"Sometimes you need to get off the road to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Coast Highway. I've been to this highway many times for its unbeatable view. There is no place to park, so my friend dropped me off. The marine fog quickly merged with the cliff after sunset, and I was lucky enough to capture this shot. I love California!"

Pacific Coast Highway, California

"Sometimes you need to get off the road to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Coast Highway. I've been to this highway many times for its unbeatable view. There is no place to park, so my friend dropped me off. The marine fog quickly merged with the cliff after sunset, and I was lucky enough to capture this shot. I love California!"
Photograph and caption by Jiawei L., 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Here are some of the world's most colorful places

From California to Iceland to India: a kaleidoscope of vivid images shared by photographers.

See more photos from the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest and check back for the winners annoucement on June 12.

So many of our travel memories are infused with color: soft-blue velvet skylines, tangerine soaked dusky horizons, and crisp snowy, white mountain mornings. Long after they’ve returned home, travelers recall vivid memories, and photographers look back at the colors they captured in a single frame. (See more colorful travel photos from last year’s contest.) Explore these vibrant entries to the 2019 Travel Photo Contest for inspiration for your next destination and start planning a rainbow-themed itinerary for your next trip.

Captions were written and submitted by the photographers.

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