Photograph by John Warburton-Lee Photography, Alamy
Travelers to the Namib Desert run down the steep face of a coastal dune in Namibia’s Erongo region.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Photograph by Anzenberger-Fink, Anzenberger/Redux
The town of Positano is one of many along the Amalfi Coast, a famed stretch known for its curving roads and breathtaking vistas.
Great Wall of China
Photograph by Martin Puddy, Getty Images
Colorful parasols shield children from the sun on China’s Great Wall, which has over 4,000 miles of historic sections to explore.
Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area, Minnesota
Photograph by Christian Heeb, Aurora Photos
An early morning kayaker breaks the stillness of Birch Lake, part of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Photograph by Dana Allen, Wildland Adventures
A microlight flight brings adrenaline junkies close to the roar of Victoria Falls, which splashes between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Photograph by Michael S. Nolan, Lindblad Expeditions
Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) underwater at Champion Islet near Floreana Island in the Galápagos Island Archipelago, Ecuador. Pacific Ocean.
Nags Head, North Carolina
Photograph by Medford Taylor, National Geographic
Jockey's Ridge State Park on Nags Head, North Carolina, has the tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern U.S.
Sequoia National Park
Photograph by Ken Biggs, Getty Images
California's Sequoia National Park is home to some of the biggest trees on the planet. The largest measured sequoia is nearly 275 feet (84 meters) tall and more than 100 feet (30 meters) around.
Photograph by Taylor Kennedy, National Geographic
At Petra, candles light the way to Al Khazneh (the Treasury), whose function in ancient times is still unknown.
Yampa River, Utah
Photograph by Justin Bailie
Boaters float past huge Steamboat Rock, which sits at the confluence of the Yampa and Green Rivers in northeastern Utah.
Samburu National Park, Kenya
Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic
Elephants roam Kenya’s Samburu National Park, one of many destinations for viewing wildlife in the East African nation.
Photograph by Marc Piscotty
Sayulita, a small Mexican fishing village near Puerto Vallarta, is popular with surfers.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Photograph by David Epperson, Backroads
Bryce Canyon National Park's famous hoodoos stick up like spires from the Utah desert. Hoodoos are formed when ice and rainwater wear away limestone.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Photograph by Panoramic Images
Built in just six years by Byzantine Emperor Justinian, Istanbul's opulent Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral and a mosque, and now it's a museum.
Photograph by Katja Heinemann, Aurora
A sailboat returns to St. Lucia's Soufrière harbor, with the Pitons looming in the background.
Photograph by Srijit Nath, My Shot
The passenger-carrying observation wheel called the London Eye gives riders bird's-eye views of Big Ben and Parliament.
South Island, New Zealand
Photograph by Mark Cosslett, National Geographic
Hikers follow Milford Track in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.
Photograph by Belinda Mark, My Shot
Prayers from visitors from all over the world hang outside a temple in Kyoto.
La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona
Photograph by Ken Kochey, National Geographic
Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia cathedral is still under construction nearly a century after architect Antoni Gaudí’s death in 1926.
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