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Vineyards at Sunset

Napa Valley, California

All trips to Napa seem to start at a wine tasting room, but no one is complaining. Can’t decide who should drive? Take the 36-mile-long winery tour aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train which stops at many of the region’s famed vineyards. Afterwards, stop by the Napa Valley Farmer's Market for food pairings for your recently garnered vintages. Finish the day with an iconic mud bath in Calistoga, or make a reservation to dine at one of the area’s 7 Michelin-rated restaurants.


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Highway 29
Highway 29

Highway 29

Take California State Route 29 to see some of the region’s best vineyards and wineries. Through Napa Valley, Highway 29 passes through Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa. 960 1280

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Silverado Trail

Silverado Trail

Hit the road early to capture the serene vineyards along the Silverado Trail, a scenic route along the eastern edge of Napa Valley. Most locals suggest taking this route to avoid traffic on California State Route 29, which runs parallel to the Trail. 960 1280

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Wine Country

Wine Country

Northern California's wine country beckons visitors with hundreds of wineries spread across 3 counties. 960 1280

  

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Winery is located near Calistoga, CA. The 121,000-square-foot medieval replica castle includes 107 rooms and 8 levels above and below ground. Among its many features, it has a moat, drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and a great hall. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the wines sold at the castle. 960 1280

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Cabernet

Cabernet

Northern California's climate is ideal for growing grapes like these ripe ones used to make a fine cabernet. 960 1280

  

Beringer Rhine House

Beringer Rhine House

Make a stop at the Beringer Rhine House -- Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery. Enjoy the award-winning wines, rich history and beautifully landscaped grounds. 960 1280

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California Wine

California Wine

The best way to appreciate Northern California's wine country is to sample the goods along the way. 960 1280

  

Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of California

While you’re on your road trip, we suggestion stopping by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, located in Calistoga, CA. It’s just one of many roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. 960 1280

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Picturesque Vineyards

Picturesque Vineyards

Bring along a camera for photo opportunities in the acres of rolling vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. 960 1280

  

Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin Family Vineyard

The Staglin Family Vineyard, a family-owned Napa Valley winery in Rutherford, CA, produces a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux-style blend. Take a guided tour of the winery, and then at the end of the tour, experience an intimate tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons produced on the estate. 960 1280

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Wine Production

Wine Production

These terraced vineyards in Sonoma rely on biodynamic agricultural techniques to produce local wine. 960 1280

  

Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

Go local! Visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley to sample the local community’s best, including fresh food, wine and cheese. Take Highway 29 to the city of Napa; take the 1st Street Exit (bear right to head east); and look for signs marked ‘Oxbow Public Market’. 960 1280

Oxbow Public Market  

Merlot

Merlot

Ripe for the picking, these grapes will be used to make merlot. 960 1280

  

Sterling Vineyard

Sterling Vineyard

Several vineyards, including the Sterling Vineyard (pictured) in Calistoga, CA, are fun getaways for tourists. See picturesque views from their aerial tram. Guests can also travel the grounds by foot. And with a glass of wine in hand, stroll through art galleries and elevated walkways that allow visitors to see the winemaking process from grape to glass. 960 1280

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Years of Preparation

Years of Preparation

These vines in Sonoma have been used for growing grapes for nearly 90 years. 960 1280

  

Di Rosa Preserve

Di Rosa Preserve

While you’re on the road, we suggest you visit the Di Rosa Preserve, a 35-acre lake and wildlife. The area is not only rich in an array of flora, fauna and wildlife, but it’s also the canvas to display a broad range of art created by Bay Area artists. Art aficionados can walk the grounds to see art work in the Main Gallery, Gatehouse Gallery, Historic Residence, Courtyard, North Lawn and Sculpture Meadow. It’s an art lover’s paradise. 960 1280

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The Grapes

The Grapes

These grapes may become a bottle of your favorite California wine, but you'll have to wait a few years to try it. 960 1280

  

Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa

If wine tasting and tours isn’t you’re thing, then make a pit stop in Downtown Napa. The area has dozens of shops, dessert cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. Hotels and B&Bs are available in the area. It’s a perfect home-base location for visitors to explore nearby vineyards and mix with the locals. 960 1280

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Mud Bath

Mud Bath

Unwind and relax with a mud bath at one of several spas located in Napa Valley, including Meadowood, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and Roman Spa Motel. 960 1280

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Heritance Kandalama Hotel
Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Kachchan infinity pool’s edge (pictured), at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel, blends with the water of the Kandalama Lake. Take a swim or relax by the pool in the evenings while a Siripala, a traditional flautist from a nearby village, plays soothing music. Located in Sri Lanka, this hotel also has 2 more pools: the Kaludiya Pool and the Rashmi Pool, which is the largest pool at the hotel, and is equipped for sports like water polo. 960 1280

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Conrad Maldives Rangali

Conrad Maldives Rangali

Escape to your own personal paradise at the Conrad Maldives Rangali. Enjoy this Maldives resort’s 2 infinite-view swimming pools and other unique experiences, including the 180-degree views of reef and marine life while dining at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. 960 1280

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Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini

The Grace Santorini on the Greek island of Santorini has a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea as far as the eye can see. On the terrace, where the hotel’s infinity pool is located, grab a refreshing cocktail made by renowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Pair the signature Grace cocktail with your dinner choice or just pass the time sipping a delicious cocktail while watching the sun set. 960 1280

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Ubud Hanging Gardens

Ubud Hanging Gardens

The infinity swimming pool at Ubud Hanging Gardens is perched over a rainforest in Bali. The pool stands on 2 levels surrounded by sun beds. In addition to the main pool, all rooms and suites have a pool for guests looking for a more private atmosphere. 960 1280

Ubud Hanging Gardens  

Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay

In addition to the 82-foot Verandah Pool, Jumby Bay also has an oceanfront infinity pool, located at the end of the Jumby Bay Beach in Antigua. Unwind by basking in the Caribbean sun or enjoy a bite to eat at The Pool Grille. 960 1280

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Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Located in a lush Thailand jungle, this pool offers guests at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort great panoramic views of Myanmar and Laos. After a dip in the pool, make friends with elephants on-site; master the art of Thai cuisine at the Lanna Cooking School; take a private tour to explore the hill tribe culture, and more. 960 1280

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FIFTY Ultra Lounge

FIFTY Ultra Lounge

FIFTY Ultra Lounge Miami at the Viceroy is one of the most exclusive lookout points in the city. Aside from being a hot nightspot, the Asian-inflected private pool offers guests amazing views of the city from atop the hotel tower. Enjoy the chic, sophisticated ambience and listen to some of Miami’s hottest DJs while lying by the pool or taking a quick dip to cool off. 960 1280

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts  

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Welcome to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel’s beautiful poolscape features small dipping pools for kids and cabanas equipped with wireless internet, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, butler service, mini-refrigerators and a digital safe for personal items. Rent a poolside bed or a variety of different cabanas, including a luxurious island cabana, located in the center of the Round Pool. 960 1280

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Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Guests at Le Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France, have a beautiful view of the Bay of Angels from the outdoor pool. The hotel also has an indoor pool, but outdoors is where you really want to be if you’re visiting this French coastal city in the summer. 960 1280

Le Palais de la Mediterranee  

Bondi Icebergs Club

Bondi Icebergs Club

It’s not a hotel or resort, but we had to include the famous Bondi Baths to our list of best places to take a dip. Located at the Bondi Icebergs Club, this 164-foot-long Olympic-size pool has been a landmark on Australia’s Bondi Beach for over 100 years. 960 1280

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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

The Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge uses its vanishing-horizon pool as its center piece, surrounding it with its rooms/suites, poolside bar, rustic reception area, dining room, bar and veranda, which overlook the lake. Located in Mto wa Mbu, Northern Tanzania, guests can go for a morning bird walk, mountain biking, canoeing, night game drive and culture tour to learn about the local Iraqw and Sukuma people in neighboring villages. 960 1280

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InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong

At the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong, the infinity swimming pool with 3 hot tubs offers guests a relaxing dip overlooking Victoria Harbour. Here’s the bad news: The pool and hot tubs are only open to hotel guests in-residence. So better book a stay. 960 1280

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Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Take a look at the stunning architecture and cityscape surrounding the outdoor infinity pool at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. This 82-foot-long pool overlooks the Singapore River, located in the heart of the city. 960 1280

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Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Enjoy the stunning view of the Indian Ocean from the main infinity pool at the Banyan Tree Seychelles resort. Each villa has a private pool, but we think you may spend most of your time at the main pool, which has a bar that serves creative fruit cocktails and tasty snacks. 960 1280

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Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea

On Maui’s Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea has 9 pools, including the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, equipped with waterslides, rapids and more. We like the Hibiscus Pool (pictured) for guests 18 years of age and older. On the bottom the pool, a mosaic hibiscus flower was designed with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass. The 4,850-square-foot pool also has 2 Jacuzzis -- perfect for a romantic retreat away from the kids. 960 1280

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Hotel Villa Mahal

Hotel Villa Mahal

The Hotel Villa Mahal has a 55-foot-long infinity pool with a Jacuzzi that allows guests to gaze at a stunning view of the Kalkan Bay. The Lycian coastline has become one of Turkey’s most popular vacation destinations thanks to the area’s great beaches and several historical sites like Xanthos, the ancient capital of Lycia. 960 1280

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

From the 57th floor, get a phenomenal view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 1 pool. The massive 500-foot-long SkyPark Infinity Pool you’ll find here is not for the faint of heart. 960 1280

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SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach’s Hyde Beach Pool Deck is for travelers who are willing to splurge. Spanning more than 8,000 square feet, the pool deck features a pool, beach, garden and covered cabana area. Beyond the pool, Hyde Beach is where a hip, chic crowd converges to hear the hottest DJs and where rich locals and guests throw private events and receptions. 960 1280

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The Standard, Downtown LA

The Standard, Downtown LA

Get a panoramic view of LA from the heated rooftop pool at The Standard. And after a dip in the pool, lounge around with friends on one of the canopy waterbeds near the pool. Each bed holds up to 10 people. 960 1280

The Standard Downtown LA  

SkyBar

SkyBar

At Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, snuggle up in a private booth or dance poolside at SkyBar, a rooftop pool with views of the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Just a word to the wise: Don’t jump in -- this pool is not for swimming. 960 1280

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Shaw House

Shaw House

The ultra-luxe Shaw House in Vancouver, Canada, is a 3,068-square-foot waterfront residence with a lap pool located on the roof of the house’s west side. The pool acts as the ceiling, filtering the sunlight into the central area of the house. It’s not open to the public, but we can still dream of plunging into this unique pool of pure bliss, can’t we? 960 1280

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Nemo 33

Nemo 33

It’s the world deepest indoor swimming pool. NEMO 33 in Brussels showcases a unique design that includes several “underwater caves.” Take a 108-foot plunge to explore these underwater houses. And for the inexperienced diver, scuba diving lessons are offered on-site. 960 1280

Nemo 33  

Habita Monterrey

Habita Monterrey

Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habita Monterrey has 2 pools that are separated by a bar. Visitors can swim in the 90-degree hot pool during the winter months or cool off in the cold pool during the summer. Both pools are on the 8th floor of the hotel, where guests can see the city skyline surrounded by the Sierra Madre Oriental. 960 1280

Hotel Habita Monterrey  

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

Head to the Dead Sea, Jordan, to experience this Celestial Pools at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. Surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this hotel’s 9 swimming pools and waterfalls offer guests picturesque views of the Dead Sea. And don’t miss out on a visit to the 108-square-foot Anantara Spa -- it’s the largest spa in the Middle East. 960 1280

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Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud

High above Bali’s Ayung River, this rectangle infinity pool seems to fall off into the jungle at Alila Ubud. This eco-friendly resort on the Indonesian island encourages guests to get to know the local Balinese culture through countryside treks, visits to local farmers markets and more while supporting the local businesses and community. 960 1280

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London West Hollywood

London West Hollywood

Take a refreshing swim in The London West Hollywood’s rooftop pool, which showcases panoramic views amid pool concierge services, poolside cabanas and fitness facilities. Dine poolside at Rooftop by Gordon Ramsay, which features cuisine from the celebrity chef under the direction of chef Anthony Keene. 960 1280

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Hotel Udai Kothi

Hotel Udai Kothi

Travel to Udaipur, India, to see why this pool is making a big splash at Hotel Udai Kothi. One of the perks of this pool is the view overlooking the palaces in Old Town Udaipur. 960 1280

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La Casa Que Canta

La Casa Que Canta

This freshwater infinity pool at La Casa Que Canta overlooks Mexico’s Zihuatanejo Bay and seems to overflow directly into it. Guests can easily get lost in thought gazing ahead at the amazing panoramic views seen from the perimeter of the main pool. 960 1280

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East Hampton, NY
East Hampton, NY

East Hampton, NY

It’s easy to see why the picturesque town of East Hampton is a beloved vacation destination for New Yorkers. A-listers settle into sprawling mansions along Lily Pond Lane, but anyone seeking out white sands and scrumptious lobster rolls will find them on Main Beach (just beyond Main Street). Find out more about our recommendations for East Coast beaches to visit. 960 1280

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Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ

Cape May, the crown jewel and southernmost point of the Jersey Shore, is dotted with gingerbread Victorian houses and colorful bed and breakfasts. Founded in 1620, this town -- the nation’s oldest seashore resort -- is one of few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water. 960 1280

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Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket’s community of weathered grey-shingled houses, surrounded by wild roses, is postcard perfect. Thirty miles south of Cape Cod, the former whaling community grew rich in the 19th century and still attracts well-heeled vacationers from New York and Boston. 960 1280

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Duck, NC

Duck, NC

Stretching for 130 miles along the Atlantic coast, North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a skinny strip of barrier islands whose hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf on one side and gentle sound on the other. Visitors looking for an old-school family vacation should check out Duck, an upscale residential rental community along the northern reaches of the Outer Banks. This town has no high-rise hotels, but it has rental homes. 960 1280

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

As the largest resort town along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has silky white sands that draw vacationers from up and down the East Coast. Its plethora of restaurants, live entertainment, amusement parks and water parks — plus more than 90 golf courses — make it a beacon for spring breakers, families and retirees alike. 960 1280

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Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

Located on the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is known for being the first landing place of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the New World. Since then it has become a distinguished art colony with a gay-friendly vibe and miles of galleries, shops and old mansions. 960 1280

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Southampton, NY

Southampton, NY

A charming village center, exclusive shops and exquisite dining have made Southhampton a perfect blend of sprawling beaches, private estates and just enough places to “be seen” to satisfy the upper crust. Visitors looking to escape to the Atlantic are drawn to its 7-plus miles of unspoiled shoreline, windswept dunes and waving grasses. 960 1280

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Crowds swarm Martha's Vineyard during the summer months, but respite can be found in the Vineyard's far eastern reaches "up-island," as it's known locally, at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is accessible by a 10-minute walking trail, making it an isolated paradise (and unofficial clothing-optional destination). 960 1280

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Hyannis, MA

Hyannis, MA

Hyannis in Cape Cod is best known as home to the famous Kennedy family compound -- and more recently Taylor Swift. However, less-famous visitors are also drawn to Hyannis’ laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and Kalmus Beach’s superior windsurfing. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Island, SC

Located just 15 miles south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island is a coastal island and golf resort loaded with 10 miles of pristine beaches, approximately 10,000 acres of natural woodlands and every amenity to meet the needs of the entire family. 960 1280

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