Massive glaciers, staggering mountains, plains dotted with wild animals: We sure live in a big, beautiful world. And while pinpointing all of Mother Nature's greatest hits could take a lifetime, we think these 50 out-of-thisworld landscapes and awe-inspiring wonders—from Arizona to Antarctica— need to move to the very top of your travel list. If you’re looking for budget friendly places, you can explore the list of cheap places to travel.
Angel Falls, Venezuela Venezuela overflows with natural wonders, including the world's highest waterfall—the 3,212-foot cascades of Angel Falls, located in the UNESCOprotected Canaima National Park. Canaima is by far the country's most popular attraction, and the falls stretch an astounding 19 times higher than Niagara Falls. Bonus: Pixar animators used the location as inspiration for Paradise Falls in Up—so you know it's good.
Antarctica That's right, we put an entire continent on here. Although 99 percent of Antarctica is covered with ice, the landscape still manages to be stunningly diverseâ€”surreal blue glaciers, active volcanoes, the rough waterways of the Drake Passage, and 360-degree views of untouched snow. And those views are made even better when an emperor penguin or humpback whale makes an appearance.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar Separated from continental Africa by 250 miles of water, Madagascar is the greatest adventure you haven't had yet. The island nation's secrets include giant moths, bug-eyed lemurs, and places like the surreal Avenue of the Baobabs, where the centuries-old trees reach heights of nearly 100 feet.
The Azores, Portugal Roughly 900 miles off the coast of Lisbon, this Portuguese archipelago can inspire wanderlust with a single photo. The verdant valleys, steep ocean-side cliffs, rows of blue hydrangeas, and scattering of waterfalls make the Azores a paradise worth exploringâ€”just make sure you visit before everyone you know beats you to it.
Banff National Park, Canada Easily one of the most beautiful spots in Canada, Banff National Park overwhelms with views of the Canadian Rockies and regular cast of wildlife.
The park is also known for its abundance of beautiful lakes, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and glacial Lake Minnewankaâ€”each more pristine than the last. If you prefer to travel alone, you can explore the best solo destinations.
Boracay, Philippines With its gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets, it's easy to see why Boracay was voted one of the best islands in the world by our readers. Unfortunately, it's become too touristedâ€”the island closed for "rehabilitation" last year to compensate for overcrowding and unregulated development; it's since reopened to a limited number of visitors per day.
Boulders Beach, South Africa Located on the False Bay Coastline, about 17 miles south of Table Mountain, Boulders Beach shows off Cape Town's famously beautiful landscapesâ€” bright blue water, granite boulders, and... penguins! Many people swim here just a few feet away from the adorable African penguin community, but feel free to just sit back and admire the beautiful coastline as well.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Home to 67 national parks, more than 5,000 miles of coastline, and landscapes ranging from deserts to snow-capped volcanoes, Mexico is so much more than the stuff of spring break clichĂŠs. Case in point: Cabo San
Lucas. Venture outside of your all-inclusive resort to experience the region's turquoise waters, marine life, and iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas, standing where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean.
Cappadocia, Turkey 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 literally skyrockets. You can check the best places to visit in Africa or best places to visit in Asia as well.
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