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Angel Falls

Location: Venezuela

With a plunge 15 times the height of Niagara Falls, Angel Falls streams from the tabletop mountain called Auyantepui. The site was named after Jimmy Angel, a U.S. aviator who was the first known person to fly over the falls. His ashes were scattered there in 1960. In addition to its undeniable beauty, you may notice that the area is similar to Paradise Falls from Disney’s Up, a clear inspiration for the movie.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Location: Germany

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people travel to view his private refuge.

Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”.

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Sea of Stars

Location: Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

The famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth, but Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises that are revealed at night.

The mesmerizing shining water looks like a mirror that reflects the sparkling stars above. However, the secret is this: phytoplankton. The marine microbes are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

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Burano

Location: Burano, Italy

Long ago, the fishermen of the island of Burano decided to paint their houses with bright colors so that while coming back home they can easily distinguish them through thick fog. The result is a cheery rainbow-colored town bursting with charm, culture and history.

Though located in the same lagoon as Venice, Burano has kept its quiet bucolic atmosphere for centuries. An old fishing town, its fishing traditions date back to ancient Roman times. The colors of the houses have been with the resident families for centuries, and if they want to repaint, they need to write the government for a list of colors they’re allowed to use.

Burano is also famous for its lace-making, praised even by King Louis XIV and Leonardo Da Vinci. Though lace-makers have significantly declined through the years, visitors to Burano can still find women sitting outside shops stitching intricate fabric.

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The Atlantic Road

Location: Norway

In 2005, the Atlantic Road was honored as Norway’s Construction of the Year. The National Tourist Route runs between two Norwegian towns – Kristiansund and Molde – that are the main population centers in the county of More og Romsdal in Western Norway.

The Atlantic Road (Atlantic Ocean Road) is an 8.3 kilometer long section of County Road 64, running through an archipelago and passing by Hustadvika, an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea. The structure is built on several small islands and skerries that are connected by causeways, viaducts and eight bridges. The longest and most prominent of the bridges is the 260 meter long Storseisundet Bridge.

But mere facts about the Atlantic Road do no justice to its magnificence. You need to see pictures to realize just how breathtaking it is. An aerial view of this long structure snaking through the sea is simply breathtaking. It’s hard for me to believe these pictures are real; they seem like someone’s imagination manifested on my screen. Better still, you could visit the road yourself and drive across it to experience its complete beauty. In fact, the Atlantic Road has been declared the world’s best road trip and is a popular site for automotive commercials.

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Location: Peak District, England

Location: Peak District, England

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Hitachi Seaside Park
Location: Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan
Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, next to the Ajigaura Beach, is a flower park and a popular tourist destination. The park covers an area of ​​3.5 hectares and the flowers are amazing all year round. Each season you will find a different variety of flower blossoming over the “Miharashi No Oka”, a hill commanding a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The park is particularly famous for blue nemophilas. Nemophilas are annual flowers with transparent blue petals. During spring, more than 4.5 million blue nemophilas bloom all over the park. The blooming period is called “Nemophilia Harmony” and attracts many visitors.
Aside from nemophilas, the park has about a million daffodils blooming amidst the pine trees, about 170 varieties of tulips and many other flowers. Filled with woods, gardens, a mini amusement area and cycling courses sprinkled throughout the park, Hitachi Seaside Park is a must-see for anyone venturing to Japan.

Hitachi Seaside Park

Location: Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, next to the Ajigaura Beach, is a flower park and a popular tourist destination. The park covers an area of ​​3.5 hectares and the flowers are amazing all year round. Each season you will find a different variety of flower blossoming over the “Miharashi No Oka”, a hill commanding a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The park is particularly famous for blue nemophilas. Nemophilas are annual flowers with transparent blue petals. During spring, more than 4.5 million blue nemophilas bloom all over the park. The blooming period is called “Nemophilia Harmony” and attracts many visitors.

Aside from nemophilas, the park has about a million daffodils blooming amidst the pine trees, about 170 varieties of tulips and many other flowers. Filled with woods, gardens, a mini amusement area and cycling courses sprinkled throughout the park, Hitachi Seaside Park is a must-see for anyone venturing to Japan.

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Ladera Resort

Location: St. Lucia, West Indies

On a hillside 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea, Ladera Resort offers guests the chance to escape and unplug in luxury styled villas and suites. Villas are left open to the elements and have private cold plunge or heated pools, open-air showers and dead-on views of the sea and the famous Piton Mountains. Ladera is the only resort in St. Lucia located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, and located on the Soufriere Volcano. 

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Hinatuan River aka “The Enchanted River”

Location: Mindanao, Philippines

Formally known as the Hinatuan River, the Enchanted River is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Surigao del Sur and the rest of Mindanao. This beautiful river is said to be wrapped in mystery and supernatural events so that it gained renown as being enchanted. There are several unexplained mysteries and features that this stunning river has to offer to keep you guessing:

  • Endless tales of “enkantos” and supernatural beings.
  • No signs of a spring source to lead to the river.
  • The occurrence of strong currents and salt water in the river.
  • An unknown depth of the river and multiple excursions with professional equipment to determine so, but all resulted in failure.
  • Large exotic fish that come out of nowhere to eat at the strike of noon for an hour, not to be seen again until the next feeding.
  • A curfew at night for peoples’ safety.

Read More About the Enchanted River

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Crystal Cave

Location: Iceland

Created by the unparalleled forces of the Vatnajvkull ice cap, the Crystal Cave emerged as a result of its glacier meeting the Icelandic coastline. The cave’s ice dates back centuries, and its weight has pressed out all remnant air, so the resultant formation’s texture and colors are both brilliant and otherworldly. Access is via a 22-foot entrance at the water’s edge, though height clearance tapers down to only about 4 feet at the far end, about 150 feet in.

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