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23 Travel Destinations Where Your Ancestors Might Have Lived

When you discover you have roots somewhere, that place becomes more interesting to explore. For a chance to win a trip based on your genetic profile, buy a 23andMe kit at or enter The Golden 23 Sweepstakes for free online. No purchase necessary, visit page for rules.

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1. Porto, Portugal

The view of the Douro river becomes more striking when you consider that your great-great grandparents could have sailed down the same river hundreds of years ago.

2. Madagascar

Madagascar's baobab trees are also called upside-down trees because they look like their roots are sticking up in the air. They're gorgeous on their own, but if you also have roots in Madagascar, they take on new meaning.

17. The Nile River, Egypt

The Nile River is a big part of Egyptian history, and a journey down the Nile becomes more meaningful if there's even a little part of Northern Africa in you.

20. The Serengeti, Tanzania

Visiting the Serengeti is not just a way to discover amazing wildlife and the culture of the Maasai people. If you have roots in East Africa, it's also a way to discover a part of yourself.

22. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

The incredible display of color inside this kaleidoscope mosque makes the building a truly remarkable example of Middle Eastern architecture. If a part of you is Middle Eastern, a trip to the mosque may mean that much more.

There are many wonderful places to visit on Earth, but they become outright magical when you realize you have roots in those places. For a chance to win a trip based on your genetic profile, buy a 23andMe kit at or enter for free online.*

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