Everglades National Park – Florida

Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and is the largest subtropical wetland in the United States. It is located 30 miles west of Miami, Florida and covers an area of 1.5 million acres. Most of the park is protected for wildlife preservation and is accessible to the public but an area near Miami is…

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Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Palace – Spain

This post is a continuation of my previous post on the Alhambra Palace. The Alhambra Palace and the gardens are so spectacular that I wanted to dedicate one post to the palace and a second post to the Alhambra Gardens and the Generalife Palace. The gardens cover a vast amount of space but they are…

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Alhambra Palace – Spain

The Alhambra Palace is a massive complex with multiple sites within the Nasrid Palace. The complex was once a fortress and is made up of several separate buildings with different access point and garden areas. The Alhambra is located west of the city of Granada in Spain. It sits on top of the al-Sabika hill…

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Columbus Lighthouse – Dominican Republic

The Columbus Lighthouse is a massive building shaped like a cross located in the city of Santo Domingo on the island country of the Dominican Republic. This building is not a lighthouse in the traditional sense that is intended to warn approaching ships but it is actually a museum and mausoleum dedicated to the explorer…

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Inti Raymi Festival – Peru

Each year on June 24 (winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) Cusco celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi). The Inti Raymi was established in 1430 and lasted until 1572 when the Spanish prohibited it as they considered it a pagan ceremony but it continued to be celebrated secretly. In 1944, the festivity…

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Liberty Square – Taiwan

Liberty Square is an enormous plaza in Taipei, Taiwan. The plaza covers more than 240,000 square meters and is in the center of four important buildings. On one end of the plaza is the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness and on the opposite end is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The two sides…

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Texas

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are similar to other woodpeckers, they drill holes into trees for food but they are not searching insects like most woodpecker, their food source is the tree sap. They spend most of their time at their sapwells either drilling new holes or licking sap from existing wells. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are mostly black and…

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South Island of New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand is the larger of the two main islands but it has only about one-third of the population. New Zealand’s South Island is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful places. The island is packed with everything an outdoors person could imagine. The island has golden sand beaches,…

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White Cliffs of Dover – United Kingdom

The White Cliffs of Dover are located about 80 miles from London along the English Channel. The cliffs are at the point where the distance between the United Kingdom and France are the closest, a mere 20 miles away. The cliffs are primarily made of chalk giving them the white color. They are approximately 300…

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National Harbor – Maryland

The National Harbor is a mixed-use waterfront development on the Potomac River in Maryland on the outskirts of Washington D.C. The complex covers an area of 300 acres with 1.5 miles of river frontage. It consists of more than 160 shops, 40 restaurants, a casino, full service marina, convention center and multiple options for entertainment…

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Saigon Skydeck – Vietnam

The Saigon Skydeck is located on the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. The Skydeck is all about the view of the city and the surrounding area. The view from the Skydeck during the day gives you a completely different perspective of Ho Chi Minh City…

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Bitexco Financial Tower – Vietnam

The Bitexco Financial Tower (also known as the Lotus Tower) is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. The building stands 262 meters high (68 stories) and houses offices, shops, restaurants and a movie theater. The Bitexco Financial Tower is the second tallest building in Vietnam and is the defining building for the…

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