The island of Tahiti, the largest in the Windward Group of French Polynesia, is located in the South Pacific and is only an 8 hour flight from Los Angeles. It is also halfway to Australia from Los Angeles and a perfect stop to break up your trip Down Under! Tahiti is known for its black sand beaches, turquoise waters, tropical flowers, lagoons, waterfalls, and over-the-water bungalows! The Islands of French Polynesia consist of five main island groups, or archipelagos, including the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora — all worthy of landing a spot on a bucket list! Boutique line Paul Gauguin Cruises is a fantastic way to experience French Polynesia!
#2: Galapagos Islands
Naturalists and photographers unite! This is the destination for you! Located about 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands is one of the best locations in the world for natural wonders and unique wildlife. The vast number of animal and marine species found only in the Galapagos have fascinated naturalists for many years. Be prepared to see Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos fur seal, Blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, Magnificent frigatebird, Waved albatross, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Ready to visit an outdoor natural history museaum? Start packing for your cruise around the Galapagos Islands!
#3: Canadian Rockies
The jagged, icy mountain peaks, waterfalls, glaciers, glacier-fed turquoise lakes, limestone caves and canyons make the Canadian Rockies a perfect backdrop for outdoor reacreation activities, such as canoeing, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. This picturesque mountain range is located in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Must sees include Japser, Banff, and Lake Louise. Depending on your preference, you can experience the beauty and grandeur of this region by train on the Rocky Mountaineer or by bus with Caravan Tours. Ready to get onboard for a memorable and breathtaking adventure in the Canadian Rockies?
The Scandinavian Peninsula is located in Northern Europe and extends from above the Arctic Circle to the North and Baltic Seas. The three primary countries in the region are Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Finland and Iceland are usually included as part of this region, but Greenland is not. Denmark is known for its Viking heritage, beautiful beaches, royal palaces, and capital city, Copenhagen. The magnificient fiords, awe-inspiring mountains, and wooden churches of Norway make this rural country a definite bucket list destination. Sweden is Scandinavia’s largest country whose coastline is dotted with islands. A Baltic cruise is in my future — How about yours?
#5: Machu Picchu
A World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel located in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best known archaeological sites! This amazing, perplexing wonder was believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for the Inca leaders in the 16th century. Basically unknown until 1911, this terraced mountain top is visited by thousands of travelers each year. The terraced levels of this man-made structure are linked with more than 3,000 stone steps. One of the best ways to experience Machu Picchu is with a group tour. You will certainly want a group to cheer you on as you on as you make the climb!
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