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This wonderful, wide world is blessed with a preponderance of perfect, picture-postcard views. As travel begins to start again we are even more aware of how little time we have to try to see it all. To help you with your must-see list, here are 29 beautiful views you must experience in your lifetime.  

Beautiful Views You Must See

1.  The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The famous Great Barrier Reef is vast and can actually be seen from outer space. It includes almost 3,000 reefs and encompasses roughly 350,000 square kilometers along the coast of Queensland and is stunning both from land and under the water. Here you will find dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and thousands of species of fish too.

2.  Llyn Llydaw, Wales

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Llyn Llydaw is Welsh for Brittany Lake. It is an impressive natural lake found in striking Snowdonia National Park along the flanks of Snowden. While the view of Mount Snowden’s peak is impressive by itself, it was actually the squiggly, skinny lake that was voted “the UK’s best view.” Surrounded by the previously-mentioned mountains, it is nestled between verdant valleys. The lake is also famous for its connection to King Arthur’s legendary Lady of the Lake.

3.  The Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one reason why people have left their hearts there. The rust-red lines and curves of this classic man-made structure are both beautiful and bold. Indeed, looking at it from any distance or angle is a memorable experience. The Golden Gate Bridge is nothing short of a marvel in engineering and complements the city.  

4.  Supertree Grove, Singapore

Highlights here include 12 Supertrees, surreal sculptures, and the OCBC Skyway which is 128 meters in length. The sculptures are part of the popular Gardens by the Bay. The conservatories here are filled with beautiful blooms and lush plants.  

The “trees” themselves are actually between 25 and fifty meters tall. They are illuminated at night. This adds a new dimension not only to them but to the entire cityscape of Singapore. 

5.  Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

The hoodoos and pinnacles that rise up out of the memorable landscape of this noteworthy national park in the southwestern part of the state are nigh mystifying. These apricot and cream rock formations are awesome, especially the popular amphitheater you should see from famous Inspiration Point. As previously reported, the best time to visit this park is actually from the month of December through February. 

6.  The Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

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This is essentially a distinctive row of striking fat-bottomed baobab trees. Located on a rugged dirt road between Belon’i Tsiribihina and Morondava in the western portion of the isle, they are said by some to be both beguiling and bizarre. These mighty centuries-old trees can grow to be approximately 30 meters tall. They are arguably photographed almost as much as the island nation’s tangerine-eyed lemurs.  

7.  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Zambia

This thundering, towering waterfall found on the Zambezi River is undeniably incredible. It straddles Zambia and Zimbabwe and features cascades over 108 meters tall and 1,700 meters wide. This natural wonder is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. It is also reportedly the loudest. Additionally, it creates such a noticeable cloud of mist that the local Kalolo-Lozi people christened it Mosi-oa-Tunya, (or in English “The Smoke That Thunders”).

8.  Milford Sound, New Zealand

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You will discover the fjord known as Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island. It is nestled amidst waterfalls and verdant rainforest. Here you may spot dolphins, penguins, and seals. Take in the view of the nearby mountains too, such as the Instagrammable Mitre Peak, which undoubtedly dominates the striking shores. You might even like rainy days here as they create a group of lovely albeit temporary waterfalls that flow down the massive mountain slopes.

9.  The White Sands National Monument, USA

The highlight of this huge national park found in Tularosa Basin in New Mexico is the impressive, rolling sand dunes. Veteran visitors say that they are so white you almost expect the ground to be cold–especially if you see other travelers sledding down these stunning slopes. These sand dunes dip and curve almost endlessly. In reality, they cover an area of 275 square miles between the Sacramento and San Andres mountain ranges.

10.  The Tower Bridge, England

There are a number of different iconic landmarks in the city of London. It also includes a few well-known bridges spanning the renowned River Thames too. The famous Tower Bridge is a Gothic Revival–style suspension bridge. Ground was broken in 1886 and it was completed in 1894. Experts say it is one of the most photographed and famous bridges in the world. Its pair of towers and striking pastel blue cables give the area an almost “fairy-tale quality” as well.

11.  The Cloud Gate, USA

Regular readers know there’s a lot to see in Chicago, Illinois from the towering skyscrapers to blue Lake Michigan. Yet what tops the sightseeing list is undoubtedly the bean-shaped sculpture by artist Sir Anish Kapoor. It was officially christened Cloud Gate but many know it by its nickname: The Bean. It is perhaps the most famous landmark in popular Millennium Park. Cloud Gate presents a striking, gleaming image backdropped by some of the major metropolis’ most well-known buildings, as its mirrored surface brilliantly captures the Chicago cityscape.

12.  Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Salar de Uyuni is more than barren, it is surreal, even lunar-like. It covers an area of 12,000 square kilometers with crunchy, alabaster salt and rock formations. This unique, desert-like landscape is essentially the remains of an ancient, prehistoric lake that dried out long ago.  

13.  The Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park is located in Northern Ethiopia. It is the largest national park in the country. The Park is highlighted by nigh undulating, green mountains, monkey-filled meadows, and other lovely landscapes. It is home to easy-to-spot endemic gelada monkeys, Ethiopian wolves, and curved-horned ibex as well.

14.  The Grand Canyon South Rim, USA

Travel to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It is here you will find the vast, world-famous Grand Canyon. If you aren’t that energetic, but still want to enjoy the view, then the South Rim is thought by some to be “the best” place to do so. This immense valley is even more impressive at sunrise when the area is awash with pink and lilac.

15.  Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra is located in southern Jordan near the mountain of Jebel al-Madhbah. It is known by numerous names including the Lost City, Pink City, and Rose City. The latter two reference the color of the sandstone there, while the former was given to the place because it was actually unknown to the modern world until some time in 1812.   

16.  Douro Valley, Portugal

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The vineyards in the distinctive Douro Valley are a prime example of a blend of natural and man-made beauty. Nestled in the hillsides, they are perfect proof that the practical can be pretty. The terraces here are cut into the vertiginous banks of the mighty River Douro, tempering the terra firma to grow the great grapes that are used to produce the area’s exceptional red and port wines.

17.  Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia

You will find this perfectly preserved medieval city stretching out into the Adriatic Sea and backdropped by brash limestone mountains. This 13th-century UNESCO-protected place is highlighted by honey and apricot-tinted rooftops and surprisingly wide, marble roads. From the enclosing thick stone walls, visitors can take in clear views in any direction of the sapphire seas and nearby islands.

18.  The Thermal Pools, Turkey

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The thermal pools in the town of Pamukkale in western Turkey are nothing short of gorgeous. The shimmering turquoise and bright white hues are heavenly. See the terrific travertine terraces complete with staggered steps that lead down the side of the mountain. They were created over millennia by limestone deposits from the popular natural hot springs, which overflow and form the milky-blue pools found there.

19.  Lake Bled, Slovenia

Regular readers may recognize this church on the island on this lake. Lovely Lake Bled is located in the resort town Lake Bled. In the center of the lake is an islet. Its most recognizable feature is the well-known medieval Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Also known as the “Lady of the Lake,” its tower can be seen peeping through the tall trees there. Backdropped by both the Karawanks Mountains and the Julian Alps, it presents a dramatic, fairytale-like scene.

20.  The Great Wall Of China, China

This is the longest man-made structure on the planet. It spans a distance of 20,000 kilometers, snaking through mountains, forests, and even rivers. This series of connected fortresses were constructed between 701 BC and 1644 A.D. Like the previously-mentioned Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China can also be seen from space.

21.  Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake is a caldera basin that was the result of a collapsing volcano that was later filled by snowmelt and rain. Today it is officially known as America’s deepest lake. It reaches a maximum depth of 1,963 feet. The lake is often shrouded by fog which only makes it more beautiful when the fog clears.  

22.  The Mayan Ruins, Mexico

While Mexico’s Caribbean coast includes a number of Mayan archaeological sites, perhaps the most fascinating are those found in Tulum. This walled city from the 1200s is perched on a blunt bluff overlooking the ocean. It certainly presents a dramatic image posed against the turquoise water and pale-sand beaches.

23.  Mount Fuji, Japan

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There’s a lot to see in Japan. Nevertheless, veteran visitors agree that cherry blossoms aside, one of the most classic, iconic views is the picture-perfect peak of massive Mount Fuji. Its snow-capped top seems nearly symmetrical. While in Fujiyoshida, go to the Chureito Pagoda to see the famous peak.   

24.  The Taj Mahal, India

The magnificent Taj Mahal is situated on the Yamuna River’s south bank in Agra. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this amazing white marble mausoleum for an emperor’s wife was erected between 1632 and 1648. Surrounded by manicured gardens and a reflecting pool, it features ornate carvings, minarets, and ivory domes.  

25.  Machu Picchu, Peru

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Regular readers will recognize this exciting archaeological site. This was a citadel constructed by the ancient Incans back in the 1400s and then for no known reason–soon abandoned. This network of agricultural terraces and dry-stone walls carved into this mysterious mountaintop site is found amidst the well-known Andean peaks. The view comes complete with alpacas and llamas grazing on the nearby slopes.

26.  Bagan, Myanmar

The ancient city and official UNESCO World Heritage Site Bagan is known to some as a “town of temples” and is reportedly shrouded in mystery. Between the 1000s and 1200s, it was the ancient Bagan Kingdom’s capital. Today this noteworthy archaeological site sits along the Ayeyarwady River in the central plain of Myanmar includes golden temples, sculptures, and monasteries worthy of any museum.

27.  The Lavender Fields, France

The US has New England fall foliage, Japan has cherry blossoms, and Provence, in southern France, has its lovely lavender fields. Visit in the summer and see the fields and farmlands blooming in oceans of lilac, magenta, and violet. Even the air has a noticeable infusion of a floral scent.

28.  Moraine Lake, Canada

The beauty of the glacially-fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park fluctuates according to the sunlight and the specific time of day. It can be a milky turquoise, an icy blue, or a soft teal. This colorful body of water is framed by pine trees and mountains. During the winter and even early spring, the frozen floes under the surface make it even more striking.

29.  The Blue Rooftops, Greece

While there is much to see in Greece, nothing better represents the beauty of this place than Santorini Island’s blue domes and rooftops. Let’s not forget the famous whitewashed buildings found in the clifftop village of Oia, perched above the Aegean Sea, whose azure tint complements the rooftops.

  

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