Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

New Zealand’s north island is home to Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, a 2,518 meter (8,261 ft) tall active volcano. Taranaki is quite young for a volcano, having become active only 135,000 years ago. Its most recent activity was a mere 160 years ago. Mount Taranaki is the center of the Egmont National Park, the circular tree-line boundary of which can be seen in two of the photos below. Visitors to the mountain can enjoy the Manganui ski resort for skiing and snowboarding. Those more adventurous types can trek to the summit during the summer months. The closest major town is New Plymouth, just north of the mountain, where all types of hotels and other accommodation can be found.

Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

Beautiful Lake Tahoe lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range along the border of California and Nevada in the United States. With 496 square kilometers (192 sq miles) of surface area and lovely mountain scenery, the lake is a major tourist destination year round. There are over 12 ski resorts at Lake Tahoe and visitors can find all manner of winter activities here including snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, and more. Many water sports are also enjoyed here, such as swimming, boating, water skiing, and scuba diving. A large variety of accommodation can be found on the lake, from ritzy expensive resorts to backpacker style hostels.

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

Dolomites, Italy

Dolomites, Italy

The Dolomites are a section of the Alps mountain range in Italy. Besides the spectacular views, visitors to the Dolomites can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice skating and sledding in the winter months, and hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, base jumping, paragliding and hang-gliding in the summer. The Dolomites were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August, 2009. Marmolada, the Dolomites’ largest peak, stands 3,344 meters (10,972 feet) tall. The Dolomites span three Northeastern Italian provinces: Belluno, Bolzano-Bozen and Trento. Accommodation can be found in any of the many cities and villages in the area.

Dolomites, Italy

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Rosengarten, Dolomites, Italy

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Vajolet Alpine Hut, Dolomites, Italy

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Karersee Rosengarten, Dolomites, Italy

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

 

Tucked away in the mountains of Austria you’ll find the tiny town of Hallstatt. Hallstatt and its population of less than 1000 residents rest on the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See. In addition to the picturesque view of the town on the lake, tourists can see the world’s first salt mine, enjoy nearby skiing, take a trip to the World Heritage Museum, and visit the Dachstein ice cave. Though this village is very small, there are a few different hotels and restaurants to choose from.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

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Hallstatt, Austria

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Hallstatt, Austria

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

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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