7 Travel Destinations with Incredible Natural Beauty
- Written by Alicia Drewnicki
- November 25, 2019
- 4 min read
People travel for many reasons, but if magnificent nature is what draws you to a new place, we’ve got 8 amazing places to inspire you with incredible natural beauty. From turquoise lakes, to towering mountains, sea cliffs, hot springs, and caves.
Check out the lowdown below:
1) Bled, Slovenia
Summary: A resort town in Slovenia that’s under an hour from the country’s capital of Ljubljana.
Great Nature Spots to Visit: The standout feature is the breathtaking Lake Bled with Bled Island as its centre point. There’s lots to see, including secluded swimming spots, hiking trails, and Bled Castle. There’s also Mala Osojnica – a hiking destination that boasts the best aerial views of the island. If you’re looking for an alternative to hiking, you can rent a rowing boat, or go stand-up paddleboarding.
2) Hokkaido, Japan
Summary: A beautiful northern island in Japan that’s known for its scenery, skiing, and volcanoes. Its capital is Sapporo – and to give you an idea of size, Hokkaido is roughly 37 times larger than Tokyo.
Great Nature Spots to Visit: Hokkaido is the perfect place for nature lovers. If you love flowers – be sure to visit Shikisai-no-oka flower gardens, which looks like a fairytale scene. There’s also plenty of hiking trails, six national parks (Shiretoko National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), hot springs such as Noboribetsu, and the viewing spot known as the “Sea of Clouds”.
3) Sao Miguel Island, The Azores
Summary: The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and Sao Miguel is the biggest of its island.
Great Nature Spots: With a nickname of “the green island”, Sao Miguel Island definitely doesn’t fail to impress! A popular spot for hiking fans is the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and if you want to see a place that feels other worldly – go to Furnas, which has hot springs, geysers, and fumaroles.
4) Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Summary: Canada’s oldest National Park – Banff National Park is known for its turquoise lakes, mountains, and wildlife.
Great Nature Spots: Take your pick of activities in this amazing national park – from gondola rides, to kayaking, going on a lake cruise, horse riding, helicopter rides, walking on a glacier, hiking, or visiting hot springs. Great nature spots for the “to visit” list are Lake Minnewanka, the Cave and Basin, Sundance Canyon, Boom Lake, and Sunshine Meadows.
5) Cappadocia, Turkey
Summary: Cappadocia is an area in central Turkey known for its geological wonders, including its caves, rock formations, and the iconic “fairy chimneys”.
Great Nature Spots: The most popular place to visit is the town of Goreme where people often go for hot air balloon rides that ascend 300 metres high. Be sure to also check out Uchisar’s rock castle, the Love Valley (perfect for hiking), Monks Valley, the Red and Rose Valleys, and the caves of Cavusin town.
6) Isle of Skye, Scotland
Summary: The Isle of Skye is situated off the west coast of Scotland, and it’s Scotland’s second largest island. You can get there by train or ferry. A popular movie location for films including James Bond “Skyfall”, and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.
Great Nature Spots: Nature lovers – prepare to be amazed! This incredible island is home to moors, lochs, mountain peaks, sea cliffs, waterfalls, and more. Be sure to visit the Fairy Pools of Glenbrittle (multiple waterfalls as well as swimming spots), the Old Man of Storr (amazing rock pinnacles), Quiraing, and the fishing village of Elgol.
7) Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
Summary: A cave full of glowworms in Waitomo, situated on New Zealand’s North Island.
Great Nature Spots: A lot of nature spots focus on daytime activities, but this one is something special. Go on a boat ride through a glowworm grotto that dates back over 30 million years, and see these beautiful insects glowing in the dark. It has to be seen to be believed.
We hope our travel lowdown inspires you to get out and explore a new place. If you’ve been to anywhere with breathtaking nature spots that you’d recommend, be sure to let us know by connecting with us on social media.