"The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is." - Marcel Proust
Travel allows you to see through different eyes, beholding beauty through the eyes of others. In the spirit of that exploration, here are 10 beautiful places we saw in 2017.
1. Hiking trails in Norway
Beautiful Bondhusdalen — Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Kehoe
These 10 gorgeous hikes through Fjord Norway span a range of difficulty levels, but they each deliver on breathtaking, unforgettable views. It's worth the trip for the photo ops alone.
2. Faroe Islands
Gorgeous views and wildlife (mostly sheep) await — Photo courtesy of William Anderson/Visit Faroe Islands
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, this magical destination offers wild landscapes with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and more sheep than you could ever imagine. You'll find that the Faroese people are kind hosts who will become long-lasting friends.
3. Lake Geneva in Switzerland
Find your own version of paradise at Lake Geneva — Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona
Surrounded by picturesque villages, Alpine peaks and gorgeous vineyards, the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland is famous for its scenery, culture and plethora of activities. This destination boasts a pleasant climate and laid-back way of life, which attracts tourists from all over the globe.
4. Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Mich.
The front porch at the Grand Hotel is the longest in the world — Photo courtesy of The Grand Hotel
What's the entire point of a vacation? To get away from your everyday life. The historic Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island offers the perfect place to do just that, with its old-fashioned and charming setting.
5. America's secluded National Parks
Night sky at Kings Canyon National Park — Photo courtesy of Jeff Pang
Want to visit a National Park, but feeling a bit apprehensive about the crowds? We've got the perfect alternatives to the more popular parks, where the scenery is just as picturesque.
The splendid countryside offers stunning views of seemingly endless fields — Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona
Luxembourg's enchanting squares, imposing buildings and monuments, charming streets and delightful regional cuisine make it a great destination to visit, even if you just have a day to spend there.
7. Locations that inspired Studio Ghibli films
These hillside teahouses in Jiufen, Taiwan inspired the visuals for Spirited Away — Photo courtesy of iStock/SeanPavonePhoto
Studio Ghibli may be best known for its magical productions, but more of the films' imagery is grounded in real life destinations than you might've thought. We've located 10 places that are a must-see for any fan (and even those who aren't).
8. Victoria, B.C.
See bright and fiery colors at Butchart Gardens — Photo courtesy of The Butchart Gardens Ltd
Victoria, B.C. goes unnoticed by many travelers who are more focused on enjoying nearby Vancouver. However, once you visit this hidden gem, you'll probably want to to keep it a secret, too.
9. Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar
Boulder-lined beaches and bays from the backdrop for a serene getaway — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago is a fantasy come to life for those seeking seclusion and simplicity. Accessible by live-aboard boat and home to less than a handful of resorts, it's a perfect spot for more daring travelers.
10. Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park, Utah
The steep hike to Angel's Landing — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
Zion National Park is teeming with trails and majestic views for visitors of all skill levels. However, one strenuous and dizzying path takes brave hikers on a 1,500-foot climb to Zion panoramas (and dangers) unparalleled: Angel's Landing.