Best in Travel: 10 Spectacular Places You Should Visit Before You Die

The world is filled with so many spectacular places that one lifetime would not be enough to visit all of them. Most of us will probably never be able to visit everything that this world has to offer, but it’s worth trying. If we can brag about seeing the most famous sites, we should consider ourselves more fortunate than 75% of the world population. Visiting these spectacular places can be a deeply moving and valuable experience. So get your bucket lists ready because here are 10 of the most spectacular places on our planet:       

 

1. Great Barrier Reef 

The Great Barrier Reef includes over 900 islands and 2,900 separate reefs. It’s the largest formation created by living organisms and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. No wonder that it’s considered one of the seven wanders of the world. The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef and see some of the most vibrant fish, coral and marine life, is either by snorkeling or scuba diving.  

 

2. NaPali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Na Pali Coast in Kawai

Kawai’s Na Pali coast  looks almost surreal. It is arguably the most amazing confluence of land and sea on earth: cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs and water worn inlets. Na Pali can be hiked, seen from a helicopter, or from the boat. In my opinion, boating and hiking are the best ways to explore this 15-mile long pristine coast.      

 

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona (photo courtesy: Steven Ritts)

Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is by far Arizona’s most recognizable landmark and a natural wonder that you simply can’t ignore. Measuring roughly 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon offers plenty of outdoor activities from hiking, to zip-lining, horseback riding and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.      

 

4. Iguazú Falls, Argentina

Iguazú Falls, seen from the Brazilian side

There are not many things in life that will make your jaw drop and your heart skip a beat, but the mighty Iguazú is one of them. It’s indeed amazingly beautiful and grandiose. “My poor Niagara!” said Eleanor Roosevelt when she first saw the waterfall. And that’s exactly the thought that comes to your mind when you first see the mighty falls of Iguazú.       

 

5. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada  

Banff looks like Paradise. Or at least how we, humans, imagine Paradise: the epitome of perfection, a place where you can find beauty and peace, where you instantly forget about your busy life and daily worries, a place where you can connect with your inner self, or with a higher power in the Universe. Such is the setting of Banff, Canada’s oldest national park in the Rocky Mountains.      

 

6. Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

The Top of Europe, as it is also called, stands tall in the Bernese Alps at an elevation of 3,466 meters. No matter how impressive Jungfraujoch looks from a distance, it doesn’t compare to the feeling you get when you step out unto the viewing platform of the Sphinx Observatory, at 3,500 meters altitude. Standing amidst this world of glaciers and everlasting snow makes your heart skip a beat.      

 

7. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park (photo by Christopher Bruno)

National parks are by definition very beautiful places and each one of them is truly unique, but Yosemite is by far the most impressive one that I have ever seen. One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. With over 750 miles of trails to explore, your options are endless!      

 

8. Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska

Alaska is one of those places that will blow your mind away. Everywhere you look there’s beauty. There is majesty, yet humbleness. There is mystery, yet serenity. Exploring the pristine Misty Fjords is a one-of-a-kind experience. The huge granite cliffs rising straight up from the sea, the calm waters and the sheer beauty of the area around  will give you a very strange sense of peace and serenity.    

 

9. Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como is one of those places that seems surreal. A perfect mix of scenery, culture and seduction. Quaint villages, elegant villas and snow-capped mountains. It is hard not to fall in love with it.      

 

10. Havasupai Canyon Waterfalls, Arizona

Havasupai Canyon Waterfall (CanStock photo)

Hidden in the Grand Canyon and difficult to reach, this gorgeous spot is for those who can ride a horse or enjoy hiking for 8 miles or more. The Havasupai Reservation can be reached only by horse or by foot. The area consists of a plateau dissected with deep, scenic canyons and turquoise waters. The color of the water is the result of having been stored underground – in limestone caverns or aquifers for thousands of years.    

     

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37 Comments on “Best in Travel: 10 Spectacular Places You Should Visit Before You Die

      • You forgot Asia, Australia, and Antarctica. Pathetic to believe that most beauty is in your backyard. Ten best has to be more discriminating than this, as much as I like my home country. Take a look over the fence sometime, you might be thrilled

  1. I have been to a few of these and they are spectacular. There are few spots in New Zealand that could be on this list. Banff always topped my mum’s list as the most beautiful spot in the world, but have not been yet. Your photos are all crystal clear and wonderful. Thanks for putting this post together. It’s a new favourite of mine.

    • I’m aware there are many more beautiful places in the world, Rhonda, but I haven’t seen them yet. My list is made of places that I have actually visited.

  2. Wow! These places are really amazing. Lovely view. I wish I could at least visit one of them before I die.

  3. Such beautiful photos and a great list! I have been to only 3 (Great Barrier Reef, Yosemite and Grand Canyon). Banff and Iguazu Falls are so high on my list. There are so many incredible places we have yet to visit. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You are welcome Mary. Bang and Iguazu Falls and perhaps the most grandiose from my list so you should definitely strive to visit them.

  4. Gorgeous photos of some amazing places, none of which I have visited. Closest I’ve got is Lake Como which we saw when passing on the train to Milan. I never knew you were into snorkelling and underwater photography too, great photos of our Great Barrier Reef, how long ago did you visit?

    • I was there over 15 years ago, when my brother in law used to live in New Caledonia. He and my husband are great scuba divers and visiting the Great Barrier Reef was their dream. In fact the photos have been taken by my brother in law.

  5. These are, indeed, 10 spectacular places to visit! I would love to visit the Great Barrier Reef, especially, since I’m a scuba diver. The place you mentioned that I have also visited is Kauai’s NaPali coast. I think we all have our favorites, according to where we have been and what our interests are. Lovely photos, as usual!

    • I agree, Debbra. Some of those who commented on my post accused me that most of the places I consider stunning are in the USA. It’s not entirely true since I only mentioned 3 from the main land in USA. However, you can’t discount the fact that USA is home to some of the most stunning national parks in the world, so we can’t help mentioning them.

  6. This is a great list, and I have been to some of them! I really liked Misty Fjords National Monument. I even have a similar picture of New Eddystone rock. Wonderful photos. Very inspiring.

  7. amazing places! I have yet to visit quite a few of these but they are for sure on my list! Beautiful photographs too – Alaska is one destination I have wanted to visit for a long time. Looks stunning! #theweeklypostcard

  8. Banff National Park and the Na Pali Coast are two of my favorite places on this list. I have heard of the others and would jump at the chance to see any of them. It’s incredible how fascinating our world is.

  9. I’m going to disagree with Sal. It’s not like you said these were The Top 10 Places You Should Visit or some such, you said they were spectacular places we should visit before we die, and you are right!

    1,000 Places to See Before You Die has been a #1 New York Times bestseller for ages. I can’t figure out how they did it. The world is full of breathtaking spots and I wonder how they managed to narrow it down to 1000. Heck, we just completed a 3-week trip through the Czech Republic and I find it next to impossible to choose my favorites in that one, single country!

    Do you have any similar article for your homeland?

    • Thank you for your comment, Linda. The world has so many spectacular places that it’s almost impossible to see them all. Romania has many beautiful places too, but I’ll have to go back to compound a list. It’s been a while since I’ve been there and from some of these places I only have analog photographs.

  10. So many great places in here. I have only been to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but look forward to visit the other places. The Havasupai Canyon is not that far from Southern California but the 8 to 10 mile hike sounds scary (more if you think you have to carry all your camping stuff with you).

    • You can take a horse down to the Havasupay Canyon, but it’s kind of scary. The road is very narrow and the horses stumble all the time making it feel that you are going to fall into the ravine.

  11. Wahoo I’ve done pretty well! 5/10! Gotta keep going!! I’m still pissed at myself that I didn’t explore more of Alberta when I lived in Montana! I was RIGHT there! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  12. Love your photos and I was so pleasantly surprised to see the pinnacle from Misty Fjords. We cruised by while staying with fishing friends from Ketchikan. So much beauty in the world!

    • Hawaii is for sure a dream destination, Vlad. Since we moved to California we keep going to Hawaii almost every year because it’s not so far from us.

  13. I’ve only been to a few of these places, so I need to get moving and see the rest. Iguazu Falls would be incredible to see (and hear) in person, I’m sure. I’ve snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, but frankly, I think I may not have been in the best spot. We were in a place that, it turns out, is best known for its sea grass and turtles. I had been hoping fore more coral.
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