The 12 Most Beautiful Countries in the World in 2017

7. Argentina
There are so many reasons why this South American country makes the list. The barren, sparsely-populated region of Patagonia serves as a reminder of what a huge world this is. The Andes make for great hiking while the multi-colored valley of the Quebrada de Humahuaca offers one of the most spectacular scenic rides. Of course, if you are looking for some hustle and bustle, Buenos Aires is a modern city that is worth a visit.

8. Scotland
No list of beautiful countries would be complete without Scotland! It is home to the UK’s largest mountain – Ben Nevis – and the famous Loch Ness Monster…allegedly. Its ragged hills and heather highlands leave the visitor with memories that last a lifetime. There are also plenty of old castles to visit and even enjoy afternoon tea and finger sandwiches in!

9. Finland
This Nordic country has one of the world’s most transparent governments and a capital city that is as clean as any. If you are ready to explore beyond Helsinki, the northern Lapland provides a winter wonderland experience like no other. Lots of fjords too, right? Surprisingly, Finland actually only has one of them! But that doesn’t keep them off this list!

10. South Africa
Aside from its modern, cosmopolitan cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa also contains sprawling vineyards, beaches for party-goers and families alike and, of course, wildlife preserves where you can see all of your favorite exotic animals in their natural habitat!

11. Montenegro
It might come as a surprise that Montenegro makes our list, but once you spend a few days in the beach resort towns of Kotor and Budva, you will definitely understand where we’re coming from. The old city centers feature quaint, narrow, cobblestone streets that are worth exploring. There are also plenty of nature trails for hikers and lots of coastal areas to partake in scuba diving or a relaxing day on a catamaran.

12. Wales
With its trademark hills and lush valleys, Wales is a place where you take soak in the beauty of the landscape and enjoy some tranquility. This small country in the UK is also full of castles, charming villages and heritage sites that you simply must see!

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