23
May

Most Beautiful Places in the World to Add to Your Bucket List

Jaipur

The rose-colored buildings that comprise Rajasthan’s capital city, either built from natural red sandstone or painted to look so, have earned Jaipur its nickname as “The Pink City.” The Mogul architecture is mesmerizing, especially the Royal City Palace and its most famous section known as Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of the Winds”—a façade of 953 windows built so royal women could look down on street life unseen.

St. Lucia

Of all the Caribbean islands, none capture photographers’ imaginations quite so much as St. Lucia, whose southern city Soufrière seduces with its ancient plantations and secluded beaches and whose most luxurious hotels claim postcard-perfect views of the breathtaking Pitons.

Santorini, Greece

This crescent-shaped volcanic island in the Aegean Sea is honeymoon gold. Why? We chalk it up to those fabulous black-pebble and red-sand beaches, iconic whitewashed buildings that cling to precipitous rocks overlooking the underwater caldera, that iconic blue-domed monastery (and Instagram mecca), and those legendary sunsets from its main town of Oia.

Bagan, Myanmar

The temples and pagodas of Bagan, totaling some 2,200 structures, are among the largest concentration of Buddhist temples anywhere. (They tallied over 10,000 in the kingdom’s glory days during the 11th and 13th centuries.) The best way to see them is by hot-air balloon ride at sunrise, when mist still hovers above the surrounding forests.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Despite being the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai remains one of its least developed, dominated by raw, wild landscapes that have evolved over the centuries due to weather and erosion. Its most famous landmark: Na Pali, a velvety 15-mile coastline of sheer cliffs that fold in and out like a handheld fan. That the area is impenetrable except by catamaran or a challenging 22-mile roundtrip hike (or glimpsed by helicopter) adds to its mystique.