Most Beautiful Places In The World # Part 12

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Alligator in Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

An American alligator swims in the murky waters of Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve. Alligators are vital to the health of wetland ecosystems in both Big Cypress and neighboring Everglades National Park.

Alligator in Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Photograph by Doug Perrine, Nature Picture Library/Corbis

Antarctic Ice

Dwarfed by the immensity of Antarctica’s ice, a Zodiac carries passengers through polar waters. Antarctica remains the planet’s one uninhabited continent, free not just of people but also of terrestrial plants and land mammals. Ice sheets here can measure more than 2.5 miles thick, and give rise to the world’s strongest winds.

Taking a zodiac cruise in the Antarctic Ice
Photograph by Sam Crimmin, National Geographic Your Shot

Bern, Switzerland

“This is the most beautiful place we have ever seen,” wrote German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter during a stay in Bern. Encircled by the Aare River and surrounded by wooded hills, Bern feels more like a village than a capital—though it has been the Swiss seat of government since 1848.

epaselect epa04542318 Snow covers the roofs of houses in the city of Bern, Switzerland, 29 December 2014.  EPA/PETER KLAUNZER ONE TIME USE ONLY.
Photograph by Peter Klaunzer, EPA

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Popular with hikers in summer and skiers in winter, Cairngorms National Park is part of the Scottish Highlands. Boasting world-famous lochs, the country’s highest mountain, and top-notch adventure sports, this richly historic land is every bit as romantic as legends suggest.

A walker arrives at a remote 'bothy' in the Cairngorm National Park, in the Highlands of Scotland,  lucky to be able to enjoy a basic shelter for the night. It's one of over 100 similar unlocked refuges,  whose locations are not published and are to be found  in many of the wilderness and mountain areas of Scotland.
Photograph by Paul Tomkins, National Geographic Your Shot

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, China

Hardy local artisans in Harbin, China—where brisk Siberian winds keep the average temperatures barely above zero degrees Fahrenheit—celebrate the season by sculpting ice blocks chopped from the Songhua River into pyramids and palaces. After dark, the illuminated displays dazzle neon bright.

People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation ahead of the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2015. The winter festival will be officially opened on January 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
Photograph by Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

Luxor Temple, Egypt

The ancient temple at Luxor, Egypt, provides inspiration for artists and awe-inspiring scenes for tourists. Massive obelisks, statues, and sphinxes line the grounds of the temple complex, founded in 1400 B.C.

Luxor. Luxor Temple. Tourists, and Egyptian art students, Egyptian guards. Built by Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) , Ramses II expanded it. In Pharaonic times was the capitol of Thebes. (The east bank of the Nile was for temples which honored life, while the west bank of the Nile was for temples that honored the dead.)
Photograph by Alexandra Avakian, National Geographic

Milan Duomo, Italy

A man peers out at Milan from the city’s Duomo, a Gothic construction called a “poem in marble” by Mark Twain. The exterior alone is adorned with 2,245 statues, 135 spires, 96 gargoyles, and around half a mile of tracery.

04 Sep 2007, Milan, Italy --- The Duomo, Milan's cathedral - 08/09/07 - ph. Andrea Francolini --- Image by © Andrea Francolini/Corbis
Photograph by Andrea Francolini, Corbis

Mountain Trout Ice Festival, South Korea

Anglers cast lines through holes in a frozen river during Hwacheon Sancheoneo, or Mountain Trout Ice Festival, in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual event draws thousands of visitors, who compete in a fishing competition with traditional lures or their bare hands.

HWACHEON-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 10:  Anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo or Mountain Trout Ice Festival on January 10, 2015 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors and features a mountain trout ice fishing competition in which the participants compete with traditional lures or bare hands.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Photograph by Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images

Peak Tram, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Peak Tram carries sightseers up to Victoria Peak, as it has since 1888. The tramway carries passengers about 1,300 feet above sea level—at an angle that approaches 27 degrees.

View of Peak Tram arriving at the top of the Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong island, China
Photograph by Naki Kouyioumtzis, Axiom/Aurora

Southern Alps, New Zealand

Snowcapped and shrouded in clouds, the Southern Alps create a stunning vista in New Zealand. A tumult of peaks that run like a jagged spine through the South Island, the Southern Alps got their name from Capt. James Cook, who first spied the chain in 1770.

Aerials of Southern Alps, Fox Glacier, Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman,Westland NP., and Mt. Cook NP.
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic