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    28 Places All Nature Lovers Must Go Before They Die

    Take a walk on the wild side.

    1. Torres del Paine, Chile

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    This amazing nature reserve in Chile features stunning glaciers and a host of wildlife.

    More information here.

    2. Banff, Canada

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    Alberta is home to the breathtaking Banff National Park, which stretches over 2,500 square miles of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

    More information here.

    3. Plitvice, Croatia

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    The jaw-dropping falls and tropical environment of Plitvice National Park make for an unmissable scene for nature lovers.

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    4. Chobe, Botswana

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    Go on safari at Chobe for stunning views of the southern plains of Africa and the Chobe river.

    More information here.

    5. Peneda-Gerês, Portugal

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    Peneda-Gerês, Portugal's only national park, spans the Gerês and surrounding valleys and forests. The Lima river cuts through the park's heart, creating a diverse and lush natural environment.

    More information here.

    6. Vatnajökull, Iceland

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    This majestic Icelandic park is full of fascinating land and ice formations, from mountains and glaciers to caves.

    More information here.

    7. Masada, Israel

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    Masada is made of the the ancient plateaus at the edge of the Judean desert in Israel. Among the naked rock faces you'll find hidden ruins and waterfalls.

    More information here.

    8. Lake District, England

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    England's breathtaking Lake District contains the country's tallest mountain, Scafell Peak, among a host of stunning land formations.

    More information here.

    9. Khao Sok, Thailand

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    The ancient evergreen rainforest of Khao Sok National Park is an incredible location, with gorgeous Thai beaches, a host of tropical wildlife, and underground caverns.

    More information here.

    10. Serengeti, Tanzania

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    This world famous stretch of African savannah lives up to its hype – the region is a fascinating reserve for animal and plant life.

    More information here.

    11. Sarek, Sweden

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    Sweden's Sarek National Park is simply stunning, with approximately 100 glaciers and six of the nation's highest mountains on its grounds.

    More information here.

    12. Tongariro, New Zealand

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    The unique and fantastic landscape of New Zealand's Tongariro National Park is a surreal and incredible experience – and that's without mentioning the park's role in creating The Lord of the Rings' Mordor on screen.

    More information here.

    13. Waterton-Glacier, USA/Canada

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    This World Heritage Site bridging the border between Montana, USA, and Alberta, Canada, blends the border of the two nations with their stunning shared landscape.

    More information here.

    14. Triglav, Slovenia

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    Slovenia's only national park is a gorgeous testament to the country's natural beauty. Taking its name from Slovenia's highest peak, the park runs along the borders of Austria and Italy and covers the southeastern Alps.

    More information here.

    15. Göreme, Turkey

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    Millennia of erosion created the unique and striking landscape of Turkey's Göreme National Park, which includes two volcanoes and preserves both natural land formations and ancient dwellings.

    More information here.

    16. Kenai Fjords, Alaska

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    Stunning, icy terrain is conserved on the grounds of the Kenai Fjords, a peninsula jutting from Alaska's southern coast.

    More information here.

    17. Iguazú, Brazil/Argentina

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    The singular massive half-circle of waterfalls that makes Iguazu National Park so famous isn't the only stunning sight on offer – the region's rainforest jungle is a one-of-a-kind environment that harbours unique animal and plant species.

    More information here.

    18. Fuji Hakone Izu, Japan

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    This scenic nature park is home to the famous Mount Fujisan. Surrounding it is a diverse and beautiful landscape that includes volcanoes, hot springs, and the seaside.

    More information here.

    19. Ordesa, Spain

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    Nestled in the Pyrenees, this stunning and lush park is ideal for hiking and spotting the region's unique wildlife, including species of goats and water moles named after the area.

    More information here.

    20. Etosha, Namibia

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    This captivating savannah in northern Namibia is home to zebras, spingbok, and a host of other wild animals.

    More information here.

    21. Gran Paradiso, Italy

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    This vibrant conserved ecosystem, home to striking mountains and lush forests, is ideal for hiking and climbing.

    More information here.

    22. Saxon Switzerland, Germany

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    Over 700 peaks make up the landscape of Germany's stunning rock national park. The diverse area features canyons and sandstone cliffs and is home to the rare eagle owl.

    More information here.

    23. Port-Cros, France

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    Port-Cros, a Mediterranean island off the French coast, is the country's smallest national park, but its breathtaking location and unique ecosystem make it seem like a whole new world.

    More information here.

    24. Oulanka, Finland

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    Pine forests and rapid rivers make up the gorgeous natural landscape of Finland's Oulanka Park. The region is often used for extreme nature sports, but also offers peaceful sanctuaries.

    More information here.

    25. Loch Lomand and Trossachs, Scotland

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    Scotland's incredible natural scenery is preserved on the grounds of the Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park. The breathtaking area stretches across the shore of the loch and the Trossach hills.

    More information here.

    26. Jiuzhai Valley, China

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    As if the stunning landscape of China's Jiuzhai Valley wasn't enough, giant pandas and golden monkeys roam the region.

    More information here.

    27. Galapagos, Ecuador

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    Established to protect the unique ecosystem of the South American archipelagos, Galapagos is home to fascinating wildlife and spectacular views.

    More information here.

    28. Masai Mara, Kenya

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    This massive Kenyan savannah park is home to a diverse and captivating community of free-roaming wildlife, from lions to wildebeest and everything in between.

    More information here.

    Waterton-Glacier encompasses territory in Monanta and Canada. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park included land in Wyoming.