It's a great, big beautiful world out there — both near and faraway.
These peaks are an incredible sight eyes regardless of the season, but the autumn colors that can be seen from the hiking trails (or even your car window) attract tons of admirers every autumn. With 46 peaks over 4,000 feet tall, there are nearly endless ridges, valleys, and gorges to enjoy.
Known as the castle where "legends come to life", Dunnottar is quite historic, known for housing William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose, and the future King Charles II. Learn all about it on the tours the groundskeeper offers.
If you thought life on the French Riviera must be super dreamy, you weren't wrong. Villefranche-sur-Mer, a medieval seaside village is filled with colorful buildings that beg you to do nothing more but take it all in.
The Tuscan countryside is the epitome of rustic romance — and offers endless green and gold vistas for as far as the eye can see. And if the views aren't enough to entice you (but seriously, they're straight out of a Renaissance painting) the wine and cheese in towns like Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano will.
The largest dessert in North America is mainly in Mexico, but also reaches well into Texas, New Mexico and southeast corner of Arizona. Pictured here, Big Bend National Park in Texas hosts 300,000 visitors each year, who love to hike — or just drive — through the arid scenery, and stargaze at night.
Kauai might be the oldest Hawaiian island, but it's also full of life. While kayaking through the jungle, or taking a helicopter ride beside waterfalls, it's impossible not to appreciate its amazing, natural beauty.
Known for having the tallest trees on earth, this California icon is one of the most killer attractions in the country. If you think it feels otherworldly, you're not alone — George Lucas used the forest as the backdrop for the planet Endor in Star Wars.
There are many places to take in the cherry blossoms in Japan, but when in Tokyo look no further than the Meguro River. Plan your trip for early April to catch them at peak bloom.
Vermont has dubbed itself the "king of fall colors" in America, and we can't say we disagree. You can take in the fiery reds, oranges in yellow almost anywhere in the state, since 75% of it is forests.
Sure, the tourists spending time in Reykjavik love to flock there. But you can't deny how striking the pale blue geothermal pools are, and for many, its a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim in its mineral-rich waters.
A jewel of the Aegean, Santorini is made up of multiple islands — which were formed after intense volcanic activity. Each town within the area offers lots of restaurants and shopping — but the true draw is the iconic blue-and-white architecture and stunning cliffside views of the water.
Visitors traverse this intense landscape on ATVs, bicycles and even horses. Be sure to check out the Bryce Amphitheater (especially during sunset) — it's the most visited area of the entire park, featuring the oft-photographed rock known as Thor's Hammer.
The town of Chefchaouen is always feeling blue — but for good reason: Its buildings are literally all rinsed in the color, which nods to the Jewish refugees of its past. No cars are allowed on its narrow streets, where vendors sell their goods in open, traditional markets. The famed blue pigment is also offered there — residents re-blue their homes every spring.
Cinque Terre is made of five villages, and intrepid travelers come to hike among them. Each village is cozied up on the Ligurian cliffs along Italy's western coastline, and they all have their own personalities. The town of Manarola, for example, is known for being more rustic — but no less charming.
The Maldives sports "the sunny side of life", but it's not just about the intense sea views you can take in from any of the 1200 islands that make it up. Maldivians are a close-knit community, known for their rich culture of music, dance, and craftsmanship.
Millions of brave souls have dared to venture across Vancouver's incredible Capilano Suspension Bridge since 1889, when it was first built. It spans a whopping 230 feet above the Capilano River. Actually, adrenaline junkies will find lots of other amazing adventures in the area, too, like a cliff walk.
Designated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is South America's most famous ruins. Although no one is exactly sure why it was abandoned, it was built during the rise of the Inca Empire, and the ancient temples still stand today.
Only 3,000 people live on this island, which is located just off the Venetian Lagoon. Ancient legend says that fishermen were the first to paint their houses in the rainbow of colors we see today. According to folklore, the bright hues allowed them to see their homes from long distances while out fishing.
There is so much that inspires throughout this gorgeous slice of Asia — like the hot springs, offshore islands and the night markets. But the High Mountain Tea Gardens there offer a tranquil and unique experience that you can't get anywhere else.
After 40 years, Denali — the highest peak in North America — finally went back to its old name (so you might actually know it is as Mount McKinley). But whatever you call it, there's no denying the beautiful majesty of this natural wonder.
Nestled in Mackenzie County, Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three lakes in the South Island of New Zealand. Whether you're admiring the view from an observatory or enjoying a meal in one of its many restaurants, there is something breathtaking about it throghout every season.