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Best Alaskan Cruise: Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Solstice

Best Alaskan Cruise: Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Solstice

"You've come to see such dramatic sights as glaciers calving, whales breaching and eagles flying overhead. Being on a ship that's itself a contemporary stunner only enhances the scenery," says Fran Golden, cruise expert for USA Today’s Experience Cruise site. The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice is full of “firsts,” including the first Lawn Club, a half-acre of real grass on the top deck. 960 1280

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Best Caribbean Cruise: Sea Dream Yacht Club, Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II

Best Caribbean Cruise: Sea Dream Yacht Club, Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II

Sea Dream’s twin luxury yachts, the Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II, carry 112 passengers each and visit the most exclusive ports, including St. Barts, Bequia and St. John. “The cruise line offers the Champagne & Caviar Splash, where guests wade into the surf to indulge in premium caviar and bubbles, served on a surfboard covered in white linens, and enjoy a barbecue feast on a secluded white-sand beach,” says Anne Campbell, editor of CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com. 960 1280

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Best European River Cruise: AmaWaterways, AmaCerto

Best European River Cruise: AmaWaterways, AmaCerto

“Sailing aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto provided a comfortable and intimate ambience, amazing food and service, and the ability to dock right in the heart of Europe’s fascinating cities,” says Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. As the ship sails along the Danube and Rhine rivers, among others, guests are afforded picture-perfect views of ever-changing scenery and regular ports of call such as Amsterdam; Zurich, Basel and Lucerne, Switzerland; Cologne, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. 960 1280

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Best Family Cruise: Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas

Best Family Cruise: Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas

"Royal Caribbean's new, 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas is one of the most exciting ships in years. It’s fun for the whole family," says Fran Golden. Kids can ride bumper cars in the SeaPlex sports center or feel what it’s like to go skydiving in the RipCord by iFly, while parents can grab a cocktail from the robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar. Beginning in the fall, this ship will start sailing to new ports of call such as Bermuda and the Bahamas. 960 1280

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Best Hawaiian Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America

Best Hawaiian Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America

It made our Travel’s Best Cruises 2014 list, and this year, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America remains the reigning champion in the Best Hawaiian Cruise category. It's the only major US-flagged cruise ship that offers passengers a total of nearly 100 hours of port time on all 4 main Hawaiian Islands during a 7-night voyage. "Other cruise lines sail to the islands from LA or San Francisco, which usually means passengers spend only 52 hours in port to see 3 islands on a 15-night cruise,” says Stewart Chiron, president and CEO of CruiseGuy.com. 960 1280

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Best Luxury Cruise: Seabourn Cruise Line, Seabourn Odyssey

Best Luxury Cruise: Seabourn Cruise Line, Seabourn Odyssey

Without a doubt, Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Odyssey is for the traveler who wants to be pampered at sea. This ship has 225 ocean-view luxury suites, the Spa at Seabourn, and a few upscale bars and restaurants for passengers to grab a cocktail or enjoy a delicious meal. “World-renowned American chef Thomas Keller partnered with the cruise line to create new menu items and a signature restaurant (making its debut in 2016) across its entire fleet of ships,” says Stewart Chiron. The cruise line visits more than 170 World Heritage Sites, including Thebes in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru and the temple complex of Borobudur on Java, an island in Indonesia. 960 1280

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Best Mediterranean Cruise: Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star

Best Mediterranean Cruise: Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star

On Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship, the Viking Star, passengers can swim in the glass-backed infinity pool; watch a movie under the stars; and feel snowflakes descend onto their skin in the spa’s Snow Grotto. “The 930-passenger ship pleasantly draws guests’ attention to the picturesque Mediterranean and Baltic scenery with amenities including a double-decker observation lounge, 2-story panoramic windows in the Explorers’ Lounge, and alfresco dining experiences,” says Jason Leppert, editor of PopularCruising.com. With these amazing amenities and special features, the Viking Star is the only way to cruise in the Mediterranean. 960 1280

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Best Mexican Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Miracle

Best Mexican Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Miracle

Carnival Cruise Line's recently upgraded Carnival Miracle sails year-round to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach, CA, for 6- or 7-day journeys. “With the new Fun Ship 2.0 features added this year, the ship is a perfect choice for heading to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta,” says Jason Leppert. The additions include the RedFrog Pub and Alchemy Bar watering holes; Seuss at Sea for kids; Hasbro, the Game Show for families; and new, energetic Playlist Productions shows, such as Motor City. Have some fun exploring Mexico via fun excursions, including fly-fishing in the Sea of Cortez and horseback riding through the Sierra Madre. 960 1280

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Best Theme Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Live

Best Theme Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Live

“One cruise line that has really met the demand for music lovers is Carnival Cruise Line, which launched its Carnival Live concert series cruises several years ago and continues to offer these special sailings,” says Bill Panoff. Past artists have included Chicago, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum and Journey; upcoming performers include Heart, Boston and Lionel Richie. The line is expected to announce next spring’s lineup in the months ahead. 960 1280

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Unexpected Cruise for Food: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Breeze

Unexpected Cruise for Food: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Breeze

While Carnival Cruise Line's ships are in the midpriced category, their food surpasses cuisine served by pricier competitors. The Carnival Breeze has something for even the most finicky eater, with 10 restaurants serving up a variety of lip-smacking food, including juicy burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint, owned by Food Network personality and restaurateur Guy Fieri. “I had a memorable meal in the Steakhouse, indulged at the Bonsai sushi bar and savored Italian delicacies at the Cucina del Capitano restaurant, topped off by some of the finest wines at sea,” says Anne Campbell. 960 1280

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10. Hotel Maroma

10. Hotel Maroma

Thirty miles south of the crowded Mexican resort of Cancun, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, you'll find the pristine, quiet area of Maroma. The Hotel Maroma has a mere 36 suites decked in handmade mahogany and bamboo furniture. A stay here is worth every penny. 960 1280

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9. Sandy Lane

9. Sandy Lane

Experience this Caribbean resort for a haven of tranquility, a luxury romantic retreat or the perfect location for families looking for an endless list of recreational activities. Sandy Lane is a luxury golf resort with 3 golf courses: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey. For a more relaxing getaway, we recommend guests head to the 47,000-square-foot Barbados spa that provides a wide range of massages, facials and body treatments. So go ahead and indulge yourself! 960 1280

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8. Atlantis

8. Atlantis

Rising up majestically from the Caribbean is Atlantis, a resort based on the mythical city that sank without a trace 11,000 years ago. Along the 3 miles Cabbage Beach's sugary sand, guests can snorkel, parasail, jet-ski or just lounge to their hearts' desire. Then there is the Leap of Faith: a 60-foot drop down a Mayan temple water slide that takes you to 1 of the resort's spectacular family attractions -- the aquarium. 960 1280

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7. Four Seasons Resort

7. Four Seasons Resort

The tropical island of Nevis sits a balmy 19 degrees north of the equator. While it's only separated from other islands in the West Indies by 2 miles of warm water, go there and you'll feel a world apart. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Four Seasons, Nevis, is that it has attained a 5-diamond rating. Getting a five-diamond rating from AAA is hard enough in the United States, but to get this rating on a relatively remote Caribbean island is a testament to the resort's commitment to service. 960 1280

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6. Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

6. Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, just east of Puerto Rico. Blessed with breathtaking views, it's no wonder this island attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Combining Old World Colonial charm with a tropical setting, the 152-room Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas sits on 15 acres of impeccably manicured grounds and its stately elega  nnce attracts guests from all around the world. 960 1280

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5. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa

5. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa

A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort. 960 1280

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4. Little Dix Bay

4. Little Dix Bay

Set 90 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda is 8 1/2 square miles of lush greenery and stunning crescent bays; it truly is a tropical wilderness. Little Dix Bay includes an amazing number of hiking trails and offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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3. Parrot Cay By Como

3. Parrot Cay By Como

Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the 8 major islands and more than 40 keys of Turks & Caicos cover only a combined 196 square miles of sun-drenched shoreline. Stars like Paul McCartney, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and David Copperfield have all said ahoy to this place. And unlike super-accessible mega-resorts, the exclusive 5-star Parrot Cay Resort and Spa can be reached only by small boat. 960 1280

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2. Caneel Bay

2. Caneel Bay

The island of St. John is a treasure trove of tropical jungle and enticing enclaves. It was once the playpen of gazillionaire Lawrence Rockefeller, who fell in love with this lush land in the 1920s. Caneel Bay facilities include 166 elegantly understated rooms, 3 restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa and a state-of-the-art tennis facility. 960 1280

Caneel Bay  

1. Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino

1. Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino

Set just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is the westernmost island of the Netherlands Antilles. Here Spanish, Dutch and Caribbean culture blend as comfortably as your beachside cocktail. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is one of the region's premier resorts, because it has a lot of casual elegance and the staff combine that attribute with an incredible array of really fun activities. 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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Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is probably the most famous structure in Berlin and perhaps all of Germany. This Roman-style wall has stood near the border of East and West Berlin since its completion in 1791. 960 1280

  

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

A lasting reminder of a tortured past and a bright future, the East Side Gallery in Berlin is a stretch of the Berlin Wall along the Spree River. It has been turned into a memorial of the Cold War and a celebration of the city’s ever-growing art scene.  960 1280

  

Markthalle 9

Markthalle 9

Visit Markthalle 9 to experience the flavor of Berlin and the people who live there. A marketplace selling local, seasonal and sustainably grown foods, Markthalle 9 in the Kreuzberg neighborhood is a must-see destination during your visit to Berlin. 960 1280

  

The Fernsehturm

The Fernsehturm

The Fernsehturm (also known simply as the TV Tower), which stands in Berlin’s famous Alexanderplatz, is the tallest structure in Germany at more than 1,200 feet.  960 1280

  

The Prinzessinnengärten

The Prinzessinnengärten

The Prinzessinnengärten is an urban garden that’s smack-dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Berlin. Here, you can get fresh fruits and vegetables and even order from a cafe that uses food from its own garden. 960 1280

  

The Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral stands on Museum Island in the borough of Mitte. The current building was constructed in the early part of the 20th century. Despite its common moniker, it is not actually a cathedral, since it has never been the seat of a bishop. However, it does hold regular church service. 960 1280

  

25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

If you’re looking for a trendy new place to stay during your trip, check out the 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. With a modern, chic design and cozy décor, it will make you feel right at home. 960 1280

  

Reichstag Dome

Reichstag Dome

Built in the years following the reunification of Germany, the Reichstag Dome is an all-glass structure that sits atop the also-rebuilt Reichstag Building, which houses the German parliament. 960 1280
The Wyld

The Wyld

Germans may have had a reputation for being stern and close-minded, but not anymore. Check out The Wyld, a show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast theater, for a performance that is risqué, beautiful and thrilling all at the same time. 960 1280

  

Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie

Another resident of Museum Island is the Alte Nationalgalerie, which houses some of the most treasured artwork in Germany. It was the original building for the National Gallery and now includes pieces from the neoclassical and Romantic movements. If you are a lover of art, you have to visit the Alte Nationalgalerie. 960 1280

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Powerscourt House and Gardens

Powerscourt House and Gardens

Located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, Powerscourt Estate includes a house remodeled by German architect Richard Cassels, a 47-acre garden, 2 championship golf courses, a restaurant, shops and a 5-star hotel. Kids will enjoy Tara’s Palace, a 22-room dollhouse and a children's museum. Don’t miss a chance to see the 398-foot Powerscourt Waterfall, the tallest in Ireland. 960 1280

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Coppinger Row

Coppinger Row

Head to Coppinger Row for some of the best Mediterranean food in Dublin. Try the grilled octopus salad or go for an Irish meal such as crispy pork belly with mustard potato, black pudding and apple jus. Pair your entree with a signature cocktail such as a Rob Roy, Kates Ukulele or Frisky Tart. 960 1280

Coppinger Row  

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

The last Lord Cahir died in 1961, but visitors to the small island in the Suir River can take a guided tour of Cahir Castle. Built in 1142, this castle is one of the largest, best-preserved castles in Ireland. 960 1280

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Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Experience the ultimate tasting session at the Guinness Storehouse. Step into the storehouse’s private bar to sample the Draught, Original, Foreign Extra Stout and Black Lager. Experts are on hand to provide visitors with the history of the popular beer. In addition to the Guinness Connoisseur Experience, guests can see how the beer is brewed and how it’s used to prepare tasty dishes and treats such as mussels in Guinness cream sauce and Guinness chocolate truffles. We’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend a trip to the Gravity Bar for amazing views of Dublin. 960 1280

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Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

Don’t leave Dublin without a stop at the library of Trinity College, home to the largest research library in Ireland. This library receives a copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland. Five million books, collections of manuscripts, maps and more are stored here. 960 1280

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Kinnitty Castle Hotel

Kinnitty Castle Hotel

While filming the Ghost Adventures investigation in Ireland, lead investigator Zak Bagans stayed at the Kinnitty Castle Hotel (pictured) and the Dunbrody Country House Hotel, where he recommends chef Kevin Dundon’s fish and chips. Go hunting for Celtic spirits!   960 1280

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St. Michan's Church

St. Michan's Church

Do spirits still lurk around the famous crypts at St. Michan’s Church in Dublin? We don’t know, but Zak Bagans visited the holy site where mummified remains date back centuries. Add this tourist attraction to your list if you’re searching for supernatural sightings. And don’t forget to check out the Ghost Adventures Fan Lair and stay connected with other fans. 960 1280

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Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Head to Northern Ireland along the Atlantic Ocean to hike the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns known as Giant’s Causeway. Take an audio tour and learn about the legend of Finn McCool and the giant Benandonner. Myths surround this popular tourist destination, and movies including the vampire flick Dracula Untold were filmed at this World Heritage Site. 960 1280

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The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a 111-mile route in southwestern Ireland that is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, golfing and water sports. Killarney National Park, Rossbeigh Beach, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, Staigue Fort and Ladies View are places to see along this circular route. Visitors can bike, walk or ride in a horse-drawn buggy. Bus tours are also offered to tourists. 960 1280

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The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

You won’t believe the amazing, awe-inspiring views visitors witness from the Cliffs of Moher, located in County Clare, Ireland. O’Brien’s Tower – on the cliffs’ highest point –allows visitors to gaze far into the distance to see more of the Emerald Isle, including the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Dingle Peninsula. It’s no wonder why the cliffs receive almost 1 million visitors each year. 960 1280

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The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

Located in Cashel in County Tipperary, Ireland, the Rock of Cashel is an archeological site not to be missed. Known also as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, this fortress contains a tower, cathedral and chapel. Visit the rock to see its collection of Celtic art and old-world architecture. 960 1280

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Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Located near the mouth of the Galway Bay are the 3 Aran Islands: Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle Island) and Inis Oírr Island (East Island). This area is rich in Irish folklore and traditions, and yes, the residents still speak Gaelic here. Tourists will have to catch a ferry to see these hidden gems, but it’s well worth the trip. 960 1280

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Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park spreads over more than 7,300 acres, which include mountains, grasslands and forests. Hit one of the 4 hiking trails located on Diamond Hill, or go biking on the 10-mile-long Derroura Trail. What else is popular at this park? Check out the herd of purebred Connemara ponies or go bird watching to see an array of feathered friends, including skylarks, sparrow hawks, peregrine falcons, woodcocks and redwings. 960 1280

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Cooley Peninsula

Cooley Peninsula

The Cooley Peninsula includes the Irish towns of Omeath, Carlingford and Greenore. Taaffe’s Castle, King John’s Castle, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Holy Trinity Church and the Cooley Bird-Watching Trail are just a couple attractions to see when you’re visiting this popular tourist destination. Mingle with the locals at the Carlingford Oyster Festival, which includes an oyster treasure hunt, fishing competition, music and food. 960 1280

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Blarney Stone

Blarney Stone

Kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork, Ireland, and acquire the gift of flattery and clever wit. Well, we’re not sure if that’s really true. Hundreds of visitors who tour the castle and its gardens pucker up to test out the myth, but this is no easy feat. Eager myth busters must climb the castle’s peak and lean over backward on the edge to touch the stone with their lips. 960 1280

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The Burren

The Burren

Looking for adventure? Head to the Burren for fun outdoor activities. Rock climbers will enjoy scaling the limestone Ailladie sea cliffs, whereas cavers can go spelunking in a number of different caves in Pollnagollum. Doolin is usually base camp for cavers. A few local companies offer guided walking tours, hikes and even surfing lessons at nearby beaches. The smallest of Ireland’s 6 national parks, Burren National Park is located on the southeastern corner of the Burren. After a long day of adventure, you can relax by taking a dip in 2 spa wells — one high in sulfur and the other high in iron. 960 1280

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. The cathedral is located near the area where St. Patrick baptized converts when he visited the city. Today, visitors can explore the historical site by paying an entrance fee of about $7 for adults or $19 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). 960 1280

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Croke Park

Croke Park

Score big and catch a rugby game at Croke Park, named in honor of Archbishop Thomas Croke. This stadium usually hosts the Gaelic Athletic Association, which includes traditional Irish sports such as soccer, hurling and handball. In addition to sports events, the stadium has concerts and cultural events. Croke Park is the third-largest stadium in Europe. 960 1280

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Glendalough

Glendalough

Step back in time and visit the early medieval settlement of Glendalough, located in County Wicklow, Ireland. Explore town landmarks such as the Gateway, the Round Tower, St. Kieran’s Church and St. Kevin’s Cell. Glendalough is a rock climber’s delight, offering the adventurous more than 100 different routes to climb on granite cliffs in the northwestern end of the valley. 960 1280

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Newgrange

Newgrange

This man-made structure is older than England’s Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. Constructed more than 5,000 years ago, Newgrange stands on a bend of Ireland’s Boyne River. The ancient burial place was strategically built to capture the sunlight during the winter solstice, so historians believe it might have also functioned as a place for rituals and community gatherings to honor the dead. 960 1280

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Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

Take a road trip on the 1553-mile Wild Atlantic Way to see Ireland’s beautiful Atlantic coastline and visit several attractions along the way. Although this touristy route stretches from Donegal to Cork, it can be separated into 5 manageable trips: County Donegal, Donegal to Mayo, Mayo to Clare, Clare to Kerry, and Kerry to Cork. 960 1280

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush Golf Club

It’s no surprise that the Emerald Isle’s lush green landscape makes it a great destination for golf. Why not go to one of its best courses when you’re visiting? Head to Royal Portrush Golf Club, the only club to host the Open Championship outside of the main island of Great Britain. The 36-hole club in Northern Ireland has 2 links courses: the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links. Alternate options for golfers in Ireland include Ballybunion Golf Club, Waterville Golf Links and County Louth Golf Club. 960 1280

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English Market

English Market

Go shopping for food at Cork’s historic English Market. This covered food market has been open since 1788, making it one of the world’s oldest city markets. Sundays and bank holidays are the only days it closes. Stroll through dozens of vendors to taste food and shop for almost anything, including spices, sauces, vegetables, meats, chocolates, cheeses and much more. 960 1280

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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Grab a pint or 2 on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, starting at the Duke Pub. Actors dressed as famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, guide tourists to some of the best watering holes in the city. 960 1280

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The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland

Don’t miss visiting the National Gallery of Ireland, located on Merrion Square West in Dublin. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the gallery is home to 15,000 works of art that date from the 13th century to the 20th century, including a comprehensive collection of Irish art. And don’t forget to stop by the National Museum of Ireland to see the world’s largest collection of Irish artifacts, culture and natural history. 960 1280

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Maldives

Maldives

Honeymoon in your own private paradise at Komandoo Maldives Island Resort. Start your happily-ever-after basking in the beauty of this romantic archipelago with crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches. In this adults-only resort's overwater bungalows, you'll be in a world of your own with the ocean on your doorstep.
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Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to romance at Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on Oahu's famed North Shore. With its secluded location a world away from Waikiki's crowds, breathtaking ocean views and miles of pristine beaches this is the perfect honeymoon escape. 
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Greece

Greece

If you're thinking of Greece for your honeymoon, seriously consider Mystique Resort Santorini. The stylish resort is nestled among the beautiful cliffs and whitewashed stone homes of Santorini island. Pamper yourselves with body massages and wraps in a private suite or on a private terrace. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Portugal has recently topped the list as a honeymoon destination. Indulge yourselves with a stay at The Yeatman hotel in the city of Porto, and try The Bacchus Suite (featured here). Amenities include a double walk-in shower and sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with dining options for 2 or more. 960 1280

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

A forever favorite for honeymooners is Turks and Caicos. Hotel experts at Oyster.com recommend Point Grace Resort, a leading boutique hotel on the island. Take advantage of the many activities that the hotel offers, such as scuba diving, boating and windsurfing. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle with that special someone. Experience Dublin’s poetic side with its diverse literature, art and music scenes; sleep at Ashford Castle, located near Ireland’s second-largest lake; and plan a classy affair at the castle’s George V Dining Room for delicious, locally sourced, modern Irish and international dishes. Fairy-tale castles, cozy pubs, cobalt-colored lakes and kelly green landscapes surrounded by craggy cliffs make this misty land the perfect honeymoon escape. 960 1280

Tourism Ireland  

Mexico

Mexico

Block-out the outside world at the award-wining Maroma Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Take advantage of their honeymoon package: It includes a 3-course dinner for 2 on the beach with an aphrodisiac menu designed by the chef.
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Spain

Spain

Spend 2 or 3 weeks on a romantic tour of Spain. In addition to hitting popular cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, honeymooners should visit a few charming towns in the Andalusia region, such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. The country’s friendly locals, great food and vibrant cultures increase the potential for an unforgettable post-wedding getaway. 960 1280

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Africa

Africa

Do you both have a love for the outdoors, wildlife and luxury? Try something different, exclusive and adventurous: Jack's Camp in the East African county of Botswana. 960 1280

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Seychelles

Seychelles

Spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles, a popular destination for Europe’s elite. We suggest a secluded stay at Fregate Island Private, an eco-friendly resort that features 16 residences with pools, the Rock Spa, 7 beaches and multiple dining options. Sit down to a romantic dinner in the resort’s Treehouse, which is located atop one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees. Honeymooners will enjoy a quiet and relaxing respite in this paradise after walking down the aisle. 960 1280

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Canada

Canada

Newlyweds enjoy horseback-riding, white-water rafting and hiking at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada. Just 2 hours from Calgary, the Chateau is located in the heart of Banff National Park.  960 1280

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  

Turkey

Turkey

It’s not your typical spot for a honeymoon, but Turkey has become a popular travel destination this year. Pack your bags and head to Bodrum, a port city in the southwestern Aegean region. A much quieter alternative to Istanbul (which is also a great honeymoon spot), Bodrum has a population of less than 40,000 people, but it still offers options to maintain the romantic spark at luxe accommodations such as Ersan Resort & Spa. And for couples who are history buffs, we suggest a tour of some of the nearby ruins, including the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s a wonderful spot for newlyweds. 960 1280

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Bali

Bali

What says romance more than Bali? Savvy world travelers can celebrate a new life together at the enchanting and exotic Amankila Resort in Bali.  960 1280

Aman Resorts  

Italy

Italy

Voted year after year as having one of the world’s best spas, Capri Palace Hotel and Spa is an Italian paradise. Among the spa's many offerings is a medicated mud wrap that smooths the skin. 960 1280

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the perfect place for honeymooners looking for outdoor adventure in an eco-friendly country. The lush landscape, rain forests, waterfalls, beautiful coastlines and volcanoes make it ideal for surfing, hiking, bird watching and snorkeling. If you’re looking for a calmer honeymoon, you should consider staying at the Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa on Playa Manzanillo. The resort offers several special package deals, a variety of recreational activities and a spa that has 6 private suites and uses local Nicaraguan ingredients in its treatments. For couples, we recommend the holistic raindrop ritual in the Crystal Temple.  960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Revel in post-wedding bliss at the iconic Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Celebrate your nuptials with glamour and luxury, and maybe even a big win at the casinos. 960 1280

MGM Resorts  

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Plan a honeymoon to Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Dozens of romantic, ultra-luxe resorts and hotels cater to happy couples’ every whim, including Six Senses Yao Noi, the Naka Island Resort & Spa or Mom Tri’s Villa Royale. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives, but why not splurge? It’s your honeymoon! And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. A trip to Patong Beach, which made our list of the world’s sexiest beaches, should be added to any to-do list during a getaway on this tropical island. 960 1280

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Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

If you're looking for a honeymoon without flashiness and digital distractions, stay at St. John's Caneel Bay resort. With its pristine and secluded beach location, you'll enjoy low-key luxury amongst 170 acres of lush Caribbean paradise.  960 1280

Caneel Bay Resort  

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