The world is full of exotic landmarks, and photogenic, biodiverse, landscapes. These are 18 captivating travel pictures from around the world, taken by the greatest travel photographers known by man.
Location: Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
Paro Taktsang is a Himalayan Buddhist Temple in Bhutan. The temple is perched on a cliff roughly 10,236 feet above sea level. If you ever visit, be sure not to fall.
Photographer: Tom Anderson
Location: Yunnan, China
Yunnan is home to over 15,000 different plant species. A staggering 60% of the plants used in Chinese medicine reside in Yunnan. If you look close enough you might be able to see some.
Photographer: Jacob Riglin
Location: Oia, Greece
Oia is a village located in one of Greece's most popular islands, Santorini. The coastal town is known for its unique architecture, and white houses.
Photographer: James Dyer
Location: Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Old Bagan known for the Bagan Archaeological Area, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments blend in with the landscape. Holy sites include Ananda Temple, and Dhammayangyi Temple.
Photographer: Sven Scheuermeier
Location: Henningsvaer, Norway
With probably one of the coolest soccer (football) stadiums, Henningsvaer easily qualifies as a captivating travel picture. The small fishing village is located on an island in the Lofoten archipelago.
Photographer: Lennart Pagel
Location: Hawaiian Islands
If anything, Hawaii has volcanoes. The island state was formed by volcanoes after all. Enjoy this captivating travel picture by Emmet Sparling.
Photographer: Emmet Sparling
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Bali is known for its enormous rice paddy fields such as this one. Rice paddies look cool, and they have rice. What's not to love?
Photographer: Michael Gray
Location: Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Are you surprised this temple is located in the US? I was when I first saw it. On another note, Buddhist architecture makes for captivating travel pictures.
Photographer: Christian Joudrey
Location: Hooker Lake, New Zealand
Hooker Lake formed from a glacier, and has only been around since the 1970s. It is crazy that a lake this picturesque could have been made so recent.
Photographer: Hannes Becker
Location: Northern Cascades, Washington
The Northern Cascades are an expansive mountainous wilderness with lakes and glaciers. Take one of the popular hiking trails, and check out the views. But, watch out for wolves and grizzly bears.
Photographer: Nathanael Billings
Location: Skaftafell, Iceland
Skaftafell has incredible rocky peaks, glaciers, and the famous Svartifoss waterfall. Don't be deterred by the country's name, Iceland is actually quite green and beautiful.
Location: Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia
Vysoke Tatry translates to High Tatras. The giant mountains in this picture make it pretty clear how Vysoke Tatry got its name.
Photographer: Stefan Stefancik
Location: Swiss Alps, Switzerland
The Swiss Alps is the largest mountain range in Switzerland. It is truly a sight to behold. The Alps were named a wonder of the natural world by World Heritage Sites.
Photographer: Allie Taylor
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
Located in the mountains of Salzkammergut, the interesting lake village of Hallstatt is home to great architecture, and cool cafes. You can also take trails to glacial potholes and waterfalls.
Photographer: Jack Harding
Location: Fjadrargljufur, Iceland
Apparently many tourists pass by this canyon, despite its beauty. Fjadrargljufur Canyon is up to 328 feet deep, and 1.25 miles long. The Fjaora river flows through the canyon.
Photographer: Florian Finke
Location: Yosemite National Park, US
Located in the High Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite is a testament to the elegance of nature. You should definitely visit the national park if you have any interest in hiking or camping.
Photographer: Dylan Kato
Location: Sylvenstein Dam, Upper Bavaria, Germany
The Sylvenstein Dam is located at an altitude of 2,460 feet, in the Karwendel Alps. Surrounded by several different hiking trails, the Sylvenstein Dam is a popular tourist attraction.
Photographer: Stefan Schwittek
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik is surrounded by mountains on nearly all sides. Mt. Esja is a volcanic mountain range that is 3.2 million years old, and 3,000 feet high at its highest point.
Photographer: Max Rive