Life-changing trips and unforgettable destinations everyone should experience at least once.

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Anthem of the Seas
1) Go on a Multi-Generational Family Cruise

1) Go on a Multi-Generational Family Cruise

Whether you set sail for the Caribbean on a large ship, like Royal Caribbean’s new Anthem of the Seas, or explore Alaska’s Inner Passage on-board a small ship, like the Admiralty Dream with Alaska Dream Cruises, it’s a must to cruise as a family. Enjoy on-ship activities together, like waterslides and hands-on programs, then disembark at each port for horseback riding, kayaking and exploration. A cruise is ideal for a multi-generational vacation, so invite grandparents along for the fun. 960 1280
2) Visit the Most Famous Mouse in the World

2) Visit the Most Famous Mouse in the World

Every family should visit Walt Disney World at least once for the rides, character meet-and-greets, parades and magic that is uniquely Disney. Spend time at each of the four parks, including Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, as well as Disney Springs. Seeing Cinderella’s castle in-person is truly indescribable. Stay on-property for Extra Magic Hours, which allow guests to arrive early or stay late at a different park each day. 960 1280
3) Take a National Park Vacation

3) Take a National Park Vacation

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, so there’s no better time to introduce your children to our national parks. Peer into the Grand Canyon or watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone. Pick up a Junior Ranger activity booklet at visitors centers so your kids can earn a badge at each national park. Kick the experience up a notch by booking with an outfitter like Tracks & Trails, which sets you up in an RV, arranges your camp sites and provides a personalized itinerary. 960 1280

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4) Explore Our Nation’s Capital

4) Explore Our Nation’s Capital

Every child should visit Washington, DC, to see our government in action. Take a tour of the U.S. Capitol and spend time in the House or Senate Gallery, peering down on legislators as they craft our nation’s laws. Head to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, then take a public tour of the White House (you’ll need to submit a tour request ahead of time through your Member of Congress). 960 1280
5) Take a Family Road Trip

5) Take a Family Road Trip

There’s nothing like piling into the minivan and taking a family road trip. It’s family bonding at its finest. Spend at least a week or two on the road and make stops at Instagram-worthy roadside attractions, like Wall Drug in South Dakota and Foamhenge in Virginia. Travel up the scenic coastline of California from Los Angeles to the Redwoods. Opt for a historical road trip from Boston to Washington, DC, making stops along the way in Mystic, CT, Gettysburg, PA, and Philadelphia. 960 1280
6) See the Big Apple and Lady Liberty

6) See the Big Apple and Lady Liberty

From watching a Broadway show to taking in the views from the top of the Empire State Building to marveling at Times Square all lit up a night, the New York City is a place that every child should visit. Take the ferry to Ellis Island and climb all 354 steps to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Once back on the ground, take a ranger tour at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum for a look at what it was like coming to America and seeing Lady Liberty for the first time.  960 1280

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7) Take a Family Heritage Trip

7) Take a Family Heritage Trip

Before your kids spread their wings and go out into the world, they should learn about and visit where they’re from. Do some research (a site similar to Ancestry.com can help) and plan a trip to the place where your family first lay down its roots. Beyond countries and villages, dig deeper to seek out the farms where family once lived and the cemeteries where they are buried today. Family Tree Tours offers private and group genealogy tours to see how and where your ancestors lived. 960 1280
8) Do Volunteer Work Abroad

8) Do Volunteer Work Abroad

Take your kids to see a part of the world where children are less privileged – without cell phones, iPads, even regular access to clean water – to put their own lives in perspective. Projects Abroad organizes short-term volunteer programs overseas for students as young as 16 to travel and work during school breaks. Or give back as a family during a cruise through a non-profit like Together for Good, which lists opportunities with schools, orphanages and shelters in the Caribbean and Mexico. 960 1280

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9) Try an Adventure by Train

9) Try an Adventure by Train

There’s something magical about traveling by train, experiencing the landscape of America through the big windows of a railcar. Vacations by Rail offers one- and two-week rail trips that enable families to experience national parks and urban destinations such as Boston and Chicago. Or head up to Alaska and board a train with the Alaska Railroad, which pairs train travel with stops for dog sledding, day cruises, even iceberg hikes and river floats. 960 1280
10) Go Camping

10) Go Camping

Get your kids out into the great outdoors for tent camping, foil recipes, s’mores and hiking. Start out at a campground, not at a backcountry site, and keep the adventure gadget-free (as best as you can). Many campgrounds, particularly KOA and Jellystone Park sites, have swimming pools and playgrounds, even mini golf courses. However, you may want to have some activities in your back pocket, like these 10 Fun Camping Games for Kids (scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, etc.). 960 1280
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For Adventure Seekers: Telluride, CO

For Adventure Seekers: Telluride, CO

Experienced skiers can take it to the next level by spending the day heli-skiing, which, like it sounds, is downhill skiing on a course accessible only by helicopter. For $1,235, Telluride Helitrax, in operation since 1982, offers daylong excursions that include 6 ski runs, a guide, equipment and food. Helicopters take groups of 4 to an elevation of at least 10,000 feet, where skiers are surrounded by majestic backcountry terrain while on empty slopes. If that’s not enough, customized tours are also available. 960 1280

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For Culture Vultures: NYC

For Culture Vultures: NYC

Start the clock by catching a matinee of Hamilton, Broadway’s hottest hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton. Plan ahead, since tickets tend to sell out months in advance. Cap off the day with an adults-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History, where guests can enjoy live music, presentations and the chance to explore the museum all night long. The $350 price includes a buffet dinner, cots and more. 960 1280

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For Girlfriend Getaways: Miami

For Girlfriend Getaways: Miami

Sunshine, spa treatments and drinks are all that are needed for a quick getaway, and one can find all that and more at The Standard in Miami Beach. It’s removed from the madding crowd, and guests can luxuriate in a Turkish Hamam and take a yoga classes by the water. Leave time to head to nearby Miami Beach for dinner at celeb hotspot Matador Room, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest Miami venture offering Latin-fusion fare. Sit on the terrace for ocean views and lush, foliage surroundings. Follow up with poolside drinks at the sophisticated Delano South Beach, where you can camp out in a lantern-lit private cabana before it’s time to head home. 960 1280
For Foodies: Culinary Institute of America: California, New York, Texas

For Foodies: Culinary Institute of America: California, New York, Texas

Boasting such notable alum as Anthony Bourdain and Cat Cora, many a foodie has daydreamed about enrolling at one of the nation’s best culinary schools. While that’s not realistic for most, what is possible is taking a half-day cooking class. Each location offers a bevy of year-round options, from global street food to holiday favorites. Classes include lunch, CIA apron and chef’s hat. For the ultimate experience, 2- to 5-day boot camps are a must for when time isn’t of the essence. Of course, the upside to taking an afternoon class, particularly at the CIA in California, is the opportunity to have dinner just a quick 20-minute ride away at French Laundry, considered one of the top 10 restaurants in the US. The prix fixe chef’s tasting menu costs $295 -- be sure to book 2 months ahead. 960 1280

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For Family-Friendly Fun: Mohonk Mountain House

For Family-Friendly Fun: Mohonk Mountain House

This sprawling, fairy tale-esque castle in the scenic Hudson Valley literally has something for everyone. Rock climbing, horseback riding and golf are among the warmer-weather options at Mohonk Mountain House, while ice skating, snow tubing and cross-country skiing are among the winter activities. There’s also an award-winning spa, watersports and a host of fitness classes. (And that’s still not everything.) Trying to cram as many activities as possible into 24 hours is a worthwhile challenge. 960 1280

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For Romantics: New Orleans

For Romantics: New Orleans

New Orleans has no shortage of romantic neighborhoods and experiences, and the food-and-music scene has some of the best ways to experience them. Start with a late breakfast at Café Amelie and sit outside in the greenery-filled courtyard for a secret garden feel. Stroll through the historic French Quarter to work up an appetite for the Creole jazz brunch at Muriel’s Jackson Square, or simply get a drink at Muriel’s bordello-themed Séance Lounge (ask about the ghost). Don’t miss dinner at top-rated French restaurant August before collapsing into a plush seat at the intimate Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse 960 1280
For Shopaholics: Los Angeles

For Shopaholics: Los Angeles

Bypass the ubiquitous luxury chains on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and head to unique boutiques selling hard-to-find favorites. Fred Segal, Maxfield, Kitson and Madison are among the old-guard standouts, selling on-trend, high-end designer wares and more. Visit newer trendsetters include Opening Ceremony and TENOVERSIX for well-curated selections of the hottest designers and up-and-comers. Shoe addicts will find nirvana among the wall of shoes at Kathryn Amberleigh. Fans of the offbeat shouldn’t miss Just One Eye, a conceptual space that’s part art gallery, part fashion boutique, or The Well, a combination boutique/hair salon that’s perfect for multitaskers. Before heading out, pop into Poketo for one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone back home. 960 1280

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For the Unconventional: Quebec City

For the Unconventional: Quebec City

Even though Quebec City is impossibly charming in the warmer months, it’s downright magical in the winter. Warm up with high tea at the iconic Château Frontenac Hotel in Old Quebec. While it’s tempting to stay there, the highlight is spending a night at Hotel de Glace, a seasonal ice hotel just outside downtown Quebec, and the only one in North America. Book the Adventure Package and squeeze in dogsledding for extra bragging rights. 960 1280
For Animal Lovers: Grand Canyon

For Animal Lovers: Grand Canyon

It’s one thing to experience the Grand Canyon from a prime viewing spot, and another from the saddle of a mule. While 3-hour trips are available, opt for the once-in-a-lifetime overnight ride to Phantom Ranch, a rustic lodge located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trail ride each way takes about 5 hours and includes rest stops and lunch.  960 1280
For Sports Fanatics: Super Bowl

For Sports Fanatics: Super Bowl

Yes, Super Bowl tickets are notoriously hard to score, even when it’s not the 50th anniversary of the game. Luckily, it’s not impossible with QuintEvents, the official provider of Super Bowl packages. To really go over the top for this year’s game in Santa Clara, CA, on Feb. 7, choose the “On the Fifty” package, which nets you seats on the 50-yard line, the chance to meet players and cheerleaders and get autographs, and access to a private club serving gourmet food and drink before, during and after the game. Best of all, this package can be purchased for just the day of the game -- for a mere $13,000.    960 1280
Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia was already on the national radar as a foodie and cultural destination, but the Pope’s visit in Sept. 2015 launched the city into the global spotlight. Just 2 months later, it received the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage City designation—making it the first US city to nab the distinction. (The fact that Independence Hall was already deemed a World Heritage Site in 1979 was part of the clincher.) Expect Philly to remain in the spotlight since it will host the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. 960 1280
Iceland

Iceland

Iceland has experienced a steady increase in tourists for the past 5 years, and 2016 should be no different. Chalk it up to a combination of new low-fare flights on WOW Air and Norwegian Air, more airlines offering direct routes (Delta), and Game of Thrones fans eager to visit film locations. Besides the must-see Blue Lagoon, don’t miss the recently opened Into the Glacier tour, which provides unprecedented access inside a glacier via a man-made ice cave. 960 1280
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Start planning now for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, which will be held from Aug. 5-21. Tickets are still available on Rio’s official site, and hotel package deals with tickets are also available through authorized reseller CoSport. This will be the city’s first time hosting the Olympics, and massive improvements to Rio’s infrastructure are underway. Can’t get into every Olympic event on your wish list? Visit our guide of other top things to do while in Rio. 960 1280
Dubai

Dubai

Dubai has built a reputation on offering the latest and greatest. It already boasts the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, and Dubai Ski, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Now it can add a Hunger Games theme park to the list. Set to open in Oct. 2016, Motiongate Dubai will feature a fictional District 12 and a simulated hovercraft ride. (Unlike the movie portrayal, this version of Hunger Games will be family friendly.) Operated by Dubai Parks and Resorts, Motiongate Dubai will be joined by Legoland and a Bollywood theme park in 2016. Among the new hotel openings, The Langham, Palm Jumeirah, is the latest luxury property that will take up residence on Dubai’s man-made, palm-tree shaped archipelago. 960 1280
Cuba

Cuba

Although 2015 opened the door for US citizens to legally travel to Cuba, the tourism industry, both here and in Cuba, is still catching up. Part of that is due to the fact that while restrictions have been lifted, visiting for the sake of tourism alone is still banned. Luckily there are 12 exemptions for Americans, and traveling for educational purposes through a tour operator is a popular workaround. Expect more options for 2016 as an increasing number of travel companies enter the market. So far the biggest buzz surrounds Carnival Corp., which plans on adding weeklong cruises out of Miami starting in May. 960 1280
Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for castles; for starters, it’s the last year that Downton Abbey fans will be able to enjoy new episodes. In travel news, Ashford Castle in Ireland -- a 13th-century castle cum 5-star hotel that could put the fictional Downton Abbey to shame -- has just completed a 2-year-long, $75 million renovation following new ownership. The entire interior received a complete refresh of everything from the carpets to the décor, and new additions include a 32-seat movie theater. However, perhaps the most impressive addition is the brand-new spa, an ornate, airy sanctuary with 5 treatment rooms, a hammam and indoor pool. 960 1280
Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław, Poland

Every year the European Union appoints 2 different European cities with the prestigious European Capital of Culture title. The chosen cities already have a strong cultural scene, but for those under the radar, the distinction helps provide a huge tourism boost. Wrocław (pronounced Vrots-swaf) is Poland’s fourth-largest city, a picturesque place with a town square that dates back to the middle ages. Visitors can expect a jam-packed lineup for 2016, since the city promises more than 1,000 events. A sampling includes the Theatre Olympiad, an international theater festival, the European Film Awards and famed pianist Lang Lang performing with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra.  960 1280
San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian is the other European Capital of Culture for 2016, and while it’s better known than Wrocław, it’s no less of a 2016 hotspot. This resort town in the northern Basque region is heralded for its food scene -- although that’s really an understatement, considering it has not one, but 16 Michelin-starred restaurants. Besides the culinary options, visitors can look forward to a cultural schedule with a twist: the city chose “Waves of Energy” as the theme, so anticipate that all of the capital of culture events will possess this conceptual bent. Other major events include the annual Jazz Festival in July and the annual International Film Festival in Sept. 960 1280
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka often gets overlooked in favor of its more popular neighbors, India and the Maldives, but this small island nation offers 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, lush landscapes and no shortage of beaches or elephants. Tourism has rebounded since the decades-long civil war ended in 2009, and luxury hotels are opening at a breakneck pace. Cape Weligama, Ani Villas and Anantara Tangalle Resort & Spa are among the 2015 standouts for unrivaled quality. Anticipated 2016 openings include Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, a 300-room oasis on the southern coast offering a golf course, spa and Eco Centre, which will educate guests about the local environment. Anantara Kalutara Resort & Spa, a smaller property on the southwest coast, is set to open in January. Rooms will sport authentic Sri Lankan décor, and resort amenities include a yoga pavilion and two outdoor swimming pools. Or you can splurge on a pool villa and get your own private plunge pool. 960 1280

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The Final Frontier: Space

The Final Frontier: Space

There’s only one spot left on the most intrepid traveler’s bucket list: space. Virgin Galactic’s space flights are still light years away (or at least not happening in 2016). But thanks to the latest Nieman Marcus Christmas Book, those who have been nice have the chance to experience a modified version via a pressurized capsule attached to a giant high-altitude balloon that will carry passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth. The flight seats 6 passengers at a time and will take up to 6 hours, but luckily there’s a bar and bathroom on board. The trip isn’t scheduled until 2017, but the $90,000 gift starts in 2016 with a 3-night stay at Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ, a tour of Biosphere 2, a scientific research facility with seven contained ecosystems ranging from the desert to the rainforest, and a behind-the-scenes peek at a World View test flight. Better hurry, only 10 packages are up for sale. 960 1280

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Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Alaska: Arctic Ventures

Exploring the North Pole may seem surreal. After all, it is the land of the midnight sun and home to polar bears and penguins. But you can also hike in Alaskan rain forest, kayak alongside peaceful coastlines, or relax in luxury as you sail past breathtaking icebergs, pods of orca and breaching humpbacks. 960 1280

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Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Burgundy: Wine & Dine &…Bike

Explore Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Cote d'Or. Then, get off the beaten path -- literally -- as you bike through rolling hills and quaint, friendly towns from vineyard to vineyard. Sip vintages surrounded by the fields in which they were grown, dine in chateaus and enjoy private cellar tours. 960 1280

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Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Ireland: Castles & Countryside

Maybe you're tracing your family roots. Or perhaps you have fantasies of spending the night in a medieval castle. Whatever the reason, if you'd like to start each day with rashers and sausage and end it in a town pub, perhaps cruising along the Irish countryside is just your speed. 960 1280

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India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

India: Mythology & Mountain Peaks

The best tours can help you cut through the controlled chaos that typifies India, so you can get the chance to enjoy Darjeeling's famous tea and Bengali sweets, explore ornate temples and Hindu mythology and take in the sunrise over the Himalayas. 960 1280

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Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

Istanbul: Faraway Family Adventure

There's no reason the entire family wouldn't enjoy these classic Turkish experiences like bargaining in the Grand Bazaar, sailing on a gullet -- a Turkish wooden yacht -- and exploring ancient Ephesus. 960 1280

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Peru: Land of the Inca

Peru: Land of the Inca

The Incan Trail. Machu Picchu. You need to say little more to conjure up the lost city's spectacular ruins. But with archaeological sites like the Sacred Valley, the cities of Cusco and Lima and the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, highlights abound. 960 1280

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Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Costa Rica: For Outdoor Adventurers

Whether you're gliding through a cloud forest on a zip-line, whitewater rafting or rappelling down waterfalls, there's plenty of adventure to be had in Costa Rica. If you're looking for “pura vida” (the good life), stay at a luxury eco-lodge, soak in natural hot springs and stroll by an active volcano. 960 1280

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Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

Indonesia: The Life Aquatic

If you live for underwater adventures, imagine scuba diving in paradise -- or in this case, Raja Ampat, in Indonesia's West Papua province. Sail routes once reserved for intrepid explorers and scientists to discover untouched coral, wildlife like the impressive Komodo dragon and breathtaking Hindu temples. 960 1280

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South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

South Georgia Island: Antarctic Oasis

One of the most remote places on Earth, South Georgia is located 850 miles east of the Falkland Islands. You can cruise by more than 160 glaciers, tens of thousands of penguins on Salisbury Plain and in St. Andrews Bay, and, if you're lucky, the enormous southern elephant seal, the largest of its species. 960 1280

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Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya: Eco-Friendly Safaris

Kenya is the perfect backdrop for your dream African safari, especially if you witness the Great Migration, when over 2 million zebra, wildebeest and antelope migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of Kenya's Masari Mara National Reserve. Home to one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa, you can visit with adorable baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. 960 1280

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Backpack Through Brazil

Backpack Through Brazil

“Throw caution to the wind and live life with reckless abandon by backpacking through Brazil. Traverse the thick Amazon rain forest in Manaus, immerse yourself in the Afro-centric culture of Salvador, go nude sunbathing on Praia Mole in Florianopolis, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Iguazu Falls, and stand at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Go -- you’ll be glad you did -- and prepare to get a lifetime of great memories.” -- Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Camp in Canadian Backcountry

Camp in Canadian Backcountry

“What better way to kick off your first step into the real world than by getting away from the hustle and bustle that you have come to call normal? There may be no better place to do that than the Canadian wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Spread out over nearly 3,000 square miles of pristine backcountry, Algonquin boasts more than 1,900 campsites set along the shores of more than 2,400 lakes, with plenty of different ways to enjoy them. Grab a canoe, a backpack and a few friends, and paddle off into a sunset-drenched backdrop of the open water and woods to jump-start your trip. After a few days of traveling through the natural highway of portages and lakes, you’ll be relaxed, refreshed and ready to take that next step.” -- Matthew Dewhurst, Producer 960 1280

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Live Out Your Own Euro-Trip

Live Out Your Own Euro-Trip

“First time across the pond -- you don’t say! There’s not a better way to christen a newly minted passport than with a classic Europe trip. London is the perfect place to wet your whistle with a pint between checking off bucket-list attractions such as Big Ben and the Beatles’ Abbey Road. Then, ride the Eurail to your heart’s content. Hip hostels make traveling to stylish cities such as Paris, Barcelona or Prague possible even before you earn your first ‘big kid’ paycheck.” -- Sara Gilliam, Senior Producer 960 1280

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Party Vegas Style

Party Vegas Style

“As 4-plus years of studying comes to a close, celebrate with 1 last hurrah in Las Vegas! Be a high roller for the weekend and spend some graduation money on high-stakes gambling and bottle service. Enjoy the beginning of summer with crazy Vegas pool parties at the Venetian’s Tao Beach and Mandalay Bay’s Daylight.” -- Michelle Tran, Ad Sales Producer 960 1280

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Cuddle a Koala on Magnetic Island

Cuddle a Koala on Magnetic Island

“Australia is a place on most people’s bucket lists, and it’s a fantastic destination to let go and have some fun after years of studying and exams. Make your way to Magnetic Island in the lower part of the Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkeling to see the colorful fish and coral, and take a free hike along the Forts Walk to catch the sunset while perched atop the historic World War II fortifications. Be sure to keep your eyes on the eucalyptus trees to spot koalas. If you don’t see any, go cuddle one at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village, which is also a backpackers’ hostel.” -- Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Island-Hop in Greece

Island-Hop in Greece

“Enjoy beautiful beaches, island-hopping and a warm but cooler 77 degrees during the month of June -- the perfect time to go, just before the rush of summer tourists. Charter a catamaran through Blue Lagoon Cruises, whose boats come equipped with swimming platforms, bars, trampolines and much more! Enjoy hidden bays and hot springs on and around the islands of Santorini and Mykonos.” -- Rani Robinson, Digital Director 960 1280

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Cruise the Caribbean

Cruise the Caribbean

“Grab a few friends and book a cruise to the Caribbean. Even just a 3- or 4-night sailing is the perfect way to kick back, party till the wee hours, and see a few new places — all in 1 vacation. Not to mention it’s budget-friendly, with most meals and entertainment included. Try a 4-night Western Caribbean itinerary on Carnival, leaving from Miami and sailing to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Or, if you have the time and money, spring for a 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean, leaving from San Juan with stops in places such as Aruba, Barbados, St. Thomas, Antigua and St. Lucia.” -- Hannah Prince, Copy Editor 960 1280

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Chill Out in Newport Beach, CA

Chill Out in Newport Beach, CA

“If you’re searching for a great domestic post-graduation destination that blends both relaxation and excitement, then Newport Beach, CA, is the place for you. Post up on the expansive plots of sand with a good book or your headphones and relax in the sun, enjoying some of the country’s best weather. Looking for a thrill? Newport Beach also offers a wide variety of adventure and fun, from Jet Skiing and cruising the waves on a surf or boogie board to setting up your teammate for the perfect spike on one of the many public volleyball courts. And if you start to feel parched after a long day in the sun, stop by Sharkeez -- a Newport staple --for a cold cocktail.” -- Ben Breslerman, Producer 960 1280

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Celebrate in the City That Never Sleeps

Celebrate in the City That Never Sleeps

“Not everyone can afford a trip around the world to celebrate graduating, but you can take a budget shortcut and visit NYC instead! While it's still not the cheapest city in America, in 1 weekend, you can take the N/R train down to Chinatown for tasty soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai, walk up to Little Italy for some authentic Chianti from Parm, and then hop the A/C to Koreatown for homemade Miss Korea kimchi and barbecue. Not to mention the dozens of first-class museums, such as the Met and the Frick, that are also just a subway ride away. You'll leave having experienced the best of more than a dozen cultures without ever needing your passport!” -- Liz Fraser, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Heritance Kandalama Hotel
Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Heritance Kandalama Hotel

Designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Kachchan infinity pool (pictured) at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel blends into the view of Kandalama Lake. Take a swim or relax by the pool in the evenings while 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. The latter is the largest pool on the property and is equipped for sports such as water polo. 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 open only to hotel guests. So you'd better book a stay. 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, or just pass the time sipping a delicious drink while watching the sun set. 960 1280

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Escape to your own personal paradise at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Enjoy this Maldives resort’s 2 infinite-view swimming pools, as well as its 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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Ubud Hanging Gardens

Ubud Hanging Gardens

The infinity swimming pool at Ubud Hanging Gardens is perched over a rain forest 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 enjoying 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

The Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge 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

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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 digital safes 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

Fontainebleau Miami Beach  

Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Le Palais de la Mediterranee

Guests at the 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

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Bondi Icebergs Club

Bondi Icebergs Club

It’s not a hotel or resort, but we had to include the famous Bondi Baths on our list of the 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 more than 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 centerpiece, surrounding it with rooms and suites, a poolside bar, a rustic reception area, a dining room, a bar and a veranda, which overlooks the lake. Located in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania, the lodge lets guests go on a morning bird walk, a mountain bike ride, a canoe adventure, a night game drive, or a culture tour to learn about the local Iraqw and Sukuma people in neighboring villages. 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 in the heart of the city. 960 1280

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore  

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, which is equipped with waterslides, rapids and more. We like the Hibiscus Pool (pictured) for guests 18 and older. On the bottom of 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, including Xanthos, the ancient capital of Lycia. 960 1280

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

On the 57th floor, get a phenomenal view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 1 pool. This massive, 500-foot-long infinity pool at the hotel's SkyPark is not for the faint of heart. 960 1280

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SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach's 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 Miami's 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 nearby. 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, British Columbia, is a 3,068-square-foot waterfront residence with a lap pool 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, Belgium, showcases a unique design that includes several “underwater caves.” Take a 108-foot plunge to explore these submerged houses. And for the inexperienced diver, scuba 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 are on the eighth 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 in Jordan to experience the 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 rectangular infinity pool at the Alila Ubud seems to fall off into the jungle. 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 also 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, where panoramic views are only improved with 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

Hotel Udai Kothi  

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 flow 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

La Casa Que Canta  

Pacific Northwest Trail
Pacific Northwest Trail

Pacific Northwest Trail

The Pacific Northwest Trail spans 1,200 miles -- including 3 national parks and 7 national forests. To tackle this route, which runs through Montana, Idaho and Washington, you'll have to keep a pace of 20 miles per day. That'll get you to the trail's end in about 60 days.

Best times to hike:Year-round at lower elevations, summer and fall at higher elevations.
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Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

The famed Appalachian Trail spans more than 2,180 miles. A thru-hike usually takes between 5 and 7 months, cutting through 14 states between Georgia and Maine. Along the way, enjoy views of pink rhododendrons along the trail’s Tennessee-North Carolina state line and in southwest Virginia, from late spring to early summer.

Best times to hike: Spring to fall.
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John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

Naturalist John Muir loved this area of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Today, the trail named in his honor runs 211 miles, from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney (the highest point on America’s mainland). Most hikers start their trek at Yosemite’s Happy Isles or Tuolumne Meadows.

Best times to hike: Generally July to September.
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Hayduke Trail

Hayduke Trail

Uber-hiker Andrew Skurka calls Hayduke Trail “one of the finest ways to discover the Colorado Plateau … and get away from it all.” No wonder. The 800-mile trail running through Utah and Arizona covers the area’s big national parks: Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches.

Best times to hike: Spring and fall.
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Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

The massive Pacific Crest Trail covers more than 2,600 miles, from California, Oregon and Washington to British Columbia. The trail is among the “Big 3”: If you hike the Pacific Trail, as well as the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail, you’ll get the American Long Distance Hiking Association’s Triple Crown Award.

Best times to hike: Late April to late September.
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Sierra High Route

Sierra High Route

The Sierra High Route is one of pro hiker Andrew Skurka’s favorite trails. The 195-mile trail in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains offers amazing views of meadowlands, lake basins and mountain peaks. Keep a pace of roughly 20 miles per day, and you’ll complete the trail in a little over a week. Also, keep in mind logistical considerations.

Best time to hike: Depends on skill level.
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Arizona Trail

Arizona Trail

The 800-mile Arizona Trail runs north and south through the state, and showcases some of the region's most unspoiled terrain: ridges, mountains and wilderness areas that have remained untouched since Arizona became a territory in 1863. That remoteness also means hikers must stay current on Arizona Trail conditions.

Best times to hike: Year-round at lower elevations, summer and fall at higher elevations.
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Long Trail

Long Trail

Known simply as the Long Trail, this route runs 273 miles through Vermont -- the whole length of the state. The trail also happens to be America’s first long-distance hiking trail. Construction began in 1912 and continued for nearly 20 years. Today, hikers can enjoy short day hikes and extended treks (including to Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain).

Best times to hike: Late spring through late fall.
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Continental Divide Trail

Continental Divide Trail

At 3,100 miles, the Continental Divide Trail is not for the faint of heart: Only about 25 people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, which runs between Mexico and Canada. Some areas can only be traveled by bushwacking, aka make-your-own-trails, and roadwalking.

Best times to hike: April to October.
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Superior Hiking Trail

Superior Hiking Trail

Everyone loves Superior: Hiker Andrew Skurka ranks the trail among his 10 favorite US hikes, Readers Digest ranks it among its top 5. The 275-mile footpath showcases scenic views -- boreal forests, rushing waterfalls and the 30-mile-long Sawtooth Mountains are among the attractions -- as well as 81 campsites for a little R&R.

Best times to hike: Late spring to early fall.
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Florida Trail

Florida Trail

Alligators are among the wild critters that hikers can encounter along the Florida Trail. The 1,400-mile trail starts at Big Cypress National Preserve (about 45 miles west of Miami) and ends in the Pensacola, FL, area. And if you see a gator along the way? Give it space, circling around its tail end so it doesn’t feel threatened.

Best times to hike: Year-round.
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Colorado Trail

Colorado Trail

Hikers, horse riders and bicyclists, the Colorado Trail is calling your name. The 486-mile trail runs from the Denver area to Durango, CO, with some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery in between: wildlife (marmots, deer, sheep and more), as well as wildflowers, forests, lakes and streams ideal for fishing. A thru-hike generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete -- a feat accomplished by roughly 150 people per year.

Best times to hike: Primarily July and August.
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