Nat Geo 100 world's most beautiful places: how many have you seen?

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  1. glenn1

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    Special issue of National Geographic has been on the newsstands lately. Here's the list, how many have you visited? I'm at 21 myself. .

    01. Saguaro National Park, AZ USA
    02. Redwood National Park, CA USA
    03. Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
    04. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
    05. Torres del Paine, Chile
    06. Tuscany, Italy
    07. Olympic Peninsula National Park, WA USA
    08. Yosemite National Park, CA USA
    09. Mt McKinley, AK USA
    10. Jetu Island (Cheju-do), South Korea
    11. Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan
    12. Bryce Canyon, UT USA
    13. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
    14. Alpine National Park, VI Australia
    15. Glacier National Park, MT USA
    16. Jasper National Park, AB Canada
    17. Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
    18. ANnapurna Sanctuarcy, Nepal
    19. Jotunhelmen National Park, Norway
    20. Munnar, India
    21. Cradle Mountain National Park, TZ Australia
    22. Autumn in New England, VT USA
    23. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
    24. The Highlands, Scotland
    25. Bali Rain Forest, Indonesia
    26. Great Barrier Reef, QD Australia
    27. Guilin, China
    28. Na Pali (Kauai) coast, HI USA
    29. Crater Lake, OR USA
    30. The Everglades, FL USA
    31. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
    32. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland
    33. Zanzibar, Tanzania
    34. Big Sur, CA USA
    35. Amazon River, South America
    36. Bays of Fires, TZ Australia
    37. Loch Katrine, Scotland
    38. Milford Sound, New Zealand
    39. Great Blue Hole, Belieze
    40. Okavango Delta, Botswana
    41. Seychelles, Africa
    42. Newfoundland, Canada
    43. Iguacu National Park, Brazil
    44. Lofoten Islands, Norway
    45. Tahiti, French Polynesia
    46. Kaikoura, New Zealand
    47. The Lake District, England
    48. Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
    49. Okefenokee Swamp, GA USA
    50. Cannon Beach, OR USA
    51. Neuschwannstein Castle, Germany
    52. Rome, Italy
    53. Machu Picchu, Peru
    54. Oxford, England
    55. Sintra, Portugal
    56. Savannah, GA USA
    57. Bergen, Norway
    58. Chichen Itza, Mexico
    59. New York City, NY USA
    60. Kyoto, Japan
    61. Rostov Velikey, Russia
    62. St. Petersburg, Russia
    63. Great Wall of China, China
    64. London, England
    65. Santorini, Greece
    66. Bagan, Myanmar
    67. Seville, Spain
    68. Istanbul, Turkey
    69. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
    70. Amsterdam, Netherlands
    71. Petra, Jordan
    72. Washington, D.C. USA
    73. Cape Town, South Africa
    74. Mesa Verde, CO USA
    75. Paris, France
    76. Artic Circle, Sweden
    77. Devils Marbles, Australia
    78. Badlands National Park, SD USA
    79. Ice Sheets, Antarctica
    80. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
    81. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    82. Landmannalaugar, Iceland
    83. Chocolate Hills, Phillipines
    84. Sossuviei Dunes, Namibia
    85. Racetrack Playa, CA USA
    86. Emerald Lakes, Tongario National Park, New Zealand
    87. Great Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Park, WY USA
    88. Grand Canyon, AZ USA
    89. Haleakala Crater, HI USA
    90. Mojave Desert, USA
    91. Northwest Passage, Canada
    92. The Pinnincles, Namburg National Park, Australia
    93. Oregon Lava Fields, OR USA
    94. Simien Mountain National Park, Ethiopia
    95. Lake Baikal, Russia
    96. Socotra, Yemen
    97. Sahara Desert, Africa
    98. Mineral Forest, Pamukkale, Turkey
    99. K2 Mountain, Pakistan
    100. The Praries, Midwest USA
     
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    10 for me (mostly Oz/NZ)
     
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    I'm surprised they went with Saguaro for number one. While a lovely place, I would have guessed someplace greener at the top.
     
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    19. Jotunhelmen National Park, Norway
    24. The Highlands, Scotland
    47. The Lake District, England
    52. Rome, Italy
    54. Oxford, England
    64. London, England
    75. Paris, France

    After my vacation to the US I'll be able to cross some more of that list. Looks like US is the most beautiful country in the world :)
     
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    NYC
    Washington DC
    London England
    Savanah GA

    and TBH 2 of those should not be on the list, NYC and WDC
     
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    06. Tuscany, Italy
    30. The Everglades, FL USA
    41. Seychelles, Africa
    49. Okefenokee Swamp, GA USA
    52. Rome, Italy
    54. Oxford, England
    56. Savannah, GA USA
    59. New York City, NY USA
    60. Kyoto, Japan
    64. London, England
    72. Washington, D.C. USA
     
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    All were metropolitan (DC, NYC, LDN, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam)
     
  8. corwin

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    That list is shit...DC, NY, Paris etc may have some beautiful landmarks and historical sites that are worthy of visiting but taken as a whole they are dirty and ugly
     
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    may have seen racetrack playa. pretty much all the stuff out west was when i was really young.
     
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    Looks like 13
     
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    10 and 3 more if you count sitting in their international airport terminals waiting for connecting flights.
    While i haven't seen Jotunheimen, Norway I did hike through Sylan, Norway. Can't imagine it is all that different.
     
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    8 or 9 depending on whether seeing the shoreline of Na Pali from a boat counts.
     
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    08. Yosemite National Park, CA USA
    12. Bryce Canyon, UT USA
    15. Glacier National Park, MT USA
    22. Autumn in New England, VT USA
    30. The Everglades, FL USA
    42. Newfoundland, Canada
    59. New York City, NY USA
    64. London, England
    72. Washington, D.C. USA
    87. Great Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Park, WY USA

    10 for me.

    Some oddities on the list. For instance, I thought Zion National Park (well, what I saw of it) was more visually striking than Bryce. I'm also surprised at the first two parks in this list, ranking over Yosemite.

    22 should be "Autumn in New England, White Mountains, NH USA" ... although, I might be a bit biased on that one :).
     
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    I haven't been to Europe or Africa yet so I miss a bunch. I did a quick glance and I think I am at around 10 or so.

    NYC and Washington DC are two of the most beatiful places? Interesting/cool place, yes. Most beautiful? Nope IMO. <scratching head>
     
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    02. Redwood National Park, CA USA
    08. Yosemite National Park, CA USA
    09. Mt McKinley, AK USA
    29. Crater Lake, OR USA
    30. The Everglades, FL USA
    34. Big Sur, CA USA
    51. Neuschwannstein Castle, Germany
    59. New York City, NY USA
    72. Washington, D.C. USA
    75. Paris, France
    88. Grand Canyon, AZ USA
    90. Mojave Desert, USA


    For me so far...
     
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    Geez I've only been to like 4....

    I've been to a lot of other beautiful places though. Realistically there should be like 10,000 more places on that list. This world is filled with gorgeous places.
     
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    Disney Land should be number 1 :D
     
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    02. Redwood National Park, CA USA
    08. Yosemite National Park, CA USA
    23. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
    26. Great Barrier Reef, QD Australia
    29. Crater Lake, OR USA
    38. Milford Sound, New Zealand
    46. Kaikoura, New Zealand
    48. Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
    59. New York City, NY USA
    63. Great Wall of China, China
    72. Washington, D.C. USA
    77. Devils Marbles, Australia
    86. Emerald Lakes, Tongario National Park, New Zealand
    88. Grand Canyon, AZ USA
    90. Mojave Desert, USA

    I've been to all the New Zealand ones. I don't think many of the cities should be on there. Certainly not Washington D.C. New York was really cool, but it was more of an atmosphere thing rather than it being "beautiful".

    I personally think Milford Sound should be above Mt Cook. And Queenstown/Arrowtown should be on there somewhere.
     
  19. Uppsala9496

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    No love for the Caribbean. Some very beautiful places there.
     
  20. corwin

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    The Exumas are breathtakingly beautiful and nearly untouched...
     
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    I agree. Most big cities are ugly, dirty, noisy, and they smell bad.
     
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    Big Sur - which is really beautiful

    and NYC - which, like someone else had said, some parts are nice but as a whole it's pretty dirty like a larger DTLA.
     
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    So many of these sites are in the USA ... I wonder the makeup of the group that tabulated this list???
     
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    Kind of like the show "North America" that is running on discovery right now, almost every place they visit is in the US. Almost nothing of Mexico.