Egypt
Egypt's ancient rulers competed to outdo each other by scattering a cache of lofty temples across the land. The Pyramids of Giza, Luxor's Karnak and Valley of the Kings, and Ramses II's grandiose pat-on-the-back at Abu Simbel are the highlights of the pharaohs' marvelous architectural achievements, but factor time during your visit to explore smaller relics such as the Kom Ombo and Philae temples as well. When temple fatigue sets in, replenish energy levels by discovering Egypt's natural wonders. More ancient than any pyramid, this nation's jagged mountain peaks, sinuous Nile, and empty desert expanses are superlative reminders that manmade treasures are only a part of Egypt's bountiful beauty.