Lonely Planet’s Most Beautiful Places in the World

As Lonely Planet is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. the publisher has guided travelers to destinations around the world for 40 years. In their latest book, Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World, they take us on a journey to the most spectacular places on earth, showing us a collection of images that celebrate the world’s most magnificent spectacles such as fiery volcano eruptions, wind-sculpted icebergs, and mind-blowing migrations of wildlife.

Lonely Planet has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before. here is a selection of the best images you’ll find inside the book.


Bryce Canyon national park – Utah, US The Wall Street Trail of Bryce Canyon has its own skyscrapers: ponderosa pines. Chasms in the rock are formed when water freezes and expands, creating alleys up to 60 metres deep. Photograph: Sarun Laowong/Getty Images


The Dolomites – South Tyrol, Italy Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the world’s most distinctive mountainscapes. Photograph: Michele Galli/Getty Images


Monument Valley Tribal Park – Arizona, Utah, US The sandstone spires of Monument Valley, part of the Colorado Plateau, are the result of millions of years of erosion. Iron oxide gives the rock its reddish tone. Photograph: Ron and Patty Thomas Photography/Getty Images


Dusk panoramic view of The London Parliament, the Big Ben and the Westminster Bridge viewed from across river Thames. Photograph: Enzo Figueres/Getty Images


Lantern festival – Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng, Chiang Mai’s version of the Thai festival Loi Krathong, takes place during a full moon in November and sees many hundreds of lanterns launched into the night sky. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images


Rufous hummingbird – California, US Rufous hummingbirds – here seen feeding on nectar at Huntington Beach, California – are just 8cm long but the hyperactive birds migrate across North America, following the blooming of wild flowers. Photograph: Susan Gary/Getty Images


Buildings in New York City at night, as seen from the Empire State Building. Credit: Nikada/Getty Images


The sardine run – Eastern Cape, South Africa During the annual migration of sardines, millions of the fish head north along the coast of South Africa, creating a feeding frenzy along the way. The migration occurs from May to July. Photograph: Dmitry Miroshnikov/Getty Images


Rice terraces – Longsheng, China Terraced paddy fields wind up from the riverside to the mountaintop in a feat of farm engineering that allows the communities of Longsheng to harvest rice in a mountainous area. Photograph: KingWu/Getty Images


Lyth Valley in the Lake District – Cumbria, England The unspoilt Lyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green. Photograph: 221A/Getty Images


The aurora borealis – Kiruna, Sweden When charged particles, which flow from the sun at 1.4m kph, hit the Earth’s magnetic field at the planet’s poles, they create curtains of light. Solar storms heighten the effect. Photograph: Antony Spencer/Getty Images