Are you looking for the most beautiful places in the world?
Well, you’ve landed in the right place.
Whether you’re looking for a sense of bliss gazing out over mountainous terrain or discover your adventurous nature while hiking through thick jungles, many of us that heed the call into the unknown often find endless possibilities.
Compiling this list wasn’t easy. After all, the world is as vast as it is beautiful.
And as much as I would love to say that I’ve traveled every corner of the globe… I haven’t.
And I knew that if I had any chance of doing the subject justice, I’d need help.
So I’ve asked some of my fellow travel addicts to give me a hand to make the most extensive, detailed, and well-rounded list of the best places to visit in the world.
- The Ultimate List of the Most Beautiful Places in the world.
- Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal
- Mekong Delta, Vietnam
- Karijini National Park, Australia
- Tulip Fields, Netherlands
- Caramoan Islands, Philippines
- Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
- Punakha, Bhutan
- Guatapé, Colombia
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Nosy Iranja, Madagascar
- Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca
- Giethoorn, Netherlands
- ARRAIAL DO CABO, Brazil
- St Lucia, Caribbean
- Lake Baikal, Siberia
- Razor Edge Ridge, Hong Kong
- Gobi Desert, Mongolia
- Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
- Sardinia, Italy
- Havasu Falls, Arizona
- Wadi Rum, Jordan
- Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
- Siquijor Island, Philippines
- lampinigan island basilan, philippines
- Golden Circle, Iceland
- Heraklion, Crete
- Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
- Safari, Botswana
- The Great White Desert of Gujarat, India
- Great White Desert Info
- Other Places to Visit Nearby
- Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
- Mount Bromo, Indonesia
- Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Death Valley, California
- Lake District, United Kingdom
- Tirol (Austrian state)
- Antique, Philippines
- Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
- Masai Mara, Kenya
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Pamir highway, Kyrgyzstan
- Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
- Cappadocia, Turkey
- Las Pozas, Mexico
- Cape Verde, Africa
- Ao Nang, Thailand
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Santo Antao Island, Cape Verde
- Meghalaya, India
- Positano, italy
- Cinque Terre, Italy
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Jaco Island, Timor Leste
- Old Silk Route, India
The Ultimate List of the Most Beautiful Places in the world.
Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Stand amongst the giants of the Himalayas. Revel in undisrupted views of mountains and ice. The Khumbu region in Nepal offers this experience.
Located in the eastern part of Nepal, the Khumbu region is home to the Sherpa people and the world’s highest mountain. Mount Everest is located in the Sagarmatha National Park.
Every year thousands of trekkers make their way to Everest Base Camp. The more adventurous souls come in May, attempting the summit.
Not as famous is the Makalu Barun National Park. It boasts Mera Peak, the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is less crowded, but with equally stunning views.
The trail takes you down into the bamboo forests, all the way to glacier summit at 6470 meters above sea level. At the top is a view of Everest, Lhotse and other famous mountains of the Himalayas.
The names and shapes of the mountains may all blend together in memory. But the one thing that will always stand out is the genuine nature of the Sherpa people. It gives life to the Khumbu region. Their strength is as awe-inspiring as the mountains that surround them.
The Khumbu region envelopes you in the Buddhist culture. It takes your breath away in the most literal sense.
As the earth warms and mountain glaciers melt, we have to accept that everything is passing. We must remember to be grateful for the opportunity to witness the beauty of the Himalayas, as it stands today.
From Millie at Amateurist Advice
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
The Mekong Delta is a network of tributaries and distributaries of the mighty Mekong River in Asia. It is spread mostly over Vietnam and a little over Cambodia.
The delta is home to some diverse ecosystems and livelihoods. While fishing and rice cultivation is predominant, you will also find coconut candy factories, rice noodle workshops, and many forms of art and culture.
Life in the Mekong Delta thrives on the river. That is why taking the Mekong Delta tour in Vietnam and ambling through its narrow, silt-laden canals and quintessential waterways is the best way to see this place.
You can check out the happening floating markets where locals come to shop every day. Buy a steaming bowl of pho on a boat and people-watch. Or try making some rice noodles at one of the many villages.
The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is one of the most unique and interesting place in the world. Don’t miss out on visiting here when you are in Vietnam next.
By Soumya from Stories by Soumya
Karijini National Park, Australia
Karijini National Park Australia has a multitude of amazing places, but Karijini National Park in Western Australia is one of the most beautiful in the world. Karijini is located in the Hamersley Ranges in the Pilbara Region.
It is a picturesque place with stunning red rock gorges and natural swimming holes. Seeing the contrast of the trees, deep red rocks and the blue sky is a treat for every nature lover.
Karijini has a thriving flora and fauna that includes red kangaroos, rock-wallabies, and echidnas. Karijini National Park offers many incredible gorge hikes as well as lookouts.
Therefore, everyone can find something that suits their preferences. Some of the most stunning hikes are the Hancock Gorge and Dales Gorge. Both are incredibly picturesque, and while they are short in terms of distance, the terrain means that hiking them takes around an hour.
Hancock Gorge leads you through a natural amphitheater, a Spider Walk, and ends in Kermit’s Pool. Going for a swim in this environment is a unique experience. The best time to visit Karijini National Park is between April and October when the temperatures are lower, and it does not rain a lot.
They renamed the national park in 1991 in recognition of the national parks’ significance to the Aboriginal people. Visit the visitor center to learn something about the park’s history. I have seen large parts of Australia, but Karijini is my favorite place there.
If you explore it yourself, visit Fern Pool just before sunset when the setting sun paints the pool in astonishing colors. And if you feel adventurous, I can only recommend climbing down the last part of Joffrey Gorge to reach the bottom of Joffrey Falls.
Australia’s a popular travel destination – it’s far from one of the least visited countries in the world – but let that keep you from visiting. Oz has some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Written by Steph at Nomads Passport
Tulip Fields, Netherlands
When spring arrives in the Netherlands, and the sun gently touches the landscape, colorful carpets of blooming flowers appear. Crisp crocuses and fragrant hyacinths form the prelude for the quintessentially Dutch tulip.
To see the country at its best, plan your visit in the second half of April and include a visit to the iconic tulip fields in the Netherlands. The epicenter of the flower mania – and one of the most beautiful places in Europe – is the Flower Strip, located in between Leiden and Haarlem with the legendary Keukenhof Gardens at its heart. Follow the meandering path to discover these majestically manicured gardens and the millions of flower bulbs that paint the landscape.
While Keukenhof makes for a wonderful day trip from Amsterdam, why limit yourself to this crowd-magnet? Do as the locals do and rent a bike to explore the tulips fields around Keukenhof, either by bike or by GPS audio tour.
Or venture beyond the tourist routes by visiting the flower regions in other parts of the Netherlands, such as the Noordoostpolder (Flevoland province) or the Kop van Holland (North Holland province). Whichever tulip region you choose to explore, you’re in for a colorful treat.
Written by Sarah Vanheel at CosmopoliClan
Caramoan Islands, Philippines
The unspoiled and secluded Caramoan Islands are the Philippines hidden gem. Off the beaten track, and largely unexplored, this far-flung jewel in the region of Bicol, is rarely visited by foreign
The tropical peninsula is characterized by stunning rock formations, turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches. Most of the islands are deserted, so the best way to explore is to island-hop on an outrigger, from one quiet spot to the next, with snorkel in hand. After a day of exploring it’s easy to see why some of the islands have been used to film the hit US TV show, Survivor.
Despite this, the Caramoan Islands have remained a secret Filipino paradise because of the laborious journey from the capital. This includes a one hour flight from Manila to Legazpi, followed by a three hour drive to Sabang Port and lastly a two hour speed boat ride to the Caramoan peninsula.
Written by Roshni from The Wander Lust Within
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Mount Maunganui is a small, laid-back, beautiful beach town, located in the Bay of Plenty region, in New Zealand’s North Island.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Mount’ by locals, it gets its name from its resident, extinct volcano.
This majestic yet small-ish mountain, is officially known by its Māori name Mauao, but is commonly known locally, simply as The Mount.
Climbing the Mount is The top thing to do in Mount Maunganui, and it’s where you’ll get the best panoramic views of the peninsula and get to witness an amazing sunset.
Visiting Mount Maunganui, enables you to live a blissful beach-life truly! The Mount offers a stunningly long, white-sand main beach and a smaller sheltered swimming beach, situated either side of the mountain.
You can spend your days sunbaking on the glorious beach, watching cruise ships depart, stand-up paddleboarding in the shallow surf, surfing the ocean surf, or paragliding off the top of the Mount!
There’s also a boutique, surfer-chic stores dotted along the main strip of the town, adorned with palm trees.
For the foodies and coffee lovers, you will find trendy bars on the waterfront, stylish-with-a-surfer-twist type cafes, and a smattering of organic and boutique eateries.
With its unique peninsula location, volcanic mountain backdrop, its white sand beaches aside from the sparkling surf and it’s laid-back, stylish surfer vibe – Mount Maunganui is uniquely beautiful and a place you will remember forever.
Written by Layla from Alial Travel Gal.
We visited Punakha in our recent travel to Bhutan. It is one of the most beautiful places we have been to. It was the capital of Bhutan till 1955 before being changed to Thimphu.
The change in scenery as we enter Punakha from any of the other districts is a treat to the eyes. Paddy fields adorn the landscape and the different shades of green are just beautiful. Standing at an elevation of 4,075 feet above sea level, Punakha has a very pleasant climate, not too hot or cold!
Punakha is also home to some of the most popular tourist spots in Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong is the most famous of them all – being one of the largest and oldest Dzongs in Bhutan.
An interesting fact about the Dzong is that it was built without using even a single nail! The Dzong is located where the two rivers Mo and Pho Chhu merge.
The emerald waters of the rivers glimmer in the morning sun, making it such an amazing sight. The Suspension Bridge in Punakha is the longest in Punakha (160 meters) and is perched above the Pho Chhu river. River rafting is a major activity in Punakha.
The Chimi Lhakhang and the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten are some of the other popular spots.
The place is perfect for all those who love a good hike as most temples are located on top of mountains and climbing as the only way to reach them! Reaching both these temples need walking through beautiful paddy fields and then hiking up the mountain.
Punakha has a country-side charm to it with simple life and no hustle and bustle of the city. It is one of the must visit places for all those planning to visit this Himalayan Kingdom.
From Neethu Nair from Our Backpack Tales.
Guatapé is a Spanish Colonial town is known as the most colorful town in Colombia. It’s only a couple of hours away from Medellín, which makes for an easy and very popular day trip.
Guatapé is a celebration of small-town Colombia and you can see a slice of life not found in many of the larger cities here. The buildings are all painted in vibrant colors and feature zocalos, carved and brightly-painted 3D motifs of village life customized to the interests of the house owner.
Near this exquisite small town is the stunning Guatapé Lake. This man-made reservoir was created for hydroelectric power and fuels just over a third of the country’s power. The old town of Peñol was destroyed when the valley was flooded to create the lake. A white cross in the middle of the lake marks the location where the town church is located under the water. You can visit a replica of the town near the lake and take a boat ride to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The most stunning views of the lake and the surrounding area are from the top of La Piedra del Peñol, known simply as Peñol. This large granite rock is 7,000 feet tall (over 2,000 meters) and you can climb a concrete staircase to enjoy the views. At the top, there is a viewing area as well as a small shop where you can buy souvenirs as well as a tasty salted mango snack, or a Michelina, which is beer with salted mango.
The Guatapé area offers something for everyone with a quaint and colorful village and stunning views. It’s a must-see area when you visit Medellín.
Contributed by Sam from My Flying Leap.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has been repeatedly voted as one of the most beautiful places in the world to travel; It is easy to see why! This city has some of the most stunning natural beauty you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
What also makes this city unique is its rich history and the wide variety of activities it offers. The foremost is the famous Table mountain. Such an impressive sight dominates a few other cities in the world. As a top tourist hot spot, every visitor should consider taking a cable car to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas.
For a taste of some culture, you should stop at the V&A Waterfront where you can experience life as a South Africa, from shopping to eating exquisite meals at five-star restaurants to museums and art galleries. For a taste of history, you should also take a boat ride to Robin Island to see the actual cell that Nelson Mandela was held in. And for the nature lover, you are not left out. Cape Town has four prominent beaches on the coast, depending on where your interest lies.
With so much this town has to offer, no wonder Cape Town is one of the top tourist attractions in Africa. The beauty, history, and culture will blow you away!
Contributed by Lydia from Africa Wanderlust.
Nosy Iranja, Madagascar
Nosy Iranja is a tiny paradisiac island in northern Madagascar. It’s actually two islands connected by a 1.2km long white sandbank stretching across the clear, turquoise water. Iranja Kely is the smaller one, and with some luck, you can observe sea turtles lay their eggs here. On the bigger island, Iranja Komba, there is a small village where the locals sell their handicrafts on the beach to day-trippers.
If you like turtles, you will love snorkeling off the sandbank as huge green turtles hang around and snack all day long, and you will have to move away as there is a big chance they will come straight at you. Respect wildlife and don’t hang onto them or try to touch them in general or even feed them.
Nosy Iranja is a popular day trip by boat from the nearby island of Nosy Be, but there is a hotel on Iranja Kely, and several activities other than snorkeling can be enjoyed, like windsurfing, scuba diving, and jet ski. Other than water activities, it is pretty nice to walk around Iranja Komba to explore the village life, but respect the locals, ask before you take photos of people, and respect their homes.
From Linn Founder of Brainy Backpackers
Where is Nosy Iranja? https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Nosy%20Iranja&t=m&z=11&output=embed&iwloc=near
Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca
The remote location of this beautiful destination sets the perfect backdrop to admire the beauty of Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca.
Perched high atop a cliff, overlooking the lush valleys and mountains is an infinity pool fed by a natural spring that bubbles up from the ground. While the name would imply that the water is hot, it is, in fact, just a mild temperature that warms up with the sun.
The landscape and pools themselves are photogenic, but below is a natural wonder – one of only two petrified waterfalls in the world. Formed over thousands of years, the mineralized rock appears to cascade down the cliff into the valley below.
You’ll want to make use of the hiking trails within the site that lead to magnificent views of the waterfall from a different angle. And if you’re really in for an adventure, inquire about renting one of the cabins for the night. You’ll be rewarded with extra time to explore Hierve el Agua on your own, without the crowds.
Written by Julien from Cultures Traveled
Where is Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca? https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hierve%20el%20Agua&t=m&z=11&output=embed&iwloc=near
Giethoorn, also known as the Venice of The Netherlands, is one scenic little village that boasts of having no roads.
It is situated in the northeastern province of Overijssel and can easily be reached from Amsterdam or Utrecht by train to the nearest town and a bus from there straight to the village.
Built on a series of canals, with pretty cottages built on lush green patches of land on either side and tiny bridges connecting this web of canals, the town looks like something straight out of a fairytale.
The fact that the village is mostly car-free adds to the rustic charm of this fairytale town.
The best way to see the town is to rent out an electric boat and just steer through the narrow canals of the village and spend your time soaking in views of the beautiful houses and the peace and quiet the town has to offer or you could also just hop on a water taxi and cruise around the canals with other groups of tourists.
Other things to do in the city include a visit to the Museum of Giethoorn, which details out the history of the region for you.
Contributed by Merryl from Merryl’s Travel and Tricks.
ARRAIAL DO CABO, Brazil
Arraial do Cabo, also known as the Brazilian Caribbean, is a coastal town I visited with my husband after staying in Rio de Janeiro for a few days.
As you can imagine, it is called the South American Caribbean for an excellent reason.
Arraial do Cabo has mesmerizing white-sand beaches, such as Forno, Pontal do Atalaia, Farol, and Grande.
And honestly, all of these places have the most beautiful blue water my husband and I have ever seen.
One of these beaches, Forno, is so unique and clean that the Navy controls the access to it rigorously to preserve its beauty – tourists can’t enter the beach with food, drink, or cigarettes, and can only stay here up to 40 minutes.
Moreover, access to Forno is made only by boat as it is on an island just off the coast.
Not far from this spot, the Blue Grotto is also a significant tourist attraction in the town, where many visitors pass by boat.
But Arraial do Cabo is surrounded not only by blue water and white sand beaches. Oh, no. It also is surrounded by incredible wildlife.
Birds, fishes, sea turtles, and depending on the season, killer whales swim in the clear waters of this paradise and entertain visitors in the distance.
When my husband and I were here, birds would dive right next to us to catch the fishes that were swimming between our legs. It was a unique moment!
By Bruna the Founder at I Heart Brazil.
St Lucia, Caribbean
Are you looking for the most beautiful places to visit in the world? Then Caribbean islands have to be on your list. One of the best islands to visit is St. Lucia!
Adventurers will find tons of things to do on the island. Ziplining, climbing the Pitons, hiking on many marked nature paths, cruises, and exploring the active volcano on the island are popular activities. The island is also known for having great conditions for diving.
The west side of the island is rich with a variety of corals, sponges and reef fish. After all, you can relax under the rustling palm trees on the golden sands of Saint Lucia or plunge into the hot springs of the island.
The majority of tourists visiting the island come here on a cruise on the Caribbean with cruise ships, which moor at Pointe Seraphine and La Place Carenage in the port of Castries. But Saint Lucia has an international airport – the Hewanorra International Airport port, located near the capital. From Europe, the island can only be reached directly from London Gatwick Airport; the journey takes about 8 hours. Other international connections that reach Saint Lucia are flights from the USA, Canada, and other Caribbean countries.
Saint Lucia is a small island, perfect for a romantic stay for two. You can come here to rest far away from busy touristy places. The island has fewer attractions than the other islands of this region, but in the Caribbean, it really is not important. Here, the most important is sand, azure sea and sun, which is abundant on Saint Lucia!
Written by Darek from Darek and Gosia
Lake Baikal, Siberia
Located in the mystical Siberia, Lake Baikal is considered to be the deepest lake in the world. It is not yet overcrowded by tourism as its remote location makes it slightly difficult to reach. If you prefer spending time in luxurious resorts, this trip probably isn’t for you. But those who enjoy nature, simple village life and nature getaways might find it just the place they were looking for all along.
The best seasons to visit are summer and winter. During cold Siberian days, you will find the top of the lake frozen, which creates magical patterns and offers different ice activities. In summer you can enjoy hiking trails, swimming, Russian sauna and so much more. Some places around the lake are believed to have special significance for shamanism, so make sure you don’t miss stories about these intriguing spots.
While lake Baikal is a must-stop on the Trans-Siberian railway journey, you don’t have to spend many days getting there. Fly to Irkutsk and take a 6 hour trip to Olkhon island to explore its capes, rocks, and villages.
Or go to Listvyanka, which is more touristy, but easier to get to. Whatever you choose, make sure to treat the lake and its islands with respect and enjoy your rural getaway from the busy city life. And one of the top places to visit in the world.
Written by Zenja from Bearly Here.
Razor Edge Ridge, Hong Kong
Most people think of Hong Kong as a purely urban jungle, and with over 9,000 high rise buildings in the city, it is understandable why. However, what most people don’t know is that about 75% of Hong Kong’s landmass is green space. This includes urban parks and open spaces.
From Hong Kong Island to Kowloon to way up north in the New Territories, Hong Kong’s 24 country parks offer a variety of terrain and opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors.
One very off the beaten path country park is Lam Tsuen Country park, where you can hike Razor Edge Ridge in Hong Kong. This ridge hike is most suitable for intermediate hikers and above. But if you put in the effort to traverse this ridge, you’ll experience some of the most spectacular mountain views Hong Kong has to offer.
Seth from For Something More
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Mongolia is a well and truly off the beaten track destination, and most people know very little about it. But if people have heard of one place in the country, that place is probably the Gobi Desert. Along with Khuvsgul Lake (which is more popular with domestic Mongolian tourists), the Gobi is the most visited part of Mongolia. What many people don’t realize until they get there, though, is that the Gobi is not like other deserts.
While there is one long stretch of undulating sand dunes, most of the Gobi is not a complete desert and actually sustains quite a few life forms, of both the flora and fauna varieties. Animals that live here range in size from tiny lizards to the double-humped Bactrian camel. The landscapes of the Gobi are incredibly diverse, and each one is more beautiful than the next.
There are the deep red, so-called “Flaming Cliffs” at Bayan Zag, the rounded boulders of Baga Gazrin Chuluu, and the surprisingly verdant Yolyn Am Gorge. To immerse yourself in nature and be awed by spectacular scenery, there’s no place like the Gobi Desert.
Wendy Werneth Creator of The Nomadic Vegan
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
After spending three months traveling around the beautiful island of Sri Lanka (and loving every minute!), the one experience that we’ll never forget is hiking Adam’s Peak.
Located in Southern Sri Lanka, Adam’s Peak is a monumental mountain, climbed by more than 20,000 pilgrims each year to visit a holy footprint at the summit. Buddhists believe the footprint belongs to Buddha, Hindus believe it belongs to Lord Shiva, and both Muslims and Christians believe it is Adam’s first step after Eden.
Regardless of their faith, all pilgrims climb in harmony up 5,500 steps to reach the holy area at 2,243m.
As a traveler, one of the most incredible experiences you can have is to join the pilgrims in the ascent of the mountain. However, it’s no light task! The 5,500 steps are pretty grueling, even for the very fit, and you’ll feel coming back down for days to come. Despite this, you’ll be hiking alongside hundreds of white-robed pilgrims from tiny children to the greatest of grandparents.
However agonizing the route is, this doesn’t even touch on the experience of watching the sunrise at 2,243m, surrounded by devoted pilgrims of many different faiths. It really is a beautiful travel experience like no other and shouldn’t be passed up if you visit Sri Lanka.
Altogether it takes around 6 hours to go up and down; just make sure you take a headtorch and some warm layers for the top – it gets mighty cold!
Written by Josh and Sarah the Founder at Veggie Vagabonds
I’ve been traveling around the world for over a decade and I realized that no matter how many sights and countries I visited, my own one Italy and Sardinia in particular are still on top of the best places in the world.
Do you think I am biased? Not really, according to plenty of authoritative sources online, Sardinia holds a few international records, not only for the famous Guinnes world record of the oldest family alive but especially for its pristine sea, and other activities that are not as popular as its beaches.
So why I think my lovely region holds the title for the best place in the World? Simply put, because the things to do in Sardinia in high and low season are practically endless, highly fascinating and suggestive indeed.
Hiking Su Gorropu Canyon
From the Nuraghe Di Barumini, a Unesco Heritage site, to “Su Gorropu” Canyon, the deepest one in Europe, Sardinia truly has it all!
And what about the breataking “Selvaggio Blu”, one of the most difficult treks in Europe? Yes, you’ve understood it right, who would have thought that Sardinia could rank so high for an activity reserved to the Alpinists and mountain lovers? Sardinia offers so much more than its spectactular beaches for which is so famous all over the world.
Selvaggio Blu Hiking, in between pristine seas and wild mountains in Sardinia
Of course, with this premise, the beaches alone could grant Sardinia a high spot in the list of the best places in the world, but my region’s activities and sights are indeed plentyful to satisfy both the tourists and local alikes.
If we combine all this with a rather pleasant weather all year round, we found the ideal recipe for an amazing island to visit during every season.
They say that “there is no place like home” and this holds particularly true if your home is called “Sardinia
If you have been to Italy but disregarded Sardinia you’ve missed out on a truly marvelous place. Luckily the Island is not going anywhere so you can always come back and visit it.
The locals’ hospitality is well known and you’ll find them waiting for you with a glass of wine and some traditional cheese to give you a taste of our beautiful land!
Via Clelia Mattana | Keep Calm and Travel.
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Havasu Falls, located in Northern Arizona, is a place that seems too incredible to be real until you see it with your own eyes. A turquoise blue waterfall cascades over an 80-foot high cliff of red desert limestone. At the base of the falls is an idyllic campground with tent sites dotted along the creek bed and shaded by the high canyon walls.
In addition to Havasu Falls, you’ll find 4 more waterfalls to explore in Havasu Canyon – all of them perfect for swimming and sunbathing! And if you’re up for a real adventure you can follow Havasu Creek all the way to its confluence with the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
This beautiful camping destination is one of the highlights of the USA, but visiting Havasu Falls is not without its challenges. The campsite is only large enough for 300 people per night and you need to make camping reservations well in advance. Camping reservations for Havasu Falls are made available on February 1st of each year and the campground usually books up for the entire year within a couple of days.
Also, you’ll also have to carry everything you need for Havasu Falls 10 miles on your back through a dusty desert canyon as the waterfall is only accessible by foot. But when you dive into the cool blue water at the base of the waterfall you’ll know it was all worth it!
Written by Nick & Val at the Wandering Wheatleys.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is a breathtaking desert-scape in Southern Jordan filled with red sand dunes, towering rock mesas, and infinite horizons. As one of the most unique and other-worldly locations on earth, Wadi Rum has been used as the setting for other planets in big-budget movies like Star Wars, Prometheus, and The Martian. It was also frequented by T. E Lawrence (commonly known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’) during the Arab Revolt, who described the landscape as “Vast, Echoing and God-Like”.
Millions of years ago, the land of Wadi Rum was covered by the ocean. Over the millennia, the water, weather, and tectonic shifts eroded the granite and sandstone, leaving behind the beautiful and irregular rock towers which dot the landscape. The dramatic red color of the sand is due to iron oxide, all of which combine to create the feeling that you are truly walking on the surface of another planet.
Anyone planning to visit Wadi Rum should plan to spend at least one night in a traditional Bedouin camp in the desert.
During the day, there are countless activities to participate in, such as camel rides, jeep tours, and hiking. The absolute highlight is a jeep tour into the desert, which visits some of the most famous of Wadi Rum’s landmarks, such as the house used by T. E Lawrence, and the incredible stone bridge. Simply driving between locations in our open-aired jeep was awe-inspiring, soaking in the vastness of this incredible landscape.
As night falls, you huddle around the campfire, eating a traditional Bedouin meal and listening to songs of the desert played on a Rebab (an 8th century Bedouin string instrument). Like almost all nights in Wadi Rum, the sky is cloudless, and the stars are absolutely incredible.
Watching the sun set, the stars move across the sky, and the sunrise over the desert sands is an incredible experience, and something no one should miss.
Written by Ashlea from Dashing Around the World
Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
There are so many beautiful places to visit in Pakistan, but Fairy Meadows is without a doubt at the top of the list. Getting there is no easy feat, but it’s one of the dreamiest places you could ever camp. With incredible views of Nanga Parbat (the 9th highest mountain in the world) outside your tent, it’s heaven for outdoor lovers.
Getting to Fairy Meadows involves an hour and a half jeep ride up a mountain, which is not for the faint of heart. With hairpin turns alongside a mountain with no guard rails, you may not want to look out the window during the ride. After the jeep drops you off, another 2-3 hours of trekking is required to get to the campsite.
The journey will be all worth it, though, when you first see Nanga Parbat appear in front of your eyes as you approach the campsite.
What makes Fairy Meadows so special is the accessibility to Nanga Parbat. Unlike many of the world’s highest mountains, which require multi-day treks to get to base camp, Nanga Parbat can be reached in just four hours.
If you aren’t up for a full day of hiking, there are plenty of other smaller hikes around where you can see reflecting lakes, alpine forests, and magnificent glaciers.
Via Lora at Explore with Lora.
Siquijor Island, Philippines
Siquijor Island was not only my #1 favorite place in all of my travels; it was also one of the most beautiful places, too! Siquijor is a more off-the-beaten-path island in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, though the secret is slowly but surely getting out, and with good reason. The main strip of beach called San Juan is downright gorgeous, with soft, pearl-white sand, towering coconut palms, and shallow water for at least 100-150 meters at high tide.
This can allow you to literally lay down in some parts and soak up the saltwater while basking in the midday sun. Beyond this part of the water a little further out is also some incredible underwater scenery, with lots of colorful fish and bountiful corals brimming with life. Be sure to bring your mask and snorkel!
Although the snorkeling is top-notch, the top thing to do in Siquijor is definitely to pay a visit to the heavenly Cambugahay Falls, located in the Lazi township area of the island. This 3-tier waterfall has lots of room for swimming, vines for swinging, and several jump-off points into each of its powder-blue pools. There is also a makeshift “chilling” hut in the lowest pool, made of tree branches and bamboo, which is also a great spot to grab some shots of this genuine miracle of nature.
Overall, I can’t stress Siquijor’s absolute and total beauty enough; you’ve got to go see it for yourself!
Via Craig O’Brien of Vagabond Disposition
lampinigan island basilan, philippines
Want to travel sustainably in 2020? Go where ecotourism is still starting.
Lampinigan Island is one of the islets in Basilan. It is a place that is just slowly opening up to tourism so you can see the rawness of the place. It’s not well-developed in human structures, unlike its more famous sister island, Malamawi, but the pure, simple beauty of the natural seascape and landscape of Lampinigan will take any tourist’s breath away.
In Lampinigan Island, there is no resort but a free beach with some cottages maintained by the island dwellers. You can walk and play in the fine, white sand there as the waves gently lap at your feet. Or you can swim in the crystal clear waters to your heart’s content. If you’re more adventurous, try snorkeling to see the amazing marine life or dive from the towering rock formations beside the beach. Sunbathing is also a must-try here.
What makes Lampinigan Island one of the most beautiful and special places in the world is its natural cleanliness and tantalizing sights, even if it is just starting to go into ecotourism. It’s a peaceful place to relax and unwind from stress while enjoying the purity of Nature’s bounty.
By Jenny from Zero Waste Lifestyle.
Golden Circle, Iceland
Iceland is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Its awe-inspiring nature is unlike that of anywhere else. From crashing waterfalls, to magnificent mountains, steaming geothermal hot springs, active volcanoes, gushing geysers and dancing auroras, Iceland is a nature lovers dream.
The land of ice and fire attracts over 2 million tourist per year after a huge push from their tourism board. Yet despite the millions of tourists that visit each year, you can still find quiet, solitary corners of this spectacular country to explore.
Iceland provides a unique experience all times of the year. Travelling in summer allows access to the highlands and West Fjords as the smaller F-roads will be open, as well as witnessing the midnight sun and wildflowers.
Visiting in the winter gives you the opportunity to witness the stunning landscapes covered in snow, visit unique ice caves that change each year and to photograph the aurora majestically swirling through the sky.
No matter when you choose to visit Iceland, you will be rewarded with a magical experience of impressive scenery and interesting culture.
Written By Sophie of We Dream of Travel
The main gate to Greece’s biggest island, Heraklion, is a lot more than just the capital of Crete. Home to a vibrant cultural panorama and spectacular beaches, Heraklion is a wonderful place that rightfully deserves a stop during any visit to the Greek islands.
Among the things to do in Heraklion, you shouldn’t want to miss seeing one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The Minoan Palace of Knossos is just minutes from the city center, and it’s a perfect introduction to the history of the island.
Make a point to discover some unique Minoan findings in the Archaeological Museum after your visit. It will help you understand the enigmas of this ancient civilization.
Since we’re discussing a Greek island, things wouldn’t feel right without going to the beach. Pack your flip-flops and reach the south of Heraklion to visit Matala, one of the better-known beaches of Crete. Matala was a traditional hippie destination during the seventies with its mysterious caves, pristine sea, and flower power vibe.
Back to the capital, devote a day to explore the modern city. Have a Greek coffee and a bougatsa (a local traditional pastry) in Liontaria, the main square. Next up, set out to explore Agios Minas, a former mosque and now one of Crete’s many beautiful churches. Finally, walk along the old port to admire Crete’s Venetian past at the Koules, an imposing Venetian Fortress right on the sea.
Heraklion is one of those unique destinations that has a little bit of everything, and it’s definitely one of most beautiful places you could visit during your next trip around the world.
Written by Gabi from Tiny Book.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And although it was hard to choose, Fiordland National Park may have been the most beautiful locations within the New Zealand South Island. Far down on the South Island, past Queenstown, sits Fiordland National Park. I visited the park twice during my time in New Zealand, once during the winter and once in late summer and both times the park was absolutely magical.
Driving through the park you’ll consistently change between different scenery including mountains, large open fields and forest like coverage. The main tourist attraction to the park is Milford Sound and well worth it if time permits. Bus day trips from Queenstown or Wanaka are possible as well as personal vehicles. If in the New Zealand South Island I can’t recommend Fiordland enough!
Written by Tayler from Traveling Tayler.
One of the most beautiful places in the world is Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a vast grassy plain in Northern Botswana that floods seasonally to become a lush animal habitat. The floods begin when water runs down from the rain-soaked Angolan Highlands. Unlike a river flowing to the sea, the floodwaters drain into Northern Botswana and eventually run out at the Kalahari Desert. This occurs each June and lasts through most of October when the landscape transforms once again.
During the flooding period, locals navigate the water system with dugout canoes or mokoro. They’re steered with a pole and used to navigate around grass tufts, hippos, crocodiles, and elephants. The flood plains are preserved by two large national parks,
The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. In these parks, wildlife is abundant and active. The area is teeming with giraffes, zebras, elephants, cape buffalo, lions, leopards, and more. During the flood period, over 200,000 animals migrate from the desert to the delta, and it’s the perfect time for safari tours in Botswana. The entire environment is surreal, and when you visit, it’s impossible not to marvel at nature. What truly makes the Okavango Delta so beautiful is the natural habitat – it’s the closest thing you can get to Eden on today’s Earth.
By Derek and Mike From Robe Trotting
The Great White Desert of Gujarat, India
The Great White Desert, also is known as Rann of Kutch, is one of a kind. It is a salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in Kutch region of Gujarat state in India.
The name ‘Rann’ comes from the Hindi language means ‘Desert’. Kutch means ‘surrounded by water’ is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west and the south. It is also known as ‘mystery land’ and is located in a remote location far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Great White Desert Info
The beauty of some places can never be captured through the lens but can only be actually appreciated when you see it yourself in real. The White Desert is among the places which are surreal.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are the best time to visit the white desert. Rann Utsav, a festival to experience the Great Rann of Kutch is celebrated every year during the months of November to February. This event is not to be missed.
Other Places to Visit Nearby
- Kalo Dungar (Black Hill, the highest point of Kutch)
- Mandvi (for beaches, palaces, and temples)
- Dhordo (Desert)
- Khavda (pottery village)
Via Supriya Bhardwaj from Traxplorers
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
If you’re asking yourself, “Where should I travel” then Plitvice is your answer.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, located in the heart of Croatia, is one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The park is absolutely full of waterfalls. Seriously, there are so many beautiful waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes that your head will spin. On top of that, the trails and wooden walkways around the park make for an excellent adventure in this waterfall wonderland.
Let’s first cover the waterfall details. Throughout the park, there are 90 waterfalls that cascade between 16 gorgeous lakes.
The tallest waterfall in the park, Veliki Slap, is over 250 feet tall! The water itself is a beautiful blue-green color, which changes based on the amount of sunlight that day and the depth of the water. All of this adds up to an absolutely lovely place to hike and explore.
Throughout Plitvice Lakes, National Park are many hikes and walkways that take you to new and different areas of the park. The wooden walkways are all made with wood from the park and take you to places you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to reach.
For instance, a few of the piers go far out into the water, and a few hug a cliff so that you are walking almost suspended in air! If you are a hiking enthusiast, there is no shortage of trails to explore both in the Upper and Lower section of the park.
You will absolutely love the beauty you find in Plitvice Lakes. TLC was wrong, you should, by all means, go chasing waterfalls, and the first place you should go is Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice Lakes is one of the best places to visit in Europe.
Via Julie from Ruhls of the Road.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia, is nothing short of amazing when it comes to volcanoes. Surrounded by several volcanoes and a massive caldera wrapping around a sea of sand- Mount Bromo and the raw surroundings are, without a doubt, the most impressive landscape we set eyes on in East Java.
Jeeps are the most popular way of doing a Bromo tour. However, we skipped the tour. We based ourselves in Cemoro Lawang, a hamlet located on the caldera’s rim and a good starting point.
We started off by visiting Bromo at sunset time. This way, we avoided the morning crowds.
Mount Bromo is relatively close and would be around a 20-minute walk on normal terrain. But, considering each step sinks 6″ down into soft sand, it will take around 45 minutes to reach the foot of Bromo. A flight of stairs leads the way up to the rim of the crater.
Mount Bromo isn’t such a large volcano. However, standing on the rim of a volcano with fumes spitting out its mouth, and knowing, this is an active volcano, I guarantee, the experience is thrillingly interesting.
The following morning, at 2:30, am we were on our way to King Kong hill. Most of the trek is uphill along steep and winding roads, and the last part is through the forest. The streets and especially the forest are pitch black. Therefore, it is best to use headlamps and keep your hands free.
Hiking is the most challenging way of reaching King Kong hill. However, is definitely rewarding once the day brightens up. From King Kong hill, you will be looking directly onto Mount Bromo, surrounded in a plain of sand and other volcanos, and a backdrop of tumbling hills and a dominating Mount Semeru, Java’s tallest volcano.
From Jacqueline author of The Travel Deck
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Crossing’s often hailed as the best day hike in New Zealand. To this day, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world I’ve ever visited. And in a country as incredible as New Zealand that’s saying something.
The Tongariro Crossing lies a quick bus ride outside of picturesque Lake Taupo. The hike fuses the best landscape together in a single epic 8-hour hike.
Throughout the hike, you traverse through thick brush, barren plateaus, active volcanoes, emerald lakes, and green forest.
You even pass through Mordor, as seen in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. And walk in the shadow of Mt. Doom, aka Mount Ngauruhoe.
The lipid pools are another highlight. These Emerald Lakes are named spot on. Due to a high density of volcanic minerals, these lakes glow with a radiant green hue.
The Tongariro’s a kaleidoscope of New Zealand’s most unspoiled scenery. And is a great addition for anyone backpacking New Zealand.
Stephen from Copenhagen Rocks
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay sets along the north coast of the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba. This tropical island paradise has long been considered a top tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. Montego Bay offers the chance to sit back and relax on sandy white beaches while you look out over the ocean in the shadow of palm trees.
The sun sparkling off of the teal and turquoise waters is one of the most tranquil scenes you can imagine. The mountains and lush rainforests in the background make for picturesque landscapes. If you visit Montego Bay, one thing that you are sure to notice is the dazzling sunsets.
As the sky transitions from a bright golden color to shades of purple and red, it’s hard to think of a more serene setting. Montego Bay definitely lives up to its reputation as one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
Written by Anthony Jefferson from Traveling Session
Death Valley, California
One of the most beautiful places in the world is Death Valley, California. Death Valley is a beautiful national park in the USA full of otherworldly scenery, desert landscapes, spectacular sunsets, and amazing hiking options.
Most visitors expect a barren desert when they visit Death Valley. Yet there is so much beauty to be discovered in the largest national park outside of Alaska. Drive over the Panamint Mountains with plenty of water and a camera to explore this beautiful place.
Once you arrive in Death Valley, you can hike in a slot canyon such as Golden Canyon or climb the Mesquite Flat sand dunes. Drive into the heart of the valley past the Artist’s Pallet towards Bad Water Basin.
Bad Water Basin is 280 feet below sea level and is the lowest place in North America! If that sounds too hot, drive back out and head into the Death Valley mountains.
Make sure you stop off and see the view from Zabriskie Point. Zabriskie Point is a magical place and must be one of the best places to travel in 2020. You can go even higher into the mountains on well-maintained roads to the fantastically named Dante’s Viewpoint. From here, you can see how vast Death Valley is.
There are so many beautiful things to see in Death Valley. See if you can stay for sunset. The sunset in Death Valley national park is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Written by Anna from My Travel Scrapbook
Lake District, United Kingdom
The Lake District in England is one of the most underrated places in the world, but easily one of the most beautiful. This is, perhaps, the perfect combination for travelers and vacationers.
The Lake District is located in north-western England and is not usually a destination for foreigners, which means it should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. Whether you’re looking for some of the most vibrant sunsets in the world, or hikes with mountain views in the fresh air, the Lake District is for you.
As photographers, we love the Lake District because it seems to be completely unknown to tourists galore. No matter if you visit in the chilly winter or the heat of the summer, you likely won’t need a restaurant reservation, nor will you need to rise at dawn in order to avoid lines.
The area isn’t known for its public transportation, so you will need to rent a car during your stay in order to discover the top things to do in the lakes. Whatever you do, one of the most beautiful spots is Lake Windemere.
While this particular destination within the lakes is quite popular, you should still easily be able to get a boat, kayak, or other water sport booked. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, the quaint town of Cartmel is far enough away from the main lakes to avoid outrageous lodging and food prices, but still central to the main attractions.
Sure, the lakes aren’t a beachfront villa in Bali, but they’re easily some of the best sunsets and mountain views you’ll find around the world, without all the tourists!
From Alysa from Voyaging Herbivore.
Tirol (Austrian state)
Tirol is an Austrian state in the west of the country which is famous for incredible mountains. It’s everything you’d imagine quintessential alpine culture to be: snow-covered peaks, upbeat folk music, peaceful valleys, and lots of friendly, four-legged locals with bells around their necks. The quaint and charming scenery in Tirol is just as much of a draw as the fun-loving locals and the wide variety of outdoor activities.
In the summer, Tirol is a paradise for hikers. You’ll find countless day hikes as well as long-distance routes that cross the entire region. If you choose that latter, you can hike hut to hut on alpine ridges or even try out a hair-raising via ferrata, a hiking and rock climbing hybrid that often involves suspension bridges, ladders, and steel supports hammered into the sides of cliffs. You’ll also find excellent opportunities for camping, rafting, canyoning, rock climbing, and even paragliding.
When winter comes, snow bunnies and adrenaline junkies alike gather to ski the Austrian Alps. This is some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world with challenging slopes and views that stretch into neighboring Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. All things considered, winter sports are pretty affordable in Tirol, too.
In addition to fantastic skiing, the Après Ski culture is a huge highlight of winter in the Austrian Alps. Imagine remixed folk songs, steaming mulled wine, and dancing on benches in your ski boots, and you’ll start to get the idea.
If you love the outdoors and are drawn to the mountains, add Tirol to your bucket list right away. There are few places on earth that can rival its natural beauty and adventurous spirit.
By Casey from Carefree Compass.
Antique (locally pronounced as an-ti-ke) is a beautiful province nestled in an off-the-beaten area in Panay Island, Philippines.
It is located 75-km south of the world-famous Boracay Island. Remote and untouched, this province offers loads of relaxing and fun activities and destinations.
Islands with white sand beaches, stunning sandbars, rolling hills, clear waters, and a relaxing atmosphere. Visitors consistently call this paradise one of the best places to visit in the world.
Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao is a unique and very unmissable activity when in Antique. It’s like getting cooked alive in a huge kawa (cauldron) but nothing to be afraid of as it is one of the most relaxing activities one would ever experience.
A remote island off-shore Tibiao. Antique is Seco Island, an elbow-shaped island with crystal clear waters and stunning white sandbar.
It is a paradise great for kite-surfing as a strong wind blows almost all year round.
Just an hour bus ride from Tibiao is Culasi, the jump-off point to the charming Mararison Island, home to a stunning sandbar and white beaches.
A little hike from the beach will take you to the rolling hills view deck, which will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
These are just some of the many activities and destinations in Antique. It’s indeed a place complete with relaxation, fun, and adventure.
A three-day itinerary in Antique would generally suffice, but of course, if schedule or budget permits, you can shoot for 4-7 days.
Also, when around Boracay, go the extra mile and don’t skip the chance of experience Antique.
From Dea Mariano Creator at How She Wanders
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park is featured on almost every postcard from Patagonia for a reason. It truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The craggy peaks called the Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) tower dramatically over bright aqua alpine lakes. In spring, thousands of bushes burst into red flowers. Enormous glaciers, connected to the enormous Southern Patagonia icefield, slowly snake their way downside of mountains or crawl into grey lakes, strewn with brilliant blue icebergs.
Overhead, powerful winds drag clouds into UFO-like pillars of white, perched atop mountain peaks. Deep in the hills, the first sunlight of the day turns the eponymous Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) an iridescent orange.
The weather doesn’t always cooperate, but when it does, the scenery will take your breath away. Highlights include hiking the French Valley, passing Paine Grande mountain and climbing to a lookout facing the crackling French Glacier and overlooking jeweled lakes strewn across the lands below; taking a cruise of Grey Lake to the face of Glacier Grey; and several lookouts such as Condor Point with stunning views of the park. Making it easily one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world to visit.
You can also do multi-day hikes (the W and the O) around the park, staying at night in rustic refugios or camping. If comfort is more your thing, there are several luxury hotels, some with stunning views and even the option of horseback riding.
Written by James Ian at Travel Collecting
Masai Mara, Kenya
The Masai Mara in southwestern Kenya is a preserved savannah, home to thousands of animals throughout the grassy plains. Home to the Great Migration. One of nature’s greatest events (and one of the Seven National Wonders of Africa) this part of the world is a must-visit for any nature lover.
Over two million animals travel from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara. The Great Migration happens over about three months of the year, where the wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras follow the rain. Even if you don’t go during the Migration, you can still see plenty of these animals in the Mara.
Wildebeest, zebras, elephants, and giraffes are easily spotted throughout the Mara. They graze peacefully with the various types of gazelles. While the cheetah, lions, and crocodiles are a bit harder to spot in the bush.
You may even be able to spot a leopard resting in the trees! You can also keep an eye out for the Big Five – water buffalo, lions, elephants, rhinos, and leopards.
The untouched nature of the Masai Mara makes it, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Written by Pam from Directionally Challenged Traveler
Have you ever visited a place that you’ve been dreaming of for years, and it turned out to be even better than you expected? I have pretty high expectations when I’m traveling, especially after seeing photos of the destination.
Unfortunately, that also means that it’s pretty easy to get disappointed.
However, there’s one place that exceeded my already high expectations tremendously – Oahu. This Hawaiian island truly is as magical as the photos tell you, if not even more! Oahu has something for everyone, not only for those who like relaxing at beaches.
There are lots of adventures like snorkeling or diving, incredible hikes, and for all the foodies out there, several unique dishes to try!
I’ve been to Oahu twice. And the best memories from my trips are sharing the beach with turtles, hiking to the top mountains, and the huge waves on the North Shore.
If you haven’t got enough reasons already to visit Oahu, here’s one more. For everyone who likes exploring locations seen in movies – Jurassic Park was filmed on Oahu and, yes, filming locations are a great addition to any Oahu itinerary!
From Amanda from My Backpacker Life.
Pamir highway, Kyrgyzstan
The Pamir highway is one of the most beautiful places in Asia. The highway that runs from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Osh in Kyrgyzstan is the second highest in the world, reaching over 4500 meters. You will drive past lush valleys, barren lunar landscapes and glittering mountain lakes.
The Pamir mountains are some of the most remote parts of Tajikistan. The road runs along the borders of Afghanistan and China and crosses two mountain passes before entering Kyrgyzstan. Despite the harsh environment, the Pamirs were part of the ancient Silk Road, and many camel caravans passed through these lands.
The Pamirs remain a very multicultural area with Tajik, Kyrgyz, and Ismaili communities. All of them follow the legendary Pamir hospitality. Along the highway, you can sleep in cozy homestays that give you a sense of life in the mountains of Tajikistan.
Although in 3 long days, there is so much to see and do along the Pamir Highway that you can spend more than a week in the area. Ancient forts, hot springs, Muslim shrines, and deep blue mountain lakes. Make sure you take your time in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Ellis from Backpack Adventures.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
One of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in recent years has to be Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay. It’s magnificent and striking, tranquil and calm, and is the kind of place that you’ll remember forever.
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site a few hours’ drive outside of the capital, Hanoi. The best way to see it is to book a cruise around the bay (you can choose from day cruises or longer overnight stays).
A cruise gives you the chance to sail out into the bay and get up close to some of the islands of limestone rock that jut out here, there and everywhere. There are almost 2,000 of these scattered over an area of 600 square miles.
The boats go slowly, and sitting on the outside deck, looking out at these huge natural formations, is wonderful. You get a real feeling of peace and tranquility. If you’ve come from a sightseeing trip to Vietnam’s frenetic capital, this is a welcome contrast.
You can also stop off and visit sights within the bay. We got to explore Sung Sot cave (otherwise known as “Surprise Cave”). An absolutely gigantic cavern of stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations.
The highlight of our trip though, was visiting Ti Top island. The vista you get from here is just incredible.
You need to climb to the top of the island for this. Once there, you’ll get breathtaking views out across the bay and a much clearer sense of its scale. You can see the islands in the bay and all the boats lazily floating in between them from this height.
From this perspective, you really get to appreciate Ha Long Bay’s awe-inspiring beauty. It’s an extraordinary place that should be on everyone’s list on a trip to Vietnam. Just make sure you book careful! Which is one thing I wish I knew before Vietnam.
Emma from Travel on a Time Budget.
Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Turkey, is one of those places reminiscent of fairy tale settings. The out of this world landscape of Cappadocia is naturally formed from the eruption of three volcanoes. Over millions of years, erosion of the soft volcanic rocks by snow, rain, and wind has transformed the Cappadocia region into a surreal-looking landform.
In addition to the fascinating fairy chimney-like rocks and surreal landforms, Cappadocia is an ancient place of primary human settlement. It is where early Christians fled from the Romans by carving houses and churches into caves. Cappadocia has such historical importance that one of its sites, the Göreme Open-Air Museum, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The uniqueness of Cappadocia can be enjoyed, whether you prefer relaxing sightseeing or some adventure. One of the top things to do in Cappadocia is hot air ballooning. Admiring Cappadocia’s landscape on the ground is breathtaking. But viewing it from a special vantage point above the ground is simply magical.
To complete the different layers of Cappadocia in literal terms, descend in one of its underground cities. Built by the early Christians to avoid Roman persecution, the mysterious underground cities served as their secret refuge.
If you’re in for some adventure, Cappadocia will not disappoint as well. The region is composed of numerous valleys, providing options for hiking. The exciting part is that there are no standard trails as there are many paths and different areas to choose from. Among which are the Red and Rose Valley, the Love Valley, Ihlara Valley, and Devrent Valley.
What’s also extraordinary about Cappadocia are the cave hotels. These hotels were carved out or integrated into Cappadocia’s unique landscape. Look for cave hotels with terraces and rooftops from where you can view Cappadocia’s beauty.
Written by Jing Calonge of Finding Jing.
Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas is an incredibly special place that combines both nature and architecture to create a surreal, mind-boggling concrete paradise high in the Sierra mountains and tucked deep into a Mexican jungle the likes of which I could never have imagined. It is located about 8 hours north of Mexico City in the beautiful state of San Luis Potosi.
The concrete jungle was the brainchild of the surrealist artist Edward James it took several decades to finish and includes spiral staircases, waterfalls, numerous animals, and concrete orchids among so many other things. You can really tell that this has been formed over decades due to the sheer amount of bizarre concrete platforms and structures and that even with a giant workforce that this was no simple task.
The morning we arrived there was already a small queue, we arrived before opening hours, so I suggest getting there early to avoid any possible crowds.
Once inside though it is fairly easy to get away from most of the crowds as there are endless things to see hidden in amongst the jungle with staircases and pathways taking you in every direction and if you are not afraid of exploration, then you can easily spend an entire day in here trying to take in the thousands of small details that have been buried in amongst the incredible landscape and nature.
Written by Dane from Holiday from Where.
Cape Verde, Africa
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track place that can easily compete with the most beautiful places in the world, then I recommend putting Cape Verde on your radar…NOW!
The best about Cape Verde is that is holds something for any kind of traveler. Whether you love challenging hikes, pristine beaches, UNESCO heritage cultural scene or volcanoes… Cape Verde has it for you. Indeed the hikes of Santo Antao are considered some of the most breathtaking ones in the world.
When it comes to beaches, the islands of Boa Vista and Sal have been converted into major tourist hubs with large resorts. If you are looking for untouched, pristine beaches, look no further than Maio where you’ll have the sandy beaches all for your own.
Other things to do in Cape Verde are climbing the volcano of Fogo island and attending a morna concert in the birthplace of Cesaria Evora, Mindelo.
Written By Paulina from Paulina on the Road.
Ao Nang, Thailand
Located off the coast of Thailand from Ao Nang lies the marine national park of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. It was established in 1983 and is a protected area with natural coral reefs, tropical islands, and a stunning coastline.
Many of the islands are deserted, and only accessible by boat, the most famous way of reaching them is via the long tail boats from various points from both the Krabi and Phuket coastlines. The paradise islands have beautiful scenery, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches. Visiting them by long-tail boat is often combined with snorkeling and diving.
One of the most famous of the islands of the National Park is Koh Phi Phi Leh in which you can find Maya Bay, with its sheltered beach, made famous by the film “The Beach.”
While this is one of the most famous islands, it was closed by the Thai government for a period of time to try to allow the beach and bay to recover from over-tourism.
Other places to visit in the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park are Shell Cemetery, an area of fossilized shells embedded in layers of shell and rock.
It is worth visiting some smaller islands too much as Ko Kai (Chicken Island), Ko Poda, and Tup Island, a small island connected to Chicken Island by a sandbank.
This National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but make sure to visit them as sustainably as possible and leave no trace behind you.
Written by Cath at Passports and Adventures
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Of all the places in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is easily one of the world’s most beautiful, that’s why it should be right at the top of your bucket list. What makes this beautiful place so special is it’s one of the natural wonders of the world and the only living thing on earth that can be seen from space.
With colorful marine life and coral, you could spend hours snorkeling or diving the Great Barrier Reef. Other ways to see this natural wonder is to fly above it in a helicopter or cruise in a glass-bottom boat. One of the things to know about the Great Barrier Reef is not just a single reef but 3000 individual reef systems that are connected.
You can explore the Great Barrier reef from several Queensland cities, including Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay. However, Cairns is the most popular destination to base yourself as there are several reef tours to choose from here and lots of other fantastic things to do in Cairns too.
Written by Christina from Travel 2 Next.
Santo Antao Island, Cape Verde
The destination that surprised me the most during 2019 was Cape Verde. The little archipelago just off the coast of Senegal is not only beautiful, but also has a very peculiar and fascinating culture.
The must-do activity in Cape Verde is to go trekking in Santo Antao, the westernmost island. Santo Antao differs from the rest of the country, because of its very unique climate. The high mountains stop clouds arriving from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and provide the island with abundant rains. As a result, it has much more vegetation than the near Sao Vicente.
The mountainous landscape permits you to enjoy long hikes with breathtaking views over the sea and neighbor islands. The starting point to visit Santo Antao is Paul Valley in the north-east. From here, all the main towns and trekking itineraries are reachable. And sleeping close to the mountains will give you a well deserved to relax time after a day of climbing.
If you visit Santo Antao in 2020, do not forget to do the Cha de Igreja – Ponta do Sol itinerary. This average difficulty hike goes all along the northern coast of Santo Antao and offers the best views of the island as well as one of the best places to visit in the world.
By Mario from Rest and Recuperation
Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India having stunning topography and diversity. It is home to spectacular waterfalls, hidden caves, sacred forests, and sparkling rivers. The evergreen living-root bridges are unique and one of its kind. Meghalaya has something to offer to every kind of traveler.
The capital city of Shillong provides a glimpse into the beauty of Meghalaya. The living-root bridges of Cherrapunji show the importance of living in harmony with nature. The cleanest village of Asia – Mawlynnong is a delight to visit. One can see the crystal clear river Umngot in Dawki. It also provides many water-based adventure activities. Mawsynram is the world’s wettest place and is a nature lover’s delight. Mawlyngbna is an offbeat and unexplored village with natural reservoirs. Nartiang has man-made monoliths that give a glimpse of the local culture. There are waterfalls spread throughout the state, leaving tourists in awe.
Apart from the majestic natural beauty, the matrilineal culture of Meghalaya is very interesting. Meghalaya means ‘Abode of Clouds.’ It is one of the most beautiful and underrated places to visit in India. Read more about how to travel to mesmerizing Meghalaya here.
By Pooja Shah from Fairytale Studios.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is famously one of the most beautiful places in the world – and the town of Positano is the undoubted star.
Beloved haunt of the rich and famous, Positano is the kind of place where you go to relax, drink in some glorious scenery, and escape the paparazzi (because we all have them following us around, right?).
The town itself attracts day-trippers, celebs, and sun-seekers for the same reason: it’s just a stunningly beautiful place to be. Pastel-colored houses perch precariously, and photographically, down a cliff-side which has a sea-lapped beach at its feet. Narrow streets houses restaurants, bakeries, and gelaterias. It’s as close to peak Italy as you’re ever going to get!
It’s not just about the glamour though: Positano is also a great place to visit for hiking fans. Aside from beautiful walks along the famed coastline,
Positano is also one of the most convenient places to start along the “Sentiero degli Dei” – the Path of the Gods. This gorgeous trail takes you along a trail high up in the mountains, which run along the spine of the Sorrentine Peninsula, giving you incredible views of tiny villages, winding roads, and ridiculously blue seas.
Positano has it all, whether you’d rather shop, eat at exclusive restaurants, and spot celebrities, or get out into nature and see authentic Italian life. In either case, you’re bound to fall in love with this scenic town, which is as friendly as it is beautiful! All of Italy is amazing, but Positano is without a doubt best places to visit in the world. For more on Italy check out the ultimate list of things to do in Rome in 3 days.
From Nicky Cade blogger at That Anxious Traveller.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Last year I had the pleasure of staying in Cinque Terre for 3 days. I had looked forward to this part of Italy for a long time and wondered, “Will it live up to the hype?” Well, it did – I loved every part of it! The beauty during the day and the night are unsurpassed. There are so many beautiful opportunities to take gorgeous pictures throughout each of the towns.
We stayed in Monterosso and loved our stay there and the time we spent at the beach each day and roaming through the streets at night enjoying the quiet nightlife.
We found delicious focaccia to eat, amazing gelato and the best Italian pizza and seafood too! When we weren’t eating, we were taking pictures of all the quaint houses and doors and the stunning views of the sea.
It is easy to travel by ferry to the other towns that make up Cinque Terre. Each is equally beautiful with more pictures begging to be taken of colorful houses, fishing boats, and meeting squares.
It is such a beautiful, picturesque area that you just keep taking more and more pictures because you want to remember it forever. I remember taking pictures of the fishing boats in and the church bell ringing at the same time and thinking, “This is a perfect moment that I will not forget”. And I haven’t.
Thousands visit Cinque Terra every year. Many come off cruises or travel to stay for just the day. Be sure to plan a stay in one of the towns though.
Don’t do a one day visit from Florence or any other city. It is after the crowds disperse, that you really see the beauty of the small villages and enjoy being as one with them.
My favorite part of each day was afternoons when it was quiet and I felt like I was living there. I look forward to coming back and spending more time just hanging out in beautiful Cinque Terre.
From Pam at Traveling Hacking Mom.
Taipei is one of the most beautiful and advanced cities we’ve ever visited. From the vibrant neon signs, bustling streets, and delicious street markets, you are sure never to be bored.
We spent over thirty days in Taipei, and we will take another trip to this gem hidden in the heart of Asia.
Taipei Travel Info
How to Get Around in Taipei
The best way to get around Taipei is by Metro. The metro system is very well connected and can take you not only to every part of the city, but Taipei’s main station is a transportation hub for the whole country, allowing you to travel with ease.
With there being so many things to do in the city, we suggest you knocking off some of the best attractions first. This way, if you run out of time, you made sure not to miss the most important places.
Things to do in Taipei
- View Taipei 101 – Many say to pay and go to the top, but with the weather being so unpredictable we suggest getting a free view of the tower from the ground level outside of Longtable restaurant
- CKS Memorial Hall – Changing of the guards
- Confucius Temple
- End every night eating incredible street food at all the Taipei Markets
By Jimmy & Tah From Divertliving
Jaco Island, Timor Leste
Jaco Island, in the eastern tip of Timor Leste, is a true paradise on earth. Picture a virgin beach with crystal clear water and white sand.
In the middle of the island, lush vegetation and a few monkeys. Picture a place where staying overnight and building anything are strictly forbidden. That’s Jaco, a sacred island protected by locals and so hard to reach only a handful of tourists make the trip each year.
It’s a 9-hour drive from the capital, Dili (it took me 2 days in public transportation), on terrible roads, to reach Valu Beach. There, two small hotels offering camping spots and a few bungalows, and the fishermen association, waiting to take you to Jaco.
The beach in Valu is also incredible, it seems as time has stopped and left this place almost untouched. It’s the perfect spot to disconnect (no wifi or even service) and unwind for a few days.
One would be tempted to swim to Jaco Island as it’s so close to Valu Beach, but don’t get fooled by the peaceful looking sea. Between the mainland and the island, there’s a strong current, populated by crocodiles and sharks.
The remoteness of the island, mixed with its protected status, makes it one of the most stunning beaches in the world. As well as one of the 30 most beautiful places in the world.
From Julie from Julie Around the Globe.
Old Silk Route, India
One of the most beautiful places in the world is the Old Silk Route. The place is blessed with beautiful lakes and some breathtaking twisting and winding roads that make it a real treasure to watch in this part of the country.
The route includes a lot of plantations, elegant and breadth taking scenery and wonderful landscape not found elsewhere within the region.
There used to be trade operations in this region a few years back that was discontinued due to new rule formations in this district.
The road has a lot of twisted alleys and ridges along with snow-covered mountain ranges. There are some important lakes like Kupup, Elephant, Tsomgo in this corner of the country that are considered high crater lakes. There are military operations within the area that maintains the roads and the dignity in the region.
The lovely landscape and scenery continue to impress travelers with its aesthetic advent and remains an important treasure hunt for people coming to scout this corner of the region with friends and families.
From Somnath from Travel Crusade
And there we go, the top 50 travel destinations in the world this list has you covered.
If you want more. then make sure to check the best places to visit in the United States.
What is your choice for the most beautiful places in the world?