Milford Sound: One of New Zealand's best-known tourist attractions, Milford Sound attracts about 500,000 visitors each year, and features rocky cliffs, cascading waterfalls and dense forests.
Black Forest: Located east of the Rhine River, between the towns of Karlsruhe, Germany and Basel, Switzerland, Black Forest offers areas jam-packed with evergreens and open farmland. "It’s not nature wild and remote, but bucolic and picturesque," according to Lonely Planet's Web site.
Angel Falls: The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls is located in Venezuela, along the border with Brazil. The waterfall boasts a height of more than 3,200 feet.
Vesunius: It is the only volcano on Europe's mainland to have eruped in the past 100 years, but Italy's Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in 79 AD. The explosion and its aftermath destroyed the city of Pompeii.
Halong Bay: Because of its abundance of precipitation, most of the islands of Halong Bay are uninhabited. Located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, it features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.
Dead Sea: The shoreline surrounding the Dead Sea sits at 1,200 feet below sea level and is the lowest piece of dry land in the world. Environmental organizations warn that the Dead Sea, which sits with the West Bank, Palestine and Isreal to the west and Jordan to the east, will disappear in 50 years if its level continues to drop at the current rate.
El Yunque: Puerto Rico's 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.
Grand Canyon: This well-known and frequently visited U.S. National Park runs a mile deep, averages 10 miles wide and was carved out over the past 6 million years.
Mud Volcanoes: It is estimated that 300 of the planet's estimated 700 mud volcanoes are found in Gobustan, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. In Azerbaijan, eruptions are driven from a deep mud reservoir which is connected to the surface even during dormant periods, when seeping water still shows a deep origin.
Puerto Princesa Underground River: The subterranean river, located in the Philippines, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and winds about 5 miles into the South China Sea.
Great Barrier Reef: This Australian destination is home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of molusc, according to UNESCO's Web site. The Great Barrier Reef was added to the World Heritage List in 1981.
Amazon: This 1.7 billion-acre jungle makes up more than half of the rainforests remaining on the planet. The Amazon is situated in nine countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
Masurian Lake District: Containing more than 2,000 lakes, the Masurian Lake District in Poland encompasses an area that spans about 32,000 square miles.
Table Mountain: This flat-topped mountain is a well-known landmark located near Cape Town, South Africa. Making up part of Table Mountain National Park, the peak is a tourist hotspot.
Uluru: Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a famous Australian destination that rises 1,135 feet above ground. In July, 2009, the national parks service proposed a plan to ban climbing the sandstone landmark due to safety and environmental reasons.
Galapagos Island: Inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands and its marine reserve are home to myriad marine species. Charles Darwin's visit to the islands in 1835 inspired his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Cliffs of Moher: One of the most visited tourist sites of Ireland, the vertical Cliffs of Moher tower 650 feet high and plunge abruptly into the churning Atlantic Ocean.
Maldives: Encompassing 1,192 small islands -- only 200 or so inhabited -- the Maldive Islands are located in the Indian Ocean. Tourism is the Maldives' largest industry and accounts for nearly 30 percent of its gross domestic product.
Matterhorn: At 14,690 feet, the Matterhorn is not even the highest mountain in Switzerland, but it is one of the world's most photogenic, rising up on four elegant faces to a craggy peak along the Swiss-Italian border.
Jeita Grotto: Lebanon expects the crystallized caves of Jeita Grotto, located north of Beirut, to be a major tourist destination in the summer of 2009, estimating a record 2 million visitors.
Yushan: Taiwan's highest mountain is located in the Yushan National Park. Also called Jade Mountain, Yushan rises about 13,000 feet above sea level.
Bay of Fundy: The Bay of Fundy's extreme water flows, caused by the highest tides on earth, have resulted in a diverse marine ecosystem, and the area is a critical feeding ground for migratory birds. The Bay of Fundy is located between Maine and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Komodo: Indonesia's Komodo National Park was founded in 1980 to protect the endangered Komodo dragon. Attacks on humans by Komodo dragons are rare, but the animals have a fearsome reputation because their sharp teeth and poisonous saliva can kill a person within days of a bite.
Sundarbans: The Sundarbans delta, located in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, is home to the largest mangrove forest on the planet. "Sundarban" literally means "beautiful jungle" or "beautiful forest" in the Bengali language.
Kilimanjaro: Kilimanjaro National Park was inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1987. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, rising 19,340 feet in the air.
Iguazu Falls: Located in Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the world's largest waterfalls, extending for almost two miles. Devil's Throat, right, is the tallest of all the falls. Iguazu Falls is surrounded by two national parks -- both suptropical rainforests.
Jeju Island: The rugged, volcanic coastline of Jejudo is located about 80 miles from Korea's southern coast. Jeju Island is home Hallasan, an inactive volcano that rises about 6,400 feet above sea level.
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A City of Wonders: A canal boat with tourists negotiates a lock near the harbor in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The inner city of the Dutch capital is compact with heritage buildings, museums both grand and odd, hidden gardens and outdoor markets — all within easy reach by any mode of transport — except the unwelcome car.
No longer the bargain city of Europe, Amsterdam is still a city of wonders that can be had for a discount, and sometimes for free.
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A vendor selling flowers and plants hands over a bag to a customer at Albert Cuyp market. The market is the busiest in all of the Netherlands and is said to be the largest daytime market in Europe.
Varieties of red tulips in bloom in Amsterdam.
Loenersloot castle is located between Utrecht and Amsterdam, on the Angstel River. The castle was first inhabited by the Van Loenersloot family who played an important part in the life of the village in the 12th century.
Large copper kettles used in brewing beer are seen at the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, a museum where visitors can learn about brewing and the history of Heineken. The museum reopened in December after a major renovation.
IJburg is a residential community currently under construction east of Amsterdam. The neighborhood is being built on man-made islands situated on IJ Lake.
Four museums are located around Museumplein (the museum Square): the Rijksmuseum (center), the Van Gogh Museum (left), the Stedelijk Museum, and the Diamond Museum.
A visitor visits the exposition "Barcelona 1900", at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exposition shows the artistic and social life in the Spanish city in the period 1880-1909.
Once a corn mill, the Molen De Gooyer windmill is now a brewery and tourist attraction. The windmill was built in 1725 and towers over the Nieuwevaart Canal.
The Music Building, located on Amsterdam's IJ Lake, has a restaurant, theater, plaza, and outdoor cafe.
Amsterdam harbor and historic buildings are illuminated at night by traffic racing through the streets. The harbor is one of the most important commercial centers in Europe.
3.Cape Town, South Africa
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The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, with Devil's Peak, left, Table Mountain, center, and Leeukop, right, in the background.
The Main Street in Simon's Town in Cape Town, South Africa. Located on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, Simon's Town is home to a key naval base.
A man walks through the Bo-Kaap area, a predominantly Muslim area of Cape Town with houses painted in bright colors lining many of the streets.
The "Eggman" from Benin laughs as he speaks on a fake telephone at Greenmarket square. "Eggman" has become a popular tourist attraction at the famous outdoor market where he walks around as a living sculpture looking for tips.
Diners sit outside the Den Anker restaurant on a waterfront pier in Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
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The King protea (Protea cynaroides) - the national flower of South Africa - is displayed at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
A farmworker picks red cabernet grapes on Ongegund Farm in the Durbanville Hills area. Smooth and elegant with a medley of tastes as diverse as the terroir which yields it, South Africa's wine industry has proved it ages well 350 years after grapes were first pressed in the Cape.
A climber abseiling down Cape Town's most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The majestic mountain rises 3,563 feet above sea level at its highest point. Of the many ways to ascend the mountain, the best way is to take the cable car ride to the top.
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The upper cable station on Table Mountain. From the top of the peak, sightseers can get a panoramic view of the Cape Town area.
An aerial view of the Clifton area.
Colorful beach huts line St. James Beach.
The picturesque natural inlet of Hout Bay, just outside Cape Town.
African Jackass penguins waddle out to sea at Cape Peninsula. Named for their call, which resembles a donkey's bray, the penguins are found only off the coast of South Africa.
South African big wave surfer Andy Marr surfs a wave at an offshore reef known as Dungeons off Cape Town.
Kiteboarders glide across the water, with Table Mountain in the backdrop.
Camps Bay Beach is overlooked by the Twelve Apostles.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
A couple strolls through Stanley Park on a spring afternoon near the city's main boat marina. One of the city's most visited parks, visitors can also enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center and zoo at the park.
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The Granville Island Public Market is perhaps the most well-known market in Vancouver. Dozens of vendors offer food-loving tourists and locals produce, seafood, meats, sweets and European speciatly foods.
The steam-powered Gastown clock blows out clouds of steam during its hourly sounding of Westminister Chimes. Gastown is located in the northeast corner of Vancouver, and is known as the birthplace of the city.
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is "acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey," its Web site proclaims.
Totem poles and other artifacts are on display at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The museum, founded in 1949, is world renowned for its collections.
Vancouver: things to see and do
Rowers glide past a line of yachts at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.It is said that in Vancouver, it is possible to ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon and take a sunset dip in the Pacific.
Planning to soak up some art while in town? Consider staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which is located right behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. The hotel is located on the VIA Rail route for those who plan to travel to the city by train.
While in the city, check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. The bridge spans 450 feet across and is situated 230 feet above the Capilano River.
A totem pole decorates Stanley Park in Vancouver. The park covers about 1,000 acres, and offers residents and tourists a wealth of options, including walking, running or biking the 5.5-mile seawall path, a pitch-and-put golf course and more.
A young girl interacts with a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets for adults cost $22, $17 for seniors (65+) and youths (13-18), $14 for children (4-12) and kids get in free.
Pedestrians walk by Aritizia on Robson Street, the famous shopping street in Vancouver's west end. In the stretch of three blocks, tourists looking for retail therapy can find stores specializing in shoes, clothes, lingeri, candy, souvenirs and luggage, not to mention hair salons, currency exchanges and restaurants.
The Library Square building in Vancouver houses the city's public library.
Patrons eat in the dining room of Six Acres, a pub and restaurant located in Gastown. Six Acres is "tucked in the oldest brick building in Vancouver," its Web site claims.
A traditional pagoda sits on the shore of a pond in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in the downtown area of Vancouver. Though Canada's third largest city, Vancouver has historically been thought of as the "terminal city," the end of the line and the last remote town before the continent comes to an end at the Pacific Ocean.
The Granville Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Vancouver known for its vast assortment of bars, danceclubs and nightlife. The entertainment district is centered on a seven-block stretch of the Granville Mall and immediately surrounding streets.
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre was built in 1968, and was a gift from the lumber magnate to Vancouver's citizens. If you're visiting Vancouver on a Friday or Saturday night, you can catch laser shows to music from Green Day, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.
Olympic rings are illuminated in the harbor outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver is set on the waterfront of Vancouver.
The Richmond Oval, located south of Vancouver, served as the long-track speed skating venue for the 2010 Winter Games.
Skiers and snowboarders gather on top of Whistler Mountain. Whistler was the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Norway's Johan Remen Evensensoars through the air during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup skiing event in Whistler, British Columbia, in 2009. The venue was the site of ski jumping events during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Cypress Mountain hosted the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth zooms around a corner during the sixth training run for the World Cup skeleton race in Whistler, B.C., in 2009.
The Vancouver skyline, Burrard Inlet and Lion's Gate bridge is pictured at sunset. The Lion's Gate Bridge connects North and West Vancouver with downtown. The suspension bridge is 5,890 feet in length.