5 of The Most Beautiful Landscapes in the World
Are you ready to embark on an oneiric journey to some of the most spectacular places on earth?
4.5 billion years ago, the most magical phenomenon occurred, forming our majestic planet Earth and creating some breathtaking natural wonders. And the best thing is, we’re lucky enough to be able to experience some of them! If you’re passionate about traveling and love photography, this short guide will be sure to help you select your next destination.
Indeed, from ancient glaciers and towering mountains to majestic lakes and mesmerizing sand dunes, we’ve listed below five of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Beware, itchy feet are to be strongly expected by the end of your reading.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Home to America’s tallest peak, this spectacular park is often touted as one of the most beautiful places on earth, and for good reason! Indeed, stretching across 6 million acres of pure wilderness, the Denali National Park boasts majestic landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Proudly standing at 20,310 feet, the towering Denali peak attracts hundreds of climbers every year, determined to try and to reach the top. In addition to incredible snowy mountain ranges, the park features diverse landscapes spanning from alpine tundra, blooming valleys, gorgeous lakes, and captivating glaciers. If you explore this unique destination, you might also encounter some grizzly bears, wolves, red foxes, or moose! Amazing pictures guaranteed !
Namibia holds some magical landscapes and the Sossusvlei, located in the Namib Desert, is one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on Earth.
Indeed, featuring vast expanses of undulating red sand dunes, majestic canyons, starry night skies, and some of the best sunrises on the planet, Sossusvlei is a hidden gem truly enjoyed by nature lovers, photographers, and adventurers alike.
The most exceptional sights can be observed at Deadvlei where hundreds of ever-shifting orange sand dunes provide a mesmerizing backdrop to the crackled white clay pan, and scorched black petrified acacia trees. The shimmering haze adds a mystical dimension to the eerie destination. As the light changes throughout the day so do the dune colors, oscillating between pale pink to bright orange and darker red.
Note that sunrise and sunset are the best times to explore this magnificent park as the light brings out the stark contrast between the white clay pan and the vibrant sand dunes.
Lake Louise in Banff National Park
How does gazing at majestic colored lakes and hiking spectacular mountain ranges sound? If you love the wilderness and unique landscapes, Lake Louise in Banff National Park will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime traveling experience.
Located in the heart of the iconic Alberta Rockies, the enchanting turquoise lake is nestled between the high peaks that form the ancient Victoria glacier. As a result, the towering mountain seems to proudly soar in the background, above lake Louise, providing photographers and adventure seekers with a fantastic backdrop. The glistening lake is beautifully framed by snow-capped and forested peaks and the spectacular alpine scenery is reflected onto the surface of these majestic mirror-like turquoise waters.
If you love hiking and are looking for amazing photo opportunities, some of the best trails to explore include the Little and Big Beehive trail, the Plain of Six Glaciers, and Paradise Valley Circuit.
Big Sur, California
Stretching along the picturesque Californian coast, between Carmel and San Simeon, the region of Big Sur is one of America’s natural gems. Featuring approximately 144 km of rugged and craggy coastline offering fantastic views over the Pacific Ocean, the popular area attracts over 5 million visitors a year. During your trip, make sure to allow for some time to stop along the road and marvel at the majestic condors circling high in the sky or adorable sea otters gathering at the bottom of the cliffs.
Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the area can be found in the epic Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park featuring an array of landscapes from exposed dry ridges, splendid redwood canyons, and blooming valleys to stunning beaches, enchanting coves and fantastic waterfalls.
Note that Mcway Falls is one of the most breathtaking sights of the park as the area features a 80-foot-tall dramatic waterfall that plunges into the sands of a pristine beach, only meters away from the rich blue Pacific waters. Framed by luxuriant vegetation and craggy cliffs, this is a sight for sore eyes!
Great Barrier Reef National Park, Australia
Being David Attenborough’s favorite place on earth, we couldn’t write an article about the most beautiful landscapes in the world without talking about the Great barrier Reef! Located in Australia, this spectacular reef stretches across 2,300 kilometers and is home to thousands of marine species, including some of the most endangered turtles in the world.
Now I know what you’re thinking, how is this a landscape, it’s AT SEA ! Take a plane ride over the Great Barrier Reef and the view is spectacular.
While colorful coral, fish and unique marine species make for one of the most sought after underwater experiences, the area is also dotted with hundreds of small coral reefs and tropical islands. Surrounded by pristine waters, and featuring lush and dense vegetation along with dreamy white sandy beaches, they make for an incredible sight!
What makes this place even more special is the fact that the Great Barrier Reef region is where one of the oldest rainforests on Earth meets the most beautiful coral sea on the planet. Indeed, the marine park is bordered by an ancient Gondwana rainforest with millenia-old luxuriant trees, unique freshwater streams and rivers meandering through the jungle all the way into the ocean. This destination truly is a natural wonder!
Got itchy feet yet? Let us know if you plan to visit one of these regions to experience their majestic landscapes or if you’ve ever been to one of them before then let us know in the comment section below!
Dan has been working in the photography industry for over 20 years mostly in the commercial space. He re-focused in travel and travel content 5 years ago after a long career in commercial studio, interior and advertising content for industry leaders in many genres.
Published many times in print with Professional Photographer, Sony, Culture Trip, Countryside Magazine, NY Tourism Guide, New York Times, many real estate marketing magazines throughout the USA and many online publications. Dan has also co-authored “Creative Photography : The Professional Edge”.
Dan also runs yearly photography tours in Alaska at alaskabearcruise.com where he is the guide and company co-owner. He also runs a successful nationwide photography business.
Current principal sponsors include Think Tank Photo and Lumix, also a previous British Photography Awards Ambassador.