They’re breathtaking, they’re jaw dropping, they’re top of the list of places you really must see before you die. Lists.ng has selected the top six most beautiful sites in the world. And while some of them are very famous, a lot of them are places you may never have heard of…
- Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
Located in the eastern United States and part of the massive Appalachians, the Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from their southernmost end in Georgia all the way northward to Pennsylvania. Between the Blue Ridge and the rest of the Appalachians lies the Great Appalachian Valley. When seen from a distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains appear blue – the trees that release a gas called isoprene are responsible for the bluish color and thus the mountains’ name.
Within the Blue Ridge Mountains are two large national parks: The Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains. The best way to enjoy and get to know Blue Ridge is by taking the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile-long beautiful scenic highway that runs along the ridge together with the renowned Appalachian Trail and which connects the two parks.
- Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake may only only half the size of its nearby neighbour Lake Louise, but it’s even more scenic. Situated in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, this glacier-fed lake turns the most intense and vivid shade of turquoise blue. The setting of the surrounding majestic mountain peaks makes the scene almost surreal.
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil border
One of the modern natural wonders of the world, this chain of mini waterfalls is one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights. A visit is an awe-inspiring visceral experience, and the power and noise of the cascades – a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3km in extension – is something you won’t forget. The falls lie split between Brazil and Argentina in a large expanse of national park, much of it rainforest teeming with unique flora and fauna.
- Santorini, Greece
This crescent-shaped volcanic island in the Aegean Sea is honeymoon gold. Why? We chalk it up to those fabulous black-pebble and red-sand beaches, iconic whitewashed buildings that cling to precipitous rocks overlooking the underwater caldera, that iconic blue-domed monastery (and Instagram mecca), and those legendary sunsets from its main town of Oia.
- Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii owns the medal of the rainiest place on earth, allowing for a tropical paradise. Hike, swim, bike, and dive.
Despite being the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai remains one of its least developed, dominated by raw, wild landscapes that have evolved over the centuries due to weather and erosion. Its most famous landmark: Na Pali, a velvety 15-mile coastline of sheer cliffs that fold in and out like a handheld fan. That the area is impenetrable except by catamaran or a challenging 22-mile roundtrip hike (or glimpsed by helicopter) adds to its mystique.
- Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven beach, Australia
Diverse aquatic species include leatherback turtles and clown fish, the Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction. The world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi), the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.