Photograph by Zay Yar Lynn, National Geographic Your Shot
A herd of cattle trods the earth with the pagoda spires of Bagan in the dusky background. The ancient capital of Myanmar (Burma)—and a sight to rival Cambodia's Angkor Wat—Bagan once held 13,000 pagodas dating back to the second century A.D.
Larung Gar, China
Photograph by Lei He, National Geographic Your Shot
Streetlamps light a path through a dense population of small homes with red roofs in Larung Gar, in the Garzé Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China. Some 10,000 nuns and monks live here, settled around one of the largest Buddhist institutes in the world.
Sant'Alessio Castle, Sicily
Photograph by SIME/eStock Photo
A long and winding road leads to Sicily's Sant'Alessio Castle, perched above the Ionian Sea in Messina. Nearby is the commune of Sant'Alessio Siculo, lined with beaches and old-world charm.
Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua
Photograph by Luca Zanetti, laif/Redux
Suited up in protective gear, tourists "ash board" down Nicaragua's Cerro Negro Volcano. The activity is a highlight of an adventure travel tour that visits the volcano, the youngest in Central America.
Sand Surfing the Sahara
Photograph by Thomaz Napoleão
A sand surfer is dwarfed by colossal dunes in the Sahara near the Siwa Oasis in northwestern Egypt. The massive desert is traversed by endless rows of dunes called barchans ("crescent-shaped dunes" in Turkic). Barchans are found on the edge of sand seas and form when the wind blows steadily from one direction.
Durdle Door, England
Photograph by Alex Hibbert, Corbis
The natural arch known as the Durdle Door juts out into the English Channel along England's Jurassic Coast. The 94-mile stretch of fossil-studded cliffs and rocky shores in East Devon and Dorset was declared a World Heritage site in 2001. Among its claim to fame: Stones used in the building of the Tower of London came from here.
Afrikaans Language Monument, South Africa
Photograph by Graeme Williams, Panos Pictures
Visitors snap a photo at the Taalmonument, or Afrikaans Language Monument, on Paarl Mountain in South Africa's Western Cape. The monument was created to recognize the Asian, European, and African roots of Afrikaans.
Hoh Rain Forest, Washington
Photograph by Edmund Lowe Photography, Getty Images
Moss-covered spruces and hemlocks dwarf visitors in the Hoh Rain Forest, part of Olympic National Park in Washington State. One of the country's finest remaining stretches of temperate rain forest, the Hoh is a popular tourist attraction.
Photograph by Heiko Meyer, laif/Redux
A food stall does lively business after dark in Huaraz, Peru. Huaraz, the capital of the Ancash region, is a popular jumping-off spot for adventurers looking to ski and climb the Cordillera Blanca.
Inside the Vatican
Photograph by Karen McDonald, National Geographic Your Shot
Early on Easter Monday, a nun finds a quiet moment in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. St. Peter's—the church built over the tomb of the Apostle Peter—is the center of Roman Catholicism. The first church here for which records survive was begun around A.D. 326.