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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. “This year, 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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Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games (London)

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games (London)

French athlete Renaud Lavillenie competes in the men’s pole vault during the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, held at the Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 960 1280

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Harbin Ice Wonderland (Bangkok)

Harbin Ice Wonderland (Bangkok)

It’s a winter wonderland in Bangkok! A mother and child get ready to take a chilly but quick dash down a slide at Harbin Ice Wonderland, which provides many Thais with their first opportunity to visit a frozen, wintry landscape. 960 1280

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Seepark (Niederweimar, Germany)

Seepark (Niederweimar, Germany)

It’s all about capturing the right moment at the right time. Wakeboarder Moritz Petri and kneeboarder Cedric Schmidt perform during a training session at Hot Sport Seepark in Niederweimar, Germany. 960 1280

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CONCACAF Gold Cup (Philadelphia)

CONCACAF Gold Cup (Philadelphia)

You can’t see him, but Mexican soccer player Andres Guardado is the one lifting the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup trophy after Mexico beat Jamaica in the final at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 960 1280

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St. Annes Kite Festival (St. Annes-on-Sea, England)

St. Annes Kite Festival (St. Annes-on-Sea, England)

The sky becomes crowded as kite enthusiasts participate in the St. Annes Kite Festival on the seafront in northwest England. The festival features single-line kites of all shapes and sizes, including the world's largest teddy bear kite. 960 1280

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Holi Festival (Moscow, Russia)

Holi Festival (Moscow, Russia)

Watch the rainbow fly as people throw colored powder during the Holi Festival in Moscow. The festival was first held in northern India by revelers throwing colorful powders onto one another to celebrate spring and ward off evil spirits. 960 1280

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Giant Panda Birthday Party (Hong Kong)

Giant Panda Birthday Party (Hong Kong)

Someone celebrated a birthday! Giant panda Jia Jia chows down on a bamboo stick next to her cake, made of ice and fruit juice, to mark her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong. It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 years old (about 100 in human years) made Jia Jia the oldest giant panda in captivity. 960 1280

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Sunflowers With a View (Nogi, Japan)

Sunflowers With a View (Nogi, Japan)

A boy rides on his father's shoulders through a field during a 3-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, about 43 miles north of Tokyo. A total of 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer event. 960 1280

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Synchronized Diving (Kazan, Russia)

Synchronized Diving (Kazan, Russia)

At the 16th FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Championships, Suji Kim and Eunji Ko of South Korea warm up before the final of the women's 10-meter platform synchronized diving event at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan, Russia. 960 1280

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T. Rex Scare (Jerusalem, Israel)

T. Rex Scare (Jerusalem, Israel)

A child walks past a towering replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex during a visit to the dinosaur exhibit at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. 960 1280

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Awe-Inspiring Alps (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)

Awe-Inspiring Alps (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)

A player putts with the Alps in the background during the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Sunset on Manly Beach (Sydney)

Sunset on Manly Beach (Sydney)

Take a gander at this photo of an undeniably beautiful sunset in Sydney as ocean paddlers train on surf skis at Manly Beach. 960 1280

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Rainbow (Sydney)

Sydney Harbour Bridge Rainbow (Sydney)

It’s a magical moment Down Under. A man takes a photo of a rainbow over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 960 1280

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Camels Walking (Dubai)

Camels Walking (Dubai)

Handlers walk their camels in the early morning in Dubai. 960 1280

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Porthmeor Beach (St. Ives, England)

Porthmeor Beach (St. Ives, England)

Beachgoers enjoy the sunny weather at Porthmeor Beach in St. Ives, England. 960 1280

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Tapestry of Handmade Carpets (Antalya, Turkey)

Tapestry of Handmade Carpets (Antalya, Turkey)

These handmade carpets from different regions in Turkey are laid under the sun in Antalya to soften their colors and sanitize them. 960 1280

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Tour de France Photo Finish (Paris)

Tour de France Photo Finish (Paris)

In Paris, German cyclist Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Soudal team celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 21st (and final) stage of the 2015 Tour de France, a 68-mile stretch between Sevres and Paris’ Champs-Elysees. 960 1280

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15-Day Cruise to Antarctica

15-Day Cruise to Antarctica

"Unlike my usual adventures jetting around the world, this time, I’d use the $10,000 to knock out the last continent I haven’t visited, Antarctica. The 15-day cruise will take me from Ushuaia, Argentina, across the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. With several shore landings and a night camping, there’s no better way to experience this isolated landscape and its wildlife, with my camera in hand.” — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Sightseeing Tour in Australia and New Zealand

Sightseeing Tour in Australia and New Zealand

"With a travel budget of $10,000, I would definitely take a trip Down Under. I want to see it all: the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney’s famous harbor and opera house, the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast, the Lord of the Rings filming sites in New Zealand, the volcanoes of Auckland and the never-ending gorgeous scenery." — Hannah Prince, Digital Copy Editor 960 1280

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Beer Tour in Germany

Beer Tour in Germany

“There is nothing more refreshing than a cold beer, and I’ve heard that Germany has some of the very best in the world. Beer plays a large part in the German culture, and in a country with more than 1,200 breweries, it’s easy to see why. From smaller, independent craft brews such as Riegele to the well-known German brands, including Beck’s, 1 thing is for sure: If you’re of legal drinking age, you’ll never go thirsty in Germany!” — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Italian Cooking School and Sailing Adventure in Thailand

Italian Cooking School and Sailing Adventure in Thailand

“Some of the most beautiful places in the world are also the best places to eat and soak up some rays. I love Italian food. One of my bucket-list items is to spend 1 month in Italy at a cooking school, preferably in Florence. After that, I’d board a flight to Thailand and sail through the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands, where I plan to sunbathe, nap and eat amazing Thai food for at least 2 weeks.” — Rani Robinson, Director 960 1280

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Romantic Hawaiian Island Getaway

Romantic Hawaiian Island Getaway

“I would use $10,000 to take a flight with my husband to the Hawaiian Islands. We would sink our toes into the exotic red- and black-sand beaches and drive along the scenic Road to Hana, making stops all along the way to see the beautiful waterfalls and dramatic views.” — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Cultural Immersion in Beautiful Brazil

Cultural Immersion in Beautiful Brazil

After spending almost 3 weeks in Brazil, I would have no qualms about using my $10,000 in this culturally diverse country with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The ultimate trip would be soaking in the sun on a nude beach (Praia Mole) in Florianopolis; experiencing Carnival for the first time in Rio de Janeiro; eating delicious Brazilian moqueca and buying local art in Salvador; and dancing until the wee hours of the morning at the Week, a club in Sao Paulo. And a tour of the country wouldn’t be complete without an Amazon excursion to hike the rain forest and experience life with an indigenous family.”  — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Spectacular Spain Trip

Spectacular Spain Trip

“With $10,000, I would pack my things and head straight to Spain. Starting in Madrid, I would dive right in and experience the cultural centers, hitting the markets and cafes in Plaza Mayor and maybe even a Real Madrid soccer game — if I could swing a ticket. (That’s likely where the $10K would come in handy!) After Madrid, I would hop a train to Barcelona and check out the coast. And while the history and scenery of Spain is enough for any traveler, this whole trip would really be an excuse to gorge on the amazing food and drink that the country has to offer!” — Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Southern Asia Trek

Southern Asia Trek

"A budgetista when it comes to travel, I can't even imagine how far a budget of $10,000 would take me! Instead of going the luxe route, I'd use this ample amount of cash to fund a long trip — perhaps a grand tour of less-than-easy places to get to in southern Asia. I’d love to see the happiest people on in Earth in Bhutan, tour the temples in Nepal, go tea-house trekking in Sri Lanka — and just keep on travelin’ until the money runs out." — Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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First-Class Flight to Dubai

First-Class Flight to Dubai

"Fly first-class to Dubai! Ten thousand dollars will get you a round-trip first-class ticket from New York to Dubai. Just remember: When traveling to a city that uses Lamborghinis for police cars, it’s important to arrive in style."  — Josh Levin, Digital Operations Manager  960 1280

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Golf at St. Andrews Links

Golf at St. Andrews Links

"With $10,000, I would take 3 of my best friends to Scotland for the ultimate golf adventure. After arriving in the “Home of Golf,” we’d hit St. Andrews Links for not 1, but 2 incredibly tough rounds of golf. On Day 1, we’d play the famed Old Course. Then, on Day 2, we'd see how it compares to St. Andrews' New Course (although I should mention, the “New Course” was designed in 1894 by Old Tom Morris)." — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer  960 1280

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Whirlwind Tour Around the World

Whirlwind Tour Around the World

"As a mileage runner and rock climber, I’d fly around the world. First, stops in Paris and Cape Town, South Africa, for bouldering in Fontainebleau and Rocklands, respectively. Then, I'd continue on to Tokyo for some sashimi, with a final stop in Buenos Aires, just because I’ve never been there. Besides the fun, this trip would earn me 47,000 elite qualifying miles, which will help me maintain my Delta elite flier status." — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Amazing Amalfi Coast Getaway

Amazing Amalfi Coast Getaway

"I would probably make my $10,000 last as long as possible and save most of it. However, I’d throw some caution to the wind and splurge a little on a fun getaway to Italy’s Amalfi Coast or Spain to explore the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Costa del Sol and Seville." — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Great Greek Adventure

Great Greek Adventure

"I’d take that $10,000 and hop on the next flight to Greece, where I’d charter a yacht and sail the Aegean. I’m not talking a big, hulking cruise ship with subpar onboard meals and a set itinerary. My Greek adventure would include a gorgeous sailboat and a personal skipper, who’d chart an off-the-beaten-path course. I’d spend my days admiring the crystal-clear waters, exploring ancient ruins and dining on fresh seafood. Oh, and drinking plenty of ouzo." — Allee Sangiolo, Video Producer 960 1280

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Scotland Road Trip

Scotland Road Trip

"I'm currently planning a spring trip to Scotland, so $10,000 would come in handy! I'd rent a car and explore the arts and culture hub of Glasgow and historic Edinburgh. Then, I'd head north to Inverness, the Castle Trail and the Highlands. Or I'd stay in a castle in Stirling, and then charter a boat to see the Inner and Outer Hebrides, including Skye (which has beautiful craggy mountains) and Islay (which is famous for malt whiskey distillation).  Actually, I could do it ALL for $10,000, and still have change to spare." — Liz Fraser, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Tuscany Bike Tour

Tuscany Bike Tour

"I'd spend my $10,000 on la dolce vita! I'd book the first flight to Firenze, where I'd indulge in Italian food, culture and fashion. I would attend Cucina con Vista, where I'd attempt to learn how to cook from chef Elena Mattei, and then pedal it off on a Backroads bike tour of Tuscany, drinking in the Renaissance architecture, scenic olive orchards and private wine tastings." — Sara Gilliam, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Italy's Wine Country

Italy's Wine Country

"I'd use the $10,000 to travel through Italy’s wine country. I would sip my way through the vineyards in Tuscany and eat authentic Italian food until my heart’s content. The money would also give me the opportunity to see where some of my family originated from and to experience Italian culture at its best." — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

"With $10,000, I would take my husband home. Ha! Seriously, he was born in Uganda, and he hasn’t been back since he was 2 years old. We’d travel around the country and also visit Rwanda (where his mother was born) and Botswana, where we’d experience the ultimate sleepover at Jao Camp in the Okavango Delta." — Rani Robinson, Director 960 1280

Wilderness Safaris  

Lake Matheson, Mount Cook, New Zealand
Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks

Anderson Hollow Cove at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is a haven for both spring breakers and summer revelers alike. More popularly known as “Party Cove,” it’s considered the oldest established permanent floating bacchanal in the country. 960 1280

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Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

A footbridge hangs over the blue-green waters of Plitvice Lakes in Croatia hidden by thick vegetation and connected by hundreds of waterfalls. The largest national park in Croatia, it attracts over a million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy in the French Alps is a popular destination for tourists. Enjoy water sports before refueling at lakeside restaurants and bars. 960 1280

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is situated in the Guatemalan highlands at the foot of 3 volcanoes including the San Pedro volcano pictured above. 960 1280

  

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Wizard Island sits in Oregon's Crater Lake, which was formed by the collapse of a volcano. Not only is this the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet, but it's also famous for its deep blue color and crystal-clear waters. 960 1280

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Hikers take in the sunset over Loch Lomond, Scotland, which is dotted with islands and medieval castles.
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Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson in South Island, New Zealand, is also known as mirror lake for its reflected vies of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
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Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Windsurfers ride Lake Garda, one of Italy's most popular vacation spots, featuring resort towns, hot springs and terra-cotta-roofed hotels.
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Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu, on the border between Arizona and California, brings in 3.5 million visitors a year, and, thanks to its floating party scene, it's a major spring break destination for coeds.
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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

Don't go diving into the picturesque waters of Lake Nakuru in Kenya -- the mass of pink flamingos are one of the few species that can stand the hostile conditions. Visitors can spot up to a million birds wading side by side as well as baboons and black-and-white rhinos. 
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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

View from the Icefields Parkway's highest Lookout Point over Peyto Lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier-fed lake has a bright, turquoise color. 960 1280

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Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

View of the clear waters and sandy beaches of Crystal Lake from the town of Beulah, MI. 960 1280

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Esperanza, hotel, outdoor dining, Los Cabos, Mexico
Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza, an award-winning luxury resort in Los Cabos, has a beautiful location overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
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Esperanza, An Auberge Resort  

Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

All the rooms at Esperanza have ocean views. The hotel is located at the tip of Punta Ballena ("Whale Point”), and in the winter months you might spot the migrating humpback whales from your private veranda.
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Nizuc Resort and Spa (Cancun, Mexico)

Nizuc Resort and Spa (Cancun, Mexico)

With a prime location at the gateway to the Riviera Maya, the Nizuc Resort and Spa has unique Mayan-inspired therapies and private white-sand beaches make it a tranquil haven.
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One & Only Palmilla (Los Cabos)

One & Only Palmilla (Los Cabos)

This oasis on the tip of the Baja Peninsula was built in the 1950s as a 15-room luxury hideaway for the jet-set crowd. Now it’s expanded to over 115 rooms, but the One & Only Palmilla still feels glamorous and secluded.
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One & Only Palmilla Sanctuary (Los Cabos, Mexico)

One & Only Palmilla Sanctuary (Los Cabos, Mexico)

You will be treated like a celebrity at this beachfront sanctuary. The exceptional service includes personal butlers, luggage unpacking and a pillow and aromatherapy turndown menu.
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Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Tucked away in Acapulco's tropical oasis, the Fairmont Princess, a 15-story Aztec-pyramid-shaped hotel, is surrounded by lush gardens, a saltwater lagoon, a golf course and more.
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Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

There's not a bad table at the resort’s Beach Club, an open-air bar and restaurant located right on the beach.
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Leonardo Worldwide Corporation  

Fairmont Princess, outdoor pool, Acapulco, Mexico

Fairmont Princess, outdoor pool, Acapulco, Mexico

Soak up the picture-perfect weather by one of the resort’s undulating outdoor pools.
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Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is located on a private beach but is still close to Cancun’s lively dining and nightlife. 960 1280

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Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

This all-suite hotel features breathtaking ocean views.
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Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

The Melia Cabo Real, an all-inclusive beach and golf resort, is nestled on a sandy cove along Los Cabos' stunning sapphire coast. 960 1280

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Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Enjoy a meal or a cocktail right on the beach under one of the largest thatched-roof structures in Los Cabos. 960 1280

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The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise with a prime beachfront location in Puerto Vallarta.
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The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Take a refreshing dip in one of the pools that flow through the property. Visit the swim-up bar or relax in a private shaded area. 
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The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

There’s something for everyone at the Westin, whether it’s enjoying perfect-weather golfing, relaxing at the spa or just taking in the ocean views.
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Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

A full service, luxury pet resort for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ, Morris Animal Inn offers 3 cat-boarding options for their feline guests -- condos, deluxe condos and luxury suites. 960 1280

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Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

Indulge your pet with a nightly tuck-in session during their stay at Morris Animal Inn. A bedtime story will prepare your dog for a peaceful sleep at the end of a full day of playing and pampering.
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Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

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Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn offers “Pampered Pet Sessions” which include a game of catch, a dip in the pool and cuddling time. 960 1280

Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

If Morris Animal Inn’s cat condo beds aren’t indulgent enough, you also can sign up your cat for the kitty “walks” in an enclosed "Kitty SUV" that tours the scenic grounds and has large viewing windows for the cats. 960 1280

Morris Animal Inn  

Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn

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Morris Animal Inn  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

The 1300-square foot, canines-only “splash and play” area is just one of the ways Best Friends Pet Care caters to its canines. As Walt Disney World Resort ’s exclusive pet care provider, both Disney guests and local residents can take advantage of the full-service pet care that is sure to please even the most discriminating pet parent. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

The 50,000-square-foot Best Friends at Disney World complex includes 17,000 square feet of indoor space, 10,000 square feet of outdoor patios and play areas and a 25,000-square-foot private dog park. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

VIP (Very Important Pet) Suites at Best Friends at Disney World feature tiled bedrooms with glass doors, raised platform beds and flat screen TVs, and each has its own covered outdoor play area. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Best Friends at Disney World

Best Friends at Disney World

Pets are kept busy and happy during their stay at Best Friends at Disney World with group and individual play sessions, nature walks, cuddle sessions and bedtime stories. 960 1280

Best Friends at Disney World  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

Worry about your pup or cat while you’re away or just curious how their vacation is going? The Grand Pet Resort and Spa in Fort Worth, TX, lets owners view webcams -- DogCams and CatCams -- so they can keep an eye on their pet 24/7. 960 1280

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Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

Let’s face it, the best part of vacation is the food. The Grand Pet Resort’s dog-friendly bakery is stocked with treats like Pup Tarts, Bonewiches, and Donut Holes, even Bon Bons. 960 1280

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Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort’s signature bone-shaped pool gives its furry guests a place to cool off and socialize with the other pups. There is even a group swim time and doggie life jackets for any pooch that hasn’t quite mastered the doggie paddle yet. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort offers exceptional overnight accomadations for dogs with private suites that include abundant natural light, an elevated dining table and luxury bedding. 960 1280

The Grand Pet Resort and Spa  

Grand Pet Resort

Grand Pet Resort

The Grand Pet Resort and Salon goes the extra mile for your pet with turn-down service including a treat and good night hug, flatscreen TVs (at dog’s eye view), soothing music, and web-cams, so you can see how much fun your pet is having all day long. 960 1280

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Bollywood dancer, International Indian Film Academy
India: Bollywood

India: Bollywood

The final scene of the movie Slumdog Millionaire made this Indian dance style popular in the US. But it’s just a regular day in the life of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene. She’s seen here performing at the International Indian Film Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Brazil: Samba

Brazil: Samba

If you can’t move your hips, then you might want to watch and learn how to samba from the pros. Thousands of participants dance to the rhythm of Carnival beats during the Mangueira samba school’s colorful parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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China: Dragon Dance

China: Dragon Dance

Ring in the new year right — the Chinese way! In Beijing, Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year. 960 1280

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Cuba: Salsa

Cuba: Salsa

It’s the perfect time to brush up on your salsa dancing now that Cuba is becoming a hot travel destination. 960 1280

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Russia: Ballet

Russia: Ballet

These Russian ballet dancers practice in a studio in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ballet developed as popular courtly entertainment during the Italian Renaissance and then as a world-renowned fine art in 20th-century Russia and America. 960 1280

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Switzerland: Traditional Folk Dance

Switzerland: Traditional Folk Dance

Sometimes it’s OK to keep it traditional, as this couple does at the Ballenberg, an open-air museum in Brienz, Switzerland, that gives insight into the history of the country’s farming culture. 960 1280

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Argentina: Tango

Argentina: Tango

Tango is a sensual partner dance that originated in Argentina. It is now performed as part of ballroom dance competitions around the world, but this couple is keeping it local on a street in Buenos Aires’ La Boca neighborhood. 960 1280

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Japanese: Kabuki

Japanese: Kabuki

Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance drama, originated in Kyoto more than 400 years ago. In this photo, villagers perform Kabuki for farmers in Hinoemata, Japan, where residents have been performing the art for 200 years. 960 1280

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Austria: Viennese Waltz

Austria: Viennese Waltz

The Viennese waltz was actually the first form of the waltz, a smooth ballroom and folk dance. It was originally the peasants’ dance but eventually gained acceptance in European high society. In this photo, young couples waltz at the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna. 960 1280

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Paraguay: Traditional Dance

Paraguay: Traditional Dance

Dance is another way to explore and gain some insight into the indigenous customs and cultures of a destination. Here, Maka natives dance during festivities marking American Indigenous People Day in Mariano Roque Alonso, a city 12 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. 960 1280

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United States: Contemporary Dance

United States: Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is often thought to be related to ballet and other concert dance styles, but it actually borrows from classical, modern and jazz dance. This dance form is characterized by unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction. 960 1280

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Middle East: Belly Dance

Middle East: Belly Dance

The term “belly dance” comes from the French phrase dance du ventre, which translates as “dance of the stomach,” but the moves themselves arose from various dancing styles performed in the Middle East and North Africa. 960 1280

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New York City: Broadway

New York City: Broadway

It’s all about jazz hands in New York, where Broadway musicals require performers to learn various dance styles. And even the world-renowned Rockettes have to practice to make sure their precise choreography is executed correctly for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 960 1280

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Amsterdam: Michael Jackson

Amsterdam: Michael Jackson

Today, many performers enjoy emulating their favorite music icons, such as Michael Jackson. This King of Pop impersonator dances to Thriller in Amsterdam’s Museumpark as part of a flash mob. 960 1280

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