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Shimla, Himalayas, India
Wildflower Hall Resort - Shimla, Himalayas, India

It's only an 8,250-foot trek up the Himalayas to Wildflower Hall. And, no, the breathtaking aesthetics and seeming surreality of the fairytale resort and spa won't be a result of altitude sickness. Set amidst 22 acres of virgin pine and cedar woods, every bit of Wildflower Hall splendor is real. The former residence of Lord Kitchener is a 45-minute drive from Shimla, and one of the most luxurious places in India from which to explore the pristine flora and fauna of the Himalayan Mountains. more...

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Skaftafell, Iceland
The Crystal Cave

For such a small country--and one with a less than enticing name--Iceland sure has its fair share of must-see natural phenomena. If you've already soaked up the steamy minerals of the Blue Lagoon, head southeast to Skaftafell, a preservation area that has been incorporated more...

Sorrento, Campania, Italy
Sorrento, Italy

The Keystone of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and out beyond to Mt. Vesuvius from high along whitewashed cliffs in southern Italy's Campania region. The city dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, with abundant architecture, ruins, and more...

Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China
The Walk of Faith at Tianmen Mountain

For a while, Tianmen Mountain has claimed to run the longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world. (Note: We haven't checked, but it may also be the only passenger cableway of high mountains in the world). Now its overlords have added a second adrenaline spiker more...

Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Year after year, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise intertwines the enticing vastness and serenity of a luxurious mountain escape with progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. Set along the shores of Alberta's premiere Rocky Mountain oasis, the 5-star more...

The Phillipines
Boracay Island

Perhaps the most tropical and alluring island of the Philippines, Boracay rests approximately 200 miles south of Manila in the Western Visayas region. At just over 4 miles long, it is packed with beaches, resort accommodations, and several months of hot, sunny, idyllic weather more...

Beach Park, Brazil
Insano - The World's Tallest Water Slide

Beach Park, a veritable carnival of aquatic fun about 10 miles outside of Fortaleza, Brazil, sets the scene for the Insano. Even the Guinness Book of Records has declared the Insano's 135-foot height the tallest of water slides in the world. Imagine yourself lying supine more...

Bora Bora
Hilton Bora Bora Nui

Stilted bungalows ascending from the crystalline topaz waters of a secluded lagoon. Technicolored fishes darting underneath the front porch as white linen curtains and king bed canopies sway lazily in the breeze. A villa in the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa embodies the more...

Lika-Senj County, Karlovac County, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Just under 90 miles from Zagreb (and the Zagreb airport) the Plitvice Lakes await teeming with myriad waterfalls, lush green mosses and foliage, boardwalks weaving through the splendor, and small tour boats navigating visitors among the crystal-clear, yet spectrally-hued more...

Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago

At 1,353 feet and 110 stories above the streets of downtown Chicago, The Ledge at Willis Tower's Skydeck will transform any visitor's--or local's for that matter--experience with the Windy City. In January 2009, Willis Tower owners began a major renovation of the beloved more...

Sopot, Poland
Krzywy Domek - The Crooked House

The Krzywy Domek calls Sopot, Poland--specifically, 53 Bohaterów Monte Cassino St. in lower Sopot--home, and all who visit the Krzywy Domek call it the world's most crooked house. Perhaps fitting, then, that it is predominantly used to conduct business, with most of its rental more...

Bangkok, Thailand
Sirocco Restaurant & Sky Bar

Bangkok, Thailand breathes life into the world's highest al fresco restaurant. Sirocco sits atop the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, itself a panoply of culinary adventures in the form of various restaurants, bars, and lounges. Romantic splurges and business endeavors alike more...

Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
Socotra - The World's Strangest Place

About 150 miles east of the Horn of Africa, Socotra--the largest of an archipelago of four islands--sits grazing in the Indian Ocean. An exotic "lost world" of sorts ever since its separation six million years ago from the adjacent African continent, the island is often described more...

Getu Valley, China
The Great Arch

China. It's kind of like one big double-edged Jian. On the one hand, the country is somewhat of a political and economic threat to the United States and our international prosperity. But on the other, it has the Getu Valley, a dramatic stomping ground of limestone cliffs more...

Twentynine Palms, California, USA
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree: more than just a U2 album. Nearly 800,000 acres more. The infinitely variable national park envelops some of the most enamoring natural formations California's Colorado and Mojave Deserts have to offer. Set within the convergence of the two, Joshua Tree widens more...

Coconino County, Arizona
The Wave of Coyote Buttes

Behold The Wave, a sandstone rock formation in the North Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area on the Arizona-Utah border. Coveted amongst hikers for its colorful, bacon-y swirls, undulating forms, and trackless trekking surfaces, access permissions are given to only 20 people per more...

Angkor, Cambodia
Ta Prohm - The Tomb Raider Temple

Though a large and unfortunate percentage of the American population probably does not know what or where Cambodia is, at least 85% of females and 100% of males can identify Angelina Jolie. And a disturbingly high percentage could likely tell you where she is right now. The more...

Nairobi, Kenya
Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor. It could be named for its kitschy décor or tacky lawn art, but thankfully the elegant brick and ivy-laced abode is so named for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffes. The regal creatures arrived at the manor--located about 6 miles southwest of Nairobi in more...

Hobbiton, New Zealand
The Hobbiton

The Alexander family farm--now better known as The Hobbiton--could be called a gift from below. Both because of its terrifically quaint burrowed Hobbit Holes covered in sine waves of emerald green, and because of The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's aerial discovery more...

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Yucatan Cenotes - Underwater Sinkholes

Though an initial glance at the words may suggest the Yucatán cenotes are places that print illegal $100 bills, further investigation reveals that "cenote" is actually pronounced "suh-NOH-tee", and refers to a naturally occurring underwater sinkhole filled with crystalline more...

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