Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but some destinations leave us all in awe. From gorgeous landscapes to elegant city skylines, we’ve narrowed down a list—in no particular order—of the 55 most amazing places to visit in the world.

Of course, we haven’t explored every exquisite corner in the world…yet. But life’s a journey and we’re always happening upon photo-ready coastlines, extraordinary architecture, and historic hideaways. Some of the world’s most beautiful places are small towns or wide open spaces, while others are busy urban centers filled with colorful and crowded street markets. Add some of these breathtaking destinations to your must-visit list.

1. Paris, France

Paris, nous vous aimons. Settle in with a hot cup of creamy café au lait and a croissant to catch your breath between strolling in Luxembourg Garden and perusing famous paintings at the Musee d’Orsay, which was once a bustling train station. After dark, you’ll see how The City of Lights got its nickname when you climb to the platform of the Arc de Triomphe. Yes, that’s the Eiffel Tower glittering to the south.

2. Charleston, SC

From its peaceful waterfront parks and pineapple-shaped fountains to jaw-dropping manor houses, Charleston has charm to spare. Built in 1676, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is just one of Charleston’s enchanting estates, where the white columns of the plantation house offer elegant contrast to Spanish moss growing wild in the trees. When the ocean calls your name, walk to the waterfront at Battery Park, named for the cannons lined up at attention looking out to sea.

3. Jackson, WY

Dream up your wildest outdoor adventures and Jackson, Wyoming, will come to mind. The downtown streets feature rustic architecture reminiscent of its early days along the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and nearby Grand Teton National Park will inspire your own inner explorer. If a bird’s-eye view of one of the most beautiful places in the world is on your bucket list, paragliding over Jackson will do the trick.

4. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is home to cave dwellings carved in stone, but its beauty is simply buoyant. Wander through the ancient monasteries and churches carved in the mountainside at the Goreme Open Air Museum, and catch sight of hot air balloons floating into the bright blue sky.

5. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Built above the banks of the Vltava River, the State Castle of Cesky Krumlov dates back to the 13th century. Like any work of art, the castle has been expanded throughout the centuries and you can explore the region’s history one exquisite room at a time.

6. Smoky Mountains, TN

You’ve heard of Seattle’s Space Needle. Well, Tennessee has a celestial spire, too. In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can take in an exquisite view of the Smoky Mountains from their 407-foot observation deck. Or climb to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can see a lot from 6,643 feet.

7. Watkins Glen, NY

Everything is lovelier after a glass of wine. Take a tasting tour on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and treat your eyes and your palate to the beauty of the Finger Lakes.

8. Mitchell, OR

Mitchell is surrounded by some of the most interesting landscapes in the world. You may confuse the Painted Hills with a modern work of art, but have no doubt: Those strokes of red and burgundy are au naturel.

9. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

For a getaway you’ll savor, travel to the world’s largest salt flat, located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. If you love the look of freshly fallen snow but can’t be bothered with freezing temperaturess, then say “hola” to Salar De Uyuni.

10. Aspen, CO

Aspen’s snow-covered slopes and lakeside trails are undeniably rugged, but don’t worry if you aren’t the outdoorsy type. You can admire the purple peaks of the Elk Mountains from a luxurious and cozy ski lodge, like The Little Nell, or on a hike through the wildflower fields of Maroon Bells (weather permitting, of course). Ah, Aspen.

11. Halong Bay, Vietnam

If you’ve never taken up kayaking, a visit to Halong Bay is the perfect opportunity skim across peaceful emerald waters. Float out to nearby Ti Top Island for a misty beachfront picnic, or stay close to the delicious scents wafting from the Halong Night Market on Doan Station Street.