The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World Part 42020-02-10
Halong Bay: Vietnam
It would be hard to conjure up a more beautiful image than Vietnam’s Halong Bay, with its lofty limestone peaks, jungle-covered islands and turquoise waters. You can visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site for the day, though many travelers choose to visit on a cruise and spend the night along the shores of this unique coastal gem.
Dubrovnik, Croatia, which travelers will recognize as King’s Landing from the popular “Game of Thrones” television series, is practically frozen in time. The walled Old Town looked just as it did when being built between the 11th and 17th centuries, complete with many of the same buildings. Its placement along the sparkling Adriatic Sea with views of nearby Lokrum only add to its beauty.
Known as the main gateway to the Norwegian fjords, Bergen is worth a visit on its own. Not only is Bergen home to art galleries and museums, but it also features an inspiring waterfront, complete with colorful row houses. Here you can enjoy a history lesson, then soak in the scenery and the crisp, ocean air.
Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most beautiful and iconic landmarks, as well as one of its most notorious waterfalls. You can check out this natural wonder from all angles, seeing water cascade from 200 feet into a naturally formed lake from the front, the side or behind.
Palm Beach: Noord, Aruba
Aruba’s Palm Beach may be filled with high-rise hotels and resorts, but its turquoise waters are so strikingly clear that it’s still one of the most beautiful places in the world. The white sand is soothing and powdery, plus you can snorkel and swim with sea turtles, tropical fish and stingrays directly from shore.
Bagan, Myanmar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with world renowned Buddhist architecture and historical sites. Explore beautiful monasteries, temples and more while taking in frescoes, sculptures and other artwork from this city’s ancient past. For the best views, book a ride on a hot air balloon, which has become a common symbol for the region.
Plitvice Lakes National Park: Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. This natural park features 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls. The water is so green and clear you can see all the way to the bottom.
Raja Ampat Islands: Indonesia
Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands are barely touched by human activity, an integral part of this region’s mysterious charm. These lush, green islands boast gorgeous views of turquoise waters, white sand beaches and caves perfect for exploration off the beaten path.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Most people may picture Tel Aviv as a towering metropolis brimming with business and tourism, but they forget this city sits along an alluring stretch of the Mediterranean Sea. Come to Tel Aviv for high-end dining and nightlife, but remember to check out its stunning beaches dotted with tall palms.
Loire Valley: France
The Loire Valley, one of the best places to visit in France, is made up of rolling green hills dotted with charming French villages and historical landmarks galore. You can ride in a hot air balloon, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants and taste some of the finest wines in the world. You should also plan to visit several famous castles, including Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord.
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