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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

Livingstone, Zambia
Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls, also called Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") by those who live near the southern African phenomenon, are a waterfall span of 5,604 feet along the Zambezie river between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Though neither the highest nor the widest on earth, Victoria's more...

Guttannen, Switzerland
The Gelmerbahn

High in the Alpine Mountains of Bern, Switzerland, nestled amidst the natural wonders of the Grimselwelt, awaits the Gelmerbahn, a funicular railway that doubles as nature's most extreme roller coaster. With a gradient of 106%, the Gelmerbahn's single, open car will tote more...

Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway
Pulpit Rock

Norway. A country of endless, oil-tinged riches, beautiful Nordic peoples, postcard-worthy landscapes 'round every bend, and the breathtaking, Mother-Nature-made skyscraper known as Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian. In Forsand, Ryfylke, fifteen miles from Norway's more...

County Clare, Ireland
The Burren

The Burren--Boireann, meaning "great rock", in Irish--crashes through the rolling greens of Ireland's County Clare with about 95 square miles of karst landscape and stony cliffs dropping dramatically into the North Atlantic Ocean on the west and Galway Bay on the north. The more...

Queenstown, New Zealand
Shotover Jet Boat Rides

Barreling through whitewater rapids at up to 50mph and hurtling along crystal clear passages no more than 4" deep. Blasting over swells and whipping 360s through canyons. Testing the strength of your heart and the stamina of your gut, all while blowing your freaking mind, more...