Wendy Dessler runs the authority influencer site The Blog Frog that gathers quality and authority blogs across numerous verticals. She's also an avid traveler so she loves to share her world's best otherworldly landscapes with us.
We're lucky to live in a world that has so many beautiful places to visit and explore. Earth is a diverse planet, with incredible destinations that look like you've left home and ventured somewhere beyond the stars.
With so many places to choose from, it can be challenging to choose one destination over another. Here are six of the world's most beautiful places to add to your dream jet-setting list today.
Tuscany is a region in Italy known for its incredible architectural displays, rolling hills, and fine wines. While there’s no shortage of beauty in this area, some places are so breathtaking that they look as though they’re from a dream. Elba is an island in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. While the landscape closely resembles the beautiful rolling hills of the mainland, the shoreline is so pristine and clear it could be a beach in the Caribbean. Napoleon was exiled here in the 1800s. Seeing the area makes it difficult to feel too much sympathy for him.
The Chianti wine region boasts misty rolling hills, red roofed buildings, and picturesque vistas. Watch the sunrise in the mist over the vines for an unforgettable experience. If you’re renting a Tuscany vacation home, be sure to end the day by venturing out to watch the sunset on the stone walls of Monteriggioni, a 13th century fortress that stands proud still today.
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Jasper National Park, Canada
Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, is another incredibly beautiful destination for those who want something a little different in their travels. Head to the great white North to this 7000 square mile region nestled in the Canadian Rockies to see glaciers, wildlife, and more.
For a breathtaking experience, venture out onto the Glacier Skywalk. This glass walkway juts out from the edge of a cliff 900 feet over the ground. When you're done taking in the sights, hop aboard an Ice Explorer and venture into the Columbia Ice Fields with a guide. Take a boat on Maligne Lake and capture a photo near the world-famous Spirit Island, which is so iconic it's depicted in Grand Central Station in NYC.
For a genuinely otherworldly view, head outside at night. Jasper is the second-largest "Dark Sky Preserve" in the world. You've never seen the stars until you've seen them from Jasper.
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Meteora is recognized worldwide for two things:
- its monastery
- its incredible rock formations.
Everywhere you look in Meteora, there is something amazing to see and do. Unfortunately, this breathtaking destination often gets overshadowed by the many other breathtaking areas in Greece.
While visiting Meteora, most people stay in Kalambaka, at the base of the towering rocks. From there, you can venture up to the top of the rocks to visit the 800-year-old monastery that overlooks the town from the top of the rocks. Go scramble hiking along the rock formations for an adrenaline rush like no other. Take a tube down the rapids of the river. Venture into the haunting Theopetra cavern underground. Add incredible sunsets with wine tastings and Greek cuisine, and you've got yourself the trip of a lifetime.
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Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Mount Roraima is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. This towering plateau rises 1300 feet into the air with a summit that stretches over 12 square miles. In other words, it looks like a giant table rising above the clouds.
Mount Roraima can be accessed via a six-day guided trek through the wilderness. On your adventure, you'll see otherworldly rock formations, stunning forests, small aboriginal settlements, and beautiful wildlife. The view from the top is astounding, and the experience is life-changing overall.
Zanzibar is a scenic little archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It boasts dazzling turquoise waters and sparkling white sand. Watch the stunning red sunset over the water from Nungwi and Kendwa, two of the incredibly scenic beaches that call the archipelago home.
Venture out to Manta Resort and sleep in an underwater room with glass walls so you can watch the fish swim around you. At the Mnemba Atoll, you can immerse yourself in the crystal clear water and frolic with the sea turtles. This area of the world is a tiny slice of paradise with astonishing sights wherever you look.
Zanzibar is a great place to relax after a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.
Blue Mountain National Park, Australia
Australia is a country known for its amazing sights and places to explore. Many of these eye-catching areas are possible to see by making a day trip from Sydney. At the top of the list is Blue Mountain National Park. This area is protected by UNESCO, primarily due to its dense population of eucalyptus trees.
The oil produced by the eucalyptus trees creates a subtle blue haze when it mixes with dust and water particles in the air. This is how the Blue Mountains got their name.
There's always something to do in the Blue Mountains. Hike for days, camp under the stars, and partake in the kid-friendly activities put on by the park association. Venture into the romantic Jenolan Caves for exploration with the whole family. While you roam around, you might even see a platypus or a koala!
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Vietnam is filled with incredibly beautiful places and cultural displays. It’s also home to one of the most breathtaking vistas in the world: Sa Pa. This small township is located in the Muong Hoa Valley in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam. What makes this incredible location so astonishing is the terraced rice fields that look like staircases for giants leading to the clouds. Tour the rice fields and sip your coffee while taking in the view from the Cafe in the Clouds.
Sa Pa is also home to the famous Silver Waterfalls, a collection of waterfalls that reach up to 600 feet. Explore the fabled Fairy Cave and immerse yourself in local legends. In addition to being unbelievably beautiful, Sa Pa also boasts incredible culinary delights, small welcoming villages where you can stay with the locals, and interactive experiences like traditional Vietnamese cooking and sewing classes.
If you like otherworldly landscapes like this, Bali should be your next destination.
When you travel, go mindfully. Respect the culture and the environment of the area you're visiting so that people can enjoy these astonishing landscapes for generations to come.
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