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[Ultimate Travel Guide] 150 of the Best Places to Visit in the World

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We're providing links, weather and local recommendations for 150 of the Best Places to Visit in the World.  Have anything to add?  Feel free in the comments below!

1. Zakynthos Islands | Greece

Enjoy amazing walks on the beach with the most scenic locations on the Zakynthos islands.  Banana Beach and Shipwreck Beach are two of the more well-known stretches of beach in this coastal location.

Take a sailboat out or go surfing. Or, make a trekking-tour in the mountain-areas. With so much to offer, it's a must visit location for every world traveler! (Credit: Zakynthos Net)
 
Average Temperature:  79°F (26°C)

 

2. Great Barrier Reef | Australia

As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef holds a spot on every traveler's bucket list. Hugging the east coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef extends from Cape York in the north all the way to Bundaberg in the south — a total of 1,250 miles. 

Wherever you decide to hang your hat, the Great Barrier Reef is a treasure trove of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. (Credit: Great Barrier Reef)

Average Temperature: 85°F (29°C)

3. Paris | France

The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. 

Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine, and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of "many splendors," as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, "A Moveable Feast." Visit the Centre Pompidou, enjoy gourmet pastries, shop couture on the Champs Élysées or hit the boutiques in Les Halles, take in the view atop the Eiffel Tower, or even plan a day trip to Versailles Palace. (Credit: Paris)

Average Temperature: 20°C (68°F)

4. Bora Bora | French Polynesia

The small island of Bora Bora (just 6 miles long and more than 2 miles wide) overflows with beauty. Dormant volcanoes rise up at its center and fan out into lush jungle before spilling into an aquamarine lagoon. (Credit: Bora Bora)

Average Temperature: 80°F (28°C)

5. Florence | Italy

This little city, tucked amid the Tuscan hills, casts a long shadow through history. The wellspring of the Renaissance, Firenze (or Florence) sheltered the powerful Medici family and inspired artists like Michelangelo (David) and Brunelleschi (the Duomo).(Credit: Florence)

Average Temperature: 81°F (27°C)

6. Tokyo | Japan

"Animated" is perhaps the best word to describe Tokyo. Crazy about its anime, Japan's mega city is constantly buzzing with movement—feet clack down sidewalks, cars zoom along streets, subway trains hum below ground, ships cruise in and out. And yet bright lights and loud signs beg you to pause, to break your motion for just one second to pray (oops, we mean pay) at the altar of consumerism. This is a city that feeds on motion and progress.  (Credit: Tokyo)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

7. Cusco | Peru

Cusco, known as the archaeological capital of the Americas, is home to a storied history that included the rise and fall of the Inca Empire followed by the invasion of Spanish conquistadors in the early 1500s. Today, remnants of both eras share the narrow city streets – from centuries-old baroque cathedrals to exquisite stone masonry – creating a rare collision of Andean and Spanish styles that makes Cusco like no other place on earth.  (Credit: Cusco)

Average Temperature: 11°C (52°F)
Notable Locations: Machu Picchu | La Catedral | Sacsayhuamán

8. London | England

The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." More than two centuries have passed since Johnson's era, but his words still ring true. Life in London is nothing short of invigorating, and travelers find that one visit isn't enough to experience everything this two-millennia-old city has to offer.  (Credit: London)

Average Temperature: 19°C (66°F)

9. Rome | Italy

Rome, the city of seven hills, enjoyed a mythic beginning. Romulus and Remus — twin brothers who were nursed by a she-wolf and fathered by a war god — reportedly founded the Eternal City. And although historians are a little skeptical about this epic entry into the world, most travelers are absolutely certain that there is something magical about Rome. Whether it's the mystery of nearby Vatican City or the ghosts of the Colosseum, an afternoon caffè on Piazza Navona or a piled-high plate of pasta at a trattoria, Roma is sure to enchant.  (Credit: Rome)

Average Temperature: 26°C (78°F)

10. New York City | New York

Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving … the Big Apple blends big-city splendor with small-town charm. Amid Gotham's iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you'll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city's distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs.  (Credit: New York City)

Average Temperature: 25°C (76°F)

11. Maui | Hawaii

Maui is not nearly as large as the Big Island, nor is it as small as Lanai, as bustling as Oahu or as quiet as Kauai. For many Hawaii vacationers, Maui is just right — offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, from impressive wildlife to intriguing history and culture. While on a visit here, you can shimmy alongside professional hula dancers, golf along coastal fairways, snorkel alongside five different types of sea turtles or simply lounge along some of Hawaii's most notable beaches.
(Credit: Maui)

Average Temperature: 70 °F (21 °C)

12. Cape Town | South Africa

Sporty, stylish, stunning, sociable… If Cape Town was a person, it would be that Hollywood starlet we all secretly envy. The Mother City is unlike any other destination in Africa: Separated from the rest of the continent by a ring of mountains, Cape Town stands as a glittering, metropolis juxtaposed with one of the world's most breathtaking natural landscapes. But good looks aren't the only thing Cape Town has going for it. You'll fall in love with this city's khaki-colored beaches, rolling vineyards, sizzling cuisine, thriving nightlife, and, of course, the spectacular Table Mountain. It may have taken an international soccer tournament to catch the world's attention, but since Cape Town took the global stage, no amount of buzzing vuvuzelas can drown out its magnificence.  (Credit: Cape Town)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)
Notable Locations: Table Mountain | Constantia Valley | Camps Bay

13. Barcelona | Spain

Barcelona contains both the authentically historic and the wildly bizarre. From the tree-lined Las Ramblas to the narrow alleys of Barri Gòtic; from the beachside nightclubs to the city's dozens of sacred churches and cathedrals, this city by the sea seems to attract all types: the family, the adventurer, the couple, the backpacker, the culture lover — and more — with an almost overwhelming variety of things to do. You could stay for a few days, but chances are you'll need a whole week to explore.
(Credit: Barcelona)

Average Temperature: 24°C (74°F)

14. Sydney | Australia

Sydney is both a laid-back beachside town and a thriving metropolis that boasts some of the Southern Hemisphere's best surf, landmarks and activities. Whether you're looking to watch a show at the iconic Opera House, take to the waves at Bondi Beach or explore trendy areas like The Rocks and Darling Harbour, Sydney features something for everyone. Even Sydneysiders have an ideal mix of both worlds: Fashion-forward attire and British-style sarcasm combine with a "no worries" attitude and relaxed coastal vibe. It's no wonder this vibrant city down under is a natural choice for first-time Aussie visitors.  (Credit: Sydney)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

15. Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), this glimmering Brazilian metropolis has certainly earned its title. Resting at the mouth of a bay harbor, the city is lined with white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and surrounded by staggered green mountains. Rio de Janeiro boasts dramatic views from nearly every angle. From the slopes of Corcovado Mountain, you'll admire the striking 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer, who overlooks Rio's pristine beaches. And from the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, you'll admire the picture-perfect backdrop that has attracted Cariocas (native Brazilians born in Rio de Janeiro) and visitors alike for more than 500 years.  (Credit: Rio de Janeiro)

Average Temperature: 27°C (81°F)

16. Yellowstone | Wyoming

With dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, Yellowstone is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Multicolored pools swirl around hot springs; verdant forests weave past expansive meadows; and volatile geysers launch streams of steaming water toward the sky. With so much unspoiled natural beauty, it's no wonder everyone suspected John Colter (a scout for explorers Lewis and Clark) was embellishing when he first described Yellowstone's geothermal curiosities in 1807.  (Credit: Yellowstone)

Average Temperature: 12.7°F

17. Amsterdam | Netherlands

Don't believe everything you hear about Amsterdam. Yes, this Netherlands city takes a lax look at women beckoning business in the Red Light District and "coffee shops" selling an unorthodox type of herb to a toking clientele, but these descriptions only scratch the surface.  (Credit: Amsterdam)

Average Temperature: 17°C (63°F) 

18. Hong Kong | China

To outsiders, Hong Kong can raise a lot of questions: "Is it part of China or not?" "Is it one island or two?" "Do they speak English or Mandarin? Or both?" And foreigners have a good reason to ask them. This territory, made of multiple islands, returned to China's possession in 1997 after more than a hundred years of British occupation. Upon its reunification with China, Hong Kong added certain stipulations that provide a unique degree of autonomy.  (Credit: Hong Kong)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)
Notable Locations: Star Ferry | Victoria Peak | Street Markets
 

19. Cairo | Egypt

The desert heat, the noisy streets and the sheer size of Cairo will leave even the most adaptable traveler with a serious case of culture shock. The constant bombardment of street vendors, the inescapable aroma of livestock and the seemingly chaotic way of life will joggle the senses. But be patient. Take some time to relax over a cup of tea, to wander the ancient streets and to watch the sun lower over the mighty Nile River. It won't take long for the city's treasures to reveal themselves.  (Credit: Cairo)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

20. Washington D.C. | District of Columbia

With its marbled monuments and high-profile politicos, Washington, D.C., has long been saddled with a reputation as a stuffy government-driven town. A "city of southern efficiency and northern charm," as John F. Kennedy once described it, Washington is often seen by outsiders as slow and inefficient. But these days, our nation's capital is awash with a new energy, transforming itself into an exciting, faster-paced East Coast vacation destination. (Credit: Washington D.C.)

Average Temperature: 27°C (80°F)

21. Grand Canyon | Arizona

"Grand" doesn't begin to do this canyon justice. Measuring approximately 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and a mile deep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is truly a natural wonder. For six million years, the Grand Canyon has expanded with the help of the mighty Colorado River, and for centuries, people from all over the globe have traveled to gaze out over its red and orange grandeur. (Credit: Grand Canyon)

Average Temperature: 24°C (75°F)

22. British Virgin Islands | Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean, but this only adds to their appeal. The resorts, villas, restaurants and other tourist attractions in this paradise are known to emphasize spare luxury over sprawling expansion, and they attract travelers with deep pockets and a love for sailing and seclusion. (Credit: British Virgin Islands)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

23. Bali | Indonesia

Shangri-La, Elysium, Arcadia, Utopia and Bali are all synonymous with "heaven." The only difference between them is that you can actually visit Bali. Many travelers have never been to this Indonesian island. Yet, the word "Bali" conjures daydreams of the most fantastical landscape: towering volcanoes wrapped in a deep green canopy, sandy shores that fade into turquoise waters and curving coastlines crowned with staggered pagodas. And believe it or not, Bali rarely disappoints. (Credit: Bali)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

24. San Francisco | California

A jumbled collage of colorful neighborhoods and beautiful views, San Francisco draws those free-spirited types who have an eye for edgy art, a taste for imaginative cuisine and a zeal for adventure. It's really not surprising that songwriter Tony Bennett left his heart here: The city boasts jaw-dropping sights, world-class cuisine, cozy cafes and plenty of booming nightlife venues — there's no shortage of ways to stay busy here. Spend an hour or two sunning yourself alongside sea lions on the bay, admiring the views of the city from Twin Peaks, or strolling along the Marina. And for the quintessential San Franciscan experience, enjoy a ride on a cable car.  (Credit: San Francisco)

Average Temperature: 14°C (57°F)

25. Argentine Patagonia | Argentina

This region in the Andes mountains is nothing if not enchanting. Cobalt lakes, azure-tinted glaciers, emerald trees, and turquoise skies stretch as far as the eye can see. In fact, Argentine Patagonia's vistas are so sweeping that Charles Darwin once described the region as "boundless." Visit Argentina's Lake District and you'll discover villages brushing against snowy mountain peaks. (Credit: Argentine Patagonia)

Average Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C)

26. Budapest | Hungary

Welcome to Budapest. To put it simply, if you haven't been here, it's time you make plans to do so. The city appeals to many: you can step out of a thermal bath and right into a nightclub (and then back into the bath). In a city that dates back to the Old Stone Age, visiting history buffs can take their pick between Roman, neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Ottoman architecture at sites like Castle Hill and Fisherman's Bastion.  (Credit: Budapest)

Average Temperature: 21°C (70°F)

27. Montreal | Quebec

There is only one word that really captures the essence of Montreal: multifaceted. This city represents the melding of the Old and New Worlds, with 18th-century structures blending into a 21st-century skyline.  (Credit: Montreal)

Average Temperature: 21°C (70°F)

28. Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Dubai and Las Vegas have a lot in common. Both cities share a love for the fantastical, with skylines that shine like beacons against barren desert backdrops. People from all over the world flock to these shimmering oases with the same goal: to play hard. But as a vacation spot, Dubai easily trumps ol' Sin City thanks to its gorgeous cream-colored Persian Gulf shoreline, international culinary scene and larger-than-life attractions. (Credit: Dubai)

Average Temperature: 28 °C (82 °F)
Notable Locations: Dubai Mall | Burj Al Arab | Burj Khalifa

29. Galapagos Islands | Ecuador

With its untamed terrain and notoriously fearless creatures — from sea lions to seagoing lizards — the isolated isles of the Galápagos lure those looking for exhilarating encounters in the wild. After all, where else can you observe giant tortoises grazing on tall blades of grass, short-feathered penguins waddling along the equator or blue-footed boobies conducting their unique mating ritual without flinching at the flash of your camera?  (Credit: Galapagos Islands)

Average Temperature: 27°C (80°F)

30. Chilean Patagonia | Chile

With its aura of remote romance, wind-whipped Chilean Patagonia attracts those travelers with an eye for beauty and a zest for adventure. Icy glaciers plunge into emerald lakes; wild fjords snake through hardwood forests; and the Andes' dramatic peaks ascend into swirling clouds and mist. It's hardly surprising that Chilean Patagonia's fabled lands have lured Magellan, Darwin, and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Credit: Chilean Patagonia)

Average Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C)

31. Banff | Alberta

If you're itching to experience the lifestyle of a Swiss skiing village, but don't want to fork over the cash for a trans-Atlantic flight, consider Banff. Thanks to its location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near the southeastern border of Banff National Park – Canada's first national park – taking trips here will decrease not only your flight time from the U.S. but also your expenses (although only marginally). (Credit: Banff)

Average Temperature: 16°C (60°F)

32. Vancouver | British Columbia

Even by North American standards, Vancouver is a young city. But what it lacks in history it compensates for in scenery. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, Vancouver is both an urban and a natural playground: Its chic atmosphere, high-fashion boutiques and fondness for health-conscious eating have earned it the nickname "Hollywood North." Sitting nearly 1,300 miles north of its nickname namesake, Vancouver and its breathtaking backdrop has been the setting for several popular television shows and major motion pictures, such as "Supernatural" and "The Twilight Saga" so don't be surprised if you recognize landmarks from your favorite scenes.
(Credit: Vancouver)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

33. Seattle | Washington

Seattle's laid-back attitude and diverse neighborhoods more than make up for its consistently cloudy weather. Plus, it's home to some of the country's best coffee and a thriving arts scene, plenty of history, culture and – when the weather permits – some exciting outdoor activities. Surrounded by water (and resting between Puget Sound and Lake Washington), the city's favorite outdoor pursuits include kayaking, hiking and camping. Not only that, but the nearby Olympic Mountains and the giant Mount Rainier are visible from many spots in the city; ski slopes are just a short drive away. (Credit: Seattle)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

34. Denver | Colorado

Many travelers see Denver as a jumping-off point for a Rocky Mountain getaway, using the Colorado capital for its airport and nothing else. But those folks are missing out: The Mile High City offers a mix of urban excitement and natural surroundings that other American cities can only dream of. We're not saying you should pass on the opportunity to hike the Rockies' trails or ski their slopes — just that you shouldn't do so without making reservations at some of Denver's eclectic eateries, exploring its museums or sampling a few of its famous brews. (Credit: Denver)

Average Temperature: 66°F / 18.9°C

35. Boulder | Colorado

Although it's practically a suburb of Denver, Boulder seems worlds away from its Mile High comrade. A university town stuck in a '60s mindset, Boulder has welcomed every conceivable trend – from alternative healthcare to fad diets – and a perpetual love for nature has made bicycles the choice mode of transportation.  (Credit: Boulder)

Average Temperature: 34.6°F

36. Portland, OR | USA

From its manicured green spaces to its deliciously diverse food scene (plus an ever-evolving selection of locally made beer), Portland has become a must-see destination in the Pacific Northwest. The city overflows with cultural offerings – whether it's the stacks at Powell's World of Book or in one of the more than 65 craft breweries. The city of many nicknames (Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, P-town, PDX) has emerged as an urbanite's dream, with some of the most pedestrian-friendly streets in the country, many of which are lined with food carts that have given Portland some of the best, most affordable and diverse street food anywhere.
(Credit: Portland, OR)

Average Temperature: 41.4°F

37. San Diego | California

Consistently sunny weather and 70 miles of magnificent coastline are what draw active types to San Diego throughout the year: that and the mouthwatering cuisine, thriving nightlife and one of the country's favorite zoos. And then there are the beaches: Retreat to Mission Beach to soak up the rays, to La Jolla to catch a wave and to Coronado for a leisurely seaside stroll.  (Credit: San Diego)

Average Temperature: 63.65°F
Notable Locations: Balboa Park | Mission Beach | Gaslamp Quarter

38. Austin | Texas

Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin boasts more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. It has witnessed the early careers of several famous musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin and the Dixie Chicks. Despite significant growth in recent years, Austin maintains a quirky, laid-back atmosphere that you won't find in other Texan cities.  (Credit: Austin)

Average Temperature:  48.85°F
Notable Locations: 6th Street | State Capitol | Zilker Park

39. San Antonio | Texas

Davy Crockett may have perished at the Alamo, but San Antonio clings to the Texan pride shown by the "King of the Wild Frontier" and his compatriots in 1836. This modern city's history especially rears its noble head throughout downtown. In addition to the Alamo, you'll find several other famous missions, all of which are now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. And amongst the gleaming skyscrapers, the austere San Fernando Cathedral still stands as a testament to the city's religious past. (Credit: San Antonio)

Average Temperature:  68.7°F
Notable Locations: Brackenridge Park | The Alamo | River Walk

40. Dallas – Fort Worth | Texas

Everything you associate with Texas can be found in Dallas – Fort Worth. This is where you come to see the Dallas Cowboys play and the Fort Worth cowboys rope — where big hats, big hair and big horns are the norm. But stereotypes are just the tip of the DFW iceberg: The Metroplex is a hotbed of history, art, sports and family-centric exploits. The problem is that all of these enticements can be found in both cities, so determining where to allocate your time can get tricky.
(Credit: Dallas – Fort Worth)

Average Temperature: 65.25°F

41. Boston, Massachusetts | USA

Boston – or "Bahston," as the locals say – is not only a hub for baseball, brownstones and bookish collegiate types. It's also home to America's first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school and the first public park. To say the city is historic would be an understatement, but this wicked smart college town doesn't linger in the past, either. A well-rounded trip to Boston integrates the classic with the contemporary: Split your time between cherished sites like the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall and modern attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts.  (Credit: Boston)

Average Temperature: 82 °F (27 °C)

42. Charleston | South Carolina

Centuries-old mansions, Spanish moss-draped trees, spooky cemeteries, cobblestone walks: in a word, Charleston. As you walk the gas lamp-lit streets at night, past horse-drawn carriages and the antebellum architecture, you just might think you've traveled back in time. But just because this South Carolina city is proud to celebrate its heritage doesn't mean it's stuck in the past: Charleston boasts innovative restaurants, interesting shops, contemporary art galleries and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA. (Credit: Charleston)

Average Temperature:  65.85°F

43. Philadelphia | Pennsylvania

With its rich historical heritage, Philadelphia is one of the United States' most visited cities. After all, both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed here in Independence Hall. Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin once called this city home. And before Washington, D.C. usurped its role, Philadelphia served as the country's capital. Yet the city is far from being stuck in its glorious past. The Philly of today is filled with notable museums, a bumping nightlife, beloved sports teams and a thriving restaurant scene that encompasses more than just the ubiquitous cheesesteak. (Credit: Philadelphia)

Average Temperature: 55.85°F

44. Costa Rica | Central America

To many, Costa Rica's charm lies in its lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches and abundance of wildlife. With breathtaking landscapes and a myriad of creatures — from toucans to monkeys to jaguars — it's easy to see why. Where else can you hike active volcanoes, zip line through cloud-covered rainforests and surf warm turquoise waters within the span of just a few days? In this compact but diverse tropical paradise, exhilarating outdoor activities are abundant. Nature-seekers will roam thick jungles while beachgoers will sprawl across the powdery sands. It's hard not to admire all the splendors this "Rich Coast" has to offer.  (Credit: Costa Rica)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)
Notable Locations: Nicoya Peninsula | Arenal Volcano | Guanacaste

45. Belize | Central America

Although this small Central American nation spans less than 9,000 square miles — roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts — few places on Earth can match Belize's diverse natural beauty. The barrier reef's turquoise and coral hues contrast with the staggering Mayan ruins scattered throughout the country's lush rainforests. Plus, it's not just the landscape, the history, culture and people of Belize are just as blended. (Credit: Belize)

Average Temperature: 79°F

46. Jamaica | Caribbean

To many, Jamaica is the heart of the Caribbean. The birthplace of reggae music, the Rastafari movement and all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica symbolizes many of the things most loved and, perhaps, most misunderstood about the region. A simple remedy to clear the confusion? Come to the land of sugar cane, coffee and limestone, and form your own opinion. Your new ideas are bound to be swathed in cream-colored beaches, bordered by rugged Blue Mountains, anchored in foamy waterfalls and set to a dancehall soundtrack.  (Credit: Jamaica)

Average Temperature: 29°C (83°F)

47. Bahamas | Caribbean

The Bahamian islands lure millions of visitors to their white-washed shores, duty-free shops, fishing and scuba diving excursions and luxurious accommodations each year. The families that flock here tend to indulge in the diversions of the mega resorts, but this diverse island chain also offers a range of activities away from the hotel zone. (Credit: Bahamas)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

48. Cozumel | Maya Riviera & The Yucatan

Cozumel's clear turquoise waters and powdery sands coax travelers from cold winter climates to this 250-square-mile island off the Yucatán Peninsula. Cruise ships are a constant feature of Cozumel's coastal views, and the atmosphere on this charming island is often interrupted by tourist chatter. In fact, Cozumel's charms are so effective that the shopping plazas along the waterfront stay congested much of the year.  (Credit: Cozumel)

Average Temperature: 24°C (75°F)

49. Punta Cana | Dominican Republic

The sugary sand of a Punta Cana beach is so soft, so perfectly golden that you might think it was synthetic. And in fact, in this easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, it's possible. By definition, Punta Cana is a manufactured Caribbean getaway, completely catering to the needs of sun-seeking vacationers who like all-inclusive resorts but care little about venturing away from their hotel.  (Credit: Punta Cana)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F) 

50. Maldives | South Asia

Picture it: A private villa stands over crystal blue water; days finish with orange sunsets that make you hungry for local citrus; gourmet room service and a masseuse are on call to avoid any unnecessary trips from your porch; and the only thing to make you want to leave is the breathtaking coral reef and underwater creatures that demand a scuba session for a proper introduction.  (Credit: Maldives)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F) 
Notable Locations: Male' | Maldives Victory

51. Cayman Islands | Caribbean

The charming Cayman Islands continue to be a coveted Caribbean getaway for both adventurous and more immobile travelers. Gorgeous barrier reefs call to divers as the rum punch calls to the beach bums. Honeymooners hike through the 200-year-old Mastic Trail as parents take their children for interactive swims at Stingray City. Whichever way you choose to mellow out, the Cayman Islands can oblige. (Credit: Cayman Islands)

Average Temperature: 30°C (85°F) 

52. Nice | France

As the glamorous jewel of the French Riviera, Nice beckons beachgoers to stretch out on its shores. But there's more to it than a pebbly waterfront, pastel-colored buildings and palm trees waving in the breeze.  (Credit: Nice)

Average Temperature: 24°C (74°F) 

53. Prague | Czech Republic

A prosperous and bustling city, Prague now attracts more tourists than ever. But its picturesque downtown veils both a dark legacy and a resilient past. Dating back to about A.D. 870, Prague has withstood numerous overthrows, invasions, fires and floods. It's this reputation for survival and perseverance that has made the Czech capital so fascinating. (Credit: Prague)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

54. St. Petersburg | Russia

St. Petersburg stands at the geographic and cultural borders of the west and east. And though the city is inspired by the intricate and ordered architecture of Western Europe, it is still infused with a vibrant and persevering Russian spirit. St. Petersburg largely owes its dualistic nature to its founder, Peter the Great, an unabashed lover of all things European who commissioned the city's streets and architecture to resemble his favorite western cities. And the results of the Tsar's great experiment? (Credit: St. Petersburg)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

55. Krakow | Poland

Much more than the sum of its parts, Kraków is one of those cities you have to explore a little before its true charm becomes apparent. Although Warsaw is the political capital, many consider this southern city the true cultural capital of Poland. When you first walk into Rynek Glówny -- a vibrant medieval market square and the symbolic heart of town -- a smile plays across your face as you realize a large part of your trip will be spent here. Lively restaurants, shops, cafés and bars lie along the perimeter and in the surrounding areas.  (Credit: Krakow)

Average Temperature: 19°C (65°F)

56. Berlin | Germany

England takes pleasure in London, the U.S. loves New York, France is slightly narcissistic about Paris, and once again, Germany proudly claims Berlin. More than two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city is basking in a cultural renaissance that is marking everything from museums to fashion, food and nightclubs. (Credit: Berlin)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

57. Munich | Germany

Munich, the most expensive city in Germany, is also very quaint — and perhaps it's this dual personality that visitors find so charming. Although München plays host to the country's 200-year-old bacchanalia, Oktoberfest, it's also highly modern: the unofficial European capital of publishing and technology. Nuzzling the Bavarian Alps and resting beside the River Isar, the city is rife with natural beauty and yet its streets are also lined with man-made marvels, in the form of designer retail shops and shiny BMWs. In short, you should visit for both the provinciality and progressiveness. (Credit: Munich)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

58. Glasgow | Scotland

Just a few decades ago, Glasgow was a gray, gritty city of dank pubs and homely slums. However, the same dogged Glaswegians that survived years of deterioration kindled a cultural rejuvenation in the '80s and '90s, fanning the flames of urban renewal throughout the city. Today, Glasgow offers a high-intensity clubbing experience; a surprisingly good art scene; a live-music scene, which has discovered the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol; and numerous places to shop that range from the Barras Market and vintage shops to the jewelry at Argyll Arcade and designer stores.  (Credit: Glasgow)

Average Temperature: 15°C (59°F)

59. Edinburgh | Scotland

Burrowed beside long-dormant volcanoes and reigning over green moorlands, Edinburgh (or Ed-n-bruh in Scots speech) is known for more than its staggering landscape. The Athens of the North, as Edinburgh is sometimes nicknamed, also claims a cast of near-mythic characters: Rebel leader Sir William Wallace (aka Braveheart); the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots; the Enlightenment thinkers David Hume and Adam Smith; "James Bond" actor Sean Connery; and prolific wordsmiths Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JK Rowling – are all woven into this very old yet very relevant city.  (Credit: Edinburgh)

Average Temperature: 15°C (59°F)
Notable Locations: Arthur's Seat | Calton Hill

60. Dublin | Ireland

Like many modern cities, Dublin is a melting pot. Along with its traditional Irish culture, Dublin has been infiltrated by a host of glorious international influences. The city is the largest in Ireland, and its fast-growing immigrant population brings people from all over the world. The influence of these cultures is evident in the diverse and vibrant culinary scene that can be found here.  (Credit: Dublin)

Average Temperature: 16°C (60°F)

61. Monaco | Europe

Maybe you're enchanted by real life fairy tales? American sweetheart Grace Kelly married Monaco's prince. Perhaps you have a need for speed? The Grand Prix zooms through this principality each year. Or maybe you're interested in the see-and-be-seen scene? Monaco is the getaway of the jet-set or, should we say, the yacht-set crowd. (Credit: Monaco)

Average Temperature: 24°C (75°F)
Notable Locations: Larvotto Beach | Monte Carlo Casino

62. Sicily | Italy

Picture a tropical island -- gentle waves spilling onto sandy shores, sunshine gleaming off a sparkling sea and volcanoes spurting steam in the distance. Add to that image: lush, rolling hills, topped by ruins from antiquity. And then you need to imagine the rich tastes of fresh seafood, decadent pastas, sweet wines and desserts. (Credit: Sicily)
Average Temperature: 22°C (72°F)
Notable Locations: Larvotto Beach | Monte Carlo Casino

63. Crete | Greece

architecture mirroring the styles of the Minoans, the Venetians and the Ottomans, as well as contemporary Greeks. Despite the visible contradictions, this island maintains a sense of unity, felt whenever you step onto the street, dine at a local taverna, or enjoy a glass of raki at a sidewalk café.  (Credit: Crete)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

64. Santorini | Greece

Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the colorful beaches — the black and red sands make for a memorable visit. Next up, indulge in the archaeological delights of the impressively preserved Ancient Akrotiri. or climb the ancient stairs that lead to the historic city of Manolas in Thirassia. From there, catch a breathtaking view of the caldera, a brilliant turquoise pool of water that serves as nucleus for the varied isles of this archipelago. (Credit: Santorini)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

Notable Locations: Kamari Beach | Amoudi Bay

 65. Corfu | Greece

Used as the backdrop for epic tales by both Homer and Shakespeare, the island of Corfu, or Kerkyra, continues to attract weary travelers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The sight of its lush green landscape speckled with wildflowers is enough to melt any ounce of stress. The scent of olives and citrus carried by the wind from nearby groves is enough to refresh anyone from the inside out. (Credit: Corfu)

Average Temperature: 25°C (77°F)

Notable Locations:   Glyfada Beach | Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio)


 66. Mykonos | Greece

The cube-shaped buildings and whitewashed exterior facades of Mykonos scream Mediterranean.  Winding roads twist through the main city of Chora, past expensive storefronts and beautiful churches that give the island a grounded sense of Greek tradition. But Mykonos is far from conservative, as it's known for its rowdy beach parties and crazy nightlife. I(Credit: Mykonos)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

Notable Locations:   Little Venice | The Windmills (Kato Myli)

67. Miami Beach | Florida

Miami Beach is where a mix of cultures, residents and travelers mingle. A wide variety of people – including waifish models, amateur architecture critics, distinguished seniors and sun-seeking families – enjoy the renowned shores of "America's Riviera." North Miami Beach is where you'll find the kid-friendliest beaches and the most affordable restaurants and hotels. Less than 10 miles away are the galleries, museums and theaters of Greater Miami.  (Credit: Miami Beach)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

Notable Locations:   South Beach | Ocean Drive

 68. Cancun | Mexico

Cancún is nothing if not resilient. Consider the debilitating effects Hurricane Wilma had on the region in 2005 — drowned shores, destroyed storefronts and capsized boats. But now, this skinny "7"-shaped barrier island in southeastern Mexico is once again a go-to spot for beaches, golfing and nightlife. Cancún also remains one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the Western Hemisphere — you could pay less than $600 per person for an all-inclusive vacation along these Yucatán sands, even during the self-indulgent spring break season.  (Credit: Cancun)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

Notable Locations:   Chichen Itza | Isla Mujeres

 69. South Padre Island | Texas

Every March, like clockwork, students would cram into cars and head to South Padre Island for spring break fun in the sun and 24-hour beach bashes. Times have changed, and while some of today's college kids still plan beach trips to South Padre, the area has seen a rebirth of sorts as a popular family vacation destination. (Credit: South Padre Island)

Average Temperature: 70 °F 21 °C

Notable Locations: Laguna Madre Nature Trail | Sea Turtle Inc

 70. Tulum | Mexico

In the past decade, Tulum has grown into a coveted vacation for luxury travelers; however, it still tempts bargain hunters who remember when this tucked-away jewel of Mexico's east coast was more of a secluded getaway. Here, you'll find some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in the Western Hemisphere, ruins that have the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop.  (Credit: Tulum)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

Notable Locations: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve | Playa Paraiso

 71. Anguilla | Caribbean

Compared to some Caribbean islands masquerading as tourist traps, you'll find something a little more authentic on Anguilla. There's an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, but a surplus of clear, coral-filled waters, unmarked and unpaved roads and low-key beachfront villas.  (Credit: Anguilla)

Average Temperature: 80°F

Notable Locations: Meads Bay | Rendezvous Bay

 72. Daytona | Florida

Hearing "20 miles of beachfront" will tempt many vacation-seekers, but the typical Daytona beachgoer usually has something else in mind. Despite recent efforts to appeal to families (Orlando, amusement park central, is just an hour away), Daytona annually attracts thousands of visitors in search of speed and spring break. (Credit: Daytona)

Average Temperature: 57.8°F

Notable Locations: Daytona Beach | Daytona International Speedway

 73. Ocean City | Maryland

Affordable and kid-friendly too, Ocean City, specializes in the classic American beach vacation. Stroll along the Boardwalk, and you'll find adrenaline pumping amusement park rides, far stretches of powdery sand, scrumptious blue crabs, and plenty of souvenir shops. Bright carnival ride lights twinkle as families frolic to Ocean City Beach; intrepid sun-seekers parasail across the water; and the squeals of children are heard playing inside the arcades to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. But you can power down at Ocean City too. (Credit: Ocean City)

Average Temperature: 82.5°F / 28.0°C

Notable Locations: Ocean City Beach | Ocean City Boardwalk

 74. Charlotte | North Carolina

Tucked in the Piedmont region's sleepy rolling hills, this bustling metropolis is anything but a quiet Southern belle. Charlotte, North Carolina, explodes with growing businesses and burgeoning sports franchises. And this ever-expanding city has a knack for keeping an East Coast pace without stomping on its Southern roots; the locals are said to be exceedingly polite and dedicated to keeping classic Southern charm alive.  (Credit: Charlotte)

Average Temperature: 34.4°F

Notable Locations: U.S. National Whitewater Center | Mint Museum Uptown

75. Fort Lauderdale | Florida

To the citizens of Fort Lauderdale, their home offers quintessential Florida — beaches, palm trees, shopping and relaxation — without the see-and-be-seen attitude and the exorbitant prices of the state's other beachside cities. You can judge if they're right, but certainly expect a different atmosphere than their close rival, Miami Beach. Fort Lauderdale's wide stretches of white sand surpass those of its southern neighbor and, to some, are the best shores statewide. (Credit: Fort Lauderdale)

Average Temperature: 66.2°F

Notable Locations: Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale Beach

 76. Venice | Italy

Venice is enchanting. Yes, that may be cliché to say, but once you see the city on the water for yourself, you'll surely agree. Step off of the Santa Lucia train station and the breathtaking Grand Canal will soon greet you. You'll see water taxis coast along, passing underneath the Ponte degli Scalzi (Bridge of the Barefoot) and might hear the faintest hint of a serenading violin, or is that your imagination? It might not be all in your head. (Credit: Venice)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: Grand Canal | Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

 77. Stockholm | Sweden

One of the most visually arresting cities in Scandinavia, Stockholm is situated on an archipelago containing roughly 30,000 islands that eventually lead to the Baltic Sea. Among the various islands positioned throughout the city's vast amount of waterways, bays and rivers visitors will find an assortment of architectural, cultural and natural gems begging for further exploration.  (Credit: Stockholm)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

Notable Locations: Djurgården | Gamla Stan (Old Town)

78. Oslo | Norway

From the refurbished waterfront of Aker Brygge to the snowy hilltops of Holmenkollen, Oslo seems to offer the traveler everything they could ever want: hip cafés and nightlife, a verdant landscape (Oslo is one of the most forested cities in the world) and a culture steeped in arts and history. Where could this town go wrong? It's expensive.  (Credit: Oslo)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

Notable Locations: Vigeland Park | National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

79. Copenhagen | Denmark

While some Europeans revel in haute couture and haute cuisine, the Danes relish what they believe to be the height of sophistication: hygge. Defined as "comfort" or "coziness," hygge is a value reflected throughout Copenhagen, from the skillfully restored antique furniture to the hearty meals served in traditional Danish restaurants. (Credit: Copenhagen)

Average Temperature: 17°C (63°F)

Notable Locations: Nationalmuseet | Tivoli Gardens

80. Myrtle Beach | South Carolina

The clean beaches are the main draw in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but there's more to this vacation hot spot than its 60 miles of brown sand. One of the most popular East Coast family vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach boasts amusement parks that offer everything from water slides to roller coasters to race tracks. While the shopaholics of the family spend time at the outlet malls, golfers of all skill levels can flock to one of the area's more than 100 courses, and then the whole family can enjoy pirate or medieval-inspired revues during dinner. (Credit: Myrtle Beach)

Average Temperature: 68°F

Notable Locations: Myrtle Beach | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

81. Fiji | South Pacific

With its turquoise waters, glittering sands, and luxe resorts, Fiji is similar to many other tropical getaways. Likewise, the set of 333 islands caters to lovebirds of all kinds, and we do mean all kinds: 2011's "Bachelorette," Ashley even spent some time here with a few eligible beaus . (Credit: Fiji)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

Notable Locations: Coral Coast | The Yasawas

82. Valencia | Spain

Valencia is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the wallet. The green hues found in the Old Turía River Bed Gardens contrast the shimmering golden sand and sparkling cerulean waves of the beaches. And the color of its oranges is as rich as the taste. Those who say this Spanish coastal city lacks any sense of charm may have never walked under the citrus trees as they drop blossoms onto the cobblestone streets or listened to the hum of the Valencian dialect amidst the produce stands of the Mercado Central. (Credit: Valencia)

Average Temperature: 25°C (77°F)

Notable Locations: Central Market (Mercado Central) | Plaza Ayuntamiento

 83. Madrid | Spain

In many ways, Madrid is similar to many other international metropolises — it's Spain's largest city, has the largest population, is the capital and is the center for international business. But, before you jump to conclusions, hush … if you listen carefully, you can hear the gentle melodies of the Spanish guitar, the swish of a flamenco dancer's skirt, and the happy laughter from a midday meal infused with too many glasses of sangria.  (Credit: Madrid)

Average Temperature: 25°C (76°F)

Notable Locations: Plaza de Cibeles | Plaza Mayor 

84. Singapore | Malaysia

Immaculate, efficient Singapore is a miraculous sight, particularly for travelers familiar with modern Asian metropolises. The city maintains a remarkable balance of green space and skyscrapers, in addition to sustaining substantial ethnic enclaves like Little India and Chinatown. This motley group of cultures has brought to this former British colony something special – a common mindset. Singaporeans are determined and patriotic; they are proud of what they have achieved (just look at Marina Bay and you might get jealous).  (Credit: Singapore)

Average Temperature: 27°C (81°F)

Notable Locations: Gardens by the Bay | Chinatown

85. Shanghai | Chaina

What has made Shanghai one of the world's most populous cities? It's a modern-day commercial mecca. Shanghai celebrates its prosperity with monuments of industry like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its rapid evolution keeps the skyline changing and the fashions fleeting, meaning that familiarity is one thing that you should kiss goodbye in Shanghai. (Credit: Shanghai)

Average Temperature: 32°C (90°F)

Notable Locations: The Bund | Shanghai Museum

86. Chicago | USA

"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them." Although he made up his mind about the Windy City before it even reached its 50th year, Mark Twain's impression of Chicago has proven long-lasting. America's third-largest city has been described in a myriad of ways throughout its lifetime. (Credit: Chicago)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F))

Notable Locations: Millennium Park | Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain

87. Tel Aviv | Israel

First things first: Tel Aviv is not Jerusalem. Although they're only 44 miles apart, Tel Aviv lacks the historic significance of the Holy City. In place of religious sites and ancient ruins, Tel Aviv ("TA" for those in-the-know) features world-class beaches and a rip-roaring nightlife. Forget tradition: Here, Friday nights are devoted to reveling rather than reflecting, and kosher cuisine is overshadowed by a wealth of international culinary delights.  (Credit: Tel Aviv)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

Notable Locations: The Tayelet | Neve Tzedek

88. Luxor | Egypt

When you think of Luxor, you probably envision the city's multitude of temples and tombs. Though this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is divided by the Nile River into two areas (the East Bank and the West Bank), there are remnants of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes everywhere. Luxor's oldest ruins date back to the late 14th century B.C., and tombs belonging to famous pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Hatshepsut can be found at the base of the West Bank's Theban Mountains. But Luxor offers more than just historic sights. (Credit: Luxor)

Average Temperature: 33°C (91°F)

Notable Locations: Temple of Hatshepsut | Valley of the Kings

89. Los Angeles | California

Los Angeles both confirms and dismantles all of its stereotypes. Sure, it's a sprawling metropolis with eternally congested freeways, but it also contains one of the most diverse and unique sets of neighborhoods in the United States. La-La Land is filled to the brim with the glamour of chic Hollywood name brands and movie set backdrops, yet it's also home to renowned art galleries like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and architectural masterpieces like The Getty Center. (Credit: Los Angeles)

Average Temperature: 22°C (72°F)

Notable Locations: Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park | The Getty Center

90. Lake District | England

The Lake District is a region and national park in Cumbria in northwest England. A popular vacation destination, it’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations. Market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick on scenic Derwentwater are bases for exploring the area and home to traditional inns, galleries of local art and outdoor equipment shops. (Credit: Lake District)

Average Temperature: 15 °C (59 °F)

Notable Locations: Lake District National Park | Abbot Hall

91. Ngorongoro Crater | Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.  However, as one of the world's most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater does get busy, and at times very busy.  (Credit: Ngorongoro Crater)

Average Temperature: 21°C/70°F

Notable Locations: Olduvai Gorge Museum | Empakaai Crater

92. Loch Ness | Scotland

No holiday in Scotland is complete without a visit to Loch Ness. Over 20 miles long, a mile wide and 700 feet at its deepest, Loch Ness is the largest lake in Scotland by volume. The surrounding area is filled with historic attractions, natural wonders, cosy places to stay, and superb eateries. The Loch Ness Monster is just one of the many myths and legends to be discovered in this particularly beautiful part of Scotland.(Credit: Loch Ness)

Average Temperature: 45°F

Notable Locations: Fort George | RSPB Corrimony

93. Kuantan | Malaysia

Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. With over 500,000 people, Kuantan is the largest city on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. There are a number of places in and around Kuantan that are worth visiting. Kuantan is a calm city located in Pahang state off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is also home to some of the nation’s most popular beaches, in particular, Cherating.  (Credit: Kuantan)

Average Temperature: 26.6 °C

Notable Locations: Teluk Chempedak | Sungai Lembing Mines

94. Bermuda | Caribbean

A visit to Bermuda means that there's a good chance you'll see men milling about the capital city of Hamilton dressed in crisp and prim business shirts, tucked neatly into seemingly casual short trousers. Their "Bermuda shorts" fit well into the mystique surrounding these lonely islands of the Atlantic — islands that hold tight to their British customs, elegance and etiquette, but still know how to let loose under a subtropical sun. (Credit: Bermuda)

Average Temperature: 28°C (82°F)

Notable Locations: Horseshoe Bay Beach | Unfinished Church

95. Kauai | Hawaii

Honey-dipped sunsets, chocolate-sand beaches, aquamarine skies — Kauai has mastered seduction. But the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain doesn't have to resort to over-the-top luxury or tourist traps to entice; instead, it appeals to a no-muss, no-fuss type of traveler. You prefer rural to resplendent? Kauai's your island — there are only two major highways, and some regions can only be explored on foot. Resorts are no taller than a coconut tree (literally). (Credit: Kauai)

Average Temperature: 78° F

Notable Locations: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park | Na Pali Coast

96. Atacama Desert | Chile

The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a plateau in South America, covering a 1,000-kilometre (600 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. According to estimates the Atacama Desert proper occupies 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 sq mi), or 128,000 square kilometres (49,000 sq mi) if the barren lower slopes of the Andes are included. Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes. (Credit: Atacama Desert)

Average Temperature: Between 0°C and 25°C

Notable Locations: Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) | Moon Valley

97. Goa | India

Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. (Credit: Goa)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: Basilica de Bom Jesus | Fort Aguada

98. Leh & Ladakh | India

Ladakh is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.  (Credit: Leh & Ladakh)

Average Temperature: 20–30°C

Notable Locations: Pangong Lake | Magnetic Hill

99. Andaman and Nicobar Islands | India

The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors. (Credit: Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Average Temperature: 31.1°C

Notable Locations: Cellular Jail (Port Blair) | Radhanagar Beach (Havelock Island)

100. Jammu and Kashmir | India

Jammu & Kashmir is a state in India. It is a large state and was ruled by a Maharaja (Indian King) in the past. Jammu & Kashmir is made up of many regions but is called Jammu & Kashmir because the two most populous regions in the state are called Jammu and Kashmir.   (Credit: Jammu and Kashmir)

Average Temperature: 24.1°C

Notable Locations: Dal LakeVaishno Devi

 101. Uluru | Australia

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid "Red Centre". The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. (Credit: Uluru)

Average Temperature: 33.5°C

Notable Locations: Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock |  Uluru and Kata Tjuta Tour by Helicopter from Ayers Rock

 102. Kazakhstan | Central Asia

Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country and former Soviet republic, extends from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains at its eastern border with China and Russia. Its largest metropolis, Almaty, is a long-standing trading hub whose landmarks include Ascension Cathedral, a tsarist-era Russian Orthodox church, and the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, displaying thousands of Kazakh artifacts. (Credit: Kazakhstan)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: Zenkov's Cathedral | Bayterek Tower

103. Madeira | Portugal

Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbor and a large New Year's fireworks show. (Credit: Madeira)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: Pico do Arieiro | Cabo Girao

 

104. Kerala Waterfalls | India

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. (Credit: Kerala Waterfalls)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)

Notable Locations: Athirapally Waterfalls | Vazhachal Waterfalls (Near Athirapally Waterfalls)

 

105. Greek Islands | Greece

The Greek Archipelago! The islands are the main characteristic of Greece's morphology and an integral part of the country's culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. (Credit: Greek Islands)

Average Temperature: 69°F (21°C)

Notable Locations: Cape Sounion | Thessaloniki

 

106. La Paz | Bolivia

La Paz, in Bolivia, is the highest administrative capital in the world, resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level. It stretches to El Alto city in the highlands, with snow-capped, 6,438m-high Mt. Illimani as its backdrop. The city's dramatic setting can be taken in during rides on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car system. (Credit: La Paz)

Average Temperature: 9°C (48°F)

Notable Locations: Mi Teleferico | Yungas Road

 

107. Pisa | Italy

Pisa is a city in Italy's Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistry, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily, and the Caposanto Monumentale cemetery. (Credit: Pisa)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: Piazza dei Miracoli | Torre di Pisa

 

108. New Orleans | Louisiana

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. (Credit: New Orleans)

Average Temperature: 71° F

Notable Locations: French Quarter | Mardi Gras

 

109. Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. (Credit: Victoria Falls)

Average Temperature: 27°C (81°F)

Notable Locations: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park | Victoria Falls Bridge

 

110. Niagara Falls | Canada

Niagara Falls is a city in Niagara County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 50,193, down from the 55,593 recorded in the 2000 census. (Credit: Niagara Falls)

Average Temperature: 23.8°F

Notable Locations: Cave of the Winds | Niagara Falls State Park

 

111. Seoul | Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees. (Credit: Seoul)

Average Temperature: 11.9 °C

Notable Locations: Gyeongbokgung | Myeongdong

112. Darwin | Northern Territory

Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels. (Credit: Darwin)

Average Temperature: 32°C (90 °F)

Notable Locations: Mindil Beach | Wave Lagoon

 

113. Iguazu Falls | Venezuela

The Venezuela Waterfalls that we've seen or know about are primarily gushing behemoths nestled in steamy equatorial jungles of the Guyana Highlands. These tropical forests punctured with towering plateaus and mountains seem to be magnets for rain, which drains into rivers that carve a very ancient landscape that (not surprisingly) have dramatic drops creating dramatic waterfalls. (Credit: Iguazu Falls)

Average Temperature: 26°C (78°F)

Notable Locations: Iguassu Falls | Venezuela Waterfalls

114. Angel Falls | Venezuela

Angel Falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 meters and a plunge of 807 meters. (Credit: Angel Falls)

Average Temperature: 20°C (68°F)

Notable Locations: Canaima National Park | Kerepakupai Meru

 

115. Perth Western | Australia

Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum. (Credit: Perth Western)

Average Temperature: 25°C (76°F)

Notable Locations: King's Park and Botanic Garden | Rottnest Island

 

116. Dead Sea | Israel

The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַמֶּלַח‎ About this sound Yam ha-Melah lit. Salt Sea, Arabic: البحر الميت‎‎ About this sound Al-Bahr al-Mayyit[5]), is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level,[4][6] Earth's lowest elevation on land. (Credit: Dead Sea)

Average Temperature: 23 °C (68 and 73 °F)

Notable Locations: Snake Path | Ein Bokek Beach

 

117. Martinique Island | France

Martinique has a warm, stable climate that only varies 5 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. Trade winds blow refreshing breezes from the northeast. (Credit: Martinique Island)

Average Temperature: 23° to 29°C (75° to 85°F)

Notable Locations: Anse Cafard Slave Memorial | Mont Pelee

 

118. Amsterdam | Netherlands

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. (Credit: Amsterdam)

Average Temperature: 17°C (63°F)

Notable Locations: Rijksmuseum | Hoge Veluwe National Park

 

119. Taj Mahal | India

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. (Credit: Taj Mahal)

Average Temperature: 34°C

Notable Locations: Agra Fort | Fatehpur Sikri

 

120. Panama City | Central America

Panama officially called the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country usually considered to be entirely in North America or Central America.It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia (in South America) to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. (Credit: Panama City)

Average Temperature: 29°C (83°F)

Notable Locations: Boqute | Pedasi

 

121. Auckland | New Zealand

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade. (Credit: Auckland)

Average Temperature: 20°C (68°F)

Notable Locations: Agritravel International | Coromandel Town

 

122. Colombo | Sri Lanka

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha. (Credit: Colombo)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)

Notable Locations: Polonnaruwa | Minneriya National Park

 

123. Republic of the Fiji Islands | Oceania

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits. (Credit: Republic of the Fiji Islands)

Average Temperature: 26°C (79°F)

Notable Locations: Fiji Vacation Tour: Viti Levu, Nadi Town, Pacific Harbour | Southern Hemisphere Island Luxury Tour to Fiji & Australia

 

124. Petra Maan Governorate | Jordan

Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City." Perhaps its most famous structure is Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade. (Credit: Petra Maan Governorate)

Average Temperature: 68°F (20°C)

Notable Locations: The Treasury | Petra Nights Tours Jordan

 

125. Republic of Cape Verde | Africa

Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the current capital, Praia. Santiago is also home to the old capital, Cidade Velha, with clifftop fortress Forte Real de São Felipe. (Credit: Republic of Cape Verde)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: MT fogo | Santa maria

 

126. Tibet Himalayas | India

The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The Himalayan range has the Earth's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. (Credit: Tibet Himalayas)

Average Temperature: 11°C (52°F)

Notable Locations: Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir | Himalayas Tibetan Plateau

 

127. Buenos Aires | Argentina

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art. (Credit: Buenos Aires)

Average Temperature: 25°C (76°F)

Notable Locations: Museo Nacional de Belles Artes | Cordoba, Argentina

 

128. Madagascar | French

The Malagasy Republic (Malagasy: Repoblika Malagasy, French: République malgache) was a state situated in Southeast Africa. It was established in 1958 as an autonomous republic within the newly created French Community and existed until the proclamation of the Democratic Republic of Madagascar in 1975. (Credit: Madagascar)

Average Temperature: 77°F

Notable Locations: Ranomafana National Park | Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

 

129. Chichen Itza | Mexico

Chichén Itzá is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings' sophisticated geometry. (Credit: Chichen Itza)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: The Chacmools of the Northern Ruins | Guanajuato

 

130. Machu Pichu | Peru

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. (Credit: Machu Pichu)

Average Temperature: 18 °C (64 °F)

Notable Locations: Huacachina | Aguas Calientes

 

131. Las Vegas | USA

Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and other entertainment options. Its main street and focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower. (Credit: Las Vegas)

Average Temperature: 48.7°F

Notable Locations: Gondola Rides at The Venetian | The Neon Museum

 

132. St. Tropez | France

Saint-Tropez is a coastal town on the French Riviera, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Long popular with artists, the town attracted the international "jet set" in the 1960s, and remains known for its beaches and nightlife. The cobblestoned La Ponche quarter recalls its past as a fishing village, although yachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port). (Credit: St. Tropez)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: Cannes Beaches | Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens, Cap-Ferrat

 

133. Venice Itly | Italy

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. (Credit: Venice Itly)

Average Temperature: 23°C (73°F)

Notable Locations: St. Mark's Basilica | Canale Grande (Grand Canal)

 

134. Giza | Egypt

Giza, is the third-largest city in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the Nile, 5 km southwest of central Cairo. Along with Cairo Governorate, Shubra El-Kheima, Helwan, 6th October City and Obour, the five form Greater Cairo metropolis. (Credit: Giza)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: Pyramids of Giza | The Egyptian Museum

 

135. Ulan Bator | East Asia

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia. It’s in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park. Originally a nomadic Buddhist center, it became a permanent site in the 18th century. Soviet control in the 20th century led to a religious purge. Soviet-era buildings, museums within surviving monasteries, and a vibrant conjunction of traditional and 21st-century lifestyles typify the modern city. (Credit: Ulan Bator)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

Notable Locations: Gandan Monastery | National Museum of Mongolia

 

136. Palawan | Philippines

If you have to choose one place in the Philippines to visit Palawan should be at the top of your list.  You can enjoy the jungle, mountains, and white beaches. Palawan Island has been rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as best Southeast Asia region in 2007, and the 13th best island in the world! (Credit: Palawan Island)

Average Temperature: 24°C 66°F)

Notable Locations: Small Lagoon | Nacpan Beach

 137. Toronto | Canada

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo. (Credit: Toronto)

Average Temperature: 21°C (70°F)

Notable Locations: Whistler | Royal Ontario Museum

 

138. Reykjavik | Iceland

Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik. (Credit: Reykjavik)

Average Temperature: 11°C (52°F)

Notable Locations: Go swimming in Reykjavik | Reykjavik Sightseeing

 

139. Athens | Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece. (Credit: Athens)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)

Notable Locations: National Garden | National Archaeological Museum

 

140. Jakarta | Indonesia

Indonesia officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik Indonesia [rɛpublik ɪndonesia]), is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country located mainly in Southeast Asia with some territories in Oceania. Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, it is the world's largest island country, with more than thirteen thousand islands. (Credit: Jakarta)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: Freedom Museum | Fantasy Land

 

141. Waikiki | Honolulu United States

Waikīkī is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oʻahu, in Hawaii, United States. Waikiki's most famous for Waikīkī Beach, but it is just one of five beaches in the district, the other four being Kuhio Beach, Gray's Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach and Kahanamoku Beach.

Waikīkī is home to public places including Kapiʻolani Park, Fort DeRussy, Kahanamoku Lagoon, Kūhiō Beach Park, and Ala Wai Harbor. (Credit: Waikiki)

Average Temperature: 77.6°F

Notable Locations: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City | Deluxe Combo ~ Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and Circle Island

 

142. Mumbai | India

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India ..... Maharashtra State with Bombay as its capital was formed with the merger of ..... Despite competition from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, Mumbai has carved a niche for itself in the information technology industry. (Credit: Mumbai)

Average Temperature: 30°C (86°F)

Notable Locations: Juhu Beach | Gateway and Hotel Taj

 

143. Bangkok | Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. (Credit: Bangkok)

Average Temperature: 31°C (87°F)

Notable Locations: Phuket Fiesta | Pattaya

 

144. Marrakech | Morocco

Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. (Credit: Marrakech)

Average Temperature: 29°C (84°F)

Notable Locations: Bahia Palace | Djemaa el-Fna

 

145. Nuuk | Greenland

Every day, all year round, people travel to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, and make this town the busiest in Greenland. Nuuk is also the largest town in Greenland. With more than 17,000 citizens per 2016, the town has a lot to offer and actually feels like a small metropol.  (Credit: Nuuk)

Average Temperature: 8°C (46°F)

Notable Locations: The modern Capital of Greenland Nuuk | Hiking in Nuuk in West Greenland

 

146. Beijing | China

Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.  (Credit: Beijing)

Average Temperature: 27°C (81°F)

Notable Locations: Great Wall of China | Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

 

147. Juneau | Alaska

Nestled inside a lush rainforest, the combination of pebbled beaches, quiet waterways and glaciated mountains of Juneau, effortlessly lure in visitors by the boatload or air every year. As an established local company in the business of wilderness, wildlife and city tours, our excursions are quite possibly the best in town.  (Credit: Juneau)

Average Temperature: 28.2°F

Notable Locations: Juneau Whale Watch | Dolphin Jet Boat Tours

 

148. Mexico City | America

Mexico City, commonly known as D.F. (Distrito Federal) is the largest city in the world by population. Blending Hispanic and indigenous culture, the entire city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... Mexico's iconically-eyebrowed artist has her own museum in D.F., in the house where she was born and where she died. (Credit: Mexico City)

Average Temperature: 18°C (64°F)

Notable Locations: Teotihuacan Pyramids and Shrine of Guadalupe | Folkloric Ballet in Mexico City

 

149. Moscow | Russia

If you are looking for an incredible vacation in Russia full of discoveries and memorable impressions, we are here to offer you our handpicked tours and excursions specially designed to bring out the best in the country of innumerable merits.  (Credit: Moscow)

Average Temperature: 19°C (65°F)

Notable Locations: Full Kremlin Tour | Vladimir - Suzdal

 

150. Tenryū-ji bamboo forest | Japan

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

If you’ve been planning a trip to Kyoto, you’ve probably seen pictures of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – along with the torii tunnels of Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji Temple, it’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. (Credit: Tenryū-ji bamboo forest)

Average Temperature: 36°C (100°F)

Notable Locations: Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine | Arashiyama Benkei ryokan

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