Whether there be lush gardens, sandy beaches or blocks of rustic homes, everyone has imagined what the 10 most beautiful towns in the world look like. Luckily, you don’t have to just fantasize — there are plenty of breathtaking spots throughout the country and across the globe. If you’re planning a vacation or even considering a dream move, consider some of these spots. Be sure to check out our list of the 10 most beautiful towns in the world for inspiration when planning your next trip.
A popular summer getaway, Nantucket is a gorgeous spot near Cape Cod full of sandy beaches, quaint homes and beautiful, blue waters. To get there, you must take a ferry. There’s no direct driving route to the beachy destination.
Located in Alsace, Colmar’s cobblestone streets and old-fashioned buildings will make you feel like you stepped into a storybook. It doesn’t hurt that the area is home to some local wineries.
Santorini’s crystal-clear waters and classic architecture make it one of the world’s most gorgeous vacation spots. Its mixture of colorful homes and white buildings that dot the coastline are recognizable to almost anyone.
Though freezing in the winter (it’s to be expected) Lake Placid is a beautiful town during any season. Vacationers hit the town made famous by the Olympics during the winter for skiing and during the summer for hiking.
Newport is another beachy spot in New England that’s perfect for a getaway all year long. Idyllic shops and restaurants line the streets of the town, and it boasts a beautiful waterfront.
Cinque Terre is actually a group of five different towns in Italy — Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore — along the Mediterranean Sea. Its colorful buildings and gorgeous waters make it another popular vacation spot. These form some of the most breathtaking among our list of the 10 most beautiful towns in the world.
Tulum, Mexico isn’t located far from one of the hottest vacation destinations — Cancun. Between the palm trees and scenic beach, it’s a spot you don’t want to miss out on.
For greenery and old architecture that’s simply breathtaking, take a trip to Bibury, England. Charming homes covered in shrubs and flowers dot the streets, making it one of the most lovely spots to visit in England.
Located on Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, Traverse City is a popular vacation spot full of beautiful beaches and in the winter, skiing spots. The annual cherry festival is a must-see.
Thrillist describes Paraty perfectly: “If the brains behind Instagram designed a town, it would probably look a lot like Paraty.” This town in Brazil is full of palm trees and and gorgeous architecture with colorful doors and beautiful roofing.
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Suzanne is a journalist in Queens, New York. She’s interned at Rolling Stone, NBC local media, Mashable and the Queens Chronicle. Though she’s from upstate New York, she considers herself a Queens girl. If she’s not writing or editing, she’s probably scrolling through goat Instagrams.