19 Beautiful and Inspiring Landscapes That Will Touch Your Heart

At one point or another in our lives, we’ve all dreamed about running away to somewhere exotic or somewhere that makes us feel truly happy and at peace.

We can just picture ourselves sitting on a grassy hill with the sun shining down on us, the cool breeze running through our hair and a pair of oversized sunglasses covering our eyes.

It’s an amazing feeling! Here are some of the best inspiring landscapes images to help remind you why our world is so awesome!

1. Sierra Nevada, USA

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Sierra Nevada mountains

The Sierra Nevada mountains are a part of one of the most epic mountain ranges on the planet. The mountain range runs between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin to the north.

The range’s natural prominence affords spectacular views of up to 77 miles across eastern California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Sierra Nevada is also home to many lakes, rivers, forests, valleys, and peaks ranging from 5,000 feet up to 14,505 feet in elevation at Mt. Whitney.

2. Lake district in North West England

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Lakeland, England

The Lake District National Park is the UK’s largest and contains England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, as well as its largest lake, Lake Windermere.

Artists and authors have always been drawn to the area. You can visit Hill Top Cottage, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her renowned writings, or retrace William Wordsworth’s footsteps at Dove Cottage, which is now a quaint museum filled with memorabilia.

Kendal, South Cumbria’s ‘Gateway to the Lakes,’ is a natural first stop on your Lake District trip, while Keswick, the market town, is a superb base for exploring the northern lake and the splendor of adjacent Borrowdale.

3. Mono Lake, USA

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Mono Lake in California

Mono Lake is an old saline lake in California, located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.

Its tributary streams feed water to Los Angeles, approximately 350 miles to the south, and are home to trillions of brine shrimp, millions of birds, and world-famous tufa towers.

Walk among the bizarre tufa towers, bubbling springs, birds, wildlife, brine shrimp, and get the behind-the-scenes narrative of California’s most peculiar lake with a naturalist guide.

4. Múlafossur waterfall, Faroe Islands

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Small but beautiful Múlafossur waterfall

The cascading Mulafossur Waterfall is perhaps the most well-known tourist attraction in the Faroe Islands, famous for taking your breath away.

The picture-perfect Mulafossur is tucked away in the remote community of Gásadalur, distant from the masses.

This beautiful 30 meters (100 feet) waterfall is a pleasant walk from the village houses in Gásadalur, located on the island of Vagar, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) from Vagar Airport.

You will travel through the Gásadalstunnilin tunnel just before arriving at the waterfall.

Near the waterfall, there is a parking lot. where you will need to walk for 2 minutes from this parking area to reach the stunningly beautiful waterfall that cascades into the ocean.

5. Traditional cave houses in Santorini, Greece

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Traditional cave houses in Oia, Santorini

Santorini cave houses, also known as yposkafa, meaning “dug into the rock,” are underground structures that were originally utilized as dwellings, churches, and warehouses. They are known for their cubic shape as well as their light-reflecting white hue.

While some of Santorini’s cave houses retain their poor origins, many would be unrecognizable to the people who erected them decades ago.

The days of decaying houses with simple interiors and simple living are long gone.

Indeed, Santorini’s old refuge for the poorest of the poor has evolved into some of the island’s most magnificent and sophisticated suites and hotels.

Today’s cave houses are synonymous with wealth and sophistication, often painted in classic white and meticulously groomed.

6. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, USA

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Sunset at Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome is a Yosemite symbol and a major challenge for many hikers, rising over 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level.

Despite the fact that an 1865 report stated that it was “perfectly inaccessible,” and that it was “probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which has never been, and never will be, trodden by human foot,” George Anderson reached the summit in 1875, laying the foundation for today’s cable route.

Nowadays, the wires are up from late May or early June to Columbus Day weekend in October, therefore you can’t climb Half Dome unless the cables are up.

The earlier in the year you visit, the better the waterfalls will be.

On days when there are thunderclouds in the region, stay away from Half Dome; it’s not worth the risk.

Even rain without lightning will make the granite on the cable route dangerously slick, therefore stormy days should be avoided at all costs.

To see Half Dome in its splendor, you can go to Glacier point and these other spots.

7. Linn Cove Viaduct on Blue Ridge Parkway, Australia

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Expansive views from Linn Cove Viaduct

In 1987, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s seven-mile missing link was completed.

Environmentalists, adjacent landowners, engineers, and architects worked for twenty years to find a plan that would conserve and safeguard the fragile habitat of nearby Grandfather Mountain.

The Tanawha Trail, which connects Julian Price Park and the Beacon Heights hiking area, is a 13.5-mile trail named after a Cherokee word that means “fantastic hawk or eagle.”

You can hike a section of the trail or the entire hike for spectacular views of the Linn Cove Viaduct, Grandfather Mountain, and the surrounding area.

8. Aurora Borealis

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Incredible Aurora Borealis light show in Raudfeldar Canyon, Iceland

The beautiful dancing Northern Lights are one of the most well-known natural occurrences on the planet. In a show of natural beauty, rich, brilliant colors glitter and light up the night sky.

Pink and pale green are the most common colors, but red, yellow, blue, and violet have all been captured.

The lights can be seen in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from streamers and curtains of light to shooting rays, and can reach up to 640 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.

There are a few places where you can catch this light show such as Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Greenland.

9. Hungarian Parliament Building, Hungary

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Parliament Building in Budapest

From the outside, the beauty of this neo-Gothic parliament building—the world’s third-largest parliament building—is obvious, but examine these facts: There are 691 interior chambers, 10 courtyards, 88 Hungarian ruler sculptures on the exterior, and 12.5 kilometers of staircases in this building.

The facade is beautiful, but the inside is as so: King Steven’s crown jewels are on display, as are chambers packed with art and crafts from all over the world.

Take a guided tour to get a better understanding of what’s going on, and don’t miss passing by the building at night, when it’s all lit up like a Disney kingdom.

Check out this 2 day Budapest itinerary for the best way to spend 48 hours here!

10. Gower Peninsula in Swansea, Wales

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Three Cliff Bay in Gower Peninsula

The Gower Peninsula, just a short drive from Swansea, is more than simply a gorgeous face.

It was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, and we’re happy to report that it’s still the nation’s favorite — in October 2020, when readers voted it the greatest AONB in Wales!

Discover why Gower holds such a particular place in the hearts of so many people – and make plans to visit them soon!

From vast, untamed moors and towering limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches, the Gower Peninsula has a rich and varied ecosystem that is as ecologically diverse as it is gorgeous (and we’re not just saying that!).

Gower is a geological treasure trove with breathtaking scenery and a compelling coastline.

From Swansea, Wales’s second-largest city, it is just a short half an hour drive to reach Gower.

11. Mount Fuji, Japan

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Mount Fuji view on a clear sky day

Mount Fuji is easily the most iconic, breathtaking, and glorious mountain in Japan.

It’s no surprise that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been revered as a sacred mountain for millennia and has attracted a large following of artists and ordinary people.

Mount Fuji is a live volcano that erupted most recently in 1707.

On clear days, it can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama as it sits on the boundary of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.

However, clouds and low visibility frequently obscure Mount Fuji’s perspective, so count yourself fortunate if you have a clear view of the mountain.

Visibility is generally better in the winter than in the summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours rather than in the middle of the day.

If you want to take it easy and enjoy Mount Fuji in a beautiful natural setting, visit to the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region at the mountain’s northern foothills, or to Hakone, a nearby hot spring resort.

Several routes on Mount Fuji are officially open for climbing during the months of July and August.

12. Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Views to die for in Milford Sound

Milford Sound, dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world” by Rudyard Kipling, was formed by glaciers during the ice ages.

The fiord’s cliffs rise steeply from the black waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky, and waterfalls stream downwards from as high as 1000 meters, making it breath-taking in any weather.

When it rains in Milford Sound, as it does frequently, those waterfalls multiply spectacularly.

Take a coach and ship tour of Milford Sound, try kayaking, or put on your walking shoes and tackle some of the area’s gorgeous trails.

Milford Sound is a fiord, not a sound, despite its name. In addition, it is New Zealand’s sole road-accessible fiord.

However, because of its secluded location, surrounded by high cliffs and deep rainforest, its unique traits have remained untouched.

Milford Sound, with its magnificent surroundings, ink-dark waters, cascading waterfalls, and mesmerizing views, continues to enchant even the most seasoned traveller, rain or shine.

13. Jeju Island, South Korea

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Cheonjiyeon waterfall

Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea, attracts thousands of visitors and honeymooners each year.

Even if you haven’t recently married, a trip here might make you feel like you have.

Regular direct flights to and from foreign destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanghai (as well as South Korea’s domestic airports) make traveling here a breeze.

Jeju Island is home to the world’s longest lava tube, as well as a 224-kilometer semi-tropical forested national park, a wild coastline peppered with waterfalls, and a volcanic Hallasan commanding the island from the middle.

A private tour would be one of the best ways to visit this island!

14. City of Lisbon, Portugal

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Downtown Lisbon; São Jorge Castle on the hill

Lisbon is one of our favorite cities ever. Beautiful cityscapes, relaxed culture, and amazing food, what more can you ask for?

If you’re planning a journey to Europe, you should really consider a trip to Lisbon, an ancient city rich in stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely falls below 15 degrees Celsius.

A city where you can walk around safely at any time of day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to developing over a thousand different methods to prepare the renowned bacalhau (salted cod), and where you can find hotels and restaurants to fit any taste, budget, or necessity.

The best way to explore Lisbon in our opinion is by walking. Alternatively, you can consider hiring a local guide who can fill you in with stories about this amazing city.

15. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Old city of Machu Picchu

The ancient Inca citadel, built around 1450 and found in 1911 in the Peruvian Andes, still contains enigmas and puzzles regarding its true purpose, which stimulate the interest of both visitors and archaeologists from all over the world.

Within the citadel, there are approximately 196 tourist attractions, including archaeological complexes, squares, temples, water fountains, monuments, and dwellings, all of which are linked with one another and with the natural environment.

One of the best ways to see it is to go with a small group tour which provides you with a lot of essential information about this Wonder of the World, yet remains small enough to be intimate and comfortable.

16. Twelve Apostles, Australia

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Drive along the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles

The 12 Apostles – limestone pillars that were formerly connected to the mainland cliffs – rise out of the Southern Ocean, alongside Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road.

Waves and winds shaped them into caves, then arches, and finally 45-meter-high (150-foot) columns.

There are currently only eight Apostles, but who knows when the next cliff stretches will become pillars.

To see them, you can take a 4.5-hour picturesque drive from Melbourne through Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.

On the return leg, you can try out the Princes Highway, which cuts the journey down to 3.5 hours back to Melbourne.

There are numerous day excursion alternatives from Melbourne, as well as accommodations for short getaways and extended stays, so you have lots of options to work with.

17. Red Rocks, USA

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Red rocks in Monument Valley, Arizona, United States

Monument Valley’s red sandstone pillars, which rise 1,000 feet above the desert floor and are millions of years old – and, according to Navajo folklore, the remains of conquered monsters – are one of America’s great natural wonders.

These sandstone pillars, known as the West Mitten Butte, East Mitten Butte, and Merrick Butte, are world-famous, embedded in pop culture, and associated with America’s mythological “Wild West.”

Despite being so well known, the rocks see relatively few visitors, probably due to its remote location.

You can get there by driving from one of the nearby big cities such as Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City, but do note that it will take you at least 5 hours.

Alternatively, consider joining an organized tour that grants you backcountry access too.

18. Hallstatt, Austria

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Hallstatt in winter looks like a fairy tale town

Hallstatt is a beautiful little town that makes for a perfect day trip from Salzburg, or even Vienna the capital.

The 16th-century architecture of this Austrian town is painted in bright reds and yellows; flower boxes cover windows in geraniums and ivy in the spring and summer; and cobblestone alleys connect attractive cafés, ornate churches, and Alpine inns.

Natural beauties abound, from the surrounding Salzkammergut mountains to Lake Hallstatt and even the village’s own waterfall.

If you are in the area, be sure not to miss out on this special spot. Beware though, there are always huge crowds, but it is still worth the trip in our opinion.

19. Lago di Braies, Italy

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A log cabin lakehouse and dock on Lago di Braies with the snow-capped mountains in the background

The Braies Lake (Lago di Braies in Italian) is a crystal-clear, blue-green sparkling mountain lake in the Braies valley of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, with the imposing north face of the Great Seekofel as its spectacular backdrop.

At an elevation of 1,494 meters, the picturesque lake is located a few kilometers south of the Alta Pusteria valley, between Brunico and Dobbiaco.

Lago di Braies is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected natural monument that is part of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park.

It is renowned as the “Pearl of the Dolomite Lakes” because it is regarded as the most picturesque alpine lake in the Dolomites, itself an inspiring landscape that we hope to visit soon.

The best way to get there is to reach the village of Niederdorf first and hop on the local bus #442 to get to the lake.

In conclusion: Inspiring Landscapes images

This is not a complete list at all, for there are so many other places that deserve a spot here.

So we are going to keep this post updated with new locations as much as possible and hopefully provide you with tons of inspiration to start exploring our world!

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