When Louis Armstrong thought to himself “what a wonderful world”, he certainly wasn’t kidding! Pretty much every country on the planet has some natural wonders of which is can be proud, but some are certainly more blessed with scenery than others. It is those captivating countries that we will be focusing on in this article, taking you on a tour to be envied through some of the stunning scenery on Planet Earth. And while there might be plenty more countries you would add to the list, the article would be never ending!
Travel to the edge Africa and you will be rewarded with beautiful sights wherever you go. Even one of the major cities Cape Town is regularly voted amongst the most spectacular in the world. Stroll around here and you will be rewarded with views of Table Mountain in the distance. Rent a car and you can take in the coastline on Clarens Drive and Chapman’s Peak, where you can even spot whales from the shore. The country is also home to ‘The Tugela Falls’, 20 times as high as the much more famous Niagara Falls! And beyond the landscapes, you can also see some of the most incredible animals on earth too.
New Zealand really packs a lot into such a relatively small space. To start off with, Queenstown has the privilege of being located on Lake Wakatipu with the ‘The Remarkables’ mountain range looming ahead. Not far away is Fiordland National Park, which is certainly one of the most famous and photographed sights in the country. Over on the far north island, you can get lost in the Kauri Forests or dive down deep to the Glowworm caves of Waitomo. For many people travelling to New Zealand, it is an excuse to see Middle Earth from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series. There is no doubt that it not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations.
Though there are more famed European countries for their scenery, the tiny nation of Slovenia should not be overlooked. Most travellers start in the capital of Ljubljana, which is wonderfully clean, green and walkable. From here, you can take a short trip to one of the country’s most celebrated sights Lake Bled. A tiny island in the middle of the lake is home a church which can only be accessed by boat or swimming. Next, head over to Lake Bohinj (arguably even more beautiful) on the outskirts of Triglav National Park, which is a wonderful spot for hiking in the mountains.
China tends to be more closely associated with its huge smog-filled metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai, but the third largest country on Earth is home to some stunning scenery. In the extreme west, you have the Himalayas bordering with Nepal. Travel further through the south into Yunnan province to see some of the famous rice terraces or hike along the spectacularly named Tiger Leaping Gorge. Head over to Guangxi province and you can take a river cruise on a wooden boat that winds between the karst limestone cliffs of Yangshuo and Guilin. And this is without even mentioning some of the dazzling national parks such as Zhangjiajie and Jiuzhaigou.
Moving over to South America, there are various countries that are fighting it out for the title of ‘most beautiful’, but Argentina is the one that we are going to be focusing on in more detail here. The Iguazu Falls between there and Brazil are generally regarded as amongst the most breathtaking in the world. The name that always springs to mind whenever Argentina is mentioned in conversation is Patagonia. A land of towering mountains and glaciers, this huge landscape would take weeks to explore properly. Make sure that you have enough storage space on your camera if you are going to be travelling to this region!
Though it has a population of less than 350,000, Iceland more than makes up for it with the number of natural wonders it has dotted around including hot springs, volcanoes, lava fields and geysers. Many people travel here during the winter months hoping to catch a glimpse of the impossibly beautiful Northern Lights which illuminate the skies. While many of the people are concentrated in the capital city of Reykjavik, there are adventures to by had all over the island so make sure that you have the time to explore it properly.
The only continent that we haven’t looked at so far (other than Antarctica) is North America, and Canada is certainly the jewel in the crown. The Canadian Rockies are widely known as amongst the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, as well as being a haven for winter sports. Banff National Park is one of the most famous names is the region, and there are two lakes that you will certainly want to see for yourself – Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Both are impossibly blue and you have almost certainly seen them on plenty of Instagram travel feeds. Head across to the other side of the country and you have the world-renowned Niagara Falls, where you can see the power of nature up close and personal.
Largely overshadowed by its noisier neighbour Thailand, there is no doubt that the Philippines has more than its fair share of natural wonders. Over 7000 stunning islands make up the country, so there is plenty to discover for all types of traveller. One of the most celebrated aspects is its marine life, so you will need to strap on a snorkel or some scuba diving equipment to see what all the fuss is about.
Though we could go on and on, these are just a few of the countries across the world that you could visit to enjoy the natural wonders. If your wanderlust has been awoken, why not start planning a trip to one of them today?