Top 10 Most Beautiful Countries In The World
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Every country has its marvels and breathtaking landscapes, but these ten are blessed with a rare package of outstanding natural beauty and man-made wonders that enhance their territories with everything from beautiful cities to timeless villages, magnificent parks and pristine scenery. They are countries that offer a variety of sights and an abundance of inspiration from man and nature.
The List of 10 Most Beautiful Countries in the World
2. United States
5. Costa Rica
7. South Africa
8. New Zealand
Which Are the Most Beautiful Countries in the world?
1. Home To The Rockies: Canada
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As the second largest country in the world, Canada is a frontrunner for most beautiful country. It encompasses 9.98 million square kilometres of land mass. It also has a population of only 37.59 million, meaning a lot of the country is sparsely populated and there are large areas of untouched natural land which add to its appeal and natural beauty. Canada is split into 10 provinces and 3 territories, ranging from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts, and north to the Arctic Ocean.
It covers a wide variety of ecosystems and landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains in the west, to the expansive prairies, to rich redwood and boreal forests full of wildlife like bears, deer and moose, to maritime sandy beaches and the rocky cliffs of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. The Behemoth Of Landscapes: USA
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It has the ugliest cities in the developed world linked by shopping mall roads of fast food joints, car lots, billboards, cheap hotels and soulless suburbs (with populations obliviously living the American nightmare), but when it comes to nature, America really is the beautiful.
There are the Hawaiian islands, the epic scale of the Grand Canyon, the extraordinarily clear waters of Lake Tahoe, California's Big Sur, the wildlife in Alaska, the breathtaking scenery of Monument Valley or of Yellowstone, Yosemite and the other great national parks, the forestland of the Great Smoky Mountains... The list of natural wonders seems to go on forever and then there's San Francisco to save the country on the offer of beauty in an urban setting.
3. The Mesmerizing Lush Country: India
When it comes to India, busy cities and crowded streets may come to mind first, but outside the hustle and bustle of the thriving cities is a truly beautiful landscape of natural wonder. India has a land mass of 3.28 million square kilometers, and its landscapes are both diverse and lush. Most prominently, India contains part of the Himalayan mountain range, easily one of the most impressive mountain ranges on Earth. It also has an extensive coastline along the Indian Ocean, including some stunning beaches.
Scenic green tea plantations Darjeeling and Assam, as well as lush lagoons and mountain-backed lakes make for beautiful scenes. Additionally, there are any number of impressive animal species that call India home, from elephants to tigers, to buffalos and monkeys.
4. Home To The Greatest Collection Of Plant And Animal Species: Brazil
The luscious variety of Brazil’s physical geography needs to be experienced by all. You get to see the horseshoe-shaped falls of Iguaçu, kayak through the incomparable Amazon, or look out from the peak of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro here at one of the most beautiful countries in the world. As 60 per cent of the entire Amazon rainforest is in the northern part of Brazil, the country also offers the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is home to jaguars, woolly spider monkeys, ocelots, piranhas, giant water lilies, and mangroves.
To explore the best beaches in the country, visit the archipelago off the northeast coast—Fernando de Noronha, and for blindingly white sand dunes juxtaposed against turquoise lagoons visit the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.
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5. The Natural Paradise: Costa Rica
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Costa Rica might be smaller, with a land mass of 51,100 square kilometers, but this Central American treasure packs a punch when it comes to beautiful natural landscapes. The country is especially rich in biodiversity, and is home to a large number of plant and animal species. Costa Rica is mainly composed of thick rain and cloud forests, which form a humid, dense, jungle-like landscape. Paired with rolling hills and volcanic landscapes (there are roughly 200 volcanoes in the country including Arenal and Poás), waterfalls and stunning vistas are plentiful.
Costa Rica also has ample beaches, on both the Atlantic and Pacific side, where tourists and wildlife (such as turtles) come to rest. There are 30 different national parks in Costa Rica, including Manuel Antonio National Park, and Corcovado National Park. Ecotourism and nature conservation are at the forefront in Costa Rica, as the government and people understand the importance of preserving their beautiful country
6. The Country With Most World Heritage Sites In The World: Italy
Maybe it’s the sweeping romance of the Tuscan countryside, the haunting beauty of the Amalfi Coast, or the excitement of being surrounded by so much art, culture, and history, but there’s something about Italy that just warms your soul and puts a smile on your face again and again. It could, of course, be the divine food, which tastes like love and sunshine, or the courteous, well-dressed Italians, or the pleasure of doing nothing, but this country looks and feels so damn good, it’s impossible not to fall for its charms.
Rome celebrates its magnificent past with stunning museums and ruins of the world’s greatest empire; Venice enchants visitors with its meandering canals and fabulous marble palazzos; Florence is brimming with inestimable Renaissance art; and the Italian lakes ooze timeless sophistication with their postcard-perfect landscapes, pastel-colored waterfront towns, and sumptuous villas surrounded by immaculately groomed gardens.
7. Home To The Jagged Peaks Of Drakensberg: South Africa
Surprisingly the only African country to make this list, South Africa – which takes up the size of France and Spain combined – is undeniably beautiful, as you can see in our guide to its scenic beauty. You'll find the iconic Table Mountain and beaches where penguins roam just a stone's throw from Cape Town. The wine-growing valleys of the Western Cape will enchant with their verdant hills (and delectable vintages).
Durban is coming into its own as a must-visit destination, and of course, you'll find some of the best safari experiences in the world in South Africa. One reader explained the best thing about South Africa: "Wherever you travel you will always see mountains."
8. New Zealand
Аmоng thе mоѕt bеаutіful nаtіоnѕ Nеw Zеаlаnd іѕlаnd nаtіоn іѕ ѕtunnіng аnd а ѕсеnіс mаgnіfісеnt рlасе tо vіѕіt. Ѕоmе оf іtѕ tоwnѕ hаvе bееn nаmеd іn thе lіѕt оf tор tеn mоѕt bеаutіful сіtіеѕ ѕuсh аѕ wеllіngtоn аnd tоwnѕ ѕuсh аѕ Аuсklаnd duе tо іtѕ bеаutіful bеасhеѕ, Quееnѕtоwn іѕ аlѕо аmоng tор bеаutіful tоwnѕ іn thе wоrld. Јuѕt ѕоmе fеw mіlеѕ аwау frоm Quееnѕtоwn уоu wіll fіnd Fіоrdlаnd Nаtіоnаl раrk whісh іѕ thе hаbіtаt tо Міlfоrd Ѕоund. Аnd іntеrеѕtіnglу Ѕоund іѕ thе mоѕt bеаutіful Fјоrd іn thе wоrld. Nеw Zеаlаnd іѕ аlѕо thе hоmе tо thе еіghth wоndеr оf thе wоrld thаt іѕ Моunt Сооk.
Оthеr аmаzіng рhуѕісаl fеаturеѕ thаt уоu wіll fіnd іn thіѕ соuntrу аrе Glоwwоrm саvеѕ оf Wаіtоmо, Каurі fоrеѕtѕ, Таnе mаhutа аnd Те Маtuа Ngаhеrе, Тhе bluе rіvеr (Wаіkаtо Rіvеr), Тhе Frаnz Јоѕеf Glасіеr, Rоtоruо Gеуѕеrѕ, Ѕuthеrlаnd fаllѕ, Lаkе Рukаkі аnd Аоtеаrоа (thе lаnd оf thе lоng whіtе сlоud)
9. Paradise On Earth: Switzerland
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With its breathtaking scenery that ranges from astonishing mountain ranges, lakes, landscapes with no horizon, waterfalls, Switzerland isn’t a surprise entry on this list of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has some spectacular spaces like Lauterbrunnen, with its 72 thundering waterfalls, the four-armed Lake Lucerne, St-Léonard lake (Europe’s largest underground lake), the majestic Matterhorn, the world’s most famous tooth-shaped mountain peak. You can visit the quaint lakeside towns of Vevey, Montreux and Luzern, and contrast it with Geneva’s aristocratic gravitas, and the tranquil villages of Zermatt and the very urban and cosmopolitan Zurich.
Tucked away in the Alps, this country is an absolute must-visit destination and usually features on everyone’s bucket list due to its breathtaking natural beauty.
10. Home to Awe-blogging Glacial Landscapes: Iceland
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Iceland has an area of 103,000 square kilometers, and almost every single bit of it is naturally stunning. The country has a variety of beautiful landscapes, as well as seemingly other-worldly terrain that is not seen in many other places on earth. As an island, it features dark black sand beaches in Reynisfjara, and coastal fjords in the West along the peninsular Westfjords. As its “ice” name would suggest, glacial landscapes are also common including ice flows and impressive ice caves at Vatnajökull. A number of mountains and volcanoes provide impressive peaks across the land, from Kirkjufell, to Mount Mælifell, and Eyjafjallajökull - one of 130 volcanoes on the island. As a result, lava tunnels and hardened flows are also abundant here, and make for an un-wordly sight.
Iceland is also very geothermal, and hot springs and geysers are common. Major attractions include the unbelievable blue lagoon hot spring, as well as Strokkur geyser. Additionally, Iceland has some of the most beautiful waterfalls of any country. It is absolutely full of impressive waterfalls, from the tall to the impressively wide, including Dettifoss, Skogafoss, Gullfoss, the beautiful Hraunfossar, and Seljalandsfoss to name only a few.
There are so many impressive naturally beautiful countries in the world, which showcase a variety of landscapes, ecosystems, and natural phenomena that are truly stunning wonders to see.
In a world made up of nearly 200 countries, it seems nearly impossible to narrow down a list of the most beautiful. Each country has something unique and downright stunning to offer, from their intriguing architecture and colorful landscapes to complex histories. The list above is depending on some special criteria that KnowInsiders collects, we believe that each of you has your own list, so please feel free to share with us in the comment section below, and don't forget to follow KnowInsiders for more interesting news. Thanks for tuning in!
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