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Maui
Maui

Maui

With more than 120 miles of coastline, Maui tops Mandy Ingber's list. Channel your inner roar, and strike a warrior pose, as you take in the sights and sounds of the deep blue Pacific splashing against the island’s rocky headlands. 960 1280

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Ibiza

Ibiza

“This is one of the most beautiful, soulful spots I have been to,” says Ingber of this Mediterranean island off the coast of Valencia, Spain. “Bohemian, a place where living and enjoyment are an art -- even just sitting on the beach feels like yoga here!” 960 1280

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Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali

“I have wanted to travel to Bali, and have seen the pictures of the Viceroy -- luxury resort!” says Ingber. Luxury, indeed: The family-owned-and-operated property on the Indonesian island of Bali is home to 25 villas, nestled on a hill overlooking the “Valley of the Kings.” 960 1280

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Harbour Island, Bahamas

This island, located off the northeast coast of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, may be a trek to get to, but it’s worth it for the “quaint, sweet town [vibe] and casual, beachy feel,” says Ingber. We’re betting you’ll agree as you stroll past colorful rows of homes and “om” away on the island’s pink sand beaches. 960 1280

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Ganeshpuri

Ganeshpuri

This small village, about 50 miles north of Mumbai, is “very poor, but soulful and where many gurus have lived and died,” says Ingber. Explore the village’s Siddha yoga tradition at the local ashram, then while away the hours in one of the hot springs near the area’s Tansa River. 960 1280

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Chiva-Som Resort

Chiva-Som Resort

This world-class resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, is on Ingber’s travel wish list. “They have programs tailored to detox, weight loss and rejuvenation here,” says Ingber. “Sign me up! Sometimes I want to be the one on the retreat!” 960 1280

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Kauai

Kauai

“Incredible setting!” says Ingber of this Hawaiian island. “Not only were we in a gorgeous, Bali-style house but the boat ride up the Na Pali Coast is dreamy. Waterfalls and beautiful hikes. So much wild nature here. One of the most bountiful and beautiful places I have been to and taught in.” 960 1280

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One & Only Palmilla, Mexico

One & Only Palmilla, Mexico

Ingber gives this Los Cabos resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez high marks. “I have been here twice, and have had some lovely yoga sessions in this beautiful setting,” says Ingber. “Many of my clients love Mexico because it’s sandy and close -- and we love the sunny weather!” 960 1280

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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

This ancient city, one of the last inhabited and built by the Mayans, appeals to Ingber for many reasons: “The ruins and the blue of the ocean. The open-night sky. This spot is a dream … we were at a private estate. Heaven.” 960 1280

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Sha Wellness Clinic

Sha Wellness Clinic

This medical and luxury spa, overlooking Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline, also makes Ingber’s shortlist. A big draw is the surrounding natural beauty; the resort is situated in the Sierra Helada Natural Park, home to protected areas of plants as well as vibrant marine wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins. 960 1280

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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

This region in southern France is another personal favorite; Ingber stayed at a private estate in the country. “We had fresh eggs from the chickens on the property and practiced yoga daily,” she says. “A little sweaty in the summer, but with a farmers’ market and incredible architecture!” 960 1280

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Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

This posh oceanfront hotel, built on a stretch of sand near the Costa Rican town of Santa Teresa, came recommended by a friend. “It’s on my wish list,” says Ingber. With 2-story villas built around a saltwater pool, a restaurant with organic fruits and veggies, and tropical gardens, we can see why. 960 1280

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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is all about pure opulence, including the gorgeous European Pool. The classically elegant pool surrounds a unique outdoor casino. 960 1280

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Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian Los Angeles

This ornately designed Sunset Strip hotel has an exclusive pool and poolside lounge, and more scene than even the Sunset Marquis. The Mondrian Los Angeles’ white walls and hanging potted plants gives this pool a beachy feel -- despite it being several stories above bustling Sunset Boulevard. 960 1280

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La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort is an outstanding luxury pick, located in the shadow of 4 volcanoes -- 2 of them active -- about 30 minutes from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Rooms have private patios with infinity-edge swimming pools, but the resort also has a main pool as well as a separate kiddy pool. These gorgeous volcanic views are hard to beat. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is without a doubt the sexiest resort on Grace Bay, and a large part of its appeal is thanks to its stunning pool surrounded by palm trees. The pool features 4 hard-decked islands. 960 1280

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The Joule

The Joule

The Joule is one of the coolest -- and most luxurious -- hotels in Downtown Dallas. And it features one of the most talked about pools in the states. The Joule's cantilevered pool juts out over Main Street, so swimmers can get a glimpse of pedestrians below. 960 1280

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Biltmore Coral Gables

Biltmore Coral Gables

Built in 1926, the iconic Biltmore, a national landmark, brings timeless luxury to Miami’s hotel scene. Though far from any beaches, it offers -- among many other luxuries -- an amazing pool. This 22,000-square-foot pool is the largest in the continental U.S. Actor Johnny Weissmuller, better known as Tarzan, was a swimming instructor at the pool many years ago. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue

This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, lots of bars, and an outdoor pool is the uptown sister to the original, once wildly popular Hotel Gansevoort. The Gansevoort chain knows how to do their pools. One of only a handful of rooftop pools in New York, this is the only one that features a sexy pin-up mural. Plus, the pool has an underwater sound system and is a popular scene during the summertime. 960 1280

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Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Situated on more than 200 acres of picturesque land -- in Big Sur, CA -- , the Ventana Inn & Spa looks like a rustic cabin nestled in the woods -- yet it features a long list of on-site amenities, including 2 pools. This pool is in a secluded spot for a reason -- it's the resort's clothing-optional pool. So forget your bathing suit and enjoy a dip au naturel. 960 1280

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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has one of the top US spas, a prime location on one of the best US beaches, and 9 pools -- including arguably the best one in Hawaii. The massive main pool has several fun features, including volleyball nets, a waterslide, and a rope swing. Dive in! 960 1280

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Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Maui

An immaculate, art-filled property fronting Wailea beach, the Four Seasons Miami stands at the pinnacle of the area's resorts, offering spacious rooms, a top-notch staff and a slew of amenities, including three high-design pools. The poolside cabana staff refills guests' free glasses of ice water, and employees patrol the lounge chairs with cold towels and spray-bottles of Evian to spritz guests' faces. 960 1280

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Royal Corin Resort

Royal Corin Resort

For Costa Rica’s Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa, this 54-room boutique hotel has a lot to offer, including great views of Arenal volcano, a lovely spa, a bar with an outdoor terrace, an on-site restaurant and a beautiful pool. This hot springs pool features natural thermal waters that help guests relax and take in the scenery. 960 1280

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The Raleigh Hotel

The Raleigh Hotel

Some things at the Raleigh Hotel are vintage-bordering-on-dated, but not the stunning free-form pool. This pool became a Miami landmark when former swimmer and movie star Esther Williams leapt from its waterfall diving board in a sequined bathing cap. 960 1280

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Watkins Glen International Raceway

Watkins Glen International Raceway

This summer, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen welcomes NASCAR's biggest stars August 9-12, 2012. Don't miss Marcos Ambrose's return to The Glen to try and reclaim his throne! Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix comes to The Glen Sept. 7-9, 2012. Celebrate racing's history at the largest vintage racing event in the country featuring historic cars of the past from as far back as the 1930's. 960 1280

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Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

On July 4th, you’re invited to Buffalo to celebrate our nation’s independence canalside, as the city welcomes The Pride of Baltimore II to the Erie Canal Harbor. The 137' topsail schooner (or tall ship) will be in port this day, and the evening will include fireworks and great musical acts including Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields and The Lance Diamond Show. The festive day will also feature clowns, tattoo art, continuous entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display over the Buffalo waterfront. 960 1280

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Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Held August 18-19, 2012, the festival features entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Enjoy dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages. Saturday night there’s an amazing fireworks display; Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison, then play as one at the base of the mountain! 960 1280

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40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Witness the flight of more than 90 hot air balloons at the festival which runs September 20-23, 2012, in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Lake George Village. The celebration begins with a community party offering balloons, fun and entertainment. In Lake George Village, enjoy dusk "Moonglow" featuring ten illuminated, tethered balloons. The festival also boasts military aircraft displays, kite flying demonstrations, musical entertainment and fireworks. 960 1280

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs. This year’s eclectic musical lineup includes Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Lady Antebellum, The Beach Boys, Sting, Joe Cocker, Brad Paisley, and the New York Philharmonic. 960 1280

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Washington Park

Washington Park

Albany’s Washington Park is a haven for outdoor activity, including strolling, jogging, picnicking, fishing, sightseeing, bird watching, and much more. It’s also a year round hotspot for many popular special events, displays and concerts. The Park’s Lakehouse is a unique amphitheatre, which hosts an array of summertime events, including the Washington Park Concert Series on Monday Nights, as well as live musical theatre performances by Park Playhouse. 960 1280

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French & Indian War Reenactment

French & Indian War Reenactment

On Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga comprises nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape. Events at the Fort include reenactments, living history weekends, educational seminars, garrison ghost tours and more. On Sept. 7-9, 2012, witness the British 1777 Campaign March, in which elite advanced guard soldiers of General Burgoyne's Army march into Fort Ticonderoga to rest and refit. 960 1280

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Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course

A great New York state tradition continues this summer as historic Saratoga Race Course, America’s oldest thoroughbred track, hosts its annual meet from July 20th through September 3rd. 960 1280

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New York State Fair

New York State Fair

Discover the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled New York State Fair, New York State’s largest annual event. It all takes place August 23rd through September 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The fairgrounds contain more than 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays, great food stands, plus live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Take a spin on a midway ride or try your luck at a game of skill! 960 1280

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island -- the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954 – was reopened to the public as a museum in 1990. Nearby, the Statue of Liberty continues to shine as a beacon of freedom. Today, the yearnings of those seeking the promise of freedom and the opportunity for a better life in America are reflected in New York's rich cultural heritage. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Following the assassination of President William McKinley on September 14, 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States in the library of friend Ansly Wilcox's home. The home, at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, is now known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. 960 1280

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National Museum of Play at The Strong

National Museum of Play at The Strong

At Rochester’s the National Museum of Play at The Strong, travel through 4 adventurous decades of the revolutionary Sesame Street children's television series. Dozens of interactive components invite children to explore concepts about letters, words, numbers, and diversity. And, yes, you can walk up the famous 123 Sesame Street stoop! 960 1280

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Athenaeum Hotel

Athenaeum Hotel

In the southwestern corner of New York State, the Athenaeum Hotel sits grandly on a tree-shaded hill overlooking picturesque Chautauqua Lake on the grounds of the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution. Serving guests in style since 1881, and now listed on the National Historic Register, this Victorian treasure is a full-service hotel appointed to make your stay a relaxing respite. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

An artist paints at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Byrdcliffe is a regional center for the arts located on a 250-acre mountainside campus in Woodstock, N.Y. Byrdcliffe also has an arts and performance center located in the village, and offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing, embracing all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. The museum includes a Colonial Revival stone barn, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- 19th-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Its outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roots in New York City date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a "national institution and gallery of art" to bring art and art education to the U.S. The Museum is home to over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time, including the largest collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, and the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. 960 1280

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Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, in Orange County, has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. Located only one hour north of New York City, its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Trophy Point

Trophy Point

Located at West Point, NY, Trophy Point is a scenic overlook with a majestic view of the Hudson River and has been the subject of numerous works of art since the early 19th century. Trophy Point’s Battle Monument, seen here, is one of the largest columns of granite in the world. The site was also the location of West Point graduation ceremonies before class sizes became larger in the mid-twentieth century. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass

A glassblowing demonstration at The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, NY, the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is Home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. In addition to live glassblowing, visitors can take part in the daily make-your-own-glass experiences, creating work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. 960 1280

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1: Brazil

1: Brazil

This statue of a religious figure stands high above a South American city. 960 1280

By Artyominc (Template:Artyom Sharbatyan) [CC BY-SA 3.0  

2: Italy

2: Italy

This Michelangelo sculpture was completed in 1504 and now stands at the Accademia Gallery. 960 1280

By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  

3: Japan

3: Japan

Located in the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, this statue is easily accessible from several train stations. 960 1280
4: Virginia

4: Virginia

This sculpture was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It honors all members of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in defense of their country since 1775. 960 1280
5: Nepal

5: Nepal

Standing 143 feet tall, this statue is the largest one of this Hindu god. 960 1280

By Abhidny (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

6: Texas

6: Texas

This sculpture pays tribute to the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. 960 1280

By Maurice Chédel (picture), Robert Summers (artist) (Own work) [GFDL via Wikimedia Commons  

7: New York City

7: New York City

This lady was given to the U.S. by France. She is a symbol of freedom. 960 1280

By No machine-readable author provided. Tysto assumed (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

8: Japan

8: Japan

This giant bronze statue stands 394 feet tall and weighs more than 4,000 tons. 960 1280
9: France

9: France

Originally called "The Poet," this bronze and marble statue by Auguste Rodin depicts a man in meditation over a powerful internal struggle. 960 1280
10: Egypt

10: Egypt

With a lion body and a human head, this statue offers no obvious clues about who created it or what its purpose was. 960 1280

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11: Easter Island

11: Easter Island

There are 887 of these statues on their Polynesian home. 960 1280

By Jantoniov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

12: Thailand

12: Thailand

This god resides in a Buddhist temple called Wat Pho. 960 1280

By Hartmann Linge (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Answers:

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1: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

2: David in Florence, Italy

3: The Kamagaya Great Buddha in Kamagaya, Japan

4: Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia

5: Lord Shiva in Bhaktapur, Nepal

6: Pioneer Plaza in Dallas

7: Statue of Liberty in N.Y.C.

8: Ushiku Daibutsu in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

9: The Thinker in Paris

10: The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt

11: Moai on Easter Island

12: Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
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By Flynn.timo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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