Jetsetter’s top 10 most beautiful places in the world

Some travel destinations and places are so stunning they stay locked into your memory, from the colourful souks of Marrakech, Morocco to the iconic domes of Santorini, Greece. But it’s not just their beauty that stays with you. It’s a feeling — perhaps of their scope or magnitude.

Jetsetter, the travel website, recently compiled its give-you-the-feels bucket list of the 24 Most Beautiful Places in the World. The editors selected a diverse mix of “awe-inspiring landscapes, feats of architecture and cultural immersion,” from Jaipur the Pink City in northern India to Kauai’s rugged Na Pali Coast. The one thing they all have in common? Their irresistible beauty. “Just try to take a bad picture,” they write. “We dare you.”

Amber fort

Northern India’s Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, for its amber architecture, has popped up on many lists of the most beautiful places in the world. (Getty Images)

Paradise beach at Soufriere Bay with view to Piton at small town Soufriere in Saint Lucia, Tropical Caribbean Island.

It simply doesn’t get more postcard picture-perfect than the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. (Getty Images)

Hot air balloon flying over rock landscape at Cappadocia Turkey.

The towering pinnacles of Turkey’s Rock Sites of Cappadocia are a marvel on their own. But beneath them, it’s even more awe-inducing: Some features homes, churches and even ancient small cities dating back to the 11th century. ‘Beautiful’ doesn’t do Cappadocia justice. (Getty Images)

Oia at sunset, Santorini, Greece

The Greek island of Santorini is illuminated by the setting sun. (Thinkstock)

Sunrise landscape view with silhouettes of old temples, Bagan

Myanmar, especially the temples of Bagan, made Jetsetter’s recent list of the most beautiful places in the world. (Getty Images)

Kauai's Napali coast

Kauai’s Napali coast offers plenty of adventure, including sailing, snorkelling, rafting, whale watching, camping, hiking and sea cave exploring. (Kauai Visitors Bureau)

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Undiscovered by the western world until the 1800s, Petra is a city carved by hand into a cliffside in Jordan as early as 312 BC. It’s beyond beautiful. (Getty Images)

Colourful souks, tilework, riads

Colourful souks, tilework, riads and alleyways have made Marrakech, Morocco a beautiful place for centuries. (Getty)

Tourist watching an elephant in Botswana

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a rich and beautiful garden oasis of wildlife. (Thinkstock)

They’re not alone in their views. Postcard-perfect St. Lucia and Marrakech’s medina, which made Jetsetter’s list, also made Harper’s Bazaar’s 30 Most Beautiful Places in the World. Cappadocia, the part of Turkey where cities are carved out of the rock, landed on both Jetsetter’s list as well as Conde Nast Traveler’s 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World.

Here are the top 10 places on Jetsetter’s ranking to add to your bucket list.

  1. Jaipur, Rajasthan
  2. St. Lucia, Caribbean Islands
  3. Santorini, Greece
  4. Bagan, Myanmar
  5. Na Pali Coast, Kauai
  6. Petra, Jordan
  7. Cappadocia, Turkey
  8. Marrakech, Morocco
  9. Okavango Delta, Botswana
  10. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

(This story originally appeared on mercurynews)



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