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Photography by Rob Hammer / Aurora Photos

There are a couple of ways to enjoy the quaint beauty of Avalon, California: One, zipping around town in a golf cart, or two, zip lining toward it from about 600 feet above sea level. More »

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This remote fortress watches over the fifth smallest country in the world, San Marino, also named, rather proudly, “The Most Serene Republic of San Marino.” More »

Photography by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos

Avatar’s lush Pandora? Or … Eastern Europe. Yes on both counts. This light-filled fantasyland of terraced waterfalls is Skradinski Buk, the most enticing corner of Croatia’s Krka National Park. More »

Photography by Dennis Welsh / Aurora Photos

Is this husky grinning because he is the leader of the pack? Or just because it happens to be a perfect winter day for dog sledding on Lake Umbagog, the pristine, and in the winter frozen, body of shallow water that calls both Maine and New Hampshire home? More »

Photography by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Prayer flags flutter, sending out their small wishes to the untamed Himalayas surrounding Bhutan, the small Buddhist kingdom that is slowly and cautiously opening its doors to tourism. More »

Photography by Todd Korol / Aurora Photos

Snow-rimmed and majestic, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are the centerpiece of Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. More »

O sole mio … a sunset gondola ride past Venice’s iconic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute may make you break out in song, but it also might make you give thanks for modern medicine. More »

Photography by HagePhoto / Aurora Photos

Like Spiderman in paradise, this climber is one of many who seek out toeholds amid the rocky caves surrounding Tonsai Beach in southern Thailand, a renowned climber “hangout.” More »

Photography by Brad Goldpaint / Aurora Photos

At Big Bend, all roads lead to a rich history of peoples living along the Rio Grande along with geologic wonders like the Boquillas Formation. More »

Photography by Getty Images

It’s the heartbeat of Jackson Square and the Vieux Carre’s most recognizable landmark. As the centerpiece of the original settlement, the cathedral evokes the rich fabric of history that is New Orleans. More »

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