There are a lot of really beautiful places in the world, but I think it's fair to say that not all beautiful places are created equal. In fact, some of the most beautiful places it in the world are lesser known and lesser talked about. Here, we've put together a list of 19 incredibly gorgeous spots in the world, most of which are off the beaten path. Which one of these would you like to get lost in during your next vacation?
#1. A 12th century fortress in Normandy, France.
Invaders from England, France, or wherever else aren’t going to get past this fairytale bastion – Rapunzel not included.
#2. A field of flowers in Holland.
Don’t let the postcard view fool you. In the Netherlands, growing and exporting flowers is a huge business that pulls in billions a year.
#3. A tree with insane roots in Costa Rica.
Reports of hobbits have not been verified, but this tree in Costa Rica looks like it could house a solid dozen.
#4. The Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.
The Colorado River is hundreds of miles long, but in Arizona it takes a leisurely detour to carve out this spectacular formation.
#5. Vertical stairs at Machu Picchu in Peru.
Nobody is entirely sure why the ancient Incas decided to build a huge temple complex at the top of nearly vertical mountain peaks, but they must have been incredibly confident people with strong calves.