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Trip List by JenC-7

Most beautiful places I've ever been

Jan 28, 2008  
4.5 of 5 stars based on 20 votes

  • 1. Santorini, Greece
    Santorini, Cyclades

    Without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever been. I don't care if it's touristy, if you have the opportunity to go here, just GO! There are Minoan ruins, red and black sand beaches, the famous whitewashed architecture...It's just an amazing place. If you can arrive by ferry the approach to the island is breathtaking.

  • 2. Milford Sound, New Zealand
    Milford Sound, South Island

    The most scenic location in a country that is filled with scenic locations! Located in Fiordland National Park, South Island. Milford Sound is actually a fiord that is dominated by Mitre Peak. We took a scenic cruise of the Sound and had dolphins swimming alongside the boat for much of the time. The Milford Road leading to the Sound is a scenic drive through the mountains. You go through the Homer Tunnel, which was a major engineering feat as it pierces the Main Divide. There was no road access to Milford Sound before it was built.

  • 3. Corcovado- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    The view has to be one of the best in the world. Take the train through the Tijuca Forest to the top of the hill where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands. The view below of Sugarloaf and the harbor is spectacular.

  • 4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
    Amalfi Coast, Campania

    The most scenic coastal drive in the world in my opinion. Use Sorrento as your base and visit Positano, Amalfi, Capri and the ruins at Pompeii. Positano is especially gorgeous as it is right on the sea, and the houses are built right up the cliff along the coastline. Along the same lines are the Cinque Terre in Liguria. They are five small coastal towns that sit on cliffs that drop straight down into the sea. You can go between all of the towns either by the milk train or by the hiking path that connects them. Both the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are equally beautiful, which one to go just depends on what you want to do (more activities and nightlife along the Amalfi Coast, but the Cinque Terre is less touristed and more quaint)

  • 5. The Alhambra- Granada, Spain
    The Alhambra, Granada, Province of Granada

    A former Moorish palace in the Andalusia region in the south of Spain. Exquisite architecture with a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tour the building and grounds, but also go to the Mirador de San Nicolás (also known as the "Clinton Mirador", because the former president said he saw the best sunset of his life here) in the Albaicin District for a stunning view of the Alhambra itself.

  • 6. Venice
    Venice

    This is the most beautiful city in the world. Its nickname isn't "Bride of the Sea" for nothing. The city accumulated such a mass of wealth from Medieval times through the Renaissance, and it shows everywhere from the Basilica di San Marco to the Palazzo Ducale to the Ca d'Oro. Granted it would be nice if the pigeons and tourists didn't outnumber the Venetians... But regardless, there are back alleys where you can still wander and enjoy Venice away from the crowds. This place is just breathtaking, and definitely one of the most romantic places I've ever been.

  • 7. Giverny- Normandy, France
    Giverny, Eure, Haute-Normandie

    Literally as if you are in the middle of a Monet painting. Tour Monet's house and the famous water lily pond. The colors are unbelievable.

  • 8. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

    The best snorkeling in the world. I saw many beautiful fish but the reef itself is the showstopper. You can swim out on your own from the shore at such places as Green Island, or go out on an outer Barrier Reef cruise boat and snorkel at sites like Norman Reef.

  • 9. Routeburn Track, New Zealand
    Routeburn Track, Te Anau, Fiordland

    One of New Zealand's best tramps. It takes you through some great scenery, offering views of waterfalls, snow capped mountains, and deep valleys. The water in the streams is so pure you can refill your water bottle with it... and it will taste better than the water that was originally in the bottle!

  • 10. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
    Dingle Peninsula

    A ruggedly beautiful drive in County Kerry on the west coast of Ireland. The road on the south end of this peninsula runs from Dingle town to Slea Head, the point in Europe that is closest to North America.

  • 11. Ile d'Orleans, Canada
    Ile d'Orleans, Quebec

    Island located in the Saint Lawrence River outside of Quebec City. It is a rural place that is a gastronome's dream. There are many apple orchards, wineries, maple farms and even a chocolate factory. The island also has many small parishes that have churches dating from the 1700s-1800s.

  • 12. Lake Como, Italy
    Lake Como, Lombardy

    Serene lake in Northern Italy that is surrounded by peaceful resort towns and spectacular villas. Lake Como is the deepest lake in Europe and is located at the foot of the Italian Alps.

  • 13. Great Ocean Road, Australia
    Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

    Scenic drive that can be done as a daytrip from Melbourne. Rugged scenery, the highlight of which are the "Twelve Apostles", a series of rocky outcrops along the coast.

  • 14. Columbia River Gorge- Oregon, USA
    Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Oregon

    One of the most scenic inland drives, take either Interstate 84 from just east of Portland or the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs parallel to it. You'll pass through forests and cliffs and by waterfalls small and large. Exit off the road temporarily to see Multnomah Falls and have a bite to eat at the lodge.

  • 15. Niagara Falls, Canada
    Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Yes, the town is a bit cheesy... But the view from the Canadian side of the falls and the Maid of the Mist boat tour are not to be missed.

  • 16. Mount Rainier- Washington, USA
    Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

    Part of the Cascade mountain range, it is actually an active volcano that is over 14,000 feet high. There is a circular driving route that takes you through much of the park.

  • 17. Sedona- Arizona, USA
    Sedona, Arizona

    Beautiful setting among the red rocks. Sedona is especially magical at sunset when the sky turns pink and the rocks take on a deeper color. The road between Flagstaff and Sedona, route 89A, passes through the spectacular scenery of Oak Creek Canyon.

  • 18. Grand Canyon National Park- Arizona, USA
    Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

    This really doesn't need any description, does it? I prefer the view from the North Rim as opposed to the South Rim, and it is less crowded as well. Next on my list is to hike down in to get a different perspective.

  • 19. Cayo, Belize
    Cayo, Belize

    This district in Western Belize is a lush jungle filled with rivers and cave systems as well as several Mayan ruins. It also contains the Mountain Ridge Pine Forest, where Francis Ford Coppola's Blancaneaux Lodge is located. It was the best hotel stay of my life!

  • 20. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
    Waiheke Island

    The perfect island... The landscape is rolling hills that are filled with vineyards and olive groves and surrounded by white sandy beaches. The island is a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland.