The Sights in Sydney

The Koala Park Sanctuary, Hyde Park, Vanucluse House and Cronulla Beach are just a few must-see tourist attractions in Sydney.

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Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Located on the island of Luzon (31 miles south of Manila), Taal Volcano is the 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines. The volcano -- part of what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire -- and Taal Lake is one of most picturesque views in the country. 960 1280

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Diniwid Beach

Diniwid Beach

Visit the upscale Diniwid Beach on Boracay Island, Philippines. Of the 13 beaches on Boracay, Diniwid Beach is perfect for travelers looking for an upscale stretch of sand that’s private, quiet and less populated with beachgoers. 960 1280

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Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills

Located in the Philippines’ Bohol Province, the Chocolate Hills are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 20 square miles. This geological site and popular tourist attraction -- normally covered in green grass -- turns chocolate brown during the dry season. 960 1280

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Boracay Island

Boracay Island

Boracay is a small island located almost 200 miles south of Manila. This island paradise is emerging among the top destinations for a relaxing vacation and exciting nightlife scene. In 2012, Travel + Leisure picked Boracay as the best island in the world. The island is also a great spot for travelers who enjoy water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, helmet diving and cliff diving. Visit during Amihan season (usually from September to June) to get the best trade winds for windsurfing, kiteboarding and kitesurfing. 960 1280

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Manila

Manila

Manila is the second largest city in the Philippines with a total population of more than 1.6 million people. Recommended sights to visit include Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Rizal Park, Fort Santiago, Star City, Manila Ocean Park, Café Juanita and the Marikina Shoe Museum, for those fascinated by the footwear of the Philippines’ controversial former First Lady, Imelda Marcos. 960 1280

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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Arrive at Shangri-La’s secluded Boracay Resort & Spa on a speed boat. Guests can choose to stay in one of the resort’s 219 rooms, suites or villas -- all with a spacious balcony and some with a stunning oceanfront view. Don’t pass up being pampered at Chi, The Spa, or using the resort’s health club, tennis court, dive center or swimming pool, one of the largest free-form swimming pools in the country. 960 1280

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Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Banaue Rice Terraces are 2,000-year-old terraces carved into the mountains in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines. Locals still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces despite the steady decrease in number of young farmers. 960 1280

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Cebu

Cebu

Cebu is an island province in the Philippines, consisting of the island itself and 167 surrounding islands. It is one of the most developed provinces, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry. In 2007, Conde Nast Traveler named Cebu the 7th best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region. Cebu is also a great spot for shopping. We recommend shopping at local markets like the Carbon Market or Tabo-an Market. 960 1280

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Snorkeling in Cebu

Snorkeling in Cebu

Spend hours snorkeling and exploring the marine life along the coast of Cebu. Mactan Island and Moalboal Cebu are some of the best spots for an underwater adventure to explore the 4-armed chocolate, blue linckia starfish, black sea urchin, manta rays, barracuda, whalesharks and beautiful coral gardens. 960 1280

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Rizal Park

Rizal Park

Take a stroll through Rizal Park, a historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. This iconic park consists of open lawns, lush gardens, paved walks and wooded areas with monuments that recognize national Filipino heroes like Jose Rizal. On Sundays, locals and visitors can sit back and listen to live entertainment, for free, in the open-air auditorium as part of the Concert at the Park series. 960 1280

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Sensual Spa Treatment

Sensual Spa Treatment

There’s no better way to unwind and relax than to hit the spa for a therapeutic massage to help release the stress sitting in those tight muscles and joints. From a hot stone massage to foot reflex therapy, the Philippines have a several resorts that have their in-house spas and services that cater to its guests’ needs. 960 1280

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SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

Go shopping at the SM Mall of Asia! Located in Bay City, Pasay, this mega-sized mall attracts about 200,000 people every day, and it is one of the largest malls in the world. If you still have satisfied your shopping fix after visiting the SM Mall of Asia (pictured); then you can’t miss out on shopping at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, Philippines. It’s the 3rd largest shopping mall in the world. 960 1280

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White Beach

White Beach

Welcome to one of the finest, stretches of white-sand beachfront in the world. Lined with coconut palms, White Beach -- located on Boracay Island -- is 3 miles long and has a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that cater to millions of tourists. The beach is divided into 3 sections from north to south: stations 1, 2 and 3. Station 1 has the widest stretch of sand with pricey hotels. Station 2 is the place to be for eating and shopping, and the Station 3 is the place to go if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax. 960 1280

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The fourth largest public gallery in Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is the place to experience Australian culture. Established in 1897 and only a 15-minute walk from the center of Sydney, the gallery features European and Asian art alongside the art of its countrymen from settlement to modern times. General admission is free. 960 1280

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Located right next to the historic Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens are free and open every day -- making it perfect for those days when all you want to do is soak up the beauty of Australia. The first botanist assigned to building the collection started in 1817, making the gardens Australia’s oldest scientific institution. 960 1280

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Kathryn's on Queen is a luxury B&B located minutes from all the big Sydney attractions like Bondi Beach and The Star Casino. Located in a National Trust-listed Victorian terrace house, this boutique inn has only two guest rooms; it doesn't get much more exclusive than Kathryn's. 960 1280

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If you need a break from shrimp on the barbie, then try the bustling Fratelli Paradiso for stylish Italian cuisine. Along with its adjoining bakery, this sophisticated eatery serves seasonal Italian meals finished off with authentic desserts. 960 1280

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Walk the fig-lined paths through Hyde Park (named after the original Hyde Park in London), and see the Archibald Fountain, built in 1932 in honor of Australia's contribution in World War I. In the 1800s, the citizens of Sydney, along with sheep and cattle, shared the park with the military who used the space for drills. 960 1280

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Named after the Aboriginal word for "water breaking over rocks," Bondi Beach ranges from a gentle swimming area at one end to a dangerous riptide at the other. Regardless of how adventurous you're feeling, Bondi Beach is a great place to see wildlife such as whale and dolphin pods, and if you're lucky, a fairy penguin. 960 1280

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If you weren't able to get one of the two rooms at Kathryn's on Queen, then there is always the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Take in stunning views of the harbor from one of the hotel's 531 rooms or 121 suites. 960 1280

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When you think you've done all there is to do in Sydney, then visit Centennial Park. This large urban park, which was initially a swampland, is one of the few places in the world that lets you ride horses in the middle of the city. 960 1280

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While in Hyde Park, check out this statue of Captain Cook -- the first European to land on Australia's shores. As if his "discovery" of the continent wasn't enough, his name is also Australian rhyming slang for "look." 960 1280

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See Sydney in all its glory by taking a walk along the Harbour Foreshore. If you'd like more guidance as you explore the harbor, you can take a walking tour along the foreshore where you'll hear Australian folk tales and learn the city's secrets from a local guide. 960 1280

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The Queen Victoria Building was designed and commissioned for the purpose of employing craftsmen who were hit hard by a recession in the late 1800s. Originally a shopping and entertainment center, it was converted into a library and offices. Ever since a renovation in 1984, it's reclaimed its roots as a stylish center of commerce. 960 1280

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Find this gorgeous salad of fior di latte mozzarella, beets and heirloom tomatoes at the Bar at 10 William Street, a hip, but tiny eatery featuring an extensive wine list and a modern Italian menu. 960 1280

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One morning, saunter over to La Buvette for a French-style brunch of smoked salmon brioche and espresso. The petite street café specializes in French pastries and has a breakfast menu worth waking up for. 960 1280

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Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival

Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival

The three-day festival known as the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival is held for two weekends in April in Indio, California. Past performances have featured Madonna, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and Arcade Fire, to name a few.
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Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

A Chicago summer staple, the Pitchfork Music Festival brought its music to Paris in 2011. The two-day festival took place in La Grande Halle de la Villette with more than 20 bands and DJs providing the entertainment. This year's festival takes place in its usual location, Union Park in Chicago. 960 1280

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. The festival brings over 40 international and local artists together, making it "Africa's Grandest Gathering." 960 1280

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Festival Internacional de Benicassim

Festival Internacional de Benicassim

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim, better known as FIB, is a four-day long festival in Benicassim, a small Spanish beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona. Ranging from electro, pop, indie and rock, the music starts at night and goes on through the morning. 960 1280

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The four-day festival features a wide variety of acts and occurs each year in Manchester, Tennessee. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all performed in the past.
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Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Each year, 70,000 people come to Austin, Texas, for this three-day festival that now takes place over two weekends in October. ACL features over 130 different acts from all over the world. Shown here, Flosstradamus performs on the Miller Lite stage at Zilker Park. 960 1280

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Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

2015 marked the 45th anniversary of what has become the largest music festival in Europe. Glastonbury is held on Worthy Farm in Somerset during June. Coldplay, the Who, Neil Young, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have all performed here. 960 1280

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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Head to Chicago's historic Grant Park for a three-day, ultimate jam session featuring artists from a variety of genres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop. Lollapalooza usually takes place in late summer.
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New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

Jazz Fest is held in New Orleans in the end of April/beginning of May each year. In addition to local performers, past performers have included James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett and Dave Matthews Band. 960 1280

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Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

The Roskilde Festival is a non-profit organization that throws the largest Northern European music and arts festival every summer. It takes place over eight days in Denmark. Each year's festival focuses on a new social issue. Proceeds from the festival benefit children and young people as well as humanitarian efforts and cultural work. 960 1280

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Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival usually takes place over Memorial Day weekend in George, Washington and features indie rock, alternative, hip hop, EDM and comedy performances. In the past, Modest Mouse, Jack White, Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers performed at the Gorge Amphitheatre. 960 1280

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Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

Held in Woodford, Australia in July, Splendour in the Grass features artists from a range of genres, including alternative, electronic, hip hop, and folk. The festival also has workshops, art installations, craft areas, speakers and a kids' zone. 960 1280

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Summerfest

Summerfest

In 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the festival as the world's largest. The 11-day festival features 700 bands and starts the last Thursday in June. Pop, rock, R&B and country artists perform across 11 stages at Summerfest's location along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest

Held each March, the four-day festival attracts over 2,000 performers who play in more than 90 venues in downtown Austin, Texas. SXSW also features keynote speakers from tech and creative industries, as well as interactive, film and music exhibitions. 960 1280

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Primavera Sound Festival

Primavera Sound Festival

This European music festival takes place in Barcelona, Spain and Oporto, Portugal at the end of May and beginning of June every year. Primavera Sound attracts well-known acts from around the world as well as up-and-coming European artists. The White Stripes, Lou Reed, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Pixies have all performed here in the past. 960 1280

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San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco's annual gay pride parade draws hundreds of thousands of people to downtown San Francisco to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride. The rainbow flag, designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, symbolizes gay pride and the LGBT community's diversity. 960 1280

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

A parade goers pose prior during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Australia. The March event, which includes a parade, dance parties, fair and drag races, is one of Australia's biggest events, generating about $30 million for the state of New South Wales each year. 960 1280

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EuroPride in Madrid

EuroPride in Madrid

A man holds a gay flag during the EuroPride in Madrid. EuroPride, in the Spanish capital, marks the highlight of a week of events. The first EuroPride event took place in London in 1992. Riga, Latvia, and Amsterdam are the host cities for EuroPride in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 960 1280

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NYC Pride

NYC Pride

In New York City, a spectators can expect to see the group 'Dykes on Bikes' and parade floats that commemorate the Stonewall riots, which erupted after a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. The riots launched the gay-rights movement, and gave birth to the annual march that now includes 170 floats, thousands of marchers, supporters and spectators. 960 1280

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Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

The Dutch LGBT community participates in the annual Gay Pride parade along the canals in Amsterdam. The city's Gay Pride celebration, held over the course of a week in August, includes separate parties and events for lesbians. Amsterdam's liberal reputation is one of the reasons why it's a top travel destination for thousands of gays and lesbians. 960 1280

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Pride Barcelona

Pride Barcelona

There's something for everyone at Pride Barcelona. Event organizers pack dozens of events into the 10-day celebration held in late June, including Pride Kids. The 2-day event is set up to provide children with the opportunity to play games and sports, and to participate in fun workshops and other activities. 960 1280

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Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

People in Berlin take Christopher Street Day (CSD) seriously.  Germany and Switzerland call their Gay Pride event CSD in memory of the uprising of LGBT people against police assaults on NYC's Christopher Street in the 1960s. 960 1280

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CSD Berlin

CSD Berlin

A group of men dance on top of a float during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin. Also known as Berlin Pride Celebration, the first CSDs took place in the city in 1979; today Berlin is the leading gay city in Europe, hosting 4 major gay festivals each year. 960 1280

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Delhi Queer Pride

Delhi Queer Pride

Members of the LGBT community and supporters march in the Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. The LGBT community demanded equal rights -- something that has slowly begun to be realized in recent years: In July 2009, the High Court of Delhi repealed Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which had previously criminalized gay rights. 960 1280

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Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Participants in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade march through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district in April 2013. The parade celebrates the diversity of Japan’s LGBT community; organizers estimated about 12,000 people participated in this year’s inaugural parade. 960 1280

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Marriage Equality in France

Marriage Equality in France

People hold rainbow flags to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in France. After months of debate and hundreds of protests, France's National Assembly approved same-sex marriage on April 23, 2013, becoming the 14th country to do so. 960 1280

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Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Each year thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people walk down Paulista Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Held in early June, the 17th annual parade attracted nearly 4 million people in 2013, making it the biggest gay parade in the world. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico Pride

Puerto Rico Pride

People march during the annual gay pride parade in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2013 brought extra reason to celebrate: The Puerto Rican House of Representatives approved bills in late May that protect LGBT people in employment, housing, governmental services and public accommodations. The new measures also add sexual orientation to Puerto Rico’s domestic violence laws. 960 1280

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Bangalore Pride

Bangalore Pride

Members of the LGBT community take part in the Bangalore “Queer Pride” Parade in December 2012. The fifth-annual parade, held in India’s third most populous city, drew more than 1,000 people last year. The celebration was organized by the Coalition for Sexual Minority Rights (CSMR), a group of lawyers and human-rights activists who first rallied together in response to police harassment of gay individuals in the city. 960 1280

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