The USA offers a diversity of unique destinations. From misty forests to rocky mountains, it has something for everyone.

Take a walk on the wild side in Hawaii’s Molokai, where you won’t find any hotels taller than palm trees. Or explore Prague, where bright red trolleys roam its original cobblestone streets.

1. Hong Kong

With soaring skyscrapers, tranquil temples and a food scene that will take you around the globe, Hong Kong packs in plenty of sights. Take a tram to Victoria Peak to enjoy a panorama of the city’s skyline.

Or head to Repulse Bay for a beach day. You can even walk the calming Kowloon Walled City Park that houses interesting artifacts from the city’s past.

2. Machu Picchu

The Lost City of Machu Picchu is Peru’s most iconic archaeological site and a dream destination for travelers. It dazzles visitors with its mesmerizing history and spiritual mystery.

The Temple of the Sun is a must-see at Machu Picchu. It is believed to have served as an astronomical observatory and two times a year its back wall illuminates without casting a shadow.

3. Neelum Valley

Arang Kel is a popular tourist destination that offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is known for its walnut trees, which are a major part of the local economy.

Ratti Gali Lake is a beautiful alpine lake, surrounded by towering mountains and lush green meadows. It is a perfect spot for hiking and camping. The lake is a must-see attraction in Neelum Valley.

4. Batu Caves

Batu Caves are a series of huge caves in limestone cliffs that house temples and Hindu shrines. The most famous attraction is the colossal gold-colored Murugan statue that soars 42.7 meters high.

The caves also host the Thaipusam festival where thousands of devotees fulfill their vows by carrying kavadis. The Ramayana Cave is another highlight, with psychedelic dioramas of scenes from the epic story of Lord Rama.

5. Petra

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World this half carved and half built city is a wonder to behold. It is home to the spectacular Treasury tomb and a monastery among other attractions.

The first thing to do is walk through As-Siq, a mile long mystical corridor that resembles a Utah slot canyon. You might be offered a horse ride by Bedouins here but please don’t give in as it isn’t fair on them.

6. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The emerald bamboo forest of Arashiyama draws both enchanted travelers and Kyoto’s best artisans who handcraft souvenirs using these ringed, smooth stems. It’s just a short tram ride from Kyoto.

Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryu-ji Temple’s unchanged gardens are a must, as is the nearby Rakushisha—the thatched-roof hut once home to haiku poet Mukai Kyorai. However, the bamboo grove can be quite crowded during peak seasons.

7. Great Barrier Reef

With its luminous blues and endless marine life, the Great Barrier Reef is an oceanic treasure. You can scuba dive and snorkel along its coral cays, or view it from above on a scenic flight.

Dive the Heart Reef, which is shaped like a romantic proposal, or swim with dwarf minke whales during their annual migration. You can also spend your days island hopping around secluded tropical islands.

8. Socotra

The UNESCO world heritage site of Socotra is well known for its Dragon Blood Trees and surreal landscapes. This is a paradise for nature lovers who want to explore the unique and diverse flora on one of Earth’s most unspoiled islands.

Although Socotra is part of Yemen, it is a safe destination and far away from the ongoing civil war. This makes it an excellent place for adventurers to visit.

9. Botswana

Botswana is the place to go if you’re looking for a refined safari experience. Bordered by Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, the country is well known for offering travellers a sense of luxury and adventure while experiencing the natural wonders.

Highlights include the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans. It’s also home to some incredible wildlife including herds of elephants.

10. Colosseum

One of the most iconic monuments in Rome, the Colosseum is a must-see attraction for every visitor. The best way to explore the Flavian amphitheater, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is by joining a guided tour.

These tours are not only informative but will help you avoid the overcrowded tourist attractions as well. A complete visit to the Colosseum can take up to an entire day.

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