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The world has a whole lot of jaw-dropping places—this you know. But have you ever thought of them all at the same time? We decided it needed to be done. Here, the 55 most beautiful places in the world. Though you should be warned: You’re about to be hit with an onslaught of wanderlust.
Pro tip: Visit this protected land in the Patagonia region during Chile’s summer, the sun doesn’t set on the soaring granite pillars until after 10 p.m.
Take a river cruise down the Li, which runs 85 kilometers through the region of Guangxi in southern China, for some of the country’s most incredible scenery.
One of the quaint fishing villages that make up the colorful Cinque Terre, Manarola is rife with grapevines, lemon groves and medieval walls. You can only imagine the views from here.
This national park and nature reserve occupies part of the Namib Desert. Wild game like mountain zebras, ostriches and kudus roam over the red sand dunes.
This state park comprises 17 miles of rugged Kauai coastline. Hikers can walk along the cliffs and valleys while taking in panoramic views of the Pacific.
Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle,” is a stack of white travertine mineral pools in southwest Turkey. The UNESCO World Heritage Site looks over the Byzantine-Roman city of Denizli.
Visit in the early morning before the crowds pile in and you’ll see light beams gliding in and out of the slot canyon, making it seem like the walls are on fire.
Set inside Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise is a year-round resort destination. On a sunny day, the impossibly blue lake reflects the surrounding snowcapped mountains.
If we ever want to go off the grid, you’ll find us in this tropical Thai paradise. We don’t need much more in life than these mangrove forests and majestic blue waters framed by limestone cliffs.
The result of a prehistoric lake that dried up, this area in southwest Bolivia is now covered by bright-white salt formations that give the illusion of walking in the clouds.
Within Fiordland National Park you’ll find Milford Sound, the poster for New Zealand’s South Island. (You might recognize the landscape from The Lord of the Rings.)
This national park in China’s Hunan province—featuring dozens of pillar-like mountains—was used as a model for the setting of the movie Avatar.
This active volcano southwest of Tokyo is revered in Japanese culture, as it is believed to be the country’s holiest mountain. During springtime, cherry blossoms light up the five lakes surrounding it.
This archeological area encompasses more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monuments that date back to the kingdom of Pagan in the ninth century.
These gorgeous mountains are made up of layers of different-colored sandstone and minerals that have been pressed together for over 24 million years.
We’d drive the 150-mile Great Ocean Road in Victoria just for a glimpse of these dreamy limestone stacks.
These famous cliffs in County Clare have made several big-screen appearances in movies like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Princess Bride.
On the outskirts of Kyoto, this giant bamboo grove is filled with thick, green towering stalks that sway and creek to the rhythm of the wind.
Often described as the most alien-looking place on earth, this small island in the Arabian Sea is known for its unique dragon blood trees.
Remote and sparsely populated, Palawan just might be the most beautiful island in the world. It’s basically a long sliver of villages surrounded by crystal-clear water, lagoons and lush forest.
Nicknamed the blue city, this locale in northern Morocco’s Rif Mountains is known for its blue-washed walls, serpentine cobblestone streets and Moorish architecture.
There’s a reason Rio de Janeiro’s famous coastline is one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. It’s always summer on the endless stretch of sand framed by the Two Brothers Mountain.
Sure, gazing from the top of the Arc de Triomphe onto Paris’s main avenue is basically looking at a concrete jungle. But it’s the prettiest damn concrete jungle in the world.
This Andalucían city stands atop El Tajo gorge, which the Guadalevín River flows through. A jaw-dropping bridge connects the 15th-century “new” town from the old city that dates back to Moorish rule.
Iceland could basically be on another planet. Just look at this black sand beach framed by basalt columns near the village of Vik on the country’s south coast.
Haven’t you always wanted to walk on the canopy of the rain forest? Well, in this Costa Rican mountain town, suspension bridges span thick cloud forests, coffee plantations and volcano peaks.
Sahra al-Beida (called the “White Desert” in English) is a barren stretch of white rock spires and chalk towers. It’s located in Farafra, an area inhabited mostly by bedouins.
They were stunning enough for Monet to paint…so that’s reason enough for us.
This town in India’s Kerala state sits at the intersection of three mountain streams. It’s best known for its sweeping hills covered in tea plantations and verdant forests.
There’s a reason Croatia is such a hotbed for tourism these days. This national park is complete with cascading waterfalls, cerulean lakes, hiking trails and limestone canyons.
Humpback whales! Icebergs! The northern lights! Those are just a few of the things you’ll find in Greenland’s tiny capital city.
Isle of Skye is pretty much a dream world. But no landscape is more iconic here than the Storr cliffs, a series of rocky pinnacles set before a backdrop of rolling green hills and coastline.
Dotted with shipwrecks and whale bones, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is a graveyard of sorts. But the barren stretch of land, where green sea meets sand dunes, is so stark it’s an eerie type of beautiful.
Stand at the top of this 15th-century Incan citadel (almost 8,000 feet above sea level) and look at the river valley beneath you. You’re basically walking in the clouds.
Taktsang Palphug Monastery, nicknamed Tiger’s Nest, is a Buddhist temple and the most sacred site in Bhutan. It’s built into a steep cliff 3,000 feet above a valley in the Himalayas.
Located in Lisse in South Holland, Keukenhof is one of the world's largest flower gardens, featuring millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
This stunning mountain town sits just below the Chinese border. And the view? Those are the vertical rice terraces of the Muong Hoa Valley.
The best way to explore this floating city is to hop on a gondola and glide along the series of canals. There is a ton of Renaissance art, architecture and history to be found here.
Moscow has lots of beautiful must-see attractions, but St. Basil’s stands out from everything else with its intricate multi-colored facade and complex architecture.
They don’t call it grand for nothing. This jaw-dropping natural beauty feels both familiar and otherworldly, evoking both Westerns and Martian vibes.
There's a lot to explore in Jodhpur, including many palaces, temples, and of course, the winding paths of blue buildings set within the Thar Desert.
Head to glorious Barcelona where you’ll find Dalí-esque buildings, tons of intricate mosaics and the best of architect Gaudí’s work, like the yet-unfinished Sagrada Família.
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