We asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers a simple question: “What’s the most beautiful place you’ve been to?”

The answers spanned (almost) every continent and included picturesque cities, bucolic countrysides, stunning landscapes, and even nostalgic memories. Some of the more creative answers included Pandora (we are doubting the veracity of that claim) and “my husband’s arms” (with admitted cheesiness).

Blue people and domestic bliss aside, this got us wondering, “What makes a place beautiful?” Is it the sublime pull of nature? A well-designed interior? The emotions and memories associated with a place? Or something else altogether?

What do you think? When it comes to beauty, what makes one place more beautiful than another?

(Image courtesy Tiffany Day, Flickr Creative Commons)