Glacier National Park, Montana to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Glacier National Park, Montana to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Start in Whitefish, a delightful ski town, before taking the impossibly scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road into Glacier National Park. Camp overnight or opt for the one-of-a-kind Sperry Chalet. (As long as you’re up for a 6.7-mile uphill hike and no hot water or showers.) The next day, stop for lunch in East Glacier Park village, then hop on 287 South for the state capital of Helena. Tuck into lunch at Steve’s Café, then continue south toward Bozeman and the Museum of the Rockies. A half hour south you’ll hit charming Livingston and its Old West vibe. Try Montana’s Rib & Chop House or Mark’s In & Out diner. Turn south toward Yellowstone and check into the all-inclusive Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. From here it’s on to Yellowstone. Take in Mount Washburn, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs (stick to the boardwalks; you can’t soak in these springs.) Make camp here before continuing on to Grand Teton National Park. Overnight at Dornans before concluding in Jackson Hole. Leave time to take in this posh ski resort, and recap your trip over dinner at Lotus or Rendezvous Bistro. 960 1280

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Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan

Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island feels stuck in the 19th century, but in a good way. From Chi-town, stick to Michigan’s Gold Coast, where you’ll find rolling hills, farm stands, sand dunes and vineyards. After crossing into Michigan, stop for lunch at Charlie's Piggin N' Grinnin' (the name alone) in Benton Harbor. Sated, keep chugging toward Holland, best known for its tulips. (This year’s Tulip Time Festival is May 6-14.) Visit Windmill Island Gardens, the Big Red Lighthouse and New Holland Brewing, then rest at Lake Ranch Resort. From here, Traverse City and its food scene beckons. Since the area’s known for tart cherries, stock up at Cherry Republic. Elsewhere, consider Cousin Jenny's Cornish Pasties and the food trucks at Little Fleet. Next, pull off an hour north in picturesque Charlevoix before overnighting in Mackinaw City, the gateway to Mackinac Island via a 20-minute ferry ride. You’ll have to leave your car at the ferry lot since Mackinac Island is car-free, but between bikes, electric scooters and horse-drawn carriages, you’ll hardly miss it. 960 1280

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Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects the National Parks of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains, but it’s more than that. Thanks to 469 miles of spectacular scenery and clearly marked places to stop along the way, it’s made for road tripping. Start at the beginning of the route in Shenandoah National Park; Skyline Drive sets the tone. Stop for a stretch at the James River Visitor Center, then continue to the Peaks of Otter. Consider staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge (it’s the only one on the Parkway open year-round). Hike to a pioneer cabin from the Smart View Picnic Area. Continue a short ways to the early 20th-century Mabry Mill and eat a hearty country lunch at the eponymous restaurant. As you cross into North Carolina, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is popular for its Gilded Age estate. Take photos as the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct wends through the treetops, then pull off for Linville Falls, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Little Switzerland and the Folk Art Center. Take a slight detour into Asheville, then visit Biltmore Estate; spend the night in town. Back on the parkway, fit in Mt. Pisgah and Waterrock Knob before reaching the end of the line. 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Portland

Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Portland

Head north over the Golden Gate Bridge to experience the less crowded portion of the Pacific Coast Highway. Arrive early to Muir Woods to walk among the towering redwoods, stop to hike in Point Reyes National Seashore, then eat all the cheese at Cowgirl Creamery. Pull off in Bodega Bay for the views, then continue on to Mendocino and check into Sea Rock Inn. Dine at Trillium Café before settling in for the night. After breakfast, drive to Glass Beach near Fort Bragg to look for said sea glass. Redwood National and State Parks are next; pick a scenic drive and consider camping overnight. Keep heading up the coast to Prehistoric Gardens, an offbeat attraction with life-size dinosaurs (not to be confused with Jurassic Park). Grab a bite at Shark Bites Cafe in Coos Bay, then stay at Heceta Head Lighthouse or the Whale Cove Inn in Depoe Bay. Either way, go whale watching in Depoe Bay since it's considered Oregon’s whale-watching capital. Before turning off for Portland, it’s worth popping into Tillamook Cheese Factory for not just its cheese, but its two-dozen ice cream flavors. 960 1280

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New York City to Portland, Maine

New York City to Portland, Maine

Once you clear New York and lower Connecticut congestion, I-95 passes near picturesque coastal towns that become progressively more laid back. Drive past Greenwich, Stamford and Bridgeport before stopping in New Haven, home of Yale University. Tour the campus, then feast on pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Continue to Mystic, Connecticut, made famous by the movie, before pulling into Newport, Rhode Island for a night or two at The Chanler at Cliff Walk. The following day, tour the Gilded Age summer homes, including The Breakers. Bypass Boston traffic for Newburyport, Massachusetts. Its cobblestone streets, charming shops and walkable downtown make it a worthy stop. Foodies shouldn’t pass Portsmouth, New Hampshire; dozens of options range from Portsmouth Brewery to The Friendly Toast. Cap off the day at the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport. Set out next for Portland Head Light, a historic lighthouse, before finally reaching Portland, Maine. Rejoice with celebratory oysters at Eventide Oyster Co. 960 1280

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Highway 61 (Blues Highway) from New Orleans to Nashville, Tennessee

Highway 61 (Blues Highway) from New Orleans to Nashville, Tennessee

Highway 61, also called the Blues Highway, is a historic stretch immortalized in song. It actually runs all the way to Chicago, but break it up to avoid pulling an Amazing Race. Start in New Orleans, and soak up jazz at Preservation Hall and The Spotted Cat Music Club. Venture into the Mississippi Delta and set out for Vicksburg; brush up on American history at Vicksburg National Military Park. Overnight here before making your way toward Clarksdale, Mississippi, considered the birthplace of the blues, but not before stopping for a thick milkshake at Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, and visiting the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland. In Clarksdale, hit up Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art for all kinds of blues music. Catch live music at Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by Morgan Freeman, and Red's Lounge. If possible, time your trip for the Juke Joint Festival in April. Eat at Abe's Bar-B-Q, and experience sharecropper shacks by staying at the Shack Up Inn. Continue to Memphis for the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Rum Boogie Café, Graceland and Central BBQ. Spend the rest of the trip in Nashville, where music highlights include the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum, Robert’s Western World, Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, and of course, the Grand Ole Opry. 960 1280

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San Juan Skyway, Colorado

San Juan Skyway, Colorado

This 236-mile route passes through former mining towns in the San Juan Mountains, and is best done in summer when mountain roads are clear. Start in Ouray: Dubbed the Switzerland of Colorado, it also boasts five hot springs. Relax in the vapor cave at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings; Ouray Hot Springs Pool will reopen to the public following a multimillion-dollar renovation. Navigating the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton takes skill, since it involves numerous switchbacks and few guardrails, but you get breathtaking scenery in exchange. Once in Silverton, take the One Hundred Gold Mine Tour. Next up in Durango, channel Harry Potter by riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which is still steam powered. Grab a drink afterward at Steamworks Brewing Company. Rest at the historic Strater Hotel before striking out for Mesa Verde National Park, best known for its 600 ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings. Branch off and conclude in Telluride, one of the top spots in the country for skiing, but a must year-round. It’s also great for food, from Brown Dog Pizza to Allred’s Restaurant). Splurge and recharge at Lumière Telluride before heading home. 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Miles of mountains and wild shoreline await on this part of the Pacific Coast Highway. Cruise along until reaching Santa Cruz and its boardwalk. After, drive another hour to Monterrey for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea is just a few minutes away; rest near the ocean at La Playa Carmel. From here you’ll encounter some of the best views of your life from the Bixby Creek Bridge. Continue to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or consider a mini-retreat at the nearby Esalen Institute. From here it’s on to Hearst Castle in San Simeon; don’t miss the elephant seals nearby. Further south, poke around town in Cayucos and hit up Brown Butter Cookie Company. San Luis Obispo is a short drive away; stay at the iconic Madonna Inn and explore this charming college town, including Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Bubblegum Alley. Pismo Beach is en route to Santa Barbara, a fantastic beach town. Overnight at the latter before setting out for Malibu, and then wrapping at the famed Santa Monica Pier. 960 1280

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Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island, Hawaii

Unlike other Hawaiian islands, the Big Island offers everything from white- and black-sand beaches to active volcanoes. Start in Kailua-Kona, a great base for its beaches and shopping. Visit the historic Kailua Village, feast on fresh fish at Da Poke Shack, then head north to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Continue along the black-sand beaches of the Kohala Coast to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Follow the coast to the beautiful Pololu Valley for hiking and more black-sand beaches. From here, turn inland along the scenic Kohala Mountain Road to the lush green hills of Waimea, where you can experience working ranches and go horseback riding. After, it’s a short drive to the flagship of acclaimed Merriman’s. Overnight in Waimea, then continue along the Hamakua Coast to Akaka Falls State Park. Spend a couple days in Hilo at The Palm Cliffs House Inn; wander downtown, visit Liliuokalani Gardens and shop at the farmer’s market. Set out for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then circle around the southern coast until reaching Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Back in Kailua-Kona, stuff yourself with malasadas (filled doughnuts) at Holy Donuts. 960 1280

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Route 66 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Los Angeles

Route 66 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Los Angeles

Route 66 stretches all the way to Chicago, but highlights in this section include curious roadside attractions, classic motels and all the kitsch you could want. After exploring Route 66 attractions in Albuquerque, strike out for Acoma Pueblo to learn about Native American traditions. Stop in Gallup, New Mexico to rest at El Rancho Hotel. You’ll soon cross into Arizona, the longest stretch of Route 66. Hike in Petrified Forest National Park and check out the Painted Desert Inn museum. Chow down at Joe and Aggie's Cafe in Holbrook, then check into the Wigwam Motel. (Yes, rooms are in wigwams.) Rested, keep on toward Flagstaff, then hit Seligman for Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In before spending the night at El Trovatore Motel. Continue to the former gold mining town of Oatman, where wild burros roam the streets. Pull off at the Mojave National Preserve, then stop at the preserved Roy's Motel and Café in Amboy, California. Eat up at Emma Jean's Holland Burger Café in Victorville, but save room for an egg cream at Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in Pasadena. Celebrate your trip at the Santa Monica Pier, the literal end of the road for Route 66. 960 1280

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Hawaii: Queen's Bath

Hawaii: Queen's Bath

This tide pool on the island of Kaua'i is one of the top attractions for visitors to Princeville.  960 1280

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Hawaii: Queen's Bath

Hawaii: Queen's Bath

A sign warns adventurers of unexpected large waves possible at the entrance to Queen's Bath.  960 1280

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Hawaii: Queen's Bath

Hawaii: Queen's Bath

The tide pool -- formerly a bathing place for royals -- is a sinkhole surrounded by indigenous rocks and is accessible by a short hike.  960 1280

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California: Hatchet Falls

California: Hatchet Falls

Not far from Montgomery Creek, Calif., Hatchet Falls is a popular cliff-jumping spot with a deep pool.  960 1280

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California: Hatchet Falls

California: Hatchet Falls

Pups welcome!  960 1280

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California: Hatchet Falls

California: Hatchet Falls

The many logs and boulders surrounding the pool serve as comfortable, makeshift loungers when taking a break from diving.  960 1280

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Colorado: Adrenaline Falls

Colorado: Adrenaline Falls

Just outside of Durango, Colo., Adrenaline Falls is often teeming with wildlife and a welcomed respite for hikers.  960 1280

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Maui: Chutes and Ladders

Maui: Chutes and Ladders

A short hike brings adventurers to a somewhat menacing sea cliff that overlooks the infamous Chutes and Ladders tide pools.  960 1280

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Maui: Chutes and Ladders

Maui: Chutes and Ladders

A careful climb down the steep cliff, parts of which have rope and rickety ladders to assist, ever so slowly gets you closer to the water.  960 1280

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Maui: Chutes and Ladders

Maui: Chutes and Ladders

Worth it? Definitely.  960 1280

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New York: Fawn's Leap

New York: Fawn's Leap

Located in the Catskills, Fawn's Leap is another favorite spot for adventurous cliff jumpers. 960 1280

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New York: Fawn's Leap

New York: Fawn's Leap

The 24-foot plunge into the natural pool below is a good stepping stone for another deep dive adventure in New York...  960 1280

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New York: Stony Kill Falls

New York: Stony Kill Falls

It's not recommended to jump from the top of the 90-foot waterfall (really, not at all), but the pool at the bottom is ideal for cooling off after a hike on a warm day. 960 1280

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North Carolina: Turtleback Falls

North Carolina: Turtleback Falls

A 3.5-mile hike from Gorges State Park will bring you to this favored swimming and sliding spot with a 20-foot drop off the curved rock face. 960 1280

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Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto

Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto

Guided tours take you through this underground water world stacked with stalactites and stalagmites.  960 1280

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Scotland: Broadford Bay

Scotland: Broadford Bay

The bay in the village of Broadford overlooks the Isle of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland.  960 1280

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Scotland: Eilean Donan Castle

Scotland: Eilean Donan Castle

One of the most well known castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan occupies its own island overlooking the Isle of Skye.  960 1280

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Scotland: Isle of Skye

Scotland: Isle of Skye

The island in Scotland's Highlands is a well known tourist destination for its rich scenery and abundance of wildlife.  960 1280

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Scotland: Isle of Skye

Scotland: Isle of Skye

This massive waterfall is one of many scenic views and swimming holes found in the Highlands' island destination. 960 1280

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Scotland: Isle of Skye

Scotland: Isle of Skye

Other mini-waterfalls like this can be found throughout the island. 960 1280

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Scotland: Isle of Skye

Scotland: Isle of Skye

Another breathtaking view of Scotland's lochs from the Isle of Skye.  960 1280

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Zambia: Devil's Pool

Zambia: Devil's Pool

Situated on the edge of Southern Africa's Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Devil's Pool has a view an adventurer dreams of.  960 1280

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Zambia: Victoria Falls

Zambia: Victoria Falls

The falls here form the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.  960 1280

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Zambia: Victoria Falls

Zambia: Victoria Falls

Another helicopter view from the top of the falls. 960 1280

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Aspen: Devil's Punch Bowl

Aspen: Devil's Punch Bowl

Swimmers peer off the edge of the series of waterfalls into the crystal clear pool below.  960 1280

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Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

Just outside of the town of La Fortuna, this waterfall is a 200-foot plunge into the frequented swim spot below. 960 1280

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Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

Visitors can hike down a set of stairs to reach the pool or also join a group by horseback. 960 1280

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Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

Costa Rica: La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna waterfall is considered a must-see for visitors, and it's not hard to see why.  960 1280

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Maine: Small Falls

Maine: Small Falls

Looking down into the pool below, it's a 54-foot drop from the top of Small Falls.  960 1280

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Maine: Small Falls

Maine: Small Falls

Sunsets near the falls are a sight to behold.  960 1280

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Mexico: Pet Cemetery Cenote

Mexico: Pet Cemetery Cenote

Researchers conclude that these underwater caves outside of Tulum were once sinkholes used to dispose of animal remains. 960 1280

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Oregon: Tamolitch Blue Pool

Oregon: Tamolitch Blue Pool

The natural blue color and impressive clarity of the water in Tamolitch's Blue Pool is a must-see for swimming hole seekers.  960 1280

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Pennsylvania: Meadow Run Waterslide

Pennsylvania: Meadow Run Waterslide

Found along the Meadow Run trail, this natural waterslide was carved out of the surrounding bedrock.   960 1280

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Pennsylvania: Meadow Run Waterslide

Pennsylvania: Meadow Run Waterslide

This eventually leads to a 3-foot pool at the end of the Meadow Run trail. 960 1280

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Utah: The Subway

Utah: The Subway

View from up high of a canyon in Zion National Park that leads to one of the park's most interesting features below.  960 1280

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Utah: The Subway

Utah: The Subway

Not for the amateur hiker, the Subway takes serious skill to repel down from the canyon into.  960 1280

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Utah: The Subway

Utah: The Subway

This lesser-traveled path through Zion National Park is difficult to get to and requires short swims and wading through ankle-deep waters, but the scenery is unlike anything else.  960 1280

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The world’s tallest building at 2,717 feet and with 163 stories, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa has observation decks and lounges that are also the highest in the world. Fridays and Saturdays the observation decks open at 5:30 a.m. for sunrise viewing. 960 1280

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Denali, Alaska

Denali, Alaska

Not everyone may be up for summiting 20,210-foot Denali, North America's highest peak in Denali National Park and Preserve. But K2 Aviation in Talkeetna takes visitors on flights around the massive mountain and, weather permitting, will land on a glacier on the side of the mountain for hikes and views usually only seen by serious mountaineers. 960 1280

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CN Tower, Toronto

CN Tower, Toronto

Vistors to the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower can take in the views of Toronto and Lake Ontario as they enjoy dinner at 360 Restaurant, or from one of two observation decks. For the adventurous, put on a harness and walk around the edge of the CN Tower during an EdgeWalk excursion. It is the ninth tallest free-standing structure in the world. 960 1280

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Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan, Mexico

The mysterious Teotihuacan culture predates the Aztecs by 1,000 years and is known for its Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun, which is 234 feet tall and one of the largest pyramids in Mesoamerica. Visitors may climb the pyramids, located 30 miles outside of Mexico City. 960 1280

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

With its open spaces, good weather and favorable wind currents Albuquerque, New Mexico, claims the title of Ballooning Capital of the World. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place the first full week of October, when more than 550 balloons from 19 countries take flight during mass ascensions, making it the largest annual ballooning event in the world. Balloon rides are available year-round in Albuquerque.  960 1280

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London Eye, London

London Eye, London

The Coca Cola London Eye is a 443-foot-tall Ferris wheel with observation pods, and is the second tallest vantage point open to the public in London next to the Shard, which stands at 1,016 feet with an observation deck at 802 feet. The London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel when in opened in 1999, but the current record is held by the High Roller, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 550 feet. 960 1280

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World, Brazil's iconic art deco Christ the Redeemer statue was completed in 1931 and is 124 feet tall, including its pedestal. It sits atop 7,300-foot Corcovado Mountain within Tijuca National Park. A steep hike leads to the statue's base with a payoff of views of the vast city and Atlantic Ocean. Vans are also available. Although the statue is hollow with a staircase, the general public is not permitted to climb the statue. 960 1280

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Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Africa's highest point at 19,341 feet and called the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro within Tanzania's Kilimanjaro National Park may be climbed with a permit and a guide. It is snow capped with glaciers and contains four climate zones. A dormant volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free-standing mountain. 960 1280

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Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji is 12,388 feet high and doesn't require special mountaineering skills to summit. The active volcano is 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, and last erupted in 1707. It is Japan's highest peak.  960 1280

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Empire State Building, New York City

Empire State Building, New York City

Reaching a height of 1,454 feet with observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, the Empire State Building is known worldwide and completes any trip to the Big Apple. Tickets must be purchased to visit the observation deck that afford unparalleled views of the city. The Statue of Liberty is 306-feet-tall, and reservations must also be made to visit the observation floor that looks out from within the crown. 960 1280

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Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach

Fishing boats cast off on Jamaica's famous Treasure Beach. The beach stretches 6 miles along the island's southern coast. 960 1280

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Cliff Diving at Rick's Cafe

Cliff Diving at Rick's Cafe

Not afraid of heights? Try cliff diving along the Negril coast. One of the most famous places to cliff dive in Jamaica is Rick's Cafe (pictured above). 960 1280

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Y.S. Falls

Y.S. Falls

Take a dip in the pool around Y.S. Falls, located on the south coast of Jamaica. Up for an adrenaline rush? You can also go zip-lining in the park. 960 1280

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Rose Hall Plantation

Rose Hall Plantation

Located near Montego Bay, the Great House of Rose Hall Plantation is said to be haunted by Annie Palmer, a former mistress of the house who was said to have practiced voodoo. 960 1280

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Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Relaxation more your style? What about taking a nap on this beach bed on Negril Beach? 960 1280

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Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley Museum

Are you a fan of the legend? The Bob Marley Museum and Mausoleum is a must-see in Kingston, Jamaica. 960 1280

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Port Royal

Port Royal

Jamaica's Port Royal is known today as more of an archaeological site than a commercial center. Sinking under the waves in an earthquake, it is known as "the city that sank." 960 1280

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Prospect Plantation

Prospect Plantation

The Great House at Prospect Plantation near Ocho Rios dates to the early 18th century. Today, tourists can stroll the grounds on horseback, camelback, and bicycle. 960 1280

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Devon House

Devon House

Devon House, sitting on 11 acres of property in the middle of Kingston, was owned by Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Stiebel. 960 1280

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Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls, located near Ocho Rios, is one of the most famous tourist sites in Jamaica. Visitors can actually climb up the tiered falls on foot. 960 1280

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Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios isn't only known for its beautiful white beaches and sparkling blue waters: it was also used to shoot the 1962 James Bond film "Dr. No." 960 1280

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Montego Bay

Montego Bay

Is this love, or is it just the beautiful sunset over Montego Bay? Not only does Montego Bay offer sunsets to die for, but it also provides visitors with several pristine beach resorts for lounging in luxury. 960 1280

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Black Hills of South Dakota

Black Hills of South Dakota

For history, scenery and a distinctly American taste of culture, begin your road trip on I-90 and take exit 131 for the Badlands Scenic Byway. As you travel through the Black Hills, make sure to stop at Wall Drug, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. And keep your eyes peeled for bison – they’re notoriously bad at following traffic rules, as seen here on the road to Wind Cave National Park. 960 1280

  

Downeast Maine

Downeast Maine

You won’t be traveling north – at least not according to Mainers – if you head out on Coastal Route 1, also known as the Lobster Trail. Starting in Kittery –where you might drop by Bob’s Clam Hut for a bit of sustenance -- the road hugs the rocky coastline “down east” through quaint New England fishing villages like Belfast and Rockland. 960 1280

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile drive that connects two national parks – Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina – is the most visited road controlled by the U.S. National Parks System. Starting at Front Royal in Virginia, travel along Skyline Drive to Luray Caverns and on south to the Natural Bridge and into North Carolina, where you can stop in Asheville before seeing the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains. 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

You can opt to drive California’s longest highway north to south or south to north along the often -dramatic Pacific coastline. Either way, it’s 653 miles from Dana Point in Orange County to Leggett in Mendocino County. Key attractions as you wind your way along the coast include Malibu, San Simeon, San Luis Obisbo, Big Sur, Monterey, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Mendocino Headlands. Hardcore road trippers will extend the coastal drive beyond the PCH from San Diego all the way to the Redwood Forest on Route 101 past Mendocino. 960 1280

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Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier, Montana

Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier, Montana

You could make the drive from Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier National Park inMontana in a single day, but why would you? Take a week and make as many stops as possible in Big Sky Country where you’ll enjoy some of the most stunning and diverse landscape features anywhere in America – from the steep cliffs and racing rivers of the Grand Tetons to the geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone and the dramatic falls and glacial formations of Glacier. 960 1280

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Outer Banks

Outer Banks

Take this drive while you still can. North Carolina’s Route 12, also known as the Outer Banks Scenic Highway, has suffered a beating during the past decade of extreme weather, with hurricanes washing away swaths of roadway. The route starts at Bodie Lighthouse in the north and passes the narrow spits of land that make up the barrier islands protecting North Carolina’s mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. Sights along the way include the Oregon Inlet, Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and the historic Hatteras Lighthouse, where the highway continues as a boat -the Hatteras Ferry is part of Route 12 and crosses Pamlico Sound to join up with the road again on Ocracoke Island. 960 1280

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Hana Coastline

Hana Coastline

The 59-mile highway around the eastern side of Maui between Kahului crosses black sand beaches, waterfalls and 59 bridges. Some stops you may want to make include 'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park, Hana Lava Tube, and the Ho'okipa lookout where you can view Maui’s famed surfers taking the waves. 960 1280

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Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula

Set out from Seattle for a 300-plus-mile road trip west across the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy gorgeous scenery and many stopping points for hikes. Within the Olympic National Park itself, you can drive through the lush Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S. 960 1280

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Route 66

Route 66

At over 2,500 miles, Route 66 is the quintessential cross-country road trip. Though travel on the Mother Road peaked in the 1940s and 1950s before the Interstate Highway system was established, you can still follow the tire treads of so many who came before. While there are countless sights as you journey between Chicago and Los Angeles, ending on the Santa Monica Pier, Route 66 may be most famous for its quirky roadside attractions like the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Oklahoma, and this giant sculpture of Abe Lincoln on a wagon in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. 960 1280

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Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway

This 150-mile drive from Miami through the Florida Keys on an the iconic Route 1 is famous from countless car commercials and movie chases. The Overseas Highway, as it’s often called, crosses 42 bridges, including the Seven-Mile bridge over Pigeon Key, shown here. Though you could complete the entire ride in under four hours, the fun of this trip is taking in the life of the Keys themselves – from the Pennekamp Coral Reef Park to Key Largo’s Dolphin Research Center to the many delicious foods the area has made famous, like fried conch and Key lime pie. 960 1280

KAREN BLEIER  

Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay/Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, Sudan

Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay/Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, Sudan

This inclusion encompasses Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay/Mukkawar Island Marine National Park. Both are found off the coast of Sudan in the Red Sea, and represent every scuba diver’s dream. The parks are renowned for their coral reefs, plus they’re packed with marine life, from dolphins and turtles to sharks and tropical fish. This protected area is also home to a large dugong population, a manatee relation that’s distinguished by its fluked whale-like tail. 960 1280

Franco Banfi  

Gorham's Cave Complex, Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Gorham's Cave Complex, Gibraltar, United Kingdom

You’ve likely heard of the Rock of Gibraltar, known since ancient Greek times as part of the 12 impossible tasks Hercules had to perform. It’s located on the Gibraltar peninsula in Spain near Morocco, which has been a British territory since the early 18th century. Even more fascinating is that the limestone caves on the rock’s eastern side were once home to Neanderthals for at least 100,000 years. Four caves comprise Gorham’s Cave Complex, where archeologists have uncovered rock carvings, ornamental feathers and proof of a plant- and meat-based diet. The caves are also significant because they’re considered one of the last known Neanderthal dwellings, whose inhabitants lived there as recently as 28,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Hubei Shennongjia, China

Hubei Shennongjia, China

Shennongjia Nature Reserve, a subtropical Chinese forest in the Hubei province, is home to one of China’s most biodiverse regions. Here you can find rare animal species, including the Asian black bear, clouded leopard and golden snub-nosed monkey. It’s not easy getting to the reserve, and much of it is inaccessible, but there are tourist-friendly areas worth making the multi-hour trek. You’ll find hiking trails (keep an eye out for the Chinese equivalent of Big Foot) and the impressive Shennong Altar. If you’re up for it, climb the long flight of stairs for a close-up view of the giant half-human, half-bull statue. As an active shrine, don’t be surprised to see locals paying their respects here.   960 1280

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Archaeological Site of Ani, Turkey

Archaeological Site of Ani, Turkey

Ancient ruins are often associated with Italy or Greece; in fact, the Archaeological Site of Philippi in Greece made this UNESCO list as well. But the ruins in Ani, Turkey, literally a stone’s throw from Armenia, are fascinating because its history as a major medieval center isn’t widely known. The city existed from the 10th to 17th centuries; at least 100,000 lived here during its height in the 11th century, when it was known as “The City of 1,001 Churches.” As an in-demand locale, it was conquered endless times throughout the centuries by everyone from the Ottomans (more than once) and Mongols to the Byzantines and Armenians. (Relations with the latter have long been tense, and the border has remained closed since 1993.) In fact, events in modern history have made it impossible for anyone to visit Ani until this past decade. Those who make the trek will find some of the ruins remarkably intact, considering centuries of war, earthquakes and vandalism. Between few tourists and the rugged, unpopulated landscape, it’s easy to visualize what life might have been like so long ago. 960 1280

Izzet Keribar  

Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil

Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Brazil

This former complex, consisting of a church, casino, ballroom, golf course and yacht club, were all part of a grander scheme for a planned community in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Centered around man-made Pampulha Lake, the complex is a stunning example of modern architecture in the early 1940s. It was also one of architect Oscar Niemeyer’s first major projects; he went on to play a significant role in Brazil’s modern architecture movement. (It’s worth noting that famed modern architect Le Corbusier greatly influenced Niemeyer’s work; he also made this UNESCO list.) Though Pampulha no longer functions as a community, you can visit the site, along with the Pampulha Art Museum, located in the former casino. 960 1280

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Ennedi Massif, Chad

Ennedi Massif, Chad

UNESCO added the Ennedi Massif section of the Ennedi Plateau, part of the Sahara Desert in Chad, for two reasons. The first is the wind-ravaged landscape, where towering canyons and plunging valleys are dotted by otherworldly sandstone formations. The second is the area’s abundance of petroglyphs, or rock art, deemed to be one of the largest examples in the Sahara. Much of the artwork dates back thousands of years. Niola Doa (dancing maidens) is one of the oldest and most famous sites. The hardy few that venture this far will encounter life-size depictions of women covered in intricate designs and jewelry; the complexity of it makes the mind reel to think it’s about 7,000 years old. 960 1280

Nigel Pavitt  

Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro

Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro

Stećci, or medieval tombstones, are largely found throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to a lesser extent in the bordering areas of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. UNESCO chose 28 sites for their elaborate engravings and other regional distinctions. Most of the cemeteries date between the 12th and 16th centuries, and a surprising number of limestone tombstones are well preserved, showing off inscriptions and designs that favored animals, flowers, crosses and more. Radimlja in Herzegovina contains some of the best examples of stećci thanks to a large number in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most impressive tombs contain carvings of knights with bows and arrows — exactly what you’d hope to find from the Middle Ages. 960 1280

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Mistaken Point, Canada

Mistaken Point, Canada

Mistaken Point supposedly earned its name after countless sailors mistakenly navigated there. However, UNESCO added this rugged Newfoundland coastal area for its ancient fossils. And by ancient, this part of Canada has quietly concealed one of the oldest examples on record of large, complex life forms, which have been traced back 580 million years. The remains of these deep ocean dwellers were buried and preserved by volcanic ash; fossils found before this era reflect microscopic creatures. The Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre, part of the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, leads seasonal hikes to Mistaken Point since visitors aren’t allowed without an official guide. 960 1280

Barrett & MacKay  

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University), Bihar, India

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University), Bihar, India

Nalanda University holds the distinction of one of the oldest universities in the world. Founded as early as the 3rd century B.C., it lasted until around the 13th century, when invaders destroyed it. It functioned as a Buddhist center and a place of higher education, where, in addition to Buddhist teachings, students are said to have learned everything from medicine and philosophy to astronomy and math. At its peak as many 10,000 students attended, and came as far away as Turkey and Korea (which explains evidence of dorms). The campus contained classrooms, temples, a library and meditation halls. Tourists can visit the ancient ruins, as well as the Nalanda Archaeological Museum, where objects excavated from the site are on display. 960 1280

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The Persian Qanat, Iran

The Persian Qanat, Iran

Qanat are irrigation tunnels that have carried much-needed water to Iran’s desert regions for more than 3,000 years. It’s estimated that more than 30,000 qanat are still in use today; UNESCO chose 11 as ideal representations of the ancient system, such as containing a rest area for laborers to watermills and reservoirs. 960 1280

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Seaside, South Walton, FL

Seaside, South Walton, FL

With turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and 16 charming beach neighborhoods, it’s hard to pick just one best beach for kids in South Walton, but time and again, families flock to Seaside on Florida’s northwest coast. Enjoy biking and stand-up paddleboarding before heading to Airstream Row for food trucks serving up everything from grilled cheese to homemade custard.  960 1280

Shuvabrata Deb  

Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, HI

Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, HI

A favorite beach for many on Oahu, Kailua Beach Park boasts turquoise blue waters, plenty of free parking and lots of family-friendly water activities, like kayaking and boogie boarding. Kids will love watching the kite surfers, maybe even more than a trip to Island Snow for shave ice. Kalapawai Market is located at the park entrance, so pick up some deli sandwiches for an afternoon picnic on the beach. 

 

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Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos, Greece

Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos, Greece

Many of the beaches in Naxos boast warm waters that are gentle and shallow, particularly those on the southwest coast of the island, making them ideal for families with small children. One of the best is Agios Georgios Beach. Eat breakfast at one of the cafés on the beach for fantastic views of the bay. The beach is also an easy walk to Hora, the island’s colorful capital city.  960 1280

Danita Delimont  

St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

For white sandy beaches and calm, clear waters, St. Pete Beach is a must for families. Grab your fishing poles and sleeping bags for a camp-out right on the beach at Fort De Soto Park. Bike along a 7-mile paved trail, kayak or canoe through mangrove forests and take time to explore the historic fort. You can even take your furry pal to a dog park called Paw Playground.  960 1280

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Maho Bay Beach, St. John

Maho Bay Beach, St. John

Situated on the north shore of St. John, the calm waters make Maho Bay Beach the ideal spot for learning to stand-up paddleboard as a family. It’s also one of the best places on the island to see sea turtles, particularly on the west side of the bay where snorkelers can watch turtles and rays munching on the sea grasses. For hiking, try the Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail.  960 1280

Christian Wheatley  

St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine, FL

For wide beaches, a 4-acre beachfront park and plenty of space to play, even with your dog, head to St. Augustine Beach in St. Augustine. Walk along the shores where Spanish explorers landed so many years ago, then let the kids go wild at the splash park on the pier. Spend time at nearby Anastasia State Park where you can bike on the beach and paddle in a saltwater lagoon.    960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Kids can play on the white sandy beach by day and make s’mores around a bonfire by night at Carmel Beach. Pet lovers will love this dog-friendly (and leash-free) beach, so bring a tennis ball or two to make a few new furry friends. Take the free trolley into town for cheese blintzes at the Little Swiss Café or ride out to Monterey for an afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  960 1280

Elfi Kluck  

Menemsha Beach, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Menemsha Beach, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha’s Vineyard is widely touted as one of the loveliest parts of New England, though kids may love the area more for its beaches than its beauty. Try Menemsha Beach, a popular pick for families in search of gentle surf, fantastic sunsets and one of the best clam shacks on the island. Crowds at The Bite line up early, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking about a beach picnic.  960 1280

Jihan Abdalla  

Coligny Beach, Hilton Head, SC

Coligny Beach, Hilton Head, SC

For families who want to be active from morning until night, head to Hilton Head for kayaking, tennis, crabbing, stand-up paddleboarding, and of course, splashing in the waves at Coligny Beach. Rent bikes at Hilton Head Outfitters in Palmetto Dunes. It’s the best way to explore the island. Go on a boat cruise with Pirates of Hilton Head or fly through the sky at Zipline Hilton Head.  960 1280

Pam McLean  

Short Sands Beach, York, ME

Short Sands Beach, York, ME

One of several popular beaches in York, Short Sands Beach has sand, surf, a playground, and even an arcade. Have a picnic at Ellis Park then spend the afternoon at York’s Wild Kingdom, the largest zoo and amusement park in Maine. Take the trolley to Long Sands Beach for views of the Cape Leddick Lighthouse before heading to the “Surfing Only” area to pick up pointers from the surfers. 960 1280

John Churchman  

Coronado Central Beach, San Diego, CA

Coronado Central Beach, San Diego, CA

Just across the bridge from downtown San Diego you’ll find Coronado Central Beach. Kids will love building castles from sand that glistens year-round thanks to the glittery mineral, mica, which is mixed in with the sand. Walk along the beach to take in historic mansions, as well as the majestic Hotel del Coronado, the inspiration behind Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian.  960 1280

Chiara Salvadori  

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island

Consistently ranked among the best beaches in the Caribbean, Seven Mile Beach has soft, white sand and gentle waters that are ideal for first-time snorkelers eager to see tropical fish and colorful coral reefs. Off the beach, kids can splash in the fountains at Camana Bay, pet stingrays at Stingray City and get up-close with green sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm.  960 1280

Robin Hill  

Resort Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

Resort Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

There’s no shortage of things to do both on and off the beach in Virginia Beach. Walk or ride a surrey bike along the 3-mile boardwalk before snapping a selfie with the 34-foot bronze statue of King Neptune. Go horseback riding or take surfing lessons at Resort Beach, then let the kids go wild at Grommet Island Beach Park, a 100% wheelchair accessible children’s park.  960 1280

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Podaca Beach, Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Podaca Beach, Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Stretching nearly 40 miles between Makarska and Split is the Makarska Riviera, which boasts a number of beach towns with palm tree-lined promenades, ice cream shops and pedal boats to take out onto the delightfully blue water. Book a villa or stay in a family-run campsite along the pebble beach. Off the beach, kids will love hiking around nearby Biokovo Nature Park.   960 1280

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Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach is wide and flat, offering plenty of room for kids to walk, run, ride three-wheelers or go tide pooling in search of sea life and shells. Its postcard attraction is Haystack Rock, a 235-foot tall rock, which sits on the beach near the downtown area. Kite flying is perfect at Cannon Beach since the winds seem to blow at just the right speed. 960 1280

Stephen Curtin  

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

Cape Cod is a favorite year after year and Coast Guard Beach is perfect for long walks and building sand castles as a family. At the Salt Pond Visitor Center, pick up the park newspaper for the scoop on ranger-led nature walks and Junior Ranger programs. Ride bikes along one of three paved bike trails or go kayaking through the famous salt marshes.  960 1280

John Greim  

Corolla, NC

Corolla, NC

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has long been a top pick for families. Book a vacation rental right on the soft, sandy beach or park near the southernmost beach access point in Corolla for restrooms and showers. Go biking, take the ferry to Knotts Island or get hip to all kinds of water sports at Kitty Hawk Kayaks & Surf School.  960 1280

Josh Rinehults  

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL

In summer, families flock to incredible beach towns in Alabama, like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Kids will have a ball swimming, crabbing and kayaking along the two-mile stretch of beach at Gulf State Park. There are hiking and biking trails, as well as a nature center that hosts guided nature walks. Just off the beach, head to Waterville USA for water slides, a lazy river and mini golf.  960 1280

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Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, HI

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, HI

Families with kids of all ages will love Poipu Beach Park. Look for snorkeling and surfing for the big kids, as well as a playground and a shallow wading area for little ones. Enjoy a picnic under the shade of the palm trees or go for a coastal hike along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. In the evening, book a relaxing sunset catamaran cruise to see more of the scenic south side of the island.  960 1280

Steven Greaves  

Coco Plum Beach, Exumas, Bahamas

Coco Plum Beach, Exumas, Bahamas

The beaches of the Exumas are among the best in the Bahamas, especially for those eager to return home with beautiful shells and sand dollars. Located on the north end of Grand Exuma, Coco Plum Beach is a quiet beach with plenty of shady palm trees. For lunch, head to Big D’s Conch Stop, which serves up tasty conch fritters and salads.  960 1280

Danita Delimont  

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

One of the most famous city beaches in Europe, La Concha Beach, is also one of the best beaches for familes. Look for a carousel and multiple playgrounds that dot the beach and the town. Take the funicular railway to the top of Monte Igueldo for unmatched views of La Concha Bay. As a bonus, there’s an amusement park at the summit complete with bumper cars and pony rides.  960 1280

Alex Lapuerta  

Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC

Just south of Charleston, explore nature, wildlife and beautiful South Carolina coastline on Kiawah Island. Kids can sing songs and take art lessons at Kamp Kiawah, as well as splash and play at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, a quiet beach that’s well-suited for small children. Rent bikes to explore the island or take classes to become a Junior Naturalist.  960 1280

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Long Beach, WA

Long Beach, WA

Dig for razor clams or take in the views of the Pacific from the half-mile wooden boardwalk located on the Long Beach Peninsula. Explore nearby lighthouses with the kids, hike along the Willapa Interpretive Art Trail or get your game on at the Funland Arcade. Work up an appetite paddling at Willapa Bay before indulging in a milkshake at Hungry Harbor Grille.  960 1280

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Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL

Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL

With more than 25 miles of paved trails, Sanibel Island is a fantastic place to explore by bike. Look for warm waters and gentle surf, as well as more than 300 kinds of seashells. Enroll the kids in Sanibel Sea School to learn about marine conservation before hopping a ferry to Cayo Costa State Park. Families will especially love Bowman’s Beach, which has a playground and magical sunsets.   960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Assateague Island National Seashore, MD

Assateague Island National Seashore, MD

Nearly 38 miles long, the Assateague Island National Seashore is a protected wildlife sanctuary. Stay in nearby Chincoteague or camp out on the beach of this barrier island. Kids will love hiking, clamming, crabbing and fishing on the beach, but the main attraction is the wild ponies, which have roamed the beaches and saltwater marshes since the 1600s.  960 1280

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Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA

Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA

Known for soft, white sands and gentle waters, Wingaersheek Beach is the place to take the kids at low tide where you’ll find loads of clams, shells, even sand dollars, all over the beach. Pack a picnic lunch or grab a bite at one of several snack shops that that dot the beach. Parking isn’t cheap and you’ll need to get there early but you will be rewarded with kids who can’t wait to go back.  960 1280

Garry Black  

Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach, Aruba

Kids and families love Eagle Beach in Aruba. It’s a beach where you can easily spend the entire day relaxing in a beach chair and splashing in the turquoise waters. Walk along the beach in search of the island’s famous Divi Divi trees. Water sports are popular, so rent a jet ski, a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard, or get set up to go snorkeling or parasailing.  960 1280

Holger Leue  

Sunset Beach, Cape May, NJ

Sunset Beach, Cape May, NJ

Sunset Beach is one of a handful of spots on the east coast where you can see the sunset from the beach. Come for the Victorian homes, the free parking and the crab cake sandwiches at the Sunset Beach Grill. Kids will love splashing in the surf and hunting for Cape May diamonds (quartz pebbles). Bring a camera to snap photos of the S.S. Atlantus, which sits just offshore.  960 1280

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Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig, Scotland

Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig, Scotland

Located in one of the most scenic parts of the Scottish Highlands, you won’t go wrong camping near Camusdarach Beach and taking sea kayaks out into the water to explore the coves. Children will love playing in the sand and the calm, clear waters on the beach. Collect shells and enjoy the views of the Isle of Skye before settling in for the evening sunset.  960 1280

Peter Lewis  

Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL

Pier 60 is the place to be in Clearwater Beach for spectacular sunsets and a nightly sunset festival that includes live music, magicians, stilt walkers and local artisans. The crystal clear, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico makes this a great choice for families. Book a dolphin cruise or take to the sky for parasailing. Look to nearby Caladesi Island State Park for great shelling.  960 1280

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For the Sports Fanatic: Chicago

For the Sports Fanatic: Chicago

It’s easy to see why Chicago is quickly becoming one of the most popular bachelor party destinations in the US. The city has something for everyone. Beach? Check. Professional sports? Check. The Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all call Chicago home. Food? Check. Deep-dish pizza and Italian sausage are a must. And Beer? Um, check! Chicago has more than 60 breweries inside its city limits alone. 960 1280

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For the Jetsetter on a Coach Budget: Montreal

For the Jetsetter on a Coach Budget: Montreal

There are a myriad of reasons to visit Montreal, not least of which is its affordable and late-club scene centered along the 7-mile-long Boulevard Saint-Laurent, as well as the city’s fantastic summer festival lineup (including its fantastic beer, jazz and comedy fests), and its access to European flair without ever leaving the continent.
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For the Over-Indulgent: New Orleans

For the Over-Indulgent: New Orleans

The Big Easy is unmatched for its ready-made party atmosphere and dedication to nonstop indulgence -- and no boulevard in the city is better suited to carousing than Bourbon Street. Some of the country's best music can be found at joints like Tipitina’s and Preservation Hall, and legendary restaurants like Brennan's will have you savoring your waning days of bachelorhood with bull shots, red roosters and so much more.
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For the Beer Lover: Milwaukee

For the Beer Lover: Milwaukee

Wisconsin isn’t the most obvious potential bachelor party locale, but its biggest city has a lot more going for it bro-wise than you might think. Home to both MillerCoors and an abundance of worthy microbreweries, from Horny Goat Brewing Co. to good ole Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee has well earned its Brew City nickname. Stay at the bro-riffically brand new Brewhouse Inn & Suites, a boutique hotel located in the 20-acre downtown complex that housed the Pabst Brewery for over 150 years. 960 1280

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For the Music Fan: Nashville

For the Music Fan: Nashville

It ain’t called the Music City for nothin’! Now, I’m not saying there aren’t other places music lover’s should go on their bachelor parties (see New Orleans), but there is nowhere better in the world — for fans of country music — than Nashville. Without fail, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can find live music. Maybe music isn’t your thing. Don’t worry. Nashville still has plenty of amazing options for a bachelor. Like sports? Maybe a Predators hockey game or a Titans football game is more your speed. And no place on our list does barbecue quite like Nashville. 960 1280

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For the Classic Party Guy: Las Vegas

For the Classic Party Guy: Las Vegas

Sure a Vegas getaway for the guys is popular, but for good reason. From high-stakes gambling and all-day pool parties, to over-the-top clubs, Las Vegas is a nonstop full-tilt playground that’s the stuff of countless epic bro weekends.
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For the Adventure Seeker: Aspen

For the Adventure Seeker: Aspen

If you’re looking to hit the slopes for a fun, fast-paced bachelor party, you really can’t go wrong heading out west. However, there is one particular Colorado destination that seems to stand out the most, and that’s Aspen. Rent a cabin or stay at one of the famous ski-in/ski-out resorts with a bunch of your buddies and immerse yourself in Aspen’s cool, laid-back environment. The Apres-ski conditions don’t get much better either. Fire pits, hot tubs, live music and great food among other things are available at your fingertips around every corner. 960 1280

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For the Sea Lover: Yacht Week

For the Sea Lover: Yacht Week

Perhaps the ultimate bachelor party destination isn’t just one destination at all, visit several awe-inspiring European countries through Yacht Week. Bachelors get to choose which route they’d like to cruise, with special offers including trips around Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, the British Virgin Islands and Thailand. And don’t forget to sign up well in advance; the different countries only have a limited number of yachts permitted per route, per week. 960 1280

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For the Night Life Enthusiast: Miami

For the Night Life Enthusiast: Miami

With its awesome oceanfront views, amazing food, easy access to some of the country's best sports, and 24-hour club scene, Miami’s South Beach has all the features of an ultimate bachelor fest. The restaurant scene is teeming with superstars like the 10,000-square-foot penthouse Juvia and the Florida outposts of New York City icons like Scarpetta and The Dutch. Not-to-miss party spots include Nikki Beach Club by day and LIV by night. 960 1280

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For the Golf Pro: Phoenix

For the Golf Pro: Phoenix

For the sports-minded posse, the greater Phoenix area aims to please, with year-round sunshine and warm temps that make it perfect for enjoying the scores of superb golf courses, pro baseball’s Cactus League lineup, and a multitude of fantastic hiking and climbing options nearby in great outdoor spots like Camelback Mountain. And since no self-respecting bachelor weekend can be 100% healthy, the area is also surprisingly rife with nightlife and several casinos are within easy driving distance. 960 1280

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For the Beach Bro: Rio de Janeiro

For the Beach Bro: Rio de Janeiro

When it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, opposite-seasoned Rio de Janeiro makes for an especially magnetic stag party destination. And how many of your buddies can say they had their bachelor fests in the sizzling beachside host city of both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics? You’ll never need to leave the utopian Copacabana/Ipanema area, but for a little more authenticity and adventure, check out the even livelier Lapa neighborhood. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Based on the "Harry Potter" books and films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a $200-million theme-park at Universal Orlando that had its grand opening on June 18, 2010.  The park includes rides like the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff.  Diagon Alley opened July 8, 2014. 960 1280

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Triple-Decker Knight Bus

Triple-Decker Knight Bus

Hop aboard the Knight Bus if you're a stranded member of the wizarding community. To hail the bus, a witch or wizard can just stick their wand up in the air in the same manner that a muggle would do to hail a taxi. It is possible to book tickets for travel on the bus in advance. 960 1280

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Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express waits to transport young wizards at Hogsmeade Station at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley, with its cobblestone-ladden roads, is the perfect place to get all of your necessities for the upcoming school year at Hogwarts. Diagon Alley is lined with inns, pubs, book shops, clothing stores and much more. 960 1280

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Gringotts Bank

Gringotts Bank

Diagon Alley includes the thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This attraction combines 360-degree themed sets, high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D projection systems and live effects with characters and moments form the final "Harry Potter" book and film. And make sure you visit Gringotts Bank (pictured) -- it's the only bank in the Wizarding World owned and operated by goblins. 960 1280

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

Ollivander's Wand Shop

An essential stop for any witch or wizard going to choose a wand (or better yet, let the wand choose them), Ollivander’s Wand Shop is a must-visit in Diagon Alley.
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Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

The place to turn your attention for all-things  wizarding, the Daily Prophet is a long-standing newspaper conglomerate located in Diagon Alley.
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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Hogwarts school majestically towers over the theme park, bringing the tales of Harry and friends to life. 960 1280

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Hogwarts Portrait Gallery

Hogwarts Portrait Gallery

The Hogwarts portrait gallery is just as described in the books with talking portraits of wizards decorating the walls. 960 1280

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Hogsmeade Village

Hogsmeade Village

The Harry Potter theme park re-creates the picturesque Hogsmeade village with shops and restaurants you'll recognize straight from the books. 960 1280

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Honeydukes

Honeydukes

You’ll enjoy your trip to Hogsmeade like a kid in a candy shop … or should I say, like a wizard in a candy shop! Honeydukes is the premier place to get all your chocolate and candy needs in one stop.

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Hog's Head Pub

Hog's Head Pub

Looking for a cold glass of butterbeer? Hog’s Head is a local pub located in Hogsmeade where muggles can stop in and try an assortment of alcoholic beverages. 960 1280

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Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks

Located in the heart of Hogsmeade, Three Broomsticks is a popular restaurant known for their fish and chips, as well as shepherd’s pie and other assorted goodies. 960 1280

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The Owlery

The Owlery

Visitors can rest their legs and observe the roosting owls at the Owlery across from the Three Broomsticks. 960 1280
Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore's Office

Guests get a peek at Dumbledore's office tucked inside Hogwarts castle where the magic happens.
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Dragon Challenge

Dragon Challenge

Guests make their way to Dragon Challenge, two dueling roller coasters that twist, turn and careen toward each other.
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Hagrid's Hut

Hagrid's Hut

Guests can view a re-creation of Hagrid's Hut on their way to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff.
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Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff

Named after the Hippogriff Buckbeak, (which has the head of an eagle and the body of a horse), Flight of the Hippogriff is a family-friendly coaster that flies past Hagrid's hut. 960 1280

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Flying Ford Anglia

Flying Ford Anglia

After Ron and Harry miss the Hogwarts Express in the "The Chamber of Secrets," they steal Mr. Weasley’s flying car in an attempt to make it to school on time. Unfortunately, the car never made it back to The Burrow, the home of Ron's family, but now resides here, trapped amongst the trees.
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Paddle the Pacific

Paddle the Pacific

Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Park, just off the coast of Los Angeles, is home to some of the best kayaking on the West Coast. Rich with marine life and boasting the much-photographed Arch Rock, Anacapa is the perfect day trip or overnighter for the city dweller looking to get into some rough water. It’s a cliff island, so beware of winds, currents and fog.  

 

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Float the Border

Float the Border

The mighty Rio Grande runs through Big Bend National Park in Texas, but it also represents the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Rafting down the river not only takes you through some eye-widening scenery, like 1500-foot deep canyons, but will also toss you back and forth across the border. 960 1280

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Hit the Sandy Slopes

Hit the Sandy Slopes

Colorado has Aspen, one of the most famous skiing destinations on the planet. It also has Sand Dunes National Park, one of the only sandboarding and sandsledding destinations on the planet. Slalom down the granular slopes like some diabolical combination of Jean-Claude Killy and Lawrence of Arabia. Hit the dunes early in the morning or late in the evening, lest you roast in the 150° midday heat. And don’t forget the lip balm.

 

 

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Cold Storage

Cold Storage

The upper regions of Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park have over 35 square miles of permanent ice and snow, providing a year-round paradise for hearty souls who consider ice camping a pleasure. If you’re going to stay the night on the mountain, securely lock your vittles to keep them from the clutches of foxes and other aggressive winter wildlife. 960 1280

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Take in the Lights

Take in the Lights

Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park sits just below the Canadian border and offers campers a ringside seat to the Northern Lights. Voyageurs encompasses 270 campsites only accessible by watercraft, but we recommend the remote Echo Lake Campground for best visibility. Check a variety of weather services to determine your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. 960 1280

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Yosemite Gliding

Yosemite Gliding

It may seem crazy, but people have been leaping off Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park for decades. Hang gliding was once sanctioned and overseen by park employees. These days the private Yosemite Hang Gliding Association coordinates it. 960 1280

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The Rafters

The Rafters

If a weekend of seething whitewater just doesn’t cut it anymore, try an eight-day Grand Canyon raft trip down the Colorado River. There are a host of operators who will happily guide you down 200 miles of rapids. By the end of it, you’ll have seen Native-American ruins, mile-high cliff walls and countless eagles. 960 1280

  

Hit the Heights

Hit the Heights

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park boasts rock formations that will set a climber’s mouth to watering. The 415-square-mile park is a full-service climbing destination, featuring opportunities for scaling rock, wall, ice and snow. Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak are favorites of local and international climbers. Whether you are an experienced sport climber or a beginning boulderer, be safe and leave no trace of your visit.

 

 

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Lost in America

Lost in America

It makes sense that America’s largest national park is in Alaska, its largest state. Wrangell-Saint Elias stretches across 13,200,000 acres. You could fit Yellowstone, Everglades, and Death Valley inside it, and still have room for Denali, the third largest park (also in Alaska) at 6,075,030 acres. 960 1280

  

Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

In addition to being the most popular hike in Zion National Park, the Narrows has something for every ability level over its 16 miles. The trail follows the Virgin River, which is convenient during the summer months, since you’ll be at least ankle-deep most of the time. If it starts to rain, head for high ground; flash floods are common and have a tendency to drop by without calling first.  960 1280

  

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