22 Unbelievable Travel Views You Can Only See From the Sky
We love to travel the globe and frolic on the majestic landscapes that Mother Earth has to offer. But occasionally, seeing the world from above is the only way to capture some of its most memorable views. We wanted to show you a collection of the planet's most popular destinations from angles that tourists rarely get to see, so we scoured the globe and found a list of epic photographs to inspire your appreciation for natural beauty. Scroll through and enjoy.
The royal-blue waters of Croatia have become exceptionally popular over the last decade, and we can definitely see why. We suggest wandering the Dalmatian Coast for those precious, too-good-to-be-true beaches that the majority of tourists don’t know about. Embrace fijaka, the local word for “a deliciously lazy mood of utter contentment.”
When we think of Capri, we think of vintage photographs of Jackie O. meandering the narrow lanes of this limestone coastal town, wearing ankle-skimming capri pants and huge sunglasses. Visit this stunning destination in late September or early October to avoid the rampant crowds of peak travel season and enjoy a warm sea and balmy evenings.
Slightly inland from Iteas Bay, Delphi offers a stunning cultural retreat from sun-drenched days on the beach. We love a bird’s-eye glimpse of what Zeus deemed the center of his “Grandmother Earth.”
Over the years, Miami has morphed into a mecca of art, fine dining, shopping, and exquisite beachfront access. We love this Gray Malin–like perspective of the white sand beach, sprinkled with swimsuit-clad visitors and bright umbrellas. When in town, stay at the Soho Beach House for a trendy yet relaxed vibe, or hit Raleigh for a full-blown pool party at its legendary 1930s pool.
This aerial shot of Hutt Lagoon in Australia looks more like a heavily saturated Diebenkorn painting than a natural landscape. But sure enough, this pink waterscape is the real deal. Located in the midwest region of Western Australia, this salt lake is best seen from above.
Located in Basque Country, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an incredibly spiritual place, with the "stations" of the cross along the main walkway. It's challenging to get to, but from above, this island gem is utterly breathtaking. We love taking a day to trek all the way to the church and back.
This Pepto-Bismol lake is located off the coast of Western Australia. While it’s amazing to see from any angle, we particularly love the view from above. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s reinterpretation of the pink lake outside of Miami is also a stellar view.
Close to the Kenyan border in Tanzania, Lake Natron looks like it belongs in its own universe. It appears blood red because of the bacteria that live in it and is piping hot (temperatures can reach 104° Fahrenheit). Other than the endangered lesser flamingo, which uses the area as a breeding ground, Lake Natron is entirely unlivable. Birds that land on the salt- and soda-infested lake die instantly, and their bodies calcify.
Another African wonder, Lake Retba, know as Senegal’s “Pink Lake,” is naturally Barbie pink thanks to a micro-algae called dunaliella salina that thrives in the highly concentrated salt water. From above, Lake Retba looks like a fantastical watercolor.
Lake Powell offers the ultimate great American boat trip. Formed in 1963, when a dam halted the flow of the Colorado River through the pink rock of Glen Canyon, Lake Powell is a scenic, almost eerily quiet escape that offers more than 1900 miles of shoreline. Glide throughout the waterfalls, petrified wood, and Anasazi ruins that populate this natural wonder. It’s not that bad from above, either.
Located in Southern Africa, Namibia truly looks like Mars when viewed from above. Portuguese sailors used to call Skeleton Coast the Gates of Hell. Because of its forbbiding nature, it has one of the most pristine shorelines in the world. This view is the area you fly over right before arriving at the coast.
An elegant, rustic terrain, Alps Bay, New Zealand, is a magical retreat where visitors can restore their well-being and appreciate the outstanding beauty that the earth has to offer. You may also recognize the mystical land from The Lord of the Rings (it served as the backdrop). Whether you're on the ground or in the air, when you're looking at the island, the sense of space is paramount.
The French Riviera really is exquisite from any angle, but we love this aerial view. When you're on the ground, we suggest visting Mon Bazar for French-made accessories and home goods and Rue Bonaparte for bars and nightclubs.
The City of Light looks extra romantic when viewed from the sky at sunset. It looks as if the sun is kissing the faces of the buildings in each arrondissement. You can't get a much rosier-colored view than this.
Located 4921 feet above sea level, the Sapa district is a beautiful mountain territory with rugged scenery and rich cultural diversity. These vibrant, rice-filled terraces in Vietnam look like an embroidered tapestry from the sky. We suggest touring the area with a local guide to see the beautiful region and support the local economy.
The Argentine wilderness is majestic escape from the digital mania that characterizes everyday life. Retreat to this mountian scenery to fish, hike, or just sit back and contemplate the beauty of life.
The vibrant blue of this glaciar-fed lake in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness is mesmerizing, especially when viewed from the sky at sunrise. We recommend hiking the pristine trail around the circumference of the lake.
These salt ponds are so vibrant they make the Golden Gate Bridge look dull. Who knew that, seen from above, San Francisco Bay was a gorgeous pink puzzle-like landscape? We recommend hopping in a helicopter ASAP to check it out. Or just stare at this dazzling photograph.
St. Lucia is known for its dramatic, mountainous coastline and volcanic beaches. We love the view of the cerulean ocean kissing the sandy edge of a mountain-filled island.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland, dropping 200 feet over the cliffs of the former coastline. We can't get over the peaceful juxtaposition of emerald green land and moody gray sky.
We love a black-and-white pattern always, but when it's formed naturally in Iceland, we love it that much more. The black volcanic sands of the Vatnajökull National Park are the perfect canvas for the massive white ice chunks on the surface of this glacial lagoon.
Whitehaven Beach in Queensland is one of those too-good-to-be-true places on earth. It offers a rainbow of colors that could transfix any onlooker, especially one cruising in from above. It's like nature made a tie-dye print.
What's your favorite aerial view? Share with us in the comments!