Finding the right travel destination is as exciting as achieving an Intertops Casino Bonus. You can ask your friends, read travel guides, surf the Internet and peruse reviews and still end up at a site that doesn’t inspire you.
Finding information on which you can rely is tricky but it helps to find travel writers who have explored the different travel destinations and can share their experiences with you.
Some of the most experienced travel writers in the world share their impressions of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. They include:
Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the most magnificent sites in the United States. The canyon is a steep 18-mile-wide gorge through which the Colorado River runs. Even from the best vantage point you can see only a small portion of it.
The canyon is made up of layers of colourful rock, the oldest of which date back 1.8 billion years. Along the steep canyon walls there’s a great deal of foliage and fauna including coyote willow, seep willow, arrowweed, western honey mesquite, exotic tamarisk (saltcedar) and catclaw acacia. There are also hanging gardens with rare plants such as the stream orchid, McDougall’s flaveria and the white-flowering redbud tree. Visitors also see wildlife including bats, raccoons, bobcats, mountain lions, gray foxes and coyotes.
There are several viewpoints including Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio. You can set out on a hike along with one of the trails that traverse the Grand Canyon. There are hikes of one-day duration or backpacking hikes that can take several days.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
The picturesque island of Santorini has a number of charming villages but one of the most beautiful and scenic is Oia. Oia is located on the north end of the island. It’s populated by old stone houses that line the narrow streets, sunbaked veranda and blue-domed churches. From Oia, you can see the island of Thirassia and the Palea volcano, Nea Kameni.
Most tourists are familiar with Fira which is larger and busier but it’s worth taking a trip up the coast to enjoy its quaint beauty. You can walk down to the cliff to the Ammoudi port or stay in town and peruse the shops and art galleries.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes is located about halfway between the city of Zadar on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and the Croatian capital Zagreb. The Plitvice Lakes are a network of 16 lakes surrounded by ancient forests and linked by both natural and man-made bridges and waterfalls. The lakes are made up of living, moving waters which, at their height, reach 1,280 meters above sea level and at their lowest descend to 280 meters below sea level.
The surrounding forest is full of wildlife including birds, boars, bears and wolves. Hikers walk through fogs of spray that fill the air from the waterfalls that are, seemingly, everywhere. You can walk along the hiking trails, swim in the lakes and take the ferry that makes the rounds through the upper and lower lakes.
The best time to travel to the Plitvice Lakes is autumn when the leaves’ colours are mirrored in the lakes’ water.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is famous worldwide for its beautiful coastline at the edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s located in Campania, Italy and stretches for 50 kilometres where sheer cliffs plunge into the azure sea.
Along the coast, there are small beaches hidden in secluded coves, fragrant orange groves, majestic vineyards and ancient villages that hug the steep slopes of Mount Ravello.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
The local Kololo or Lozi name for Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “the Smoke that Thunders.” The falls, located between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is a breathtaking spectacle of majesty and beauty. It is the largest waterfall in the world and can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres. Its spray can be seen from 50 kilometres away.
The falls, which are a United Nation World Heritage Site, plummet from the Zambezi river, fall over the edge of a basalt cliff and then plunge into the gorge 100 meters below. The mist rises 400 meters in the air to create an endless rainbow and permanent clouds. On the other side of the falls, there’s a dense jungle from where you can see the falls and watch the water descend into the gorges below.
The best way to travel is to drive the coastal road between Sorrento which is perched on the clifftop and the port of Salerno. There are also numerous hiking trails that pass by the villages and offer spectacular views. Many of the towns feature quaint restaurants and taverns and if you don’t want to camp out you can also find places to sleep in these villages.
Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
The stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the eastern United States’ Appalachian mountain range, have, over the years, inspired many poems and songs. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from Pennsylvania in the North to Georgia in the South. The name “Blue Ridge Mountains” comes from the appearance of the mountains that seem to be blue when viewed from a distance.
The Great Appalachian Valley lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rest of the Appalachians. You can hike the Appalachian Trail or experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from one of the two large national parks — The Great Smokey Mountains Park or the Shenandoah Park. If you have time, it’s suggested that you drive the scenic highway that runs along the ridge (469-miles).
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. The reef is a 2,300 kilometre-long ecosystem that is made up of 3000 individual reef systems, hundreds of islands and coral cays.
You can enjoy the Barrier Reef from the sea’s surface but to really appreciate it you should dive underwater to see more than 600 kinds of coral, tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, sharks, molluscs and sea stars.
If you’re not a diver you can take an excursion in a glass-bottomed boat or just swim.