See the most breathtaking national parks around the world

The United States may lay claim to the world’s first national park, but it’s far from the only country whose most prized lands are officially protected by the government.

After the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872, the national park concept took hold across America and beyond. Canada founded its first national parks in the 1880s; the idea eventually spread across the Atlantic to Great Britain after World War I, then later to its colonies. Japan and Mexico embraced the concept in the 1930s and dozens of other countries followed suit over the course of the 20th century.

Banff National Park, Canada
Photograph by Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber
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Goreme National Park, Turkey
Photograph by Polina Nagareva
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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Photograph by Michael Melford
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Photograph by Robert Harding
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Photograph by Grant Faint
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See the world’s most beautiful national parks
From ancient rock formations in Australia to towering glaciers in Patagonia, here are 20 of our favorite national parks.
By Erica Jackson Curran

more at National Geographic

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A virtual journey around the world | AirPano

Since 2006 we have been taking photos of the most significant and interesting corners of the Earth. One of the most remarkable results of our work is AirPano project, that we are still engaged in. Around 3,000 panoramas of more than 300 places of the Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions and even panoramas from the stratosphere, are presented on our website. Every week we publish a new virtual tour on the website.

Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Burj Khalifa at night. Dubai, UAE
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Lotus Temple. Delhi, India
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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Dubai, UAE
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A virtual journey around the world
more at AirPano

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Photogenic Villages

For this photo contest we invited you to share photos of the villages that you find the most photogenic… From the iconic small villages in Italy and Western Europe to picturesque villages in South America and Asia.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Dutch Classic IV ” by martinpodt
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Congratulations Runner Up “Once upon a time in Groningen – The Netherlands ” by luigitrevisi
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Congratulations Runner Up “Zaanse Schans House ” by wayneobald
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “Hamnoy sunset ” by RalfvonSamson
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy ” by Patosan
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Photogenic Villages Photo Contest Winners
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Wildlife of the World

In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you “face-to-face” with individual animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play.

From the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, each animal featured in Wildlife of the World plays a key role in its environment. An additional eighty-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom explains the animal groups and profiles additional species.

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Wildlife of the World
ISBN: 1465438041 | DK Publishing

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Travel + Leisure | Photo of the Day

“At Travel + Leisure, we’re always on the lookout for incredible travel photography and the amazing photographers who take them, so we’re excited to offer our readers a way to showcase their work. Send us the best photographs from your travels for a chance to be featured on Travel + Leisure — and maybe even in the magazine.”

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Photo of the Day
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Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands

When you think about the most beautiful places on earth, images of pristine white sand beaches on remote tropical islands often come to mind. And while there are plenty of spectacular beaches on this list of the world’s most beautiful islands, there are other, more unexpected draws as well.

Reunion Island
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Corsica, France
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St. Lucia
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The Maldives
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The Seychelles
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Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands
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Appreciate the majesty of nature; delve into awe-inspiring landscapes, scenes, and urban moments; view scenes of people and cultures from around the world.

Nature, Cities, People. Winners Galleries from National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

First Place, People
Showtime by Huaifeng Li
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First Place, Nature
Tender eyes by Tamara Blazquez Haik
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Second Place, Cities
In the age of aviation by Jassen Todorov
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Honorable Mention, People
Mood by Navin Vatsa
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Third Place, Nature
Dusky dolphins by Scott Portelli
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Nature, Cities, People
Winners Galleries

more at National Geographic

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