OT- The most beautiful place in the world

Submitted by Mabel Pines on June 9th, 2016 at 12:15 PM

So my Mom is from the East Coast and has been to a lot of places.  The other day she told me she thought Arcadia Bluffs was the most beautiful place she had ever seen.  What do you think?  What is/ are the most beautiful places in the world?  Places we should visit.  (obvs, a full Big House after a nice win, but where else?)



June 9th, 2016 at 12:36 PM ^

Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.

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June 9th, 2016 at 1:07 PM ^

I lived in Aspen for several years before facing reality and having to play adult.

I'd say if you like Aspen, Crater Lake by the Maroon Bells is special enough to give some of us heathens a small dose of religion. Or drive through the Swiss Alps in early summer or a thousand other places.




June 9th, 2016 at 1:24 PM ^

The Bells region is definitely incredible, but IMO it's not even close to the best of what CO has to offer, let alone the rest of the rockies. It just happens to be very accessible.

For my personal favorite, it's the Wind Rivers range in WY, particularly Titcomb Basin.

In CO, my favorite is Sunlight Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness:


June 9th, 2016 at 1:52 PM ^

Crater Lake is a great hike to do in the early morning before the early afternoon thunderstorms roll in and still get back to Aspen in time for lunch and a viewing of the human scenery, spectacular in its own right.

There are so many spectacular places in the Rockies, both in the US and in Canada.  Then there is the Pacific Northwest.  


June 9th, 2016 at 12:21 PM ^

Kailua Beach, Oahu (Hawaii).


Never seen water so perfect and the views along the horizon are breathtaking for pictures (little islands, mountains, trees).

oriental andrew

June 9th, 2016 at 12:28 PM ^

My BIL, when he was stationed at Pearl Harbor, lived off-base in Kailua. We would walk over to Lanikai Beach and it is really beautiful there. Saw a green sea turtle there once. Another great thing to do is to hike up to the pillboxes on the cliffs overlooking Kailua/Lanikai. Amazing view. Google "kailua pillboxes" for images. 

Also on Oahu is Hanauma Bay. You have to pay, but it's a protected reef and the marine life is great and very easily accessible to the average joe. It's easy to swim out farther than you think, although I did get to see a green sea turtle there, also, and followed it around for a while, swimming above and below it (never got within probably 10', as I wanted to keep my distance and not stress it out - I was the only one out there). 


June 10th, 2016 at 7:48 AM ^

I swam in the North Shore Open Water race series when I lived there.  During one race, I was coming in from the south east end into the finish line at Waimea Bay beach.  It was like racing in an aquarium.  I saw a sea turtle, among others.  During a different race, my wife and son say they saw a pod of dolphins come close to the lead pack of swimmers.

oriental andrew

June 9th, 2016 at 12:21 PM ^

Bora Bora is pretty darn amazing. There are places in Hawaii also incredible, as with Yellowstone. Looking out onto the Smoky Mountains shrouded in fog at daybreak? So peaceful. 

I'd love to visit Banff and Lake Louise, as I've heard it's among the most breathtaking views in the world. 



June 9th, 2016 at 12:27 PM ^

I went to Bora Bora on my honeymoon, and I drove up to Banff when I was working in North Dakota. They're obviously completely different places, but in terms of natural beauty, I couldn't pick which one is better. Those two would be at the top of my list though. 

Julius 1977

June 9th, 2016 at 12:23 PM ^

It's all in the eye of the beholder. For me, Yellowstone National Park is a distant first for the continental U.S.

As far as the entire world, hard to say. If you're a skier then the Alps at Innsbruck is no slouch.


June 9th, 2016 at 1:10 PM ^

Hawaii is amazing.  I hope to one day experience the leaves changing in the Northeast.  The view from the porch of our lake cabin in Minnesota is always majestic.  However, if I have to pinpoint one place as the most beautiful, it has to be the Northwest corner of our beloved country.  Whether your talking about the Oregon coast, the cascades or the rockies, there's no wrong answer.

I often hear Bilbo's voice in my head as I return West after being in the midwest or south... "I want to see mountains again Gandalf, mountains!"

Probably just nostalgic because it's home


June 9th, 2016 at 3:04 PM ^

I've been to plenty of beautiful places in the world but nothing compares to the big house in the fall.  Only place that will give me chills to the point of almost vomitting.  Makes me tear up just thinking about it.  


June 9th, 2016 at 12:25 PM ^

of several tropical locations, domestic locations, and womanly locations I have at one time or another thought was the most beautiful place I have seen. So many to choose from. When I think I have a top choice, I'm reminded of another. There are even places in Michigan that were simply stunning in their beauty, most in the UP, some in Northern Michigan.