From architectural feats to cultural marvels, the world is filled with a plethora of amazing sights and sounds; however, almost nothing can really match the raw beauty of its natural wonders. For the nature lovers out there, I have some stunning summer travel inspiration to share with you. Here are 20 beautiful places around the world that will take your breath away!
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN AFRICA FOR THE NATURE LOVER TO VISIT
Kalkrand, Namibia — Tracey from Journal of a City Girl
Namibia is an arid country made up of mostly desert landscapes. As one season blends into another, the scenery rarely changes. Summer days bring slightly more foliage, fuller dams, and a green tinge to the trees.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa — Jo from Wander With Jo
This breathtaking sunset of melting colors in the sky was taken in the Zululand Rhino Reserve close to Durban, South Africa. We were just setting up a table in the bush for sundowners (drinks) and suddenly we saw the sky light up with all these lovely hues. This was by far the best sunset ever and in one of the places which will always have a special place in my heart.
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN ASIA FOR THE NATURE LOVER TO VISIT
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
Because I’m a bit obessed with waterfalls here’s one for the waterfall lovers out there: Tegenungan Waterfall near Ubud, Bali is, in my opinion, one of the top things to do in Bali! They also sell cheap coconuts in the shops just near the entrance. Go for a refreshing swim in the pool at bottom of the waterfall, hike up to a middle level, and even trek to the very top of the waterfall and find yourself surrounded by gorgeous lush greenery. Oh, and the rest of Ubud is also gorgeous. Think serene rice paddies, treks up active volcanos, and vibrant Balinese culture!
Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
If you’re both a nature and animal lover and can rough it a bit, then a trip into the Borneo jungles may be for you. Borneo is one of only two islands in the world where wild orangutans still live. You can take a river cruise down the Sekonyer River and come face to face with the Borneo orangutans in Tanjung Putting National Park.
Pink Beach, Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
One of only seven pink beaches in the world, Pink Beach on Komodo Island is such a magical place. The beach is a pink colour due to the mixing of white sand and red bits from the microscopic animal, Foraminifera. Komodo Island is one of the islands found in Komodo National Park and is one of only five islands in the world where you can catch sight of the fearsome Komodo dragons of Indonesia!
Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
You know those tropical paradise screensavers with the white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and swaying palm trees? I stepped into that when I arrived in beautiful Wakatobi. Wakatobi has some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in the world and it’s also where I snorkelled for the first time! A mecca for divers, Wakatobi is a designated UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve and is home to not only a myriad of colourful reef fish but also some strange and rare creatures as well.
Canigao Island, Leyte, Philippines — Carla from Just Travelling Solo
Canigao Island is a must visit during its summer months of March thru May. You cannot afford to miss this family-friendly island of white sands and clear, turquoise waters. Bring your friends and family for a picnic or for an overnight stay. If you want to go camping, tents are available for rent from the island caretaker.
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN EUROPE FOR THE NATURE LOVER TO VISIT
Porec, Croatia — Senza from Inguaribile Viaggiatore
Porec is a beautiful Croatian town famous for the pristine sea, beaches, sun, and lots of fun. It makes the ideal destination for nature lovers who like a bit of nightlife as well.
Grasse, France — Evan from Pretty Wild World
Grasse is a town specializing in perfumery located about an hour bus ride from the popular Mediterranean city of Nice. We went to Grasse last year and was in awe upon seeing its vast, beautiful land. It is full of different flowers, especially lilac, and as well lovely French country houses. The bus ride was amazing as well! We were there in July, summer peak season, and nature was in full bloom! It was such a treat for our eyes.
Bavaria, Germany — Marta from Vegan Beauty Travels
Summer in Bavaria won’t leave the nature lover disappointed. If you want to go for something soothing and tranquil, take a hike in the breathtaking Alps. Alternatively, you can tick off all the fairy-tale towns on the Romantic Road or explore the world-famous German castles dotting the Bavarian Forest.
Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland — Laia from Dream Travel Girl
There is no doubt that Switzerland is a beautiful country and it looks wonderful dressed in summer colors. I love the combination of the lush green of the plants, the yellow of the cereal lands and finally the clear blue of the lake and the sky. Lake Neuchatel, in particular, is a beautiful way to spend your summer days.
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THE NATURE LOVER TO VISIT
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada — Kay from Paws and Pines
Trying to explore the outdoors but annoyed that the sun is constantly beating down on you? If you’re one of those people who cringe when thoughts of the sweaty, humid weather of summer come around, a summer trip to the Canadian Northwest may be perfect for you. With average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celcius, my dog and I were able to run up Old Fort Point in Jasper National Park in the middle of June. We barely broke a sweat! Come during the summer to experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies in (what I consider) perfect hiking weather.
Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada — Kevin from Wandering Wagars
Peaking in the month of June, a magnificent aspect of nature occurs off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador on the East Coast of Canada. Making their way from western Greenland, thousands of icebergs travelling at a rate of 7 km/year pass through the Davis strait and are caught by the Labrador current. This takes these large floating masses of ice to Iceberg Alley where they can be spotted in the summertime.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
Located along the western shores of Lake Ontario, just an hour from Toronto, you will find the city of Hamilton. Although a city, Hamilton has dozens of beautiful natural areas and hiking trails. As you explore the dozens of trails in this area, you will undoubtedly also stumble upon a waterfall or two… or three… or more! Did I mention Hamilton is “The Waterfall Capital of the World” and is dotted with over one hundred waterfalls?
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada — Cynthia from Every Footstep an Adventure
I don’t know of a better place to spend your summer days surrounded by nature than in Tobermory, Ontario. This little town is home to stunning geological formations and the clearest turquoise waters you wouldn’t believe was found in Canada. Some things to do in Tobermory for the nature lover include: hiking the hundreds of kilometers of trails; exploring the submerged forests, canyons, underwater waterfalls just off the coast by snorkelling or scuba-diving; camping and stargazing and more!
Gri Gri Lagoon, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic — Bel from Bel Explores
The picturesque mangrove swamps of Rio San Juan are a must-visit. By booking a trip with small boat tours, you can head out to the lagoon and sail through the tangled mangrove channels.
Aspen, Colorado, United States — Katie from Kitty to City
Summer in Aspen, Colorado is beautiful and is one of the best times to explore Maroon Bells. The two peaks of Maroon Bells exceed 14,000 feet and are a popular climb in the summer months. Not feeling the climb? No worries, the city of Aspen has a bus which will take you to the base of the peaks allowing you to meander around the crystal clear lake and the hundreds of wildflowers that surround the area.
Mackinac Island, Michigan, United States — Beth from Life’s Endless Adventures
Mackinac Island is an amazing place to spend your summer surrounded by nature. All motorized vehicles are banned making the preferred transportation bicycles and horses. Fill your summer days by exploring miles of hiking trails or enjoying the waters. There is something for every nature lover!
Cloverdale, Oregon, United States — Ann from Ann Kaddley
Nothing says summer to me like camping. I was lucky to be able to spend a week at Camp Meriweather in Cloverdale, Oregon. It was a week that summed up the west coast summer for me: the pristine beach was almost deserted; the lush forest provided shelter from the hot midday sun; and at night, we sat around the bonfire and stared up at the stars. How better to experience summer for the nature lover than by camping?
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN SOUTH AMERICA FOR THE NATURE LOVER TO VISIT
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — Mark from Viajedemilhas
Brazil has an extensive coastline that is more than 17,000 km long and with it, thousands of sandy beaches! They vary in style: from beaches with sand dunes to coconut tree forests to mountains edging the sea. On the northeast coast, an hour flight from Recife, is Fernando de Noronha, an island with incredible beaches and diving options.
We are all so lucky to call the amazing planet Earth home. But remember, when you visit these stunning natural areas: take only pictures and leave only footprints. Let’s keep these places beautiful and flourishing so that future generations can explore the world’s natural beauty.
What are your favourite natural areas to visit in the summer? Know any places that should be on any nature lover’s travel list? Let me know in the comments below. I always love hearing what you have to say!
Do you want to contribute to future posts in the Nature Lover Series? I’ll be coming out with fall, winter and spring editions in the coming months. If you would like to contribute, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with (1) a photo, (2) the name of the location, and (3) two to four sentences about the place. I can link to any social media handle of your choice (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) or your blog if you have one. I look forward to seeing your nature photos!
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