Our vast planet is full of places of inexpressible beauty, for acquaintance with which sometimes a lifetime is not enough. In order to cover all the amazing earthly beauty, this collection has been compiled, which shows the most beautiful places in the world, located in different parts of our world. Here there was a place for natural attractions, and man-made objects, and famous resorts, and extreme attractions. Stormy waterfalls, majestic forests, pristine water bodies, dizzying mountain views, original ancient settlements, ancient castles, mysterious valleys – all this and much more is worth seeing with your own eyes at least once in your life.
1. Yosemite Valley, USA
Scenic Yosemite Valley with mountains and the Merced River on a sunny day in Yosemite National Park
The top of the most beautiful places opens a truly heavenly place on earth – the most picturesque valley of glacial origin in the state of California. The highlands of the valley are adorned with an abundance of crystal waterfalls, pristine lakes and lush vegetation. For tourists, in the vast territory of the valley there are a lot of hotels, campsites and other benefits of civilization.
2. Colored rocks of Zhangye Danxia, China
Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park
The Geological Park in the Chinese province of Gansu is known for an unusual natural treasure – colorful rock formations of multi-colored sandstone rocks and conglomerates dating mainly from the Cretaceous period. About a hundred million years ago, there was a natural pool on the site of the mountains, which later dried up, and its sediment oxidized, taking on an unusually beautiful motley color.
3. Bamboo forest, Japan
Alley of bamboo trees, bordered by a railing of dried bamboo stems in Arashiyama Park
In the heart of Kyoto's urban landscapes is a picturesque corner of nature – a dense bamboo grove, consisting of countless bamboo trees. On the impressive square there is where to roam, so the forest has become a favorite vacation spot for citizens and visitors. At night, the park is illuminated by hundreds of small lanterns and fascinates with its fabulous view.
4. Meteora Monastery Complex, Greece
Meteora Monasteries on the tops of huge sheer cliffs
Unique monasteries literally grow out of the rock, crowning the tops of the rocks. The rocks themselves are part of the ancient mountain system of Thessaly, located in the historical region of Greece. About 60 million years ago, the sea was located on the site of the rocks, and today Meteora is one of the most valuable and sacred historical sites, from the point of view of the Christian religion.
5. Salar de Yuni, Bolivia
Reflection of the blue South American sky on the mirror surface of the salt lake Yuni
In the south of the alpine desert, on the Altipano plateau, there was once a salt lake. Later it dried up, exposing the salty bottom. The thickness of the salt layer is from 2 to 8 meters, and in the rainy season, when the surface of this layer is covered with a layer of water, the Yuni salt marsh becomes like a giant mirror: the surface of the lake merges with the blue of the sky, and the surrounding landscapes acquire a truly unearthly beauty.
< h3> 6. Tianji Mountains, China
Huge cliffs rise above the rainforest in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Having wondered what is the most beautiful place on earth, many travelers make a choice in favor of one of China's natural parks – Zhangjiajie. On its territory there are “soaring” mountains. It was these landscapes that became the prototype of the landscapes in the world-famous Avatar painting. The mountain peaks shrouded in fog against the backdrop of a green abyss make a truly amazing impression.
7. The ancient city of Petra, Jordan
The rock temple-mausoleum of El-Khazne or the Treasury of the Pharaoh at night
One of the seven new wonders of the world is located in Jordan – this is the ancient city of Petra, whose history goes back almost three millennia. The city, whose name comes from the word “rock”, is really completely carved out of the rock. Numerous temples, colonnades, tombs, baths and much more are skillfully carved into the rock – in total there are more than eight hundred historical monuments.
8. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
A leafy tunnel along the railway tracks in a forest
A beautiful green corner in the Ukrainian village of Klevan has recently become a popular place for romantic walks and photo shoots. The green tunnel, “entwined” with rich vegetation on all sides, was created not by some master designer, but by nature itself and by an ordinary train that passes along the rails laid here three times a day and transports timber, making its way through the thickness of greenery.< /p>
9. Bagan, Myanmar
Sunrise with many hot air balloons over Bagan in Myanmar
The Valley of a Thousand Pagodas is one of the famous historical sites of Myanmar. On an area of only about 4 sq. kilometers are located thousands of Buddhist, and not only temples. This is an invaluable archaeological area with thousands of centuries-old historical structures, many of which are richly decorated with gold and other precious materials.
10. Kawachi Fuji Garden, Japan
A tunnel of hanging garlands of fragrant wisteria flowers in the Japanese garden Kawachi Fuji
Not far from Tokyo, there is an unusual fairy-tale garden, immersed in millions of flowers of all shades of the rainbow. These are flowers common in Japan – wisteria, which hang like vines-garlands from specially constructed frames. Stunning waterfalls of flowers flow from above, forming a multi-colored fragrant tunnel. In addition to wisteria, in the garden you can find a lot of other, bright, but more familiar flowers.
11. Li River, China
Clean and transparent Li River among the green hills and quaint mountain peaks of China
The cleanest waterway in China, the Li River, is also famous for its beauty. Cruises are regularly organized along the waters of the river, and sailing along the calm surface of the yellow-green waters, you can contemplate stunning landscapes – the silk ribbon of the river deftly winds among the green hills and spacious rice fields, creating an amazing, mysterious and mysterious landscape.
12. Santorini Island, Greece
Churches and monasteries of white color with sky-blue domes on the island of Santorini in Greece
A romantic island in the Aegean Sea is a real archaeological find, full of legends. Everyone who arrives on the island will find something to their liking: those who are interested in archeology can visit numerous excavations, history lovers can look into museums and ancient temples, and fans of outdoor activities will find excellent diving spots in coastal waters.
< h3> 13. Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru
View of Mount Huayna Picchu and the ruins of the “lost city of the Incas” Machu Picchu near Cusco in Peru
The most beautiful places on earth are complemented by the ancient city of the Incas, lost in the high mountains of Peru and shrouded in clouds. The entire city consists of several hundred buildings arranged in a clearly structured order. The impregnability of the city, located among high cliffs, fascinates even more, its mystery attracts millions of tourists every year.
14. Algarve Sea Cave, Portugal
Tourists in one of the most beautiful sea caves in the world – Benagil Cave
One of the most expressive natural creations is located near the popular Portuguese beach of Praia de Benagil. The amazingly shaped cave was formed as a result of natural processes – the impact of water and wind on the rocky rock. Cruises on boats, boats or rowing mini-boats – kayaks are regularly organized along the azure sea waters to the cave.
15. Grand Canyon, USA
Impressive landscape of the Grand Canyon from the south side
The most beautiful places in the world are continued by the deepest Grand Canyon, the views of which are amazing at first sight. Along its reddish rocky walls, as you go down, there is a gradual change in climatic zones, and significant changes in temperature and humidity are created. At the very bottom of the gorge flows the Colorado River, which for millions of years made its way through the rock.
16. Monument Valley, USA
“Martian landscape” of red sandstone rocks in Monument Valley
Monument Valley has become one of the national symbols of the United States. When moving through the monotonous landscapes of a lifeless desert, the fantastic outlines of rocky formations that have arisen on the horizon evoke vivid impressions. It seems as if you are transported to an ancient country, and the red-yellow rocks suddenly turn into ancient castles, temples and stone sculptures.
17. Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
The unique beauty of the rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai in Vietnam
Residents of the northern province of Vietnam have actually accomplished the impossible by setting up rice terraces right on the steep slopes of numerous hills. The “rapids” created by the inhabitants, where rice is planted, create a horizontal plane while trapping the water flowing down the slopes from the peaks. The formed curves of the terraces do not disturb the harmony of the natural landscapes and even serve as a kind of decoration.
18. Pamukkale (“cotton castle”), Turkey
< /p> Natural travertine pools and terraces in Pamukkale (“cotton castle”) in southwestern Turkey
Castles are built not only by architects – sometimes nature itself does a better job with this work. A striking example is the cotton castle of Pamukkale. The combination of snow-white salt formations and the azure of the purest thermal waters that fill the salt baths creates amazing views. In addition to admiring the beauty of these places, here you can significantly improve your health by plunging into one of the warm thermal pools.
19. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
The largest and most beautiful coral reef is located in the Pacific waters on the Australian coast. The structure of the reef is made up of billions of tiny microorganisms that have created the world's largest coral ecosystem. Against the backdrop of photos of the most beautiful places in the world, a photo of a coral reef stands out for its brightness, originality and amazing riot of colors.
20. Cinque Terre, Italy
Beautiful coastline of the village of Vernazza with brightly colored houses in the Cinque Terre
In the Italian region of Liguria, there is one place with amazing views of the sea and mountain landscapes. This is the Cinque Terre Park – a green area that stretches along the rocky coast and includes five coastal settlements that appeared on this territory back in the era of the Roman Empire. Among the architectural monuments of the region are medieval palaces, sanctuaries and old mansions.
21. Venice, Italy
Gondoliers at the old Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district of Venice
Not only beautiful, but also one of the most romantic places on earth is located in Italy, on the Adriatic coast. The world-famous Venice is a corner of majestic ancient architecture, an atmosphere of freedom and eternal celebration. And the incessant splash of water flowing through the canals penetrating the entire city makes this place recognizable among thousands of other places on the planet.
22. Plitvice Lakes – National Park of Croatia
Majestic view of the waterfall with turquoise water in the sun in the Plitvice Lakes Park
Another of the natural paradises of the planet is located in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes is a magical natural creation, which the Croats themselves call the eighth wonder of the world. The lakes, located at different levels in height, flow into one another and create unique water cascades, stunning in their views. In total, there are 16 such lakes in the area of the national park.
23. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Romantic Neuschwanstein Castle against the background of snowy mountains on southern Germany
In the Bavarian Alps, on a hill, right above a deep mysterious gorge, rises an unusually light structure, as if floating in the air. It resembles a fairy-tale castle, as if descended from the pages of a romantic fairy tale about princesses, knights and brave deeds. The extraordinarily beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle is surrounded by equally beautiful surrounding landscapes – impregnable mountain peaks and crystal lakes.
24. Navagio Bay, Greece
The famous Navagio Bay with a wrecked rusty smugglers' ship on white sand
In the clear waters of the Ionian Sea lies the small Greek island of Zakynthos. Green pine trees, emerald waters, blue skies, golden sands – all this attracts streams of tourists and vacationers here. It is here that one of the most beautiful bays in the world is located, which is famous not only for its beauty, but also for the wrecked smuggler ship, which was washed ashore by a strong storm back in 1982.
25. Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia
Beautiful view of the turquoise lagoon and the extinct volcano Otemanu on the island of Bora Bora
The most beautiful places of nature are organically complemented by the pearl of paradise in the Pacific Ocean – the island of Bora Bora. This island has long been chosen by newlyweds and couples in love – a small, remote from civilization microcosm of the purest emerald lagoons, bizarre flowers and bright tropical birds creates an ideal atmosphere of romance and comfort. In addition, here is the perfect service for a relaxing holiday.
26. Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Splashes and fog due to the huge force of the falling water of the Victoria Falls in the middle of the Zambezi River
On the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa, one incredible natural phenomenon can be seen – the waters of the Zambezi River in a colossal wide stream, fall into the gorge with a roar, and then rush into a narrow crevice, creating clouds of tiny water splashes. Victoria Falls is not the highest, but undoubtedly, it has no equal in beauty and grandeur in the world.
27. Provence, France
Summer sunset and endless lavender fields in Provence
One of the coziest and most beautiful French provinces is located on the Mediterranean coast, right at the foot of the Alps. This fabulous place generously endows with its warmth, beckons with an abundance of vineyards, olive groves, fields of sunflowers, heather, and of course, delicate lilac lavender, which has become a kind of hallmark of this region.
28. Glacial Moraine Lake, Canada< /h3>
Sunrise on Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta
In the Banff Nature Park, in the so-called Valley of 10 mountain peaks, there is a mysterious and mesmerizing body of water – the Moraine glacial lake, the waters of which do not freeze even in severe frosts. Landscapes of unreal beauty — majestic fir trees, relief mountain slopes — frame the lake, reflected in the smoothness of its crystal azure waters.
29. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Magical landscape with sunrise over a field of tulips in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is known throughout the world for its flowers, and tulips have become their wonderful symbol. Hundreds of thousands of travelers annually take a walk to the multi-colored flowering fields to admire this riot of colors and flower splendor. From a distance, such fields look as if divided into even motley stripes – all this splendor is created by tulips blooming in the spring.
30. Geiranger Fjord, Norway
The emerald-blue expanse of the Geirangerfjord among the rocks with lush greenery and snow-capped mountains
Norway is known for its fjords – giant mountain corridors filled with sea water. One of Norway's most famous fjords is the Geirangerfjord, whose serene waters reflect towering cliffs and lush green forests. Small villages, towns and farms are nestled along its shores, and in some places streams of waterfalls fall straight from the rocks into the abyss.
31. Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Blue Hole is the most popular recreational dive site off the coast of Belize
A large funnel of karst origin is located in the Atlantic Ocean, not far from the coast in Central America. Its depth reaches 120 meters, and the perfectly round shape of its edges is best observed from a height – for example, from a helicopter, from where all the beauty of this natural phenomenon will be revealed. According to one version, the funnel is a collapsed limestone cave.
32. Vatnajökull Glacier Caves, Iceland
Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Cave in Iceland
In Iceland, the cold realm of snow and ice, you can also find the most beautiful places on the planet, one of these is ice caves. Getting into their bowels, as if you find yourself in a fabulous kingdom of cold: ice walls are everywhere, through which light flows, refracting at different angles. The process of cave formation is due to the movement of melt water, which forms bizarre cavities inside the glacier.
33. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Panorama of the three Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau
The Egyptian pyramids are the only surviving among the ancient wonders of the world: several pyramids in Giza, guarded by the Great Sphinx, are part of an ancient necropolis, which to this day is the object of close attention of archaeologists. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs are buried in the largest pyramids, their wives, as well as priests and officials are buried in smaller structures.
34. Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
Bosdalafossur waterfall and the Danish village of Gasadalur on the picturesque island of Vagar
This settlement with its pristine nature is located on the western side of one of the Faroe Islands in the Kingdom of Denmark. Small, like toy houses of the village are located above the cliff, from which a waterfall falls directly into the ocean. This quiet and cozy place is a true paradise for those who love the combination of beautiful nature, peace and tranquility.
35. Antelope Canyon, USA
< /p> Inside Antelope Canyon
A unique creation of nature and an iconic landmark of the state of Arizona in the USA is Antelope Canyon, a mystical place in the form of long crevices in red-yellow sandstone rocks. Amazing views inside the canyon open at rare moments when the sun is at its zenith and its rays fall into the crevice, and then the gorge begins to play with new, unusual colors.
36. Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil
Breathtaking view of the Iguazu Falls from Argentina
A colossal complex of turbulent waterfalls is formed at the intersection of the Iguazu and Parana rivers. The cascade is formed by about three hundred small waterfalls. On the opposite side of the crevice, into which the water falls, there is an observation deck from where you can watch a stunning sight: a huge mass of water, forming a myriad of water splashes, sparkling and shimmering in the sun, falls down with a roar.
37. Caves Batu, Malaysia
Holy caves of Batu near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
One of the most revered Indian shrines and a real miracle of nature is the Batu caves. The age of the caves is already about 400 million years – once there were rocks in their place, in which, over time, cavities were washed out as a result of exposure to water. Thus, several long caves were formed, walking through which you can see the amazing formations of stalactites or visit the cave temple.
38. McWay Falls, USA
McWay Falls falls from a cliff into a bay with sandy beaches in Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park
The best places in the world continue with one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world, which is located in the US state of California. McWay Falls is considered an ever-living waterfall, as it never dries up, and its waters fall from a cliff right into a picturesque bay. And the vegetation surrounding the waterfall itself always remains green – the secret is that the trees in this area are fed by the waters of an underground river.
39. Cappadocia, Turkey
Hot air balloon flights over colorful rocks in Cappadocia
Cappadocia is called the heart of Turkey – this historical region is located in the heart of the country. Once here, you can feel like a guest of another planet – the local landscapes are so unusual: there are snow-capped peaks of extinct volcanoes, and low mountains, and for some time now Cappadocia has become a popular destination for sightseeing flights in large balloons.
40. Mount Roraima – located on the border of three countries: Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana
Fantastic view from the top of Mount Roraima
In South America, there are the oldest rock formations – unusual mountains with flat, as if truncated tops. The highest of these mountains is located at the junction of three South American states, and the area of u200bu200bits top is impressive in its size – about 34 square meters. km. Approximately one-fifth of this area is occupied by water bodies, which, tumbling down the mountain, give life to the Amazon, Essequibo and Orinoco rivers.
41. James Bond Island, Thailand
Beautiful surroundings of the island of Koh Tapu or James Bond in Phang Nga Bay in Thailand
One of the “star” attractions of Thailand, the island of Tapu, gained fame thanks to the famous film back in 1974. Since then, the small island has become the starting point for the active development of the tourist in Phuket. This area conquers with its beauty: against the backdrop of emerald sea waters, a limestone rock, covered with greenery, rises. Boat trips are regularly organized from Phuket to Tapu Island.
42. Trolltunga, Norway
Troll tongue and lake blue water landscape Ringedalsvatn surrounded by mountains
Sometimes the most beautiful places in the world, their photos with names conquer already from the moment of the first correspondence acquaintance with them. A striking example of this is the bewitching natural landmark of Norway – the rock of Troll Tongue. The dream of almost every traveler here is to take a photo from the top of that very rock, namely from its ledge, from where breathtaking views of the mountain landscapes and the azure of the still waters of the Hardanger Fjord open up.
43. The giant temple complex of Angkor- Wat, Cambodia
A giant Hindu temple complex in Cambodia dedicated to the god Vishnu
The world's largest religious building, built in the 10-12 centuries in Cambodia, was dedicated to the supreme Hindu deity Vishnu. Angkor Wat is a giant 3-level complex of temples that has been keeping secrets and legends of the capital of the Khmer Empire for about a millennium. The height of the sandstone complex is 65 meters, and on its colossal area of 2.5 square kilometers there are magnificent towers, terraces, galleries and gardens.
44. Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil< /h3>
Tourists walking towards the lagoon and dunes at Grand Lenqua in Lencois Maranhenses National Park
The fantastic landscapes of the Brazilian natural park Lencois Maranhenses make an indelible impression. The vast territory of the park with snow-white sand dunes is occupied by small turquoise lakes, creating a magnificent contrast of colors. Despite the desert views, Lencois Maranhenses is not actually a desert – it rains regularly here, which fill the spaces between the sandy hills with water.
45. Valley of Geysers, Russia
One of the landscapes of the Valley of Geysers in the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reserve
Stunning view of green rocky slopes and swirling jets of steam in the Valley of Geysers Robert Nunn
In Kamchatka, in the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve, there is one of the most interesting geyser fields. In fact, the valley is a volcanic canyon, on the territory of which several dozen gushing hot springs are concentrated. This whole area resembles a seething cauldron – everything here flows, hisses and boils, steam jets escape and hot thermal water pulsates.
So, where is the most beautiful place? The answer to this question still cannot be unambiguous, however, the rating of the most beautiful places in the world will certainly be a useful tool for the traveler in choosing the most impressive sights of our planet.