Cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
Cherry trees in full bloom are the prettiest of sights. Plan a visit to Japan around spring and take part in the centuries-old tradition of hanami – visiting parks with cherry blossoms and picnicking under the trees.
Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Utah, US
The towering rock spires turn an enchanting crimson at sunrise and sunset, making this canyon a red-hued wonderland. Take one of the three trails – Rim trail, Queens Garden trail or Navajo Loop trail – to explore the surrounding areas and to venture down into the amphitheater.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world's largest salt flat is a little remote and the white expanse may look eerie when it's dry. However, it becomes a photographer's paradise after rainfall, when it turns into a gigantic mirror offering ethereal reflections of the sky and clouds.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
Situated on the outskirts of Kyoto, the grove looks incredible during the day when sunlight filters through the tall bamboos. Arashiyama is a vibrant sight during fall as leaves turn shades of yellow and orange; also spring is a good time to visit too as cherry blossoms bloom in abundance here.
Danxia landform, China
The rainbow mountains of the Zhangye National Geopark have captured the imagination of many photographers with their swirling orange, white, yellow and brown stripes. The colors are a result of sandstone and mineral deposits and make for a stunning sight at sunrise on a clear day.
Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
The Vatnajökull National Park is the largest park in Europe and home to the Vatnajökull Glacier and the ice caves under it. The recommended time of visit is in winters when subzero temperature keeps the caves frozen.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
A paradise for nature lovers, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. With over 3,000 individual reef systems and numerous tropical islands, it offers visitors an unparalleled view of marine life together with opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, US
The Grand Canyon is proof that nature really is the greatest architect. A breathtaking sight on sunrise and sunset, the geological marvel is filled with a sea of fog every few years in a rare weather phenomenon called “temperature inversion.”
Northern lights, Norway
When highly charged solar wind electrons come in touch with elements in the Earth’s atmosphere, this astronomical phenomenon takes place. Most frequently seen in late autumn and winter/early spring, the northern lights are best viewed in Norway.
The Cappadocia region is blanketed with hundreds of volcanic rock formations, and a hot-air balloon ride is a spectacular way to take in the whole landscape. Visitors can also explore the numerous underground caves, many of which have been converted into houses and hotels.