Douro Valley, Portugal

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The Douro valley was once only known for producing port and Mateus – the party staple of the 1970s. Today, this beautiful area along and around the river Douro, which flows from Porto, is one of the best destinations for a quick weekend break in Europe, with vast vineyards, pleasant people, a stunning landscape and chic hotels.

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Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona, United States

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Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado river.

Located in the United States between Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is surrounded by magnificent Navajo sandstone canyon walls in bright oranges, reds, and whites. These striking colors contrast beautifully with Lake Powell’s blue-green waters.

Lake Powell is a sprawling, winding lake, and is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. The lake was made when Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the early 1960s, flooding Glen Canyon.

The lake, along with Horseshoe Bend and the notable Rainbow Bridge National Monument rock formation, is now part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Visitors to the lake can tour its waters via boat rental or guided tour. Tour operators and lodging can be found in the nearby town of Page in Arizona.

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Lünersee , Austria

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The Lünersee is situated in the Brandnertal region in Austria. It lays at a height of 1970 metres and can be easily reached with the Lünersee cable car.

This alpine lake is one of the biggest storage lakes in Vorarlberg. In 1958 a dam raised the water level by 27m, creating a reservoir to supply the power plants of Lünersee.

It’s possible to take a walk around the lake, walking time is approx. 2 hours. This is a easy walk with 150 m altitude variation.

Location: Brand, Austria.

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Jura, France

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Concealed by Alpine peaks and rolling, wooded hills, Jura—France’s smallest wine region—has long been shielded from the swarms that descend upon Burgundy to the west and Switzerland to the east. But in recent years, the Jura’s highly idiosyncratic, oxidative wines have generated explosive interest, with bottles making regular appearances on sommelier lists at U.S. restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and the French Laundry. Thanks to the newfound attention, the secret of Franche-Comté’s remote gem—a medieval-era region perfect for gourmands and nature-lovers—is out at last. Oenophiles will want to visit buzzy vineyards like Domaine André & Mirielle Tissot; co-owner Stéphane Tissot is a dynamic, progressive vintner who produces one of Jura’s famous sherry-like vin jaunes. Pair them with the Jura’s rich, rustic cuisine and the regional specialty, wheels of raw-milk Comté cheese. Burn off the calories hiking, cycling, or skiing the miles of quiet trails that arc around steep mountain ridges, shimmering lakes, and primordial waterfalls. For lodgings, turn to Les Jardins sur Glantine, a charming B&B that also produces superb natural wines. —Christopher Ross

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Fiordo Di Furore , Italy

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Furore is a typical town on the Amalfi Coast, particularly known for its fjord. The latter consists of a striking recess of the sea, located on the way out of an overhanging valley. This deep cleft in the rock was originally formed by a usually dry stream, the Schiato, which swoops down from the edge of the plateau of Agerola. This location was anciently called Terra Furoris, probably due to the thunderous sea during storms, wedging itself inside the crack.

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Ilulissat Icefjord , Greenland

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Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

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GLACIERS NATIONAL PARK, ARGENTINA

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Glaciers National Park (Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares) is another splendid National Park in Patagonia. Locally known as Austral Andes. It’s located in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, around 50 miles from the city of El Calafate. If you are coming from Chile it is a 5-hour bus ride from Puerto Natales. If you are coming from Buenos Aires it is a 3-hour 20 min plane ride to El Calafate.  Over 30% of the park is covered by ice. This is home to Lake Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina that is nearly 100 miles long!

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