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Old 11-25-12, 12:39 AM
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Originally Posted by gerald_g View Post
Crater Lake.

two that come to mind.
Crater Lake and the Columbia Gorge are a couple of amazing places I've been to. I'm also lucky enough to have ridden a bike to both.

A co-worker visited North Korea last year. I don't know about amazing, but it sounded fascinating.
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Old 11-25-12, 12:53 AM
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Few miles from Crater Lake between it and Roseburg, is a little water fall (I don't remember the name) It is the greenest most lovely place I have ever been.

The next most amazing is camp 6 at Ohio's Shawnee State Park. Not really amazing, but a lovely campsite among the hemlocks by a small stream. Truly heaven.
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Old 11-25-12, 01:11 AM
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There are too many to list... what has made those places special is the people I have been with and many of my favourite places are in Oregon. The Columbia gorge and the Oregon coast are incredibly beautiful and the company wasn't bad either.

Really amazing was Mt. St. Helens... and beautiful in a barren and blown to hell kind of way.
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Old 11-25-12, 01:39 AM
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- Great Wall of China
-Boundary Waters (Minnesota, USA) / Quetico Wilderness Canoe Area (Ontario, Canada)
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Old 11-25-12, 02:09 AM
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Espana. buncha hot guys. jk. it was beautiful there and I had fun practicing my espanol with my class. The beach was awesome and the buildings were beautiful. We were in Madrid and we went to other places too.

I enjoy the Columbia Gorge and Oregon coast.
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Old 11-25-12, 02:58 AM
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a bunch but the ones that come to mind immediately:
just about anywhere along the kings/kern divide in sequoia/kings canyon national park, california
and the kolob canyon area of zion national park in utah.
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Old 11-25-12, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
A co-worker visited North Korea last year. I don't know about amazing, but it sounded fascinating.
I'm sort of a North Korea junkie (I have a history of morbid fascination with dictatorships), so I found it pretty amazing when I went a few years back. Kim Il Sung's mausoleum in particular was fascinating and bizarre.

I think these are my top two:
- Luxor, Egypt -- riding a bike near the temple of Ramses III at sunset with children running alongside, the best falafel ever made by a guy I befriended there, donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings at dawn
- Beirut -- Amazing food, terrific nightlife, getting frisked by Lebanese soldiers on suspicion of spying, amazing lamb pastries deep in Hezbollah territory (did I mention the food?), getting a ride in an ancient Chevy Caprice over the mountains into Syria
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Iceland and Zion National Park... both took my breath away.

I've been to loads of places all around this earth, from Australia to France to Iceland to the Azores and Finland and many more...

Iceland was just very unusual, cold and volcanic with steam vents everywhere and a very ethereal feel. Sort of a cross between Yellowstone and some odd fairy land.

Zion was magnificently beautiful... intense landscapes that made the Grand Canyon look tame by comparison.

I've seen some incredible stuff underwater too... sand falls in Mexico, huge coral reefs in the Caymans, and massive kelp forests with scores of angle sharks "flying" about a clearing in said forest.

I'd like to say Hawaii, but when I go, I go with certain expectations that Hawaii, while quite wonderful, never seems to fulfill. Kauai was pretty good though.

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Old 11-25-12, 11:36 AM
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The Grand Tetons were simply amazing.


I have several places competing for the second slot; I can't quite pick one.
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Old 11-25-12, 12:44 PM
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Paddling on the Allaghash
Hiking throug the mists in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains - very ethereal
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Old 11-25-12, 04:06 PM
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It's not really the place but more the experience which makes a place amazing.

As i have to choose 2 places only

The amazon river - South America



and

cross-country tracks in Saint-Donat - Quebec - Canada


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Old 11-25-12, 04:28 PM
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The Noatak National Preserve in the Alaskan Arctic and Warren Island in SE Alaska.
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Old 11-25-12, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Venice.

Hong Kong.

Honorable mentions: London, Amsterdam
Venice, Italy is nice, China's version is also good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3kIsFD0an0&feature=plcp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIWa7...hannel&list=UL

Edit:
And yeah, Amsterdam rocks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2bMJY02R8A&feature=plcp

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Old 11-25-12, 05:40 PM
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Flint Michigan,"effen" amazing.
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Old 11-25-12, 05:51 PM
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Iceland is sweet.

The mountains of California rock.
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Old 11-25-12, 06:57 PM
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It's hard to pick only two, there are so many great places to visit...

Let's go with Israel and Belize. And honorable mentions, London and Paris.
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Old 11-25-12, 07:20 PM
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It's hard to pick only two, there are so many great places to visit...

Let's go with Israel and Belize. And honorable mentions, London and Paris.
So I'm assuming you would recommend Belize as a good vacation spot??? Where did you stay in Belize. I've been doing some research on places to stay, and came across some treehouse accomodations. They look like fun.
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Old 11-25-12, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
I'm sort of a North Korea junkie (I have a history of morbid fascination with dictatorships), so I found it pretty amazing when I went a few years back. Kim Il Sung's mausoleum in particular was fascinating and bizarre.

I think these are my top two:
- Luxor, Egypt -- riding a bike near the temple of Ramses III at sunset with children running alongside, the best falafel ever made by a guy I befriended there, donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings at dawn
- Beirut -- Amazing food, terrific nightlife, getting frisked by Lebanese soldiers on suspicion of spying, amazing lamb pastries deep in Hezbollah territory (did I mention the food?), getting a ride in an ancient Chevy Caprice over the mountains into Syria
Wow, was it difficult getting entry into N. Korea??? That would have been an interesting ... and scary trip.
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Old 11-25-12, 07:30 PM
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I was underwhelmed by the Sognefjord in Norway, I was thinking it was so much like Gros Morne in Newfoundland after all the PITA rushing to get there (to the ferry across Sognefjord). But they're both UNESCO world heritage sites and truly amazing. As far as degree of out-of-the-way I'd be surprised if I make it back to Newfoundland but I would love it.
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Hana in Maui and the Cliffs of Mohr in Ireland ... both incredible places.
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
It's not really the place but more the experience which makes a place amazing.

As i have to choose 2 places only

The amazon river - South America



and

cross-country tracks in Saint-Donat - Quebec - Canada


I spent many a good times in the summer at a cottage just outside of Saint Donat ... at the time there was a bakery that made the most amazing fresh beignets ... mmmm
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Old 11-25-12, 08:36 PM
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My first choice is going to be amazing from a natural perspective. Since I'm a woods kind of guy, it has to be Muir Woods, up the mountain a bit away from the tourists.

Second is going to be amazing from a human perspective. Soweto in South Africa. In particular, a little illegal bar (shabeen) where I learned a lesson in humanity from some people who probably won't earn in a lifetime what I earn in a month.
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Old 11-25-12, 09:06 PM
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I'd have to say the Seattle area and my current town. But I've never really had the money to travel. This is about the only semi-amazing place I've been.
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Angkor Wat and Glacier National Park.
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Most surprisingly amazing was the the Taj Mahal. I'm more of a natural scenery type. Buildings don't tend to impress me that much. But when I first saw it my jaw dropped.
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