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Let your mind drift to the most beautiful places in the world. Explore stunning architectural feats, a tropical paradise,

and a small Scandinavian town . The 21 places below will likely fill your bucket list for many years to come and you can count yourself lucky if you are able to visit even a third of these amazing places.

The beautiful places below are organized into tropical/warm, arctic/cold, and architectural. No matter where you live in the world, there are incredible places to visit and architectural sights to see.

To be honest, there are thousands of places that could have made this list but hopefully this list provides some justice to those that were left off.

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt


Most Beautiful Tropical/Warm Places In The World


Kauai, Hawaii owns the medal of the rainiest place on earth, allowing for a tropical paradise. Hike, swim, bike, and dive.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Credit: St. Regis Bora Bora)

Bora Bora is an island that once was a volcano, which has subsequently subsided and formed a barrier reef.

The reef ecosystem allows for pristine clear blue water and reefs limit waves, providing a protected sanctuary.

Rice terrace fields of Longsheng, China (Credit: Wikipedia)
Rice terrace fields of Longsheng, China (Credit: Wikipedia)

Trevor Nace is a geologist, Forbes contributor, founder of Science Trends, and adventurer. Follow his journey

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1. Jordan

Completely safe oasis isolated from the instability of the region

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Jordan is a place of supernatural beauty.

Imagine Yosemite as a desert with super luxury tented camps. That’s a bit how Wadi Rum feels. And Petra is so ancient you could use the Bible as your guidebook rather than a Lonely Planet. Beyond these obvious destinations, there’s also Al Salt, Jarash, and Amman. Travel here with an open mind,

and get ready for and a hospitality that will blow away any expectations. Photo by Scott Sporleder.



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2. Los Angeles

Epicenter of Southern California with quick access to nature

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LA has it all. The food options,

historic sites, and outdoor access are enough to make you forget the 45-minute drives it takes to reach them. Your best bet (as always) is to hook up with locals (try travelstoke if you don’t know anyone there), and plan your travels around different neighborhoods.

Photo by Scott Sporleder.



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3. Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

No-worries area of Mexico with luxury haciendas in the middle of the jungle

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Beyond Chichen Itzá are other lesser known Mayan ruins worth exploring throughout the region, along with the cenotes, as well as world-class diving (the world’s second largest coral reef after the Great Barrier Reef,

is on the Carribean side of Mexico) and beaches. Of special note is Rosas y Chocolate, one of the top urban hotels in all of Mexico, pictured above.

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4. Sisimiut, Greenland

Above the Arctic Circle, and almost like dropping off the map

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Sisimiut is the second-largest town in Greenland. 5,500 people live on a tiny,


rocky promontory just north of the Arctic Circle. If you are lucky enough to travel to Greenland, your goal should be connecting with locals and getting invited to a kaffemik.

These are celebrations such as birthdays or weddings, and guests may can come anytime you want and leave whenever they feel like it. Photo courtesy of Visit Greenland.


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5. Península Valdés, Argentina


The overlooked part of Patagonia, with stunning marine wildlife

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The stark, windswept, and seldom-visited Atlantic coast of Patagonia has intense concentrations of wildlife with its epicenter at Peninsula Valdes.

Each year between June and December is the Southern Right Whale migration.

Throughout the year are other wildlife viewing possibilities, including Magellanic penguins, and elephant seals. Awesome family adventure. Image: Matiasso

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9. Dominical, Costa Rica

Surf, yoga, and natural foods paradise within easy reach

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Out of all the places in Costa Rica that should’ve gotten overrun with mass tourism,

Dominical has been spared. It remains a small, uncrowded town with a super cool expat scene and awesome restaurants. There are exceptional AirBnb properties overlooking nearby Domincalito (as well as in town).

For surfing, Dominical is almost never flat. Photo: Blaze Nowara.


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10. Montreal, Canada

Multicultural city with world-class paddling options and nightlife

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2017 marks Montreal’s 375th anniversary,

and the city plans to celebrate all year. Join in for a big party and some birthday cake on May 17, the official date that the city was founded on. Culturally diverse Montreal will also welcome you with free festivals, concerts, cultural activities, exhibitions, foodie events, tastings, tours, and theatrical performances. Photo: Michael Vesia.

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11. Portmagee, Ireland

11. Portmagee, Ireland

Coastal Irish village with access to ancient sites

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Portmagee is both a rad little village on its own, and the departure point for Skellig Michael. Take a ferry there,

hang with puffins and dolphins all day, enjoy seafood caught steps away at the family owned Moorings Guesthouse

while listening to traditional Irish song and dance and lulled to sleep by the ocean. Photo by Tony Webster.


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12. Belfast, Maine

12. Belfast, Maine

Scenic seaport on Penobscot Bay, loaded with architectural treasures and historic districts

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Belfast is known for welcoming the back-to-the-land movement of the ’70s.

It gets a lot of credit for the craft beers of Marshall Wharf, Delvino’s authentic Italian food,

served in an old hardware store, and the many local farmers who’ve taken the torch from those revolutionary back-to-the-landers and are fueling the city’s sustainable food movement. Photo by

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