Most Beautiful Places In The World

Do you love the water?

Iguazu Waterfalls
Iguazu Waterfalls — Credit: Daniel Hardman (via Flickr)

Do you dream of climbing the world’s tallest mountains?

Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest — Credit: Sistak (via Flickr)

Or is it history that grabs a hold of your heart?

Great Pyramid
The Sphynx and the Great Pyramid of Giza — Credit: David Holt (via Flickr)

It’s difficult to narrow down the most beautiful places of the world, isn’t it? After all, we’re all at least a little bit biased towards the places where we live and the experience of what we’ve seen. It’s unlikely that any two people would choose exactly the same places as the most beautiful places in the world that surrounds them. But the world is filled with so many beautiful places, and there’s room for all of them.

In this post we examine just a small selection of some of the world’s most beautiful places. We hope to give you a broader perspective on what beauty is to different people in different parts of the world. And we hope to perhaps inspire you to explore more of the world that surrounds you. That’s one of the perks of living in such a connected world these days. We’re able to see and experience new things, even from home. Hopefully you’ll find something here that you like.

Before we get to our five new additions to our list of the most beautiful places in the world, here’s a  small taste of what you’ll find in our original list (which you can find toward the end of this article).

Shangrila Resort, Pakistan

Shangrila Resort, Pakistan — Credit: norbakshi world (via Flickr)

And now, here are five new additions to our list of some of the world’s most beautiful places, all suggested by our readers in the comments.

Mt. Everest, Bordering Tibet and Nepal

Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, with a peak that reaches more than 8800 meters above sea level. It is a part of the Himalayas, and is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. More than 3000 people have climbed to the summit of Mt.Everest, and over 200 people are known to have died on the mountain.

Mt. Everest

Credit: Joe Hastings (via Flickr)

Mt. Everest

Credit: Gunther Hagleitner (via Flickr)

Mt. Everest

Credit: watchsmart (via Flickr)

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise is a Canadian lake in the province of Alberta. It was formed by a glacier and is known for its blue-green color that results from mineral deposits that enter the lake from melting glaciers above.

Lake Louise

Credit: Samantha Marx (via Flickr)

Lake Louise

Credit: Marilyn Peddle (via Flickr)

Lake Louise

Credit: Harvey Barrison (via Flickr)

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a protected area in the state of Alaska in the United States. It includes the bay itself as well as mountains and glaciers surrounding the bay. According to Wikipedia, it is “the largest protected water area park in the world.” Glacier Bay is a popular cruise ship destination for the area.

Glacier Bay

Credit: Kimberly Vardeman (via Flickr)

Glacier Bay

Credit: Kimberly Vardeman (via Flickr)

Glacier Bay

Credit: Glenn (via Flickr)

Sentani Lake, Indonesia

Sentani Lake is another beautiful location suggested by our readers. Lake Sentani is located near Jayapura, which is the capital of the Papua Province in Indonesia. The volcanic lake is surrounded by beautiful and lush greenery and contains several small islands.

Lake Sentani

Credit: Kiko Turteliny (via Flickr)


Lake Sentani

Credit: Edwin Yepese (via Flickr)

Lake Sentani

Credit: Edwin Yepese (via Flickr)

Killarney, Ireland

Killarney is a beautiful town in County Kerry, Ireland. In addition to the lovely historic buildings in town, you’ll find amazing natural views in the Killarney National Park. From the historic churches and castles to Killarney Lake and the rolling green hills Ireland is famous for, you’re bound to find something here that strikes your fancy.

Killarney, Ireland

Credit: mozzercork (via Flickr)

Killarney, Ireland

Credit: Meg Lessard (via Flickr)

Killarney, Ireland

Credit: Jack Newton (via Flickr)

Update: Don’t miss Part 2 of our Most Beautiful Places of the World series to see even more amazing and beautiful places. And don’t forget to share your ideas for the most beautiful places in the world with us in our comments. But for now, let’s get back to our original article with our previous top ten picks for some of the most beautiful places we’ve come across so far.

We live in a world blessed with sights beautiful beyond words. Each of us probably dreams of visiting at least one beautiful and special place. Mother Nature has so much to offer, as do some man-made beauties. And no matter where we live — from the biggest city to the smallest village — there’s bound to be some place that could yet take our breath away.

Look at the examples below and you will see beauty that fills the eye and warms the heart. It wouldn’t humanly possible for us to determine the best of the best when it comes to beautiful places in the world. After all, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” right? But what we can do is share these examples of some of those places that are among the most beautiful places of the world. And we hope that you’ll tell us about a beautiful place that touches your own heart in some way in the comments.

Skardu Valley – Pakistan



Skardu Valley is part of Baltistan in Pakistan. Baltistan is spread over an area of 26,000 square kilometers — right below the jagged and glaciated ramparts of the Karakoram. Once part of Laddakh, it was known as Tibet-i-Khurd, or Little Tibet. Archaeological exploration has proven that it was a part of the Silk Trade Route.

Shangrila – Pakistan


Shangrila Resort in Skardu is also known as “Heaven on Earth.” It is nestled among some of the world’s highest peaks, and it encircles the heart-shaped Kachura Lake. If you visit, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fruit-laden orchards and flower-filled gardens.

Lake Saiful Muluk – Pakistan

Photo by Fahd Murtaza


Lake Saiful Muluk is a lake located on the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near Naran. A fairy tale called Saiful Muluk, written by the famous Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is associated with this lake. That fairy tale is the story of a prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The lake’s beauty has such an impact that some people believe fairies come to visit it in the full moon.

The Grand Canyon, United States




A steep gorge by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon has some truly enjoyable scenery. It is 277 miles long, varies from four to 18 miles wide in places, and reaches to about a mile deep. Scientists believe that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period.



Native Americans built settlements in the caves within the canyon before the emigration of Europeans. It was also considered to be a site of pilgrimage by the Pueblo people. The first recorded visit to the Grand Canyon by Europeans was in 1869. Although it is not the deepest canyon in the world, it is known for its extremely large size and beautifully intricate landscape.

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the earliest national parks in the United States, and it attracts more than five million visitors each year. Weather conditions in the Grand Canyon vary greatly between seasons as well as at different elevations. While winter snow is experienced by the higher forested rims, the inner gorge has more of a desert temperature because of its low elevation.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia is the world’s largest coral reef. It has the distinction of being placed in the World Heritage as well as the National Heritage list.




With more than 600 islands and coral cays, the Great Barrier Reef covers more than 300,000 sq. km. Corals make up the reefs and cays and are responsible for a huge variety of sea life in the area. That includes green turtles, several varieties of whales and dolphins, the dugong, aroud 4000 types of mollusks, 1500 different species of fish, as well as at least 200 species of beautifully-colored birds.

The Great Reef Marine Park is a huge tourist attraction with millions of tourists visiting each year. Sporting activities include reef sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is aptly called “Heaven on earth.” This beautiful town at the tip of the African continent, with small roads surrounded by huge mountains, makes a person feel small. It shows just how marvelous and dominating nature can be.




The Cape Dutch style buildings depict the architectural heritage of the place. Beauty abounds in the black clouds that seem to pay homage to Table Mountain at all times.

Cape Point, Signal Hill, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial, and the beaches are just some of the famous tourist attractions. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its floral displays as well as its harbor. This town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa with its wine tasting day trips, whale watching, and dolphin watching.

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal in India is one of the wonders of the world and is one of the most beautiful mausoleums ever created. It was constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his favorite queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Located in Agra, white marble was used in the construction of this symbol of love, and the Taj Mahal is considered to be the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.




As the story goes, the emperor was grief-stricken when he lost his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took thousands of craftsmen and artisans, and about twenty years to construct this structure in her honor.

The masons, stone cutters, carvers, inlayers, calligraphers, painters, and others were brought from throughout the entire empire as well as from Iran and Central Asia. Semi-precious stones were used for inlays and ornamentation. It later became the mausoleum of Shah Jahan too. This is a huge tourist attraction with one to two million tourists visiting it every year.

Canadian Rockies, Canada

The majestic Canadian Rockies are the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains. They are a visitor’s winter wonderland and Western Canada’s playground. They are older than the American Rockies and were formed as a result of over-thrusting.




The Canadian Rockies house five national parks, and four of those national parks (along with other provincial parks) combine to form a single UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, glaciers, peaks, limestone caves, and fossils. Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies and climbing it is considered a challenge. These beautiful mountains are a haven for hikers and walkers alike.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru, which means “Old Peak,” is one of the most beautiful ancient sites in the world. According to legend, Machu Picchu was long ago considered to be a sacred place. The Inca people are credited with its creation. They erected many stone structures and turned the place into a work of art.




Two thousand feet above the Urubamba river, the ruins of Machu Picchu consist of baths, temples, palaces, and around 150 houses, all very well preserved. These gray granite structures, some of which weigh more than 50 tons, are so perfectly sculpted that they are nothing less than architectural masterpieces.

The ruins of Machu Picchu were rediscovered by a Yale archaeologist in 1911. The ethereal beauty, workmanship, and history of the place attracts millions of tourists each year.

The Pyramids, Egypt

The Egyptian pyramids are massive monuments with a square base and four triangular sides rising up to a point. There is still a lot of curiosity (and many theories) as to how the pyramids were actually built — with people crediting everyone from slave laborers to alien visitors.





It is generally believed that the Egyptians began constructing the pyramids after 2700 B.C. and that they were built as tombs for the pharaohs. The most well-known (and the largest) pyramids found in Egypt are the Pyramids at Giza which are said to be the largest ever built. It’s said that the Great Pyramid of Giza alone took 23 years to complete, using a work force of around 30,000 people. About 118 pyramids have been identified, and they are popular and intriguing to tourists and researchers alike.

Petra, Jordan

Described by UNESCO as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage,” Petra is an archaeological site on the slope of Mount Hor. It is one of the new wonders of the world and is famous for its rock-cut architecture.





This site was kept hidden until 1812 when it was discovered by a Swiss explorer. It was said by some to have been prepared by God for the Jewish people. Petra once flourished under the Roman empire but it rapidly declined with Arabian trade being taken elsewhere. Then an earthquake caused a great deal of destruction. Tourists frequent the place to get a glimpse of the ruins of this beautiful city, although they’re doing more harm than good, with tourism becoming a threat to the preservation of Petra.

Great Wall of China, China

One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is a man-made structure that was constructed over two thousand years ago. It is estimated to have taken around 100 years to complete. You can truly witness man’s potential when you take in the beauty and vastness of the Great Wall.




The construction on the Great Wall of China started in the 5th Century B.C. It is actually not a single wall, but rather many walls put together. Combined, they stretch over 4,000 miles. This collection of walls was constructed to protect the Chinese empire from the Xiongnu people in the north. The wall was initially built of stone, grass, earth, and wood, but bricks were used also after production began. It is believed that around two to three million Chinese died during the construction of this wonder.

The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border

Heralded by many as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, the Iguazu Waterfalls are a true wonder of nature. They are located on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. While the Argentinean side allows visitors to walk right around the water or explore the National Park, the Brazilian side is known for its panoramic views and splendor.






Former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, is believed to have exclaimed upon seeing these falls, “Poor Niagara!”

The area surrounding the falls provides ample opportunities for rock climbing as well as water sports. Iguazu has the greatest annual flow of water of all of the waterfalls in the world.

With all of these, and many more, beautiful places that exist in our world we are surrounded by choices. Which of the most beautiful places in the world will you visit? While some may love the tranquility of water, others may bury themselves deep in architectural miracles, ancient sites, or the serenity of a small town. In the end, all you can do is follow your heart.

Please leave a comment and share some more of the world’s most beautiful places with us and our readers.

Note: This post was originally published on January 16, 2009. It was updated with new content and republished on its currently-listed publication date. 

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  • i never know before if pakistan has beautiful place…wow…amazing….
    thanks for upload ths fotos….like it very much..*two thumbs up

  • every one can put on his/her own views. but this is one thing done by the author. so instead of giving your own shit views or ideas. we should encourage the person who tries to do any thing. so encourage him. At least, he has more guts than all of you who suggested their own places or bloody informations. I personally thanx the author for this information.

    ALL OF YOU UNDERSTAND NOW??????????????????????

  • Why are you guys even arguing about this?! Indian, Pakistan, Caucasians, African… Who gives a flying rat’s a$$! Lets appreciate the real message here guys… These wonderful places of unimaginable adventure and excitement. Mean while you morons dispute the rules of race… Can’t you see that your missing the bigger picture here fellas? GOD! MightIAdd- Canada is prettiest one of the bunch 🙂

  • What about The Finnish Lapland, Fjords of Askvoll, Norway, Island of Bora Bora , Sitka in Alaska, Peterof Palace in St. Petesburg ?
    You missed so many amazing places in chile , russia, china , malaysia , new zealand , paris, italy, vietnam .
    But the list is still awesome!!!! The photographs really stand out. I love your collection . Kudos!

  • I am from indian……but i love pakistan too……how can u guyz hate each other?????learn to love!!!beautiful india and beautiful pak!!!!!!

  • beautiful.
    its a shame that this site ruined by idiots from both pakistan and india. dont they realise how pathetic their argument is to the outside world.
    hopefully this site will reveal more hidden gems around the world and not be spoilt by political crap.

  • First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is believed to have exclaimed upon seeing these falls, “poor Niagara.” The area surrounding the falls provides ample opportunities for rock climbing as well as water sports. Iguazu has the distinction of having a greater annual flow than any other waterfall in the world.

    With all of these, and many more beautiful places that exist in our world, we surrounded by choices. The only way to decide on the places to visit is to follow your heart. While some may love the tranquility of water, others may bury themselves deep in architectural miracles, ancient sites, or the serenity of a small town.

  • i think all above places are really cool……i would like to travel to the one’s I’ve never been. I love my city Cape Town (South Africa)

  • Typical human to fight each other over what is not yours, shame on you! This precious planet was made for us to live in harmony and peace, but we are destroying our mother, slowly poisoning and suffocating her while we plunder and rape her for our own greedy pleasure. Let these pictures remind us of her beauty and her vital importance to us. Let it also open our eyes to know that whatever higher power there is, gave us intelligence to preserve what little is left of our mother before it is too late. Peace to you all.

  • I know the place really deserves mentioning as the most beautiful place in the world. There are many place potantially tremendous and pretty amazing places. Culturally attractive historical places, Nature,Sun, and beaches wonderfull. Turkey…you have to take into consideration while planning your travel

  • India is a beautiful country and everyone knows that but it doesnt mean that only India is beautiful. every place shown in this site are beautiful whether it is Pakistan, america or Captown. every place has its own spciality

  • shut up guys …………………………….. taj mahal not built by indians or pakistanians but it built by patan hwo love his wife oky ……………… ?

  • People don’t understand how beautiful Cape Town really is… and I’m proud to see it’s the only city as a whole that made the list… We have constantia which is a vineyard area that is surrounded by CT, we have one of the oldest mountains on earth Table Mountain (seven wonder recently), the place where 2 oceans meet, a stunning cbd with great life style, CT has more blue flags for their beaches than any other place, we have an historic island, we have amazing wild life on the mountain that is preserved and our lifestyle is one of the best… and the best is if you just drive a 100km up the west coast or south coast, it is amazing how different those 2 areas are but equally beautiful…

  • yes i agree that all above are the beautiful place but we should consider pakistan if we are rally talking about all over the world

  • looking beyond our sight, is the continuation of God’s glory. indeed Him made everything beautiful. my country is also beautiful.(NIGERIA)

  • i am from indian but i am agreed that pakistan is the most beautiful country in the world . i visited 1 time
    it was awosom it s too much… really i love to see it again

  • Maybe you can have a look at the grotto of Jeita in Lebanon,and see how breathtaking it is.It’s indeed God’s creation ,and looks like it ‘s one the World wonders too…..Most people don’t really know about it yet .

  • greattttttttt …I LOVE them…… whatever it is . We have have to admit that ALLOH is great god. Thanx for your marvelous creation. good job

  • Shangrila – Pakistan and The Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina-Brazil Border including Cox’s Bazar sea beach are one of my favourite places. I wish I will visit this places recently.

  • This list is not accurate ,why Philippines is not on the List?,The Philippines is very beautiful country in the Wolrd,you amazed when you see Mayon Volcano of the Pihlippines,its really the queen of the most perfcect cone shape Volcano in the World,its really amazing! no other volcano in this part of the world you will see as perfect cone shape of Mayon Volcano ,and the Philippines has many many stunning World Class beaches like BORACAY Beach, Who is consistently voted as one of the most beautiful beach in the World.The magnificent EL,Nido beach of Palawan for its unparrallel magnificent stunning tall Marble cliffs.and the recent officially voted as one of The New 7 Wonders of Natures The wondeful – Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan,Philippines tag as the longest navigational underground river in the World. for sure the Philippines is deserve on this list.

  • I am a photojournalist.I have traveled to 106 countries on all 7 continents so far ..
    I have made frienda all over the world.. I have found that Sikkim is realy beautiful,as my soulmate is from there am from New- Zealan
    Nepal has always stood as the free country, sovereign state. It has never been under any countries ever since. The Nepalese Soldiers are the bravest of the bravest. “It’s better to die rather than being cowards” this Nepalese slogan is famous throughout the globe. The Nepalese soldiers are known as the Gurkhas, famous for their bravery during the 1st and the 2nd World War. Nepal is the Birth place of Lord Buddha and the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest (plus world’s 8th Highest Mountains) is also in Nepal. Also, Nepal is the 2nd richest country in water resources after Brazil. The green forest, lakes and sincerity of the Nepalese people make the place a true place to be and live in. There are marvelous places to visit. The culture and heritage are so unique which have added an extra beauty to make the country gorgeous. There are hundreds of old temples and statues, also the county with of temples and statues. Nepal is the gift of Nature; Nepalese people are very calm, polite, honest and friendly. (In spite India spreads false news saying Mount Everest and Buddha are theirs) but after the study and visit I have realized the fact that Nepal is truly great. It is beyond doubt any imagination, a free county since the era.There are beautiful hotels rather cheap, rafting, paragliding, hiking, food and all the stuffs are so damn good.

  • What is the matter with with everyone if you love nature Thank your God ,love your fellow man no matter were he or she is from.Peace Ray

  • We need not to argue of which country is the most beautiful. Because whatever visible in our eyes is God’s creation. We must learn how to appreciate everything God has given us. And being beautiful is not only looking pleasantly on outside, but on how we are going to spend our lives in this world following God’s wisdom beautifully. Stop war! Start being beatiful!

  • The Top Ten Most Beautiful Countries in the World are:

  • Unfortunately the taliban took several light machine guns and shot up PETRA a couple years back. Its riddled in bullet holes.

  • wow,there is a whole lot of world out there just waiting for me to discover it, someday when i have enough money i will go to one of these beautiful places!

  • I would add that the 11th most beautiful place in the World with scenes of outstanding natural beauty is Rhossili Bay, Gower, West Wales. I have travelled extensively, seen Cape Town, Niagra Falls etc… but I am always drawn to Rhossili Bay with its 4mile long white sand beach stretching majestically from the ‘Worms Head’ to the ‘Burry Holmes’ island. You can eat the most wonderful meal at the Worms Head Hotel whilst savouring in the breathtaking scenery.

  • its a very facinating and very relunctant places which a have not seen before .these are great art of
    God creation.

  • Can all of you shut the f*ck up about which country is better? I am a proud Indo-Canadian (born in India), but why the hell should it matter? Can’t you idiots just appreciate beauty for beauty and not which effing borders it happens to be contained within? Every country in the world has its own beauty, natural or otherwise. Maybe in some people’s eyes, the first three images shouldn’t be at the top, but beauty is subjective so stop complaining. I don’t care what Allah touched and who built what and all your other nonsensical bickering. ALL of the images above were beautiful, regardless of their political, economical, religious, and other faults, and there are TONS more beautiful places out there that weren’t mentioned above. If you feel so damn strongly about it, MAKE YOUR OWN LIST! You people who argue over which country is better in every way are the reason for everything that’s wrong with this world. And that’s my two cents, peace out.

  • it’s so fascinating to know that we have these wonderful sights in the world..i’m looking forward to go to these places and take a pictures of my own.


  • oh looks like the turbans are ruling..hw come you guys be this possessive..we came here 2discuss about the earth wonders & not2 have a debate on a country or a guys are just taking your true nature..
    I believe that Pakistan is just a mere piece of land given free by India..i work in the archaeology department and made of study of the history of India & ended up wid clash between India & Pak..really didn’t earn it you steal it & you still don’t regret you know hw many Indians regret you hw the people around the world felt about it hw we UK citizens felt about it..Gandhi was heartbroken on witnessing the separation..n why do you consider Jinnah as a spiritual leader..he was just a mere politician..
    this is a long lost incident & you tend to pull it up & abuse countries and people through different communities of your own and even in youtube..shame on you..;/

  • every single image is heart touching and awsom…these are wonders of world but at the same time show the Glory of ALLAH Almighty Who is the Creator of everything…

  • Everybody who says Allah, Jesus, Krishna, and/or any other god created this world is still blind and can’t accept the beauty science and nature has created.
    I am from India……and I believe God, but I also beleive in Science. I am a realist and not Hoaxist.
    Pakistan is very beautiful and one day I would love to visit the country if the government gets thier sh*t together. Even Pakistanis can’t play cricket in thier own land (such a waste of beautiful landmarks and the country itself)
    Pakistan is Beautiful, but it was India before it became Pakistan. And India was ruled by Muslims, Hindus, and Budhists before it was India. Before that it was just BEAUTIFUL LAND and Beautiful World.

    • the early landscape created by God, but finishing form created by natural power. the science makes them all better performance. i agree with u dave.

  • guyz, guyz all these are good places, even you can find lot of good local places near to your native which is not so famous i have some i am from india kerala, lets say near to mine chembra peak, edakkal caves,banasura dam, gavi, munnar, thekadi periyar, parambikulam, neliyampathi, valpara, vagamon, kava malampuzha, agastiyakoodam, hills of wayanad, ponmudi, neyar dam, idukki dam….
    i am sure u guyz also have same like places ;)…

  • Yo..!!!!!!!


    F**K u all…. just a level 2 Tsunami is enough to clear both of u….
    Fkng Religious animals….
    But its funny to read all those fights….
    anyway Thanks man….

  • its realy nice scenries. mind blowing. i wish to see all these places. bundle of thanx to post such amazing pictures

  • I think all of these places are stunning…..however I am from Scotland and we do have some breathtaking areas as well!!! Glen Coe and the Scottish islands are outstanding places to see, just a shame we were left out 🙁

    However those mountains in Pakistan……wow!! but come on, natural beauty is much more stunning than man made!!!

  • Hey! If you are goin’ to look at the pictures just look at them and if you don’t like it don’t swear. Because it is very rude specially the words you said and why is your name a swear word?

    Thanx for reading…..