The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World Part 12020-01-20
Let these gorgeous destinations inspire you to travel more.
From national parks to extraordinary beaches, these travel spots are sure to please.
Our planet is home to an endless number of gorgeous landscapes, ranging from scenic white sand beaches to jaw-dropping mountain ranges. Let this list of destinations inspire you to see more of the world in the new year and beyond.
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla
The tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla is shockingly gorgeous from coast to coast, but Rendezvous Bay and its stunning beach is easily the island’s greatest asset. This bay, which is made up of a nearly empty white sand beach, boasts clear turquoise waters and a mountain backdrop with spectacular views of nearby St. Maarten in the distance.
Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming
The world’s first national park is brimming with marvels to behold, from waterfalls to jagged peaks as well as half of the world’s hydrothermal features, including the famous Old Faithful. Visitors come here in droves year-round to scope out the wildlife as well, which include buffalo (Yellowstone is home to America’s largest herd), grizzly bears, wolves, elk and more.
Ksamil, Albania, is a hidden gem along the Albanian Riviera known for its white sand beaches, hidden coves and flashy resorts. A popular cruise excursion from nearby Saranda, this tropical paradise is popular with day-trippers, snorkelers and families hoping to spend the day enjoying sand, sun and surf.
Glacier National Park: Montana
Montana’s Glacier National Park includes more than 1 million acres of natural forestland and untouched wilderness. Head here to hike more than 700 miles of trails and see waterfalls, snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes and plenty of unique plant and animal life.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands: Florida
These islands may be right off the coast of Florida, but a trip here can make you feel like you’re worlds away. The Sanibel and Captiva islands boast 15 miles of beautiful white sand beaches and zero stoplights, making this destination truly feel like an oasis. Plus, with 50 different types of fish that call these local waters home, this area is no doubt a snorkeler’s paradise.
Angel Falls: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
This famous waterfall can be found in the Guiana Highlands region in the southeastern part of Venezuela. This waterfall is not only beautiful, but it’s also the tallest in the world, with water careening 3,212 feet from the top of Devil’s Mountain into the abyss below.
Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, Peru
Machu Picchu is an extraordinary creation of giant walls and rock-based terraces built in a tropical mountain forest on top of a mountain in the Andes. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once part of the Inca civilization, but is now a tourist destination for hikers, history lovers and anyone who wants to be inspired.
Hever Castle: Kent, England
Hever Castle in Kent, England, is known for its storied history as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII. It’s also incredibly stunning thanks to its romantic architecture and evergreen gardens. If you’re curious about Tudor history, you can stay on the grounds in a historic bed-and-breakfast that offers rooms fit for a king or a queen.
Budapest, Hungary, is known for its eye-catching architecture, thermal baths and dramatic location along the Danube River. Stay in the elegant Castle District on the Buda side of the river for proximity to historic sites like Buda Castle and Matthias Church, along with impressive nighttime views of Pest.
Cliffs of Moher: Lislorkan North, County Clare, Ireland
Ireland is lush and green coast to coast but you can’t visit the country without planning a stop to see the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Mother. One of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions, the cliffs rise more than 700 feet above the Atlantic Coast, are home to more than 20 species of seabirds and feature rare flora.
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