Whether it’s the blue waters of Cancun or the mountains in Big Bear, we all enjoy spending time on vacation. While the average American spends an average of 3% of their annual income on vacations, not all of us take one each year. Of the people who don’t take vacations, their most common excuse is that they are trying to find the money, bad planning or work as a reason why they didn’t take one. No matter when you finally are able to save up for a vacation, the most important question that you will ask is where to go on vacation? No matter where you choose, we can all agree that a vacation should be special and relaxing. To make your decision easier, we have shown you where to find the most beautiful vacation spots in the world. _______________________________________________________________________________
Pamakkale’s English translation is “Cotton Castle” and is located in Southern Turkey within the Denizli Providence. The picture below is of the carbonate mineral “shelves” created by water flowing over the edge.
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Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National. Park, China. This is one of many lakes and ponds in Jiuzhaigou National Park that are famous for how crystal clear they are. The picture below is of Five Flowers Lake.
During WWII, Bora Bora was a U.S. Military stronghold that housed different parts of the military, weapons and huge canons (still there today). Today, Bora Bora is a breath-taking vacation spot where tourists can stay in gorgeous resort bungalows, water sports and hiking.
Trolltunga, located in Odda, Norway is a large flat rock that extends out past the mountain. It is a famous tourist attraction which usually takes a full working day to hike and climb. As a bonus, on the way up,vyou will see beautiful sites such as Ringedal lake and Dam.
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Open 365 days a year, the Gardens at Marqueyssac is an extremely popular tourist destiation for people visiting the French Providence of Perigord. The gardens were originally planted in 1861 by Julian De Cerval with the mindset that they would be a attraction for people from around the world to enjoy. While you are in Marqueyssac, don’t forget to walk around their many walks around the town and castle as well as see the gardens at night for their Gorgeous candlelight display.
Ice Canyon is one of the most popular and most photographed attractions in Greenland. The canyon was formed by glaciers that melted and created rivers forming the canyons. Ice Canyon is probably not the best family spot as it is mainly popular for photographers and mountain climbers because of te steep canyons.
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Skaftafeli National Park is known for its Alps-like landscape and beautiful scenery and is Icelands second largest national park. The picture below is of the Crystal Cave of Svmnafellsjvkull in Skaftafell national park and was formed by the iceberg crashing into the shore. The Ripples in the roof are formed from compressed air from the islands volcano. What a geographic miracle!
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Plitvice Lakes National Park hosts an average of 1.2 million visitors every year and is famous for its gorgeous blue and green cascading lakes (pictured below). The travertine cascades are formed from air, bacteria and algea and grow at a slow rate every year.
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Located in Kyoto Japan, Sagano Bamboo Grove is used for construction and to build baskets, mats and different products. During the early morning, you can walk or bike through the grove and see the sun shining through the Bamboo and see the trees moving back and forth in the breeze.
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The Marble Rock Caves of Chile; Cuevas de Marmol translated in Spanish are some of the most beautiful caves of the world and are a well known tourist attraction in Chile Chico, Chile. Tourists can take boat tours through the cave and see what 6,000 years of waves crashing against the marble have done to create this beautiful sight.
Built in 1989, the Capilano Bridge was built as a tour of the Caplano River. stretching 450 feet long and over 200+ feet tall, this is one longest pedestrian only suspension bridges in the world. Nowadays, vacationers can not only go and walk the bridge but, check out the treetop amazing treetop platforms and cliffwalk that wraps around a granite precipice.
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Na Pali is the most northwest shore of Kauai and is made up of beautiful green tinted cliffs and crystal clear water. Most of the shore is made up of these steep cliffs and the only way to get to it is either by an 11 mile hike or by helicopter ride.
The Great Wall of China, built by over 20 dynasties and dating back over 2,000 years is one of the worlds most amazing sites. The most beautiful time of the year to view the wall is during Autumn where you can see the gorgeous landscape in the background and tourist season is starting to die down a bit.
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