Photograph by Hideo Kurihara, Getty Images
Mount Ngauruhoe, on New Zealand's North Island, served as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Did You Know? Sir Edmund Hillary was a beekeeper in New Zealand before becoming one of the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Learn more about New Zealand with our ten-question quiz.
Photograph by Josh Exell, My Shot
A cormorant dries its wings along the rock-strewn coast of Cornwall, England's southwesternmost county, which is known for its seaside cliffs, heath-covered moors, and bucolic countryside.
Did You Know? Cornwall's Geevor Tin Mine remained open for roughly 300 years, surviving the discovery of tin in Australia, South America, and Malaysia that caused the collapse of most other Cornish mining sites. The Geevor Tin Mine closed in 1991. Take our quiz on the Cornwall region.
Back Roads of Provence, France
Photograph by Claudio Maimone
Provence, the oldest wine-producing region in France, has been depicted in the works of painters Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne—who was born in Aix-en-Provence.
Did You Know? French cowboys, known for herding black bulls and horses in Camargue, are called gardians. Take our quiz on Provence, France.
Photograph by Susan Seubert
An air of Parisian bliss swirls through Montreal, one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world. Museums, cultural events, restaurants, and shops fill the city, which was founded as a missionary colony in 1642.
Did You Know? Canada is a member of the Francophonie, an organization of governments that use French as their primary language or have a special affiliation with the French language or culture. Take our quiz on Canada.
The Flower Route, Netherlands
Photograph by Femke Woltring, My Shot
Most of the land that makes up the Netherlands is below sea level. The country has a complex flood control system that includes dikes, dams, and floodgates. In 1953, the North Sea flooded a large portion of the country, resulting in the building of the Delta Works, massive steel doors that block water during emergencies.
Did You Know? "Tulip Mania" refers to the period in the early 17th century when the tulip was first introduced to the Netherlands. Learn more about the Netherlands Flower Route with our ten-question quiz.
Photograph by Dustin Leader, My Shot
Rolling prairie hills, highlands, and river valleys adorn the rambling lands of western Manitoba, Canada, where cowboys and rural living are still the norm. Parks and preserves allow the chance to see black bears, bison, moose, elk, deer, and wolves roaming in their natural habitat.
Did You Know? The provincial bird of Manitoba is the great gray owl, one of the world's largest owls. Learn more about Canada with our ten-question quiz.
Banff and Jasper Parks, Canada
Photograph by Jaclyn Chu, My Shot
The Canadian Rockies surround the town of Banff in Alberta, Canada. Banff serves as a starting point for those visiting Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. Established in 1885, the park stretches roughly 300 miles (480 kilometers) along the crest of the Canadian Rockies.
Did You Know? When the elk population of Banff National Park was diminishing in the early 1900s, Yellowstone National Park came to the rescue, donating about 200 elk. Take our quiz on Canada's Banff and Jasper National Parks.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Photograph by Michael S. Lewis
Sheep graze along the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada's Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Several dozen rare or threatened plant and animal species can be found in the park, including small populations of Arctic alpine plants left from the last ice age. One-third of the famous Cabot Trail runs through the park.
Did You Know? The Cabot Trail was named after Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto, who set sail for North America in 1497. Caboto is thought to have landed on Cape Breton or Newfoundland. Take our Cabot Trail Quiz and learn more.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Photograph by Tino Soriano
The cliffside town of Positano, in Italy's Campania region, is known for its brightly colored buildings—in varying shades of pink, red, peach, and white—that cling in tiers to the cliffs' rock face.
Did You Know? Until the 19th century, accessing the Amalfi Coast by land required a mule. Take our Amalfi Coast Quiz and learn more.
British Columbia, Canada
Photograph by Susan Seubert
Dramatic geography is on full display in Canada's coastal city of Vancouver, where ocean shorelines meet snowcapped peaks. Stanley Park brings a flash of green to the city center with winding drives, towering cedars, and meandering footpaths.
Did You Know? Canada's Dominion Day commemorates the day British Commonwealth countries were granted national status. It was renamed Canada Day in 1982. Take our Canada Quiz and learn more.
Pirate Route, Jamaica
Photograph by Bill Bachmann, Jupiterimages
The town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, once a small village dependent on fishing and bananas, is now the second largest resort town in the country after Montego Bay.
Did You Know? The Rastafarian religion, a popular faith among the people of Jamaica, calls for allegiance to former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I. Take our Jamaica Quiz and learn more.
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