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The Grand Canyon draws more than 10 million visitors every year. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, this amazing landscape awes and inspires. Known for the bands of red rock that form the walls of the canyon, the park is a top destination for hikers, climbers and vista-seekers from all over the world. A mile in depth and more than 250 miles long, the Colorado River winds through the canyon's vast auburn corridors. Drive or ride the Grand Canyon Railway as an alternative to getting to this stunning attraction. Park amenities include both rustic and upscale lodging. Fine dining is available at the four-star dining room of the El Tovar Hotel.
Sometimes called the necklace that adorns the northeastern Australian coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world. It is a collection of more than 3,000 distinct reefs and island fleets, protected by the turquoise waters of the majestic Coral Sea. Together, the Great Barrier Reef was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Waters run shallow for a large portion of the reef, making the perfect environment for aquatic adventures before the reef dips to a depth of 2,000 meters (6,561 feet). Diving and snorkeling here are like being transported to a different world, where swirling, rainbow-colored corals create a colorful backdrop for so many fish species. You'll never forget the mesmerizing waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Rising 390 feet (120 meters) above the blue waters of the Atlantic, the Cliffs of Moher (or Mohair) are a stunning sight to behold. These sandstone cliffs are one of the most visited spots in Ireland, and with the views they afford, it is no wonder that visitors make the trek out to this far off vista. The cliffs are named for the old Moher fort that once stood on southern end of the cliffs. Today, visitors can wander along the cliffs edge and take in the truly epic views of the surrounding landscape.
Forming a magnificent silhouette against Africa's horizon, the colossal Mount Kilimanjaro lies at the heart of the eponymous national park. It is a sight to behold any time of the year, with its summit height of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters). The mountain has a dormant volcanic feature, with three volcanic cones - Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. The base of the mountain on the lower rainforest is a habitat to a number of species including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys and elands. Each year, this towering beauty is known to attract more than 25,000 trekkers, of which some manage to scale it, while some others succumb to the challenging climb.
Come to the lowest point on the surface of the earth and also one of the hottest! Here you will find clean, oxygen enriched air, and needless to say, water salty enough to float in. There are several places of interest here, including the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve with exquisite wildlife, and the historical Roman Fortress of Masada. Its many beaches include the private ones of Ein Gedi and Ein Feshka, and the Ein Gedi Spa is worth checking out if you need to detoxify after a hard week.
The U.S. State of Wyoming is home to the monumental Yellowstone National Park, however it does extend to Montana and Idaho. This U.S. National Park was famously designated as a UNESCO Heritage site in the year 1978. It comprehensively encompasses a massive land area of 2,219,791 acres (898,318 hectares). The park is home to a distinctive range of mammals, animals, birds and reptiles. It also stands as a fine recreational avenue by providing fishing, camping, boating, hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
Vietnam's Son Doong Cave is the largest cave in the world, surpassing the previous record holder in the Malaysian section of the island of Borneo. This impressive cave is 5.5 miles long and could fit a 40 feet skyscraper in its walls. The inside includes a jungle as well as a river, with treasures such as waterfalls and cave pearls to be found. Monkeys and flying foxes are among the animals that inhabit the cave, as well as a variety of plant species that have recently been discovered. With lush jungles, algae-blanketed rock walls and crystal clear waters, Son Doong Cave is truly a mystical destination to behold. So far Oxalis Adventure is the sole operator with permission to run tours to this cave, and there are only a certain amount of tourist permits available a year. The tour includes a team of safety experts as well as professional guides to help you embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Price is $3,000 per person. Please check the website for full itinerary and permit availability.
It all began 12,000 years ago when a huge trench was carved out by a glacier and created Niagara Falls, which is truly a spectacular natural wonder. At the time, the falls were about 11 kilometers (seven miles) down river in the Lewiston-Queenston area. In their present position, the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Bridal Veil Falls are eroding at a fast rate. Together, they pour about 60,000 cubic meters (200,000 cubic feet) of water every second over the brink of the falls. Visitors have been flocking to this area to marvel at the mightiness of the falls for centuries. Come the winter holiday season, the falls are beguilingly decked out with a light show for the annual Winter Festival of Lights.
There are some sites in the world which must not be missed and Iguazú Falls is among them. Situated near the borders of three countries: Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, this attraction consists of powerful cascades and cataracts on the Iguazu River, which descend with tremendous force over the Paraná Plateau. The water falling rapidly from all directions over the gushing river fills the sky with a misty spray, leading to a foggy atmosphere. Visitors from all three countries head here to enjoy the heavenly scenes and feel the jets of water on bare skin. One can also saunter over bridges, hand in hand with loved ones, soaking in the tranquil and romantic aura. When it rains, the showers from heaven mingle with the jet sprays and a translucent rainbow reaffirms the belief that, perhaps, somewhere there is paradise on earth.
A salt flat is a natural salt pan formed due to natural processes in deserts. The largest salt flat in the world is Salar de Uyuni, also known as Salar de Tunupa, covering an area of 10 million square meters (107,639,104 square feet). This geological marvel dates back to approximately 25,000 years ago and is a sight to behold. The pure white salt crystals stretch for miles and shimmer brilliantly under the rays of the sun. Walking through the vast expanse of white minerals, inhaling the salty air, watching sharp reflections of people in the sea of salt - all of these things add up to a magical experience. Fluffy Cumulus clouds gather near the horizon and their clear reflections in the salt beds create a feeling like you have found paradise on earth. The 360 degree panoramic vista can bend your perceptions of dimensions and almost make you feel like you are floating in space. Situated amid the Andes mountain range, this salt pan also happens to be one of the highest in the world, at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,994.75 feet) from sea level.
The largest ice caves in the world, Eisriesenwelt makes a fantastic day trip from Salzburg. Located near Werfen, visitors can reach the caves on a cable railway or on foot, although the 6km walk will take over an hour. A guided tour through the imposing caves takes about 70 minutes. Good shoes and warm clothing are absolutely essential as the temperature is always below freezing.
Located in the West of the Arusha region in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, there exists an empty, gigantic hollow that was created nearly two to three million years ago. Christened the Ngorongoro Crater, this extraordinary volcanic caldera is perhaps one of world's largest natural wonders, and serves as a testimony to the tempestuous side of nature. Measuring 2000 feet (610 meters) in depth and spanning an area of 100 square miles (260 square kilometers), it was created when the volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. The crater was declared as a World UNESCO site.