Traveling is one of the most rewarding and enriching hobbies a person can have, and as such, there’s no shortage of articles about the best places to go. However, here, we present the ultimate travel list – 100 of the best, most breathtaking places you need to go before you die. Ready for a vacation? Just keep reading!
Number One: Niagara Falls – Canada, USA
Niagara Falls is perhaps the world’s most well-known waterfall. The falls actually consist of three different falls – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. More impressive than the height of the falls is the volume of falling water – 5,700 cubic meters per second.
Number Two: Vaadhoo Island – Maldives
The bioluminescent phytoplankton featured in the water surrounding Vaadhoo Island are beyond stunning – they’re otherworldly. The plankton glow in the dark and there are thousands of them, lighting up the surrounding water in a light show you’ll never forget.
Number Three: Lake Retba – Senegal
Another destination including a stunning body of water, the algae in Lake Retba have turned the water from blue to a stunning scarlet. The water is also salty enough to keep you floating effortlessly.
Number Four: Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is just 40 kilometers from the capital of Reykjavik. The lagoon is a geothermal spa that is renowned for its healing properties.
Number Five: Poseidon Undersea Resorts – Fiji
Fiji’s Poseidon Undersea Resorts may not be entirely a product of nature, but they’ll make you appreciate nature’s beauty like never before. The resorts are located underwater, and the rooms in the resort are encased in glass, allowing all of the ocean’s creatures to be viewed from the comfort of your own bed.
Number Six: Thor’s Well – USA
Thor’s Well, located in Oregon, is one of the most misunderstood natural phenomena in the world. The well appears to be a sinkhole that water drains into, although it’s unclear where the water goes.
Number Seven: Paradise Gate – China
Also known as Heaven’s Gate, this place is known for spiritual renewal. The gate was formed in the year 263, and the 999 steps leading up to its entrance are well worth the struggle.
Number Eight: Angel Falls – Venezuela
Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall, and it’s absolutely breathtaking in person. The water flows continuously from 807 meters above the ground and turns into a mist that can be felt from a few kilometers away before touching the ground.
Number Nine: Jacob’s Well – USA
Unlike Thor’s Well, divers can safely explore Jacob’s Well without being sucked into who-knows-where. The well, located in Texas, features several underwater caves that are great for exploring, and divers come from all over the world to visit it.
Number Ten: Lake Louise – Canada
What makes Lake Louise so special isn’t the water itself but what’s surrounding it. Located in Alberta, Canada, the lake is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and evergreen forests that make it one of the most serene and picturesque sights humanly imaginable.
Number Eleven: Valley of Fire – USA
The oldest park in Nevada is definitely worth visiting. The location of the park makes it prone to sandstorms, which are quite exciting to see in person, and some of the rocks in the park are over 150 million years old.
Number Twelve: Taj Mahal – India
It’s no secret that the Taj Mahal is a special place. More than two million people come visit the palace every year; if that’s not a testament to how great it is, then nothing is.
Number Thirteen: Hidden Beach – Mexico
Mexico’s Hidden Beach is much more than a hidden beach – it’s the site of former military testing. The beach features minimal crowds, pristine white sand, and crystal clear water.
Number Fourteen: Yellowstone National Park – USA
Most well-known for its geysers and gorgeous landscapes, Yellowstone is certainly a sight for sore eyes. There are an impressive 1,770 kilometers of marked trails, which means you could probably spend your whole life there and not hike the same path once.
Number Fifteen: Marble Caves – Chile
Straddling the border between Chile and Argentina, the Marble Caves are surrounded by water so blue you’ll think it came from Crayola. Visitors can explore the gorgeous sights within the caves and can even do some fishing.
Number Sixteen: Grand Canyon – USA
The Grand Canyon is six million years old, so if you really want a taste of our world’s history, this is a good place to start. The canyon features rocks from at least four different geological eras in history – ride a mule down to the bottom to explore to your heart’s content!
Number Seventeen: The Fairy Pools – Scotland
The Fairy Pools on Scotland’s Isle of Skye look straight out of a storybook, hence the name. However, if you want to swim in these pools, be warned – they’re extremely cold, so make sure you bring a wetsuit.
Number Eighteen: Hanging Bridges – Borneo
The suspension bridges in Borneo are one of the only things there that’s been touched by a human hand, making the environment surrounding them all the more surreal. At 40 meters above the ground, the bridges can be quite scary to traverse, but it’s well worth the explosion of flora and fauna you’ll experience.
Number Nineteen: Giant’s Causeway – Ireland
An impressive 40,000 Basalt columns are connected together to form Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. Not only is this area the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, but it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Number Twenty: Black Beach – USA
Hawaii’s Black Beach is exactly that – a beach covered in black sand. The beach is covered in a mixture of lava and basalt and was actually formed by volcanic activity.
Number Twenty-One: Waitomo Caves – New Zealand
The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand comprise about 150 different limestone caves, many of which are only accessible by boat. The caves are thought to be more than two million years old and are stunning to see in person.
Number Twenty-Two: Flathead Lake – USA
Located in Montana, Flathead Lake is the largest body of water in the United States. The lake occupies 510 square meters and also holds the honor of being the most transparent lake in the world.
Number Twenty-Three: San Alfonso del Mar – Chile
The pool at the San Alfonso del Mar in Chile is the world’s largest outdoor pool and is incredibly breathtaking. The pool is the size of 20 Olympic pools and is also the deepest outdoor swimming pool in the world.
Number Twenty-Four: Pont des Arts – France
The Pont des Arts bridge in Paris is renowned for the padlocks that cover it. It’s a tradition for couples to attach a padlock to the bridge as a way to celebrate and commit their love. How romantic!
Number Twenty-Five: Hotel de Glace – Canada
Quebec’s Hotel de Glace is made completely of ice – 20 tons of it, to be exact. The hotel is one of the most popular places for couples to come get married.
Number Twenty-Six: Pongur Waterfall – Vietnam
Vietnam’s Pongur Waterfall has an impressive width of 100 meters and a height of 40 meters. The waterfall itself consists of seven levels, and the entire thing flows into a small lake. Surrounded by 25 acres of rainforest, the area surrounding the waterfall is one of the most pristine places in the world.
Number Twenty-Seven: Mossbrae Falls – USA
You might think that so many waterfalls on this list would get old, but as you can see, this certainly isn’t the case. Mossbrae Falls, located in California, features volcanic stone walls and gently flowing water that is one of the most serene places on the planet.
Number Twenty-Eight: Baatara Gorge Waterfall – Lebanon
This waterfall is most impressive because of its height – 225 meters. The waterfall passes through three natural bridges that were formed during the Jurassic period.
Number Twenty-Nine: Split Apple Rock – New Zealand
This destination is pretty self-explanatory. The rock in question resembles, quite literally, a split apple. The rock is made of granite.
Number Thirty: Cano Cristales – Colombia
Also known as the river of five colors, Cano Cristales is one of the most gorgeous bodies of water in the world. The multicolored moss makes the water appear iridescent and like a scene straight out of Willy Wonka.
Number Thirty-One: Horsetail Fall – USA
Horsetail Fall resembles, well, a horse’s tail. The “horsetail” features two small streams that eventually combine into one large one.
Number Thirty-Two: Waiotapu – New Zealand
New Zealand’s Waiotapu is most well-known for its mysterious healing properties. The geothermal park features colorful ponds, mud pools, and geysers that reach heights of up to 20 meters.
Number Thirty-Three: Cherry Blossom Tunnel – Germany
Most people associate cherry blossoms with Japan, but Germany’s Cherry Blossom Tunnel is truly one of the places you shouldn’t miss. However, you can only see the stunning tunnel full of blossoms in the springtime.
Number Thirty-Four: Whitehaven Beach – Australia
Australian beaches are renowned for their beauty, and Whitehaven might just be the most beautiful of them all. The beach features seven kilometers of pristine, white sand that won’t burn your feet when you walk on it.
Number Thirty-Five: Golden Gate Bridge – USA
You’ve undoubtedly seen this bridge in pictures, but if you haven’t been there in person you’re missing out. An impressive 100,000 cars cross the bridge every day. The city of San Francisco is also one of the most interesting places to wander around and explore.
Number Thirty-Six: Karijini National Park – Australia
Karijini National Park features five gorges, each of which has its own unique rock formations. The park has all sorts of wildlife and often experiences breathtaking storms during the summer.
Number Thirty-Seven: The Cliffs at Etretat – France
These cliffs at Etretat are in one of the most photogenic places in all of nature. The town itself is incredibly quaint and would appeal to anyone who’s a fan of Old Europe.
Number Thirty-Eight: Pamukkale – Turkey
Translating roughly to “cotton castle,” Pamukkale features 17 geothermal springs. The water in the springs is widely believed to have medicinal properties and has become one of the top tourist destination places because of this.
Number Thirty-Nine: Lake Windermere – England
If you visit Lake Windermere, make sure to do it in the fall. The foliage is beyond breathtaking, and the town features many museums and places for children and adults alike.
Number Forty: Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Angkor Wat is an ideal destination for more adventurous travelers. Angkor Wat is the primary Hindu temple in Cambodia and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The entire complex of buildings and places occupies 200 kilometers and features architecture that dates back to the 12th century.
Number Forty-One: Glass Beach – USA
Glass Beach is located in California and is one of the most magical-looking places in the world. The beach was formed after tons of garbage were dumped in the area. Over time, the broken glass became smooth, and today the beach is covered in gorgeous multi-colored stones.
Number Forty-Two: Lake Bled – Slovenia
Lake Bled is one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world. It attracts thousands of tourists each year and is one of the most excellent places for hiking, water sports, and fishing.
Number Forty-Three: Spotted Lake – Canada
Canada’s very own Spotted Lake is incredibly rich in minerals, which allow it to grow “spots” in the summertime. The water in the lake is thought to be medicinal and features magnesium sulfate, calcium, sodium, silver, and titanium.
Number Forty-Four: Northern Lights – Iceland
If you haven’t seen the northern lights in Iceland, you’re missing out on one of the most spectacular places. The natural phenomenon has been well-documented in pictures, but it’s an entirely different experience in person.
Number Forty-Five: Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park – China
The colored rocks in China’s Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park are truly something else. The rocks are made of red sandstone and were formed in the Cretaceous period.
Number Forty-Six: Derweze – Turkmenistan
Also known as the Door to Hell, Derweze is as close to the Eye of Sauron a human can get. Derweze is a gas crater that’s constantly on fire. The crater has been on fire since 1971, making it one of the creepiest places in the world.
Number Forty-Seven: Lake Baikal – Russia
Lake Baikal is not only the most beautiful lake in Russia, it’s also the deepest lake in the world. The lake accounts for 90 percent of Russia’s fresh water and is a gorgeous sight in person.
Number Forty-Eight: Aogashima Volcano – Japan
Japan’s Aogashima Volcano has been dormant since 1700 but is still considered to be one of the world’s few active volcanoes. The peak of the volcano is more than 430 meters above sea level and is accessible only by helicopter or boat.
Number Forty-Nine: Skaftafell Ice Cave – Iceland
The ice cave in Skaftafell features ice that was compressed over a period of years. Because it was compressed, the ice formed in a special way that allows light to clearly shine through it and reflect stunning shades of blue. However, it’s only safe to visit when the temperatures are very low, making it one of the top places to travel for cold-seeking vacationers.
Number Fifty: Chittorgarh Fort – India
Chittorgarh Fort is a symbol of both pride and valor for the locals in India. The fort comprises 22 reservoirs, towers, churches, and palaces and is located on a hill that stands 180 meters high.
Number Fifty-One: Great Blue Hole – Belize
While not one of the most creatively named places, the sight of it will certainly take your breath away. The hole has a diameter of 305 meters and is 120 meters deep. It’s one of the world’s top places for divers.
Number Fifty-Two: Venice – Italy
The entire city of Venice is a must-see destination before you die. The city has long been underwater and continues to sink a little more each year, so it’s best to see it while you still can.
Number Fifty-Three: Great Barrier Reef – Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the few underwater places visible from the sky. The reef features tomes of wildlife and is one of the lushest underwater places that we know of. The reef features 900 islands and three million individual reefs, making it the largest coral reef in the world.
Number Fifty-Four: Cathedral Cove – New Zealand
Cathedral Cove is one of the most popular places for tourists in New Zealand. The cove features white sand, clear water and is a great destination for couples seeking romantic places or getaways.
Number Fifty-Five: Shifen Waterfall – Taiwan
Taiwan’s Shifen Waterfall is known as the little Niagara because of its cascade, which resembles Niagara Falls. The waterfall is located between two rocks that amplify its sound for several kilometers.
Number Fifty-Six: Flower Fields – The Netherlands
Holland’s flower fields are truly an otherworldly sight. The flowers are visible from late March to early May and include tulips in just about every imaginable color. The fields also include windmills, which make it one of the most peaceful and picturesque places.
Number Fifty-Seven: One of the Most Breathtaking Places – Antelope Canyon, USA
Antelope Canyon is one of the most popular places for budding photographers. The rocks are shaped in a way most people assume can’t be seen in nature, and the colors are beyond beautiful. However, the canyon is only accessible with a guide.
Number Fifty-Eight: Eiffel Tower – France
Of all the places for tourists in France, the Eiffel Tower has to be number one, and for good reason. The tower is 325 meters tall and is breathtaking to see at night when it’s lit up with hundreds of colored lights.
Number Fifty-Nine: Plitvice Lakes – Croatia
Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes are in a national park that is one of the oldest places in Eastern Europe. The park includes 16 large lakes, 140 waterfalls, and 20 caves. But be careful! The park also includes bears and wolves.
Number Sixty: Tianzi Mountain – China
Tianzi Mountain is in the middle of China’s “golden triangle” and stands 1,260 meters tall. The mountain is in close proximity to places with caves, lush forests, and wildlife.
Number Sixty-One: Solovki – Russia
There’s a lot to do in Solovki, so make sure to carve out more than one day to spend here. Both whales and dolphins can be seen in the surrounding waters, and the Solovetsky Monastery is one of the most fascinating places in the world.
Number Sixty-Two: Petra – Jordan
Petra is one of the most ancient places in the world. Approximately 500,000 tourists come to Petra every year to witness the historic buildings and skillful work of its ancient inhabitants.
Number Sixty-Three: The Twelve Apostles – Australia
These cliffs are colloquially known as the Twelve Apostles, despite the fact that there are now only eight of them. In 20015, several of the “apostles” collapsed. Visit soon before even more are gone!
Number Sixty-Four: The Great Wall – China
You knew this one was coming, and here it is! At nearly 9,000 kilometers long, China’s Great Wall is one of the most unbelievable achievements in human history.
Number Sixty-Five: Babinda Boulders – Australia
It’s not the boulders that make Australia’s Babinda Boulders famous – it’s the water around them. Also known as Devil’s Pool, the water around these boulders is incredibly powerful.
Number Sixty-Six: Great Pyramid of Giza – Egypt
It’s almost impossible to think that men are responsible for building the Great Pyramid of Giza – and before any high-tech equipment was made, too! Historians today still can’t agree on how exactly the pyramid was built, but what they can agree on is that it’s definitely nice to look at.
Number Sixty-Seven: The Dead Sea – Israel, Palestine, Jordan
The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea – it’s a lake. Not only is it the saltiest body of water in the world, but it’s so salty that it supports the weight of people lying down on it, allowing them to perpetually float. The water is thought to contain medicinal properties as well.
Number Sixty-Eight: Meteor Crater – USA
Meteor Crater is exactly that – a crater formed where a meteor once landed. The meteor that made the crater weighed 300 tons and entered the earth’s atmosphere going 157 times faster than the speed of sound. The power of the collision was equivalent to that of 800 atomic bombs.
Number Sixty-Nine: Loch Ness – Scotland
Home of the famous Loch Ness Monster, Loch Ness is actually a beautiful place to see in its own right. So whether or not you see Nessie when you go, it’s a place worth checking out nonetheless.
Number Seventy: Crescent Lake – China
Crescent Lake is one of the most surreal places in the world because it’s in the middle of a desert. The oasis is lush but continues to shrink, so visit it before it’s too late!
Number Seventy-One: Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy
Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most beautiful accidents in human history. Make sure to go inside the tower for a once-in-a-lifetime mind-boggling experience.
Number Seventy-Two: Uluru – Australia
Australia’s Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of the most marvelous natural attractions in Australia. An impressive 400,000 people come to see the rock every year, which changes color depending on the time of day and light availability.
Number Seventy-Three: The Sistine Chapel – Vatican City
The Sistine Chapel was once a church, but today it’s a museum. Featuring the famous art of Michelangelo, the ceiling of this museum has likely inspired a spiritual revelation or two.
Number Seventy-Four: Monument Valley – USA
Monument Valley is located on the border of Arizona and Utah and contains several unique geological formations called sandstone buttes. The buttes reach heights of up to 300 meters, and Navajo Indians live within the valley as well.
Number Seventy-Five: Vasco da Gama Bridge – Portugal
Located in Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, the Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in all of Europe. The bridge can withstand speeds of 250 kilometers per hour and can also survive the most powerful earthquakes.
Number Seventy-Six: Mayan Ruins – Mexico
Mexico’s Mayan ruins are appealing to everyone – even people who aren’t fans of history! The ruins of the ancient temples will instantly transport visitors into another era.
Number Seventy-Seven: Devils Tower – USA
Devils Tower, located in Wyoming, looks manmade, but it was actually made by nature. The tower is estimated to be between 195 and 225 million years old and is considered by locals to be sacred.
Number Seventy-Eight: Lau Islands – Fiji
Fiji’s Lau Islands are what everyone pictures when they hear the word “vacation.” The islands feature few tourists, pristine beaches, and gorgeous sunsets, making it one of the best places to relax in the world.
Number Seventy-Nine: Fiordland National Park – New Zealand
Fiordland National Park has a lot to offer its visitors. Visitors can go fishing, biking, kayaking, or even play paintball! It’s also the largest park in New Zealand.
Number Eighty: Midway Atoll – Pacific Ocean
Midway Atoll is a small patch of islands located about halfway between North America and Asia. The atoll is now a nature reserve and is also home to nearly two million birds.
Number Eighty-One: Horseshoe Bend – USA
Located within the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend is easily accessible and is one of the most stunning destinations in America. The actual “bend” is a meander of the Colorado River.
Number Eighty-Two: Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
If asked to mentally picture a castle among a sprawling landscape, Neuschwanstein Castle immediately comes to mind. The castle is filled with artistic homages to German culture, including mosaic floor work and paintings by Wilhelm Hauschild, and it’s rumored that Tchaikovsky came up with the idea for Swan Lake here.
Number Eighty-Three: Trolltunga – Norway
Trolltunga quite literally resembles a troll’s tongue. Walking to the edge of the “tongue” will leave you feeling like you’re at the end of the world, and it’s one of the greatest photo opportunities nature has to offer.
Number Eighty-Four: Coyote Gulch – USA
Located in southern Utah, Coyote Gulch belongs to one of the most remarkable rock formations in the world. The gulch is in an area that also contains waterfalls, natural bridges, and canyons, so it’s best to spend more than one day here.
Number Eighty-Five: Mount Fuji – Japan
Visible from Tokyo, Mount Fuji is a volcano that hasn’t erupted since the 18th century. The mountain is covered in snow for most fo the year but opens up to tourists in July and August when it melts. It’s 3,800 meters tall, though, so make sure you bring your hiking boots.
Number Eighty-Six: Erawan National Park – Thailand
Erawan National Park features a seven-level waterfall that draws tourists from all over the world. However, it can be quite slippery and so sensible shoes are necessary to explore the area.
Number Eighty-Seven: Amazon Rainforest – South America
The Amazon Rainforest is perhaps the most well-known and documented jungle in the world. The rainforest occupies 5.5 million square kilometers of South America and includes more than 3,000 species of fish and innumerable species of insects.
Number Eighty-Eight: Pompeii – Italy
Pompeii may have been buried in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BC, but today it’s a remarkable travel destination. Tourists wander through the eerily deserted streets, and the city has been commemorated with layers of plaster that show what the animals and people were doing when the volcano exploded.
Number Eighty-Nine: Watkins Glen State Park – USA
Located just a short trip from the hustle and bustle of New York City is Watkins Glen State Park – one of the most serene places on the planet. The park features a 120-meter deep gorge that has a small creek at the bottom, and there are endless trails available for avid hikers.
Number Ninety: Engadin Valley – Switzerland
Switzerland’s Engadin Valley is split up into two parts – Upper Engadin and Lower Engadin. While Upper Engadin offers travelers the opportunity to go skiing, kayaking, skating, and scuba diving, Lower Engadin boasts more natural beauty.
Number Ninety-One: Mount Roraima – Venezuela
The peak of Mount Roraima isn’t actually a peak – it’s a plateau. The plateau stretches for 30 kilometers and is high enough to be above the clouds!
Number Ninety-Two: Las Vegas – USA
Las Vegas is well-documented as the go-to destination for gamblers, but it has so much more to offer as well. Vegas offers a break from standard day-to-day life and makes anyone who visits feel like they’re on another planet.
Number Ninety-Three: Phi Phi Islands – Thailand
Phi Phi Islands have a special honor in the film industry – they were where The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was shot. The beaches feature pristine sand and are relatively uninhabited.
Number Ninety-Four: Statue of Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
One of the most photographed landmarks in the world, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer stands at 38 meters tall and weighs 1,145 tons. The statue is included in the list of seven new wonders of the world.
Number Ninety-Five: Partnach Gorge – Germany
Germany’s Partnach Gorge stretches for one kilometer and features canyon walls that are an impressive 68 meters tall. It’s possible for visitors to walk along the bottom of the gorge and on one of the gorge’s slopes to witness everything from above.
Number Ninety-Six: Trevi Fountain – Italy
Trevi Fountain is not only Rome’s largest fountain, but it’s also the largest Baroque fountain in the world. Make sure to throw a coin into the fountain for good luck!
Number Ninety-Seven: Disneyland Paris – France
Disneyland Paris is more than an amusement park – it’s a vacation destination. The park features five different theme parks connected by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and would be an excellent vacation if you’re sick of American tourists in Disney World.
Number Ninety-Eight: Bonifacio – France
Bonifacio is one of the most picturesque seaside villages in the world. The commune sits at the tip of the island of Corsica and boasts gorgeous panoramic views that can’t be captured on an iPhone.
Number Ninety-Nine: Corinth Canal – Greece
Greece’s Corinth Canal is the narrowest navigable channel in the world but is not often used by vessels today. From May to September, the canal is a popular destination for extreme bungee jumpers, many of whom jump from the tallest point on the canal.
Number One Hundred: Machu Picchu – Peru
Finally, we close out our list of 100 breathtaking places you need to see before you die with Machu Picchu, located in Peru. Machu Picchu goes by many names, including the Lost City of the Incas and the city in the sky. The city is located at an altitude of 450 meters and is a protected site by UNESCO.
Number One Hundred One: Hang Son Doong – Vietnam
Hang Son Doong holds the honor of being the largest known cave in the world – an impressive feat. The cave itself is more than 200 meters tall and 150 meters wide, and it’s so big that it even has its own climate!
Number One Hundred Two: The Tunnel of Love – Ukraine
A top destination for newlyweds, Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love isn’t a tunnel at all! It’s a railway that’s been surrounded by green arches that resemble a tunnel. The “tunnel” is three kilometers long.
Number One Hundred Three: Chocolate Hills – Philippines
The Chocolate Hills in the Philippines might not be made of chocolate, but they certainly look like they could be covered in it! The hills are located in the Bohol province, and there are up to 1,776 of them that resemble tiny chocolate mountains. Cute!
Number One Hundred Four: Lavender Fields – France
France’s lavender fields may just be fields of lavender, but to witness them in person is an otherworldly experience. When in bloom, the fields are not only stimulating to the eyes but also to the nose! The scent of lavender is believed to have a calming effect, making the environment particularly tranquil. Thanks for reading!