1. Trolltunga, Norway
Called The Troll’s Tongue by locals, this rock formation in Odda, Norway, is a thrill-seeker’s dream. Trolltunga was formed after glacial water froze a chunk of the mountain and caused it to break off way back in the Ice Age. In order to preserve the rock’s beauty, no safety barriers have ever been built, but the four-hour trek will create the photo of a lifetime.
2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meaning “the smoke that thunders,” this waterfall in southern Africa bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe is twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and longer too. Depending on how adventurous you are, activities include a huge swing over the gorge and bungee-jumping. For the really brave, head to the naturally formed Devil’s Pool, where the rock barriers form an eddy where swimmers can go right up to the edge of the falls (and take a selfie!).
3. Hội An, Vietnam
Formerly a major port, the common pains of 21st century modern living, like traffic and pollution, are notably absent from the historic city of Hội An. Old-town character combined with grand architecture and bucolic scenery make the city a cosmopolitan melting pot.
4. Mineral Beach, the Dead Sea, Israel
No trip to Israel is complete without slathering yourself in nutrient-rich mud and snapping a pic, before floating in water that’s so salty you can’t even sink.
5. Chittorgarh Fort, India
OK, so you might need some camera help in Chittorgarh Fort, if only to make sure you get the whole impact of the sweeping scenery inside the shot. Built in the 7th century and considered to be the largest fort in India, the spot holds historic significance for the country after being passed through the hands of multiple rulers, used as the site for three battles, and eventually abandoned. It was finally refurbished in 1905.
6. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana
America’s first national park, and the home of geriatric geyser Old Faithful, who is in good company with most of the rest of the country’s geysers. Get a snap while snowshoeing or taking in the incredible scenery, which stretches for 3,468 miles.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
Named this year’s world design capital, the city where Nelson Mandela made his first speech as a free man is a beautiful, multicultural town. Nestled on the shore of Table Bay, the city’s Mediterranean-like climate is perfect for snapping some beach photos, and Boulder’s Beach is one of the few spots in the world where you can share your selfie with some penguins.
8. Zion National Park, Utah
Cliffs in cream, pink, and red will serve as the backdrop at the 229-square-mile national park — Utah’s first. Hikers, bikers, and climbers can all find their own heaven within the park’s sweeping views, like at the half-mile-deep Zion Canyon.
9. Dog sledding in Ontario
Grab a harness and hold on at one of multiple spots around Ontario that offer an unconventional way to get out and explore nature.
10. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Forget the Grand Canyon — this stunning canyon is the new hotness. Traipse through the miles of colorful rock formations, created from the rivers and streams eroding the sandstone.
11. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Croatia’s largest national park — and the oldest in southeast Europe — is known for its 16 lakes arranged in cascades, with upper and lower clusters formed by runoff from the mountains, and constantly changing colors depending on the minerals and the sunlight. Photo op, anyone?
12. Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska
Because a glacier in Alaska is melting (damn you, global warming), these gorgeous ice caves temporarily exist for our exploring pleasure, though some caverns have already shrunk to a third of their original size. If you’re hiking, just watch out for falling ice chunks — they can be as big as refrigerators.
13. Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Show some love to two of New York’s best boroughs with a selfie in between them.
14. Maligne Lake, Alberta, Canada
Located in Jasper National Park, the stunning lake is the second-largest in the world fed by glaciers. Known for its views of the snowcapped Canadian Rockies and the striking color of its water, Maligne Lake is also famous for being next to Spirit Island — one of the most photographed spots in the world.
15. Cinque Terre, Italy
Meaning “the five lands,” the dazzling Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s treasures. The northern Italy locale is a hot destination spot for both tourists and Italians alike with its prime location on the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre’s colorful terraces and steep landscapes make this a perfect place to visit and snap a few photos.
16. Machu Picchu
This 15th century Inca site in Peru, believed to be the home of a former emperor, is a majestic location any seasoned world traveler should visit. Hikers can trek up the 26-mile Incan Trail to reach the peak, considered one of the best hikes in the world, and llamas will often be there ready to greet you when you arrive (and also get in a good photobomb).
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