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See a meteor shower
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface.

Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Nestling in the central jungle of Sri Lanka, [Sigiriya] is a humongous block of granite that rises abruptly over the flat landscape. This fortified rock was used for shelter in pre-historic and one still see the paintings made on walls from that period. The Sigiriya was made into a monastery rock after the death of King Kashyapa who had built a palace on the summit of the rock. The ruins were later discovered in the year 1907 and since then have attracted many tourists."
Source: hellotravel.com

Scheveningen International Sand Sculpture Festival Netherlands
Between late April-early June, sculptors from all over the world descend on Scheveningen to create inspired, weird and wonderfully spectacular artworks along the beach. Interestingly, as the sand at Scheveningen itself is not suitable for the purpose – sand has to be specially 'imported' from elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Maktabat al-Iskandariyah is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented.
Source: wikipedia.org

Four-Wheel the Steens Oregon
The 4x4 Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway traverses an encyclopedia of geographies: marshes, alpine highlands, and salt pans."

Zenkov Cathedral Kazakhstan
The Ascension Cathedral, also known as Zenkov Cathedralis a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Completed in 1907, it is the second tallest wooden building in the world."
Source: panoramio.com

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta New Mexico
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The balloon fiesta is a nine day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world."
Source: wikipedia

Canyoneer Grand Staircase-Escalante Utah
The deep, tangled canyons of southern Utah are a remote and unforgiving country with the ever present danger of flash floods, extreme temperatures, lightning storms, and waist-high quicksand. In other words, perfect habitat for canyoneers, who know that the area’s unbroken wildness and otherworldly wind- and water-sculpted chasms are precisely what make it so appealing. Many canyons still remain unnamed, making true exploration a possibility."

Chittorgarh Fort India
Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, sprawls majestically over a hill above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries."
Source: curious-places

Predjama Castle Slovenia
This baroque castle is over 700 years old and sits dramatically in a sheer, 123 metre-high cliff face. The castle is open to the public and you can wander around the refurbished rooms to imagine what it would have looked like all those years ago."

The Burj Khalifa in U.A.E. United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa in U.A.E. was formally known as the Burj Dubai up until its grand opening on the 4th January 2010 with a fantastic ceremony by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with fireworks and light shows which was seen all over the World and made headlines on every major news channel. The tower was renamed Burj Khalifa in honor of the President of U.A.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan."

The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics India
The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is a rural sports festival that's grown over six decades, to become a sports bonanza that attracts competitors from around the globe. Held for three days during February each year, over 4,000 sports men and woman participate in the festival. They're watched by around 1 million spectators."

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Scotland
For over 50 years Scotland's capital city has seen a unique explosion of creative energy within the Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.
Source: guardian.co.uk

Hike the Superior Trail Minnesota
The 277-mile (365-kilometer) Superior Hiking Trail, which hugs a ridgeline above the Lake Superior shoreline between Duluth and the Ontario border, is the best long hike in the country between the Continental Divide and the Appalachian Trail. It covers rugged terrain—bluffs, cliffs, and the spine of the ancient Sawtooth mountain range—as it traces streams and skirts wild rivers, rises to mighty bluffs overlooking the great lake, and plunges into deciduous forests of birch, aspen, and maple interspersed with redolent stands of boreal spruce and balsam."

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. The mosque considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a major landmark and tourist attraction of Brunei.
Source: wikipedia.org

'The Bean' at Chicago's Millennium Park Illinois
Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape.
Source: panoramio.com

Canoe the Adirondacks New York
The uniquely American notion of wilderness protection took root in these black-water streams and humpbacked mountains in the 19th century, when New York State set aside large swaths of the Adirondacks as "forever wild." It turns out, "forever" is a mighty long time—and the wilderness is in constant need of tending. But thanks to recent efforts by conservation groups and the state, Adirondack Park is experiencing boom times."