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Kayak Lake Yellowstone Wyoming
Located about as far from any roadway as it’s possible to get in the lower 48, the Thorofare region of Yellowstone is the most remote and spectacular feature of America’s first national park. It’s here that the Yellowstone River feeds into Yellowstone Lake through a reedy delta of interwoven canals, forming an American version of Africa’s Okavango Delta. All the key players are on hand: bison, grizzlies, wolves, elk, moose, bald eagles, ospreys, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and cutthroat trout. Amazingly, Yellowstone’s animal surplus wasn’t even the deciding factor in designating this chunk of the northern Rockies as parkland in 1872."

Inani Beach Bangladesh

The Motherland Calls statue in Volgograd Russia
At the foot of the statue of Jose Francisco de San Martin Matorras on Lima’s Plaza San Martin stands one of the #world’s most charming statues, that of Madre Patria. A representation of liberty, she has a fierce, determined face, flowing robes and … a tiny llama on her head. She was supposed to wear a votive flame, in Spanish a llama, but during the commissioning of the statue, the instructions got lost in translation. The result is one of the best examples of the power of words.

Khor Virap Armenia
Mt. Ararat and Khor Virap Monastery are situated in Ararat plain, Armenia. The prominent Biblical Mountains of Ararat where Noah’s Ark landed and emanated to rest. The Khor Virap Monastery is a 17th century Church which affords a remarkable and imposing view of Mount Ararat. It is also one of the most visited church and tourist spot of Armenia."

Go to Rio for Carnivale Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets.
Source: fotopedia.com

Festival of the Giants France
The annual Giant festival dates back to 1530 and is the largest event of its kind featuring over 100 figures that parade through the streets. They are greeted and cheered wherever they are seen around the town. The huge figures traditionally include, among other characters, Monsieur and Madame Gayant and their children Binbin, Fillon and Jacquot, the Devil and even giant dragons."

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.

Hike the Salmon Idaho
Get ready for six days of pure fun! A journey down the Middle Fork of the Salmon is considered the premier wilderness adventure in the western U.S., a passage through history and tradition, drama and delight in the heart of the largest wilderness in the Lower 48. The Middle Fork was one of the original rivers in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and is the centerpiece of the 2.2 million acre River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho."
Source: mtsobek.com

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

The sliding stones of Death Valley California
The sliding stones of Death Valley, California - The movement of the rocks continue to baffle experts, with some rocks sliding across a perfectly flat bed despite weighing up to 700 pounds each.
Source: yahoo.com

Ati-Athihan festival Philippines
Celebrated all over the towns of Aklan, this is a week long celebration in honor of the Patron Saint Sto. Nino, which culminates on the 3rd Sunday of January. It is the ultimate jubilating, titillating, stimulating, riotous, and frenetic aboriginal street dancing to the early primitive tempo and pulse of drums, participated in by different tribes in their full battle regalia as they crowd the principal streets of Kalibo rejoicing breathlessly to their religious vows.
Source: nscb.gov.ph

Bijagós Archipelago Guinea-Bissau
Bijagos Islands are an archipelago of some twenty tropical, beautiful islands. On the island of Orango it is possible to see hippos, and there are many other possibilities of eco tourism on the "unspoiled islands". On some islands there are even turtle nesting grounds. Many islands have French-owned fishing lodges."
Source: wikitravel.org

Transect the Olympic Washington
“An abundance of grit and manly vim” was requisite for a spot on the first transect of the Olympic Peninsula, the Press Expedition of 1889. The group’s vim got tested; they did it in the dead of winter. Trace their route in a saner season (we recommend summer) and you’ll cross the interior of Olympic National Park in a week on trails that thread the lush territory between Mount Olympus and Hurricane Ridge.

The Hill of Crosses Lithuania
The Hill of Crosses near Siaulai is a memorial to the pain over those who gave their lives in the fight against Communism, in the 1863 revolution and in the Partisan war between 1944 and 1956. It all started when three graves were found after people killed in the 1863 revolution and crosses erected over them. It’s been adding ever since. The hill has about a million crosses, but as visitors continue to hang their own small crosses on the larger ones it is quite impossible to estimate the real number."
Source: qedata.se

The Vermillion Cliffs Utah
The surreal stripes and rolling rock hills of the Vermillion Cliffs look like something hand-sculpted by a pottery maker rather than a naturally formed landscape only touched by Mother Nature. A sandstone wonder that spans 280,000 acres in the middle of Kaibab National Forest and Glen Canyon, these swirly parts are inhabited by kondors, slithery rattlesnakes, and an occasional scorpion.

Copan Ruins Honduras
The Copan Ruins are located in the western part of the Republic of Honduras, Central America and in the department of Copan. The capital of this department is the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, formerly known as “Los Llanos”."

The Nazca lines Peru
The Nazca lines are gigantic ground drawing that was created in the Peruvian desert by a tribe known as the Nazca. The Nazca tribe was in existence between 200 BCE and 600 CE. The actual reason for the making of these lines is still not clear. Researchers have said that they are related to astronomy and the various line and figures serve as a gigantic astrological map on which the Nazca’s predicted the future."
Source: worldend.info