50 of the best views in the world



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 The world is filled with natural wonders, parks, and ancient
 monuments that make for spectacular views. 
 Iceland's Reynisfjarablack-sand
 beach is a must-see destination. 
 Lake Tekapo in New Zealand is known for being a spectacular
 spot for stargazing. 
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 It's no secret that our planet is
 pretty incredible.
 From ancient archaeological sites
 to natural features like canyons and cliffs, just about every corner of the
 world offers special spots to explore. Greece is home to
 idyllic pink-sand beaches, Bolivia's 
 Salar de Uyuni salt flat offers stunning optical
 illusion-esque views, and the vibrant blue water of Moraine Lake
 in Canada is nothing short of picture-perfect.
 We've gathered 50 of the most 
 breathtaking views in the world that everyone should enjoy
 with their own eyes.
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 Los Glaciares
 National Park is named for its glaciers that cover nearly
 half of the property. The striking glaciers reflect onto Lake
 Argentino, creating a beautiful mirror-like image.
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 This surreal waterfall is located in Iguazu National Park, a
 UNESCO World Heritage site situated between Argentina and Brazil.
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 The Great Barrier Reef is arguably one of the most well-known
 underwater ecosystems in the world. Its diverse landscape, which
 is a home for some 1,500 fish species and 400
 types of mollusc, is beautiful both from above and below.
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 With cliffs, waterfalls, and canyons, this UNESCO World Heritage
 site represents the diverse plant species native to
 Australia.
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 Salar de Uyuni is the 
 world's largest salt flat, according to National Geographic.
 The salt-covered ground 
 often creates mind-blowing, mirror-like effects.
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 The crisp blue water and mountain-filled landscape of 
 Moraine Lake in Banff National Park are even more stunning in
 person.
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 Due to weathering and erosion, the landscapes known as China Danxia have
 colored "stripes" of red sedimentary rock, according to UNESCO.
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 The Great Wall
 was built between the 3rd century BC and the 17th century AD, and
 it's one of China's most important historical sites that
 represents its culture and ancient civilization.
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 The Area de Conservación in Costa Rica is filled with diverse ecosystems,
 including oak forests, savannahs, wetlands, and beaches - not to
 mention 500 species of birds and thousands of species of plants
 and butterflies.
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 The spectacular ancient monuments are
 carved out of the sandstone cliff. 
 Read more: 
 Egypt's Great Pyramid was originally white and not golden yellow
 as a new documentary shows
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 National Geographic named 
 Finland's Lapland region one of the best places to gaze at
 the sky during Aurora Borealis, or northern lights.
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 France's southern region of Provence is home to a number of
 UNESCO World Heritage cities and sites, and
 it's also known for its 
 lavender fields that bloom in vibrant shades of purple and
 magenta.
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 There's a reason why the Eiffel Tower is the 
 most-visited paid monument in the world. The iron structure
 is an iconic symbol of Paris, and it makes for an exquisite view
 when it lights up at night.
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 Mont-Saint-Michel
 is a Gothic-style abbey situated on a rocky islet between
 Normandy and Brittany, France.
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 This breathtaking palace is one of the 
 7 Wonders of the World, and it is also said to have inspired
 Disneyland's 
 Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Travel + Leisure.
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 The towering rocks of
 Meteora, Greece, are home to monasteries that date back to
 the 15th century, according to the site's UNESCO World Heritage
 description.
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 On beaches in Elafonissi, part of a peninsula that connects to
 Crete, Greece, the sand's pink hue comes from broken shells,
 according to 
 US News Travel.
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 The 
 village of Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece, is known
 for its gorgeous hills of white and blue buildings and vibrant
 waters.
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 Iceland's black-sand beach, called 
 Reynisfjara, has incredible columns made of basalt and rock
 pillars that stick out of the water.
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 The unique landscape of Vatnajökull National Park
 in Iceland makes it one of the most striking views in
 the world. The area has 10 volcanoes, three of which are below
 glaciers or sheets of ice, according to UNESCO.
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 The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7
 Wonders of the World. The famous marble palace was built in the 
 17th century as the tomb of an emperor's wife, according to
 the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.
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 The Burren and Cliffs of Moher are not only famous for their
 natural beauty, but the site is also home to artifacts that show
 signs of human life dating back 6,000 years, according to 
 UNESCO.
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 This breathtaking landscape on
 Italy's eastern coast consists of Porto Venere, three islands
 called Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, and Cinque Terre. The coastal
 area is known for its rainbow-colored buildings settled along
 steep rocks, which overlook crystal-blue waters.
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 Toyama Bay on Japan's west coast is home to 
 glow-in-the-dark sea creatures that make for a spectacular
 view of the water from above, according to BBC.
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 Kyoto, which was the country's capital until the middle of the
 19th century, is filled with traditional and religious
 architecture and lush gardens that are significant to
 Japanese culture, according to UNESCO.
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 The architecture and ancient carvings found in Petra, Jordan, make the
 ancient city one filled with spectacular and unique views.
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 The vibrant green hills and rainforests found in Malaysia's
 Langkawi landscape make it a special and beautiful 
 UNESCO site. The geopark is home to beaches, estuaries, coral
 reefs, caves, and limestone, according to UNESCO.
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 Kotor is
 considered a Natural and Culturo-Historical Region by UNESCO
 World Heritage for its ancient architectural features and
 breathtaking rocky landscape.
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 As part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage
 of Humanity, 
 Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is recognized as an iconic
 and meaningful symbol of the city's history and culture.
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 The archaeological remains of the city of Bagan, Myanmar, date
 back to the 11th to 13th centuries, according to UNESCO. The
 unique landscape of
 Bagan is home to sacred Buddhist art, monasteries, and places
 of religious pilgrimage.
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 Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Canterbury region is a
 glacial
 lake with unreal views during the day and equally beautiful,
 clear skies at night - perfect for stargazing.
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 Norway's Bryggen
 wharf is a historic area recognized by UNESCO World Heritage.
 The harbor town was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, and today, its
 medieval-style buildings and colorful facades create idyllic
 reflections onto the water.
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 The lush, vibrant ecosystem found at Coiba National Park is
 filled with incredible views of the vibrant blue water. The park
 is also a protected
 UNESCO site, as it is "one of the last major refuges
 for rare and endangered species of tropical America."
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 Located between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, Machu
 Picchu is an archaeological site of the
 ancient Inca Empire. Machu Picchu, named one of the 7
 Wonders of the World, is filled with monuments that document
 the Incan people's way of life. Its elevated location makes for
 second-to-none views.
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 The Pitons are striking volcanic structures on
 the lush Caribbean island of St. Lucia. 
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 photos that will make you want to immediately book a trip to
 Castries, St. Lucia
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 Singapore's Supertree Grove is a group of 160-foot-tall
 structures, according to 
 National Geographic, that offer incredible views of the city
 and of the Gardens by the Bay, which are lush conservatories with
 colorful plants.
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 Made famous by the novel "Don Quixote" and
 musical "Man
 of La Mancha,"
 the windmills that decorate Spain's La Mancha region are both
 significant to the fictional stories and visually incredible.
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 The city of Toledo, Spain, represents more than 2,000 years of
 history, according to UNESCO. Toledo offers incredible views of
 its many religious
 and historical monuments, as well as sights taken in from
 afar that show its staggered buildings and medieval fortress.
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 Non nuoc Cao Bang is a UNESCO Global Geopark with magnificent
 views of its waterfalls, lakes, and diverse plant species.
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 This UNESCO World
 Heritage site in Spain's Léon region has
 stunning clay mountains that have remnants of ancient Roman
 gold-mining mechanisms and techniques.
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 The Swiss Alps mountain range, specifically the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of
 Switzerland, is home to Europe's largest glacier, according
 to UNESCO. The magnificence of the Swiss Alps has inspired art,
 music, and literature for centuries.
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 The remains of Thailand's historic city of Ayutthaya include
 ornate
 monasteries and structures that date back to the 14th
 century, according to UNESCO. At Thailand's lantern festival,
 called the Loi Krathong festival, views of  Ayutthaya are even
 more majestic.
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 This stunning landscape in Turkey has mineral forests, petrified
 waterfalls, and thermal waters. The Turkish name Pamukkale means
 "cotton castle,"
 which describes the pool's white coating that comes from calcium
 carbonate deposits, according to UNESCO.
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 UNESCO calls Stonehenge "the most architecturally
 sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world." The
 ancient monuments of Stonehenge, located in
 Wiltshire, England, make for a historic and
 picturesque landscape.
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 The 
 London Eye Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the city,
 Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the River Thames.
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 Known for its lake
 views, valleys, cliffs, and waterfalls, Yosemite National
 Park in California is filled with incredible sights to explore.
Slide 48 of 51: 
 Grand Canyon National Park represents two billion years of
 geological history. The canyons have been carved out by the
 Colorado River, making this one of the most visually spectacular
 landscapes in the world.
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 UNESCO added American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 20th-century
 buildings to the World Heritage list in
 July 2019. One of Wright's many visually incredible works of
 design is the Fallingwater
 house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
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 This breathtaking
 forest on Portugal's island of Madeira looks like something
 from a fairy tale.
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 Named the "largest curtain of falling water in the world" by
 UNESCO, Victoria Falls also feature numerous basalt gorges, or
 narrow valleys that have been formed from the falling water over
 time. This incredible natural wonder in Africa is truly
 one-of-a-kind.
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It’s no secret that our planet is
pretty incredible.

From ancient archaeological sites
to natural features like canyons and cliffs, just about every corner of the
world offers special spots to explore. Greece is home to
idyllic pink-sand beaches, Bolivia’s
Salar de Uyuni salt flat offers stunning optical
illusion-esque views, and the vibrant blue water of Moraine Lake
in Canada is nothing short of picture-perfect.

We’ve gathered 50 of the most

breathtaking views in the world that everyone should enjoy
with their own eyes.

ARGENTINA: Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares
National Park is named for its glaciers that cover nearly
half of the property. The striking glaciers reflect onto Lake
Argentino, creating a beautiful mirror-like image.

ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL: Iguazu Falls

This surreal waterfall is located in Iguazu National Park, a
UNESCO World Heritage site situated between Argentina and Brazil.

AUSTRALIA: Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is arguably one of the most well-known
underwater ecosystems in the world. Its diverse landscape, which
is a home for some 1,500 fish species and 400
types of mollusc, is beautiful both from above and below.

AUSTRALIA: Greater Blue Mountains Area

With cliffs, waterfalls, and canyons, this UNESCO World Heritage
site represents the diverse plant species native to
Australia.

BOLIVIA: Salar de Uyuni salt flat

Salar de Uyuni is the
world’s largest salt flat, according to National Geographic.
The salt-covered ground
often creates mind-blowing, mirror-like effects.

CANADA: Moraine Lake in Alberta

The crisp blue water and mountain-filled landscape of
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park are even more stunning in
person.

CHINA: China Danxia geological area

Due to weathering and erosion, the landscapes known as China Danxia have
colored “stripes” of red sedimentary rock, according to UNESCO.

CHINA: The Great Wall

The Great Wall
was built between the 3rd century BC and the 17th century AD, and
it’s one of China’s most important historical sites that
represents its culture and ancient civilization.

COSTA RICA: Area de Conservación Guanacaste

The Area de Conservación in Costa Rica is filled with diverse ecosystems,
including oak forests, savannahs, wetlands, and beaches – not to
mention 500 species of birds and thousands of species of plants
and butterflies.

EGYPT: Nubian Monuments

The spectacular ancient monuments are
carved out of the sandstone cliff. 

FINLAND: The region of Lapland during Aurora Borealis

National Geographic named
Finland’s Lapland region one of the best places to gaze at
the sky during Aurora Borealis, or northern lights.

FRANCE: Lavender fields in the Provence region

France’s southern region of Provence is home to a number of
UNESCO World Heritage cities and sites, and
it’s also known for its
lavender fields that bloom in vibrant shades of purple and
magenta.

FRANCE: The Eiffel Tower

There’s a reason why the Eiffel Tower is the
most-visited paid monument in the world. The iron structure
is an iconic symbol of Paris, and it makes for an exquisite view
when it lights up at night.

FRANCE: Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel
is a Gothic-style abbey situated on a rocky islet between
Normandy and Brittany, France.

GERMANY: Neuschwanstein Castle

This breathtaking palace is one of the
7 Wonders of the World, and it is also said to have inspired
Disneyland’s
Sleeping Beauty Castle, according to Travel + Leisure.

GREECE: Meteora Monasteries

The towering rocks of
Meteora, Greece, are home to monasteries that date back to
the 15th century, according to the site’s UNESCO World Heritage
description.

GREECE: Pink-sand beaches in Elafonissi, Crete

On beaches in Elafonissi, part of a peninsula that connects to
Crete, Greece, the sand’s pink hue comes from broken shells,
according to
US News Travel.

GREECE: Oia, Santorini

The
village of Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece, is known
for its gorgeous hills of white and blue buildings and vibrant
waters.

ICELAND: Reynisfjara black-sand beach

Iceland’s black-sand beach, called
Reynisfjara, has incredible columns made of basalt and rock
pillars that stick out of the water.

ICELAND: Vatnajökull National Park

The unique landscape of Vatnajökull National Park
in Iceland makes it one of the most striking views in
the world. The area has 10 volcanoes, three of which are below
glaciers or sheets of ice, according to UNESCO.

INDIA: The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7
Wonders of the World. The famous marble palace was built in the

17th century as the tomb of an emperor’s wife, according to
the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.

IRELAND: Burren and Cliffs of Moher

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher are not only famous for their
natural beauty, but the site is also home to artifacts that show
signs of human life dating back 6,000 years, according to

UNESCO.

ITALY: Porto Venere coast

This breathtaking landscape on
Italy’s eastern coast consists of Porto Venere, three islands
called Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, and Cinque Terre. The coastal
area is known for its rainbow-colored buildings settled along
steep rocks, which overlook crystal-blue waters.

JAPAN: Bioluminescent beach at Toyama Bay

Toyama Bay on Japan’s west coast is home to
glow-in-the-dark sea creatures that make for a spectacular
view of the water from above, according to BBC.

JAPAN: Ancient Kyoto

Kyoto, which was the country’s capital until the middle of the
19th century, is filled with traditional and religious
architecture and lush gardens that are significant to
Japanese culture, according to UNESCO.

JORDAN: The ancient city of Petra

The architecture and ancient carvings found in Petra, Jordan, make the
ancient city one filled with spectacular and unique views.

MALAYSIA: Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark

The vibrant green hills and rainforests found in Malaysia’s
Langkawi landscape make it a special and beautiful
UNESCO site. The geopark is home to beaches, estuaries, coral
reefs, caves, and limestone, according to UNESCO.

MONTENEGRO: Region of Kotor

Kotor is
considered a Natural and Culturo-Historical Region by UNESCO
World Heritage for its ancient architectural features and
breathtaking rocky landscape.

MOROCCO: Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech

As part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage
of Humanity,
Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is recognized as an iconic
and meaningful symbol of the city’s history and culture.

MYANMAR: Ancient city of Bagan

The archaeological remains of the city of Bagan, Myanmar, date
back to the 11th to 13th centuries, according to UNESCO. The
unique landscape of
Bagan is home to sacred Buddhist art, monasteries, and places
of religious pilgrimage.

NEW ZEALAND: Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand’s South Canterbury region is a
glacial
lake with unreal views during the day and equally beautiful,
clear skies at night – perfect for stargazing.

NORWAY: The Bryggen wharf in Bergen

Norway’s Bryggen
wharf is a historic area recognized by UNESCO World Heritage.
The harbor town was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, and today, its
medieval-style buildings and colorful facades create idyllic
reflections onto the water.

PANAMA: Coiba National Park

The lush, vibrant ecosystem found at Coiba National Park is
filled with incredible views of the vibrant blue water. The park
is also a protected
UNESCO site, as it is “one of the last major refuges
for rare and endangered species of tropical America.”

PERU: Machu Picchu

Located between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, Machu
Picchu is an archaeological site of the
ancient Inca Empire. Machu Picchu, named one of the 7
Wonders of the World, is filled with monuments that document
the Incan people’s way of life. Its elevated location makes for
second-to-none views.

ST. LUCIA: The Pitons volcanic peaks

The Pitons are striking volcanic structures on
the lush Caribbean island of St. Lucia. 

SINGAPORE: Supertree Grove

Singapore’s Supertree Grove is a group of 160-foot-tall
structures, according to
National Geographic, that offer incredible views of the city
and of the Gardens by the Bay, which are lush conservatories with
colorful plants.

SPAIN: Windmills of La Mancha

Made famous by the novel “Don Quixote” and
musical “Man
of La Mancha,”
the windmills that decorate Spain’s La Mancha region are both
significant to the fictional stories and visually incredible.

SPAIN: The historic city of Toledo

The city of Toledo, Spain, represents more than 2,000 years of
history, according to UNESCO. Toledo offers incredible views of
its many religious
and historical monuments, as well as sights taken in from
afar that show its staggered buildings and medieval fortress.

VIETNAM: Non nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark

Non nuoc Cao Bang is a UNESCO Global Geopark with magnificent
views of its waterfalls, lakes, and diverse plant species.

SPAIN: Las Médulas ancient gold-mining area

This UNESCO World
Heritage site in Spain’s Léon region has
stunning clay mountains that have remnants of ancient Roman
gold-mining mechanisms and techniques.

SWITZERLAND: The Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps mountain range, specifically the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of
Switzerland, is home to Europe’s largest glacier, according
to UNESCO. The magnificence of the Swiss Alps has inspired art,
music, and literature for centuries.

THAILAND: Historic city of Ayutthaya

The remains of Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya include
ornate
monasteries and structures that date back to the 14th
century, according to UNESCO. At Thailand’s lantern festival,
called the Loi Krathong festival, views of Ayutthaya are even
more majestic.

TURKEY: Natural minter al springs in Pamukkale

This stunning landscape in Turkey has mineral forests, petrified
waterfalls, and thermal waters. The Turkish name Pamukkale means
“cotton castle,”
which describes the pool’s white coating that comes from calcium
carbonate deposits, according to UNESCO.

UK: Stonehenge

UNESCO calls Stonehenge “the most architecturally
sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world.” The
ancient monuments of Stonehenge, located in
Wiltshire, England, make for a historic and
picturesque landscape.

UK: View of the River Thames from the London Eye

The
London Eye Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the city,
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the River Thames.

US: Yosemite National Park in California

Known for its lake
views, valleys, cliffs, and waterfalls, Yosemite National
Park in California is filled with incredible sights to explore.

US: Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park represents two billion years of
geological history. The canyons have been carved out by the
Colorado River, making this one of the most visually spectacular
landscapes in the world.

US: Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

UNESCO added American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 20th-century
buildings to the World Heritage list in
July 2019. One of Wright’s many visually incredible works of
design is the Fallingwater
house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

PORTUGAL: Laurisilva of Madeira

This breathtaking
forest on Portugal’s island of Madeira looks like something
from a fairy tale.

ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE: Victoria Falls

Named the “largest curtain of falling water in the world” by
UNESCO, Victoria Falls also feature numerous basalt gorges, or
narrow valleys that have been formed from the falling water over
time. This incredible natural wonder in Africa is truly
one-of-a-kind. 

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