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The Most Beautiful Places On Earth

What do you think are the most beautiful places on Earth? Beauty is clearly subjective; nevertheless, try to justify your response.

I nominate the southwestern part of Texas, near Marfa and Alpine, for its austere solitude and stargazing potential. My #2 choice would be downtown Houston at night, especially the view from Hermann Park to the Medical Center - a perfect glimpse of luminous commotion from a pensive, quiet place.

by Anonymousreply 13210/02/2013

Er, I meant the Museum District at night. Although downtown Houston itself is also very pretty at night, depending on the specific street.

by Anonymousreply 108/09/2013

You want nominations for THE MOST BEAUTIFUL places ON EARTH, and both of your choices are in Texas? How many other places have you been too?

by Anonymousreply 208/09/2013

"How many other places have you been too?"


by Anonymousreply 308/09/2013

For me, it doesn't get better than The Grand Canyon.

by Anonymousreply 408/09/2013

Well, nowhere in New York, that's for damn sure.

I choose the black sand beaches of Constitución, Chile. The odd stone formations are a nice touch.

by Anonymousreply 508/09/2013

It doesn't get much more beautiful than Greece

by Anonymousreply 608/09/2013

The view of the cattleyards of Fort Worth when the sun is bright and blazing... unbelievable!

The many lovely sights of Midland, especially the Wal-Mart near the freeway. Heaven itself!

Downtown Texarkana, under a beautiful golden harvest moon.

The indoor ice skating rink at the Galleria in Dallas.

The Baylor campus, ablaze with purple heather during football season.

Why, all of my choices are also in Texas! How very strange.

by Anonymousreply 708/09/2013

You've obviously never been to Texas, R7...

by Anonymousreply 808/09/2013

[quote]You've obviously never been to Texas, [R7]...

One can only dream of the day!

by Anonymousreply 908/09/2013

Boring, R7. You should have saved that 'satire' for the big-headed Big Apple crowd. They'll descend shortly, no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 1008/09/2013

Lake Natron

by Anonymousreply 1108/09/2013

Eastern Greenland

by Anonymousreply 1208/09/2013


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by Anonymousreply 1408/09/2013

Death Valley

by Anonymousreply 1508/09/2013

Angkor Wat

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by Anonymousreply 1808/09/2013

Here's a pic of Yosemite r17. BREATHTAKING!

by Anonymousreply 1908/09/2013

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

by Anonymousreply 2008/09/2013

There is nothing in Texas that qualifies as the most beautiful of ANYTHING on earth.

by Anonymousreply 2108/09/2013

San Francisco

by Anonymousreply 2208/09/2013

Rio de Janeiro

by Anonymousreply 2308/09/2013


by Anonymousreply 2408/09/2013

I've never been there myself, but pretty much everyone I know who HAS singles out Lake Louise/Banff in Alberta as the most beautiful place they've ever visited.

by Anonymousreply 2508/09/2013

White Desert, Egypt

by Anonymousreply 2608/09/2013

Bashing Texas is so tiresome and cliché, R21. Does it make you feel like a big man to do it?

by Anonymousreply 2708/09/2013

R26 Now THAT is a mushroom head!

by Anonymousreply 2808/09/2013

Mexico, Monarch Preserve

by Anonymousreply 2908/09/2013

Ok, Austin Tx

by Anonymousreply 3008/09/2013

BRC (Burning man)

by Anonymousreply 3108/09/2013

I'm with R22 & R23.

by Anonymousreply 3208/09/2013

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

by Anonymousreply 3308/10/2013

I'm a sucker for mountainous landscapes so Glacier National Park in Montana, which incidentally means "mountain" in Spanish.

by Anonymousreply 3408/10/2013

These are my two favourites of where I've been: The Black Forest, Germany.

by Anonymousreply 3508/10/2013

And Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland.

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by Anonymousreply 3708/10/2013

Most beautiful places I've been: Ravello on the Amalfi coast, Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard and the California coast around Carmel. I also have to put a vote in for the Adirondack high peaks.

by Anonymousreply 3808/10/2013

Where's the hair, R37?

by Anonymousreply 3908/10/2013

another vote for Rio. The most magical place I've been on 4 continents!

by Anonymousreply 4008/10/2013

r20, I've been there (twice)! Very beautiful!

For me, from my personal experience only, I'd pick:

The approach from Mestre to San Marco Square, Venice. It's a floating dream vision.

The Matterhorn seen from Zermatt. The stark white in a clear blue sky is majestic.

The harbor of Honfleur, France. A peaceful scene of boats and colorful buildings.

by Anonymousreply 4108/10/2013

The Great Rift Valley in Kenya. It has people, forests, mountains, lakes and spectacular wildlife in it. Looks awesome from this viewpoint. Even the manmade shacks add to the charm of this picture:

by Anonymousreply 4208/10/2013

The Maasai Mara in Kenya, within the aforementioned Rift Valley.

by Anonymousreply 4308/10/2013

Uranus, r37?

by Anonymousreply 4408/10/2013

Northern Cape Breton is gorgeous. Especially the Cabot Trail!

by Anonymousreply 4508/10/2013

San Juan, Puerto Rico.

by Anonymousreply 4608/10/2013

Jiuzhaigou Valley, China.

by Anonymousreply 4708/10/2013

r25, I grew up in Alberta and have toured all through the Canadian Rockies many times. The beauty and the power of this region is beyond description. Here is my favourite, Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at sunrise.

by Anonymousreply 4808/10/2013

Northern Italy Lake Region. Stunning lakes, picturesque islands and snow capped Alps.

by Anonymousreply 4908/10/2013

Sailing through the fjords along the southern coast of Chile and into the Strait of Magellan. Cold and very quiet. There were penguins sliding down the glacier areas into the water.

by Anonymousreply 5008/10/2013

The Land! The Land!

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by Anonymousreply 5208/10/2013

[quote]pretty much everyone I know who HAS singles out Lake Louise/Banff in Alberta as the most beautiful place they've ever visited.

Second this entirely its gorgeous there. My grandparents spent their honeymoon there, it was very popular with a lot of WWII era people.

by Anonymousreply 5308/10/2013

[quote]I've never been there myself, but pretty much everyone I know who HAS singles out Lake Louise/Banff in Alberta as the most beautiful place they've ever visited.

There are places that are more magnificent, but I have never experienced anything as breathtaking as my first view of Lake Louise.

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by Anonymousreply 5508/10/2013


Lake District



Cape Town

by Anonymousreply 5608/11/2013

After years of saving, I'm visiting next month r43. Have a balloon ride like in that picture planned.

by Anonymousreply 5708/11/2013

Koh Lipe, Thailand

by Anonymousreply 5808/11/2013

Wherever I am, of course

by Anonymousreply 5908/11/2013

Swinging Richard's in Miami FL

by Anonymousreply 6008/11/2013

Venice on a cold grey winter's day.

by Anonymousreply 6108/11/2013

The Bronx.

by Anonymousreply 6208/11/2013

So, which of these do we like the most? Where would we have our next holiday if money was no object?

by Anonymousreply 6308/11/2013

R6, if I could give you a thumbs up on your post, I would. i have to visit Greece before I die.

by Anonymousreply 6408/11/2013

I'm so over scenery.

One is expected to admire it but I've always been slightly bored by it.

One takes it in, admires it for what it is, but I never get an emotional response from it.

Like all those Blockbuster art shows strolled dutifully through by the lumpen public who are told they MUST tour them, scenery is way oversold.

My man unbuttoning in the half THAT is more beautiful and overwhelming than a hundred Grand Canyons...and I don't have to get out of bed to experience it.

Fuck scenery. Fuck it right up its smug tourist brochure see before one dies bucket list arse.

by Anonymousreply 6508/11/2013

The thread would be better without the contrariness and efforts at witticism.

by Anonymousreply 6608/11/2013

Best nature-made view: The view into Italy from the Klein Matterhorn lift station. It is a real life version of the picture on the dust jacket of The Lord of the Rings.

Best man-influenced view: the view of San Giorgio Maggiore from the Accademmia Bridge, Venice. Runner-up: the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet.

by Anonymousreply 6708/11/2013

The tepuis of Venezuela for adventure lovers.

by Anonymousreply 6808/11/2013

I don't mean to imply that any of these places would equal the raw beauty of the Houston Medical Center, Texas, USA.

by Anonymousreply 6908/11/2013

"It is a real life version of the picture on the dust jacket of The Lord of the Rings."

Anyone who earnestly references "The Lord of the Rings" is not qualified to judge any kind of beauty, R69.

by Anonymousreply 7008/11/2013

Damn! You can just hear R67/R69 deflating...

by Anonymousreply 7108/11/2013

[quote] The thread would be better without the contrariness and efforts at witticism.

Wasnt trying to be witty: am deadly serious. But you serve to highlight the oppressive social pressure to rigorously conform and adore scenery.

Well, I'm here to stand up in this beer hall of scenery nazis and say: I'm a conscientious scenery rejector and proud of it!

There's nothing to be ashamed of and urge more of you to come out of the closet. There's nothing mentally wrong with you. We EXIST Goddamit, and patronising only makes us stronger!

by Anonymousreply 7208/11/2013

Interlacken, Switzerland

by Anonymousreply 7308/11/2013

Unfortunately, I haven't been all over the world. Of the places I've been: Norway was beautiful and dramatic. In America, I'd say the Big Sur stretch on Highway 1.

by Anonymousreply 7408/11/2013

Eilean Donan, Scotland

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by Anonymousreply 7608/11/2013

You're a snide git R70, but don't worry, I can take it.

I wasn't holding TLotRs up as an example of beauty. I was saying that the view from the Klein Matterhorn glacier down into Italy is a real-life embodiment of the fantasy mountainscape made famous on the cover of the book: jagged peaks covered in snow and gilded with the rainbow tints of the pristine sunlight in uncountable numbers as far as the eye can see - a breathtaking and miraculous vista. I had tears running down my caftan.

by Anonymousreply 7708/11/2013

[quote]I had tears running down my caftan.

Double Rainbow Time!

by Anonymousreply 7808/11/2013

{quote]Venice on a cold grey winter's day.

R61 gets it. So many of these places are completely dependent on time and weather.

Washington DC is an amazing city at dawn after a snow storm when the city is empty and quiet, so you can see the Government buildings and monuments all by yourself like you're the only person in the city. On the other hand, it's Hell on Earth in August when the place is crawling with tourists.

London and San Francisco need their fog, New England needs the Autumn leaves and the Mediterranean needs its sunsets. Most big cities should be seen in the morning when the hoards are going to work, but Las Vegas should be seen only after dark.

by Anonymousreply 7908/11/2013

Tasmania's southern coast along the southern ocean. The Dolomite Cliffs are spectacular.

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by Anonymousreply 8108/11/2013

Baffin Island, Canada

by Anonymousreply 8208/11/2013

San Francisco, where I spent 24 wonderful years.

The Atlantic Ocean

And - grudgingly, since as I state on other posts, I am marooned unhappily in the small town where I went to school: The St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands area. Didn't appreciate it when I grew up there.

by Anonymousreply 8308/11/2013

London, where I live has gotten more and more beautiful in recent years. A place that really cares about how things look.

by Anonymousreply 8408/11/2013

Lake Placid

by Anonymousreply 8508/11/2013

More Adirondacks

by Anonymousreply 8608/11/2013

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Astonishingly beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 8708/11/2013

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by Anonymousreply 8808/11/2013

Crater Lake National Park

by Anonymousreply 8908/11/2013

The Wicklow gap.

by Anonymousreply 9008/11/2013

Gros Morne

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by Anonymousreply 9208/11/2013

The Na Pali Coast on the north shore of Kauai.

by Anonymousreply 9308/11/2013

The Amalfi Coast.

by Anonymousreply 9408/11/2013

They don't call it 'Bonnie Scotland' for nothin'.

by Anonymousreply 9508/11/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9608/11/2013

There are several places in the Hawaiian Islands which are breathtaking (such as Haleakala and Hana on Maui).

by Anonymousreply 9708/11/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9808/11/2013

[quote]There are several places in the Hawaiian Islands which are breathtaking...

I had better avoid Hawaii.

by Anonymousreply 9908/11/2013

There's no other place like it

by Anonymousreply 10008/12/2013

Beautiful winter scenery

by Anonymousreply 10108/12/2013

Hallstatt, Austria, a World Heritage site of unbeatable natural beauty has a new skywalk overlooking the area.

by Anonymousreply 10208/16/2013

Flåm Railway in Norway. Bergen was also stunning.

by Anonymousreply 10308/16/2013

I agree that the Marfa, TX area is beautiful. Looks like Colorado in some places.

by Anonymousreply 10408/16/2013

Machu Piccu, Peru

Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Eze Village, France

Atacama Desert, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Venice, Italy

Granada, Spain

Santorini, Greece

Essaouira, Morocco

by Anonymousreply 10508/16/2013

R10--Did you really imagine a flood of New Yorkers claiming Manhattan is the most beautiful place in the world?

Lake Louise, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite are good choices. I'd add the Alps.

I don't understand the people who equate beauty with vast, desolate emptiness.

by Anonymousreply 10608/16/2013

One of the loveliest drives in the world. East Victory Dr. in Savannah, Ga.

by Anonymousreply 10708/16/2013

Redfish Lake north of Sun Valley Idaho is pretty stunning. And I have to agree with R103, Norway is spectacular.

by Anonymousreply 10808/16/2013

"Did you really imagine a flood of New Yorkers claiming Manhattan is the most beautiful place in the world?"

Have you ever met a New Yorker? Go look at any of the countless New York threads to see what they are capable of.

"I don't understand the people who equate beauty with vast, desolate emptiness."

This from the person who posts a picture of sparse vegetation, a lake, and mountains with nary a soul visible...

by Anonymousreply 10908/16/2013

[quote]This from the person who posts a picture of sparse vegetation, a lake, and mountains with nary a soul visible...

I didn't post a picture of vegetation. I'm not referring to the absence of people. Some people seem to feel that a landscape without features is beautiful. For example OP's picture is a place he values for it's darkness. Also R11 and R12

[quote]Have you ever met a New Yorker? Go look at any of the countless New York threads to see what they are capable of.

And yet not a single one here.

Lake Louise as I remember it.

by Anonymousreply 11008/17/2013

Rainbow mountains in China. Even their landscapes are garish.

by Anonymousreply 11108/17/2013

Wildflowers in Mt. Rainier National Park

by Anonymousreply 11208/17/2013

Rainier stands alone.

by Anonymousreply 11308/17/2013

"And yet not a single one here."

Apparently, they know how fucking ugly their city is. Good for them.

That picture is fairly non-descript/featureless, R110. I don't think you're making a good case for your distinction.

by Anonymousreply 11408/17/2013

Mt. Fuji can be lovely in the right context.

by Anonymousreply 11508/17/2013

Based on your contributions in this thread, R114, I really couldn't give a shit what you think about anything.

by Anonymousreply 11608/17/2013

Gorgeous, R115.

by Anonymousreply 11708/17/2013

Did I say that I cared whether you cared, R116? What an odd assumption. Go back to licking your mother's ass clean - I'm sure you think that particular darkness is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 11808/17/2013

I'd put Banff/Jasper at the top of my list. Canada was the first place I travelled, and being from a flat part of the world, I was blown away by it.

Honorable mentions go to Bora Bora (never seen water so blue), Kauai, Luang Prabang in Laos, Milford Sound in NZ, and pretty much all of Iceland (but especially the north).

In the continental US I'll vote for Horseshoe Bend near Page AZ. I was more blown away by it than the Grand Canyon, but it was probably because I wasn't expecting it.

by Anonymousreply 11908/17/2013

[quote]Did I say that I cared whether you cared, [R116]? What an odd assumption. Go back to licking your mother's ass clean - I'm sure you think that particular darkness is beautiful.


by Anonymousreply 12008/17/2013

This is Mt. Kenya. Snow and ice right on the equator.

by Anonymousreply 12110/01/2013

Another view of Mt Kenya from a farm at the foot.

by Anonymousreply 12210/01/2013

Jiuzhaigou, China

by Anonymousreply 12310/01/2013

above Michael Fassbender's penis

by Anonymousreply 12410/01/2013

Crater Lake. Love it.

by Anonymousreply 12510/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 12610/01/2013

I still can't get over the fact that the only 2 places OP mentioned were both in Texas.

It's as if he had asked which were the most beautiful objects on Earth and he had nominated two turds.

by Anonymousreply 12710/01/2013

Where ever I happen to feel happy, is the most beautiful place on earth.

by Anonymousreply 12810/01/2013

Santorini, Greece. Absolutely looks as beautiful as it does in pictures and brochures.

Florence, Italy. So much art and beauty everywhere. As cities go, this is the gold standard.

Banff/Jasper. Pristine lakes, snowcapped peaks, greenery, wildlife, crisp mountain air. I am not at all religious, but you can't help but feel closer to God when you're here.

Moorea, French Polynesia. Bora Bora gets all the acclaim, but I think Moorea is way more beautiful.

Places I'd like to visit that I've heard are contenders: Na Pali Coast, Kauai. St. John, US Virgin Islands. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Cinque Terre, Italy. Fethiye/Butterfly Valley, Turkey.

by Anonymousreply 12910/01/2013

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton here, in Laikipia, Kenya.

by Anonymousreply 13010/02/2013

Lake Rutundu

by Anonymousreply 13110/02/2013

Santorini is one of my personal favorites. I love Venice also.

by Anonymousreply 13210/02/2013
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