With so many breathtaking views on Earth, it was hard to choose just a few. But, here you have it, the best views in the world to add to your bucket list! 

On the list, there’s a little something for everyone. From sunsets over skyscrapers to magnificent mountain ranges, trot around the globe and experience all the beauty our world can offer. 

Best mountain views in the world

#1 Trek up the steps of Mua cave

A woman sitting on the rocks of the Mua Cave, a viewpoint known as one of the best in the world
Ninh Binh, Vietnam 

Mua Caves is a viewpoint located on top of a mountain in Ninh Binh Province, where you can see stunning landscapes of the mountains and rice paddies below. I think it’s one of the best mountain views in the world I’ve seen. Well, so far! 

The unique rock formations have formed many caves, perfect for exploring. But, be warned, there are 500 steps to the top, so bring lots of water!

#2 Canoe on Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake showing clear waters with mountains reflected one of the most best mountain views in the world
Alberta, Canada

Canoe along turquoise waters and view the beautiful snow-capped mountain range of Alberta. The lake is surrounded by mountains and forests and is thought to be one of the best natural views in the world. It is also a popular spot for camping, with many hiking trails.

#3 Ascend to the Incan city of Machu Picchu

Already famous, Machu Piccu is one of the best mountain views worldwide
Huayna Picchu, Peru

The hike up to the Machu Picchu ruins is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America, and it’s easy to see why. The mountain view from Machu Picchu is breathtaking and is hands down one of the best views in the world.

If you’re deterred by the trail’s popularity, try to go at dawn or dusk, as it’s less crowded then. You can take advantage of the stunning views from every angle.

Best ocean views in the world

#1 Swim in crystal clear waters at Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach, a sandy beach characterized by rocky edges and surrounded by ocean
El Nido, Philippines 

One of the prettiest views on the list, the beaches of El Nido have been dubbed as some of the most beautiful in the world. The crystal clear water and limestone cliffs make this place a little piece of paradise.

You can only reach Hidden Beach by boat, but it’s a short 45- minute ride that’s well worth the wait!

#2 Walk the Cliffs of Moher 

Country Clare in Ireland provides one of the best ocean views on Earth
County Clare, Ireland 

The Cliffs of Moher are a must-see for anyone visiting Ireland. The cliffs were formed millions of years ago during the ice age, when melted water from glaciers carved out steep rock faces. With the cliff’s sudden drop, it’s hard not to feel like you’re on a ship braving the ocean. 

#3 Catch the sunset at Ke’e beach 

Ke'e beach in Hawaii is a beautiful view of the ocean and green peaks
Kauai, Hawaii, the USA

Ke’e Beach is a secluded and stunning beach on the North Shore of Kauai known for its stunning sunsets. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot turtles or spinner dolphins swimming by!

The beach is one of the best scenic views in the world and is only a 20-minute drive from Hanalei! 

Best city views in the world

#1 Take the tram up Victoria Peak

From Victoria Peak, you get an amazing city view of the Hong Kong skyline below
Hong Kong, China

Victoria Peak is considered one of the most beautiful skylines in the world that offers panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis below. The mountain itself is small enough to climb in half an hour. There’s also a tram which is much more pleasant as you can take in the view on your way up. 

#2 Climb up Lion’s Head for a 360-degree view

From bird's eye view legs perch over the cliff top viewing Cape Town from above on the edge of the water
Cape Town, South Africa 

Lion’s Head is a relatively easy hike with a big payout. When you reach the top, you can see the city below, an epic view of Table Mountain, and the Atlantic Ocean. City, sea, and mountain all in one! 

If you’re an adventurous view-chaser, there are full moon hikes each month when you can see the city lit up in all its glory. 

#3 Stroll along the banks of River Seine

The River Seine makes for a very romantic city view, at sunset with a boat cruising on it.
Paris, France

We couldn’t miss the city of love, now could we? Often people will visit the Eiffel Tower for one of the most romantic views in the world, but you’ll find it can become overcrowded and lack that je ne sais quoi.

Charming during the day and enchanting at night, when walking along the River Seine, you’ll see many iconic Parisian sights and most importantly, have easy access to macarons and a glass of Chenin Blanc. 

Best places to see the stars in the world

Gazing at the stars, once thought to be the holes to heaven, has such a magical feel. Travel outside the city and see all the night sky has to offer!

#1 Take a flask and see the Northern Lights at Prestvannet Lake

A wonderful view of the night sky Northern Lights seen in Tromso
Tromsø, Norway

Although there are a couple of countries where you can see the spectacular aurora of colors, Tromsø is considered to have the best views in the world to see the Northern Lights.

Prestvannet Lake is a popular spot among locals because it’s fairly easy to reach by bus or steep walk. And be sure to book your travels in the darkest months, September until April.

#2 Have an Aussie barbecue under the stars 

A massive flat rock positioned in front of a view of thousands of stars in the night sky
Uluru Northern Territory, Australia

Often people think of Scandinavian countries for stargazing. But the Northern Territory of Australia, Uluru, has stunning views as dusk falls to night and the sky takes center stage.

Book a tour to have an Aussie “barbie” and beer beneath Uluru rock formations and watch the night sky set ablaze by millions of stars.

#3 Take a free stargazing tour at the foot of Mount Teide

Mount Teide shows off starry skies just after dusk in this rocky landscape
Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife has all the workings of a stargazing mecca. It has a high altitude with very little light pollution. This makes it one of the best places to contemplate the cosmos.

Every Friday at the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, a mountain lodge, there’s a free walking tour where the guides will give you a tour of the surrounding skies. They also have one or two telescopes for visitors to use!

The most unique views in the world

If you’re an experienced traveler or avoiding a crowded destination, here are a few views that are so unique they’ll make you question whether you’re still Earthbound. 

#1 Walk along the “Mirror of the Sky”

The salt flats in Bolivia reflecting the mountains make for one of the most unique views in the world
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and, when conditions are right, creates a mirror-like lake. It reflects everything around it, including the mountains and clouds above it, creating an illusion that you’re walking on an endless ocean.

#2 Drive down the Avenue of Baobabs

The Baobabs trees rising above from low clouds
Menabe, Madagascar (Copyright: Dave Carr / gettyimages)

Also known as the Alley of Baobabs, the trees, which are endemic to Madagascar, are up to 2,800 years old. As the Baobab trees tower over you, standing at nearly 100 feet, it feels very surreal, as if you’re on another planet!

You’ll have to take a car or taxi as it’s about 40 minutes from the nearest city, but it’s generally not busy, so there are plenty of opportunities to snag a few snaps. 

#3 Experience glittering and glowing beaches at Mosquito Bay

Luminescent waters of Mosquito Bay in the night, one of the most unique views worldwide
Viesques, Puerto Rico (Copyright: James Stone / gettyimages)

Believe me, Mosquito Bay is much more enchanting than it sounds. But do bring some bug spray. 

Mosquito Bay is the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. The bay’s water contains microorganisms called dinoflagellates, which emit blue light when disturbed. When thousands of these tiny organisms are agitated by waves or movement, their combined light creates an otherworldly glow. 

The beaches glitter, and the water glows. It’s truly a memorable experience!

Final thoughts

Whether you’re sipping wine in Paris, overlooking the River Seine, or hiking up Mua Caves for sunrise, you’ll find one of the best views in the world to write home about right here on this list. 

Comment below about which view you’re itching to travel to next! 

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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