17 Colorful Places Around the World From Our Fans

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Crazy for color? Check out these 17 places around the world, from picturesque Cinque Terre to romantic Paris, to see where colors pop – and as a result, make for great Instagram photos! Explore more adventures from Travel Channel fans via #LiveTravelChannel, and use it to tag your travel photos, too.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Innsbruck, Austria

Paris, France

Mexico City, Mexico

Tallinn, Estonia

Vernazza, Italy

Willemstad, Curaçao

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tokyo, Japan

Havana, Cuba

Reykjavik, Iceland

Verona, Italy

Cudillero, Spain

Stockholm, Sweden

Cinque Terre, Italy

Burano, Italy

Olinda, Brazil

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Blue (Santorini, Greece)

Blue (Santorini, Greece)

Chances are you’ve probably seen pictures of these striking roofs without knowing what you were looking at. Although there are more than 250 churches on the island of Santorini, the blue-domed ones in Oia and Fira are easily the most iconic and most photographed. 960 1280

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Purple (Provence, France)

Purple (Provence, France)

With its charming hilltop towns, picturesque views and outstanding local food, the Luberon in Provence, France, is already a popular travel destination. Tourists who visit the region between June and August are also treated to the sight (and smell) of field after field blooming with lavender. 960 1280

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Green (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland)

Green (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland)

Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for 5 miles along the western coastline of Ireland, rising to 702 feet at their highest point. Visitors can spend their time staring out over the crashing Atlantic Ocean or just taking in the lush, green Irish countryside. 960 1280

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Yellow (Izamal, Mexico)

Yellow (Izamal, Mexico)

Known as the Yellow City for obvious reasons, Izamal is steeped in religious tradition that dates back thousands of years. Its ancient Mayan pyramids, which are located just blocks from the town's Franciscan monastery, are ripe for exploration.
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Pink (Lake Hillier, Australia)

Pink (Lake Hillier, Australia)

Flying over Middle Island off the coast of Western Australia, it would be nearly impossible to miss the bubblegum-pink waters of Lake Hillier. Scientists believe this lake gets its surreal coloring from  salt-loving algae, the only organisms to make a home there. 960 1280

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Gold (Jerusalem, Israel)

Gold (Jerusalem, Israel)

A holy location for 3 major religions, the Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem. Constructed more than 1,300 years ago, this golden dome has served as a site for both worship and controversy. 960 1280

Marji Lang  

Gray (Yosemite Valley, CA)

Gray (Yosemite Valley, CA)

Towering 4,000 feet above the valley floor, the granite cliffs of Yosemite have inspired people for more than 200 years. Yosemite was the first site to be designated for public use and preservation — thanks to a grant signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1864 — so it's no wonder it is the most revisited park in the United States. 960 1280

  

Orange (Sahara Desert, Morocco)

Orange (Sahara Desert, Morocco)

Covering an area larger than the United States, the Sahara makes up about 8% of the world’s land surface. The orange sands of the Moroccan Sahara are an accessible entry point for adventurers hoping to experience the largest hot desert in the world. 960 1280

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Red (Sedona, AZ)

Red (Sedona, AZ)

The red rocks of Sedona call to adventurous spirits and spiritual travelers alike. But if vortexes and hiking aren’t your things, you can always unwind at one of Sedona’s resorts or boutique wineries. 960 1280

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Black (Vik, Iceland)

Black (Vik, Iceland)

Reynishverfi beach isn’t on anyone’s list of warm-weather vacation spots. But its black sand, bizarre basalt columns and jutting rock formations make Vik, Iceland, a can’t-miss coastal destination.    960 1280

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White (Valdez, AK)

White (Valdez, AK)

Grab your warmest boots and head to Valdez, AK. Between October and April, an average of more than 300 inches of snow falls on this scenic port city, giving it the title of snowiest city in the United States. 960 1280

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RAINBOW: Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

RAINBOW: Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

This popular tourist spot is a former city dump site, but the multicolored glass from bottles and other trash was eventually crushed and smoothed by the waves. Unfortunately, many visitors come to collect pieces of the sea glass, carrying them away by the bagful or bucketful (even though it’s prohibited), so the beach’s namesake commodity is disappearing. 960 1280
ORANGE: Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

ORANGE: Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

The Maltese name for this Mediterranean island destination, Ramla il-Hamra, may mean “red sands,” but the shoreline actually appears fiery orange. The Virgin Mary statue that looks over the beach was built in 1881 to commemorate a shipwreck.  960 1280
PURPLE: Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA

PURPLE: Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA

Big Sur is full of majestic views, but Pfeiffer Beach is arguably one of the best. Hidden down a narrow, unmarked road, it nevertheless attracts countless photographers, thanks to its picturesque stone arch and the violet striations in its sand. 960 1280
GRAY: Ocean Cape Area, Gulf of Alaska

GRAY: Ocean Cape Area, Gulf of Alaska

The Gulf of Alaska’s shores have miles of gray sand near Yakutat, an isolated town with just 700 residents. The coast is also covered with driftwood that tends to wash up during violent winter storms. The area is part of Tongass National Forest and adjacent to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. 960 1280
RED: Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada

RED: Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The focal point of Prince Edward Island National Park is often considered to be among the best beaches in Canada. Nearby, visitors will find the historic house that inspired the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables. 960 1280
BLACK: Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland

BLACK: Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland

Beachgoers will certainly not want to take a dip in the water at this beach in southern Iceland. Aside from the temperature, Vik is also one of the rainiest towns in the country. But those who brave the weather are rewarded with gorgeous views of black sand, rock formations and maybe even a flock of puffins. 960 1280
GREEN: Kourou, French Guiana

GREEN: Kourou, French Guiana

Kourou might not be much of a travel destination, but that makes its rare-colored beach all the more special and undiscovered. The coastal town in French Guiana, which sits on the northern border of Brazil, is known mostly for its space center. 960 1280
DARK BROWN: Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

DARK BROWN: Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

You might call most beaches “brown,” but they aren’t the dark chocolate brown of Rockaway Beach near San Francisco. Stop here as you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to gaze at the pounding waves and rocky shoreline. Mori Point, a tall bluff at the north end of the beach, makes the view postcard-perfect. 960 1280
PINK: Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia

PINK: Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia

A string of hundreds of islets surround a sizable lagoon to form Rangiroa, one of the largest atolls in the world. While remote, it is serviced by regular flights from Tahiti. The deserted, blush-colored beach is called Les Sables Roses, or “the Pink Sands.” 960 1280
WHITE: Hyams Beach, New South Wales, Australia

WHITE: Hyams Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Sure, plenty of beaches are billed as having white sand. But the absolute whitest sand — at least according to Guinness World Records — is at Hyams Beach on Jervis Bay, about 120 miles south of Sydney. The turquoise waters aren’t bad, either, and offer amazing diving, snorkeling and whale-watching opportunities. 960 1280

By Dave Naithani (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

RED: Kaihalulu Beach, Maui

RED: Kaihalulu Beach, Maui

This isolated stretch of coastline, also called simply Red Sand Beach, is near Hana, along Kaihalulu Bay. The source of the rough, rust-colored sand is the cinder cone behind it, whose cliffs also make it a very treacherous hike down to the water. 960 1280
GRAY: Shelter Cove, Humboldt County, CA

GRAY: Shelter Cove, Humboldt County, CA

There’s so much beauty to discover at this spot on Northern California’s mostly undeveloped, 80-mile-long Lost Coast. The smoky color of the sand comes from eroding shale cliffs along the shore. But the sand isn’t the only gray attraction here; you may also spot migrating gray whales, as well as seals and sea lions. 960 1280
PINK: Balos, Crete, Greece

PINK: Balos, Crete, Greece

The Greek island of Crete has a number of amazing beaches, but none are prettier than Balos, which sits on an aqua-blue lagoon. Millions of crushed shells create its pink hue. Catch a ferry from the Kissamos port to discover this pristine landscape, which is also home to plenty of wildlife. 960 1280
GREEN: Papakolea Beach, Big Island, HI

GREEN: Papakolea Beach, Big Island, HI

From a distance, it would be easy to think that this remote beach is covered in moss. The green color comes from olivine, a mineral deposited into the sand by the adjacent cinder cone. Papakolea, aka Mahana Beach, is on the southern tip of the largest Hawaiian island. 960 1280
BLACK: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

BLACK: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

This spot — whose name (predictably) translates to “Black Beach” — is on the southeastern shore of Costa Rica, near the town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Families love it for its calm waters and safe swimming. Even beyond the color, the sand has another interesting quality: Thanks to its iron content, it’s magnetic.  960 1280
ORANGE: Porto Covo, Portugal

ORANGE: Porto Covo, Portugal

A small former fishing village about 2 hours south of Lisbon, Porto Covo has not only phenomenal burnt-orange beaches, but also great waves for surfing. When you’re worn out, stick around for the sunset to watch the sky turn orange as well. 960 1280

  

WHITE: Clearwater Beach, FL

WHITE: Clearwater Beach, FL

The water isn’t the only thing that’s immaculate on this barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Families come from far and wide to play on the soft, powdery sands. And with an average of 361 sunny days a year, there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the beach has to offer, including the daily Sunsets at Pier 60 festival. 960 1280
PINK: Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

PINK: Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

This stretch of about 3 miles is famous for its turquoise waters and pastel pink sand. The latter color comes from the red shells of microscopic marine animals called foraminifera. Harbour Island also features a number of luxury resorts, as well as outlying reefs that are great for diving and snorkeling. 960 1280
RED: Kokkini Beach, Santorini, Greece

RED: Kokkini Beach, Santorini, Greece

This famous Greek spot on the southern coast of the island is well-known for its striking volcanic cliffs. To get to the appropriately nicknamed Red Beach, you can park nearby and walk about 10 minutes, or you can arrive by boat instead. Either way, you’ll want to stay to watch the gorgeous sunset 960 1280
BLACK: Punalu'u Beach, Big Island, HI

BLACK: Punalu'u Beach, Big Island, HI

You may have to share the black volcanic sands of Punalu’u Beach with the sea turtles that come to bask in the sun (just don’t touch; they’re protected). You may also have some company of the human variety, since it is among the most popular and accessible colored beaches in Hawaii. 960 1280
WHITE: Angaga Island, Maldives

WHITE: Angaga Island, Maldives

Part of the Ari Atoll, Angaga Island houses a resort with romantic overwater bungalows, a spa, a dive center and wide, sugar-white beaches all around. The resort strives not only to preserve the natural beauty of the island, but also to maintain its local Maldivian character. 960 1280
Peabody, MA
Henniker Covered Bridge, N.H.

Henniker Covered Bridge, N.H.

In Henniker, NH, you’ll find this covered bridge on Bridge Street (Route 114). The secret to getting this shot? Go to the stone bridge outside the New England College campus, carefully climb down the big boulders and look under the bridge! 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Old Dana Road, Massachusetts

Old Dana Road, Massachusetts

In central Massachusetts, the peak times for fall foliage are usually around mid-October. Around this time, you’ll find gorgeous fall foliage on the outskirts of the Quabbin Reservoir. I was staying at Hartman's Herb Farm Bed & Breakfast and was traveling down Old Dana Road when I captured the sun lighting up this maple tree. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Milan Hill State Park, N.H.

Milan Hill State Park, N.H.

Travel up Route 16 past Mount Washington and Pinkham Notch and you'll find yourself in Milan, NH. Look for signs for Milan Hill State Park and while the road to the top is a dirt one, the average car has no problem getting there. Once at the top of the road, climb to the fire tower, catch your breath and then pick up your jaw which will be hanging wide open because of the view. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Mount Chocorua, N.H.

Mount Chocorua, N.H.

As you drive along Route 16 through Tamworth, NH, south of Conway, plan to stop at Lake Chocorua early in the morning. This is the best spot to view the surrounding fall foliage and the mountain peeking above the morning fog bank on the lake. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Saint John’s Church, N.H.

Saint John’s Church, N.H.

The picturesque St. John's Church can be found on Route 2 between Lancaster and Gorham, N.H., on the corner of Black Velvet Road. There is also another small church nearby and a stone tower right near the road  -- perfect for photo ops. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Peabody, Massachusetts

Peabody, Massachusetts

Down in my neck of the woods near Salem, Massachusetts, we have a short scenic byway located between Salem and Peabody. The fall foliage usually peaks the second week in October around here. I always love to find fall foliage peaking close to home -- that way I can spend more time taking photos versus driving all day. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Jenne Farm, Reading, Vermont

Jenne Farm, Reading, Vermont

The Jenne Farm in Reading is one of my favorite classic fall foliage scenes in Vermont. Make sure you visit the large maple tree on the farm and put in a donation to help the owners keep the farm running. You can purchase Vermont-made maple syrup and other products on their front porch. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Birch Pond Saugus, Massachusetts

Birch Pond Saugus, Massachusetts

Between Lynn and Saugus, Massachusetts, lies the breathtaking Birch Pond. I'm standing on the edge of a busy road and I wonder if those going to and from work notice the beauty. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Back Roads, Vermont

Back Roads, Vermont

Traveling the back roads of Vermont is where the prettiest landscape scenery can be found. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Danby, Vermont

Danby, Vermont

This photograph was taken early to mid-October in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I drove down Route 7 to Danby looking for a particular farm and spotted these white horses grazing, not even noticing all the incredible fall colors running up the sides of the mountains. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

Green Mountains, Vermont

Green Mountains, Vermont

My wife and I visited the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. We were on the eastern side in the late afternoon looking for long dirt roads lined with lots of mature maple trees. While we found that, I stumbled upon this small shed sitting in the field with views of the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Jeff Folger  

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