. Beijing claims a centuries-old sovereignty over it, but it is governed as an autonomous region of China. Centuries of Chinese and Mongolian has given it a tumultuous history, with animosities existing to this day. For visitors around the world, politics is superseded by the breathtaking high-altitude walks, fabulous monasteries, and stunning views of the world’s highest mountains. There is a sense of peace and spiritualism here that you won’t get anywhere else.

#18 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Located in northeast Vietnam, Hạ Long Bay is best known for thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests and deep emerald waters. There are so many attractions that visitors have to invest quite a few days to explore the Bay area in detail. There are limestone pillars and caves, floating villages, islets, hidden beaches, arches, and spectacular wildlife. Activities include sea kayak expeditions and junk boat tours that take visitors past islands like Stone Dog and Teapot islets, so named for their shapes. Other sports include rock climbing and hiking through the mountainous Cat Bà National Park or scuba diving in the mysterious and magical misty waters.

#17 Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound is a fiord replete with the glory of nature all around. It boasts of clear blue skies, waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls cascading from the surrounding steep mountains. The towering Mitre Peak is the highlight of the landscape with the rainforests adding to their deep mystery. The reflecting waters down below make for an excellent backdrop for photographers, painters and filmmakers alike. Boat tours are a popular way to explore, and visitors can get a first-hand feel of the diverse species like the penguins, fur seal colonies, and dolphins. One can also get a glimpse of the rare black coral and other marine life in the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

#16 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Located in northern Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is best known for its massive annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. The clear blue skies and the endless vistas of the plains have been the backdrop for safari photography for decades. Established in 1952, the park covers 5,700 sq: miles and it one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth with its essential flora fauna remaining the same for the past million years. The resident population includes that of the lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, and impressive species of birds. Along with its natural beauty, it offers great scientific value in the form of the highest concentration of plains game in Africa.

#15 Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace and is known to be Germany’s most famous castle. The palace was commissioned in honor of Richard Wagner and as a retreat by Ludwig II of Bavaria. Located near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany, it sits atop a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau overlooking the Alpine foothills. While the majority of tourists land up in September or October, the more intrepid ones brace the winter to enjoy the panoramic and almost magical view of the castle covered in some snow in winter. Queen Mary’s Bridge offers some of the best vantage points for taking the iconic photos of the grandiose castle with scenic nature in the background, but the surrounding paths and villages also offer beautiful panoramic views.

#14 Arunachal Pradesh, India

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Arunachal Pradesh is the northeasternmost state of India. It shares international borders with Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west, and is separated from China in the north by the McMahon Line. Tucked away in the mountains, it is known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ and offers some of the most stunning scenic vistas in the world. It is relatively unexplored so you will see nature in its pristine glory still intact. It rises abruptly from the plains through steep and densely forested hills and culminates in snow-capped peaks. For intrepid travelers, many adventures lie in waiting through remote mountain valleys, offbeat trails, and many tribal villages. Most of the terrain is that of deep valleys flanked by Himalayan mountains.

#13 Palau, Palau

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Palau is part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean and is essentially an archipelago of over 500 islands. The larger Babeldaob houses capital, Ngerulmud, and also boasts of stunning mountains and sandy beaches. Koror Island is e islands’ commercial center, and once housed the former capital. Palau is known for its rich marine biodiversity and is perhaps one of the best places for underwater photography. The biodiverse islands showcase caves, limestone and volcanic islands along with lush green forests. Ancient basalt monoliths in the north are a big attraction. Known as Badrulchau, these monoliths lie in grassy fields and are surrounded by palm trees creating a scenic but peaceful retreat.

#12 Niagara Falls, Canada

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Niagara Falls is perhaps one of the most visited places on Earth, but its intrinsic beauty never ceases to amaze the eye. Located in Southern Ontario, the falls lie on the western bank of the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region. To witness that unstoppable flow of thunderous, rushing water relentlessly surging over the arcing fault in the riverbed is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The force of the colliding water leads to enormous plumes of icy mist that rise for hundreds of meters. For thousands of onlookers, it creates an ethereal, almost hypnotic veil behind the torrent concealing the vast rift.

#11 Antarctica

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Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost and fifth-largest continent. It is home to massive glaciers, deep blue waters, vast starry skies, ice-covered mountains, and boulders. At 14,200,000 square kilometers, it is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is also the coldest and least densely populated continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice and is home to adorable penguins. The South Pole at sunrise or sunset is one of the best ways to capture nature at its best. From its Paradise Bay, and the Lemaire Channel, Observation Hill to Deception Island, Antarctica offers many staggering locations for a photoshoot. Often called the Land of Fabled Creatures, this vast white wilderness of elemental forces is incomparable in its stunning beauty.

#10 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most extensive coral reef system. It comprises of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands and cays that stretch over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the Great Wall of China and one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is the only living thing on earth visible from space. The breathtaking beauty of the coral reef is enhanced by the abundance of marine life, picturesque tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. It is a popular global tourist destination and offers many activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, aircraft or helicopter tours, glass-bottomed boat viewing, bare boats (self-sail), semi-submersibles and educational trips, whale watching, cruise ship tours, and swimming with dolphins.

#9 Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Located in the inland South Island of New Zealand, Lake Tekapo is a glacial lake and a small town. The waters of Lake Tekapo are milky-blue all year round making the area very picturesque. It is dazzling by night and part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, which makes it a perfect spot for stargazing. The breathtaking scenery changes every season, so one visit is not enough. In summer, the banks are lined with bright and blooming pink and purple lupins, which offers a colorful and vibrant vista. The lake is surrounded by warm orange trees during Fall, and the waters reflect the surrounding snow-capped mountains in winter. It covers an area of 83 square kilometers is fed at its northern end by the braided Godley River, which has its source in the Southern Alps to the north.

#8 Granada, Spain

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Located in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, the city of Granada known for its grand medieval architecture dating far to the Moorish occupation. The main attraction is the Alhambra, which is a massive castle constructed over many centuries and home to many of the Arab Sultans who ruled the whole province. The 1000-year old Arab-influenced fortress complex includes serene patios, royal palaces, reflecting pools and the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. The Islamic architecture against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the art-filled streets, and the myriad historical points of interest make for an exciting experience for tourists.

#7 The Fairy Pools, Scotland

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Located at Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are legendary for their beauty. The beautifully crystal-clear blue pools are fed by a series of waterfalls from the Cuillin Mountains. It is so named because ancient Scottish folk tales talk about fairies bathing in the cold waters of the rock pool. The hike from the main waterfall to the pools is 2.4km and consists of rugged boulders, lush greenery and river crossings over stepping stones. The first waterfall is the highest fall and deepest pool. Some brave the icy waters to swim here, practice high jumps another side of the river. Up the main path lie the other pools which are beautifully clear and great for swimming for all. A natural arch adds to its stunning beauty and also offers an exhilarating underwater swim through it.

#6 Lake Vättern, Sweden

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Vättern is the second largest lake in Sweden and the fifth-largest in Europe. It is a long, finger-shaped body of freshwater pointing at the tip of Scandinavia. The majestic lake, measuring some 129km, is connected to the massive waterways of southern Sweden and offers a series of stunning vistas with unrivaled tranquility, beautiful sights, and amazing wildlife. The lake is known for its sudden storms and is best toured with local guides. It is a popular fishing destination, and the inland lake is always great for angling. There are 28 different fish species remaining in its freshwater, some existing since the Ice Age. While it has long, Riviera-like beaches, the water temperature fluctuates a lot due to its depth and can often be icy cold. Legend has it that Vättern has a lake monster lurking in its waters, just like the famous Loch Ness.

#5 Faroe Islands, Denmark

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The Faroe Islands is Located halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic. Covering a total land area of 1,399 square kilometers, it is an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands. Norsemen settled here 1200 years ago and named it Føroyar (Faroe Islands) which means Sheep Islands in the Nordic language. Today it has a population of 50,000. The islands offer an out-of-this-world experience with its unfathomable beauty. The diverse fauna lakes, cliffs, waterfalls, and quaint villages make for an unforgettable visit. The iconic lake Sørvágsvatn is one of its main attractions with its unrealistic formation as it seems to be held hundreds of feet above sea level thanks to an optical illusion.

#4 Tuscany, Italy

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Located in central Italy, Tuscany has long been a muse to the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art, sculpture, and architecture. The tranquil Tuscan countryside is a visitor’s paradise and a photographer’s dream. The diverse natural landscape includes the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the rugged Apennine Mountains, and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards. Hiking and wine tastings are popular tourists’ activities, but one can often see visitors soaking in the beautiful scenery by doing nothing. Ancient farmhouses atop rolling hills, olive groves, and fields of yellow sunflowers, vineyards bordering rustic medieval towns with their misty mornings and golden sunsets all entice people to stop and smell the roses for once.

#3 Gobi Desert, Mongolia

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The Gobi Desert, one of the world’s great deserts, is a vista of large barren expenses of gravel plains and rocky outcrops, dotted in parts by lush greenery and wild animals. It covers much of the southern part of Mongolia, and the Great Gobi National Park is one of the largest World Biospheres. The extreme climate and strong winds make travel dangerous in spring and fall, so it is always advisable to go with local tour guides. The impressive panoramic views is a photographers’ delight. One can capture diverse shots like traditional Mongol families tending to their cattle, sunrise by the Khongoryn Els sand dunes or the Flaming Cliffs, or the magnificent starry night skies at night. It is home to the wild ass, the last remaining wild Bactrian (two-humped) camels, and a small population of Gobi bears the only desert-inhabiting bear. With its colossal sand dunes, dinosaur fossils, ice-filled canyons, and camel treks, it’s one of Mongolia’s top-draw regions.

#2 Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand

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Located at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves offer a magical and once-in-a-lifetime experience. The million-year-old limestone caves get their name from the population of Arachnocampa Luminosa, a bioluminescent glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. Thirty million years in the making, the caves, and its creatures will make you feel that time and space has stood still here. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, a boat ride through the glow worm grotto allows visitors to marvel at thousands of magical glowworms. The tours have two levels; the drier upper level is decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations while the lower level consisting of glowworms, stream passages, and the Cathedral which is the tallest chamber in the cave.

#1 Denali National Park, Alaska

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Denali National Park and Preserve is home to magnificent wildlife and stunningly beautiful wilderness. The pristine parkland encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness bisected by one ribbon of road. the relatively low-elevation taiga forest suddenly gives way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains culminating in the 20,310-ft.-high Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The terrain of tundra, glaciers, and spruce forests make home to diverse wildlife including grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep. These wild animals still roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages amidst the solitude and tranquility of the wilderness. Depending on the season, one can see the snow-capped peak of Denali, the northern lights, animal migrations, or wildflowers and fireweed in bloom. Popular activities in summer include backpacking, biking, hiking, and mountaineering.

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