It’s common for artists to create beautiful works of art that were inspired by real-life destinations, but to see a destination that looks like it’s a work of art is a different story.
If you’re looking to appreciate the true natural beauty of the Earth and all it has to offer, these destinations that look more like paintings are a great place to start. From rainbow mountains to impossibly green rolling hills, this museum has something for everyone to enjoy.
Salar de Uyuni
The place where the Earth seems to meet the sky, paying a visit to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni on a clear day feels like you’re walking on the edge of the world. The Uyuni salt flat is the world’s largest salt flat, the leftovers of a prehistoric lake that dried up long ago.
Zhangye National Geopark
More commonly known as China’s rainbow mountains, the Zhangye National Park in China is home to these colorful mountains made from sandstone and siltstone. The Rainbow Mountains over time have been shaped by wind, rain and other elements to create the formation you see today.
Gardens Of Ninfa
Located in central Italy, the Gardens of Ninfa look as if they were plucked straight from Monet himself. The gardens are considered to be an Italian national monument and reside on over 100 hectares.
Dutch Tulip Fields
Did you know that tulips aren’t actually native to the Netherlands? The Netherlands are known for their tulips, but the flower is native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th century, tulips were brought from Turkey to Holland, where they became popular.
Provence’s Lavender Fields
You didn’t need any more reasons to plan a trip to France in the summertime, but if you were planning to go in late June or early July, make sure you add in a trip to the lavender fields of Provence.
Iceland’s Volcanic Rivers
It looks like someone spilled paint colors directly onto a canvas, but what you’re actually looking at is the result of Iceland’s various glaciers and 30 volcanic systems coexisting in one terrain.
The Wisteria Flower Tunnel
If you’ve been searching for a way to spice up your garden, try making yourself a tunnel of flowers; it’s guaranteed to add a magical touch to your backyard. The Kawachi Fuji Garden’s Wisteria Tunnel is created from over 20 species of flowering plants.
Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Park is impressive enough as is, but looking at Deadvlei feels like staring at a perfect scenic painting. Deadvlei translates to “dead marsh” and is named that because of the skeleton trees that died more than 500 years ago but still stand on the ground.
Mendenhall Ice Caves
The Mendenhall glacier in Juneau, Alaska, is a sight to be seen in itself, but then there’s also the Mendenhall ice caves, which are the epitome of a natural wonder.
Sometimes referred to as “heaven on Earth,” South America’s Mount Roraima is a sight to behold no matter which country you’re standing in. The plateau resides in three different countries: Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana, with more than 80% of it in Venezuela.
Qujing’s Canola Flower Fields
Many countries around the world farm canola (also known as rapeseed), but few other fields could be considered as impressive as the layout of the flower fields in Guangxi Province in China.
Green Tsunami, Moravia
When thinking about the Czech Republic, most people would first think of Prague and the beauty of that city, but if you’re willing to venture outside the main city, you won’t be disappointed by the scenery.
The Richat Structure
The Richat Structure, also referred to as the Eye of Africa or the Eye of the Sahara, is a deeply eroded dome-shaped structure in Northwest Africa that looks like it’s plucked straight out of a sci-fi film.
You already knew that Australia was home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so it should come as no surprise that Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach looks like it was created with a paintbrush.
The United States is a country that has numerous national parks that feature different terrain, like New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Carlsbad Caverns park is known for its large limestone chamber, known as The Big Room.
Looking at a photo like this, you would probably assume that it’s a painting because lakes don’t usually have frozen bubbles on the surface, but Canada’s Abraham Lake is an amazing exception.
The Needle, Isle Of Skye
As if you needed further proof that Scotland was a magical land with beautiful scenery, the Needle at the Isle of Skye shows that Middle Earth might really exist in our world.
The Tunnel Of Love
Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love has been the subject of who knows how many paintings in the years that it’s existed, and it’s no wonder considering how beautiful the foliage is surrounding the railway tracks.
The Stone Forest
More than 200 million years ago, the land that is now known as the Stone Forest was a shallow sea, where limestone accumulated over time and was eventually shaped into the pillars you see today that look like petrified trees.
Upper Antelope Canyon
Arizona’s Upper Antelope Canyon looks like it was shaped by a sculptor, but in reality it’s the result of years of erosion of Navajo sandstone from flash flooding and other processes.