Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

One of ther most beautiful ports in all of the world calls Thailand its home. From the water, you can see the lights of downtown Bangkok pierce the evening sky.  960 1280

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Looking to relax in paradise? A beautiful sunny beach with crystal clear waters awaits in Maui, Hawaii. 960 1280

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Niko Harbour, Antarctica

Niko Harbour, Antarctica

Tourists in zodiac boats in Niko Harbour, off the coast of Antarctica, prepare to come ashore and see some of nature's cutest cold-weather dwellers, the penguin. 960 1280

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Old Port in Montreal

Old Port in Montreal

Looking for that old school European flavor right here in North America? Stop off at the Old Port in Montreal to explore the largest city in Quebec. 960 1280

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Vina del Mar in Chile

Vina del Mar in Chile

The architectural beauty of South America is on full display off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile, at port Vina del Mar. 960 1280

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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Not too many places in the world scream serenity like Hawaii. Cruise along the Na Pali coast of Kauai for an unforgettable experience. 960 1280

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Passengers head into Charlotte Amalie, the capital of St. Thomas, in search of great shopping. 960 1280

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Marseille, France

Marseille, France

The oldest city in all of France, the rich history of Marseille is present in its countryside, architecture and cuisine. 960 1280

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Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

At the core of Split, Croatia, is a residential and commercial center that was once a 4th-century Roman palace. After 17 centuries of restoration and renovation, the line between Split's past and present is delightfully blurred. 960 1280

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

A web of more than 300 canals and bridges gives St. Petersburg, Russia, its reputation as the Venice of the North. The palaces in St. Petersburg are renowned for being among the biggest in the world. 960 1280

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Kakslauttanen, Finland

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Kaklsauttenen is one of a handful of resorts catering to Northern Lights tourists. Their igloo rooms offer in-bed viewing of the spectacular lights overhead.  960 1280

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Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

For even more ephemeral lodgings, Jukkasjärvi Sweden’s Ice Hotel, is rebuilt from snow and ice each winter for Northern Lights tourists. 960 1280

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Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

The Northern Lights are visible from almost anywhere in Alaska north of Fairbanks. The University of Alaska even offers a Northern Lights forecast so you can plan your trip. 960 1280

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Abisko, Swedish Lapland

Abisko, Swedish Lapland

Some consider Sweden’s Abisko National Park the premier locale for viewing the Northern Lights. The area’s unique microclimate, which generates little precipitation, practically ensures clear skies. 960 1280

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Tromsoe, Norway

Tromsoe, Norway

For Northern Lights with a little nightlife, show up in Tromsoe for the Northern Lights Festival, a celebration that features music, dance and more, for eleven days in late January and early February. 960 1280

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Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Though the Northern Lights (or Merry Dancers as locals call them), can be spotted in much of the U.K., Aberdeen is probably the best British viewing locale. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland’s become a popular tourist destination in recent years, with plenty of activities, including aurora viewing. But if your sole purpose for heading to Iceland is the natural light show, be sure to leave a few buffer days; Iceland is notorious for overcast skies. 960 1280

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Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Safely within the Arctic Circle, Lapland, Finland enjoys Northern Lights nearly 200 days of the year. 960 1280

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Northern Hudson Bay, Canada

Northern Hudson Bay, Canada

You can get your Northern Lights and ogle polar bears on a single trip to Churchill, Manitoba, where the lights are visible 300 nights a year, and the polar bears are plentiful.  960 1280

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Greenland

Greenland

A lengthy Northern Lights season (from September to April) and limited light pollution make Greenland an ideal viewing spot for aurora seekers.  960 1280

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St. Bart’s

St. Bart’s

Boasting some of the world’s top-rated beaches, as well as numerous spas, high end restaurants and luxury resorts, St. Bart’s offers a true escape from cold climate winters. 960 1280

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St. Martin

St. Martin

An island divided, the northern part of St. Martin is a French territory, while the southern part is Dutch. French St. Martin is known for luxury resorts and shopping, while Dutch St. Maarten is famed for its nightlife. 960 1280

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Curacao

Curacao

Nightlife and the anonymous blue liqueur draw many winter travelers to Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. The island’s coral reefs are popular among snorkelers. 960 1280

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Tortolla

Tortolla

The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortolla is a popular destination for winter travelers. Visitors enjoy hiking and seeing the volcanic island’s historic sites. But Tortolla’s best known for the beaches along its northern coast, including Brewer’s Bay. 960 1280

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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Twenty-two miles long and eight miles across at its widest point, Grand Cayman is home to varied wildlife, beautiful beaches, and plenty of resort activities, especially along Seven Mile Beach, the most active tourist area. 960 1280

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Barbados

Barbados

Southern Atlantic or far eastern Caribbean? Who cares? Barbados continues to be one of the most sought-after winter island destinations. In addition to beaches, tourists can enjoy golf, the botanic gardens and visit historic plantations. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

If you’re seeking a little culture with your Caribbean escape, check out Jamaica, birthplace of reggae and home to January’s annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Numerous other arts activities including dance and museums are available as well. 960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

The most prominent natural feature of this volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean are the Pitons, two steep mountain peaks on its west coast. Famed for luxury resorts and pristine beaches, adventurers can also hike the trails of St. Lucia’s interior rainforest. 960 1280

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Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire, the Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, is widely regarded as a premier diving destination. Its coral reefs are protected by a national park and the island features 54 shore diving locations. 960 1280

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Belize

Belize

Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize offers Caribbean beaches on its east and rainforest in its west. Adventurers can explore Mayan ruins, trek through the jungle or dive in Belize’s Barrier Reef. 960 1280

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All Aboard

All Aboard

Based in Anchorage, the Alaska Railroad travels 500 miles of main line from Seward to Fairbanks, with spurs to Whittier and Palmer. Together with John Hall’s Alaska tours, travelers can explore the remote Alaskan interior via train, plane, bus and boat. This view is from the observation car as the train heads south from Anchorage to Whittier along the scenic Turnagain Arm.  960 1280

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Otterly Adorable

Otterly Adorable

Sunning sea otters are a common sight in Prince William Sound. The Alaska Railroad travels from Anchorage to Whittier, where Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises takes passengers to Valdez through iceburg fields teeming with sea lions, humpback whales, orcas and puffins. 960 1280

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Valdez Ahead

Valdez Ahead

Kayak among sapphire iceburgs and orcas with Pangaea Adventures in Valdez, a commercial and sport-fishing port as well as the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline. Valdez made worldwide news in 1989 with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but the area has largely recovered.  960 1280

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Bird's-Eye View

Bird's-Eye View

A stop on the Alaska Railroad’s northern route, Talkeetna is a popular town for staging outdoor adventures into Denali National Park. Charter planes take everyone from “flightseers” to expedition mountain climbers into the park. K2 Aviation offers several tours, including flights that land on glaciers within the park that are followed by a guided hike. 960 1280

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Bear Right at the Sign

Bear Right at the Sign

Grizzly and black bears, moose, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and many other animals are seen within Denali National Park and Preserve’s six million acres. The Alaska Railroad has a historic depot within the park near the visitor's center, and is a popular way to arrive. The 92-mile Park Road connects the park entrance to Kantishna, where remote lodges such as Denali Backcountry Lodge are located. Buses are the only public transportation permitted into Denali's backcountry other than planes.  960 1280

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The High One

The High One

Denali, meaning “The High One” in the language of the Koyukon Athabascans, is the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet. Completely obscured by clouds two-thirds of the time, Denali was first summited in 1913 and continues to be a destination for expert mountaineers worldwide. Named Mt. McKinley by a gold prospector in 1896, it was restored to its indigenous name in 2015. 960 1280

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A Caribou or Two

A Caribou or Two

A caribou rack rests in the alpine landscape near the Eielson Visitor Center within six-million acre Denali National Park. There are approximately 1,760 caribou in Denali National Park, and they provide a major meal source for bears and wolves.  960 1280

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American Beauty

American Beauty

A waterfall trickles behind fireweed in Keystone Canyon, one of the many scenic stops afforded by John Hall's Alaska tours. Motorcoaches pick up passengers in Valdez and travel backroads to Fairbanks, passing through scenery and making stops not covered by the Alaska Railroad. 960 1280

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Gateway to the Arctic

Gateway to the Arctic

At the Alaska Railroad's northern terminus, Fairbanks offers several cultural attractions including Chena Indian Village and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Called the Gateway to the Arctic, Fairbanks is also the starting point for trips into the Arctic Circle and is known for its northern lights viewing. 960 1280

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Anchoring in Anchorage

Anchoring in Anchorage

Upon returning to Anchorage, Alaska Railroad and John Hall's Alaska riders often factor in a day or two to explore this walkable city. The Anchorage Museum details the history and art of Alaska, as well as its many native cultures. With a population of 300,000, Anchorage is Alaska's largest city and is filled with local shops and restaurants, including 49th State Brewing Company. 960 1280

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The City of Lights

The City of Lights

I proposed to my girlfriend in Paris last year, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Yet, I found myself sweating uncontrollably for three months prior, mainly because I had no idea where in Paris I was going to do it. So, a week before the trip, I researched these 21 locations. Some we never got to, weren't right for us or simply wouldn't cooperate. Thankfully, one ultimately did. I hope one works for you, too. Bonne chance. 960 1280

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The Top of the Eiffel Tower

The Top of the Eiffel Tower

Let’s begin with the obvious. Here’s the thing about proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower: Yes, you can drink champagne up there and the view is amazing, but there’s also a good chance that, while you’re down on one knee, delivering the speech of your life, some tourist will cripple you with a selfie stick. My advice? Propose in the middle where there’s more room and the views are still amazing. Also, go at sunset.  960 1280

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The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

This was one of the many places I’d hoped to propose to my girlfriend. It’s beautiful, tranquil and secluded, which can be difficult to find in Paris during the high season. Yet, as we approached it, we found it completely fenced off due to winter renovations. Moral of the story: it’s a great place to propose from April to September. 960 1280

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The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

My now fiancée and I ate here about an hour before we got engaged and it was one of the best views of Paris we had the entire trip. If you've always dreamed of putting the ring in a glass of champagne, this rooftop bar is for you. 960 1280

  

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Unlike the Pont des Arts, the Place des Vosges is relatively easy to pronounce, and one you’ll enjoy saying again and again. Finished in 1612, it is the oldest planned square in Paris. 960 1280

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The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

It’s a Ferris wheel in the middle of Paris. What else could you want? Fried dough and powdered sugar? Because, yes, that’s what I want, too. 960 1280

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The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Aside from it being stunning – I mean, look at it; it looks like something out of Game of Thrones – it would just be really fun to propose here due to the name. 960 1280

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The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid

One of the most iconic spots in Paris, the Louvre Pyramid would make a great proposal spot if your significant other is an art lover. 960 1280

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Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co. is a small bookstore in the Latin Quarter where Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and other 20th century literary icons hung out. Bottom line: This is for the book lover in your life. 960 1280

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In a Cafe

In a Cafe

There’s just something so romantic about Parisian cafes, especially if your loved one loves coffee. Check out Le Petit Marcel, Le Pure Café and Le Bistrot du Peintre – all charming cafes that’d make great spots to pop the question. 960 1280

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From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

If you’ve been dating your significant other for a long time, there’s a good chance they’ve told you, “The clock is ticking,” or some other variation upon the theme. Thus, what better way to propose to this person than by walking up to a giant clock, letting them deliver this line once again, then responding, “Oh yeah?” 960 1280

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The Pont des Artes

The Pont des Artes

Unless you’re French, you should resign to the fact that you’ll never pronounce this correctly. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful bridge with a beautiful view, and you should totally get engaged there. 960 1280

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On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

Most likely if you’re dating a fashionista, they’ve been talking about shopping on the Champs Élysees for months, now. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada – it will be a terrifying exercise in fiscal responsibility. But during the holidays, beneath the twinkling lights on the trees, it’s also a great place to propose.  960 1280

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The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

You spent thousands of dollars on the ring. You spent thousands of dollars to get to Europe. You convinced someone to date you long enough that it wouldn’t be crazy to ask them to marry you. This is a triumphant moment, so where better to ask the big question than at the Arc de Triomphe? 960 1280

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In Front of Notre Dame

In Front of Notre Dame

If you’re anything like me, you still can’t get enough of the DeBeers “A diamond is forever” commercial where the guy scares away an entire flock of pigeons when, seemingly to no one, he shouts, “I love this woman!” While it seems this took place in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, you can basically find the same atmosphere in Paris in front of Notre Dame. Just be vigilant for pickpockets. 960 1280

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The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for five minutes. The Champ de Mars is lovely to stroll after the crowds have subsided, so take your loved one there and wait for midnight. 960 1280

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The Versailles Orangerie

The Versailles Orangerie

Versailles, as a general rule of thumb, is a madhouse during the high season. But thankfully there are acres of gardens in which to spread out. My suggestion? The Versailles Orangerie. 960 1280

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Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet

If images of the French Revolution ruin the romance of Versailles for you, but you still want that bourgeois vibe, Château de Rambouillet is your ticket. Located 30 miles outside the city, it is still the summer residence of the president of France. 960 1280

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The Trocadéro

The Trocadéro

It doesn’t get more Paris than this with views overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Pro tip: Go at sunrise and hire a photographer to capture the entire thing. 960 1280

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The Square du Vert-Galant

The Square du Vert-Galant

If you jump off the Pont des Arts and swim a few hundred yards west, you’ll wash up on a small park on the Pont Neuf. I personally have not stepped foot on this little bit of paradise, but I can tell you it’s beautiful. 960 1280

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The Wall of Love

The Wall of Love

Located in perhaps the loveliest part of the City of Lights (Monmartre) is a wall dedicated entirely to the notion of love. Aptly titled “The Wall of Love,” it features 612 tiles made from enameled lava with the phrase “I love you” written across them in 250 different languages. Your mission is to learn how to pronounce all of them. 960 1280

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On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

After many failed attempts, this is where I eventually popped the question. It was late in the evening, raining lightly, and we had the entire square to ourselves. Overlooking the city, I felt the ring in my pocket and turned to her. “So,” I said, trying to remember the speech I’d planned. “What do you say we... take our relationship to the next level?” And this is the power of Paris: She still said yes.  960 1280

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Sun Shining on Overwater Bungalows on Kampot River
Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia

Known throughout Cambodia as the coveted weekend getaway destination, Kampot is a much needed reprieve from the chaos of Phnom Penh. Eco resorts like Ganesha and Eden Eco Village line the river while secret lakes and waterfalls abound for early morning canoeing and swimming. Rent a moto and take a drive up the winding roads of Bokor Mountain or over to La Plantation’s organic pepper farm and sample some of the world’s best. 960 1280

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Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Just off the coast of Cambodia near the border of Thailand, Kong Rong Sanloem sits unaffected by the worries of mainland and city life. A stay at either Lazy Beach hotel or Saracen Bay Resort delivers white sand beaches and an uninhibited view of the Gulf of Thailand. Sunset cocktails are recommended for full vacation mode. 960 1280

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Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Take the dirt roads back into the forest of Mondulkiri and experience a Cambodia most tourists never know exists. Full of hikes, waterfalls and winding paths for moto riding, this oasis is one of Cambodia’s best kept secrets—until now. The Worldwide Fund for Nature protects a significant amount of the area and there are eco-accommodations like Nature Lodge that make the environment a priority. 960 1280

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Known best for the 12th century temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has quickly developed into a bustling city. The famous pub street attracts all sorts of characters with its competing street parties—between Angkor Wat and Temple Bar—while the edges of town are host to more docile retreats. Artisans Angkor, a silk farm with free tours and a socially minded business concept, and Bees Unlimited, an educational guide to protecting local bees and honey, provide a way to explore modern Cambodia. 960 1280

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A wave of youthful enthusiasm is driving a country rocked by genocide into a new era. Gain your historical bearings at the Royal Palace and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, but transport back to the present with a cultural evening at the Meta House and a sunset dinner by the Mekong River. Fully embrace the daily lives of these smiling people at Russian Market and sample a traditional Khmer meal at the hip Eleven One Kitchen. 960 1280

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Away from the famed sandy beaches of Thailand’s coast, the northern city of Chiang Rai acts as the perfect stopping point for Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle between Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. Travelers are given more than one reason to get off the beaten path, from finding the best khao soi soup at Phor Jai restaurant, stunning landscapes and ornate temples — the intricate White Temple is a bucket list staple. 960 1280

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Stick to temples and food for the daytime experience while nighttime is definitely for the parties. The Grand Palace is a must, while taste-testing the city with Bangkok Food Tours should be on every foodie's list. The popular backpacker nightlife is on Khao San Road, but for those looking to avoid this type of crowd, the more local scene is at Sukhumvit Soi 11. 960 1280

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Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Bordering Myanmar in Northern Thailand, Kanchanaburi proves to be more than just a stopover destination. For the outdoor adventurer, Erawan National Park and quieter Sai Yok National Park provide some of Thailand’s best waterfalls, hikes and cave exploration. Check out the laidback lifestyle scene on the River Kwai and its infamous bridge. 960 1280

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Krabi Province, Thailand

Krabi Province, Thailand

Krabi Province is all about the coastal life. Full moon parties, white sand beaches and overwater cliff climbing have been summoning travelers from all over the world for more than 20 years. Go swimming at Phra Nang Beach, paint yourself neon for a rave on Koh Phi Phi or catch a sunset in Kantiang Bay. 960 1280

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Phetchaburi, Thailand

Phetchaburi, Thailand

Get outside of Bangkok and off the heels of tourists in the working town of Phetchaburi. Its rich history, ancient temples and mystical caves attract people from around the world. Don’t miss Wat Kamphaeng Laeng dating back to 12th Century Khmer architecture and the Tham Khao Luang cave. 960 1280

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Legian, Indonesia

Legian, Indonesia

On the famous Bali Island coast, Legian is the “just right” spot as it’s sandwiched between the high end Seminyak and backpacker Kuta beaches. Accommodations and entertainment come in mid-range prices, while the surf and scenery are priceless. Catch the sunset at TAO Rooftop Bar and dance the night away at Eikon. 960 1280

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Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud, Indonesia

Eat, Pray, Love readers will recognize Ubud as the setting for the conclusion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey, and this part of Bali truly is as romantic as she makes it seem. Whether it’s a spiritual quest or simply getting in touch with nature, Ubud has a little something for everyone. Plan to see the iconic rice terraces and venture over to White Lotus for a yoga class. 960 1280

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The incredible topography of Ha Long Bay makes this an iconic destination of Vietnam. Massive land structures shoot straight out of the blue-green ocean and provide an otherworldly view while cruising through by boat — Dragon Legend tours are one of the best in deals and name. Kick back for a luxe overnight trip exploring caves and feasting on fresh seafood. 960 1280

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Busy streets packed with food stalls and revving scooters let you know you’ve arrived in Vietnam. The Gustave Eiffel designed Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral and the Jade Emperor Pagoda let you know you’re in Ho Chi Minh City. Still frequently referred to as Saigon, this city with a controversial past is now a vibrant, modern destination. 960 1280

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Though Hanoi is another bustling city in northern Vietnam, it’s easy to access much needed greenery at the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake and a little further away Ba Vi National Park. For a look at an authentic downtown experience, walk the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter to admire the colonial architecture and grab the best bowl of traditional beef pho at Pho 49 Bat Dan. 960 1280

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, a transitory town on the coast, between north and south Vietnam, is known for its tailor-made clothing and relaxing environment. This is a good place to kick back and have a drink or two. Don’t be fooled by the chilled out vibes. The town turns it up every lunar cycle for a vibrant full moon party filling the quiet streets with music, colorful lanterns and traditional plays. Book early as the event draws quite a crowd. 960 1280

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Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

For a bit more of a perspective on rural life, head north to Sapa. Although this northern region can get cool in the winter, Sapa shouldn’t be missed when visiting Vietnam. The impressive mountains surrounding this town offer a perspective on rural living as they are home to indigenous tribes and a traditional way of life. Head into the hills with the local guide group Sapa Sisters—a social enterprise run entirely by local women—or discover the Sapa Square for colorful handicrafts. 960 1280

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL as most travelers call it, is quickly becoming a destination hot spot. Since the public transportation system is cheap and easy, touring this bustling metropolis is a walk in the park. After checking off the obligatory view of the Petronas Towers, move on to the real reason people visit: taste testing the hawker stalls. Head to Chinatown and Little India to experience this cultural amalgamation with hole-in-the-wall eateries serving up authentic, savory cuisine. 960 1280

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Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is known for having more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, which are currently being restored to UNESCO standards. The recent increase in tourism is bringing more reasons to visit this rich, historical city. The location has catered to foodie travelers as cuisine from regions near and far have settled here. Most notable is the recent opening of Sharky’s restaurant, an artisan eatery focusing on locally grown produce and, surprisingly, expertly produced cheeses. 960 1280

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Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Experience Myanmar like an old school explorer by cruising down the massive Irrawaddy River. It runs north to south, bisecting the entire country and connects major cities Mandalay and Bagan. Luxury line Sanctuary Ananda has cruise options for up to 11 nights of slowly watching the world go by. There are ships for any budget, though — most taking day trips into river towns and glimpsing impressive cultural pieces like the Maya Tha Lun Pagoda. 960 1280

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Singapore

Singapore

Being nicknamed the cleanest place in Asia doesn’t come cheap, but splurging in Singapore is well worth the accompanying price tag. About half the size of Hong Kong, this equally modern island off the southern coast of Malaysia has everything from an impressive skyline, Ferris wheel included, to world-renowned fine dining experiences like famous Restaurant ANDRE. “Since 2010, Restaurant ANDRE has been listed in World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award for six consecutive years and the Best Restaurant in Singapore,” said Marketing and Communication Manager Wendy Huang. 960 1280

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Si Phan Don, Laos

Si Phan Don, Laos

As a landlocked country next to the more popular Thailand and Vietnam, Laos falls under the radar of most travelers. It’s left places like the 4,000 Islands, or Si Phan Don, on the famous Mekong River seemingly untouched. Humble roads for riding bikes, porches for simply watching the sun rise and set and a host of natural beauties like curious dolphins and flowing waterfalls call to adventurers searching for authenticity.  960 1280

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Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos

Contrasting sharply to cities like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the chronically laid back Laos capital, Vientiane. Though the hustle and bustle is starting to make its way into development projects and construction, the bulk of tourism here still revolves around drinking Beerlao at sunset on the bank of the Mekong and slow paced visits of cultural sites like the Laos National Museum or Buddha Park. Accommodations are still fairly traditional, however there are some homier options, like Mandala Boutique Hotel that combine budget comfort and Laos culture. 960 1280

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Luang Prabong, Laos

Luang Prabong, Laos

Go to where the rivers converge, the Nam Khan and Mekong, to find Luang Prabong. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this Laotian city has gracefully combined traditional urban design with 19th and 20th century colonial architecture. The location provides access to nearby mountains, Kuang Si waterfalls and, of course, ample temples. To immerse yourself in the slow, quiet vibe of Laos, visit the Vipassana Temple and Park to try the meditation technique of the local monks. 960 1280

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Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Long established as a devil-may-care backpacker destination, this town actually shut out these types of travelers in 2012 by closing down the drug-induced partying and reckless river tubing. Since then, it has returned to the reason people flocked here in the first place: the serene river and peaceful environment. Going back to the basics, the Organic Mulberry Farm Restaurant is not to be missed as well as a lazy afternoon floating down the river. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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