50 of the best views in the world


Slide 1 of 51: The world is filled with natural wonders, parks, and ancient monuments that make for spectacular views.Iceland's Reynisfjara black-sand beach is an incredible sight to behold.Lake Tekapo in New Zealand is known for being a spectacular spot for stargazing.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.It's no secret that our planet is pretty incredible.From ancient archaeological sites to natural features like canyons and cliffs, just about every corner of the world offers special spots. Greece is home to idyllic pink-sand beaches, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt flat offers stunning optical illusion-esque views, and the vibrant blue water of Moraine Lake in Canada is nothing short of picture-perfect.We've gathered 50 of the most breathtaking views in the world.Read the original article on Insider
Slide 2 of 51: Los Glaciares National Park is named for its glaciers that cover nearly half of the property. The striking glaciers reflect onto Lake Argentino, creating a beautiful mirror-like image. 
Slide 3 of 51: This surreal waterfall is located in Iguazu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated between Argentina and Brazil.
Slide 4 of 51: The Great Barrier Reef is arguably one of the most well-known underwater ecosystems in the world. Its diverse landscape, which is a home for some 1,500 fish species and 400 types of mollusc, is beautiful both from above and below. 

Slide 5 of 51: With cliffs, waterfalls, and canyons, this UNESCO World Heritage site represents the diverse plant species native to Australia.
Slide 6 of 51: Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, according to National Geographic. The salt-covered ground often creates mind-blowing, mirror-like effects.
Slide 7 of 51: The crisp blue water and mountain-filled landscape of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park are spectacular.
Slide 8 of 51: Due to weathering and erosion, the landscapes known as China Danxia have colored "stripes" of red sedimentary rock, according to UNESCO.
Slide 9 of 51: The Great Wall was built between the 3rd century BC and the 17th century AD, and it's one of China's most important historical sites that represents its culture and ancient civilization.

Slide 10 of 51: The Area de Conservación in Costa Rica is filled with diverse ecosystems, including oak forests, savannahs, wetlands, and beaches — not to mention 500 species of birds and thousands of species of plants and butterflies. 
Slide 11 of 51: The spectacular ancient monuments are carved out of the sandstone cliff.
Slide 12 of 51: National Geographic named Finland's Lapland region one of the best places to gaze at the sky during aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights.
Slide 13 of 51: France's southern region of Provence is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage cities and sites, and it's also known for its lavender fields that bloom in vibrant shades of purple and magenta.
Slide 14 of 51: There's a reason why the Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The iron structure is an iconic symbol of Paris, and it makes for an exquisite view when it lights up at night. 

Slide 15 of 51: Mont-Saint-Michel is a Gothic-style abbey situated on a rocky islet between Normandy and Brittany, France. 
Slide 16 of 51: This breathtaking palace is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and it is also said to have inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Travel + Leisure.
Slide 17 of 51: The towering rocks of Meteora, Greece, are home to monasteries that date back to the 15th century, according to the site's UNESCO World Heritage description.
Slide 18 of 51: On beaches in Elafonissi, part of a peninsula that connects to Crete, Greece, the sand's pink hue comes from broken shells, according to US News Travel.
Slide 19 of 51: The village of Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece, is known for its gorgeous hills of white and blue buildings and vibrant waters.
Slide 20 of 51: Iceland's black-sand beach, called Reynisfjara, has incredible columns made of basalt and rock pillars that stick out of the water. 
Slide 21 of 51: The unique landscape of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland makes it one of the most striking views in the world. The area has 10 volcanoes, three of which are below glaciers or sheets of ice, according to UNESCO.
Slide 22 of 51: The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. The famous marble palace was built in the 17th century as the tomb of an emperor's wife, according to the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.
Slide 23 of 51: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher are not only famous for their natural beauty, but the site is also home to artifacts that show signs of human life dating back 6,000 years, according to UNESCO.
Slide 24 of 51: This breathtaking landscape on Italy's eastern coast consists of Porto Venere, three islands called Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, and Cinque Terre. The coastal area is known for its rainbow-colored buildings settled along steep rocks, which overlook crystal-blue waters.
Slide 25 of 51: Toyama Bay on Japan's west coast is home to glow-in-the-dark sea creatures that make for a spectacular view of the water from above, according to BBC.
Slide 26 of 51: Kyoto, which was the country's capital until the middle of the 19th century, is filled with traditional and religious architecture and lush gardens that are significant to Japanese culture, according to UNESCO.
Slide 27 of 51: The architecture and ancient carvings found in Petra, Jordan, make the ancient city one filled with spectacular and unique views.
Slide 28 of 51: The vibrant green hills and rainforests found in Malaysia's Langkawi landscape make it a special and beautiful UNESCO site. The geopark is home to beaches, estuaries, coral reefs, caves, and limestone, according to UNESCO.
Slide 29 of 51: Kotor is considered a Natural and Culturo-Historical Region by UNESCO World Heritage for its ancient architectural features and breathtaking rocky landscape.
Slide 30 of 51: As part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is recognized as an iconic and meaningful symbol of the city's history and culture.  
Slide 31 of 51: The archaeological remains of the city of Bagan, Myanmar, date back to the 11th to 13th centuries, according to UNESCO. The unique landscape of Bagan is home to sacred Buddhist art, monasteries, and places of religious pilgrimage.
Slide 32 of 51: Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Canterbury region is a glacial lake with unreal views during the day and equally beautiful, clear skies at night — perfect for stargazing. 
Slide 33 of 51: Norway's Bryggen wharf is a historic area recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. The harbor town was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, and today, its medieval-style buildings and colorful facades create idyllic reflections onto the water.
Slide 34 of 51: The lush, vibrant ecosystem found at Coiba National Park is filled with incredible views of the vibrant blue water. The park is also a protected UNESCO site, as it is "one of the last major refuges for rare and endangered species of tropical America."
Slide 35 of 51: Located between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is an archaeological site of the ancient Inca Empire. Machu Picchu, named one of the 7 Wonders of the World, is filled with monuments that document the Incan people's way of life. Its elevated location makes for second-to-none views.
Slide 36 of 51: This breathtaking forest on Portugal's island of Madeira looks like something from a fairy tale. 
Slide 37 of 51: The Pitons are striking volcanic structures on the lush Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Slide 38 of 51: Singapore's Supertree Grove is a group of 160-foot-tall structures, according to National Geographic, that offer incredible views of the city and of the Gardens by the Bay, which are lush conservatories with colorful plants.
Slide 39 of 51: Made famous by the novel "Don Quixote" and musical "Man of La Mancha," the windmills that decorate Spain's La Mancha region are both significant to the fictional stories and visually incredible.
Slide 40 of 51: The city of Toledo, Spain, represents more than 2,000 years of history, according to UNESCO. Toledo offers incredible views of its many religious and historical monuments, as well as sights taken in from afar that show its staggered buildings and medieval fortress.
Slide 41 of 51: This UNESCO World Heritage site in Spain's Léon region has stunning clay mountains that have remnants of ancient Roman gold-mining mechanisms and techniques. 
Slide 42 of 51: The Swiss Alps mountain range, specifically the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of Switzerland, is home to Europe's largest glacier, according to UNESCO. The magnificence of the Swiss Alps has inspired art, music, and literature for centuries.
Slide 43 of 51: The remains of Thailand's historic city of Ayutthaya include ornate monasteries and structures that date back to the 14th century, according to UNESCO. At Thailand's lantern festival, called the Loi Krathong festival, views of  Ayutthaya are even more majestic.
Slide 44 of 51: This stunning landscape in Turkey has mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and thermal waters. The Turkish name Pamukkale means "cotton castle," which describes the pool's white coating that comes from calcium carbonate deposits, according to UNESCO.
Slide 45 of 51: UNESCO calls Stonehenge "the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world." The ancient monuments of Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire, England, make for a historic and picturesque landscape.
Slide 46 of 51: The London Eye Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the city, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the River Thames.
Slide 47 of 51: Known for its lake views, valleys, cliffs, and waterfalls, Yosemite National Park in California is filled with incredible sights to explore.
Slide 48 of 51: Grand Canyon National Park represents two billion years of geological history. The canyons have been carved out by the Colorado River, making this one of the most visually spectacular landscapes in the world.
Slide 49 of 51: UNESCO added American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 20th-century buildings to the World Heritage list in July 2019. One of Wright's many visually incredible works of design is the Fallingwater house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
Slide 50 of 51: Non nuoc Cao Bang is a UNESCO Global Geopark with magnificent views of its waterfalls, lakes, and diverse plant species.
Slide 51 of 51: Named the "largest curtain of falling water in the world" by UNESCO, Victoria Falls also feature numerous basalt gorges, or narrow valleys that have been formed from the falling water over time. This incredible natural wonder in Africa is truly one-of-a-kind.Read more:12 world-famous landmarks that every travel buff should visit100 trips everyone should take in their lifetimeStunning photos show the 23 beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites in the USThe most beautiful universities in the world

50 of the best views in the world

It’s no secret that our planet is pretty incredible.

From ancient archaeological sites to natural features like canyons and cliffs, just about every corner of the world offers special spots. Greece is home to idyllic pink-sand beaches, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flat offers stunning optical illusion-esque views, and the vibrant blue water of Moraine Lake in Canada is nothing short of picture-perfect.

We’ve gathered 50 of the most breathtaking views in the world.

ARGENTINA: Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park is named for its glaciers that cover nearly half of the property. The striking glaciers reflect onto Lake Argentino, creating a beautiful mirror-like image. 

ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL: Iguazu Falls

This surreal waterfall is located in Iguazu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated between Argentina and Brazil.

AUSTRALIA: Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is arguably one of the most well-known underwater ecosystems in the world. Its diverse landscape, which is a home for some 1,500 fish species and 400 types of mollusc, is beautiful both from above and below. 

AUSTRALIA: Greater Blue Mountains Area

With cliffs, waterfalls, and canyons, this UNESCO World Heritage site represents the diverse plant species native to Australia.

BOLIVIA: Salar de Uyuni salt flat

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, according to National Geographic. The salt-covered ground often creates mind-blowing, mirror-like effects.

CANADA: Moraine Lake in Alberta

The crisp blue water and mountain-filled landscape of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park are spectacular.

CHINA: China Danxia geological area

Due to weathering and erosion, the landscapes known as China Danxia have colored “stripes” of red sedimentary rock, according to UNESCO.

CHINA: The Great Wall

The Great Wall was built between the 3rd century BC and the 17th century AD, and it’s one of China’s most important historical sites that represents its culture and ancient civilization.

COSTA RICA: Area de Conservación Guanacaste

The Area de Conservación in Costa Rica is filled with diverse ecosystems, including oak forests, savannahs, wetlands, and beaches — not to mention 500 species of birds and thousands of species of plants and butterflies. 

EGYPT: Nubian Monuments

The spectacular ancient monuments are carved out of the sandstone cliff.

FINLAND: The region of Lapland during Aurora Borealis

National Geographic named Finland’s Lapland region one of the best places to gaze at the sky during aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights.

FRANCE: Lavender fields in the Provence region

France’s southern region of Provence is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage cities and sites, and it’s also known for its lavender fields that bloom in vibrant shades of purple and magenta.

FRANCE: The Eiffel Tower

There’s a reason why the Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The iron structure is an iconic symbol of Paris, and it makes for an exquisite view when it lights up at night. 

FRANCE: Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel is a Gothic-style abbey situated on a rocky islet between Normandy and Brittany, France. 

GERMANY: Neuschwanstein Castle

This breathtaking palace is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and it is also said to have inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Travel + Leisure.

GREECE: Meteora Monasteries

The towering rocks of Meteora, Greece, are home to monasteries that date back to the 15th century, according to the site’s UNESCO World Heritage description.

GREECE: Pink-sand beaches in Elafonissi, Crete

On beaches in Elafonissi, part of a peninsula that connects to Crete, Greece, the sand’s pink hue comes from broken shells, according to US News Travel.

GREECE: Oia, Santorini

The village of Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece, is known for its gorgeous hills of white and blue buildings and vibrant waters.

ICELAND: Reynisfjara black-sand beach

Iceland’s black-sand beach, called Reynisfjara, has incredible columns made of basalt and rock pillars that stick out of the water. 

ICELAND: Vatnajökull National Park

The unique landscape of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland makes it one of the most striking views in the world. The area has 10 volcanoes, three of which are below glaciers or sheets of ice, according to UNESCO.

INDIA: The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. The famous marble palace was built in the 17th century as the tomb of an emperor’s wife, according to the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.

IRELAND: Burren and Cliffs of Moher

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher are not only famous for their natural beauty, but the site is also home to artifacts that show signs of human life dating back 6,000 years, according to UNESCO.

ITALY: Porto Venere coast

This breathtaking landscape on Italy’s eastern coast consists of Porto Venere, three islands called Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, and Cinque Terre. The coastal area is known for its rainbow-colored buildings settled along steep rocks, which overlook crystal-blue waters.

JAPAN: Bioluminescent beach at Toyama Bay

Toyama Bay on Japan’s west coast is home to glow-in-the-dark sea creatures that make for a spectacular view of the water from above, according to BBC.

JAPAN: Ancient Kyoto

Kyoto, which was the country’s capital until the middle of the 19th century, is filled with traditional and religious architecture and lush gardens that are significant to Japanese culture, according to UNESCO.

JORDAN: The ancient city of Petra

The architecture and ancient carvings found in Petra, Jordan, make the ancient city one filled with spectacular and unique views.

MALAYSIA: Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark

The vibrant green hills and rainforests found in Malaysia’s Langkawi landscape make it a special and beautiful UNESCO site. The geopark is home to beaches, estuaries, coral reefs, caves, and limestone, according to UNESCO.

MONTENEGRO: Region of Kotor

Kotor is considered a Natural and Culturo-Historical Region by UNESCO World Heritage for its ancient architectural features and breathtaking rocky landscape.

MOROCCO: Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech

As part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is recognized as an iconic and meaningful symbol of the city’s history and culture.  

MYANMAR: Ancient city of Bagan

The archaeological remains of the city of Bagan, Myanmar, date back to the 11th to 13th centuries, according to UNESCO. The unique landscape of Bagan is home to sacred Buddhist art, monasteries, and places of religious pilgrimage.

NEW ZEALAND: Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand’s South Canterbury region is a glacial lake with unreal views during the day and equally beautiful, clear skies at night — perfect for stargazing. 

NORWAY: The Bryggen wharf in Bergen

Norway’s Bryggen wharf is a historic area recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. The harbor town was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, and today, its medieval-style buildings and colorful facades create idyllic reflections onto the water.

PANAMA: Coiba National Park

The lush, vibrant ecosystem found at Coiba National Park is filled with incredible views of the vibrant blue water. The park is also a protected UNESCO site, as it is “one of the last major refuges for rare and endangered species of tropical America.”

PERU: Machu Picchu

Located between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is an archaeological site of the ancient Inca Empire. Machu Picchu, named one of the 7 Wonders of the World, is filled with monuments that document the Incan people’s way of life. Its elevated location makes for second-to-none views.

PORTUGAL: Laurisilva of Madeira

This breathtaking forest on Portugal’s island of Madeira looks like something from a fairy tale. 

ST. LUCIA: The Pitons volcanic peaks

The Pitons are striking volcanic structures on the lush Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

SINGAPORE: Supertree Grove

Singapore’s Supertree Grove is a group of 160-foot-tall structures, according to National Geographic, that offer incredible views of the city and of the Gardens by the Bay, which are lush conservatories with colorful plants.

SPAIN: Windmills of La Mancha

Made famous by the novel “Don Quixote” and musical “Man of La Mancha,” the windmills that decorate Spain’s La Mancha region are both significant to the fictional stories and visually incredible.

SPAIN: The historic city of Toledo

The city of Toledo, Spain, represents more than 2,000 years of history, according to UNESCO. Toledo offers incredible views of its many religious and historical monuments, as well as sights taken in from afar that show its staggered buildings and medieval fortress.

SPAIN: Las Médulas ancient gold-mining area

This UNESCO World Heritage site in Spain’s Léon region has stunning clay mountains that have remnants of ancient Roman gold-mining mechanisms and techniques. 

SWITZERLAND: The Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps mountain range, specifically the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of Switzerland, is home to Europe’s largest glacier, according to UNESCO. The magnificence of the Swiss Alps has inspired art, music, and literature for centuries.

THAILAND: Historic city of Ayutthaya

The remains of Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya include ornate monasteries and structures that date back to the 14th century, according to UNESCO. At Thailand’s lantern festival, called the Loi Krathong festival, views of  Ayutthaya are even more majestic.

TURKEY: Natural minter al springs in Pamukkale

This stunning landscape in Turkey has mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and thermal waters. The Turkish name Pamukkale means “cotton castle,” which describes the pool’s white coating that comes from calcium carbonate deposits, according to UNESCO.

UK: Stonehenge

UNESCO calls Stonehenge “the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world.” The ancient monuments of Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire, England, make for a historic and picturesque landscape.

UK: View of the River Thames from the London Eye

The London Eye Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the city, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the River Thames.

US: Yosemite National Park in California

Known for its lake views, valleys, cliffs, and waterfalls, Yosemite National Park in California is filled with incredible sights to explore.

US: Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park represents two billion years of geological history. The canyons have been carved out by the Colorado River, making this one of the most visually spectacular landscapes in the world.

US: Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

UNESCO added American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 20th-century buildings to the World Heritage list in July 2019. One of Wright’s many visually incredible works of design is the Fallingwater house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

VIETNAM: Non nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark

Non nuoc Cao Bang is a UNESCO Global Geopark with magnificent views of its waterfalls, lakes, and diverse plant species.

ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE: Victoria Falls

Named the “largest curtain of falling water in the world” by UNESCO, Victoria Falls also feature numerous basalt gorges, or narrow valleys that have been formed from the falling water over time. This incredible natural wonder in Africa is truly one-of-a-kind.

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