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Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

This historic, palatial theater is now one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores.
Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island and Castle

This one-time health resort was used by aristocrats around the world.
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

Major tourist destination known for its bubbling mud-pools and hot thermal springs.
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Camera Obscura

An offbeat angle on the ocean viewed through an antiquated lens.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
Carcassonne, France

La Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne

Historic medieval fortified city in southwest France.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Traditional 15th century Chinese garden in the middle of Vancouver.
Prague, Czechia

Žižkov Tower

Looming communist pillar with a Czech twist.
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

In this historic region, homes and churches are carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
Curitiba, Brazil

Museu Oscar Niemeyer

Museum precariously perched on a massive yellow pillar.
Province de Tinghir, Morocco

Todra Gorge

One of the most spectacular canyons in the world.
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
Tenterfield, Australia

Big Orange

Just one of many oranges on this citrus-happy continent.
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
Waitomo, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Tubing through a cave lit with glowworms is a magical underground experience.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Escadaria Selarón Mosaic Steps

A 125-meter long "tribute to the Brazilian people."
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

A monument celebrating the idea of reaching inaccessible places.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo

A perfect turquoise lake colored with glacier dust.
Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Open Air Museum

Sweden's "good old days" painstakingly re-created in a model village.
Woombye, Australia

The Big Pineapple

A giant Australian fruit and tropical farm.
La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de la Coca

Museum dedicated to the sacred leaf of the Andes.
Seville, Spain

Metropol Parasol

The world's largest wooden structure.
Berlin, Germany

Badeschiff

Floating swimming pool within a moored vessel.
Sur Lípez, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada

Red lake 4,000 meters above sea level is home to rare flamingos.