The Colors of Travel

Expand your palette with a color-inspired journey around the world.
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Blue (Santorini, Greece)

Chances are you’ve probably seen pictures of these striking roofs without knowing what you were looking at. Although there are more than 250 churches on the island of Santorini, the blue-domed ones in Oia and Fira are easily the most iconic and most photographed.

Purple (Provence, France)

With its charming hilltop towns, picturesque views and outstanding local food, the Luberon in Provence, France, is already a popular travel destination. Tourists who visit the region between June and August are also treated to the sight (and smell) of field after field blooming with lavender.

Green (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland)

Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for 5 miles along the western coastline of Ireland, rising to 702 feet at their highest point. Visitors can spend their time staring out over the crashing Atlantic Ocean or just taking in the lush, green Irish countryside.

Yellow (Izamal, Mexico)

Known as the Yellow City for obvious reasons, Izamal is steeped in religious tradition that dates back thousands of years. Its ancient Mayan pyramids, which are located just blocks from the town's Franciscan monastery, are ripe for exploration.

Pink (Lake Hillier, Australia)

Flying over Middle Island off the coast of Western Australia, it would be nearly impossible to miss the bubblegum-pink waters of Lake Hillier. Scientists believe this lake gets its surreal coloring from  salt-loving algae, the only organisms to make a home there.

Gold (Jerusalem, Israel)

A holy location for 3 major religions, the Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem. Constructed more than 1,300 years ago, this golden dome has served as a site for both worship and controversy.

Gray (Yosemite Valley, CA)

Towering 4,000 feet above the valley floor, the granite cliffs of Yosemite have inspired people for more than 200 years. Yosemite was the first site to be designated for public use and preservation — thanks to a grant signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1864 — so it's no wonder it is the most revisited park in the United States.

Orange (Sahara Desert, Morocco)

Covering an area larger than the United States, the Sahara makes up about 8% of the world’s land surface. The orange sands of the Moroccan Sahara are an accessible entry point for adventurers hoping to experience the largest hot desert in the world.

Red (Sedona, AZ)

The red rocks of Sedona call to adventurous spirits and spiritual travelers alike. But if vortexes and hiking aren’t your things, you can always unwind at one of Sedona’s resorts or boutique wineries.

Black (Vik, Iceland)

Reynishverfi beach isn’t on anyone’s list of warm-weather vacation spots. But its black sand, bizarre basalt columns and jutting rock formations make Vik, Iceland, a can’t-miss coastal destination.   

White (Valdez, AK)

Grab your warmest boots and head to Valdez, AK. Between October and April, an average of more than 300 inches of snow falls on this scenic port city, giving it the title of snowiest city in the United States.

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