Both history and beauty combined: Whether you’re driving along the Road to Hana, enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the lush coastline from a helicopter or simply relaxing on the island’s honey-colored beaches, you’ll find that Maui is unlike any other tropical destination. Don’t miss a chance to visit Haleakala National Park, home to the world’s largest dormant volcano.
Such a beautiful and lively city combined, with such a cultural background to offer everyone: This metropolis offers more than just a dizzying array of landmarks (e.g., the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge). The Australian city boasts a warm, sunny climate ideal for enjoying Sydney’s long list of seasonal festival and events, not to mention its local beaches like Coogee, Bondi, and Manly.
Would you like to see the history and character available in China? Then take a look here: Hong Kong is a study in contrasts. Alongside its towering skyscrapers and frenzied street markets, there’s the peaceful Nan Lian Garden and the scenic Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. For a mix of both, hop a ferry to Lantau Island, home to a Buddhist monastery, Hong Kong’s longest beach and the territory’s Disneyland outpost.
Possibly the greatest, most historical tourist attraction: A visit to the “lost city of Incas” is not for the faint of heart, but for those who acclimate to the altitude, it’s life-changing. While the four-day hike along the Inca Trail is challenging, arriving at the site during sunrise is well worth it, according to past travelers. If you’re not up for the trek, you can also hop on a tourist train to the mountain base.
Rio de Janeiro
Biblical and historical combined, there is much to see: Christ the Redeemer and the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema provide reason enough to plan a trip to Rio, but there’s much more to the Marvelous City than scenic vistas, tropical rainforests, and cerulean seas. Revel in the sounds of samba in the Lapa neighborhood after strolling along the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa.
Oh, beautiful Italy! So much to see from one city to the next, but this is one of the greatest: The historic city of Florence offers plenty of world-famous attractions, including the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, and Piazza Della Signoria. After appreciating the city’s Renaissance architecture and art, sample some of the region’s delectable Tuscan food and wine at the city’s quaint cafes, gelato shops, and ristorantes.
The British Virgin Islands
Amazing beaches and views, there is much to see along this gorgeous land: If picturesque beaches and warm weather are what you’re after, look no further than the British Virgin Islands. For easy access to Smuggler’s Cove, Brewers Bay and other top-notch BVI beaches, consider booking your hotel room on Tortola, the area’s largest island. Plus, you can easily hop between the smaller islands on a boat tour.
Not what you would expect, but worth a visit: From volcanic mountains to verdant rainforests to stunning shorelines, Costa Rica is one of the best-kept secrets in Central America – but not for long. Explore the beaches along the Nicoya Peninsula before heading to the remote Tortuguero National Park to spot exotic wildlife. Just make sure you plan a visit during the country’s dry season (mid-December to April).
See temples and volcanoes from centuries past: Serene temples and beautiful beaches are the biggest draws to this lush paradise. And we do mean lush – the region’s notoriously soggy wet season is best avoided by planning a visit between April and October. Break up your beach time with a visit to Kintamani, home to a towering (and active) volcano and a large lake.
Great Barrier Reef
The globe’s largest coral reef system – and one of the original Seven Natural Wonders of the World – touts incredible scenery, whether you view it underwater, from the air or by boat. Though plenty of diving and snorkeling spots can be found along Queensland’s coast, to escape the crowds, take an excursion to Hamilton Island.
With its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture adorning top attractions like Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague makes travelers feel like they’re in a fairy tale. Make sure to visit the popular Charles Bridge and touch one of the 30 saint statues for luck.
Home to some of America’s most recognizable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Island, San Francisco has the ability to satisfy outdoorsy types, foodies and curious wanderers of all ages. If you don’t have time to hit all the top spots, a scenic ride on one of the city’s historic cable cars is a must.