The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge cut by the Colorado River over the last 5,000 years that is steep, one mile deep, and up to 18 miles wide.
Its sheer magnitude is amazing, and while even from the best vantage point you can only view a small section of it, its geology and age pique the interest.
The colorful strata of rock show the passage of time, with some of the rocks at the bottom dating back 1,8 billion years.
There’s a lot of life growing on the canyon’s steep sides, and you’ll see more of it if you hike the northern rim paths, which are also less popular.
Yavapai Observation Station and Mary Colter’s Lookout S are two of the most popular vistas.
2. Shark Bay, Australia
Shark Bay was formed prior to the discovery by Captain Cook of every land in Botany Bay and the 17th century saw Dutch explorers here touching.
The landscape is varied, and the beach is composed completely of little white shells, stromatolites along the banks of the Hamelin Pool and the Useless Loop salt mine that produces the purest grade of salt in the world and can only be accessed four by four, and can only be seen from the sky.
3. Venice, Italy
If you sound terribly touristy around the canals with a stripped Gondolier, stay at the flatbeds and stunning arched bridges to fill this absolutely unique, wildly enchanting floating metropolis.
4. Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia is the most popular and probably the most attractive of all the charming settlements on the Greek island in Santorini, situated above a cliff with a fantastic view of the Palea, Nea Kameni, and the Thirassia Island.
It is only approximately 11 km from Fira. Oia will charm you with its classic stone buildings, stunning blue-dominated churches, and sunbathed verandas, to the north of the island.
5. Machu Picchu
The breathtaking architecture of the ancient terraced city, as well as the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, will take your breath away (as might the nearly 8,000-foot elevation.)
6. Ha Long Bay – Vietnam
Ha Long Bay is a spectacular natural wonder in Vietnam’s extreme north, near the Chinese border.
This magnificent landscape may be familiar to you from the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
7. The Colosseum – Italy
In the Italian capital of Rome you may visit various sites, but do not miss the chance to explore the unique Coliseum.
The huge arena was the venue of the emperor’s gladiator contests. An awesome experience!
8. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls was called by Queen Victoria Explorer David Livingstone on the Zambezi River and on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
However, the native African name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, the ‘Smoke, Thunders,’ is considerably more evocative than the immense spray and roaring caused by the Falls.
The Falls are twice the height of Niagara Falls, having a wide 1,700 meters and a depth of 108 meters. The savannah, full of rhinos, hippos, and lions, is encircled by them.
9. Djemaa el Fna, Morocco
Djemaa el Fna tells you you are in Africa, the most interesting city on the planet. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, tellers of stories, date merchants, and orange juice dealers set up their booths in the sleepy heat of the afternoon in the heart of the old city of Marrakech.
When evening falls, tribal drummers, ladyboy dancers, and cellar restaurateurs provide wonderful grilled meats, brown food, and salad when the smoke rises over their stalls till midnight.
10. Sossusvlei Dunes & Deadvlei, Namibia
Silence can’t be captured in words in Sossuvlei. The east side of the dunes is illuminated as the sun rises, while the west is shadowed.
The dunes are also an iconic and photogenic site for the sunrise when the silence appears to endure forever.
11. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro is a dormant volcano that has drawn a large number of wildlife species to its crater floor.
The vistas from the crater rim are breathtaking, while game drives inside the crater reveal a startling and pleasant range of habitats to visitors.
12. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramid of King Cheops, the most famous of the constructions at Giza, outside Cairo, was built approximately 2650 BC from 2.5 million limestone stones. Its north, south, east, and west sides are all perfectly aligned.
Cheops’ son erected the Chephren pyramid, which is similar in size and incorporates the entrances to a burial chamber that still houses King Chephren’s massive granite sarcophagus.
Mycerinus’ pyramid is smaller than both of them, and they are all encircled by lesser pyramids and dozens of graves.
13. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes is a magical world of the living, moving water and ancient forests, 16 seas, bounded by waterfalls, natural and man-made bridges, and a surrounding of 300 square kilometers of bear, wolves, bears, and birds.
It’s located about halfway between the Croatian capital Zagreb and Zadar on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
14. Taj Mahal – India
The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the most glamorous tomb in the world and India’s most popular destination. We know also why, as this is more than a spectacular place!
The white marble symmetrical structure shines out from the beautiful azure sky. A visit to the city of Agra is a must if you are in India.
15. Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Don’t leave Cambodia’s magnificent land without visiting the City of Temples, an extensive archeological complex with many ancient temples and monuments.
16. Gashaka Gumti National Park – Nigeria
The Gashaka Gumti National Park covers over 6,000 km2, a vast and breathtaking area at every turn of the country in the far southeast.
The game is famous for its winding rivers (some of which also become sometimes outstanding shows of roaring waterfalls) and riparian habitats, where rare avian species like the red-found lovebird are present. It was created in 1991 after the fusion of two major Nigerian gay reserves.
However, on the floor, gold cats and elephants from Africa are expected to be with you. Chimps also swing in forest trees while buffalos pepper holes to water.
17. Idanre Hills
Near a former town atop a hill in the metropolis of Idanre Akure, in Ondo State, Idanre Hills is located. Take 682 steps to reach the summit of the hill and relax with your family in the wonderful landscape of the city.
18. Pamukkale, Turkey
Put all the infinity pools that you ever saw shame on these snow-white natural hot springs with views of the surrounding city of Denizli.
Pamukkale also houses the spectacular remnants of the ancient Roman spa town of Hierapolis on top of a lovely soak, where you can be bathed in the columns of the centuries.
19. St Petersburg – Russia
For two centuries, the city served as Russia’s imperial capital, and it is rich in grand architecture and historic art, as well as being a leader in performing arts.
In mid-June, the sun never fully sets, making the evenings hazy grey.
A visit to the State Hermitage, one of the world’s best museums, is a must, and seeing the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake, at the Mariinsky Theatre is an evening well spent.
20. Paris, France
This is a city that never sleeps, with its striking architecture, grand boulevards, world-class art, jewel-box patisseries, and classic places to stay.
Its unrivaled food scene is best experienced by the chance discovery of corner bistros down cobblestone streets.
There are so many incredible places to visit around the world that we couldn’t possibly include them all in this list of the World’s Most Beautiful Places.
However, from the rocky Grand Canyon in the United States to vast, multi-colored hills in Nigerian National Park, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the epic Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, it’s difficult to pick a favorite – but why?