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Where is the most beautiful place you have ever had the pleasure of visiting?

Asked by OpryLeigh (25275points) July 23rd, 2010

I recently got back from a road trip holiday to the Scottish Highlands and can honestly say that, despite having travelled a fair amount, it was the most beautiful place I have ever been. I have dreamed of visiting Loch Ness since I was a child and was not in the slightest bit dissapointed when I finally laid eyes on it. The weather was grey and drizzly the whole time we were there but that just added to the countries dramatic feel.

Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited (pictures would be cool too).

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My standard remains Blue Mountian Lake in the Adirondacks of Northern NY. The water is the most beautiful shade of indigo and you drive out of the mountians (Not big ones) and see the lake and the hills around it.

BoBo1946's avatar

17 Mile Drive next to Carmel Bay in Ca.!

NaturallyMe's avatar

I almost said Switzerland, because we went there in winter (with the snow) 20 years ago (man that makes me sound older than i am! i’m only 31. Anywho, then i thought again of some of the places where we recently went on honeymoon here in South Africa, so i think the most beautiful place for me was right here in SA. The one place was up in the mountains in the forests near Knysna. I love forests, and we stayed in a log cabin where ALL you could see was the foresty mountains below (here: link) It’s so peaceful there, which i love. And the other one was Sedgefield beach, because this beach is so quiet (literally no people to be seen both times i’ve been there), so the beach is clean and i love the sound of the ocean – much of the beach is also surrounded by dunes covered in greenery and cliffs and such, so it’s really lovely.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

New Orleans, Louisiana. Breathtaking… in my humble opinion.

jazmina88's avatar

Rocky Mountains, Smoky Mountains
Cancun…..Canada Ontario to be exact

BoBo1946's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie really…never thought of it in that way! I’ve been on Bourbon St. a few times and it looked REAL beautiful….loll

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I seriously mean that. The architecture and colors and smatterings of greenery – beautiful.

BoBo1946's avatar

oh, got’cha!

Austinlad's avatar

Two places stand out in my memory—Walden Pond, frozen over in the dead of winter, and
the Great Wall of China… truly a Wonder.

Coloma's avatar

Aside from the beauty of my state, ( California ) living near Lake Tahoe and the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and, of course the coastal range and Redwoods, the most beautiful place I have experienced out of the country was Tokoko Natl. park in Taiwan last spring.

The Toroko river gorge and trails through the jungle were amazing.

The mountain sides are marble and the water is an azure, crystal clear turquoise blue, a stunning place!

Saw an Emerald green Bamboo viper and a Chinese Cobra too!

Guess they fall into the deadly but beautiful catagory. lol

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Coloma Nice. Great description.

wilma's avatar

I can’t pick just one. A rolling field of wheat just down the road, a crystal clear day on the shore of Lake Superior or perhaps Denali.

ItsAHabit's avatar

I think that the Li River in China is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited, but Greenland is a close second.

Aethelwine's avatar

@wilma Yes! Lake Superior sunset is my favorite. Fall colors in the surrounding wilderness is a close second.

aprilsimnel's avatar

So far, it’s a toss up between Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of NSW or the beach near Crescent Head NSW, both in Australia.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@aprilsimnel Wow!
@jonsblond very nice.
I’m a freak for beautiful places.

KhiaKarma's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I agree! I moved here and you could put a broomstick in the ground and it’d grow! The most beautiful areas are outside of Bourbon St. I really wish tourists would visit more than just the French Quarter when they come down (although the architecture is gorgeous)- I work out in the River Parishes, and it is breathtaking!

Rewgreen's avatar

Visiting the Taj Mahal was like walking into a famous painting, but it wasn’t just the building itself that made the scene beautiful. Most of the tourists seemed to be Indian villagers, all attired in their most colourful clothing, it was breathtaking.
The Badaling section of the great wall wasn’t too bad either.

Aster's avatar

Cuchara, Colorado in spring. Gorgeous mountains all around and right in front of us was a field covered in flowers. There was a creek nearby , very clear and icy cold, running over rocks. You could see the bottom. All of this majesty dotted with
pine trees and aspen trees. I have never smelled air like that and never will again. It smelled a little like pine but much sweeter. Quite isolated cabins for rent.
The second most beautiful place was Victoria, British Columbia. The houses had flowerboxes under the windows with flowers that were so bright they looked artificial.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@KhiaKarma I agree. I’ve had a small obsession with NOLA since I was 6 years old. When I said breathtaking, I meant it. I really think it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Maybe some people think that’s strange.. but I do mean it.

MissCupid's avatar

Mahe in the Seychelles.
Matlock in Derbyshire, UK – incredibly beautiful and randomly hidden between mountains…
Keswick in the Lake District, UK – STUNNING. Especially when it’s snowy…

OpryLeigh's avatar

@MissCupid When we drove up to Scotland (from the south of England incidently) we passed through the Lake District and stayed in a hotel over looking Lake Windemere. It really was beautiful.

jenandcolin's avatar

Golden Gate Park
Although it may not be very exotic, I still think it’s one of the most beautiful places.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Kauai, Hawaii.

Berserker's avatar

When I was a kid my mom and her boyfriend often took me camping to a place called
Gimli in Manitoba. I really loved it there, and while it may not be the most breathtaking place in the world, it’s beautiful enough for me.

Paris is also very awesome looking, but I particularly remember the Pierre Lachaise Cemetery
It’s so big that you can get a map before going in.

I’ll also add MontrĂ©al to my list. I think it’s an awesome city.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I can’t narrow it down to one:

Bryce Canyon NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Crater Lake NP in the USA [NP = National Park]
Yoho NP in Canada
The island nation of Jamaica, especially for scuba diving, sailing, back country sight seeing

VS's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I have to partially agree with you about NOLA. I found it to be extraordinary and did manage to see parts outside the French Qtr although I loved the Qtr, too. I think the people of New Orleans are the biggest attraction for me! Never been anywhere where people were so friendly and hospitable!
THE most beautiful place I have seen though would have to be the Oregon coast. My sister and I drove Hwy 101 from WA to CA and OR was spectacularly beautiful. Around every curve was another OMG moment! The ocean slams right up against rugged mountains and the Pacific is just so different from the ocean I grew up with. The sun setting into the Pacific Ocean is just truly indescribable for an east coast girl!

gondwanalon's avatar

The eastern coast of New Caledonia is the the most beautiful place that I’ve seen. I dream of visiting it again sometime.

Coloma's avatar


Oh! How could I forget Bryce & Zion!
And Colorado, Ouray Co. was amazing!

I think Bryce is even more beautiful in the winter!

wenn's avatar

Probably would have to be Geneva, Switzerland. Nestled between The Alps on Lake Geneve, beautiful views wherever you look.

vekteur's avatar

Huanglong, Sichuan is an amazing place – also the nearby Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Jeruba's avatar

I would probably choose some gorgeous stretch along the coast of California, such as Big Sur, if it weren’t for the magnificent rocky coast of Maine.

I might name the coast of Maine, but for the seascapes of the coast of Scotland.

Perhaps I’d pick any coastal spot, until I moved inland and thought of the Pyrenees of France.

The Pyrenees, the Lot, and the Dordogne might have my vote if it weren’t for the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Vermont would surely be my winner until I remembered the gem of Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe would capture my memory, and then lead me to the pink-sand beaches of Bermuda.

Bermuda’s aqua seascapes would hold place until I thought of Acapulco, which fades away at the memory of Salisbury Cathedral, which yields to Notre Dame de Paris, in turn eclipsed by the soft green countryside of England, which surrenders to…

Big Sur and the California coast.

If not some dozen or a hundred places that I have yet to see.

In truth I do not know.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yellowstone NP.

flutherother's avatar

I would say Duncryne Hill for its views of Loch Lomond.

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