The sight of sapphire pools atop the upper part of Ruth Glacier is a breathtaking sight. The glacier is located in the southeastern side of Denali National Park and Preserve. It is a popular tourist destination for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.
The continent of Antarctica is home to about four species of penguins — Adélie, Chinstrap, Emperor, and Gentoo. Penguins are known to be very social creatures. This explains why they often huddle together in groups or rookeries, which sometimes exceed a million birds in population.
Located in Fergus County, Montana, the town of Denton is known for its vast fields of sunflowers. Early mornings offer picture-perfect scenes with the bright yellow flowers facing the rising sun.
Spanning 47,000 acres, Acadia National Park is located along the Atlantic Coast in Maine, USA. This recreation area has an awe-inspiring landscape marked by glacier-scoured granite peaks, woodlands, and rocky beaches. Earlier known as Lafayette National Park, it was the first national park towards the east of Mississippi.
Popular for over-the-water luxury hotels and coral-fringed lagoons, French Polynesia is a summer paradise. The island has towering waterfalls, an underwater paradise, mountains, and black-and-white beaches. It offers some of the most wonderfully endless hues of blue, invoking a sense of calm.
Known as one of the largest springs in the country, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is believed to have been discovered in the early 1800s. It gets its vivid hues from bacteria that have colorful pigmentation. The water is highly acidic, and swimming is strictly prohibited.
During the period from December to March, herds congregate in the areas of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti Conservation. Millions of zebras, antelopes, and wildebeest migrate across the vast plains of East Africa looking for better grazing lands. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness this annual migration.
Reserved only for natural studies, Kronotsky Nature is off-limits for tourists except for helicopter tours. This strictly protected natural reserve is located in the remote Russian far-east region. Its terrain is rich in flora and fauna and speckled with volcanoes, geysers, and winding rivers.
Also known as the “Matterhorn of the Himalaya”, the Ama Dablam is one of the most gorgeous mountains in the world. It has a hanging glacier on the side and one needs a climbing permit before attempting to scale the peak.
A slot canyon in the American Southwest, Antelope Canyon is one of nature’s best marvels. Its sections are so scenic that it has graced many personal computers as a pre-loaded desktop wallpaper. Tourists are not allowed to enter the canyon without a Navajo guide.
Aurora borealis is formed by disturbances in the magnetosphere by solar winds. These are often seen over the Tennevik River, among many other places over the polar region. The aurora borealis paints the snow-covered banks of the river in magnificent colors.
An isolated archipelago, St Kilda has not known any permanent population since 1930. Offering some dramatic views, its cliffs are known to be the highest in the UK.
Chinstrap penguins are native to Antarctica, which is home to about four species of penguins. They can reach speeds up to 20 mph while swimming and on land, they often propel themselves on their stomachs, using their feet and flippers.
One of the most impressive canyons in the Blue Mountains in Australia, Claustral Canyon is a sight to behold. Quite popular among adventure lovers, the canyon offers an amazing series of abseils through one of the most famous parts of the canyon called the Black Holes of Calcutta.
Hundreds of tourists throng every year to Baja California in Mexico, the reason being the exotic beaches all around. With Baja California being the second largest peninsula in the world, its coastline runs for 746 miles. From calm coves to limitless expanse of sand and sea, it is a whole new world out there.
Watching the sun rise over the Sahara Desert has been called magical in books, poetry, and movies alike. With the sand dunes appearing golden in those fleeting moments of dawn, it seems like one in inside an Arabian Nights story.
Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea is known for its exotic underwater coral gardens. Nearly 60% of coral species of the Indo-Pacific region are known to live here. This coral crucible offers spectacular views from above as well as underwater.
One of the best-known of several prehistoric hill forts in Aran Islands, Ireland, Fort of Dun Aengus is a popular tourist attraction. Also known as Dún Aonghasa, the spectacular fort is an important archaeological site. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it offers some of the most amazing views.
Located in the fourth largest river of Iceland, Godafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. The river Skjálfandafljót plunges from a height of about 12 meters. Also known as the waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the 'goði' (i.e. priest/ chieftain), the Godafoss is a crucial part of Icelandic history.
Lake Powell is known to be the second largest man-made lake in the US. It is one of the premier boating destinations in the world. The beautiful Glen Canyon stretches from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs in Utah.
A recreation and conservation unit of the National Park Service, the Glen Canyon comprises of the lower Cataract Canyon and Lake Powell. Mostly a desert area, the setting sun against the rocky and sandy backdrop makes for ethereal views.
One of the wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza was constructed around 2560 BC. The majestic pyramids were made from limestone and granite. Witnessing a sunset here is really unforgettable.
Located on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha, Hearson’s Cove is a beautiful beach. Between May and October on full moon nights, the beach becomes one of the rare places on Earth to experience the optical illusion called Staircase to the Moon.
Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes. These are formed when limestone bedrock that has been exposed to groundwater underneath collapses. These are widely observed in Mexico, especially in the Yucatan Peninsula. These were considered sacred by ancient Mayans.
Nestled between two huge glaciers, the Hveravellir Nature Reserve is a hidden gem of Iceland. Also called The Hot Spring Fields, it is an oasis in the middle of the frozen landscape of Iceland. With steam rising from the azure spring, surrounded by highlands, the sight is surreal.
One of the greatest natural wonderlands of the world, the Kronotsky Volcano is surrounded by a landscape which is a mixture of tundra, glaciers, geysers, and volcanoes. It is surrounded by rich biodiversity, which has been barely explored to this day.
Witnessing lava falling into the sea is an incredible sight. The formation of laze that wafts up from the sea in a plume of hot steam and acid is almost wondrous. Laze forms when lava at a temperature of around 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit hits sea water.
Located deep within the dense forest of Meghalaya in India, the Living Root Bridge is nature’s miracle. These natural bridges are the result of roots of rubber trees growing intertwined with one another.
One of the best views in Kansas is from Texaco Hill. From its top, winding valleys can be seen crisscrossing the landscape. A view of the lush green valleys is quite splendid and worth a visit, especially at dawn.
Located in the South Island of New Zealand, Aoraki or Mount Cook National Park is in the highest mountain in New Zealand. Hiking through the national park offers some of the most spectacular panoramic scenes. The view at dawn is especially enthralling.
Located towards the east of the Death Valley, Zabriskie Point is a part of the Amargosa Range. It is well-known for multihued badlands resulting from years of erosional activities. It offers some of the stunning views of the landscape.
Known for towering sea cliffs and narrow valleys, the Na Pali Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Located in the northwestern part of Kauai Island, the wilderness park has streams of emerald water and giant cascading waterfalls.
Nelion Peak is one of the highest peaks of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya. It is not frequented by hikers and mountaineers, which lends to its mysteriousness. The first rays of the sun give the peak a golden hue and make it a sight for sore eyes.
The aurora borealis or northern lights in Alaska are a marvelous sight. Seen mostly from Fairbanks in northern Alaska, the northern lights are more frequent in the period between mid-September and late April. The northern light spotting season peaks in March.
Dotted with a series of picturesque waterfalls, the Red Fork Falls is known for its hiking trails. The terrain is steep and slippery, but the hikes are quite short and the view of the gushing waterfall makes it all worthwhile.
Located in Pennsylvania, Ricketts Glenn State Park spreads across the counties of Sullivan, Luzerne, and Columbia. It harbors the natural national landmark, Glens Natural Area and multiple stunning waterfalls can be found along its hiking trails.
Located in the South Region of Iceland, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is straight out of a fairytale. It has its origin in the volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull and drops from about 60m. The setting sun transforms the waterfall and its surrounding area into something ethereal.
When it last showed seismic activity in 2008, Mount Saint Helens was not known to be quite active. Erupting nearly 28 years later after its previous eruption, it had then generated nearly 150 million tons of ash. Despite its destructive history, a view of steam plumes rising from the volcano can leave one enthralled.
Pennsylvania is known for its picturesque apple orchards. Although the apple picking season starts in fall, a view of the spring fog over the orchards should not be missed. The panoramic beauty of the scene especially stands out at dawn when the sun filters through the fog, making the orchards look ethereal.
Known as a haven for rock climbers, the Great Arch of Getu He has two giant adjacent rocky arches. The sun rays filtering through the hollows of the arches make it look like one of the prettier sights the world has to offer.
One of the most famous photographs of the Nevada Fall was taken by Ansel Adams around 1947. The photograph shows a rainbow forming over the misty clouds due to cascading waters of the fall. Although not every photo captures the beauty of the fall as Adams did, a view of the fall during sunrise is equally spectacular.
Located in the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, Oceanside Beach is one of the most secluded beaches. With stunning views from the pier and even better views, if one decides to swim in the ocean, it makes for splendid memories.
Redwood National and State Parks comprise of grasslands, beaches, and protected forests. It is home to some of the tallest trees on Earth. It has a rugged coastline of nearly 40 miles and its verdant landscape is full of wild river-ways, vast prairie, and oak woodlands.
Innfjorden is one of the many scenic villages in Norway with an old-world charm to it. Watching the dawn break over its undisturbed snow-covered expanse is completely breathtaking.
Known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in local Nepali and Tibetan languages, Mount Everest is the highest mountain range in the world. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Across its summit runs the international border between China and Nepal.
A red-sand desert region along the Arizona-Utah border, Monument Valley is well-known for its towering sandstone buttes. The dry and arid landscape has been often used as a setting for old Western movies.
One of the largest and longest rivers in the world, the Amazon River is known for the presence of vast biodiversity along its coast. The river starts from narrow streams that flow from the Andes mountains and the sunsets over the river are believed to be one of the best in the world.
Located in the upper part of Paro valley, the Taktsang monasteries is one of the most prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred sites. Situated on a cliffside, the monastery looks mystical on a foggy morning or even during a sun-soaked afternoon.
This is not The Wall from the extremely popular, Game of Thrones. Rather “The Wall” is the convoluted eroded cliff that runs for around 60 miles across South Dakota. It separates the lower prairie from the upper. It is said that the face of the Wall keeps on changing due to constant erosion by water and wind.
With soaring mountains, golden pampas, and bright blue icebergs, the Torres Del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile offers some of the most spectacular views. Be it any season, this national park is home to some of the most stunning landscapes one can enjoy.