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#51 Post by Mike Grammer »

With travel at least starting to be some sort of a possibility again, I don't mind exhuming this old thread. I would probably now substitute the Panorama Trail in Yosemite for Banff, though it'd still be a fistfight. And I still miss Segovia and Cable Beach---a lot

A quick visit to see a friend in Ko Olina reminded me how beautiful even Oahu ;) is, never mind the rest of the Hawaiian islands.
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#52 Post by Mark Y »

4 is impossibly difficult:

- Antarctica cruising the channels with ice all around you
- Galapagos with the sheer volume of endemic animals
- Uganda to trek gorillas
- Kenya/Tanzania various safari sites


Honorable mention:
- Red Sea diving / Egypt history
- various cities that have great culture and food (paris Tokyo pick ur euro city etc)
- Easter island for the remoteness / peacefulness
- Hawaiian islands certain spots also peacefulness
- siem reap and various parts of Indonesia, India, China for the history


Need to go:
- NZ
- Israel / Jordan
- Arctic Ocean
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#53 Post by Rick Allen »

Franconia, Germany - Great beer, interesting history, Tilman Riemenschneider, and generally off the beaten path for Americans
Salzburg, Austria - Incredible scenery, Mozart, possibly the best beer in the world
Arles, France - It probably helped to be there during the Cocarde d'Or (population in period costumes, bull races)
McMinnville, Oregon - I love where I live!

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#54 Post by T Welch »

For sheer beauty:

Yosemite
Grand Tetons
North Shore of Kauai
Banff National Park

For memories: Lake of the Woods, Oregon
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#55 Post by Yao C »

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia
Iya Valley, Shikoku, Japan
Hardangerfjord, Norway
the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Not a tourist island so I'll likely never get to go back: Kudafari island, Maldives
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#56 Post by Michael Martin »

Telluride, CO
Bolzano, Italy
Provence, France
Ravello, Italy

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#57 Post by Andy Steinman »

Burgundy
Salzburg
Amsterdam
Cape Porpoise, Maine

Honorable Mention:

Paris
New Orleans
Vienna
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#58 Post by RyanC »

- Norwegian Fjords - Bergen to Balestrand to the Nærøyfjord and Flam, over a few crystal clear blue sky days, was as close to a religious travel experience as I've had.

- Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Bernese Alps - Every inch of it is perfection.

- Telluride - My favorite spot in the States. Switzerland meets the old west.

- Istanbul - Looking out over the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace is like gazing back through time. Just a remarkable city that oozes history.

Honorable mentions: Paris (barely missed the cut), Kyoto, Ravello, Beaune, Zermatt
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#59 Post by Mike Grammer »

switched my avatar for you, Mark---flightsee over the Southern Alps in NZ. I *loved* NZ but wouldn't be able to pick a single spot there, the whole country was just so amazing. Yao--the Apostles and Alhambra are honourable mentions for me

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#60 Post by Peter Hirsch »

Kyoto
Rome
The last 10 meters before you come through the Sun Gate, Machu Picchu Peru.
Las Vegas (the food and shows and events in LV, then within a 30 minute drive, some incredible hikes)

Honorable mention - Any part of the Amalfi Coast where you can both drink some wine and look at the water...
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#61 Post by Rich Salsano »

Kauai
Zurich
Cinque Terre
Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia

Very tough to only pick 4.
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#62 Post by Ian Sutton »

Botanical gardens, Melbourne, Australia. I really felt at peace here. I think the turtles helped that mood.

Torino, Italy. I'm generally not a fan of big cities, but this is the biggest exception. We've stayed there maybe a dozen times, mostly in apartments. The wonderful selection of food shops, great market (and occasionally very good ad-hoc markets), wonderful enoteche have great appeal, but the transport system is a remarkable, the grid system easy to navigate, and we've found some good places to eat and drink. It's certainly classy, without pushing it in the way Milano felt.

Don't know the name, but a forest in Sweden, maybe 50km north of Stockholm. My partner put a lot of effort into studying mushrooms, and I've enjoyed being the faithful hound going on walks and hunting them out. Generally we're looking just to enjoy looking at them, but as well as lots of interesting inedible mushrooms, the forest was teeming with some absolute favourite eating mushrooms, including two types of chanterelle and plenty of porcini and other boletus mushrooms, plus a remarkable (and very edible) brittlegill mushroom that smells of fish (and is good to put in fish stews etc. Huge thanks to a fellow wine enthusiast for taking us there.

Lago Molveno, Italy. In days gone by I would have had Ravello down in this slot, for the wonderful walking, stunning views, excellent food. Tourism has crept up there over time, and some of the charm has been dulled for us. However in recent years we've found Molveno an excellent replacement. The views have that same way of leaving me just looking out quietly, taking it in with a big smile, the food a bit more hearty (in this the Amalfi coast still wins, though honourable mentions to nearby bottega della bonta for a treasure trove of goodies, plus the slightly psychotically enthusiastic / cheerful butcher in Molveno, who also stocks plenty of other stuff - for me, he was the heart of the village), the walking is at least as steep, but at altitude, so is an excellent workout, with the ski lifts offering a cheat option. Nearby Trento is a star as well, and it's a region we plan to explore more. Oh there's Foradori as well, as their courtyard is a peaceful haven for local birds.
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#63 Post by leslie renaud »

Koror, Palau
Xania, Crete
Homer, AK
Idleyld, OR

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#64 Post by Rob_S »

Cape Town, especially hiking lion's Head mountain at dawn to see the city bowl.

Alhambra palace, Grenada. If you can get there with no tourists, it's the most calm, idyllic, peaceful place on earth.

Ubud Bali, a magical sanctuary in the middle of the jungle with amazing food and hotels.

Ston Easton Park, Bath UK. A grade I listed house my wife and I spent a perfect week at. The area around Bath is bucolic and eases my soul. The house is for sale for £7m and I wish I had the money.
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#65 Post by Kevin Porter »

Penang, Malaysia
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Lake Louise, specifically the Post Hotel
Cruising (under sail) in the BVI
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#66 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

Lake Louise
Taroko Gorge, Taiwan
Svalbard
Near the top of the mountain at Zell am See

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#67 Post by Ryan A »

I was curious if anyone felt Macho Picchu would make the list. Always wanted to go these since learning about it in elementary Spanish class.

No order (obviously 4 makes it very difficult)

Arenal, Costa Rica is an absolute must for anyone that likes adventure; jungle; exploring; activities; unique animals/fauna/etc. Nayara resort was perfect.
-no runner up that I am familiar with

LaGuardia, Spain- a fortress town in wine country (Rioja) with little tourists but with a bodega/tiny winery, store, bakery, etc every 100’.
-Runner up Pamplona & Barcelona

Bordeaux, France- less specificity as the city has everything from some of the largest dunes against the ocean to medieval town of St Emilion, incredible architecture and history and some of the best food and wine we have had anywhere.
-Runner up Avignon FR, Lyon FR and south western France (Eze & Cannes (who knew?)

Lake George, NY camping on the many isolated islands
-runner up Bend Oregon & Telluride, CO
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#68 Post by M.Sysak »

Yellowstone
Fenway Park
Lupo's
Friends lake house Weare NH
M i k e

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#69 Post by Michael O Brien »

Wow! Not easy.
Petra, Jordan
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
Hot air ballooning over the Valley of Kings, the Nile etc. in Luxor, Egypt
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Kevin Porter wrote: November 30th, 2021, 6:35 am Penang, Malaysia
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Lake Louise, specifically the Post Hotel
Cruising (under sail) in the BVI
Andre and George just sold the Post Hotel. Love that place.
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#71 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

Barcelona --- my favorite city in the world. Could happily spend the rest of my life here.
Rome
Paris
Los Angeles
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#72 Post by AndyK »

Bhutan
Paris
Namib Desert
Japan (Tokyo/Kyoto)
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#73 Post by Josh Grossman »

Bolzano/Dolomites, Italy

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Chicago Basin, Colorado

Isle of Skye, Scotland (Can I include Edinburgh in this too?)

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#74 Post by dcornutt »

1. Peru Sacred Valley
2. Burgundy France
3. Paris
4. Masai Mara Kenya OR Sabi Sands in South Africa tie

Honorable mention
San Sebastian, Spain
Italy
Cambodia
Iceland/Faroe Islands
Iguazu Falls - Brazil/Argentina
Victoria Falls/Zambia
Easter Island
New Zealand
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#75 Post by Josh Grossman »

Honorable mention:

Norman's Cay, Bahamas:
https://www.macduffscottages.com/

We sailed the Exumas on a Marine Biology trip. The highlight was sailing at night through bioluminescent algae, a blue hole in Big Major Cay, and Norman's Cay. Norman's Cay was also known as cocaine island and still has some interesting ruins and history from the not too distant past.
http://abnf.co/BAH-Norman%27s%20Cay%20Island.htm

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#76 Post by LoriMcLaughlin »

Porto Ercole
Jordan
Dordogne
Sicily

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#77 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L »

Bora Bora
Algarve
Venice
Lanai
M i c h a e l C r o m w e l l
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#78 Post by Khargadon »

Paris

Amalfi Coast

Bacharach, Germany

Seville, Spain
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#79 Post by Jay Miller »

The Pierre Herme on 72 Rue Bonaparte in Paris - surrounded by the most delicious pastries in the world knowing I'll shortly be eating them in one of the most glorious cities in the world.

The summit of Mount Mizen on Miyajima - just south of Hiroshima. So beautiful. It's totally worth flying halfway around the world, taking a train across most of Japan, taking a ferry, walking, and taking a cable car to the summit. And you even get to see other parts of Japan on the way.

Autumn Leaves almost anywhere in the Northeast US.
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#80 Post by Jeremy Holmes »

Paris
Noosa
Burgundy
San Sebastian
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#81 Post by Alan Rath »

Yosemite
Burgundy
17 Mile Drive
Cotswolds
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#82 Post by LMD Ermitaño »

Castilla y León
Tuscany
the Loire
Côte d’Or
Luis Manuel Debuque Monreal Ermitaño

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#83 Post by Doug Lee »

Philosopher’s Walk, Kyoto

Te Mata Peak, Hawk’s Bay, NZ

The Ocean Road, Melbourne

St Remy de Provence

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#84 Post by Mike Grammer »

Jeremy Holmes wrote: December 8th, 2021, 6:01 pm Paris
Noosa
Burgundy
San Sebastian
Noosa--lovely, lovely Noosa. You know, I got to drive through there and then get over to Long Island in the Whitsundays over the course of a couple days. Magical.

Lots of other swoonful answers here :)
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