Rivers often offer the most beautiful landscapes this world has to offer. With millions of years of carving their way through the earths crust, time is truly a thing of beauty. Here are 10 amazing places with unique landscapes carved out by rivers. Within tens of thousands of rivers in the world, this is in no way a complete list.
10. Nam Ou River, Laos
The most important river in the country has played an enormous role in countries development, trading as well as culture. The 448 km long river boasts amazing scenery, caves and statues of Buddha along its coast.
9. The Little River, USA
Situated on a Lookout Mountain in The Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama, is apparently the longest mountaintop river in the USA. The Little River canyon is the most picture worthy place featuring cascading waterfalls and rapids, the most beautiful time to visit is in the fall.
8. The Amazon River
The largest and most famous river in the world supports one of the most diverse and important eco systems in the world. With tributaries flowing through 6 countries until it reaches the Atlantic. The best way to experience the beauty is of course a boat ride. Ecuador and Brazil are two of the most common places for tours.
7. San Antonio River Walk, USA
One of the most popular destinations in this beautiful Texas city can be found downtown along the San Antonio River. Take a stroll down the modern boardwalk beside the river, and explore the numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, patios and shops.
6. Lewis River, USA
A tributary of the Columbia River in Washington about 95 miles long and features some stunning scenery – an no, it’s not named for Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame. Lower Lewis Falls is the most popular area featuring many stunning cascades. You can reach these by hiking scenic trails Eagle Cliff Park.
5. The Ganges, India
Rising from the springs high in the Himalayas, this sacred river travels 2,525 km across Bangladesh and India, emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Along the way it passes through some unreal scenery, such as the two rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi on the Bangladesh/India border which gives rise to the Ganges. It’s a lifeline for millions, and sacred to the Hindus, beingworshiped as the goddess Ganga.
4. The Nile River
The longest river in the world, the Nile flows from the north of Africa all the way down, spanning eleven countries. It’s not just Egypt that has beautiful landscapes, be sure to check out Sudan and Uganda as well. Of course the best way to see the Nile is by boat, and there are amazing 9 day river cruises available.
3. Hinatuan River, The Philippines
This spectacular natural wonder is located on the popular island of Mindanao. It’s a newer tourist destination, featuring crystal clear blue water, get there while you can before the crowds ruin it!
2. The Yangtze River, China
The third-longest river in the world and the longest to flow completely within one country, the Yangtze is also the most important river in China, it’s drainage basin being home to one third of China’s population. The massive river features many stunning landscapes, like the Three Gorges and finally empties into the ocean through Shanghai
1. Li River, China
One of the most famous and recognizable landscapes in China is the Li River winding it’s way through the Karst Mountains and the city of Guilin. This river features one of the most beautiful cruises you can take. The spectacular mountains, vivid green flora, quaint villages and ancient Chinese fisherman makes this place a surreal experience.