Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

If you’re looking to add some of the most beautiful places in the world to your bucket list, check out these 18 stunning locations around the planet.

With the wide range of stunning and awe-inspiring locations that span the planet, it is no surprise that many of us have bucket lists devoted to exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Even though there is no definitive definition of what makes a place truly beautiful, these select sites around the globe always seem to captivate, take one’s breath away, and make for an unforgettable experience. From ocean breezes and majestic mountain ranges to ancient city ruins and lush forests, each place has its own unique beauty that makes it stand out from all the rest.

Some of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam

Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Hạ Long Bay is located in the northeast of Vietnam and an hour away from Hanoi; this majestic destination consists of thousands of jagged limestone islands emerging out of a bright emerald sea, forming a stunning landscape like no other. It’s not difficult to see why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, as its breathtaking beauty never fails to leave you mesmerized and longing for more.

Whether you take part in exciting activities such as island cruising and kayaking or explore it from afar by visiting any of the numerous viewpoints on the surrounding mountains, Hạ Long Bay is most definitely worth a visit.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the heart of Croatia. The park has 16 interconnected lakes along pathways and bridges featuring cascading waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation. Whether you take a leisurely stroll through the park’s trails or opt for an exciting adventure touring its unique caves and lucent turquoise waters, you’ll be left with warm memories that will last a lifetime.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Victoria Falls, located on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, has thrilled visitors for centuries. At nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. It is also home to numerous adventure activities and gorgeous views, making it an ideal destination for thrill seekers and photographers. From bungee jumping off a bridge over the Zambezi River to white water rafting through Batoka Gorge, adventurers are sure to find something that piques their interest.

Zhangjiajie National Forest, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China is one of the world’s most beautiful natural places to explore. Its stunning scenery takes on a mystical quality with its stacked rocks, deep ravines, and lush forests. With its 4,000 pillar-like mountain peaks reaching 3,000 feet above sea level, these gorgeous views have become popular among tourists after being featured in the movie Avatar.

Kenai Fjords, Alaska, US

Kenai Fjords, Alaska, US

In the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park is a mountainous terrain with deep fjords situated 120 miles south of Anchorage. During a visit to Kenai Fjords you can explore serene settings teeming with wildlife like humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and more than 29 species of birds. From hikes through nature trails and majestic snow-capped peaks to kayaking crystal blue waters filled with native wildlife, there is no shortage of amazing sights and activities in this stunning landscape.

Seychelles, East Africa

Paradise Island, Seychelles East Africa

Often considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, Seychelles is formed out of 115 islands, providing a truly captivating underwater oasis. Its breathtaking shorelines and sugar-white sands offer a relaxing, natural retreat; while fishing boats act as a reminder to the diverse culture of the archipelago. With its year-round warm climate, snorkeling, lovely beach resorts and luxury hotels, it’s easy to see why Seychelles continues to be named one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, a picturesque Austrian village wedged between two lakes and surrounded by the Austrian Alps, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Every corner of its cobblestone streets and ancient buildings painted in bright pastel colors seem to speak its centuries-old history. Surrounded by crystal clear lakes and breathtaking Alpine vistas, the tiny fairytale village charms visitors from around the world with its traditional wooden cottages, Baroque style architecture and cobblestone paths

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Located on the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are an impressive sight to behold, stretching 5 miles and reaching a staggering 700 feet high. The air is sea-scented, the green hills stunningly contrasted by a deep blue sea, with creamy seabirds soaring above. Looking out to sea from the top of the steep rocks offers breathtaking views as far as Galway Bay and the Aran Islands in one direction and even towards Northern Ireland on clear days.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

The Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind sight. Standing vertically against the horizon, this set of baobab trees has been estimated to tower at around 80 feet, with ages of possibly 800 years. Most of them are fat and smooth, as if they had seen a lifetime’s worth of stories.

Their branches stretch out from their trunks and reach high into the sky, creating an unforgettable experience for anyone who passes by. Long regarded as a sacred site for Madagascar’s people, it goes without saying that any visit to this legendary site will be unlike any other.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Pichu, Peru

Nestled high in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is a stunning sight. It was constructed by the Inca civilization around 1450 AD as an underground city and remained an exciting mystery to this day. You can explore its terraces, temples, and complexes that reveal an intriguing past. From the ancient citadel’s renowned Sun Gate, you can take in stunning views of mist-shrouded mountains and lush green valleys. Machu Picchu is truly a remarkable place to visit.

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Located in southwestern Turkey, Pamukkale is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. This stunning landscape is known for its cascading white terraces created by mineral-rich natural springs. The terraced basins filled with thermal water have formed over time, creating a wonderful site called the “Cotton Castle” due to its similarity to a small fortress made of cotton billowing in the wind.

You can relax in the thermal waters or explore an ancient Roman spa located at Hierapolis, built alongside Pamukkale thousands of years ago. Those looking for adventure can hike up the mountains and soak in breathtaking views over the entire basin. For many travelers, a visit to Pamukkale is an unforgettable experience that will stay with them forever.

Patagonia, Argentina/Chile

Patagonia

Patagonia is an increasingly popular travel destination for those seeking opportunities for adventure and exploration. Located primarily in Argentina and Chile, Patagonia features some of the most unique landscapes on the planet. From glacier-capped mountains to ancient forests, you can find all kinds of incredible sights in this rugged terrain.

Popular activities include trekking, horseback riding, boat tours, fishing, and much more. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Patagonia promises to deliver an unforgettable journey unlike any other place on earth.

Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park, located in Alberta, Canada, offers stunning scenery and diverse wildlife experiences, making it a popular destination for nature lovers, hikers, and photographers. Surrounded by majestic mountains, lush valleys, tranquil lakes, and thundering waterfalls, Banff National Park offers hiking trails that take you through its most incredible landscapes.

There are endless activities, from backcountry skiing to fishing and mountaineering. If you’re looking for an exciting Canadian adventure – take a trip to Banff National Park – where you can genuinely experience Mother Nature at its very finest!

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of the most unique. This mesmerizing site was created 40,000 years ago when two pre-historic lakes merged. With its vast blanket of white salt and mirror-like texture, you’ll be mesmerized by the reflections created by the sky and clouds.

During certain times of the year, this dream-like landscape transforms into a pink lake filled with flamingos, creating an even more captivating place to explore. And, adventurous souls are able to explore its salt fields that remain entirely untouched.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

The Amalfi Coast, in southern Italy, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. With its towering cliffs dotted with colorful villas, pristine beaches, lush vineyards and picturesque fishing towns, it’s hard not to be swept away by its beauty and charm.

From savoring the fresh seafood on a terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea or taking in breathtaking views from atop the hillsides, there are plenty of unforgettable experiences on the Amalfi Coast. No wonder travelers have been descending upon this coastal gem for centuries; once you set foot on its cobblestone streets you ,can’t help but be mesmerized!

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, located along the coast of Australia, is truly a sight to behold. Often seen as one of the most beautiful places in the world, this natural wonder offers many breathtaking views. From lush coral gardens, richly-colored sea life, and warm tropical waters, the sweeping beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience unique to Australia that stretches over 1,400 miles.

Whether you are looking to take up scuba diving and embark on a tremendous maritime journey or prefer just exploring its islands from afar with a luxurious boat ride, there is much to be experienced at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

With its white and blue Cycladic buildings, sparkling crystal-clear waters, black sandy beaches, and dynamic volcanic landscape, Santorini, Greece is a stunning popular bucket list destination. Its romantic sunset views from Oia village will take your breath away with its panoramic ocean backdrop. This Greek island can be explored by boat during an unforgettable adventure through hidden bays and nearby islands.

Andaman Islands, India

Havelock Island, Andaman, India

The Andaman Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal in India, rank among some of the most beautiful places in the world. The island chain boasts 137 coral islands, over 500 vibrant plant species, and wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, wild pigs, and macaques.

Vacationers flock to the islands for their picture-perfect beaches, blue seas, and bountiful marine life like whales, dolphins, and beautiful corals. Adventure-seekers will relish kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat rides, while more relaxed types can head to the beach and revel in the views.

Visiting the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Visiting the most beautiful places in the world can be both a captivating and enlightening experience. Exploring these enchanting locations beyond simply taking pictures can expand one’s cultural understanding and appreciation for other communities and ways of life. Not only do they offer visual splendor, but they also provide tangible takeaways to make us more knowledgeable, creative, and appreciative people.

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Bucket List: 18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World
Alexandrea Sumuel

Alexandrea Sumuel is a travel writer and the founder of Wander With Alex, where she provides vacationers and travel enthusiasts with trip ideas, travel guides, news, and itineraries. She travels to experience, eat, and explore-- and, on occasion, escape! Alex’s mission is to help people travel easier.