18 Stunning Photos That Prove Earth Isn’t So Bad

Suck it, Mars!

1. Need a reason to stop staring at your phone? Look up!

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Redwood National and State Parks, California, United States

2. Everything the light touches is beautiful.

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South Africa, Africa

3. See the marvelous architecture and brooding clouds? It’s like something out of Lord of the Rings.

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Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy

4. And that canoe in the middle? It’s exactly where you’d want to be.

Shane Lin / CC BY-NC / Via Flickr: shanelin

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

5. If you love the tropics, raise your hand.

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El Yunque, Puerto Rico

6. Or visit the mountains, if you prefer somewhere colder, but equally as epic.

Dominik / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: sibilus_basilea Creative Commons

Bernese Alps, Switzerland

7. In the fall, this kind of foliage will warm your heart.

Tatiana Bulyonkova / CC BY-SA / Via Flickr: ressaure

Yugansky Nature Reserve, Russia

8. Or you can take a dip in the center of natural symmetry.

Hefin Owen / CC BY-SA / Via Flickr: 47515486@N05

Lake Padarn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

9. This could be the most beautiful walk of your life.

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Great Wall, China

10. And just look at that sunset!

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Uluru, Australia

11. This monumental landscape actually touches the sky.

Paul Bica / CC BY / Via Flickr: dexxus

Kalalau Beach, Hawaii, United States

12. You don’t have to climb it, just admire it.

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Pedra de Gávea, Brazil

13. Even one of the busiest cities in the world can seem peaceful from a new angle.

Josh Liba / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: jliba Creative Commons

New York City, United States

14. These bizarre and brilliant shapes form an alternative skyline.

Christine und David Schmitt / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: cheesy42

Reed Flute Cave, China

15. And in beautiful storms like this, you won’t mind forgetting your umbrella.

LJ Mears / CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: lucasjames123

Queensland, Australia

16. Even deadly volcanoes have their charm.

Tom Bricker / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: tombricker

Halema’uma’u Crater, Hawaii, United States

17. And don’t get us started on the wonders of the ocean.

USFWS - Pacific Region / CC BY / Via Flickr: usfwspacific

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, United States

18. Why travel to space, when there’s still so much to see on Earth?

Tong Yong / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: tonyyong

Yunnan Province, China

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