People have different ideas on what makes a place one of the finest places to visit, and these ideas vary widely. The Northern Lights in Iceland or the Inca ruins at Macchu Pichu in Peru are beautiful to some.
Whether it’s a safari in South Africa, the waves of the ocean from a beach in Tahiti, a cup of coffee in a Paris café, or something else completely, there are many ways to see the world.
As it turns out, Earth is a very diversified globe, with spectacular natural marvels and compelling man-made attractions of many kinds. Thanks to the United Nations’ 193 member nations and many more areas spread around the world, there is a place on Earth for everyone.
What are the world’s most beautiful countries?
There is no one list of the world’s most beautiful nations that can accommodate everyone’s preferences because of the almost unlimited number of options and the equally large range of human preferences.
The fact that certain nations are known for their beauty is unquestionable. Every year, travel websites and publications conduct surveys of their users, authors, and other industry professionals to compile lists of the world’s most picturesque countries.
However, although no two lists are identical, many nations seem to feature regularly. Detailed results of seven such rankings are provided in a table after this article, with the following nations receiving the most mentions:
In no particular order, below are the 14 most beautiful countries on the planet:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States
Canada What makes a country beautiful?
In many ways, a country’s beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Snow-covered mountains, palm-tree-lined beaches, and even the sparkling skyline of a metropolis at night pique different individuals’ interests.
Also, the time of year is important. Depending on your definition of beauty, the finest places to visit in August may not be the same in December, such as the vibrant autumn foliage in the Northwest United States or Japan’s cherry blossom season.
In the profiles that follow, we’ll look at some of the most notable features of some of the world’s most beautiful nations.
A deeper look at some of the world’s most stunning places.
Canada is a country in the Americas, namely North America. Located just north of the United States, Canada is one of the biggest nations in the world and is recognized for its kind people and rugged beauty.
If you’re willing to deal with a little snow in the winter, Canada’s breathtaking landscape of rising mountains, tranquil lakes, and deep woods is awe-inspiring. In addition, Canada is the world’s sixth-safest nation, with some of the friendliest inhabitants.
An ancient stone wall encircles Dubrovnik, the coastal city that served as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, making this nation on the Mediterranean Sea famous worldwide.
Other notable Croatian attractions are Rovinj, a charming seaside town surrounded by lush green woods, the strikingly colored Plitvice Lakes, and the 2000-year-old Pula Arena, a Roman coliseum with a capacity of 26,000 that remains operational today.
Known for its man-made and natural splendor, France is one of Europe’s biggest nations and one of its most beautiful. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cuisine, and the fashion scene in Paris all contribute to the city’s metropolitan attractiveness.
But if you leave the city, you’ll find that France is full of breathtaking scenery, from snow-capped mountains to lavender fields and sunny beaches.
The Greek island of Santorini, with its white structures and vivid blue domes, is almost certain to feature in any photo essay of destinations with stunning views.
Mainland The Parthenon, Delphi’s picturesque ruins (with their dramatic mountaintop vistas), and Metéora’s monasteries are some of Greece’s architectural highlights.
From white, black, pink, or red sand to jewel-blue seas surrounded by intriguing mountains and rock formations, all of Greece’s beaches may be found on the Mediterranean coast.
Few places provide as much raw natural beauty as this little island country, which is frequently referred to as the Island of Fire and Ice owing to its collection includes active volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs.
One of the greatest spots on Earth to see the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) is Iceland, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Skaftafell, Dettifoss, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons, and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, among many others, are world-famous attractions in Iceland.
Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches may be found in Indonesia and 8th-century Buddhist temples (Borobudur) and volcanoes like Mount Krakatau and the stunning Mount Bromo.
Indonesia is also a hotspot for eco-tourists, who flock to the country to witness the world’s biggest monitor lizard, the Komodo dragon, and other endangered species in protected areas.
This European nation has more than any other UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rome’s Coliseum and other archaeological treasures include Pisa’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence’s churches, Venice’s gondola-lined canals, not to mention the city’s old architecture, which can elevate even ordinary structures to the status quo of works of art.
Aside from stunning scenery like the Amalfi coast or rolling green hills, Italy has a wealth of other beautiful landscapes, such as the mountains of the Apennine range.
Another nation is well-prepared to fulfill the criteria of the beauty of almost everyone in Japan. There is no shortage of breathtaking beauty, with Mount Fuji in the distance and a serene picture of Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Pavilion, surrounded by a calm lake and thriving forest.
Exotic temples and lush gardens (such as the Fushimi Inari shrine) are rather widespread in Japan, in my opinion.
While the neon-drenched Dotonburi neighborhood of Osaka and the similarly vivid Harajuku district of Tokyo are great examples of traditional Japanese beauty, there is plenty of modern Japanese beauty to be found around the country.
Jigokudani Monkey Park, whose snow monkeys descend from the snowy slopes to bask in hot springs, is another must-see in Japan for those who like off-kilter beauty.
It has been a popular location for fantasy films, such as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series, because of its dramatic vistas and magnificent settings. Attractions include awe-inspiring landscapes, wildlife, and awe-in-inspiring astronomy for nature enthusiasts.
A “blackwater rafting” excursion through tunnels illuminated by bioluminescent glowworms may be had, as can seeing the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis).
For history buffs, the country of Portugal has a lot to offer in the form of monasteries, gardens, castles, and other aspects of the country’s traditional architecture.
Additionally, visitors to Portugal are enticed by attractions like the Alentejo region’s undulating horse pastures and the picturesque Gerês mountain range, and Lisbon’s Oceanárium de Lisboa aquarium. Beautiful beaches are another reason to visit Portugal.
If you’re from the Western Hemisphere, you’re probably familiar with most of these nations, but Slovenia may be new. Eastern Europe’s former Yugoslavia (before its collapse in the late 1980s/early 1990s) shares borders with Italy and Croatia, two other nations noted for their beauty.
They provided their share of the unforgettable landscape. Slovenia’s lush woods and ethereal architecture have earned it the nickname “fairy tale nation” (much of which appears in the form of castles).
A part of the Alps may be found in Slovenia, which, like numerous other European nations (Switzerland), is gaining acclaim as a premier skiing and trekking destination.
More than 300 species of mammal may be found in the nation alone; tourists can witness these creatures in their natural habitats in the country’s numerous wildlife reserves. The country is known for its beautiful natural scenery.
Watching whales and dolphins off the shore, or even cage diving with great white sharks, which many people consider beautiful, is a popular pastime for visitors. Durban’s sandy beaches, the Drakensberg Mountains, and the Blyde River Canyon are just a few of South Africa’s major attractions.
The picturesque, almost fairytale-like towns dot this mountainous European country’s landscape and are possibly its most enduring legacy. One of Switzerland’s most well-known attractions is the Matterhorn.
At the same time, the Lauterbrunnen Valley has 72 waterfalls, and St. Moritz is a picture-perfect winter resort town known for its world-class ski slopes and rejuvenating thermal baths.
Because of its size and diversity, the United States can satisfy the aesthetic needs of people with a wide range of aesthetic preferences.
The Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls (shared with Canada), Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring, Yosemite’s redwood forests, Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, and many mountain panoramas and picturesque beaches are just a few of the natural treasures the United States has to offer people who like the outdoors.
In addition to the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, several structures in Washington, D.C., are examples of man-made marvels.
New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, New Orleans, and a slew of other American metropolises provide a more sophisticated take on the notion of beauty, as do many other U.S. cities.
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