7 Atlas Mountain Road, Morocco

Most Beautiful Places In The World # Part 7

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Ring of Brodgar, Scotland

Stand at the Ness of Brodgar on Scotland’s Orkney Islands and several iconic Stone Age structures are within easy view, forming the core of a World Heritage site called the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. On a heather-clad knoll half a mile away rises a giant Tolkienesque circle of stones known as the Ring of Brodgar. Discovered little more than a decade ago, the mysterious temple complex on the Ness is now believed to be the epicenter of what was once a vast ritualistic landscape. The site’s extraordinary planning, craftsmanship, and thousand-year history are helping rewrite our entire understanding of Neolithic Britain.

1 Ring of Brodgar, Scotland
Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

Great White Encounter, Australia

With just a few bars between them and the predator they’ve come to see, divers take in the thrilling sight of a great white shark inches away. A multiday cage-diving excursion takes intrepid divers out into the shark-rich waters of southern Australia’s Neptune Islands.

2 Great White Encounter, Australia
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Lost in Thought, Istanbul

A young boy casts a striking comparison to an aging man lost in a book on a ferry in Istanbul. Turkey has a relatively young population—over 25 percent of its residents are 14 or younger.

3 Lost in Thought, Istanbul
Photograph by Merve Ates, National Geographic Your Shot

The Weeping Wall, Hawaii

A series of thin waterfalls cuts sharp lines into the verdant, 5,066-foot Mount Waialeale on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, to form what is known as the Weeping Wall. Waialeale is the second wettest spot on Earth, receiving roughly 450 inches of rainfall per year. Accordingly, the upper reaches of the wall are almost always covered by rain clouds—in fact, the shield volcano’s summit only peeks through the clouds on 20 days each year.

5 The Weeping Wall, Hawaii
Photograph by Justin Gartman, National Geographic Your Shot

Wei Sang Festival, China

Riding horseback through Hongyuan County in Sichuan Province, China, Tibetans throw prayer papers into the air as they gather for a traditional festival known as Wei Sang, or Burning Incense. During the prayer festival, usually held in May or June, Tibetans wish for good fortune and an even better pasture season.

6 Wei Sang Festival, China
Photograph by China Daily/Reuters

Drying Corn, Sichuan

No space is wasted on the roof of a traditional Tibetan home in Sichuan, China, pressed into service as a spot for drying corn. Despite being distinct entities, Sichuan and Tibet culturally and geographically fuse at their mountainous seam.

8 Drying Corn, Sichuan
Photograph by Alex Treadway, National Geographic

Île Europa, Africa

Few divers ever explore the reefs around Île Europa, which lies in a stretch of the Mozambique Channel known for its massive eddies, productive nutrient upwellings, meandering currents—and spectacular surf. Europa, one of a pair of tiny French territories tucked between Madagascar and southern Africa, is a nature reserve and its waters are protected. Every year some 10,000 female green turtles come to these waters to mate, later going ashore to lay their eggs.

9 Île Europa, Africa
Photograph by Thomas Peschak, National Geographic

Upernavik, Greenland

Colorful houses greet the Arctic sun in the Greenlandic town of Upernavik, or “springtime place.” Founded in 1772, the region has a rich history; in 1824 the Kingittorsuaq Runestone was unearthed just outside Upernavik. This 13th-century stone was the northernmost Viking artifact ever found outside of those carried by Inuit traders. As a result, Upernavik marks the northern known limit of the Vikings.

4 Upernavik, Greenland
Photograph by Vicki Gazzola

Atlas Mountain Road, Morocco

Like a Formula 1 circuit without the safety checks, Morocco’s Atlas Mountain Road tests drivers’ mettle. Carved into the spine of northwest Africa, the 117-mile route can take several hours. The grand prize is the otherworldly landscape seen from the Tizi-n’Tichka Pass.

7 Atlas Mountain Road, Morocco
Photograph by Vlad Min, National Geographic Your Shot

Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

A pre-Islamic people, Nabataeans carved palatial tombs at Madain Salih. In 2008, UNESCO named Madain Salih a World Heritage site, making it the first destination in Saudi Arabia to receive the title. Writer Paul Salopek, one of the first travelers in a century to walk through the surrounding Hejaz desert, encountered a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone.

10 Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia
Photograph by John Stanmeyer, National Geographic