Best Travel Photos of the Week

From a winter wonderland in Bangkok to a close finish in Paris, these are the photos that caught our attention during the week of July 24-30, 2015.

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Tulum, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

"Love life and it loves you right back! #freespirit | #bliss | #tulum | #happy | #laplaya | #mexico" -- @olacecilia 960 1280

  

Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

"Magical place ~ #WatSorasak #Sukhothai #Thailand #latergram" -- @simalicious 960 1280

  

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

"Tidal Basin" -- @ryanpando 960 1280

  

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

"Swoon. This sinking city sure is stunning!" -- @ericaconnolly91 960 1280

  

Key Biscayne, FL

Key Biscayne, FL

"Great day for paddleboarding! #LoveFL #KeyBiscayne" -- @karafranker 960 1280

  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"Grateful to be alive and see a sight like this! Rock Formations at San Lucas del Cabo #Mexico #travel #wanderlust #instatravel #globalnomads #lonelyplanet #travelgram #aroundtheworld #backpackingaddicts #livetotravel #instapassport #backpacker #backpacking #mytravelgram #pinktrotters #traveladvice #beach #water #rocks #boat #neverstopexploring" -- @shally_sg 960 1280

  

Somewhere ...

Somewhere ...

"Our weekend escape" -- @stasandroidovich 960 1280

  

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA

"Virginia spring" -- @jordanraynor 960 1280

  

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

"My bus ride home from work #windowseat #dreamcometrue #rome #colosseum" -- @ahasson 960 1280

  

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

"Meow #11n11 tiger kingdom" -- @naegnar8 960 1280

  

Somewhere ...

Somewhere ...

"This place. #travel #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #photooftheday #fun #beautiful #travelingram #instapassport #asia #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel #love #instamood #igers #picoftheday #life #followus #instadaily #vscocam #vscoaward #wanderlust" -- @becausewecamp 960 1280

  

La Jolla Cove, CA

La Jolla Cove, CA

"Just being a California girl today" -- @hayleycarling 960 1280

  

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

"Rode a camel today at the Bali Safari & Marine Park! #camelride #bucketlist #safari #Bali #indonesia" -- @jannie_g 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

"Portland Japanese Garden" -- @bobaumgartner 960 1280

  

man sitting high on right side of photo watching air balloons over temples in bagan myanmar during a sunset
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

“I have seen sunsets/sunrises in 75 countries, but never like in Bagan, Myanmar!” — Tom G. 960 1280

Tom Grond  

Fort Myers Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach, FL

“Fort Myers Beach, where the sun sets over the water!” — Alyssa A. 960 1280

Alyssa Acree  

Malaysian Borneo

Malaysian Borneo

“The best place to watch the sunset is at Bako National Park,” Sarawak’s oldest national park on the island of Borneo. — Seyhan G. 960 1280

Seyhan Geubel  

Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

“French Polynesia, especially Bora Bora or Moorea,” is a great place for both sunrises and sunsets. — Zenaida G. 960 1280

Nate Murray  

Olvera, Spain (Andalusia)

Olvera, Spain (Andalusia)

“Sierra de Cádiz in Spain! I’m a beach person, but watching the sun set over those white mountains is incredible.” — Alyssa A. 960 1280

Alyssa Acree  

Levanto, Italy (Liguiria)

Levanto, Italy (Liguiria)

“Near Italy’s Cinque Terre, made up of colorful seaside villages and rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera.” — Wynne G. 960 1280

Wynne Gavin  

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

The village of Oia on the island of Santorini has long been considered the most romantic place to watch the sunset. 960 1280

Cal Lamprecht  

Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach, FL

“Sunrise on Daytona Beach — my favorite spot, 1 block from my home!!” — Guendelina J. 960 1280

Guendelina Jones  

Tampa Bay, FL

Tampa Bay, FL

Hawaii was a close second, but the beaches of Florida won out as the fan-favorite spot. 960 1280

Jackie Johnson  

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

“Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica! Every sunset is different, like a work of art. Each one is unique and filled with a different set of colors.” — Karen D. 960 1280

Jennifer Gardner  

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

“View from the Electricity Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.” — Jessica G. 960 1280

Jessica Getzy  

Photos

Tour de France (Bourg-de-Peage, France)

Tour de France (Bourg-de-Peage, France)

British cyclist Chris Froome and Team Sky stay ahead of the pack in the 16th stage of the 2015 Tour de France, which ran between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap, France. 960 1280

Bryn Lennon / Getty Images  

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium (Yokohama, Japan)

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium (Yokohama, Japan)

A beluga whale cools off visitors at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, a suburb of Tokyo. 960 1280

Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty Images  

Palace Square (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Palace Square (St. Petersburg, Russia)

A young girl feeds pigeons in Palace Square in St. Petersburg during a media tour of Russia’s venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.   960 1280

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Boryeong Mud Festival (Boryeong, South Korea)

Boryeong Mud Festival (Boryeong, South Korea)

Festivalgoers have fun wrestling in the mud during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud, found near Boryeong and transported to the beach by truck, is believed to have beneficial effects on the skin because of its mineral content. 960 1280

Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images  

Levante Beach Sunbathing (Benidorm, Spain)

Levante Beach Sunbathing (Benidorm, Spain)

People sunbathe at Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain. The country has set a new record for visitors with 29.2 million in the first half of 2015, 4.2% more than the same period in 2014. 960 1280

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Festival of Aeronauts (Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia)

Festival of Aeronauts (Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia)

People watch as hot-air balloons land during 14th festival of aeronauts in Pereslavl-Zalessky, part of Russia’s "Golden Ring." 960 1280

Sergey Bobylev / Kommersant Photo via Getty Images  

Borussia Dortmund Training (Bad Ragaz, Switzerland)

Borussia Dortmund Training (Bad Ragaz, Switzerland)

Borussia Dortmund, a German soccer team, trains in Switzerland with an amazing panoramic mountain view. 960 1280

Alexandre Simoes / Borussia Dortmund / Getty Images  

Ocean Victory (Auckland)

Ocean Victory (Auckland)

This is how everyone should travel! Owned by steel billionaire Viktor Rashnikov, the 459-foot-long superyacht Ocean Victory, docked in Auckland, has 6 swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a gym, a helipad and a helicopter hangar. 960 1280

Fiona Goodall / Getty Images  

Open Championship (St. Andrews, Scotland)

Open Championship (St. Andrews, Scotland)

Amateur Irish golfer Paul Dunne tees it up on the 15th hole during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. 960 1280

Streeter Lecka / Getty Images  

Heat Wave Relief (Madrid)

Heat Wave Relief (Madrid)

After the third heat wave this summer in Spain, children play under a fountain next to the Manzanares River to cool off in Madrid. Hot-weather alerts were issued in 18 provinces, and it’s believed that this July has been the hottest on record. 960 1280

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Seal on a Swim (Belgrade, Serbia)

Seal on a Swim (Belgrade, Serbia)

The cute quotient of this photo gallery just went up with this adorable snapshot of a seal cooling off at the Belgrade Zoo. It’s those eyes — not the heat — that make us melt. 960 1280

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Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Fireworks explode over St. Mark's Basin for the Redentore Festival in Venice, Italy. Redentore, which is held in remembrance of the end of the 1577 plague, is one of city's most loved celebrations. In addition to this spectacular fireworks display, another festival highlight is the gathering of boats in St. Mark’s Basin. 960 1280

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Latitude Festival (Southwold, England)

Latitude Festival (Southwold, England)

In Southwold, England, folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling performs on Henham Park’s Obelisk Arena stage as part of the Latitude Festival. 960 1280

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Awe-Inspiring Tarentaise Valley (Tignes, France)

Awe-Inspiring Tarentaise Valley (Tignes, France)

We’ve seen several mountain views, but this photo of a man fishing in front of the Tignes Val Claret ski resort has to be one of the most stunning panoramic vistas in the world. 960 1280

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Man Walking to the Sky (Kassel, Germany)

Man Walking to the Sky (Kassel, Germany)

If you were in Kassel, Germany, we hope you didn’t leave without checking out artist Jonathan Borofsky’s stunning sculpture Man Walking to the Sky. It was part of the Documenta exhibitions, one of the most important events in the modern art world. 960 1280

Thomas Lohnes / Getty Images  

Masham Steam Engine Rally (Masham, England)

Masham Steam Engine Rally (Masham, England)

Miniature steam engines are lined up as part of a display during the 50th annual Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally. The fair started in 1965, and today, it draws hundreds of visitors to see miniature steam engines, steam traction engines, classic cars and vintage tractors. 960 1280

Ian Forsyth / Getty Images  

Lahore Zoo (Lahore, Pakistan)

Lahore Zoo (Lahore, Pakistan)

Suzi the elephant stretches her trunk to greet spectators at the Lahore Zoo during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. 960 1280

Arif Ali / AFP / Getty Images  

The Allure of Algae (Qingdao, China)

The Allure of Algae (Qingdao, China)

Tourists play at a beach covered by a thick layer of green algae in Qingdao, China. A large quantity of a nonpoisonous seaweed called Enteromorpha prolifera hit the Qingdao coast in June and July this year. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images  

Beach Huts at Sunset

Beach Huts at Sunset

"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280

  

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

A small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280

  

Celebrating the Sunrise

Celebrating the Sunrise

"Taken at Wildwood Beach, NJ." -- DPK 960 1280

  

Hiking up High

Hiking up High

"Hiking up high by Silverton, Colorado, requires a little extra oxygen. Taken this summer while hiking outside with a group of women." -- MANelson 960 1280

  

Mr. Turtle

Mr. Turtle

"While snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii, I got this shot of Mr. Turtle staring right at me. It truly captures the experience of swimming with dozens of turtles in the Pacific Ocean." -- Jewell 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial at Night

"It was a rare summer night in our nation's capital when the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze. This was just after sunset." -- LMAN 960 1280

  

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

"I was enjoying a fun afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make 'bubble cheeks.'" -- Susan 960 1280

  

Nantucket Sunset

Nantucket Sunset

"Nantucket Summer Sunset 2013 taken with a Samsung S3 phone camera." -- jig 960 1280

  

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280

  

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

"Tintern Abbey, is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthsire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England." -- Tintern Abbey 960 1280

  

Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

"Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at 11PM on July 11, 2013. The lagoon is located on the southeast coast of Iceland. These are photos from a recent two week backpacking trip in Iceland." -- MikelDallas 960 1280

  

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

"Cute cub. Very aware of mom. We grabbed this close-up while on safari at Tanda Tula. Thought the cub was very cute. Noticed later that mom was much more observant than we initially believed." -- Patrick M. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bryce

Beautiful Bryce

"A view from below. My husband and I spent a day at beautiful Bryce Canyon. The views were spectacular." -- Casper 960 1280

  

Mingling With the Natives

Mingling With the Natives

"Making pals along the way on our trip in South Africa. Hanging out with our pal, Abby (Adorably Big Baby)." -- Danielle 960 1280

  

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

"Two years old and already has a great back swing. Arms straight, head down, eyes on the ball, pasy in the mouth. Playing Maui, HI. What more could you ask for?" -- Ryan 960 1280

  

The Harbor

The Harbor

"On the bridge, going into Kennebunkport, looking up the river." -- TH 960 1280

  

Color-Splashed Sunset

Color-Splashed Sunset

"My husband and I were on a romantic diner cruise in Cabo, beautiful views!" -- SICSL 960 1280

  

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

"Most photographed church in Italy … don't mind if I do. Chapel of The Madonna de Vitaleta." -- Sybil 960 1280

  

Winner: Sun Catcher

Winner: Sun Catcher

"My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!" -- Heather B. 960 1280

  

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

"Hawaii is one of our top destinations. We love to go there every year. This picture was taken at Big Island, HI, on a beautiful day. Look at that sunset -- it's so peaceful." -- Annie L. 960 1280

  

African Dream

African Dream

"An unforgettable journey that lasted 6 months through Africa." -- Rochi 960 1280

  

Winner: Floating in Paradise

Winner: Floating in Paradise

"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280

  

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

"Two 'blondes' having a moment at Irvine Park Zoo, Chippewa, WI." -- Kimberly 960 1280

  

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

"Emerald Lake and Cilantro Cafe in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada." -- EL & CC 960 1280

  

Mediterranean Marvels

Mediterranean Marvels

"Sunshine over the Colosseum! My adventure to the Mediterranean this Summer was life-changing. I was captivated by the history and beauty of several of the amazing sites throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey!" -- Sable's Travels 960 1280

  

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It's the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn't seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby Jökulsárlón Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon's coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris' website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

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