Scenic Sensation: Some of the Most Picturesque Places on the Planet to Visit

January 26, 2019

As the saying goes, life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but the times our breath is taken away. And there’s no quicker way than to have your breath taken away and be left truly awe-struck than by seeing some of the world’s most incredible scenery. It’s one thing to see these views in books or on tv, but it’s something completely different to see them with your own eyes. Want to visit some beautiful, scenic places? Here are three for you to consider.

The Lake District, United Kingdom
The lake district is located in northern England, and is a mountainous region which truly offers some of the most stunning scenery in all the country. It’s recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s not difficult to see why. Friar's Crag is an iconic Lakeland viewpoint which looks down Derwentwater. Down in Derwentwater (a little further out of the way) is Ashness Bridge and Surprise View which both offer spectacular viewpoints across the lake and surrounding fells. You also have Buttermere, a real photographer's paradise, the distinctive 'Buttermere tree'  is fantastic for a shot with an interesting foreground, and a classic Lakeland image. You can have fun out on the spectacular lakes enjoying canoeing, kayaking, rowing or paddleboarding. Go on a bike ride, or visit one of the tree top zip wiring adventures on offer. You could go bird watching or just hike to see the views. If you’re an experienced hiker or know the area then you could set out on your own route, or you always have the option of joining in with one of the walking tours offered.

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
The classic circuit trek around the Annapurnas is an incredibly varied and exciting journey. Dramatic deep gorges, bleak high mountain passes, flame-red rhododendron forests and crystal-clear alpine rivers can all be taken in. You have ancient teahouses and jagged Himalayan peaks, picturesque farming villages and view of the Annapurna summits at every turn. It’s consistently ranked as one of the top ten treks in the world, and it’s cheaper to do than Everest too. The Annapurna Circuit is a demanding trek and not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for a challenge and want to seek some of the most amazing views you’ve ever seen then it’s one to consider.

The Grand Canyon, USA
Whether you view the grand canyon from above in a helicopter or from one of the national parks, it’s a sight that will quite literally take your breath away. It’s hard to imagine just how something like this could exist in nature, an immense gorge carved by the Colorado River over the last five thousand years. The layers of colourful rock capture the passage of time, with some of those at the bottom being over a billion years old. Some of the most popular viewpoints are Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Mather Point, don’t limit your views to just the southern rim.

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