If you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, then you know that the world is full of places that need to be seen to be believed. In fact, you’ve probably got a bunch of those places on your travel bucket list already!
But, we bet that your bucket list isn’t yet complete. That’s because there are some absolutely incredible places that even some of the most seasoned world travelers haven’t heard of… And that’s a shame, because they’re missing out on some of the most beautiful places on this pale blue dot we call home!
On the list below, we’re going to share our picks for the 20 most beautiful places in the world. You’ll find all manner of incredible things to see, from a salt flat that literally makes it seem like you’re walking on the sky to rainbow-colored mountains and hills in the countryside of China.
So, if you want to see the best that this world has to offer, then you’ve got to check out these 20 places. They’re absolutely awesome, and you might not even believe your eyes when you see some of them!
1. Uyuni Salt Flats (Bolivia)
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to walk on the sky, then this needs to make your travel bucket list.
2. Antelope Canyon (Arizona)
Try to hit this spot just after sun-up in order to avoid the crowds and to experience the beauty as rays of sunlight penetrate this canyon.
3. Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
They’re some of the most famous cliffs in the world, having appeared in numerous movies. It’s easy to understand why.
4. Cliffs of Dover (England)
Oh, and then there are the gorgeous White Cliffs of Dover, which simply need to be seen in order to be believed.
5. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (California)
If you ever find yourself road tripping up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, make sure your trip includes a stop at this spot in Big Sur.
6. Palawan (Philippines)
There are some who believe that this is the most beautiful island on the planet, and we’re not inclined to disagree.
7. Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
These waterfalls are right along the border between Argentina and Brazil, and they are the largest system of waterfalls on the planet.
8. Reynisfjara Beach (Iceland)
Geology is a very strange thing indeed! At least it must be to have created these incredible cubic cliffs.
9. Krabi (Thailand)
Cruising the pristine waters of this Thai treasure is something to experience, especially as you’re watching the limestone cliffs and mangroves sliding past.
10. Twelve Apostles (Australia)
When you take Australia’s Great Ocean Road, you’ll find yourself passing by these gorgeous geologic wonders… (Of which there are only actually nine.)
11. The Pitons (St. Lucia)
If you find yourself on St. Lucia, be sure to head to the southern shore where the landscape becomes something extraordinary…
12. Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)
The soaring mountains, the sweeping plains, the gorgeous lakes, and even the glaciers… Patagonia is incredible.
13. Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
Croatia is quickly becoming one of the emerging travel destinations on the planet, and it’s wonders like this that are driving the interest.
14. Ipanema Beach (Brazil)
This is one of the most famous stretches of sand and surf in the world, and it’s for very good reason. Grab a caipirinha and enjoy!
15. Zhangjiajie National Forest (China)
The otherworldly appearance of this gorgeous national forest is what led James Cameron to use it as his backdrop for “Avatar”.
16. White Desert (Egypt)
This stretch of desert has a strange desolation to it, one that’s punctuated by incredible peaks of white rock and chalk.
17. Pamukkale (Turkey)
These terraced mineral pools seem positively otherworldly, and the views from these pools are incredible.
18. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Japan)
There’s a kind of peaceful calm that washes over you as you walk the trails through this gorgeous bamboo forest.
19. Table Mountain (South Africa)
As the focal point of Cape Town, Table Mountain can be seen from many angles, all of them absolutely incredible.
20. Zhangye National Geopark (China)
You’d think that the rainbow stripes of the mountain here were painted on, but nope! They’re completely natural.