Summer’s arrival has many travelers turn their attention to the great outdoors. Though you don’t need to travel too far beyond your own backyard to commune with nature, there’s something to be said for taking a road trip or hopping on a flight to some of the world’s most scenic destinations.
To help plan the bucket list-worthy trip that will let you leave the stresses of modern life behind, here’s a compendium of eleven of the best places for outdoor sightseeing you’ll find anywhere on the globe, representing great spots to glimpse rare animals, places to commune with cultures of the past, and a host of unforgettable views you’ll have to see to believe.
From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the glaciers of New Zealand and everywhere in between, take a closer look at some of the outdoor hot spots offering the world’s most spectacular sights. Whether you’re interested in the rustic charm of wilderness camping or you can’t leave certain comforts behind, there’s a national park or a natural destination below with your name on it.