Traveling the world affords you the opportunity to see sights that elude others. But what if you want to bring back something of your travels to share the beauty? All the quaint charm in the world won’t make up for an area just not being beautiful as a whole. Finding the combination of both a place that is beautiful in spirit and in view is the goal of many of a traveler. OROGOLD has a few suggestions on some places to visit that embody just this combination. When you’re not being charmed by the people of the area, then you’ll be in awe of the sheer beauty of the location itself. These destinations are by no means secret, but are often scattered across various lists for reasons other than their beauty.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Castles are enough on their own to call to mind various romantic images of knights and fair damsels, but Neuschwanstein is something else entirely. The castle was built using romantic sensibilities that created a castle seemingly drawn from a fairy tale itself. It perches deftly on a hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria and maintains its reputation for beauty. The looks of the castle have inspired people from across the world and not just its exterior. A lavish interior keeps with the appearance of the outside and transports those who tour it to another era. The views from the castle overlook the beautiful Bavarian countryside and provide a clear view of the timeless landscape. This combination of both architectural and natural beauty are seldom found together.
The Grand Canyon, USA
In contrast to the green countryside of Bavaria, The Grand Canyon is the epitome of the austere beauty of the desert. This Arizona land-form stretches for a few hundred miles and along that entire route the two sides of the canyon itself can be likewise separated by miles. Carved deeply into the desert rock, various layers of the Earth are exposed creating a distinct display of banded color up and down the canyon itself. Far below the Colorado River continues to maintain the course it has for the untold ages it took to carve the canyon itself, and ever so slowly continues to make the canyon even grander. There is plenty to see for those who want a bit of history with their beauty as well thanks to the native peoples of the area carving dwelling into the rock or inhabiting the caves. While The Grand Canyon isn’t necessarily what people initially think of when it comes to a beautiful natural landscape, it remains one of the most awe-inspiring sights on Earth.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reed is even farther from Arizona in its kind of beauty than Bavaria. This reef is one of the largest concentrations of living things in the world. An underwater technicolor dreamscape awaits any divers who decide to experience the reef. Countless kinds of coral and fish call the Great Barrier Reef home. Some of these are found nowhere else on Earth. The singular nature of the reef makes it a huge draw to people from all over the world looking to experience it. Conservation efforts do their best to maintain the quality of the water to protect the animals and corals, but it is still a difficult fight. This doesn’t change the fact that it remains one of the best places to dive in the world. By visiting here, you can experience one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Amusingly, the reef itself can even be seen from space.
Each of the locations OROGOLD selected offers a different kind of beauty. It is up to you to determine what it is you’re looking for when trying to find the beauty in the world. These places may even be dwarfed by lesser known places. The trick with travel is to eternally keep both your eyes and ears open as you visit places. With a little luck, you’ll hear the quiet secrets the locals keep to themselves and get the chance to see something few others will ever see.