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The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:17 am

Hey folks,
Looks like the Non-Av could use a change of pace from the norm (thanks to Doc for starting the great Innuendo thread!).

I've been blessed with the privilege of visiting many beautiful places, so I was wondering where is the most beautiful place you've visited?

For me, I'd have to say either Maui, Hawaii or New Zealand. Let's hear yours!
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:27 am

Three words:
Not Grand Forks. 

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:28 am

1. My Grandmother´s kitchen
2. Le Mont St. Michel, France
3. Paris, France
4. Mendoza, Argentina
5. La Paz, Bolivia
6. Vienna, Austria
7. Carcassonne, France
8. Cuernavaca, Mexico
9. Taxco, Mexico
10. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
11. Oslo, Norway
12. Montelimar, Nicaragua
13. Rome, Italy
14. Assisi, Italy
15. Lucca, Italy
16. Washington DC
17. Cape Lookout, Oregon
18. San Francisco, California
19. Buenos Aires, Argentina
20. Mexico City, Mexico
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:32 am

Quoting KLASM83 (Reply 1):
Three words:
Not Grand Forks. 

Could not agree more!! 
Quoting AR385 (Reply 2):

Quite a list! Congrats on your extensive travels. I hope to make it to Italy and France one day.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:34 am

Man, pick one?

Different places, different kinds of beauty.

I dearly love the west Texas Davis Mountains / Big Bend area. Sort of stark, but ruggedly beautiful.

Moorea, French Polynesia is so pretty, it's hard to believe you're really there.

The Andes in Ecuador have beauty all out of scale to reality, as well.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:03 am

Too many places to really say are the best I can make a list that have really made me say wow though.
Well I take that back. My solid number one is Alaska! Just an amazing place. After that there are a few I remember really well.

New Zealand
Venice
Greece, (Corfu)
Monaco/Nice
Prague
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:14 am

My Three Picks (All on a Harley!)

Australia
Australia
Australia

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:14 am

Milwaukee, 'cause it's got Milwaukee City Hall.   

The north shore of Kaua'i

The beaches of Ixtapa, Gro.

Seattle environs - so much water and so many mountains...

San Diego north county, and whichever part of Arizona the Sunset Limited travels through - I love the classic desert xeriscape yes XERISCAPE.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:21 am

For scenic beauty I like the Lovćen Mountains between Kotor, Cetinje and Skadar Lake in Montenegro;
Lake Bled in Slovenia;
Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa;
Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa;
Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia;
MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, Australia; and
The Hamersley and Chichester Ranges in the Pilbara, Western Australia

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:43 am

I'd have to say...

1. Cuernavaca, Mexico
2. Naples, Italy
3. Yellowstone N.P.
4. New York City
5. My parents' cabin - Brainerd, MN
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:03 am

It's hard for me to pick just one, there are so many different kinds of beauty, so I'll break it down like this:

Stark beauty:

1. Monument Valley, AZ -

Watched the sunset turn to twilight and then to night, and sat on the balcony of our room at The View hotel looking up at the stars silhouetted by the mesas of this gorgeous place...

2. Grand Canyon during a lightning storm -

This was absolutely spectacular, took place the day after our visit to Monument Valley.

3. Bonneville Salt Flats in early spring-

It was just after the runoff from snowmelt flooded the salt flats with a few inches of water, as far as the eye could see. A light breeze meant that the water was largely still, and acted like a gigantic mirror stretching to the horizon, reflecting mountains and sky, and causing the interstate to appear as if it were floating in the air. All this bordered by gorgeous white salt, giving the appearance of a white sand beach on a mirror sea. Unfortunately, the photos I took of this have been lost to time. Instead, an image is given of my visit to the Salt Flats last August, when they were dry.


4. Arches National Park on a sunny day -

Beautiful landscapes. Was packed with people, though. Here my fiancee stands below a giant arch.


Coastal beauty:

1. Pacific coastline between Tillamook and Seaside, Oregon. This was on a drive in 2004 that began in Portland, went to Corvallis, then over to the coast and north through all the little seaside towns up to Astoria, then across the Astoria bridge and back to Seaside, Oregon. Some of the vistas onto the beaches below the coastal highway here were absolutely breathtaking. Sadly, no pictures remain of this trip due to theft of my computer in 2005.

2. Glenelg Beach, Australia.

Just south of Adelaide. Was sunny and beautiful with the sun hung low in the sky when I visited. Would love to go back.

3. Sydney, Australia.

I flew over the coast here, the views were stunning and I hope for a chance to return and explore the shores south of the city.

4. New Zealand -

The shores of New Zealand that border the Tasman sea, just after takeoff from Auckland. It was dawn, the landscape was very green and the mist still in the air from morning gave the scene an ethereal kind of beauty.


Mountain Beauty:

1. Lake Yellowstone - Yellowstone National Park.

The most memorable scene was one night after twilight, sitting on the sandy beach of Lake Yellowstone near the Lake Yellowstone Lodge, and watching the nearly full moon rise above the mountains far to the east. As it did, it reflected on the rippling water, with gentle sounds of the current accenting the scene. In the background, distant faint voices and laughter of campers and patrons of the hotel as they began to settle in for the night.

2. Yellowstone National Park.
(Yes! This is in Yellowstone!)
From waterfalls to canyons to geysers to sweeping vistas and breathtaking lush forest, Yellowstone is the ultimate in mountain beauty that I have personally witnessed so far. The only reason I put the park as a whole just beneath the scene at the lake is that the lake is perhaps my most memorable moment in Yellowstone, but despite that, the rest of the park has been filled with memories and great moments for me personally, and I never cease to be amazed at the beauty that lies so close to my door. Yellowstone is a place that must be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime. I have photos that would take your breath away.

3. Fremont Peak, Flagstaff, AZ - This mountain is like an Oasis in the desert. As you drive along AZ state highway 180 from the Grand Canyon, you realize that this area doesn't look at all like one's image of Arizona as a desert. No. On Highway 180, you feel as if you've been transported to the Cascades of Oregon, with a thick forest of pine and deer all around (saw several as it got dark, standing in the road), but most importantly, a huge, lofty volcano off to the East that looks like it shouldn't be here at all. This area is called the San Francisco volcanic field, and it seems a world apart from Arizona. Absolutely beautiful.

Aviation Beauty:

If you throw in skyscapes, things I've seen while flying at cruise altitude, the list gets even longer. I've flown over the Grand Canyon at sunset, over the Tasman Sea with a squall line stretched out below in the early morning sun. I've flown over the Pacific at the crack of dawn with the sky bathed in glowing blue and turquoise light, over greenland with a huge green ribbon of Aurora waving far above the ground below, and over Ireland during a brilliant red dawn. I've flown over Mt Hood and Mt Rainier bathed in snow, and weaved and dodged thunderstorms towering higher than cruise altitude, at dusk, with each head flickering like a flourescent bulb in the night. I've seen clouds covering landscapes for hundreds of miles, and then seen towering peaks shredding those clouds and rising above them all in a show of defiance to the weather below. The list goes on and on.

There is so MUCH beauty to our world.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:03 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 2):
13. Rome, Italy

You liked the dumpsters by the Colosseum that much?

Quoting NWA330nut (Reply 9):
2. Naples, Italy

Ewww. Sorrento or the Amalfi coast maybe, but Naples seemed even worse than Rome.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 7):
Seattle environs - so much water and so many mountains...

Too many trees.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 2):
2. Le Mont St. Michel, France

Not a bad pick. Just a long way from Paris, and then you need to use a nav system in a language you don't understand...that's another story.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 2):
18. San Francisco, California

Not a bad place. Just wish they had some actual garbage cans. I found the organic waste, the plastic, the glass, the paper, but it took me about five minutes wandering around the hotel to find an actual garbage can.

Quoting Stabilator (Reply 3):
I hope to make it to Italy and France one day.

Stay north in Italy. France isn't as bad as it's sometimes made out to be.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:32 am

You´re too funny

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
You liked the dumpsters by the Colosseum that much?

The first time I was there, the garbage cans by the Colosseum weren´t the problem. It was the Gypsies by the Colosseum that were. Still. It´s a lovely city.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
Not a bad pick. Just a long way from Paris, and then you need to use a nav system in a language you don't understand...that's another story.

Well. Maybe you don´t understand it. I do. Anyway, my girlfriend was doing the navigating, from a good old MAP. We got there fine, in the winter, by the way. We had the place to ourselves. In the summer, St Michel is another story.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
Not a bad place. Just wish they had some actual garbage cans. I found the organic waste, the plastic, the glass, the paper, but it took me about five minutes wandering around the hotel to find an actual garbage can.

Boy, you do have an obsession with garbage cans. Anyway, once you get past that, it´s a great city, you have to admit.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:49 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):
We had the place to ourselves. In the summer, St Michel is another story.

Tell me about it. Still a pretty nice place though.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):
The first time I was there, the garbage cans weren´t the problem.

To me it was just really unbecoming to be walking down a street only a few hundred feet from one of the great sites in the world and have a whole block lined with dumpsters in the foreground. I soon found that to be a pattern in southern Italy: the really cool stuff was surrounded by the dirty and poorly maintained. If you want to know how old something is, just find the earliest date in the graffiti.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 12):
Maybe you don´t understand it. I do.

That one was self inflicted. After driving back to Paris (where we arrived around 2 am) from the abbey my uncle took a wrong exit and we found ourselves in the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe instead on on the road to the airport. I took out the portable English nav system and found it not working. I then used the car's system and managed to program it in French and understand the instructions.

And for my nomination for the thread, I'd say anywhere in Switzerland. The mountains are nice but the Trummelbachfalle is better in my opinion, but I wish I had more time in Zurich. My suggestion would be to stay in Zurich or Geneva (though it's further) and take a day trip into the mountains.

But truthfully, natural beauty is not that attractive to me. There is no skill or achievement involved. As far as I'm concerned, the Grand Canyon is a really big hole in the ground that we just walked up and found. As far as cool things in Europe go, the Chunnel trumps any waterfall without a doubt.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:55 am

Vancouver, Canada.



I've been there twice already, and will be going again in January. I love the place so much that I want to move to Vancouver one day.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:52 am

Iceland. Stunning landscapes.

Oh, and stunning women.   
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:00 am

I have to say Maui kissed by the moonlight at night on the drive from Lahaina to Kihei.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:42 am

Antarctica.

Blue sea. White snow. Black rock. No people.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:52 am

Definitaly the Icelandic Gulfoss falls during snowfall. As a city, I would say Budapest.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:42 am

Samaria Gorge, Crete

Ontario, Canada

West & Southwest of Ireland  

Barcelona

Lisbon

Heidelberg & Munich, Germany

Salzburg, Austria
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:49 am

The reason New Mexico is so windy is because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:11 pm

Wow, tough question because there are so many beautiful places I've visited.

One place I've always found peacefull and with natural beauty is the Vinales Valley in Western Cuba.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:13 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 19):
Salzburg, Austria

A very attractive city. When I was there about four years ago, there was an old Wessex helicopter outside the cathedral. Do you know whether it is still there?

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:14 pm

Zurich. Hands down.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:40 pm

I have travelled all over the world, but the most beautiful place in the world without a shadow of a doubt has to be Norway.

The Tromsø area, driving down to Skibotn and down to the border with Finland is absolutely beautiful in the depths of winter. Scenery is second to none, mountains, lakes, snow covered wilderness. Beautiful Norwegian lodges and Lavus dotted around in tiny villages, reindeer being herded across sweeping valleys. Add the northern lights flowing across the night sky, and it is without a doubt the most stunning place in the world.

Driving inland from Haugesund, heading to the Folgefonna National Park, with its glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and mountains, is also particularly stunning.

The entire country is not beaten by anywhere in the world for sheer beauty, I would live there tomorrow if I could.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:56 pm

The landscape in New Mexico, USA was easily the most breathtaking one I've experienced.







I have to add that the area I live in is also very beautiful, and there are quite a few places that I hope to visit in the future.

Talking about cities, Munich or London would be my pick. However, I believe that Tokyo would stand a pretty good chance here!

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:11 pm

1. Iceland, though I could not possibly pick out a single area there as the most beautiful, there is just so much.

2. Mount Roraima, Venezuela, and the other tepuis on the Gran Sabana.

3. Hagestads Nature Reserve, Sweden. An area of forested sand dunes east south east of Malmo, where you can't walk without seeing many deer, and be seen by many moose (though you may not see them yourself).

4. Henri Pittier National Park, Venezuela. A beautiful area of cloud forests nudging up against the Caribbean.

5. The Canadian Rocky Mountains. Varied and wonderful.

6. The Peak District National Park, UK. I had the pleasure of growing up here, and it is always beautiful in some way or another. Absolutely gorgeous to behold from the cockpit of a glider.

7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Simply a beautiful city.

I suppose I could add the Kenyan Savannah to the list but i was too young to remember  
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:28 pm

Just sticking to natural beauty, there has been a number of areas I have visted throughout the world. Overall I would have to put much of the South Island of New Zealand as being about the best overall.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:28 pm

Japan. Anywhere ranging from its more tropical area down south, to its unique islands, to its colorful big cities and even its cold countryside up north. Its one beautiful, peaceful country.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 21):
Vinales Valley in Western Cuba

That is disgustingly beautiful. I am forever envious that you've been to a place like that.

1. Home (Lewes, DE)

I can be here forever without getting bored of my surroundings.

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2. West Virginia

My other home. Stunning 24/7 (usually)

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But my life is young so I don't have too many beautiful places checked off.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:23 pm

Some favorite places I've visited that I felt were quite beautiful...

Glendalough, Ireland
Boracay, Philippines
Engelberg, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Sao Miguel, Azores
Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada
Quebec City, Canada
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Lake Chelan, Washington
Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana (on the continental divide)
Big Sur coastline, California
San Francisco, California
Southeast Alaska
Train ride from Denver to Salt Lake City on the D&RGW line (via the Moffat tunnel)
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:01 pm

I have a few favourites most of them very different to each over.

Here they are in no order

1) Mackay, Queensland



2) Alice Springs, Northern Territory



3) Rottnest Island, Western Australia



4) Tweed Valley, New South Wales



5) Queenstown, New Zealand



6) Great Ocean Road, Victoria



7) Townsville, Queensland

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8) Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory



9) Grampians, Victoria



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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:11 pm

Fantastic topic. Thanks for the descriptions and photos of some truly magnificent sites. Off the top of my head, I'd go with.....

Seven Mile Beach near Negril, Jamaica.....my wife and I spent the hour just before and after sunset lounging in a hammock strung between palm trees along a thin stretch of beach. As the blue green water lapped at the shore, the sun descended through a thin layer of clouds just above the horizon creating a truly beautiful sunset. Watching the last bit of sun sink into the sea was amazing.

Cape Royal, North Rim of the Grand Canyon.....we drove the twisting road to this overlook and saw the sun rise over the canyon and Painted Desert to the east. Over the next couple of hours, we watched the constantly changing shadows within the canyon in stunned awe. Standing on this peninsula of rock with the Colorado River some 7800 feet below us and the South Rim clearly visible across the gorge was a memory that won't be forgotten.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:18 pm

Maui,

Absolutely beautiful and majestic place.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:06 pm

Great replies, everyone!

I'll also add Colorado and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota to my list.

Boundary Waters:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_Waters_Canoe_Area


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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:26 pm

Quoting noelg (Reply 24):
The entire country is not beaten by anywhere in the world for sheer beauty

I have to say that Northern Norway would be up there for me too. The other place that springs to mind is Lesotho, with beautiful, sun-bathed mountain scenery. Golden earth with setting sun lighting it, incredible clear night skies. Absolutely cracking.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:01 pm

So many possibilities. In no particular order, and reflecting different kinds of beauty:

Salida, Colorado
Maroon Bells, Colorado
Eagle Creek Trail, Oregon
Bellingham, Washington
Montreal, Quebec
South Royalton, Vermont
Newport, Vermont
Magog, Quebec
Acadia National Park, Maine
Granada, Spain
Sevilla, Spain
Cadiz, Spain
Alexandria, Egypt
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Sand Bank Bay and Cockleshell Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:22 pm

Quoting KLASM83 (Reply 1):
Three words:
Not Grand Forks.

I would expand that to "Not North Dakota"!

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 10):
3. Bonneville Salt Flats in early spring

Is that a PT or a 300? I have a PT Limited is why I ask.

BTW, I have driven I-80 too many times and have never had the urge to go out there. I was always so freakin' bored by the drive from SLC I just wanted to get to a town!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 22):
When I was there about four years ago, there was an old Wessex helicopter outside the cathedral. Do you know whether it is still there?

Oh.... that's where I left that....

Now, my beautiful places:

Yellowstone Artists Point
US-191 from Yellowstone to Bozeman
Badlands of South Dakota
Grand Junction Colorado
Juneau Alaska
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:33 pm

Such great responses! I haven't been many places.

I did spend some time in Lapland back in 2002. It was winter at that time and very beautiful for the few moments of daylight we had.

The lake where I used to spend my summers, when I was young. It was beautiful there, and probably still is.

Tobacco Bay, Bermuda. The most beautiful beach I have ever visited.

The coral reefs around Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sometimes, I wish I was a fish.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:54 pm

Hard to say that there is just one most beautiful place I´ve been. Also hard to deside between nature and human-made places.
As for stunning nature I´d say Moorea (small neighbour island to Tahiti) was the nicest place I´ve been to. As for a single building I´d go for the Taj Mahal. As for landscape/human settlement combination Northern Englands Lake District is hard to beat. And to vote for a city is very difficult, I loved Sydney due to its location, but if its really the nicest I cant say as there are many (mainly Euroopean) cities which have nicer buildings than Sydney. Rome is great, Venice just out of this world, Paris and London stunning ((but only in parts), Hamburg, or have you been to Lucca?

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 23):
Zurich. Hands down.

I have no I idea how you come to that verdict, I think Zuerich is a pretty boring place.
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:03 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 37):
Badlands of South Dakota

I also agree. I spent a week camping in the Badlands a few years ago, simply breathtaking. I'm planning a return trip this summer. A great thing about my time in Boy Scouts was that I was able to camp in some incredible places.

Also one of my favorites: Devils Tower, Wyoming
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devils_Tower_National_Monument
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:02 pm

Haven't been to the whole world (mainly only Europe & Asia) but i can highly recommend these places:

1) Lapland, both Swedish & Finnish, during winter, rent a snow-mobile and head out into the nature!!! Lovely, pure and beautiful!
2) Great Chinese Wall at 慕田峪 / Mutianyu because it's so old, beautiful and impressive, besides it's one of the best-kept pieces of the Wall.
3) Jungfrau Aletsch Glacier area, Switzerland, marvelous landscape.
4) Amsterdam, just because it's special with the canals.
5) I like Madrid in Autumn (October mostly), still very nice temperatures and relaxing, many things to visit!
6) Mongolia (the wild-parks), because of their splendid nature with the huge amount of wild birds.
7) Kamchatka, Russia, not so touristic and beautiful volcano landscapes.
8) Southern French, Italian, Spanish villages, just lovely and cozy in spring, summer and autumn!

And because it was so weird to visit this:

9) Mount Parnitha, Greece near Athens, I visited this in 2008 which was one year after the destructive fire, it was like a moon-landscape. I think still nothing really grows there.
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:11 pm

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 14):
Vancouver, Canada.

  

I guess I'm a spoiled homeboy who has had the pleasure of seeing most points in California.From the concrete jungles of the south,Pacific coastline to the west,deserts and Mtns to the north/east,and nature greens of extreme north.Ok,the weather has a lot to due with it,too.

Hawaii

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 19):
Ontario, Canada

Ontario,California.   
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:10 pm

I am Appalled that not one have mentioned Yosemite National Park in California, I have been to countless Incredible places but going out of the tunnel in highway 41 and seen this, still takes my breath away....




other great places: Misol HA Mexico

Palenque Ruins MExico
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:38 pm

Quoting Stabilator (Reply 40):
Also one of my favorites: Devils Tower, Wyoming

I hiked all the way around the Tower and it is stunning! My friend and I camped in the shadow of Devils Tower. That night, with thunder and lightning all around (stars above us) the camp hosts showed "Close Encounters"!! What a night!
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:23 pm

Quoting Stabilator (Reply 34):
Boundary Waters:

Great place, I'm from the town just north of Quetico park. I've paddled through Quetico many times and it never gets old.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:26 pm

The two most beautiful places I have been to are Gulmarg in Kashmir and Aspen, Colorado. Close second, the Hamptons in LI, NY.

Actually I have been to too many beautiful places to say that this or that is the one. Being on a sailboat in NY Harbor at sunset - unbeatable. But then, so is the sight of pale moonlight glistening on the water.

The most beautiful moment airborne was over the Himalayas at dawn when the sun painted the peaks below in red. I will never forget that sight. Thank you BA.

There is so much beauty around us everyday if we stop to look.

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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:55 pm

Disney World 


Anyways, White Island, a small, inhabited island off the coast of Camiguin. Camiguin is a volcanic island in the Philippines.It's all white sand, no trees, no houses, just plain and stunning paradise.

SIMPLY STUNNING:

http://gallery.photo.net/photo/7872312-lg.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/july_ph...ippines/2561711280/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/july_ph...ippines/2556756706/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/july_ph...ippines/2556753018/in/photostream/




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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:04 am

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 47):

Wow! That looks amazing! I wanna go!
 
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RE: The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited?

Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:44 am


Trstenik, Croatia
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Na Pali Coast & Waimea Canyon, Kauai
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Zermatt, Switzerland
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region around Pucon, Chile
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Iguacu Falls, Brazil

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