The world is full of natural wonders. From vast mountain ranges to postcard-perfect beaches, there’s no shortage of stunning views for you to admire.
But where to go first? We’ve narrowed it down to our top five. Here’s where to go in the world for pure, natural beauty.
One of the most scenic places in Europe, Bavaria is located in the south of Germany and is best known for being the location of Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. It’s a popular destination during the summer, but beautiful all year round.
You’ll be able to see the Alps, which sit on the border of Germany and Austria, and even go walking or hiking (depending on your skill level and sense of adventure).
South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
The Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River over millions of years and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the entire world. You can view it from above, but for the best experience why not take the South Kaibab Trail through it as well?
You’ll make your way to Ooh Ah Point with the help of your ranger guide, then you’ll have the option to explore deeper into the canyon. It gets hot, so make sure you’re prepared by packing all the essentials.
It’s difficult to narrow it down to one place in Bali, because there are beautiful views all over the island. For a taste of tradition, visit the lush, green rice paddies, which are set out like terraces. Climbing them is a great way to get lost in nature.
Be sure to spend plenty of time on the beaches, too. You’ll enjoy pristine sands, bright blue seas, and a cool ocean breeze. End each day by watching the sunset — the best spots include Jimbaran Bay, The Rock Bar and Tanah Lot, according to 1Cover.
This ancient, abandoned city was built into the side of a rock cliff in approximately 312 BC, but it wasn’t until the 1800s that the whole world knew about it.
Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stands out thanks to its red colour, which led to the nickname The Rose Red City. Visitors can explore the trails, learn about the local communities, and admire the artefacts preserved in the museum.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
On the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the entire world. The cliff it cascades from is 350 feet tall and 1088 cubic metres of water pour down per second. It truly is a breathtaking sight.
Head down the path in the forest for an excellent vantage point (mind the spray!) or cross Knife-edge Bridge, where you can see the falls run into the river.
Where are your favourite destinations for natural beauty? Let me know in the comments!