The Dalai Lama famously said, “Once in a year, go to a place you have never been before.”. And, if you are looking for places to begin the escapade of a lifetime, there is certainly no dearth of what our world has to offer. We’ve put together a list of 50 must-visit places that will prove inspiration enough to set out on journeys far and wide.
- Taj Mahal, Agra, India
This splendid visual tucked away in the humble town of Agra, India, is known as one of the Seven Wonder is the World and with good reason. Not only will you be spellbound by the grandeur of its architecture, but the many stories bustling around in the air about its iconic historical significance is also certain to have you fascinated.
This site offers an internal tour into the artistic replicas of the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. No matter which part of the year you visit, you are certain to be welcomed by a generous crowd of spectators marvelling at the Taj. Soak in the ambience that exudes the charm of the Mughal Empire. It is best visited during the early winter months of September – October.
- Jaipur, India
Known as the pink city of India, Jaipur is the lap of historic abundance in the form of palaces, forts and rich ancient architecture. This capital city of the state of Rajasthan has preserved the old town, well-cushioned among the expanse of the modern city.
Whether it is the lip-smacking food, the grand Amer Fort, the marvellous City Palace or the neighbouring Thar Desert, there are plenty of reasons that make Jaipur one of the best vacation spots for history and culture enthusiasts. You will be surprised to see every nook and turning is sprinkled with palaces that have been converted to luxury hotels, giving visitors a peek into life in the time of the Maharajas.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is the crowning glory of tourism in the Latin American country of Peru. The Machu Picchu is covered by an envelope of mist under which you will find slopes of rich vegetation. Scaling the peaks will give you breath-taking views of the entire region. This expanse makes for beautiful scenery images, so make sure you go with your best camera in tow!
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
Imagine a coastline sprinkled with colourful little villas, gorgeous blue water beaches and cosy restaurants tucked away in hidden caves that are accessible only by boat? Well, of course, it is the Amalfi Coast we are talking of!
This coastline of Italy is one of the most beautiful scenery images you can feast your eyes on. Park yourself at Sorrento and you can hop around Naples and Pompeii while returning to the brightly lit streets of Amalfi at night. Amalfi offers the best of Mediterranean waters, culture and cuisine for tourists and is easily one of the best vacation spots if cosy beaches are on your mind.
- Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park is a true paradise for those of you who are wildlife enthusiasts. From the African elephant to rhinos, lions and a host of diverse bird species across a wide expanse of natural habitat, this national park is indeed the crowning global of South African tourism.
We suggest you have your camera handy at all times to click some beautiful scenery pictures of a bird in flight or a lion in its mighty stead. There are also gorgeous traditional dances, museums, golf courses and wild safaris, making sure there’s something in it for every traveller.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
What’s not to love about the sun, sand and sea? Revel in the very best oceanic experience the world has to offer at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. With over 900 islands sprinkled across the world’s biggest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef attracts visitors from all over, making it one of the best vacation spots if you are a water person. Besides gaping at the gorgeous reefs, you can try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving and many other water activities.
- Paris, France
Paris is undoubtedly one of the best places to travel to in the world. It is no wonder then, that it features on the bucket list of almost every single travel enthusiast! Whether it is the Louvre Museum, the wide boulevards along the River Seine, the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower or the Parisian culture, we are absolutely smitten by this fairy tale city! It is with good reason that Paris is called the City of Love because one just cannot help but fall in love with its spectacle.
Taking a stroll down the busy and picturesque Champs-Elysees is an experience every traveller must enrich their heart and soul with once in a lifetime.
- The Grand Canyon, Arizona, US
The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the US. The very sight of this majestic gives one the impression of just now minuscule human life is in comparison to Mother Nature’s mighty influence. Years of geological activity have resulted in the formation of these natural bands of red rock in the lap of the state of Arizona. Add to this the white water rapids of the Colorado river gushing through the Canyon and you certainly have one of the most beautiful scenery pictures that the world has to offer.
- Northern Lights, Norway
An aurora of natural light display in the Earth’s sky is the marvel we commonly know of as The Northern Lights. The Northern Lights is one of the best places to travel to in the world owing to the gorgeous symphony of colours that will take your breath away. While it is sighted from Sweden too, northern Norway is one of the best places to soak in this visual spectacle. We would recommend you consider late September, October, February or March to catch this once in a lifetime sight. Take with you some warm winter wear and a wide range of vision to baskin the beauty of this visual from a cosy glass igloo.
- The Great Wall of China, China
A mighty stretch of 21,000 kilometers that lies over 9 provinces in the majestic land of China, The Great Wall of China is one of the most visited man-made marvels in the world. Aside from the adrenaline rush to conquering the steps, there are a host of activities to be enjoyed such as paragliding, hiking and cable car rides, making this a cool place to visit in Asia.
If you happen to visit around May, you could even participate in the Great Wall Marathon, a popular yearly event that brings enthusiasts from all over the world together.
- Cappadocia, Turkey
The tourism centre of Western Europe, Cappadocia has much more than probably the world’s best hot air balloon ride that offersbreath-taking views of the entire city. The Goreme is one of a kind open-air museum that houses some of the most awe-inspiring rock-cut churches. Dine at one of the many cave restaurants in the city to experience a Turkish night with traditional dances, cuisine, music and more. Try the world-famous local special Pottery Kebab to satiate your tastebuds and take home the local flavours of Turkey glistening on your lips.
- Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania, East Africa
This dormant volcano is also the tallest mountain in Africa and also one among the seven summits. It is favourite among most hikers and mountain climbers due to its ease of climbing. What’s interesting about this mountain that it is almost located on the Equator, making many a scientist ponder upon how a snow-capped mountain can surface close to the hottest part of the earth. If there’s something keeping you from visiting Mount Kilimanjaro, know that it is disappearing at an alarming rate and may not even be around in the next 50 years. So pack your bag for its beautiful landscapes soon!
- Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa
Oh, what a joy it would be to witness the Great Migration in the heart of the wild African jungle. Imagine a score of animals stampeding across while you sit your quarters observing their every move? At Serengeti National Park, all this and more is possible.You can also spot the mighty Nile crocodile at this park that can go up to 20 feet in size. The breath-takingviews of over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras storm across before your eyes in the yearly event, making this national park a perennial favourite for wildlife enthusiasts and one of the biggest events in the entire African continent.
14. Ubud, Bali
Known as an artisan’s town, Ubud boasts of vast tea plantations, rice paddies and a perennial sheet of green cover that extends well into the horizon. If serenity is all you seek on your travel, Ubud shall be the abode of your dreams. Sprinkled with interesting temples, local markets and some luxurious hotels and spas, Ubud is one of the most underrated places to visit in Asia. It is best explored on a bicycle, where you can cruise through the fields and capture some amazing nature pictures of little rivulets cutting through the dense green cover
15. Zakynthos, Greece
A lot less busy than the other sister islands of Mykonos and Santorini, Zakynthos is nothing short of paradise on earth. If your dream holidays are made of white sand and blue water beaches that are straight out of a postcard, Zakynthos should certainly feature at the top of your list. From beautiful scenery images to limestone cliffs, you are amidst nature in all its glory. While you can enjoy occasional water sports, what’s more inviting are the endangered Caretta Caretta turtles that nest here. You will sight many other endangered species of marine life in Zakynthos and neighbouring islands. Sink your teeth into some delicious local cuisines at family-run tavernas and live life Greek style!
16. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Who knew eroded sandstone could be so beautiful! Antelope Canyon is Arizona is a must-visit place for the natural curves and crevices created by water on these gorgeous slopes. This Canyon is divided into an upper and lower section, the upper being more accessible by foot and hence a more crowded tourist area. Don’t miss the red rock horseshoe bend for some beautiful scenery pictures and a view from up above downwards the cliff. If you are travelling with kids, don’t miss the Dinosaur Project for some fun moments and family memories! Although a tad out of the way, we wouldn’t miss it with a bunch of kids.
17. Banff National Park, Canada
Clearer blue water does not exist. Banff National Park in Canada is arguably one of themost beautiful places to visit in the world. Lake Louise is the crowning glory of this park that’s sprinkled with generous snow-capped mountains, wildlife, cosy villages and serenity like no other. This is also a really cool place to visit in terms of various activities for visitors that include snowshoeing, gondola rides, evening wildlife safaris, icewalks and day-treks across various waterfalls. There’s also the coveted ice bubble photography so keep a camera handy to click away!
18. Disko Bay, Greenland
Does your idea of a perfect vacation include deep-sea fishing, whale safari and a glacier cruise? Disko Bay should certainly feature in your bucket list in that case! Lodged into a deeper inlet of the Baffin Bay, Disko Bay is one of the most beautiful scenery images and a major tourist attraction for humble Greenland. Cruise across massive glaciers, enjoy quiet kayaking time and revel in the many gifts of the North Pole. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cool place to visit for those who are always looking for that added thrill and discovery on their vacations.
19. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Vietnam has been making it big on the global tourism scene and we are absolutely not surprised why! Tucked away in northeast Vietnam is Halong Bay, its emerald waters, limestone cliffs with you and your kayak making for a perfectly beautiful scenery picture. If you’re in the mood for a bit of thrill, there’s always scuba diving, rock climbing and other activities that await you. You can also hop onto a cruise along the Bay to soak in its beauty from all captures and enjoy your time on board.
20. Pamukkale, Turkey
When you think you Turkey, all most travellers picture is the hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia or the bustling markets of Istanbul. Well, there’s so much more to this gorgeous and diverse country that ought to be explored. The carbonate minerals left by the flowing river Menderes on white travertine terraces is a famous tourist attraction, where many travellers take a dip and soak in the healing properties of the warm waters. You know you are visiting one of the most beautiful landscapes if it has the UNESCO stamp on it.
21. Reykjavik, Iceland
This place ranks #1 on the Global Peace Index and with good reason. Not only is it the greenest place in the world, but it is also the safest and cleanest, making it one of the best places to travel to. This city has a score of museums, islands, churches, bustling night spots and blue water beaches, making it a vacation spot that has something in it for every kind of traveller. You can try the most exotic meats and seafood at Reykjavik and even some local specials that are not for the faint-hearted, such as Fljottoggott, which roughly translates to boiled sheep head.
22. Budapest, Hungary
Gyorgy Ligeti famously said, “If you go from Moscow to Budapest, you think you are in Paris.” Arguably the most captivating city that has retained its old-world charm like no other, Budapest is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Stroll across its many bridges, explore its various castles, squares and museums and relax in the Szechenyi Bath to truly soak in the soul of this exceptional city. The Budapest Opera House is a must-visit should you find yourself in this cultural capital of Europe.
23. Monaco, France
If you are a fan of all things fancy, Monaco will certainly garner your appreciation. Known as the playground of the millionaires, you will find the sovereign city-state of Monaco laced with the most luxurious cars, casinos, houses and a host of glamourous events that house the who’s who of the world. The Monaco Yacht Show attracts the affluent in a show of decorated yachts while the Monaco Grand Prix is a yearly event that sees the city’s roads turn into a race track. Monaco is part of the spectacular French Riviera and hence sports breath-taking views of the clear blue waters and beaches.
24. Pyeongchang, South Korea
Pyeongchang is best visited in winters with its snow-crusted alpine mountains and house cosy Buddhist temples and other sites of cultural significance. It is famous for its skiing festivals and events during winter time and, in fact, played host to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Odaesan National Park at Pyeongchangallows visitors to be at one with nature through fir tree trails, crystal clear waters and enjoyable treks. This park provides various opportunities to go clicking away so make sure you are ready to capture some amazing nature pictures.
- Namib Desert, Africa
This is the only desert in the world which is home to elephants. Located in southwestern Africa and expanding over parts of Namibia and Angola, The Namib desert is more than 50 million years old is referred to as the oldest desert in the world. What’s special to feast your eyes upon with regard to the Namib desert is its meeting point with the Atlantic ocean. Aside from that, the gorgeous red dunes called the Sossusvlei is certain to take your breath away.
- Cairo, Egypt
Step into this majestic country and Egypt and be ready to absorb history, architecture, art and culture in its strongest elements. From the Pyramids of Giza to the Great Sphinx, Cairo is a burst of history in vision. These pyramids and structures date back to the 26th century BC and are a real sight to witness. Head to the sprawling Egyptian Museum to see the mummified monkey. Visit the many mosques and soak in the soul of Cairo in the old city.
- Paro Valley, Bhutan
Tucked away between India and China, Bhutan is a tiny country and scores big globally. Not only does it rank #1 on the World Happiness Index, but it is also the only carbon negative country in the world. If you are looking for the best place to visit for serenity and calmness, you can go wrong with Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan is a cosy Buddhist monastery lodged atop a high cliff which offers an interesting and thrilling hiking opportunity for the adventure enthusiasts!
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The most famous piece of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, Bora Bora is luxury re-defined. The turquoise waters will ensure you sink into oceanic bliss at this gorgeous islands sprinkled with sand-fringed islets. Famous for scuba diving and the clearest waters accessible to man, you can go underwater and marvel at the beautiful coral reefs found here. Luxury cottages on stilts amidst the spectacular waters are all you could ask for from one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
- Stonehenge, Amesbury, England
If only monuments could speak, there would be so much they could tell us about the life and times of our ancestors! But, thanks to the architectural marvels like Stonehenge, a lot can be learnt about the pre-historic ageand their way of life. The Stonehenge helps us understand the Bronze Age and the Neolithic Age and their conduct of ceremonies, mortuaries and other activities of religious significance. Despite various archaeological understandings and inferences of the Stonehenge, it is still a monument that is considered mysterious in its significance and use during the pre-historic times.
- Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
A gift to our eyes from the ancient lakes is the Salar De Uyuni, a large flat salt surface that is famously known as the world’s largest mirror. This salt flat spans a massive 4.086 square miles and is so clear during the rainy season that it is used to calibrate satellites. Truly a breath-taking sight, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the worldand the crowning glory of Bolivian tourism.
- Reed Flute Caves, China
These natural limestone caves are one of the most beautiful places in China that you can visit. Also known as the “Palace of Natural Arts”, the limestone caves are over a mighty 180 million years old and are highlighted with a host of multi-coloured lighting creating a spectacle that will have you spellbound. Made from the long-term erosion and carbonate deposits on the limestone, the Reed Flute Caves are not certainly an underrated tourist spot in China that only a true travel connoisseur will appreciate.
- The Great Ocean Road, Australia
“Driving to the edge of the world”, haven’t we all seen this phrase across many Australian tourism advertisements? Well, it is The Great Ocean Road of Australia of course! A 243-kilometre stretch spanning across Allansford to Torquay in Victoria, Australia, there’s a lot you can see and do on this scenic drive besides clicking some beautiful scenery images. The Twelve Apostles, The Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands are just some of the many beautiful spots along this scenic drive.
- Dargavs, Russia
Often referred to as the ‘City of the Dead’, Dargavs is a mysterious town located in the southern part of Russia. it is filled with tombs or crypts of people who lived in this town, buried over the years in a particular spot for reasons unknown. This town is located between the Caucasus mountains and many people have refused to visit the city out of fear that they may not return alive. A three-hour drive through some winding roads can get a brave traveller to this spot. Would you be brave enough to make the journey?
- Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo is a small town located in southern New Zealand. What makes this scarcely populated spot special is the fact that it is perfect for stargazing. Awarded the UNESCO Dark Sky reserve, lake Tekapo proudly displays a milky turquoise colour that comes from the ground glacier at the bottom. Splashed with a generous supply of purple flora, lake Tekapo is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, as underrated and as limited it may be in its adulation. The serenity at this spot is indeed unparalleled.
- Venice, Italy
There’s no place like Venice in this world, and there’s no other Venice in this world. Spend your time at leisure at this gorgeous lagoon town famously known as the City of Canals. Travel by the petite gondolas and soak in the beauty of the local attractions. The Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and a host of other bridges and spots. Do park yourself on one of the many scenic restaurants that offer a host of Venetian treats including the Risi I Bisi. Head to this UNESCO Heritage Site mid-spring to enjoy the beauty of Venice in all its revelry.
- The Great Blue Hole, Belize
What’s round, big and in the middle of the sea? The Great Blue Hole, of course! This underwater sink hole is not just one of the most coveted spots for diving, it also holds a rich and diverse range of reefs sharks, blacktip sharks and a lot of other marine life. It is the largest natural formation of its kind and is located just off the coast of Belize. If you are fascinated by the many things the oceanic world has to offer, this certainly is one of the most beautiful landscapes you must have on your travel list!
- Niagara Falls, USA
What’s not to love about the Niagara Falls? Whether observed from the Canadian side or the American side, this mighty natural waterfall is certainly a treat to the eyes. We cannot possibly not include this marvel in any list of the must-visit places in the world! What many tourists and appreciators of this geological wonder do not know is that these falls are also a major source of hydraulic power and actually comprise of 3 waterfalls. If you find yourself in the US and are wondering to yourself, “Which are the most beautiful places near me?”, we are sure half the population would echo in unison, The Niagara!
- Tianzi Mountains, China
Located in the Hunan Province of China, the Tianzi Mountains have formed over 400 million years ago from quartz sandstone. This scenic spot is famous for some stunning peaks, some of which are thrilling and challenging trekking spots. Most hikers go all the way to get some gorgeous pictures of their surroundings. What most visitors enjoy at the Tianzi, making it one of the most beautiful places in China, is the absolutely breath-taking cable car ride across peaks of the Tianzi Mountains.
- Glacier National Park, USA
Located on the US-Canada border, the Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the US. Enveloped by glacier-carved peaks that make for perfect hiking trails. Cushioned between these mountains is a Hidden Lake that is a photographers’ delight! Pay this naturally beautiful spot a visit in the warm summer months of July – September to enjoy it to the fullest. You could drive down the Doing-To-The-Sun road at this time of the year and bask in the breath-taking views of the Glacier National Park.
- Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan
The towering green bamboo stalks make for perfect scenery at the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan. In Fact, this forest is so prized to Japanese tourism and the government that the sounds of swaying bamboo have been registered as a government recognised sound. The canopy-like tall bamboos block out the bustling city noise, leaving you in absolute serenity and greenery. Stroll through the many pathways and amaze at these gorgeous plants enveloping over you.
- Colosseum, Rome
If anything to do with history and architecture catches your fancy, surely the Roman Empire is one of your areas of interest. And what better way to learn of it than the Colosseum. Set up as an arena for entertainment and gladiatorial contests, this jewel of history doesn’t fail to captivate human minds even today. Strolling through the various alleys and passages of this majestic monument can never satiate your need to know more about life during and after 72 A.D.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
The mystic city of old Copenhagen blends perfectly with the contemporary nightlife and bustling nature of an urban city. At Copenhagen, don’t miss the Tivoli Gardens even if you aren’t a fan of roller coaster rides. Seldom will you see a theme park that so naturally retains the 19th-century charm. Stroll down the street of Stroget, visit Copenhagen’s National Museum and botanical gardens. Don’t forget to relish some local cuisine and explore the many famous nightlife spots at this intriguing city.
- Leh, India
Fancy riding or driving on the highest motorable road in the world? That’s what Leh has to offer and so much more. This unexplored jewel of India’s tourism has only just gained precedence as a global travel destination over the last couple of decades. From and cosy blend of Indian and Tibetan culture, breath-taking views and truly spectacular weather, Lehwill not fall short of spell-binding any traveller. Sink your teeth into some local cuisine such as momos, thukpa, tapu and butter tea.
- Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Imagine a circle of gorgeous snow-capped mountains and a scenic calm lake at the centre of this visual? We’re talking about the breath-taking Lake Lucerne. Laced with cosy little houses and a town that’s famous for its cuckoo clocks, Lucerne is a central town in Switzerland that garners tourists all year round. You can access Mount Pilates, Interlaken and many other famous spots of Switzerland from this humble town. Stroll through the streets of this historic town and dine in its many cosy cafes to absorb its historic core and culture.
- Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Built primarily for the protection of the mountain gorillas, the gorilla trek is one of the most sought after experiences at this national park. Located in the Nile-Congo watershed area, This park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-do if you love to appreciate animals in their natural habitat. Aside from the mighty gorilla, you can spot African elephants, the Ugandan kob, Nile crocodile, a flurry of birds and a generous spread of lions.
- Lake Mansarovar, Tibet
One of the holiest and cleaned lakes in the world, Lake Mansarovaris a perfect blend of culture and beauty. This freshwater lake off Mount Kailash is a religious abode for various religious groups including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. It is believed that drinking the water of this lake and bathing in it relieves one of all their sins. The highest freshwater lake in the world, Mansarovar paints a scenic image with calm blue waters, snow-capped mountains and pleasant weather.
This is certainly one of the most beautiful islands in the world! Located in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is known for its biodiversity in both flora and fauna. There are some animals and plants here that are found nowhere else in the world. Aside from this, you can also soak in the beauty of The Avenue of Baobabs where houses a line of these rather intriguing trees along the pathway. Interestingly, what most tourists may not know is that Madagascar is also an ideal spot for diving and snorkelling thanks to its many gorgeous beaches.
- Lofoten, Norway
Best visited in June-July, the archipelago offers tourists breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains, scenic beaches and untouched waters. Lofoten is a paradise for adrenaline junkies with a host of activities awaiting them including diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and hiking among others. Despite its high altitude, Lofoten enjoyed pleasant temperatures during certain seasons of the year, making for a perfect tourist spot for those seeking a peek into the splendour of the Arctic circle.
- Tulip Fields, Netherlands
This gorgeous sheet of millions of tulips is a sought-after sight by the entire world. The Netherlands sees many tourists around April just to visually soak in this spectacle of a symphony of colours. You can spot them in Amsterdam, Lisse and Noordoostpolder among a few other spots. This is a sight you will see nowhere else in the world so we suggest you do equal justice to your eyes and the camera! It is these gorgeous babies that Netherlands gifts to Canada every year as a goodwill gesture for their help during World War II.
- Matterhorn, Switzerland
This mighty mountain between Switzerland and Italy is the most-photographed mountain in the world! Accessible from Zermatt in Switzerland, Matterhorn is a pyramid-shaped mountain that has four ‘faces’. Due to avalanches, this mountain is not the ideal hiking destination, although it houses a cable car station that is the highest of its kind in Europe. Getting to this spot can earn you some of the most visually appealing pictures you could possibly take in your entire life!
A marvellous place that our world is, there is certainly no dearth of breath-taking views, gorgeous seas, rich architectures or places of cultural abode. Our list is merely an attempt to encapsulate a little of every realm of the world’s magnificence in a few words for all that’s there to be explored, discovered and witnessed!