For travelers, the world is full of beautiful surprises. From hustling and bustling nightlife cities, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and awe-inspiring mountains to lost cities and historic landmarks, you can never be short of things to see.
To curtail this list down to 10 sights will be like fitting Mount Fuji into a teacup. But let us try to see how much of it we can fit in.
Hop on and let us look at some of the most breathtaking sights that the world has to offer.
1. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska - Where Ice Meets the Ocean
At the far end of the Kenai Peninsula is a land where the ice age remains. Around forty glaciers from the Harding Ice field flow through the Kenai Fjords; it is no surprise that the place is the glacial wonderland.
There are three main attractions around Kenai Fjords:
The Exit Glacier is a river of ice that is half a mile wide. Compared to the other two, this area is the easiest to access in the park. It is a great opportunity to witness the power of glaciers up close.
The Harding Ice Field is not only one of the very few remaining ice fields but is also the biggest ice field in the US.
The Coastline includes some amazing tidewater glaciers and also provides an opportunity to see marine life. You can keep a lookout for sea lions, humpback whales, and even black bears.
It is an amazing place to visit if you enjoy glacier views and love to hike. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the aurora during nighttime.
2. The Grand Canyon, Arizona USA - Rock Nature at Its Best
Even at 100 years old, the Grand Canyon National Park does not cease to amaze. Just walking on the edge and watching earth change from gorges to plateaus to peaks is an indescribable experience.
Descend into the canyon, and you will surely feel dwarfed by the enormous rock walls that seem to reach the sky. In the desert-like climate, water can be an astonishing sight among the yellow and orange heaps of stones. You will notice turquoise streams gushing out of rusty-red walls and falling into the everlasting Colorado River.
Only a few places in the world can give you a perspective of your relative size; the Grand Canyon is surely one of them!
3. The Bay of Fundy, Canada - The Seventh Wonder
Some call it one of the seven wonders of North America! Home to the rarest whales, highest tides, and oldest dinosaur fossils, it is no wonder that this bay is a natural wonder.
There is little about this bay that ceases to amaze, including its location. It is located exactly halfway between the North Pole and the equator on the eastern coast of Canada. It is home to the world's largest tidal waves.
How high, you ask? Tides can go up to 16 meters or 53 feet; that is almost as high as a five-story building! The water makes it an ideal place for rafting and kayaking.
4. Iguazu Falls, Brazil, and Argentina
Iguazu Falls are not one waterfall but a series of hundreds of waterfalls that are spread out across a length of three kilometers. They sit right on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
You can enjoy a more panoramic view of the falls from the Brazilian side, but the Argentinean side allows you to get up close and personal with them. The sound of water and the view of the falls, which are higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria, is nothing short of exquisite and impressive.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy - The Natural Color Palette
Suspended magically between the sparkling sea and the blue sky is the Amalfi Coast. At first glance, it looks like something out of a fairytale, but it is very real; you only have to see it to believe it!
It is also home to one of the greatest road trips in the world, known as the Amalfi Drive. The 30-mile drive is arguably the most beautiful in Italy. It would be best if you did not drive yourself because every yard of the road is worth seeing. If you choose to drive yourself, you will miss a lot as the road does not allow you to take your eyes off it for even a minute.
6. Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye, Scotland
If there is something amiss about this waterfall, it is certainly not the 'Wow' factor. Water from Loch Mealt flows towards the edge of the Kilt Rock cliff and plummets more than 55 meters directly into the ocean. The kilt rock gets its name due to its resemblance to the famous Scottish apparel. The texture of the cliff resembles the pleating on a kilt, hence giving the distinct cliff its name.
Another awe-inspiring moment can be seen here at the end of October. People have seen the waterfall flowing upwards! Strong Atlantic winds are sometimes blowing against the flow and push the water back into Loch Mealt.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
Embedded with a dream-like landscape and situated at the meeting point of the Amazon Basin and the Andes is the historic site of Machu Picchu. This World Heritage site covers over 32,500 hectares of valleys, mountains, and summits.
Among 200 religious and astronomical structures, the center of attention here is "La Ciudadela," a Citadel built in the fifteenth century. The fine architecture of the site blends beautifully with the scenic surroundings.
8. Zhangye Danxia Geopark, China
This park is renowned for its miraculous display of colors across rock formations and a multitude of hills. Whether you are a geology lover or an avid Instagrammer, these otherworldly mountains will be a treat for your eyes.
These rainbow mountains were made by sedimentation of different minerals over millions of years. Nonetheless, the view of the pinks, oranges, and yellows is nothing short of magical.
9. At the Top - Burj Khalifa, Dubai
If you find looking at the world's tallest building from the outside exciting, wait until you step inside. Then, when you step out onto the terrace on the 124th floor to get a 360® birds-eye view of the city below, you will feel the adrenaline rush in! The terrace has state-of-the-art telescopes mounted on, allowing you to get a breathtaking view of the city and the surroundings.
10. Venice, Italy - The City on Water
Venice is a unique city that was built on 117 islands and was founded over 1500 years ago. It features one hundred fifty canals and over 400 bridges link the areas. A city that is built over water faces a great flooding risk. But this has not stopped the residents from building awe-inspiring architecture to enhance the beauty of the city.
Last Few Words
Exploring breathtaking sights is a time-consuming adventure. But with the right attitude and guidance, you can be sure that you will have second to none experiences. Every place mentioned above displays its aspect of beauty and ingenuity, and you can rest assured that planet earth has many more secrets in store for us.