20 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

We’ve all come across some photos that have done something special to us. They steal our breath, arrest our gaze, and in the end inspire us to get off the couch, save up some money, and get out into the world.  Here is a collection of photos of places that – I think – are among the most beautiful in the world.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA

Multnomah Falls, one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto courtesy of Scott Wood Photography

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by caseorganic on Flickr

Goldingen, Switzerland

Goldingen, Switzerland - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by Hedonoikos on Flickr

Petra, Jordan

The Petra Treasury - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by Antoine Taveneaux on Wikimedia

When I think of inspiration through images nothing comes to mind better than National Geographic. I can’t tell you how many times I paged through that magazine, almost never bothering to read the stories but always checking the pictures. Their photographers are regarded as de facto for the industry, and the photos they take tell a story as well as any journalist.

The Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Monasteries of Meteora, Greece - one of the most beautiful places on earthPhoto by Marina & Enrique on Flickr

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, Taiwan

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan - one of the most beautiful sights in the world

Photo by kitleong on Flickr

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by Photo Solo Jam on Flickr

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan, China

Rice Terraces in YunnanPhoto by Bethan on Flickr

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USAPhoto by dave_hensley on Flickr

Mount Kukenán, Venezuela

Mount Kukenan, VenezuelaPhoto by gwenger.de on Flickr

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan

Tiger's Nest Monastery, BhutanPhoto by rajkumar1220 on Flickr

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by Simon & Vicki on Flickr

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia - one of the most beautiful places on earthPhoto by Sobrecroacia on Flickr

I think the end-goal of any good photographer is to captivate and inspire. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted painfully yearned to learn more about our beautiful planet because of Nat Geo’s amazing images. Hopefully some of the photos in this list will awaken that spark in you, and you get out there and have your own adventure.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South AfricaPhoto by DiscoverWithAndy

Pictured Rocks, Michigan, USA

Pictured Rocks, MichiganPhoto by Odalaigh on Flickr

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff, Alberta, CanadaPhoto by simsbury119 on Flickr

Namibia

Namibia SunsetPhoto by enricod on Flickr

Khaju Bridge, Iran

Khaju Bridge, Iran - one of the most beautiful places in the worldPhoto by Hamed Saber on Flickr

Xing Ping, Guilin, China

Xing Ping, Guillin, China - one of the most beautiful places on earthPhotos on il.irenelee on Flickr

I hope you like what I’ve picked,  and that they inspire you to be a participant in the world and not just an observer. I’d love to know what you think of them, and if I missed something you think must be in the list.

Comments

  1. Wow, I agree, these are beautiful destinations!

  2. I’m glad that you like my photo of Dubrovnik;)
    Mario, sobrecroacia.com

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Tuscany looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to go there. And I’ve heard amazing things about Croatia. But I’d like to put Scotland in your running:
    From Scotland!!!

  4. Elizabeth says:
    • I definitely agree, Scotland looks like a very amazing place. I actually have a dream trip there of mountain biking across the place, stopping at different distilleries along the way. We’ll see if it every comes to fruition, but I’m certainly hoping so!

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  6. I love reading through an article that will make men and women think.
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