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Earth has given us such incredible beauty. I dream to walk in, at least some of, these national parks someday.
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10965 Berlin, Germany
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg is a great gem of a park hidden in Berlin. The park is located on a small hill and is easy to get to with public transporation. There's a beer garden at the top of the hill with great views of the city. The western side...
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California, USA
Late afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park.
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California, USA
I started to rock climb outside this year. Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne meadows can be climbed in 5 pitches. This is the view from the top.
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Japan, 〒381-0401 長野県下高井郡山ノ内町平穏6845
I left tropical Southeast Asia for Japan in the dead of winter for one reason - to see snow monkeys. I'd always seen pictures like the one above, of zen macaques in steaming hot springs surrounded by snow, and had no idea how accessible they were...
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Easter Island is a strange, remote, and magical place. After a full day of wandering around this tiny island, we were fortunate enough to witness an absolutely breathtaking sunset over the Pacific. The "beach" here is made up of pitch black...
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Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia
Most visitors to Australia have heard of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, but few realize that neighboring Nitmiluk National Park, four hours south of Darwin, is actually more spectacular. During the wet season, from November to...
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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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Chihuahua, Mexico
As someone born and raised in Austin, Texas I was shocked that West Texas had so much to offer and that I had not visited sooner. The small, but cowboy chic, Terlingua Ghost Town just outside the National Park made a great place for brunch before...
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North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
If you know your flight path is going to go over the Grand Canyon, get a window seat. Even from thirty-some-thousand feet above, the chasms within chasms stretch on to the horizon...
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Tanzania
Waking up at dawn is a must. Head out for an early morning safari before the midday sun mandates a nap,
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. In a single day in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, we were lucky enough to see herds of guanaco, baby ostriches, and condors gliding through the sky. The clouds parted to give us a...
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United States
Yellowstone National Park is no secret by any stretch of the imagination. Yellowstone is one of America's most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason; there few places in the country where you can rub shoulders with grizzlies, smack...
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Utah, USA
This national park is centered along the spine plateau above Bryce Canyon, which drops to the east from the main park road. Along the road are numerous pull-offs for enjoying views down into the canyon, with its miles and miles of awe-inspiring...
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California, USA
Its a long haul from San Francisco, but so magical when you arrive you almost forget how long you've been in the car.
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Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A persistent rumor has it that Mount Kilimanjaro actually belonged to Kenya until colonial times when Queen Victoria gave it to her grandson Kaiser Wilhelm, who governed what would become Tanzania, as a rather lavish birthday...
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Costa Rica
The thermal hot springs in Rincón de La Vieja at Rio Negro (Black River) may not be as well known as those in the Arenal area, but we had the pools and surrounding forest to ourselves. From where we stayed at the Hacienda Guachipelin Rincón de La...
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11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
A half hour south of Amarillo lies the second-largest canyon in the United States. Palo Duro offers lovely hiking and camping along its 120-mile length. Georgia O’Keeffe painted landscapes inspired by what she called the “burning, seething...
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St John 00830, USVI
Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 63% of the island of St John, has converted me into a Caribbean traveler. With protection of the shorelines, reefs, and land provided by the national park's services, much of the island is still rustic...
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737, USA
There's more than sand in the southern Arizona desert. Come mid-winter through spring, or after the mid-summer monsoon rains, and you'll find flowing water and reflecting pools among the cacti-studded hills. On the northwest flank of the Santa...
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SH 47, National Park 3989, New Zealand
These days New Zealand’s landscape may be best known from scenes in The Lord of the Rings, but set aside your preconceptions of Mt. Doom: Mt. Ngaurahoe (Doom’s butt double in the films) and the craters surrounding it are gorgeous. The Tongariro...
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Driving Highway 1 through Big Sur is one of my favorite California experiences. Last year, I made the stunning trip north after visiting my family in Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving. Fall is one of the best times to visit because the cold fog that...
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3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
This 27-acre attraction in North Vancouver gets the heart racing with a suspension bridge that bounces 230 feet above a forested river gorge. Even more spectacular, however, is the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth of walkways along the granite flank of...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Southern Patagonia is home to the legendary Torres del Paine National Park. The best way to observe the park’s wildlife, which includes guanacos, deer, and pumas, is to join Tierra Patagonia hotel’s new...
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Colorado, USA
Hike, bike, or ride at your leisure up through Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Colorado. For photographers, I recommend taking Trail Ridge Road for its vast opportunity to stop off and take pictures of beautiful views. The trip begins in the...
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Utah, USA
Utah's famous license plate landmark, Delicate Arch, sits on the edge of a spiral rock wishing well, a massive replica of those that you throw a coin into at the mall. Hike the 1.5 miles to the rim just before sunset to watch the orange sandstone...
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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Pass through Canyon Village and take the North Rim Drive. Park at Lookout point and take the paved trail down to Brink of Lower falls. As you descend you will indulge yourself in the sounds of rushing water and the smell of fresh pine. Butterflies...
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Washington, USA
For several summers, I just couldn't seem to get the timing right for wildflowers while hiking around Mt. Rainier: too early, too late, too cold, rain...Finally, one summer, although the skies were grey and getting lower on the glaciers, I arrived...
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The ire of Mount Kilauea reforges the world before visitors' eyes. Nicknamed "the World's Only Drive-In Volcano," it’s produced serious lava every day since 1983 with no signs of stopping. Pele—the fire goddess who lives here,...
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Mormon Row, Moose, WY 83012, USA
One of the most exciting facets of life on the road is finding new ways to look at frequently photographed locations. Mormon Row is iconic Americana, right up there with the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign,...
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Colorado, USA
Being in nature is being in my happy place. The US' National Parks provide plenty of unspoiled nature. The Rocky Mountain National Park is huge, beautiful and abundant with wild life. It's a pleasure to go and make all your senses happy. If you...
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Utah 84718, USA
It's really fun to visit a place that has such rich travel-related history. National Geographic magazine, who photographed the area using Kodachrome film for a 1949 photo-spread, hence its name. This is Grosvenor Arch, named after the former...
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North Shore Road, St. John, St John 00831, USVI
Caneel Bay resort arranges day-long charters on sloops through its local partner New Horizons. The boats hop between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Guests stop to swim in the natural pools at the Baths on Virgin Gorda and have a Painkiller...
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Provincia de Guanacaste, Bagaces, Costa Rica
Palo Verde National Park is the perfect escape for avid wildlife and bird watchers. The park is one of the world's most important wetland sanctuaries and a vacation destination for many species of migratory birds. It is also home to crocodiles,...
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Jackson, WY, USA
Hop on your bike in downtown Jackson and ride 20 absurdly scenic miles to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The mountains watch over you as you pass through the National Elk Refuge. You can also stop off at the National Museum of Wildlife...
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Jiuzhaigou, Aba, Sichuan, China, 623400
Jiuzhaigou Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park) is located in Sichuan, China. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is the longest hiking experience I've ever had - it took me two days to finish every part of the park! However, I...
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Utah, USA
Who thought geological formations could be so cool?! Besides geologists, you will too when you visit the Arches National Park. This is one of many beautiful photos that I captured while hiking through this dry, dry desert land. The heat was so...
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DEATH VALLEY, CA 92328, USA
February is a great time to go to go Death Valley because it's not excruciatingly hot. We decided we wanted to see the sunset from the Sand Dunes, so we walked up and down the dunes and stopped at the top of one of them. The sand was soft, and it...
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Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Known as “Everyman’s Everest,” the journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro isn’t easy but can be done by almost anyone who prepares and commits to the challenge. This beautiful trip brings travelers through five eco-zones ranging from lush to arid...
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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Snapped this right as the sun came out after a rainstorm in the fall of 2013.
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Albania
Half way up Llogora Pass this is where the Ionian meets the Adriatic.
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Colorado, USA
With its streaked, 2,000-foot-high walls and tumbling, technical rapids, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Morrison, is a well of adventure for both expert rock climbers and kayakers. But the park is also prime fishing grounds: The...
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Butrint, Albania
Wandering around this UNESCO World Heritage site on a November morning, we had the place to ourselves.
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
We arrived at Loch Lomond after a long drive from Edinburgh. The sun was starting to set and storm clouds were rolling in. The blues on the water and in the sky were amazing.
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55 Luftballoons took off before the sun came up over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia Turkey. The landscape was beautiful to see from above, however I think I was more in awe of a sky full of balloons which felt like such a unique experience.
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It was the first volcano i have seen in my life. This was awesome to experience and it felt amazing to see the beauty of Costa Rica. It reminds me of the tall buildings back in Chicago, but the volcano was way taller. It looked like it was active...
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Iceland
One of the most popular day trips from Reykjavík, this dramatic and scenic rift valley is both the historical site of Iceland’s Viking parliament and a geological wonder in its own right. Among the highlights are the...
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Mt. Whitney, California, USA
Here we are with my friends Steve and Stephanie - just waking up and enjoying a quick breakfast at Trail Camp (which is about 12,000') before ascending Mt. Whitney. It's not a technical climb, but it still sucks the wind out of you! We summitted...
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Ruta 101 Km 142, 3370 Puerto Iguazú, Misiónes, Argentina
I quickly put my camera in my drysack as I hear the engines of the boat rev up. Picture time is over - now it's time for the real fun to begin. The boat lurches forward into the blinding spray of Iguazu Falls and I finally become one with this...
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I was at the Camp Leaky's feeding platform in the Tanjung Puting National Park for about an hour with about 20 other people, watching the female and baby orangutans. The crowds slowly left and my Dayak guide told me to hang around for a bit longer...
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39201 NM-4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA
For those who love hiking, there is no better feeling than hitting the trail and never seeing another soul. At Valles Caldera National Preserve, you can easily do just that. The preserve encompasses a 12-mile volcanic caldera caused by the...
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Blue Mountains, Jamaica
Lush source of the mellow, world-famous Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaica’s longest mountain range is nature at its best, seemingly a world away from nearby bustling, noisy Kingston. In these mountains 7,400...
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Peru
The easy way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus. It's can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. So instead, hike up There are cut-troughs will help. It won't take more than an hour, and it will...
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Washington, USA
With only my cell phone camera in hand and a new pair of hiking boots,took off to Paradise hiking trails at Mt. Rainier. It's only a 2 hour drive from Seattle and several trails to choose from easy to strenuous. I was happy to do the strenuous...
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Tanzania
Tarangire National Park doesn't have the big-name draw of Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, but it does have plenty of big animals — chief among them, huge herds of elephants that abound in the park during both the rainy and dry seasons. The fact that...
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Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with such a diverse selection of environments within hours of one another. Tea plantations, beaches, cities, mountains and flatlands, everything is beautiful and seemingly untouched.
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Botswana
Elephants, warthogs, zebras, lions, giraffes, black-backed jackals, baboons, the most beautiful bird I’ve ever seen, the lilac breasted roller. What could top that? Sunset.
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Jin'an, Fuzhou, China
This pretty park is easy to get to, just 30 minutes from central Fuzhou. There are so many things to do here: visit the aviary, walk through the bamboo forest, ride the giant slide. If you have time, shop for fresh food at the market and bring it...
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British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Any hike in Ucluelet will bring you to majestic wilderness views like this. One of my favorite places in Canada.
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Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is the ideal place to spot the big five: elephants, lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, and rhinos. You can take a road trip from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, a grassy crater outside the park that’s home to a huge...
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This was the hottest day we had in Iceland and had to do a kilometer hike in the snow. It was challenging as we had kids and the trail was really slippery. Every time we stepped off the trail we would go knee dip in the snow. It was a very nice...
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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Uganda
This day was almost unreal for me as it was happening. We left our campsite early in the morning in darkness and drove up winding roads through morning mist and passed local farms until we reached the park. By mid-morning we were trekking through...
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This was my 2nd time in the Omo River Valley visiting the Surma, the Suri and the Nyangatom. These people are known for their amazing body decorations. They shave their heads into intricate designs, they pierce their lips and their earlobes, they...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Cantón de Aguirre, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park is a wonderful opportunity to observe Costa Rica's flora and fauna. This white-faced monkey was known for hopping on tourists' backpacks and pilfering various items.
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South Africa
Imagine waking up to a bird staring at you, wondering what you are doing in their territory. Imagine stepping out of your hut and seeing a troop of monkeys running around looking for food. Imagine a deer hiding behind a tree to see what you're up...
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Subida Sabas Nieves, Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela
One of my favorite things to do in Caracas is to climb El Avila. There are several different route access points that can be found on the cusp of the city. Make sure you hike during the day (it is safest when there are a lot of people around) and...
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Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
This photo is from one of favorite hikes in Los Glaciares National Park, the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. The trail head is an easy walk from the town of El Chalten. I would rate it as a moderate hike. Their is some uphill involved, but manageable...
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Los Haitises, Sabana de la Mar 23000, Dominican Republic
There aren't too many opportunities in the Caribbean to ride on horseback to a cave. In Los Haitises National Park, located three hours west of the resorts of Punta Cana, Fun Fun (pronounced "Foon Foon") Cave is officially known as the largest...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
In Skaftafell National Park in southeastern Iceland, the ice cave in the Svínafellsjökull glacier absorbs almost all visible light, reflecting only brilliant blue to the human eye. Outfitter Luxury Adventures equips visitors with axes, crampons,...
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California, USA
Their branches wind all funky-like skyward and do not provide any shade from the stunning sun. The Joshua Tree and namesake of the National Park, line the hiking trails prevalent throughout the park. The Keys View trail is the shortest at just a...
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Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
New Zealand is beginning to link up a national cycleway from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South. There are already numerous routes, both road and mountain paths, that make for an active alternative to flying between towns. If...
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Shell Beach, Francois Peron National Park WA 6537, Australia
This gorgeous lagoon at Shell Beach in Shark Bay was super shallow, saline, and apparently perfect for kite surfing!
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Chances are if you climb Jbel (Mt.) Toubkal in Morocco, the highest point in North Africa and second in Africa only to Kilimanjaro, you'll spend the night at one of the refuges at the base. We stayed in the Refuge du Toubkal--Les Mouflons after...
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If you find yourself in Sri Lanka you cannot miss the Yala National Park (most likely leopard spotting as well as tons more) but be wary of the many tour operators who want to sell you a guided safari! Many tourists are unaware of what the prices...
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Giza Governorate, Egypt
Almost two hours west of Cairo you'll notice the urban skyline has long disappeared and the desert has taken over. This is the desert of Fayoum where - once you enter the protected area - sand surrounds you for as far as the eye can see and dark...
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Maligne Lake, Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E, Canada
It takes patience and good fortune to create a unique image in a place considered Canada’s second-most-photographed landscape. The Through the Lens Cruise on Maligne Lake gives amateur and professional shutterbugs such an opportunity. While...
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Manawatu-Wanganui 4691, New Zealand
Thinking about attempting the 19.4 km Tongariro Crossing on your next trip to New Zealand? Access to the Tongariro Crossing is free, but you’ll need to have a shuttle to drop you at one end and pick you up from the other side. Shuttles start at...
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South Dakota, USA
Majestic rock structures rise high above the dry, crackled ground at Badlands National Park. Hiking and exploring in the park on some of the less-traveled paths will make you feel like you've landed on Mars.
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While traveling to San Juan, Costa Rica I saw a fascinating volcano called Irazu Volcano. This volcano has a delightful spark to it; its height compares to the Sears Tower in Chicago making it more daunting to look at. Our tour guide told us this...
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Libanus, Brecon LD3 8ER, UK
Up to this point in our trip through Wales, the weather had been blue skies and sunshine. While driving through the Brecon Beacons the clouds moved in and with the mist laying low in the hollows and rising out of the trees along the way it was...
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Luritja Rd, Petermann NT 0872, Australia
Watarrka National Park is another significant stop for any Outback tour of Australia. Known as Kings Canyon, the canyon itself is 100 meters high above Kings Creek. The 6 kilometer Rim Walk takes 3-4 hours and begins with the "Heartbreak Hill," a...
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California, USA
Captured this sunset as we drove back to our lodge, Wuksachi Lodge down the General's Highway. I've been to both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks and while I love Yosemite, I might appreciate Sequoia just a bit more because of its remoteness...
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801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Three great museums sit side by side in White River State Park: the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indiana State Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Champions. Situated alongside the downtown canal, these museums each have something great to offer in the midst of...
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2760 Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
You are lucky the sun only rises and sets once a day on Hawaii—otherwise, you’d spend all of your time transfixed by the horizon. Hike to the leeward (eastern) side of any island on a clear evening and train your eye over the ocean in search of...
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Croatia
Waterfalls on a stormy day.
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Kapadokya is one of the most strange and interesting places on Earth. Famous for UFO sightings, ferry chimneys, underground cities, and much much more, this is one of the strange and interesting unique sights from Kapadokya. I went to Goreme with...
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Carnarvon Park QLD 4722, Australia
I was fascinated by the bark on this tree along one of the hiking trails around Carnarvon Gorge National Park. A bit like yin and yang!
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Subarnapur 44200, Nepal
When I found out I was going to Nepal I think I was most excited to visit Chitwan and to interact with the mahouts and see the beauty of the elephants. They literally will stroll down the street kissing you for bananas or attracting attention from...
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Carretera Bogota - Manizal Km. 45, Murillo, Tolima, Colombia
The tallest palm trees in the world, this national park has deep valleys and clouds to join them. A hummingbird park at the end of the trail with authentic drink and food.
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Misiones Province, Argentina
Certain things in life are simply impossible to adequately capture in a mere photograph. Iguazú Falls is definitely one of them, and above is my best effort to convey the epic expanse of 'The Devil's Throat.' Situated on the border of Brazil and...
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Namibia
What humans interpret as a moment of familial tenderness - in Etosha National Park, Namibia
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Johnson Creek, Walton, WV 25286, USA
A beautiful, albeit popular, canyon walk along exciting catwalks with two waterfalls and jewel colored pools to look forward to along the way. Go early for smaller crowds and enjoy the beautiful colors of Johnston Canyon.
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Window Trail, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834, USA
The Window Trail, my hands-down favorite hike in Big Bend National Park, is a 5.6 mile scenic venture located in the Chisos Mountain Basin. We were hiking with kids in the 110-degree mid-summer heat so we shaved off a mile of the trek without...
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California, USA
Admittedly, 117 degrees F may not sound like fun--but it's the desert. It cools off in the evening, and the mornings are almost cool. We stayed in Twentynine Palms, but could have camped in the park, frankly. We enjoyed the park in the evening for...
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Tanzania
photo of a young male elephant that we saw while in tarangire national park. in late september, the park was filled with elephants and zebra.
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Zambia
The tsetse flies bit at our necks and our ankles as we bobbed along what semblance of a road we could find. We were looking for the Chongwe Gate, the entrance to Lower Zambezi National Park. This was the real Africa - the hot, dusty, wild Africa...
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Bian-gil, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
...scenes from a morning in the midst of autumn's palette in Odae-san National Park: steam ascending from temple breakfast fires at sunrise, climbing up through maples and pungent gingkoes, happening upon a folk-painting of a tiger on a trail-side...
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United Kingdom
This the patio by this gorgeous stone building made for a quixotic English tea-drinking experience
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Bojanala, North West, South Africa
Wake up early, and enjoy a champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon while sailing over the beautiful landscape of the Pilanesberg National Park. Try and spot some hungry lions while sipping on your bubbly. When the ride is over, climb back into...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Hiking along the Washington Coast can be an adventure. Hiking along the beach and through the rain forest is definitely an experience not to miss. Sea stacks pop out of the water along the coast, which is a site most beach hikes will not offer....
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Nambung WA 6521, Australia
After visiting 'The Pinnacles' at the Nambung National Park you can almost imagine what stepping foot on Mars would be like - sans space suit of course. The otherworldly limestone transformations, craters, and orange dust create for an eerie...
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Costa Rica
Rincon de la Vieja National Park is located about half an hour north of Liberia, Costa Rica, in the west coast province of Guancaste. To enter the park you will have to drive down a 14-mile bumpy dirt road and pay an entrance fee of $7 per person....
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Kaimu-Chain of Craters Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
A nighttime hike through Volcanoes National Park yields an up close and personal experience with lava right from Kilauea. Start at West Kaili ili entry, adjacent Chain of Craters road. We highly recommend wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Use your...
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Tucked away inside Taman Negara National Park, in the far reaches of Malaysia, you will find the world's longest canopy walk. Originally built for researchers, the suspended paths are now open to the public. The walk stretches for 500 meters and...
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Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain TAS 7310, Australia
Cradle mountain and much of Tasmania is brimming with natural beauty and rugged wild landscapes. I spent a day hiking some of Cradle mountain's day hikes through forest, grass lands, and hills, running across exotic looking wild flowers, birds, an...
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Tuntable Trail, Nightcap NSW 2480, Australia
A beautiful scenic jungle hike towards an interior waterfall and amazing mountain-top views of Surfer's Paradise.
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A fellow named Rihang owns a guest house near the bottom of the gorge that runs a fantastic program for visitors: Rihang will rent you a room, help you apply for hiking permits (when necessary), and then will drive you to the trailhead of your...
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Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
Beginning in a shutdown campground, which was incredibly fascinating to wander through - think abandoned places where nature is reclaiming the land, the hike meanders softly along the degrading road and over a river. Then, the switchbacks begin -...
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Church Hill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Glenveagh National Park is one of the highlights of the northwest of Ireland. A number of walking trails traverse the 62 square miles of rugged mountains, lakes, remote bogs, and woodlands, where wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles...
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South Island 7183, New Zealand
New Zealand's smallest national park certainly packs a punch. Unlike so many of the great ragged mountains that dot the country, Abel Tasman curves along the north coast of the South Island, peppered with golden sand beaches and steep cliffs that...
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Rijeka Crnojevića, Montenegro
Hidden beneath the overbearing black mountains that crown Lake Skadar in Montenegro is the small fishing village of Karuc – an unexpected oasis in an austere mountain landscape. Arrive in Karuc from a windy road off the main way from Podgorica,...
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Taroko National Park near Hualien City is a lush landscape full of scenic hiking and biking trails. It’s full of waterfalls, gorges, valleys and aerial views, as well as traditional restaurants and accommodations. Make your way along the Swallows...
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South Dakota, USA
The minute we entered Badlands National Park I was in love. From the roaming buffalo, the perfect blue sky & the puffy white clouds to the sandy colored plateaus, swaying prairie grasses and the strong, warm breeze it was like walking into another...
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British Columbia V0A, Canada
Often overlooked by it's more famous neighbors, there are oodles of beautiful things to see and do in Kootenay National Park - just the drive down Highway 93 alone is absolutely breathtaking. The short hike to the paint pots is an easy trail to...
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Similajau, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Taman Nagara is the "worlds oldest tropical rain forest"! It is literally prehistoric. They actually find new species of flora and fauna in this Malaysian wilderness every year and it already had tigers, peacocks, elephants, and exotic orchids....
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7th Mile Post, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Uda Walawe National Park doesn't just have wild elephants; it has hundreds and hundreds of them. All living, eating, and caring for their young in their natural habitat. On a recent visit, everything about the gentle giants captivated...
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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
Brace yourself for the physical pull you'll feel as you approach the dramatic, 7.5 mile long glacier named Franz Josef, in Westland National Park in New Zealand. Together with the nearby 12 mile long Fox Glacier, you'll be astounded by this unique...
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Alaska, USA
Looking for an active vacation not too far? Look no further! We took a 7 days Kayaking trip in Glacier Bay in Alaska. It was one of the best experiences of our lives. We took then another 5 days Kayaking trip to watch the whales in Point Adolphus....
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Bắc Kạn Province, Vietnam
The overcrowded mini-bus drops us off (five-hours late) about three kilometers from Ba Be National Park. Pack raft on my back, I scramble up and down hills with my friends through the quiet starlit forest toward a bobbing light in the distance –...
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Parque Nacional Volcán Poas, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Costa Rica, like most of the rest of Central America, is volcanically endowed. Climbing up to the summit of one seems to be on everyone's list--who doesn't want to stare into a steaming crater? Do this easily near San José. The Volcán Poás...
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Macedonia (FYROM)
The “Mavrovo” National Park with it's landscapes, lakes and forests, is one of the most beautiful areas in Macedonia. Encompassing a territory of 73.000 ha, the Mavrovo area is the largest National Park in the country. The highest peak is Mt....
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Estonia
Canoeing in the forests is an extraordinary experience, that happens during Fifth Season. It is a time of the year in Soomaa national park, which follows the thawing of snow and heavy rains. During this flood season, all low-lying forests, roads...
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Muckross, The Demesne, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ruins of a 550 year old Abbey on Muckross Estate in the Kilarney National Park, Ireland.
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C28, Namibia
The Namib Desert is quite possibly one of the most stunning places in the world. The pockets of green bushes that grow out of the vivid orange sand look almost surreal. To avoid the crowds, we set out to Sossusvlei well before sunrise and made it...
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Toubkal, Morocco
Climbing Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in Africa not named Kilimanjaro, is a surprisingly convenient and doable adventure if you're based in Marrakech and looking to see the High Atlas (and burn some calories along the way!). You'll probably...
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Azuay, Ecuador
My partner and I took a day to hike around Cajas National Park just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. It was phenomenal! We hired a guide from Expediciones Apullacta and he was super knowledgeable about the history and geography of the place. It's such...
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St John, USVI
Tucked away on the secluded south coast of St. John in the Virgin Islands National Park, is none other than the majestic Lameshur Bay Beach. Surrounded by leafy Acacia trees and fringed with broad sea-grapes shrubs, this is untouched seclusion at...
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Colorado, USA
The one thing EVERYONE tells you to do when you move to Alamosa, is that you MUST visit the sand dunes! Well, I'm not going to lie, I'm from Michigan, where we have the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, so I wasn't completely sold on the whole thing. It's...