Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

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Natural Bridges National Monument covers a relatively small area in southeast Utah, close to scenic highway UT 95 between Hanksville and Blanding. It features three huge, stream-carved natural bridges as well as a concentration of Anasazi Indian ruins. The bridges are named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu. A natural bridge is formed through erosion by water flowing in the stream bed of the canyon. During periods of flash floods, particularly, the stream undercuts the walls of rock that separate the meanders of the stream, until the rock wall within the meander is undercut and the meander is cut off.

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Owachomo Bridge

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Owachomo Bridge

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Kachina Bridge at NBNM

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Sipapu Bridge at NBNM

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Bears Ears (near NBNM)

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Bears Ears (near NBNM)

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Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Goreme National Park in Turkey

Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Goreme National Park in Turkey

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Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime with soaring rock formations, uniquely-rippled landscapes, splendid walking trails, mysterious underground cities and rock-cut churches. Millions of years ago violent eruptions of the volcanoes Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan covered the surrounding plateau with tuff. Wind and weather have eroded the soft volcanic rock into hundreds of strangely shaped pillars, cones and fairy chimneys, in colors ranging from pink to green and yellow. Humans have settled in this area since the Bronze Age and have left their own mark on this weird and wacky moonscape by burrowing into the soft volcanic rock to live. The World Heritage property Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia is subject to legal protection in accordance with both the Protection of Cultural and Natural Resources and the National Parks.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is located on the Island of Hawai’i, 96 miles from Kailua-Kona and 30 miles from Hilo. Founded in 1916, the Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.

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Yosemite National Park 2016

Yosemite National Park 2016

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Located in central California, Yosemite National Park was established in 1890. It is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. About 3.8 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley.

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Glass Dome – The National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany

Glass Dome – The National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany

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The current Reichstag dome is a glass dome with a 360 degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape, constructed on top of the rebuilt Reichstag building in Berlin. It was designed by architect Norman Foster and built to symbolize the reunification of Germany. The Reichstag dome, the roof terrace and the German parliament attract visitors from all over the world. The debating chamber of the Bundestag, the German parliament, can be seen down below. A mirrored cone in the center of the dome directs sunlight into the building. The dome is open to the public and can be reached by climbing two steel, spiraling ramps that are reminiscent of a double-helix.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The NMUSAF has one of the world\’s largest collections with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display. The museum draws over 1.3 million visitors each year. Three aircraft hangars and a missile silo make up the museum complex, and a fourth building will open to the public in June 2016. The huge museum has everything from a Wright Brothers 1909 Flyer to a Sopwith Camel (WWI biplane) and the ‘Little Boy’ type atomic bomb (decommissioned and rendered safe for display) dropped on Hiroshima.

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Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

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Capitol Reef National Park is an evocative world of spectacular colored cliffs, hidden arches, massive domes, and deep canyons. It is a place that includes the finest elements of Bryce and Zion Canyons in a less crowded park that can offer a more relaxing experience than either of those more-famous Utah attractions. It is named for a particularly colorful section of the fold where rounded Navajo sandstone forms capitol-like domes and sheer cliffs form a barrier to travel, often referred to as a reef. The park stretches from north-northwest to south-southeast for 70 miles (112 km) and generally narrows in width (east-west) from up to 12 miles (19 km) in the north to as little as 1 mile (1.6 km) near the southern end. It lies along the northwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, where it encompasses about three-fourths of the nearly 100-mile- (160-km-) long Waterpocket Fold.

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Spectacular  Banff Town in National Park in Alberta, Canada

Spectacular Banff Town in National Park in Alberta, Canada

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Banff is a town within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It is the larger of the two towns in this national park. It is located in Alberta\’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 126 km west of Calgary and 58 km east of Lake Louise. This is a town that truly celebrates its heritage, lives and breathes mountain culture and never takes its backyard for granted. You can walk just about anywhere you want to go. Walking is quick, easy and allows for random adventures down to the river, through the forests, up the mountains. And all of these activities are within a 5 – 10 minute walking distance. Biking around town is popular too. There are several shops to rent bicycles.

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Discover Pilanesberg National Park

Discover Pilanesberg National Park

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Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province, South Africa, offers spectacular landscapes ranging around a central lake. The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City. It covers some 55 000 hectare, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater – one of only three such craters in the world. Thanks to an ambitious game translocation programme called Operation Genesis in 1979, involving reserve game-fencing and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, national park, now has in excess of 7 000 animals including 24 of the larger species.

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Hike in Tongariro National Park, NZL

Hike in Tongariro National Park, NZL

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New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is described as one of the best one-day hikes in New Zealand. The Tongariro trek will takes you from alpine meadows to mountain summit with stunning volcanic features along the way, you will walk across a lunar landscape of craters, scattered pumice, active volcanoes, mountain springs, lava flows, emerald lakes, piles of scoria and statue-like mounds of volcanic desert.

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