The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World Part 32020-02-03
Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park has inspired nature-lovers for decades with its magnificent beauty and sheer size. This canyon is 277 river miles long and up to 18 miles wide in some places, with dazzling layered rock formations that never cease to amaze.
Venice, Italy, may be overrun with tourists more often than not, but travelers who visit during fall and winter may have more wiggle room to explore this Italian gem. Head to Venice to get lost in the narrow alleyways and neighborhoods that are entirely surrounded by bridges, water and unique Italian architecture you can’t find anywhere else.
Pamukkale, Turkey, may be slightly off the beaten path, but this destination is well worth a visit thanks to its travertine terraces filled with warm hot springs. Not only is the scenery shockingly beautiful, but you can take a dip in the mineral-rich waters as the Romans once did.
Krabi, Thailand is laid-back, relaxing and striking, making it ideal for a tropical escape any time of the year. While here, you’ll be able to behold lush jungle landscapes, dramatic oceanside cliffs and white sand beaches that seemingly go on forever.
Scotland’s Glencoe region is popular with hikers and nature-lovers alike. Driving through Glencoe feels like an otherworldly experience thanks to its larger-than-life landscape, flanked by green mountains and valleys that were carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions. During colder months, Glencoe is also a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding, so don’t rule it out this winter.
Grindelwald, Switzerland, is a sleepy village in the Bernese Oberland area known for its hiking trails and lifts to the surrounding Swiss Alps. Summer is warm and the landscape is green (perfect for hiking and enjoying sweeping mountain views), while winter is ideal for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and going on a toboggan run.
Fiordland National Park: New Zealand
New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park is made up of nearly 3 million acres of mountains, scenic lakes, fiords and rainforests. The park is also home to plenty of wildlife, which are able to develop and grow thanks to the many habitats that see little human interference. Plan a visit here to take in the beauty and wonder of one of the least disturbed corners of the world.
Havasu Falls: Arizona
Arizona’s Havasu Falls, which are part of the larger collection of waterfalls known as Havasupai Falls, is known for its spectacular beauty and vibrant blue and green waters. Day hiking to the falls is prohibited, but you can view this natural wonder if you book a four-day, three-night hiking and camping trip in Havasu Canyon.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The city of Dubai may not be a natural wonder, but its grandeur is a sight to behold. Dubai is known for housing the tallest building in the world and is home to stunning beaches that draw visitors in droves. Dubai also boasts a diverse culture (immigrants make up a high percentage of the population), providing a unique atmosphere for this cosmopolitan city.
Blue Ridge Mountains: United States
The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains that extend through parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. This iconic mountain range is home to lush green hills and valleys along with streams and three major rivers – the Roanoke, James and Potomac. Plan a trip here during fall when the leaves turn brilliant bright shades of red, yellow and orange.
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