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Beijing, China

Great Wall of China Slide

Why walk on this historical site when you can zoom down instead?
40.4318, 116.5704
Snæfellsjökull under clouds.
Iceland

Snæfellsjökull

A formerly glacier-tipped volcano that inspired none other than Jules Verne.
64.9072, -23.9222
Þingvellir
Iceland

Þingvellir

The picturesque birthplace of Icelandic democracy is drenched in the blood of its brutal past.
64.2581, -21.1250
Blue Lagoon
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
63.8801, -22.4494
Akureyri, Iceland

Santa's Icelandic Workshop

Iceland: home to volcanoes, waterfalls and, apparently, Santa?
65.5800, -18.0920
Vista over Goðafoss
Iceland

Godafoss

This elegant arc of a waterfall marks a religious turning point.
65.6800, -17.5400
Homes inside the Viking village set.
Höfn, Iceland

Viking Village Film Set

This replica Viking village was created for a film that was never shot and is now open to visitors.
64.2500, -15.2083
The Reynisdrangar from the cliffs above.
Vik, Iceland

Reynisdrangar

Three columns of volcanic rock shoot out of the ocean.
63.4087, -19.0173
US Navy DC-3 Wreckage
Iceland

US Navy DC-3 Wreckage

This wrecked airplane husk has been sitting on a black sand beach since the 1970s.
63.4591, -19.3647
Seljavallalaug
Iceland

Seljavallalaug

The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.
63.5662, -19.6076
Kerid Crater Lake
Iceland

Kerid Crater Lake

This eye-popping Icelandic crater lake is surrounded by red volcanic rock.
64.0413, -20.8851
Rainbow
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
64.3270, -20.1200
(Flickr/Surf Cologic)
Iceland

Jokulsárlón

Iceland's largest lagoon is home to stunning multi-colored icebergs.
64.0736, -16.2048
Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland

Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection

One woman's lifelong collection is on display in this unassuming house on an Icelandic fjord.
64.8350, -13.8794
Iceland

Öskjuvatn and Viti Lakes

Two volcanic lakes in an enormous crater formed in a prehistoric eruption.
65.0111, -16.7485
A toxic-smelling steam rises from the mud.
Iceland

Námaskarð

A sulfuric martian landscape that looks far better than it smells.
65.6391, -16.8377
The Church
Iceland

Dimmuborgir

These ominous lava formations were said to be an entrance to the netherworld so of course they inspired a famous metal band.
65.5903, -16.8994
Grjótagjá
Iceland

Grjótagjá

This volcanic cave lake is essentially hard proof that Iceland is the most magical place on Earth.
65.6302, -16.8795
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
42.6958, 23.3330
Shipka Memorial Church
Shipka, Bulgaria

Shipka Memorial Church

A magnificent, glittering building tucked into a tiny Bulgarian mountain town.
42.7161, 25.3289
The cliffs at Calvert Cliffs State Park
Lusby, Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Captain John Smith thought these cliffs were amazing in 1608 but sharks thought so 20 million years before him.
38.3956, -76.4293
100-foot-long reclining Buddha (Flickr/irene.)
George Town, Malaysia

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram

Giant relaxing Buddha in Malaysia.
5.4317, 100.3138
Boh Tea Plantation and Factory
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Boh Tea Plantation and Factory

This largest tea plantation in south Asia supplies gorgeous vistas alongside most of the tea for the surrounding countries.
4.5120, 101.4794
Bukit Cina, Malacca's Chinese cemetery.
Malacca, Malaysia

Bukit Cina (Chinese Hill)

The largest Chinese cemetery in the world outside of China dates back to the 15th century.
2.1986, 102.2574