Friday, September 28, 2018
Most beautiful places in the world include international destinations like Greece, Iceland, Chile and Vietnam. They’re breathtaking, they’re jaw dropping, they’re top of the list of places you really must see before you die. Visitors get to choose among spectacular mountain ranges, sparkling emerald lakes, thundering waterfalls, dreamy ancient towns perched on high cliffs, and parks that attract millions of people from all over the world.
This incredible waterfall, along Iceland’s southern coast, is fed by melting water from the famed glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind the curtain of water where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint. A path leads you behind the waterfall, but do bring a raincoat as you will get soaking wet from the drizzle. It is fantastic walking behind Seljalandsfoss, especially on a sunny day when one can catch a rainbow. Flash is needed for photos behind the waterfall if you don’t want to come out looking like a silhouette against the waterfall.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
These soaring cliffs in County Clare are one of Ireland‘s most famous tourist attractions. The maximum height of Cliffs is 214 m. This natural sanctuary is home to some 30,000 birds from 20 different species. While the cliffs are beautiful in the sun and the cloud, you do want to be able to actually see them which isn’t always possible in the fog.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Formed by millions of years of wind and water erosion, Antelope Canyon’s magnificent smooth and flowing shaped sandstone has made it one of the most famous slot canyons in the world. Majestic sandstone creates the appearance of fire at Antelope Canyon. Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Antelope Canyon is actually two separate canyons, the upper canyon and lower canyon.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Located in the remote Valley of the Ten Peaks in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake is an emerald beauty, a small, cold glacier-fed jewel surrounded by towering mountains, immense waterfalls, and ancient rock piles, so beautiful it takes breath away. As the glaciers melt, the water in the lake rises and changes its color. It might take away some of its magic to know that the color is affected by the sediment brought by the glacial waters. The setting of the surrounding majestic mountain peaks makes the scene almost surreal. The whole area is crossed by scenic hiking trails that offer different perspectives of the lake depending on your elevation or location. You can also enjoy its beauty from a kayak or canoe, or just by sitting on a rock at its bank. Take it all in, no photograph will ever give it justice.
Cappadocia, an area in Turkey where entire cities have been carved into rock, is pretty incredible on its own. But whenever hot-air balloons pepper the sky, its beauty level simply skyrockets. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks. The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features.
The serene beauty of the bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district is a wonderful site to behold. North of central Arashiyama the atmosphere becomes less touristy and more rural, with several small temples scattered along the base of the wooded mountains. The area north of the Togetsukyo Bridge is also known as Sagano, while the name “Arashiyama” technically just refers to the mountains on the southern bank of the river but is commonly used to name the entire district.
Daniel Campos, Bolivia
The reflective surface of the world’s largest salt mine is like something from the imagination of Salvador Dali – although we’re happy it actually exists in real life. Despite the desert dryness, freezing night temperatures, and fierce desert sun, this landscape is not devoid of life. Pink flamingos, ancient cacti, and rare hummingbirds all live in the Salar de Uyuni.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, located in northeast Vietnam, is beloved for its blue waters and spread of limestone islands, all occupied by tropical trees and wildlife. Halong Bay is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cat Ba National Park.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Machu Picchu’s panoramic views, intricate and mysterious stone walls more than validate the site’s worldwide fame.
Queensland is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Although the largest living thing on Earth can be seen from space, the best vantage point belongs to the avid snorkelers and scuba divers who visit each year. If you must resurface, do it at the Whitsundays -namely Whitehaven Beach, often considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
It’s a wonderful and beautiful world we live in. Our world is filled with indescribable beauty, both man-made and natural, and it’s hard to say whether a single lifetime would truly be enough to truly experience all of it. Some consider travel to be a luxury or even an unnecessary burden, while others consider it to be vitally important to living a fulfilled life. Still others don’t even have the opportunity to make that decision. But if you are afflicted with a case of wanderlust, you know that seeing the world’s sights can be a deeply moving and valuable experience.