#1 Iya Valley, Japan
The Iya Valley is a remote, mountainous valley in western Tokushima Prefecture. Located deep in the heart of Shikoku Island, the secluded valley is characterized by steep mountain slopes & deep rocky gorges which were traditionally crossed by vine bridges. Three of the vine bridges, Iya Kazurabashi & the Oku-Iya Kazurabashi bridges, are maintained to this day & remain some of the most popular attractions of the area. Iya is also well known for its hot springs and outdoor activities.
#2 Tel Aviv, Israel
A youthful, modern metropolis with a diverse population, Tel Aviv dates back only to 1909. Clubs, bars, a thriving arts community & beaches attract artists, musicians & young professionals to Tel Aviv’s more secular scene. Its UNESCO-designated Bauhaus architecture has won the city the moniker “The White City.” Walk, drive or catch cabs between the cultural exhibition pavilions of Haaretz Museum, historic Independence Hall Museum, bustling Carmel Market and Old Jaffa’s boardwalk.
#3 Greenville, South Carolina
Forbes Magazine calls one of America’s Best Downtowns. Featuring a one-of-a-kind “floating” suspension bridge & set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville boasts a thriving arts scene, hundreds of restaurants, shops & boutiques, popular annual festivals, numerous historic sites & museums housing significant art collections. Excellent interstate service & a user-friendly international airport make access easy.
#4 Marrakesh, Morocco
Brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, & mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards & snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques (taking note that, unless you are Muslim, you are not allowed to enter).
#5 Iguazú Falls, Argentina and Brazil
The Iguazu Falls, are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones & the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.
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