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Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

There may be nothing more delicious to start your trip to Nashville than a tall stack of biscuits from the Loveless Cafe. 960 1280

  

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

Kick back and enjoy some local wine from Arrington Vineyards, which is owned by country-music star Kix Brooks and lies 30 miles from Nashville. 960 1280

  

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. has been making delicious chocolates since 2009 and has quickly become a Nashville institution. 960 1280

  

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

At Olive & Sinclair, boxes upon boxes of Southern treats stand ready for consumption. 960 1280

  

Robert's Western World

Robert's Western World

Robert’s Western World is your home for some good old honky-tonk and traditional country music. 960 1280

  

Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print

The Hatch Show Print shop has been turning out colorful and informative show posters since the late 19th century and is a landmark of Nashville. 960 1280

  

404 Hotel

404 Hotel

After you are done exploring Nashville for the day, enjoy a good night’s sleep at the 404 Hotel. 960 1280

  

The Barista Parlor

The Barista Parlor

The Barista Parlor makes up for its stripped-down décor with its top-shelf coffee and teas. 960 1280

  

City House

City House

Nashville’s City House restaurant puts a Southern spin on traditional Italian cuisine. 960 1280

  

Cumberland Park

Cumberland Park

Cumberland Park provides a great venue for both tourists and locals to get out and enjoy the outdoors, as well as amazing views of downtown Nashville. 960 1280

  

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social is one of the more unusual spots in Nashville. Billed as “a place to meet,” the venue has a bistro, a dining room, a full bar and, of course, a bowling alley. 960 1280

  

Old Montreal
Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Some of the city's top attractions share space with fantastic shopping and dining options in Old Montreal, all set within an easily walkable and supremely central location. The cobblestoned Rue St-Paul overflows with upscale boutiques and galleries, while the café-lined Place Jacques-Cartier is one of Montreal's liveliest squares. Pointe-à-Callière Museum and Notre-Dame Basilica, 2 of the city’s must-see’s are located here, too. 960 1280

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Drawing some 3 quarters of a million visitors each year Montreal's largest museum is also one of Canada's most popular. Spread over 4 pavilions Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features a broad collection of art decorative art and design and since 2011 has also included its own chamber music performance space Bourgie Hall inside a restored church. 960 1280

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Notre-Dame Basilica

Notre-Dame Basilica

Built in the 1820s on an original site from 1657 Notre-Dame Basilica the grand Gothic Revival church features a massive century-old pipe organ with 4 keyboards and 7000 individual pipes as well as gorgeous stained glass depicting scenes from Montreal's long religious history. The next-door Old Sulpician Seminary dating from 1685 is the city's oldest building. 960 1280

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Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Few cities do festivals as well as Montreal where -- especially in summer -- there's almost always a major festival of some kind happening in town. Among the most popular are the lively Montreal International Jazz Festival (the largest jazz fest in the world) in late June and early July and the Just for Laughs comedy festival from mid-to-late July.  960 1280

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Montreal Botanical Garden

Montreal Botanical Garden

One of the world's top botanical gardens, this 190-acre jewel includes 10 exhibition greenhouses, more than 20 themed gardens and some 22,000 plant species. There's also an on-site Insectarium -- the largest of its kind in North America, with some 250,000 specimens, both living and mounted. 960 1280

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Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Opened on the very spot where Montreal got its start (as Ville-Marie) in 1642 the vast Pointe-à-Callière Museum traces centuries of the city's history from Amerindian days to the present and houses more than a million artifacts many displayed in their original locations. The 18-minute large-screen multimedia show Yours Truly Montréal offers a great overview of the city's heritage. 960 1280

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Underground City

Underground City

Okay, so it's not all actually underground, but this downtown indoor web of interconnected shopping malls, hotels, museums, metro stations and more is linked by a sprawling network of tunnels -- some 20 miles in all -- and makes Montreal's often chilly winters much more manageable for locals and visitors alike. 960 1280

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Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

With a striking new performance space (Montreal Symphony House) since 2011 the\Montreal Symphony Orchestra is one of North America's leading classical music ensembles. Musical director Kent Nagano oversees the orchestra's annual calendar which features a number of popular concert series. 960 1280

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Mount Royal

Mount Royal

At 764 feet it's really much more of a hill than a mountain, but Mount Royal proudly watches over the city, and indeed even gave it its name. It's also home to Mount Royal Park, one of the city's biggest green spaces and a very popular outdoor recreation spot throughout the year. 960 1280

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Mile End

Mile End

A haven for artistic types since the 1980s, the Mile End neighborhood, located just west of downtown, is now home to a thriving creative scene, including musicians, writers, artists and filmmakers. Accordingly, it's also where you'll find some of the city's best galleries, boutiques, cafés and quirky nightlife, as well as locally famous bagel shops St-Viateu and Fairmont. 960 1280

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Old Port

Old Port

Centrally located right at the edge of Old Montreal the city's former commercial harbor is now a revitalized waterfront destination unto itself. Recreation options abound year-round at Old Port from boating and beach bathing in summer to ice skating and ice fishing in winter. A host of dining and entertainment options are here too including an IMAX theater. 960 1280

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Le Village

Le Village

Just north of downtown, and centered along Saint Catherine Street East, this is Montreal's lively gay neighborhood filled with scores of shops, restaurants and bars catering to the city's very out and proud LGBT community. The Village is active year-round but most colorful in summer, when Saint Catherine Street is closed to auto traffic and some 200,000 little pink balls are strung overhead. 960 1280

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Jean-Talon Market

Jean-Talon Market

One of Montreal's oldest public markets and one of North America's largest, Marche Jean-Talon is open year-round in the city's Little Italy neighborhood. In peak summer months, some 300 vendors sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and other fine products from across Quebec.  960 1280

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Chateau Ramezay

Chateau Ramezay

Quebec's oldest private history museum Old Montreal's Château Ramezay is set in the 1705 residence of a former governor of New France. Exhibits throughout the grand old mansion reveal 5 centuries of history from Montreal and the entire region in addition to a beautiful French colonial style garden out back.  960 1280

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Nepalese Sky Caves

Nepalese Sky Caves

My cameraman and I were the first people to climb into these Nepalese sky caves in over 500 years. I’m trying to forget that we have to make the terrifying climb back down by admiring the view. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Culture

Tibetan Culture

The village of Lo Manthang in the remote Mustang region of Nepal is probably the best preserved example of Tibetan culture left on earth. Here, life carries on much as it has since the Middle Ages. Here, a woman weaves yarn by hand while wearing Rastafarian looking yak hair atop her head. 960 1280

  

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

When taking a photo at the equator, you have to dress for both the southern and northern hemispheres. 960 1280

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South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

There are about 8,400 rhinos left in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Armed anti-poaching units patrol the bush, but with nearly 1,000 rhinos killed in the park last year, it’s a dangerous, uphill battle.  960 1280

  

The Equator

The Equator

Welcome to Equador's Mitad del Mundo, or the middle of the world. On the left side of the photo is the northern hemisphere. On the right, the southern hemisphere. And down the middle, the planet’s equator.  960 1280

  

Christopher Columbus and America

Christopher Columbus and America

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'll be digging into the real story behind some of the world's most legendary characters, such as Christopher Columbus. Get ready to be shocked by the true story of the world's most famous explorer."

 

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Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

"Taking a picture with 'Robin Hood' and 'Little John' in Sherwood Forest." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"The sun setting over English ruins makes for a gorgeous vista." 960 1280

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Unearthing History

Unearthing History

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'™ll be opening a thousand year old Mongolian tomb. How cool is that?!" 960 1280

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Street Bagpipes

Street Bagpipes

"When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, as this man plays his bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh." 960 1280

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Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

"A gorgeous look at Devil's Bridge in the countryside of Bulgaria." 960 1280

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Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Can't go to London without taking in some of the sights. 960 1280

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Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

"Every year, thousands of people attend the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. The course is only 3,000 feet and the average speed of the herd is 15mph. Advice: Don't look back." 960 1280

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Richard III Remains

Richard III Remains

"Recently discovered, the remains of Richard III are entombed at Leicester Cathedral in England." 960 1280

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Triumph the English Countryside

Triumph the English Countryside

"This bike is quite the Triumph as it takes me across the English countryside on the search for Robin Hood." 960 1280

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All Dressed Up For Scotland

All Dressed Up For Scotland

"While searching for the truth behind the legend of King Arthur, I decide to see what being Scottish is all about. And to answer your question - 'No, I'm not, and it feels liberating'." 960 1280

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Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

"Some adventures are right in your own backyard: an afternoon at Yosemite." 960 1280

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A Skeleton Rises

A Skeleton Rises

"A closeup look at the skeletal remains of Nikolay Ovcharov and his team found at Perperikon in Bulgaria which may hold answers to the Strigoi myth." 960 1280

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King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthur's Round Table

"In Winchester, Hampshire, the Round Table has been discovered ... or what King Henry VIII thinks is the Round Table." 960 1280

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Gallant Sir Josh

Gallant Sir Josh

"Gallant Sir Josh Gates stands watch." 960 1280

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Purple Sunrise

Purple Sunrise

"Dawn departure from Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Buckle up..." 960 1280

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Not THAT Big Ben

Not THAT Big Ben

"Big Ben is not THAT big." 960 1280

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Lederhosen and Beer

Lederhosen and Beer

"While mounting an expedition in Germany to look for lost treasures, I decide to take a break and explore a German beer hall. Needless to say, things get a little boozy. (Honestly, I have no idea whose lederhosen I'm wearing.)" 960 1280

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Jerusalem Smiles

Jerusalem Smiles

"Exploring the storied streets of Jerusalem. Endless streets filled with vendors, history and true characters."

 

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Sunset Cemetery

Sunset Cemetery

"The local cemetery in Martinou de Sus as the last light of day fades in Romania." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"All that is left of the once magnificent Glastonbury Abbey which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere." 960 1280

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Budapest and Accordions

Budapest and Accordions

"An accordion player shows off his local flavor on the streets of Bucharest, Romania." 960 1280

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The Winding Path Ahead

The Winding Path Ahead

"Navigating the streets of Budapest can be a challenge, doing it in a vintage, 3-wheeled, Czechoslovakian car ... well that'™s just crazy."

 

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Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Malecon waterfront in Havana, Cuba. Where old meets even older.  960 1280

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Mummified Snow-Leopards

Mummified Snow-Leopards

The monasteries of the Mustang Region in Nepal are mystical and protected places. This particular shrine is guarded by several mummified snow-leopards. I’m guessing these are highly effective in warding off intruders. 960 1280

  

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to hundreds of monkeys who watch over the soaring Buddhist shrine. They’re cute…just don’t take out a candy bar in front of them or it turns into Planet of the Apes. 960 1280

  

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Stunning cave art from remote cliffside dwellings in Nepal’s Mustang region. 960 1280

  

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

The Aztecs were one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas. Their sense of interior design, however, is a little harsh for my taste. 960 1280

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Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Trekking into the cloud forests of Ecuador made for one of the most challenging days in Expedition Unknown history. With constant rain and fog, nearly everything gets soaked. Except for this llama, who brought his own raincoat.  960 1280

Josh Gates  

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

You think your job is tough? Try being on the janitorial staff at the ruins of Teotihuican in Mexico. This place is falling apart. Literally. 960 1280

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Holding it Down on the High Seas

Holding it Down on the High Seas

While traveling the world for a living is an honor, not every day is a walk in the park. Here, my 2 cameramen do their best not to puke while filming in horrible seas off the coast of Florida. You don’t want to see the "after" photo. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

New Friends in Tibet

New Friends in Tibet

One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends. This little guy came right up to our car near the border of Tibet. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Tailors of Ecuador

Tailors of Ecuador

In the markets of Ecuador, you can buy just about anything, or mend the things you already own. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

On a recent expedition to Florida, I decided to blend in with the locals. Of course, most of the locals are about 80 years old. 960 1280

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Coming Full Circle in Nepal

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. I remember standing in line to buy an overpriced red sweatshirt to commemorate my trip to the games. I was recently amazed to see the kid's size of the same sweatshirt a few thousand miles away in the high-altitude Nepalese village of Lo Manthang. Makes me wonder the journey it took to get here. Also, this adorable kid wears it much better than I did. 960 1280

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Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

The internet isn’t really a thing yet in the Kalahari Desert. But, we’re working on it. 960 1280

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Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging with a Hindu holy man in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. It kind of looks like he just pulled 5 quarters out of my ear. This dude's a straight-up magician! 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Jeepney's of the Philippines

Jeepney's of the Philippines

In the Philippines, locals trick out busses known as "jeepneys," cobbled together from old U.S. military jeeps from WWII. 960 1280

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Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Nepal suffered a devastating blow in 2015 when it was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A year later, the cleanup is in full force, and hope is returning to the storied streets of Kathmandu. 960 1280

  

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers in South Africa. Now if I can only find the icy-cold bottles those caps came from. 960 1280

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Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s National Parks are filled with some of the wildest creatures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal. Here’s a look at my stunning treehouse retreat at the incredible Lion Sands Game Reserve. 960 1280

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Hawksbill Turtle, Palau

Hawksbill Turtle, Palau

"Smile for the camera." Posing with a large Hawksbill turtle off the coast of Palau, west of the Philippines. 960 1280

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Crested Gecko, Madagascar

Crested Gecko, Madagascar

"Happy hunting." Night trekking with the crested gecko in Madagascar. 960 1280

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Storm Approaches the Andes Mountains, Peru

Storm Approaches the Andes Mountains, Peru

Enjoying the serene energy of the approaching storm in Peru. 960 1280

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'Witty Perspective,' Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

'Witty Perspective,' Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

Too many shots out of focus, Frank!! Ha! 960 1280

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'Take 2', Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

'Take 2', Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

Enough about Frank... Another great shot of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. 960 1280

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Fierce Felines & Crew in South Africa

Fierce Felines & Crew in South Africa

The amazing 'Wild Things' crew. Oh, and two feeding cheetahs in South Africa! 960 1280

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'Joyful Times,' Peru

'Joyful Times,' Peru

Here we are on a floating Peruvian island. It was hat day, accompanied by hot chocolate! 960 1280

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'Cowboy Life,' Brazil

'Cowboy Life,' Brazil

In another life, I'd be here, on the Pantanal region in Brazil. 960 1280

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Tranquil Thoughts

Tranquil Thoughts

A moment to reflect on all the travelling. Mozambique. 960 1280

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'Are You My Mum?' Sri Lanka

'Are You My Mum?' Sri Lanka

Any opportunity to shamelessly cuddle a baby monkey. Sri Lanka. 960 1280

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The Lovely Aye Aye Lemur

The Lovely Aye Aye Lemur

The gorgeous alien aye aye of Madagascar. 960 1280

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Kruger National Park, safari, cheetah, South Africa
Go on Safari in Africa

Go on Safari in Africa

Escape the confines of the office in search of the big 5 (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos, oh my!) in South Africa’s majestic Kruger National Park. And we don’t suggest roughing it; put some of that hard-earned cash toward luxurious digs at the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Think grown-up tree houses with a view. 960 1280

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Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

You don’t need a romantic occasion to visit the Greek islands, but Santorini’s legendary sunsets are the stuff honeymoon (or anniversary) dreams are made of. Plan ahead to arrange a table at La Maison, a cliffside restaurant in the tiny village of Imerovigli, where you can soak in the watercolor sky reflecting off Oia’s gleaming white buildings over sips of local wine. 960 1280

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Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

How does a weekend of wine tastings, farm-fresh dinners, scenic sunsets and more wine sound? Relaxing, we hope. Spring for a romantic hot-air balloon ride or join friends on a guided bike tour through Napa Valley, whichever’s more your speed. But all first-timers should plan to visit one of chef Thomas Keller’s iconic French establishments, the refined French Laundry or nearby sister bistro Bouchon.  960 1280

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Glamp in Moab, Utah

Glamp in Moab, Utah

Becoming one with nature doesn’t mean you have to sleep in nature, per se. Moab Under Canvas offers luxe safari tents, complete with king-size beds and wood-burning stoves, located just minutes from the entrances to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Where else could you wake up in the middle of the desert with a red-rock wonderland in the background and a rug beneath your feet? 960 1280

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Get Weird in Austin

Get Weird in Austin

This Texas hub has a DNA all its own -- namely delicious food trucks, a killer music scene and a laid-back atmosphere. While it’s worth visiting on any old weekend to kayak on Lady Bird Lake and try the world’s best barbecue, the city really comes alive during festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest -- you might even be able to persuade your workplace to foot the bill for the latter. 960 1280

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Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Why should Iceland be on your travel bucket list? Let us count the ways: the northern lights, its majestic fjords and geysers, and Reykjavik’s food scene, for starters. As if you still need convincing, the most breathtaking sight of all may be seeing the steam rise from the legendary Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated, 100-degree fountain of youth, thanks to its mineral-rich turquoise waters.  960 1280

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Walk Along the Great Wall of China

Walk Along the Great Wall of China

We suggest accessing this mind-boggling, centuries-old structure — the longest ever built by man — at Mutianyu. While it’s not the closest stretch of the Great Wall to Beijing, it’s far less touristy and boasts a cable car that will give you a lift to the top, where you can marvel at the sheer ingenuity of the Chinese empire. Between Towers 5 and 6, you’ll find an unexpectedly speedy (and fun!) toboggan ride back to the entrance. 960 1280

  

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Honeymoon? Babymoon? Birthday celebration? If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in an overwater hut, you shouldn’t need much coaxing to add this French Polynesian paradise to your bucket list. We suggest springing for a bungalow at the Four Seasons and a sunset dinner at Bloody Mary’s, both popular celeb haunts with unbeatable views. 960 1280

  

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Sometimes all you need to feel 30 years young is to marvel at an ancient wonder. Enter this “rose-red city half as old as time,” as it was described by poet John Burgon. Journey into another world on a candlelit tour of Petra with Black Tomato. Silenced crowds and cell phones give way to haunting stories told by local guides over soft Bedouin music and tea served among the sandstone. 960 1280

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Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate the ethereal night sky from atop Mauna Kea. The going is slow and windy on your way to the summit -- best aided by a 4x4 and extra layers to stay warm -- but it’s a climb worth making in time for a spectacular sunset picnic. Head back down the hill to the visitors center, where volunteers are on hand to help you spot the Milky Way, the North Star and more with free telescopes. 960 1280

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Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia was already on the national radar as a foodie and cultural destination, but the Pope’s visit in Sept. 2015 launched the city into the global spotlight. Just 2 months later, it received the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage City designation—making it the first US city to nab the distinction. (The fact that Independence Hall was already deemed a World Heritage Site in 1979 was part of the clincher.) Expect Philly to remain in the spotlight since it will host the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. 960 1280
Iceland

Iceland

Iceland has experienced a steady increase in tourists for the past 5 years, and 2016 should be no different. Chalk it up to a combination of new low-fare flights on WOW Air and Norwegian Air, more airlines offering direct routes (Delta), and Game of Thrones fans eager to visit film locations. Besides the must-see Blue Lagoon, don’t miss the recently opened Into the Glacier tour, which provides unprecedented access inside a glacier via a man-made ice cave. 960 1280
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Start planning now for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, which will be held from Aug. 5-21. Tickets are still available on Rio’s official site, and hotel package deals with tickets are also available through authorized reseller CoSport. This will be the city’s first time hosting the Olympics, and massive improvements to Rio’s infrastructure are underway. Can’t get into every Olympic event on your wish list? Visit our guide of other top things to do while in Rio. 960 1280
Dubai

Dubai

Dubai has built a reputation on offering the latest and greatest. It already boasts the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, and Dubai Ski, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Now it can add a Hunger Games theme park to the list. Set to open in Oct. 2016, Motiongate Dubai will feature a fictional District 12 and a simulated hovercraft ride. (Unlike the movie portrayal, this version of Hunger Games will be family friendly.) Operated by Dubai Parks and Resorts, Motiongate Dubai will be joined by Legoland and a Bollywood theme park in 2016. Among the new hotel openings, The Langham, Palm Jumeirah, is the latest luxury property that will take up residence on Dubai’s man-made, palm-tree shaped archipelago. 960 1280
Cuba

Cuba

Although 2015 opened the door for US citizens to legally travel to Cuba, the tourism industry, both here and in Cuba, is still catching up. Part of that is due to the fact that while restrictions have been lifted, visiting for the sake of tourism alone is still banned. Luckily there are 12 exemptions for Americans, and traveling for educational purposes through a tour operator is a popular workaround. Expect more options for 2016 as an increasing number of travel companies enter the market. So far the biggest buzz surrounds Carnival Corp., which plans on adding weeklong cruises out of Miami starting in May. 960 1280
Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for castles; for starters, it’s the last year that Downton Abbey fans will be able to enjoy new episodes. In travel news, Ashford Castle in Ireland -- a 13th-century castle cum 5-star hotel that could put the fictional Downton Abbey to shame -- has just completed a 2-year-long, $75 million renovation following new ownership. The entire interior received a complete refresh of everything from the carpets to the décor, and new additions include a 32-seat movie theater. However, perhaps the most impressive addition is the brand-new spa, an ornate, airy sanctuary with 5 treatment rooms, a hammam and indoor pool. 960 1280
Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław, Poland

Every year the European Union appoints 2 different European cities with the prestigious European Capital of Culture title. The chosen cities already have a strong cultural scene, but for those under the radar, the distinction helps provide a huge tourism boost. Wrocław (pronounced Vrots-swaf) is Poland’s fourth-largest city, a picturesque place with a town square that dates back to the middle ages. Visitors can expect a jam-packed lineup for 2016, since the city promises more than 1,000 events. A sampling includes the Theatre Olympiad, an international theater festival, the European Film Awards and famed pianist Lang Lang performing with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra.  960 1280
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian is the other European Capital of Culture for 2016, and while it’s better known than Wrocław, it’s no less of a 2016 hotspot. This resort town in the northern Basque region is heralded for its food scene -- although that’s really an understatement, considering it has not one, but 16 Michelin-starred restaurants. Besides the culinary options, visitors can look forward to a cultural schedule with a twist: the city chose “Waves of Energy” as the theme, so anticipate that all of the capital of culture events will possess this conceptual bent. Other major events include the annual Jazz Festival in July and the annual International Film Festival in Sept. 960 1280
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka often gets overlooked in favor of its more popular neighbors, India and the Maldives, but this small island nation offers 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, lush landscapes and no shortage of beaches or elephants. Tourism has rebounded since the decades-long civil war ended in 2009, and luxury hotels are opening at a breakneck pace. Cape Weligama, Ani Villas and Anantara Tangalle Resort & Spa are among the 2015 standouts for unrivaled quality. Anticipated 2016 openings include Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, a 300-room oasis on the southern coast offering a golf course, spa and Eco Centre, which will educate guests about the local environment. Anantara Kalutara Resort & Spa, a smaller property on the southwest coast, is set to open in January. Rooms will sport authentic Sri Lankan décor, and resort amenities include a yoga pavilion and two outdoor swimming pools. Or you can splurge on a pool villa and get your own private plunge pool. 960 1280

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The Final Frontier: Space

The Final Frontier: Space

There’s only one spot left on the most intrepid traveler’s bucket list: space. Virgin Galactic’s space flights are still light years away (or at least not happening in 2016). But thanks to the latest Nieman Marcus Christmas Book, those who have been nice have the chance to experience a modified version via a pressurized capsule attached to a giant high-altitude balloon that will carry passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth. The flight seats 6 passengers at a time and will take up to 6 hours, but luckily there’s a bar and bathroom on board. The trip isn’t scheduled until 2017, but the $90,000 gift starts in 2016 with a 3-night stay at Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ, a tour of Biosphere 2, a scientific research facility with seven contained ecosystems ranging from the desert to the rainforest, and a behind-the-scenes peek at a World View test flight. Better hurry, only 10 packages are up for sale. 960 1280

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Jonathan and Drew Scott

Jonathan and Drew Scott

Peek inside the bucket list of Jonathan and Drew Scott, hosts of HGTV’s hit series Property BrothersBuying & Selling and Brother Vs. Brother. 960 1280

  

Jonathan: Great Wall of China

Jonathan: Great Wall of China

“One of my goals is to see all the wonders of the world, both ancient and modern,” said Jonathan.

The Great Wall of China was added to the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

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Jonathan: Pyramids and Camels

Jonathan: Pyramids and Camels

“High on my list are the pyramids and temples along the Nile,” said Jonathan. “Visiting them will let me achieve my main mission: riding a camel!”

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only structure on the original Seven Wonders list still standing. 

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Drew: Castles of Scotland

Drew: Castles of Scotland

Drew looks forward to recreating time spent with his family.

“Our father is originally from Scotland and we have fond memories of exploring castles there on family vacations,” said Drew.

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Drew: The Old Course at St. Andrew’s

Drew: The Old Course at St. Andrew’s

“I’m a golfer, so I’d love to go back to Scotland and play the famous Old Course at St. Andrews,” said Drew. “Even if you don’t golf, St. Andrews is a charming seaside town well worth a visit.” 960 1280

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Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott

In helping clients and viewers see the potential in their real estate dreams, Jonathan Scott hopes to fulfill his dream of traveling to Peru. Located in Peru is Machu Picchu, an Incan city and World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most photographed places in the world. 960 1280

  

Jonathan: Machu Picchu

Jonathan: Machu Picchu

“Definitely on my bucket list is the ancient Incan stronghold, Machu Picchu, along with the colonial city of Cusco, both high in the Peruvian Andes, so I plan to do some trekking,” said Jonathan.  960 1280

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Jonathan: Cusco

Jonathan: Cusco

Jonathan is eager to take a trek through Cusco, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. The coastal city is a great place to see archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. 960 1280

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Jonathan: Peruvian Coast

Jonathan: Peruvian Coast

“Also -- given Peru’s long coastline -- I am ready for some epic feasting in Lima’s seafood restaurants,” said a hungry Jonathan.  960 1280

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Drew Scott

Drew Scott

Like his brother and business partner, Drew Scott turns real estate dreams into reality. It won't be long before Drew's dream of traveling to the Great Barrier Reef is realized. 960 1280

  

Drew: Great Barrier Reef

Drew: Great Barrier Reef

“I’ve always wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef,” said Drew. “Like other coral reefs, this vast formation off Australia’s coast is threatened by global warming so it’s moved up on my list.”  960 1280
Drew: Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Drew: Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

“I’m eager to snorkel [or scuba dive, if you do that] there to see the abundant marine life,” said Drew. “Except for sharks; I’d rather avoid them!”

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders

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Jonathan: The Simplon Orient Express

Jonathan: The Simplon Orient Express

Trains are a terrific way to travel and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is hard to beat for its echoes of romance and mystery,” said Jonathan. “The restored vintage cars, deluxe dining and old-school service are elegant throwbacks.”

We’re definitely on board with this. 

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Jonathan: Express to Venice

Jonathan: Express to Venice

“I’d do the classic Paris-to-Venice route,” Jonathan said. “After enjoying the famous canals and landmarks, I’d hop back on the Orient Express and travel on to another lovely city, Prague. A first-class adventure!”

We assume he won’t be taking Drew. 

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Drew: Angkor Wat

Drew: Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat belongs on everyone’s bucket list,” said Drew. “It takes some doing to get to this ancient lost city in the Cambodian jungle. The reward: fantastic ruins worthy of Indiana Jones.”  960 1280

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Drew: Song Saa Private Island

Drew: Song Saa Private Island

Drew doesn’t want people to get the wrong impression of Cambodia.

“You don’t have to rough it,” he explained. “Nearby (and all over Cambodia) are posh hotels where you can stay in style.”

We recommend Song Saa Private Island

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Jonathan: Rio de Janeiro

Jonathan: Rio de Janeiro

“I love festivals where an entire city turns out to celebrate, said Jonathan. “This year I got to take part in the huge party that is Oktoberfest in Munich.“

“One day I want to experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, with all its pulsating parades, exotic costumes, wonderful music and dancing to that great samba beat.”

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Drew: Alaskan Cruise

Drew: Alaskan Cruise

“Going on a cruise is a great way to de-stress. A cruise ship is a floating resort with ever-changing scenery. You unpack at the start and then just enjoy the sights and each other,” said Drew.

“On my list is a small-ship cruise from Vancouver to Alaska, the best way to see remote coastal towns and spectacular sights, including glaciers and wildlife. My only requirement? Warm weather.” 

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Jonathan: Cuba

Jonathan: Cuba

“With Cuba opening up to travel from the US, I’d like to visit Havana while it’s still full of crumbling colonial architecture,” said Jonathan. “Drew has been and brags about how amazing the trip was. I’m a big fan of old buildings, especially when I don’t have to renovate them!” 960 1280

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Drew: Ayung River, Bali

Drew: Ayung River, Bali

“Bali is an island paradise with amazing temples and festivals. I have been once before but didn't get a chance to explore. A must-do while there: whitewater rafting on the Ayung River,” said Drew. 960 1280

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Drew: Gets the Last Laugh

Drew: Gets the Last Laugh

“Bali is also known for mischievous monkeys, which will remind me of Jonathan,” said Drew.  960 1280

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Heritance Kandalama Hotel
Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Kachchan infinity pool (pictured) at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel blends into the view of Kandalama Lake. Take a swim or relax by the pool in the evenings while Siripala, a traditional flautist from a nearby village, plays soothing music. Located in Sri Lanka, this hotel also has 2 more pools: the Kaludiya Pool and the Rashmi Pool. The latter is the largest pool on the property and is equipped for sports such as water polo. 960 1280

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InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong

At the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong, the infinity swimming pool with 3 hot tubs offers guests a relaxing dip overlooking Victoria Harbour. Here’s the bad news: The pool and hot tubs are open only to hotel guests. So you'd better book a stay. 960 1280

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Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini

The Grace Santorini on the Greek island of Santorini has a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea as far as the eye can see. On the terrace, where the hotel’s infinity pool is located, grab a refreshing cocktail made by renowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Pair the signature Grace cocktail with your dinner, or just pass the time sipping a delicious drink while watching the sun set. 960 1280

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Escape to your own personal paradise at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Enjoy this Maldives resort’s 2 infinite-view swimming pools, as well as its other unique experiences, including the 180-degree views of reef and marine life while dining at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. 960 1280

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island  

Ubud Hanging Gardens

Ubud Hanging Gardens

The infinity swimming pool at Ubud Hanging Gardens is perched over a rain forest in Bali. The pool stands on 2 levels surrounded by sun beds. In addition to the main pool, all rooms and suites have a pool for guests looking for a more private atmosphere. 960 1280

Ubud Hanging Gardens  

Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay

In addition to the 82-foot Verandah Pool, Jumby Bay also has an oceanfront infinity pool, located at the end of the Jumby Bay Beach in Antigua. Unwind by basking in the Caribbean sun or enjoying a bite to eat at the Pool Grille. 960 1280

Jumby Bay  

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Located in a lush Thailand jungle, this pool offers guests at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort great panoramic views of Myanmar and Laos. After a dip in the pool, make friends with elephants on-site; master the art of Thai cuisine at the Lanna Cooking School; take a private tour to explore the hill tribe culture; and more.  960 1280

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Fifty Ultra Lounge

Fifty Ultra Lounge

The Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy is one of the most exclusive lookout points in the city. Aside from being a hot nightspot, the Asian-inflected private pool offers guests amazing views of the city from atop the hotel tower. Enjoy the chic, sophisticated ambience and listen to some of Miami’s hottest DJs while lying by the pool or taking a quick dip to cool off. 960 1280

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts  

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Welcome to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel’s beautiful poolscape features small dipping pools for kids and cabanas equipped with wireless internet, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, butler service, mini-refrigerators and digital safes for personal items. Rent a poolside bed or a variety of different cabanas, including a luxurious island cabana, located in the center of the Round Pool. 960 1280

Fontainebleau Miami Beach  

Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Guests at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France, have a beautiful view of the Bay of Angels from the outdoor pool. The hotel also has an indoor pool, but outdoors is where you really want to be if you’re visiting this French coastal city in the summer. 960 1280

Le Palais de la Mediterranee  

Bondi Icebergs Club

Bondi Icebergs Club

It’s not a hotel or resort, but we had to include the famous Bondi Baths on our list of the best places to take a dip. Located at the Bondi Icebergs Club, this 164-foot-long, Olympic-size pool has been a landmark on Australia’s Bondi Beach for more than 100 years. 960 1280

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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

The Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge uses its vanishing-horizon pool as its centerpiece, surrounding it with rooms and suites, a poolside bar, a rustic reception area, a dining room, a bar and a veranda, which overlooks the lake. Located in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania, the lodge lets guests go on a morning bird walk, a mountain bike ride, a canoe adventure, a night game drive, or a culture tour to learn about the local Iraqw and Sukuma people in neighboring villages. 960 1280

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Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Take a look at the stunning architecture and cityscape surrounding the outdoor infinity pool at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. This 82-foot-long pool overlooks the Singapore River in the heart of the city. 960 1280

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore  

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Enjoy the stunning view of the Indian Ocean from the main infinity pool at the Banyan Tree Seychelles resort. Each villa has a private pool, but we think you may spend most of your time at the main pool, which has a bar that serves creative fruit cocktails and tasty snacks. 960 1280

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts  

Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea

On Maui’s Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea has 9 pools, including the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, which is equipped with waterslides, rapids and more. We like the Hibiscus Pool (pictured) for guests 18 and older. On the bottom of the pool, a mosaic hibiscus flower was designed with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass. The 4,850-square-foot pool also has 2 Jacuzzis — perfect for a romantic retreat away from the kids. 960 1280

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort  

Hotel Villa Mahal

Hotel Villa Mahal

The Hotel Villa Mahal has a 55-foot-long infinity pool with a Jacuzzi that allows guests to gaze at a stunning view of the Kalkan Bay. The Lycian coastline has become one of Turkey’s most popular vacation destinations, thanks to the area’s great beaches and several historical sites, including Xanthos, the ancient capital of Lycia. 960 1280

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

On the 57th floor, get a phenomenal view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 1 pool. This massive, 500-foot-long infinity pool at the hotel's SkyPark is not for the faint of heart. 960 1280

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SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach's pool deck is for travelers who are willing to splurge. Spanning more than 8,000 square feet, the pool deck features a pool, beach, garden and covered cabana area. Beyond the pool, Hyde Beach is where Miami's hip, chic crowd converges to hear the hottest DJs and where rich locals and guests throw private events and receptions. 960 1280

SLS Hotel  

The Standard, Downtown LA

The Standard, Downtown LA

Get a panoramic view of LA from the heated rooftop pool at the Standard. And after a dip in the pool, lounge around with friends on one of the canopy waterbeds nearby. Each bed holds up to 10 people. 960 1280

The Standard Downtown LA  

SkyBar

SkyBar

At Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, snuggle up in a private booth or dance poolside at SkyBar, a rooftop pool with views of the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Just a word to the wise: Don’t jump in — this pool is not for swimming. 960 1280

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Shaw House

Shaw House

The ultra-luxe Shaw House in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a 3,068-square-foot waterfront residence with a lap pool on the roof of the house’s west side. The pool acts as the ceiling, filtering the sunlight into the central area of the house. It’s not open to the public, but we can still dream of plunging into this unique pool of pure bliss, can’t we? 960 1280

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Nemo 33

Nemo 33

It’s the world deepest indoor swimming pool. Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium, showcases a unique design that includes several “underwater caves.” Take a 108-foot plunge to explore these submerged houses. And for the inexperienced diver, scuba lessons are offered on-site. 960 1280

Nemo 33  

Habita Monterrey

Habita Monterrey

Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habita Monterrey has 2 pools that are separated by a bar. Visitors can swim in the 90-degree hot pool during the winter months or cool off in the cold pool during the summer. Both are on the eighth floor of the hotel, where guests can see the city skyline surrounded by the Sierra Madre Oriental. 960 1280

Hotel Habita Monterrey  

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

Head to the Dead Sea in Jordan to experience the Celestial Pools at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. Surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this hotel’s 9 swimming pools and waterfalls offer guests picturesque views of the Dead Sea. And don’t miss out on a visit to the 108-square-foot Anantara Spa — it’s the largest spa in the Middle East. 960 1280

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Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud

High above Bali’s Ayung River, this rectangular infinity pool at the Alila Ubud seems to fall off into the jungle. This eco-friendly resort on the Indonesian island encourages guests to get to know the local Balinese culture through countryside treks, visits to local farmers markets and more, while also supporting the local businesses and community. 960 1280

Alila Hotels & Resorts  

London West Hollywood

London West Hollywood

Take a refreshing swim in the London West Hollywood's rooftop pool, where panoramic views are only improved with pool concierge services, poolside cabanas and fitness facilities. Dine poolside at Rooftop by Gordon Ramsay, which features cuisine from the celebrity chef under the direction of chef Anthony Keene. 960 1280

London West Hollywood  

Hotel Udai Kothi

Hotel Udai Kothi

Travel to Udaipur, India, to see why this pool is making a big splash at Hotel Udai Kothi. One of the perks of this pool is the view overlooking the palaces in Old Town Udaipur. 960 1280

Hotel Udai Kothi  

La Casa Que Canta

La Casa Que Canta

This freshwater infinity pool at La Casa Que Canta overlooks Mexico’s Zihuatanejo Bay — and seems to flow directly into it. Guests can easily get lost in thought gazing ahead at the amazing panoramic views seen from the perimeter of the main pool. 960 1280

La Casa Que Canta  

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Backpack Through Brazil

Backpack Through Brazil

“Throw caution to the wind and live life with reckless abandon by backpacking through Brazil. Traverse the thick Amazon rain forest in Manaus, immerse yourself in the Afro-centric culture of Salvador, go nude sunbathing on Praia Mole in Florianopolis, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Iguazu Falls, and stand at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Go -- you’ll be glad you did -- and prepare to get a lifetime of great memories.” -- Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Camp in Canadian Backcountry

Camp in Canadian Backcountry

“What better way to kick off your first step into the real world than by getting away from the hustle and bustle that you have come to call normal? There may be no better place to do that than the Canadian wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Spread out over nearly 3,000 square miles of pristine backcountry, Algonquin boasts more than 1,900 campsites set along the shores of more than 2,400 lakes, with plenty of different ways to enjoy them. Grab a canoe, a backpack and a few friends, and paddle off into a sunset-drenched backdrop of the open water and woods to jump-start your trip. After a few days of traveling through the natural highway of portages and lakes, you’ll be relaxed, refreshed and ready to take that next step.” -- Matthew Dewhurst, Producer 960 1280

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Live Out Your Own Euro-Trip

Live Out Your Own Euro-Trip

“First time across the pond -- you don’t say! There’s not a better way to christen a newly minted passport than with a classic Europe trip. London is the perfect place to wet your whistle with a pint between checking off bucket-list attractions such as Big Ben and the Beatles’ Abbey Road. Then, ride the Eurail to your heart’s content. Hip hostels make traveling to stylish cities such as Paris, Barcelona or Prague possible even before you earn your first ‘big kid’ paycheck.” -- Sara Gilliam, Senior Producer 960 1280

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Party Vegas Style

Party Vegas Style

“As 4-plus years of studying comes to a close, celebrate with 1 last hurrah in Las Vegas! Be a high roller for the weekend and spend some graduation money on high-stakes gambling and bottle service. Enjoy the beginning of summer with crazy Vegas pool parties at the Venetian’s Tao Beach and Mandalay Bay’s Daylight.” -- Michelle Tran, Ad Sales Producer 960 1280

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Cuddle a Koala on Magnetic Island

Cuddle a Koala on Magnetic Island

“Australia is a place on most people’s bucket lists, and it’s a fantastic destination to let go and have some fun after years of studying and exams. Make your way to Magnetic Island in the lower part of the Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkeling to see the colorful fish and coral, and take a free hike along the Forts Walk to catch the sunset while perched atop the historic World War II fortifications. Be sure to keep your eyes on the eucalyptus trees to spot koalas. If you don’t see any, go cuddle one at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village, which is also a backpackers’ hostel.” -- Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Island-Hop in Greece

Island-Hop in Greece

“Enjoy beautiful beaches, island-hopping and a warm but cooler 77 degrees during the month of June -- the perfect time to go, just before the rush of summer tourists. Charter a catamaran through Blue Lagoon Cruises, whose boats come equipped with swimming platforms, bars, trampolines and much more! Enjoy hidden bays and hot springs on and around the islands of Santorini and Mykonos.” -- Rani Robinson, Digital Director 960 1280

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Cruise the Caribbean

Cruise the Caribbean

“Grab a few friends and book a cruise to the Caribbean. Even just a 3- or 4-night sailing is the perfect way to kick back, party till the wee hours, and see a few new places — all in 1 vacation. Not to mention it’s budget-friendly, with most meals and entertainment included. Try a 4-night Western Caribbean itinerary on Carnival, leaving from Miami and sailing to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Or, if you have the time and money, spring for a 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, leaving from San Juan with stops in places such as Aruba, Barbados, St. Thomas, Antigua and St. Lucia.” -- Hannah Prince, Copy Editor 960 1280

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Chill Out in Newport Beach, CA

Chill Out in Newport Beach, CA

“If you’re searching for a great domestic post-graduation destination that blends both relaxation and excitement, then Newport Beach, CA, is the place for you. Post up on the expansive plots of sand with a good book or your headphones and relax in the sun, enjoying some of the country’s best weather. Looking for a thrill? Newport Beach also offers a wide variety of adventure and fun, from Jet Skiing and cruising the waves on a surf or boogie board to setting up your teammate for the perfect spike on one of the many public volleyball courts. And if you start to feel parched after a long day in the sun, stop by Sharkeez -- a Newport staple --for a cold cocktail.” -- Ben Breslerman, Producer 960 1280

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Celebrate in the City That Never Sleeps

Celebrate in the City That Never Sleeps

“Not everyone can afford a trip around the world to celebrate graduating, but you can take a budget shortcut and visit NYC instead! While it's still not the cheapest city in America, in 1 weekend, you can take the N/R train down to Chinatown for tasty soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai, walk up to Little Italy for some authentic Chianti from Parm, and then hop the A/C to Koreatown for homemade Miss Korea kimchi and barbecue. Not to mention the dozens of first-class museums, such as the Met and the Frick, that are also just a subway ride away. You'll leave having experienced the best of more than a dozen cultures without ever needing your passport!” -- Liz Fraser, Photo Editor 960 1280

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African Safari
African Safari

African Safari

"Something definitely on my bucket list is to go on an African safari. If we're faced with the apocalypse, hey, I might as well stare down a rhinoceroses or a lion. If it's the last thing I'll ever see, I'd love to watch the sun set and the stars come out over the African hillside. But in all honesty, if my days were really numbered, I'd probably be sipping wine in a Parisian pied-à-terre even though it's a lot less wild." -- Sara, Producer 960 1280

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Go Bare in Bora Bora

Go Bare in Bora Bora

“I’d spend my end of days on this island paradise in French Polynesia. I’d be wearing next to nothing and enjoying unlimited tropical drinks and fresh seafood. I’d walk the beaches, said to be as white and soft as baby powder, and swim in the clear blue waters of the lagoon and surrounding barrier reef. In the evening, I’d retire to one of those over-the-water bungalows where I could watch the fish through the coffee table and fall asleep to the sound of the waves below. What a way to go!” -- Jodi, Site Director 960 1280

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Hike the Inca Trail

Hike the Inca Trail

“It's no surprise that, being a travel editor, my bucket list is long ... it's an occupational hazard. Things have moved up and down on my list, but there is one trip that's always been set in ink: Hike the Inca Trail. While I know there is a comfortable train that goes directly from Cusco, Peru, to Machu Picchu, there is something very end-of-days about making the same arduous 4-day, 30-mile trek through the Sacred Valley that the ancient Incas once made. The most memorable travel moments are the ones that don’t come easy, right?” -- Kathleen, Producer 960 1280

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Virgin Galactic Space Program

Virgin Galactic Space Program

“World coming to an end?! Hurry, sign me up with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space program fast! Oh, shoot! The first flight out isn’t until 2013? Guess that means Branson is betting the world won’t stop spinning come Dec. 21. A ticket aboard this flight will cost a cool quarter mil, but with a passenger list that reportedly includes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie this is one trip I wouldn’t want to miss. Oh yeah, plus it would be pretty cool to see the Earth from outer space.” -- Lisa, Producer 960 1280

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Penguins in the Falklands

Penguins in the Falklands

“Most people probably wouldn’t know where the Falkland Islands were if you asked them, which gives me all the more incentive to visit these isolated islands just off the southernmost tip of South America. The main reason I'd like to visit the Falklands is the chance to meet a penguin … or a few thousand. Five different species live on the tiny islands. And they're not afraid of humans; so I wouldn't have any problem getting a perfect photo op.” -- Amanda, Producer 960 1280

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Daydreaming in Fiji

Daydreaming in Fiji

“When I find myself daydreaming, there is only one place I go -- to the secluded, white-sanded, clear-watered beaches in Fiji. For me it’s the perfect place to relax in the sun, far away from the rest of the world. The island nation in Melanesia, located in the middle of the South Pacific, spans more than 330 islands, making it an ideal place to escape with your loved ones or simply spend time alone far away from the rest of civilization.” -- Ben, Producer 960 1280

  

Backpacking in the Outback

Backpacking in the Outback

"Taking a dive in the Great Barrier Reef, climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge or just people watching and relaxing au naturel on Lady Jane Beach are all fun things I imagine my trip Down Under would include. However, if my days were numbered, I’d go on a balls-to-the-wall adventure and backpack my way through Australia’s Outback. Exploring natural beauty like Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park and the diverse wildlife would maintain my Zen state even though the Earth is about to fall off its axis, go hurling into space or just become a hot ball of sizzlin’ mess." -- Kwin, Managing Producer 960 1280

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See the Maldives

See the Maldives

"Working at Travel Channel has opened up a Pandora’s box; my bucket list will now take a Mega Millions-sized fortune to realize. The top of my list are the Maldives. Sadly, this stunning collection of 1,190 tiny islands and atolls may become the first nation to disappear into the water if climate change persists. It’s only a matter of time before my dream of scuba diving in the islands’ reefs becomes a distant wish, so my lottery win better be imminent!" -- Allee, Producer 960 1280

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Bouldering in Rocklands

Bouldering in Rocklands

“I made an afternoon trip to South Africa’s Rocklands a few years ago and the memory of those few hours there still hasn’t escaped my mind. The region is a massive collection of boulders in the country’s Cederberg Wilderness Area, just north of Cape Town. With the impending apocalypse upon us, I’ll spend my remaining moments climbing boulder after boulder with my trusty Nalgene flask filled with Talisker 18 for one final adventure in pebble wrestling.” -- Arthur, Video Project Manager 960 1280

  

Shopping in Dubai, UAE

Shopping in Dubai, UAE

"Let me tell you, Dubai is no joke -- we’re talking luxury at its finest! Besides being home to Burj Khalifa, which currently holds the title of the world’s tallest building, the city is a stone’s throw from the Palm Islands, the world’s largest artificial islands now being called the eighth wonder of the world. The UAE city has been on my bucket list for about 10 years, and once I find reasonably priced direct flight, I’m packing my bags. Whatever else Dubai has up its sleeve, I’m already looking forward to running around Dubailand and the Mall of Arabia like a kid in a candy store." -- Vanessa, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Dinosaurs in Patagonia

Dinosaurs in Patagonia

“Dinosaurs intrigue me. Maybe it’s because they ruled the Earth for such a friggin long time -- 160 million years. Granted, it may sound a bit odd to spend the end of days roaming the halls of Museo Carmen Funes, a small natural history museum in Patagonia, pondering the last days of a species that went extinct 65 million years ago. But looking up at the fossils of the biggest, most fantastical giants to have ever roamed the Earth would definitely transport my imagination to a place far, far away.” -- Lisa, Producer 960 1280

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