Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

The Grand Canyon is a spectacular destination beyond compare. Located within Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona in the United States, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) wide, and over 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) deep. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wonder of the Natural World was carved by the Colorado River over an estimated 17 million years. Now, it tells two billion years of geological history through the layers exposed on its walls. Visitors to the Grand Canyon can enjoy the view from a popular viewpoint on the South Rim. Rafting the Colorado River, or descending the walls of the canyon by hiking or horseback-riding are also popular activities. Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon are also available for tourist willing to splurge. The closest international airports to the Grand Canyon are in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix, Arizona. From there, visitors can reach the park by car.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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The majestic Mount Roraima is the highest mountain in the Pacaraima Mountains. Roraima lies on the three borders of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. The mountain is part of Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angel Falls is also part of this beautiful park. Mount Roraima’s highest point is Maverick Rock at 2,810 meters (9,219 feet), and the whole of Mount Roraima’s fairly flat top surface area is surrounded by 400+ meter (1,312+ feet) high sheer cliffs. Mount Roraima can be climbed, though all routes besides the Paraitepui route require technical climbing gear. Visitors can get a stunning view of Mount Roraima and the greater Canaima National Park from a memorable helicopter ride.

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Sunrise - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Built between 802 CE and 1220 CE, the stunning Angkor Wat temple complex includes hundreds of temples stretching over an area of 400 square kilometers (249 square miles). The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Phrom (setting of the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movie). Recommended activites include exploring the temples, watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat, watching the sunset at one of the west-facing temples, and for those more adventurous types: getting in a hot air balloon or a helicopter for a breathtaking view of Angkor Wat from above. Visitors to the temples are required to buy a 1 day ($20), 3 day ($40), or 7 day ($60) temple pass. In the last decade Angkor Wat has exploded onto the tourist scene. 15 years ago the nearby town of Siem Reap had only 1 hotel, now there are hundreds.

Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Bayon, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Preah Khan, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Banteay Srey, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Banteay Srey, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Bayon, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Preah Khan, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Sunrise - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

On the Havasupai Indian Reservation within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona you will find the gorgeous Havasu Falls. The picture perfect falls features a blue-green pool below which is excellent for swimming. Havasu Falls is fairly difficult to reach by foot, requiring a drive to Hualapai Hilltop and then a 16 km (10 mile) hike to the Falls via the tiny village of Supai which is 3 km (2 miles) from the falls. For those not up to the long hike, a helicopter ride to Supai can be had, followed up by a horseback ride to the falls. Visitors can camp near the falls, and the village of Supai has one lodge and one cafe. Otherwise the best options for accommodation can be found 177 km (110 miles) away in the town of Seligman. The area also features four other waterfalls: Navajo Falls, Supai Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls.

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

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Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

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Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

The North Pole

The North Pole

 

The North Pole, once an almost mythical place visited only by the heartiest of explorers (and Santa Claus) is now a tourist destination. Though certainly not for everyone, those arctic lovers who are inclined can visit the North Pole by ship, helicopter, or submarine. The textbook definition of the North Pole is the point in the middle of the Arctic Ocean where the Earth’s axis of rotation meets the Earth’s surface. The North Pole is, of course, incredibly cold, though it is significantly warmer than the South Pole. Winter temperatures range from −43 °C (−45 °F) to −26 °C (−15 °F), and Summer temperatures average around the freezing point (0 °C, 32 °F). Tours to the North Pole can be found on a variety of specialty tour company websites.

The North Pole

The North Pole

The North Pole

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The North Pole

The North Pole

The North Pole

The North Pole