The most inspiring places you have to see

From plunging waterfalls to dramatic fjords and seas, we select some of the must-visit destinations!
By Guy Mostyn

Whether you're looking to plan that next trip or just want to sit back and marvel at some of the world's most awesome natural wonders, we have a treat in store. We've pulled together some of the world's most spectacular views you can set your eyes on. Put your feet up and gaze in awe...

Salar de Uyuni at sunset.
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Just looking at this place is enough to make you thirsty. At over 10,000 square metres, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat.

Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather.
Land of the rings © Getty Images

Milford Sound, New Zealand

So epic is the landscape of New Zealand that it made an obvious location choice for Lord of the Rings. Milford Sound is just one of a number of dramatic areas used in the film.

The Khao Phing Kan rising out of the water.
The name's Khao Phing Kan © Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

Khao Phing Kan, Thailand

This unique monolith in Thailand had a starring role in The Man with the Golden Gun and is popularly known as James Bond island as a result. Scaramanga and Nick Nack may not be there but it's still worthy of a visit.

The Mount Roraima is located between Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela.
Mount Roraima – the Lost World © Klaus Fengler/Red Bull Content Pool

Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana

To climbers, Mount Roraima is one of the ultimate challenges. The iconic mountaintop plateau sits on the border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, and towers above the jungle, taunting those who dare to attempt its sheer 400m walls.

The Marble Caves in Chile show their incredible patterns.
Marble marvel © Getty Images/Gallo Images

The caves of General Carrera Lake, Chile

It took waves over 6,000 years to carve these unique caverns and columns and tunnels found in the middle of Chile's General Carrera Lake.

The Barrier reef around Mt O'Temanu shows its beautiful colors.
Bora Bora's beautiful beaches © Getty Images/Mint Images RM

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Yes, we apologise, pictures like this should not be seen while you're at work. We're sorry, but just look at that beach! Another destination to add to the bucket list.

The beautiful view over the Yosemite Valley and the falls.
Yosemite calling © Getty Images/Flickr Open

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Ever since Ansel Adams turned up with a camera in the 1920s, photographers and climbers have flocked to Yosemite to experience the wonders of its most iconic peak, El Capitan.

The colors of the Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument look unreal.
Paint it red © Getty Images/Gallo Images

Painted Hills, Oregon, USA

You can see why they called this place Painted Hills, so named after the colourful layers of its hills, which correspond to different geological eras. They're located in Oregon's John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

The colors or the reef looks like paradise.
Dive into this © Getty Images/AWL Images RM

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

This is an aerial view of coral formations at Hardy Reef, part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The area offers spectacular snorkelling and is home to reef sharks, turtles, trevally, coral trout and a host of smaller marine life.

The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall in the icy middle of nowhere.
Land of ice © Felix Röser

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, Iceland

Iceland is a land rich in wonders and home to volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and glaciers. And a lot of wild horses. The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is about 20m high. In winter it is quite hard to reach, but worth it for the view.

Canyon view from the Sunset point.
Great Canyon ©

Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

The Grand Canyon may be more famous. But we think Utah's Bryce Canyon is more spectacular. It's not really a canyon as such – more a collection of giant natural amphitheaters.

A Norwegian Fjord showing its beautiful colors.
Norwegian dreams ©

The fjords, Norway

It's where the Vikings came from and it's not difficult to see how it bred such a race of warriors. The fjords are a wonder that will inspire you to find your own inner warrior.

A unique view from above on the Angel Falls.
Long way down ©

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The Angel Falls in Venezuela, seen from a unique perspective. They're the world's highest uninterrupted waterfalls – and a wonder to behold.

The Iguazu Falls are between 60 and 80 meters high.
World's most beautiful falls ©

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Few waterfalls equal Iguazu for atmosphere. Situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, they appear out of the jungle mist as a heavenly wonder.

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