World travelers are constantly in search of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and the advent and growth of the Internet has allowed countries to put their best images forward for the world to see. The result is a number of traditional tourist hubs getting notoriety as well as often overlooked nations establishing themselves as some of the most beautiful and worth visiting. Here's our list of the top 10 most beautiful countries.
The incredible northern expanse provides splendid sites during the winter months as waterways are turned to ice and mountains become capped with snow. The overwhelming majority of Canada is uninhabited and a few regions are essentially unexplored, and a bevy of amazing images have been captured over the years.
The stunning coastlines of France have found their way into paintings and photographs all over the globe, and witnessing the rhythmic and flowing waves crash against the rocky banks is an experience that has cleansed the soul of many a vacationer.
The country of Latvia is often overshadowed by its more well-known neighbors, but it is home to a bevy of incredibly impressive architectural and design accomplishments. Folks looking for a destination devoid of huge crowds and full of amazing color should consider the Baltic nation.
The country of Turkey is home to one of the most brilliant examples of modern architecture and ancient geology. Thousands of homes are built within a stone's throw of the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the north along thousands of miles of Turkish coastline.
#6 The United States
Between the Florida Everglades and the cool and mild Sierra Nevada Mountains, the United States possesses some of the most beautiful natural sites in all the world. Add to that incredible architectural achievements such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the St. Louis Arch and several monuments in the nation's capital and the entire land is an epicenter of tourism.
Brazil is a sun soaked nation that is equally known for having beautiful people and beautiful natural sites. The warm weather makes it a destination year-round, and recreational activities abound.
Italy has long been a favorite destination of European travelers, and the vast majority of its borders are splashed by the gentle seas of the Mediterranean. Blending natural and cultural history, the coastal areas and inland villages each possess their own distinct identity and beauty.
#3 The United Kingdom
Imperial wealth is at the root of much of the beauty in the United Kingdom, and brilliant engineering minds combined with tireless work forces over the past centuries to create buildings and bridges beautiful enough to draw people from all over the globe.
The beauty of Greece lies in its incredible coastlines, iconic city design and historic ruins, buildings and dwellings. A photographer could easily snap dozens of rolls of film in this European paradise, and vacations soak up the beauty year-round.
#1 New Zealand
With sprawling emerald green meadows that give way to robust mountain ranges and picturesque, healthy coastlines, New Zealand tops this list of most beautiful countries. Add to all of this the fact that cheap Auckland airfares are currently available, and it is easy to see why tourists from all over the world are making New Zealand their destination for vacation.