Virginia Lakes: Rugged Beauty in the Hoover Wilderness

Virginia Lakes: Rugged Beauty in the Hoover Wilderness

The terrain of the Virginia Lakes Basin is captivatingly scenic, yet a tad bizarre. Jagged peaks covered in blankets of scree form a barren perimeter around a series of shimmering lakes. The contrast between the alluring blue waters and the inhospitable rocky landscape is striking. Furthermore, some of the mountains have an odd combination of warm colors, with certain peaks containing light red and orange hues. It is certainly a unique environment—and an awesome place to hike.   

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The Pristine Pools of Semuc Champey

The Pristine Pools of Semuc Champey

Deep within the jungles of central Guatemala, a miraculous place awaits for those willing to make the trip: Semuc Champey. Located a few miles from the relatively remote town of Lanquin, this idyllic paradise is well worth the hours you will need to spend in a tightly packed shuttle bus or rental car in order to reach the place. The turquoise pools are undoubtedly one of the most stunning natural wonders I have seen.

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The Moorish Grandeur of Andalucía, Spain

The Moorish Grandeur of Andalucía, Spain

The Moors were North African Muslims who invaded Spain in 711 A.D. and controlled many areas of the Iberian Peninsula for centuries to come. Their legacy and influence is still boldly apparent in many cities throughout Andalucía, including Seville, Granada, and Córdoba. Each of these cities is home to a lavish architectural icon of the Moorish reign: the Alcázar of Seville, the Alhambra of Granada, and the Mezquita of Córdoba. All three of these structures exhibit an incredible amount of ornamental detail and sumptuous aesthetics; each is as much a work of art as it is a historical landmark.

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The Best View in Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome

The Best View in Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome

Florence’s Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or ‘Duomo’ as many call it, is one of the most recognizable structures in all of Europe. And when in Florence, it’s difficult to go anywhere without seeing this behemoth cathedral, either in passing or dominating the city’s skyline. For a time, its dome (Brunelleschi's Dome) was the largest in the world, and it is still the largest dome made out of brick. Given its size and central location, it’s no surprise that the 463 step climb to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome provides the best view in all of Florence. 

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The Best of Copenhagen: 5 Highlights of the Danish Capital

The Best of Copenhagen: 5 Highlights of the Danish Capital

Copenhagen is the bustling metropolitan heart of Denmark. It boasts a high quality of living, environmental consciousness, a rich history, and a thriving city center that is easy to navigate and filled with interesting attractions. It is a very walkable city and one can spend an entire day simply meandering along its pedestrian-friendly streets and signature waterfronts. While aimlessly wandering around a foreign city can be highly rewarding, you will want to make sure you see these five places if you visit Copenhagen.

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4 Stunning Examples of Prague’s Gothic Architecture

4 Stunning Examples of Prague’s Gothic Architecture

Prague’s historic old-world structures are one-of-a-kind. The antiquated gothic architecture is as foreboding as it is beautiful. Dark gray stone, sharp black steeples, and intricate masonry are the hallmarks of these incredible buildings, and their signature Gothic styling is the most “Medieval-looking” thing I have ever seen. Now, the medieval period was not exactly the friendliest era in human history, so perhaps it is fitting that some of Prague’s architectural wonders have a somewhat grim and ominous characteristic to them. They look magnificently impressive yet mysteriously sinister, captivatingly unique yet threateningly dark.

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Malta: Aquatic Gem of the Mediterranean

Malta: Aquatic Gem of the Mediterranean

Malta is by far the smallest country I have ever seen. You can actually see the entire nation from the plane on the flight in. The island’s location has caused it to be a military stronghold throughout history, with occupations by the Romans, Moors, Spanish, French, British, and more. Malta is a prime stomping ground for history buffs, boasting a collection of historical buildings and archaeological ruins that date as far back as 3500 BC (making them among the oldest free-standing man-made structures in the world). But it was not the history that attracted me to Malta…it was the water.

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