Finding the most beautiful landscapes in the world becomes somewhat of a fun pastime for those of us who dive deep into landscape photography. Despite the fact that it's so subjective, it's a fun exercise and looking around at those photographers who have been lucky enough to get some great photos of these place is an exercise in motivation for the rest of us.
So sit back and enjoy this collection of gorgeous landscape photos and pure natural wonders.
Three Gorges, China
Located in Western China is the beautiful Three Gorges river. The Three Gorges river is one of China's largest and most important rivers. The river has been recognized for thousands of years as a great source of power and commerce. The area also has a long and rich history of human settlement. In the 1930s, during his time in office, Chinese president Sun Yat-Sen was determined to learn from past mistakes in order to move China into the future. He wanted to improve China's cities and infrastructure by harnessing the power of the river. The construction of the Three Gorges Dam was finished in 2008. Since then, thousands of people have moved out of the area.
The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 sub-territories in the North Atlantic. They are located near Norway, Iceland, and Scotland and are a self-governing territory of Denmark. There are many lighthouses throughout the islands and the landscape is covered with rolling hills and green grass.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher are a must visit when visiting Ireland. It is remarkable how large the cliffs are and how they tower over the sea. Anyone who visits the cliffs will likely be blown away by their size and beauty. The cliffs can be seen from a great distance and it is recommended to visit in the early morning or evening when the sun is low.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is a Scottish island off the coast of the mainland in the Inner Hebrides and easily one of the most beautiful landscape in the world. It is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland and also one of the more popular spots for serious landscape photographers.
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The Tuscan region of Italy may be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Home to the rolling valleys and the cypress lined hillsides that have inspired many a photographer, Tuscany is a natural masterpiece. You'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful vineyards, kind people, and of course, amazing food!
Mù Cang Chải, Vietnam
Mù Cang Chải is a rural district in the Northwest region of Vietnam and an area to which lovers of beautiful landscape photography really flock.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled, a popular tourist destination in Slovenia, is a small but scenic lake in the Julian Alps. It's named after the town on its eastern shore, which is a major tourist center, and Bled island in the middle of the lake, which is where Island castle is located. The castle was built in the 13th century and became a major tourist attraction in the 18th century when a church was built on top of it.
The Grand Canyon National Park, USA
The Grand Canyon is breathtakingly beautiful! It's one of the Seven Wonders of the World! It's a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River. The canyon is a mile deep and 277 miles long. It's also six to eighteen miles wide. There are several hiking trails that you can use to see one of the most beautiful landscape and most well known in the world.
The Aurora from Iceland
The Aurora as seen from Iceland is a great example of how beautiful nature can be. The Aurora is a natural light display which occurs in various parts of the world. It's a wonderful, beautiful display of nature's beauty that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime! Iceland offers many beautiful landscapes from which to photograph it.
Known to the indigenous people of Australia as Uluru, this rock is the world's largest monolith. The base of the rock is 7.7 miles in circumference, and it is almost a mile high. The formation is one of the great wonders of the world. Uluru is a sacred site for Native Australians who have lived in the area for over 10,000 years.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and popular travel destination located in Quảng Ninh Province, on the North Central Coast of Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. The area is a paradise for scuba divers with an abundance of underwater life and spectacular coral formations.
Monument Valley, USA
The best thing about Monument Valley is the natural beauty and how it seems to be straight out of a movie. While stark, it easily earns a place among the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Giulin is a small town in China located in the Deqing County in the Zhejiang Province that is surrounded by an amazing mountain formation. The beautiful landscape photographs almost take themselves in this remarkable area.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of New Zealand. It is a fjord located in the South Island, in the Fiordland National Park. It is named after Milford Haven in Wales. This destination is a world heritage site formed by a glacier, and is surrounded by waterfalls, mountains, rainforests and glaciers.
The Zhangjiajie Mountains are a major national park in China. The mountains themselves are a result of the Eurasian plate moving northwest and pushing the Yangtze Plate to the southeast causing folding of the layers. The park is located in the Wulingyuan district of Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province, China. They are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whitehaven, Whitsundays, Australia
Whitehaven beach in Australia is on the tip of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia and it is a part of the Great Barrier Reef. The beach is covered by a white silica sand and cyrystal clear water.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
The desert landscape of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is a fascinating place. The vast desert sands and rocky desert mountains form amazing scenes that many landscape photographers flock to each year. The beautiful landscapes here lend themselves to interesting landscape photography.
Banff National Park, Canada
Banff National Park is a Canadian national park located in the province of Alberta. It contains spectacular scenery of mountains and glaciers, and is the home of an abundant variety of wildlife. The dramatic landscape of this national park makes it a popular tourist destination.
Grand Teton National Park, USA
Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The park is known for its mountain views, the Teton Range, and Jackson Lake. It is named for the Grand Teton peak which rises above the northern rim of Jackson Hole, the valley known to locals as Jackson Hole.
The Lake District, UK
The Lake District is a beautiful national park in North West England. It is one of the most popular national parks in the country, and is a gem for lovers of beautiful landscapes. It is an ideal place for photographers, and has many beautiful mountains, lakes, and scenic walks. The park was established in 1951, and includes many of the popular tourist destinations such as the Lake Windermere, Rydal Water, Grasmere Lake, and the picturesque village of Ambleside.
Mt Fuji, Japan
Mt Fuji, or Fuji-san, is Japan's highest mountain, and one of the most famous mountains in the world. It is a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1707, but still stands at an impressive 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) above sea level. It's a popular tourist destination, with an average of over a million people making the climb each year. Mt Fuji has been the subject of much art and literature throughout the centuries, and has even had a volcano goddess enshrined on its slopes.
The Dolomites, Italy
The Dolomites, or the Dolomiti, are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Vallagarina). The Dolomites are nearly equally shared between the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino.
Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is located in the canyon of Hvítá river, in Iceland's south west. The falls are easily accessible by car from either direction on the Ring Road, and there is a parking lot for those who don't want to hike the few hundred meters from the nearest parking area. Gullfoss is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Waterfall” because of the way the sun's rays can reflect off the surface of the water.
Boracay is a white sand beach in the Philippines, located on its Malay Peninsula in the Western Visayas region. Apart from its white sand beach, it is also well known for its famous nightlife and party scene among locals and foreigners. The island is the top tourist destination in the Philippines and has been considered by various magazines as one of the best island destinations in the world and is a favourite with photographers.
Cappadocia, also known as the “Fairy Chimneys”, is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevşehir Province. Due to its geological history of volcanic activities, Cappadocia has bizarre rock formations. This is the main reason for the region's fame worldwide. There is a huge number of fairy chimneys, cone-shaped volcanic vents, sculpted rocks and cave churches. Cappadocia is a popular landscape photography destination.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is an Incan city in Peru, set on a remote mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World and among the most famous and spectacular archaeological sites in the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest, Mawenzi at 5,149 meters (16,893 ft), and Shira, the shortest at 4,563 meters (14,963 ft). Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano, the largest in the world, and rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level.
Namib Desert, Namibia
The Namib is a coastal desert in southwestern Africa. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means ‘vast place'. The Namib stretches for over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coast of Namibia and into Angola. It is the world's oldest desert, and the largest cold desert in the world.
Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
The Na Pali Coast is a stretch of coastline on the north shore of the island of Kauai in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It extends from Keʻe Beach in the west to Kalalau Beach in the east, and includes more than 15 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
A drive along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most scenic drives, is one of the top things to do in Victoria. Rising from the coast at Torquay, the Great Ocean Road provides spectacular scenery as it winds along the rugged coastline. The road was built by returned soldiers as a job-creation scheme during the depression.
Pitons, St Lucia
The Pitons are volcanic plugs that rise abruptly from the sea to altitudes of about 2,000 feet, just off the coast of St Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean. These majestic peaks, the island's most impressive feature, have been formed by the growth of the volcano, St. Lucia, which erupted over 20 million years ago.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine is a National Park in the Magallanes Region, Patagonia. It is located in the extreme south of Chile, south of the town Coyhaique (212 km) and borders with Argentina. The park is characterized by its mountains and lakes, glaciers and rivers, fjords and forests, and many species of flora and fauna.
Bagan in Burma is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Buddhist temples are scattered throughout the entire plain of Bagan, and it is believed that there are over 3000 of them. The Bagan Archaeological Zone was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa, and the provincial capital city of the Western Cape. It is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan in the southern part of the Namib Desert in Namibia. It is a major tourist attraction in Namibia and has been featured in several films. In the distance are the highest sand dunes in the world, the Big Daddy, which is about 300 meters tall.
Zlatni Rat, Croatia
Zlatni Rat is a peninsula, situated on the north coast of the island of Hvar, in the Adriatic Sea, in Croatia. It is the most famous tourist destination on the island, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. Zlatni Rat is famous for its pebble beach, which is often named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten Islands are a chain of peaks and small islands located in the Norwegian Sea, just off the northern shores of Norway. The archipelago that consists of approximately 66 islands and islets.
Iguazú Falls, Argentina
Iguazú Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazú River located in the Iguazú National Park, in the Misiones Province of eastern Argentina. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazú Falls are among the most spectacular attractions in South America, and are listed among the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Peyto Lake, Canada
Peyto Lake is a glacial lake located in Banff National Park, Canada. It is the third largest lake in the park, and is part of the Bow River drainage basin. The lake is home to many species of wildlife, and has become a popular location for hiking, camping, boating, and of course, photography.
Puerto Natales, Chile
Puerto Natales is a natural stop on the way to the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It is also very popular with tourists and photographers.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia. It's a natural wonder of the world and it's also the world's largest natural mirror. Salar de Uyuni is located on the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve.
Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, it is surrounded by the Southern Ocean and is covered by a permanent layer of ice. It is 18,000 to 20,000 km (11,000 to 12,000 mi) wide. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Provence is a region of south-eastern France, on the Mediterranean coast. It is known for its beautiful landscapes, its multitude of historical monuments and heritage sites, its art and architecture. Provence attracts many tourists, especially to its seaside resorts such as Nice, or Saint Tropez, however it also attracts thousands of others who visit its historic towns and villages, vineyards, and rural areas.
Chamarel is a commune and village in the state of Mauritius. It is located on the southeast coast of Mauritius, in the district of Rivière Noire, to the north of the town of Trou d'Eau Douce and to the west of the town of Vacoas-Phoenix. The Chamarel Waterfall is located in the centre of the village.
Hallstatt is a village in Austria, located in the Salzkammergut region of the state of Upper Austria. It is a municipality of the Bezirk Bad Ischl in the state of Upper Austria. It is located on the shore of the Hallstatt Lake, and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Europe.
Krabi is a district in the southern part of Thailand, on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. It covers the islands of Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, and Ko Lao Liang, the last of which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.
Lake Lugano, Switzerland
Lake Lugano is the largest lake in Switzerland. It has a surface area of 51 km². The shoreline is 84 km long. Lake Lugano is situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore. The Swiss–Italian border runs around the lake. The city of Lugano lies on the southern shore. The lake has many small islands, including San Giulio, Rubino, Pignone, and Brissago.
Moravian Fields, Czech Republic
Moravia lies in the heart of the Czech Republic, east of the capital, Prague. The region is known for its rolling hills, vineyards and historic towns.
Hornocal Mountains, Argentina
The Hornocal mountains are located in the La Pampa Province of Argentina. They are a small range, but a beautiful one, and they have some of the most interesting rock formations in the world.
Cliffs of Étretat, France
The Cliffs of Étretat are a geological formation along the coastline of the English Channel in Normandy, France. The cliffs are located near the town of Étretat, and extend for about 4 km. They are famous for their vertical drop of over 200 meters, and for their views of the coastline.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre is a stunningly beautiful stretch of coastline in the Italian Riviera, made up of five picturesque villages, each of which are connected to the next by stunningly picturesque hiking trails running along the cliff-side. It is also one of the most photographed regions of Italy.
Located in the Southwestern Philippines, the picturesque province of Palawan is famous for its pristine beaches, lush greenery, and breathtaking natural scenery. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Palawan include the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the St. Paul Subterranean River, and the Taytay Man Made Forest.
The Storr, Scotland
The Storr in Scotland is a stunning rock formation. It's a collection of columnar basalt, meaning the rock formed from cooling lava. It's a pretty popular place to photograph for landscape photographers in the region.
The biggest waterfall in Iceland is the magnificent Godafoss, meaning ‘waterfall of the gods' in Icelandic. It is located in the North West of Iceland, in the Skjálfandafljót river, in the Mývatn area. There are two falls in Godafoss: the tall, main one, and the short, lower one. The lower one is also known as Háifoss (‘high waterfall').
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park is a United States National Park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first National Park in the U.S. and is widely held to be the first national park in the world.
Serengeti National Park is a national park in Tanzania. The park is named after the Serengeti Plains. It is famous for its annual migration of approximately 1.3 million white-bearded wildebeest, plus 200,000 zebra and 350,000 Thomson's gazelle. The migration is the largest overland migration in the world.
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders are geological formations found along the sea shore at Moeraki, on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. The most common theory is that they are a type of concretion, built up around a core consisting of a type of hard rock called Greywacke. The boulders are named after the Maori village of Moeraki, which is located about twelve kilometers north of the formations, and the Maori word moeraki means ‘egg of the giant penguin'.
Giants Causeway, Ireland
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Zion National Park, USA
Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah and is part of the National Parks System in the United States of America. It is the oldest national park in the system. The park is named after the canyons of Zion, a word of Biblical origin signifying a place of refuge.
Meteora is an area of rock pillars in Greece, located in central Greece, north of the Gulf of Corinth, on the edge of the Peloponnese. “Meteora” literally means “suspended in air”, and is derived from the Greek word meteôro, meaning “suspended”. The monasteries date back to 14th century. They are built on the natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly in the western part of central Greece.
Lencois Sand Dunes, Brazil
The stunning Lencois sand dunes are located on the Lencois Maranhenses desert, in the north-eastern Brazil. The desert covers approximately 100,000 square kilometres (39,000 sq mi) and is one of the largest on earth. It is a completely flat desert where the wind has sculpted the sand into large dunes.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia's most popular and beautiful national parks. It is located in the mountainous karst region of Lika, in the middle of the Dinaric Alps, and is famous for its 16 blue-green lakes interconnected by waterfalls.
Binalong Bay, Australia
Binalong Bay is a small beachside village in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road, along the shores of Bass Strait, 70 kilometres west of the state's capital, Melbourne. It is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful sandy beach, and is a popular place for surfing, swimming, snorkelling and photography.
Everglades National Park, USA
Everglades National Park is a U.S. National Park that is home to over one million animals and plants. It is also a World Heritage Site, and a Biosphere Reserve. What makes the Everglades so special and unique is that it is a freshwater ecosystem located at the southern tip of Florida.
The Seychelles is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. Located off the coast of Africa, the islands cover a total area of approximately 455 km², making it one of the smallest countries in the world and one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
Madagascar is a country located in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The nation is an archipelago of around 220 islands, many of which are uninhabited.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Mount Bromo is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in East Java, and it is well known for its sunsets. There are several eruptive points on Mount Bromo. The most active one is called Crater Nokri.
Seiser Alm, Italy
Seiser Alm is a small high alpine valley in the municipality of Corvara, in the Dolomites, province of Bolzano, northern Italy. It is situated on the northeast ridge of the Marmolada, a mountain of the Dolomite Alps. The valley is traversed by the Seiser Alm–Selva path.
Tatacoa Desert, Colombia
Tatacoa Desert is an arid desert located in the municipality of Aquitania, in the central region of Colombia. The desert covers an area of approximately 20,000 hectares, and is located in the valleys and mountains of the Yotoco River, which flows into the Magdalena River, near the town of Aquitania. It is an oasis for birds that migrate to warmer areas of the country, and has an average of 300–350 sunny days per year. This area is one of the most beautiful and natural sites of Colombia.
El Chalten, Argentina
El Chalten is a beautiful snow capped mountain village in Argentina that is part of the Los Glaciares National Park. The village is located within the borders of the Patagonia region. This region houses the Southern Andes Mountains, which is home to some of the oldest geology on earth, as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes.
Hintersee is a lake in the Austrian Alps, surrounded by mountains and a park. It lies in the municipality of Fulpmes in the Lungau region of Salzburg. In the summer Hintersee is a popular tourist attraction, especially for those who like bathing, hiking, and photography.
Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
Patagonia is a region of South America mostly divided between Argentina and Chile. It is a popular tourist destination and includes the Southernmost part of South America. The region is marked by the Andes mountains and many large glaciers. Patagonia has been popular with many landscape photographers over the years.
The Steppes, Mongolia
The Mongolian Steppe is a vast grassland that extends across the entire country. It covers more than 750,000 square miles. It supports an amazingly biodiverse range of fauna and flora. The Mongolian Steppe has been inhabited by humans for centuries, but has always been a home to many wild animals and birds.
The Bungle Bungles, Australia
The Bungle Bungles are a group of rugged, virtually unclimbable sandstone domes located in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. The Bungle Bungle Range is one of the best-known sights of the Purnululu National Park and a popular tourist attraction.
Kakadu National Park is a national park in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia. It is the largest of the national parks in the Northern Territory and the second largest national park in Australia, after the Tropical Rainforest National Park in Queensland. The park is 8,463 km² in area, and is home to a rich variety of plant and animal life. It is considered one of the world's great natural attractions, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Greenland, officially Kalaallit Nunaat, is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe for about a millennium.
Yogyakarta is a city in Indonesia and is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region. The city is located on the southern coast of Java in the island of Java. It is the second largest city in Indonesia. It is one of the few cities in Indonesia which has a matriarchal society. Yogyakarta was a colony of the Dutch East India Company and became a major center for Java's plantation economy during the colonial period.
For landscape photographers, finding the most promising scenes for a shot is a large part of getting that powerful image for your collection. While the skill of landscape photography becomes paramount from that point, do not underestimate the importance of selecting the right time and place. Hopefully this collections of destinations has given you some ideas for your next trip into nature.