Verdon Gorge, France

The stunning Verdon Gorge is a river canyon in the southeastern section of France. The gorge is home to the Verdon River, known for its starling turquoise waters. The Verdon Gorge is a limestone canyon over 15 miles (25 kilometers) long and up to 2,297 feet (700 meters) deep. The canyon is a popular rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and sight-seeing destination. Either side of Verdon Gorge is easily accessed, and a car ride around the rim is a lovely way to spend a day. The largest nearby towns with the most services and accommodations are Grasse and Aix-en-Provence, with several other smaller towns in the vicinity.

Verdon Gorge, France

Verdon Gorge, France

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Verdon Gorge, France

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Verdon Gorge, France

Verdon Gorge, France

Verdon Gorge, France

Verdon Gorge, France

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Verdon Gorge, France

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Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Spirit Island Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The picturesque Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery with calm clear lakes framed by jagged snow covered peaks. The national park is the largest of its kind in the Canadian Rockies, covering a total area of over 10,878 square kilometers (4,200 square miles). Within Jasper National Park lies an amazing collection of lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and massive mountains. Visitors to the park can enjoy a vast array of activities, including hiking and mountain biking on extensive trails, skiing at Marmot Basin, fishing, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting and boating on many of the lakes and rivers, plus camping in numerous areas. For those looking for some quiet relaxation, Miette Hot Springs is the perfect place to go. Tourists can visit the park via car or motorcycle, or by train. The closest international airport is in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta. Also nearby is Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Patricia Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Talbot Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Tangle Creek Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Edith Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

The sunny South shore of the island of Kauai (known as the “Garden Isle”) in the tropical state of Hawaii in the United States is home to Poipu Beach. Poipu Beach is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 10 beaches due to its pristine white sands, swaying palm trees, and sparkling blue waters. The activities to be enjoyed in the area are seemingly endless and include kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding and ATV tours. There are also two 18-hole golf courses. The classic beach is popular for weddings and honeymoons. There is a large variety of accommodation in the area, including the exceptional Villas at Poipu Kai. The Villas at Poipu Kai is a new boutique condominium resort with 3-4 bedroom poolside villas, 2-4 bedroom garden villas, and a stunning private home on the villas property.

Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and wildlife lovers should not miss this incredible Canadian destination: Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This glacial lake is located near the Trans-Canada Highway and the tiny town of Lake Louise. The Eastern shore of the lake is home to the large luxury resort hotel Chateau Lake Louise. Accommodation for the budget-minded traveler can be found in Lake Louise town only 3km (2 miles) away. Other activities to be enjoyed at the lake and surrounding area include mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and more.

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Disko Bay, Greenland

Disko Bay, Greenland

Remote but absolutely breathtaking, Disko Bay off the Western coast of Greenland is poised to become a popular arctic vacation destination. Travelers to Disko Bay enjoy boat and kayak whale watching trips among the icebergs, year-round dog sledding, and spectacular hiking excursions. The area has very warm summers for Greenland, with temperatures reaching up to 27° Celsius (80° Fahrenheit). The nearby town of Qasigiannguit features Greenland’s oldest wooden house, now the town’s museum. The museum has a permanent collection of artifacts from various prehistoric cultures from the area, dating as far back as 2400 BCE.

Disko Bay, Qasigiannguit, Greenland