Millions of people take vacations or holidays every year. While many make plans to visit favorite locations, others compile a bucket list depicting adventures they want to experience. There are numerous destinations around the world that fulfill the need.

1) The Grand Canyon – Arizona

The canyon spans approximately 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and one mile deep. The immense cavities took billions of years to form and feature a variety of colors that represent different geological formations and eras. Guests gaze in awe at the natural wonder at the North or South rim. Guided tours take visitors to the bottom of the canyon. River raft trips are another way to experience the canyon.

2) Vatican City – Rome, Italy

The small, independent state encompasses 0.17 square miles and has a population of approximately 1,000. The location is home to the Pope, the Apostolic palace and breath-taking gardens. However, Vatican City is also renowned for St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Visitors have the rare opportunity to gaze upon the masterful works of famous artists that include Michelangelo and Raphael.

3) Machu Picchu – Peru

The ancient Incan city stands 7,000 feet above sea level and overlooks the Urubamba Valley. Researchers believe that 1,200 people once lived here. However, others believe the location was a retreat for rulers. The structures found on the mountain represent the agricultural, religious, and urban aspects of the city. Guides offer tours that include hiking paths up to the summit. The treks vary in distance and difficulty.

4) Namibia – Africa

Namibia is a country along the southwestern coast of Africa. The Namib Desert is the oldest on the planet and provides the chance to experience amazing adventures. Visit the Etosha National Park, which is known for safaris that enable guests to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and many other mammals in their natural habitat.

5) The Appalachian Trail – Eastern U.S.

The trail spans 2,192 miles and journeys through 14 states. Hike for a day, a week, or trek the entire length. See and smell the wildflowers in spring or the colorful array of turning leaves during the fall. Enjoy the lush forests. Gaze in awe over the mountain vistas. Greet other hikers along the way. 

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