10 Fairy Tale Destinations to Put on Your Bucket List
One of the best things about exploring and traveling around the world is seeing how different other cities are from your own. Some are bigger, some are smaller, and some look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. I don't know about you, but I definitely wouldn't mind being whisked away to any romantic, fairy tale destination around the world at any time. Check out these 10 whimsical cities to add a little inspiration to your travel bucket list!
Just try searching "Kyoto, Japan" on your browser without feeling an instant sense of wanderlust. It's impossible. From the incredible Bamboo Forest, to the cherry blossoms blooming in the spring, to the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, and the gorgeous Japanese architecture, there is so much beauty in this city you can't afford to miss it.
I mean, seriously, how is this place even real?! Look at how cute that town is!! The city of Colmar proves that Paris isn't the only beautiful destination in France. This little fairy tale town in the northeastern region of France is rumored to be the inspiration for Disney's Beauty and the Beast (not confirmed, but you can't help but wonder once you start seeing the pictures of the town--especially the fountain). It's definitely high on my list of places to see!
Quebec City, Canada
Take 1 trip to Quebec City and I guarantee you'll fall in love at first sight. There's old European architecture and influence mixed in with the new and modern designs, a massive, castle-like hotel that sits on the waterfront and boasts incredible views, and a genuine charm like you can't even begin to explain. What I also love about Quebec City (since I live in the US) is that it's a perfect taste of Europe without having to pay the $$$ for crossing the pond. Definitely a destination worth seeing!
Maybe it's the fact that it's surrounded by water; maybe it's the old, Italian architecture that you're instantly immersed in; or maybe it's the romantic ambiance of the city. Whatever it is, Venice Italy has got it going on as a must-see fairy tale destination. And get there quick before it sinks!
The Cotswolds, England
The Cotswolds is a spectacular area of south central England that is comprised of many little towns and villages that have lush, green, rolling hills and little cottages made of Cotswold stone. It is a popular destination for anyone who is traveling through England, or for someone who maybe wants to take a day trip from London to see the countryside.
Yet another destination that is too cute for it's own good. Similar to Colmar, Rothenburg also looks like a movie set of a Disney movie. This town does not fall short of having plenty of beauty, charm, character, or color.
This gorgeous little town in Austria boasts one of the most spectacular waterfronts you could ever wish for. Can you just imagine looking out your window to see those beautiful waters alongside the rolling mountains and lush hills. It's pure magic!
Vernazza is one of the 5 towns that makes up the region in Italy we know as Cinque Terre. Real talk though, all of Cinque Terre is like a fairy tale destination. With all the vibrant colors and unique settings, it's impossible not to be in awe of this sight. Some people think that Vernazza is the prettiest of them all, but I think the whole region is a must-see and each town has it's own unique style.
I like to think of Charleston, South Carolina as one of the more "modern" fairy tale destinations since it's much newer than most of the others on this list. But just because it's new doesn't mean it can't compete with the other destinations here. Charleston has been getting lots of attention recently for being a favorite destination amongst travelers, and much of that has to do with the stunning architecture around town, the lovely cobblestone streets adjacent to the natural beauty, the incredible cuisine, and the general southern charm that is practically palpable the minute you arrive.
The idyllic town of Sintra is located just near the capital city, Lisbon, and has been known for being home to some of Portugal's most beautiful palaces and villas. The pastel-colored architecture and incredible views are definitely sights you can't miss.
What are other fairy tale destinations that you love or want to visit? Comment below with more cities from your bucket list to add to these ones!