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  • Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah, USA

    Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah, USA

    Last modified: one month ago

    Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which actually is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. The park covers 145 square-km (35,835 acres; 55.992 sq mi; 14,502 ha).

  • Goblin Valley State Park - Utah, USA

    Goblin Valley State Park - Utah, USA

    Last modified: one month ago

    The eminent feature of Goblin Valley State Park is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, referred to locally as "goblins", which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters. The distinct shapes of these rocks come from an erosion-resistant layer of rock atop softer sandstone. Along with Bryce Canyon National Park some 190 miles to the southwest, Goblin Valley State Park is one location with some of the highest occurrences of hoodoos in the world.

  • Zion National Park - Utah, USA

    Zion National Park - Utah, USA

    Last modified: 3 months ago

    Zion National Park is located near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 590 square-km (229 square-mile) park is Zion Canyon, which is 24 km (15 miles) long and up to 800 m (half a mile) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.

  • Arches National Park - Utah, USA

    Arches National Park - Utah, USA

    Last modified: 4 months ago

    Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah, 6 km (4 miles) north of Moab. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park consists of 310.31 sq km (76,679 acres; 119.811 sq mi) of high desert located in the Colorado Plateau.

  • Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP

    Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP

    Last modified: 5 months ago

    Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau.
    Dead Horse Point State Park features a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

  • Salt Lake City - Utah, USA

    Salt Lake City - Utah, USA

    Last modified: 6 months ago

    Salt Lake City is the capital of the U.S. state of Utah, with a population about of 190,000. The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, and other followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who were seeking to escape religious persecution. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named "Great Salt Lake City". The city is headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

  • Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, USA

    Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, USA

    Last modified: 6 months ago

    Yellowstone National Park is located in the U.S. states of Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%), and Idaho (1%). Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 8,983 square km comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism.

  • Eguisheim - Alsace, France

    Eguisheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 7 months ago

    Eguisheim is a village in Alsace in north-eastern France. Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Since 1985, this passion has been rewarded with the "4-flower" rating of France's National Floral Award. In May 2013 it was voted the "Village préféré des Français" (Favorite French Village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout France. The village is also a member of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" (The most beautiful villages of France).

  • Riquewihr - Alsace, France

    Riquewihr - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 8 months ago

    Riquewihr is a medieval town right in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, classified among the "Most Beautiful Villages in France". The town has prospered over the centuries, especially during the 16th century, thanks to its vineyards and to its wine trade for which it was famous throughout Europe. The fortified town of Riquewihr is protected by twin walls, The old town retains a very dense urban fabric: houses erected in the 15th to the 18th centuries provide an exceptional wealth of architecture. The town spread beyond the ramparts during the second half of the 19th century.

  • Kaysersberg - Alsace, France

    Kaysersberg - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 8 months ago

    Kaysersberg (pop. 2,700) is a gorgeous fortified town on the Alsatian wine route, in north-eastern France. The high fortress that dominates the town serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its warlike past. Together with the rest of Alsace-Lorraine, Kaysersberg was part of Germany during the period between the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War. Kaysersberg is one of the finest wine growing areas in Alsace. The first vines were brought here in the 16th century from Hungary, and wine production is still an important aspect of the town's economy today.

  • Ribeauvillé - Alsace, France

    Ribeauvillé - Alsace, France

    Last modified: one year ago

    Ribeauvillé is a picturesque town in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine in north-eastern France. Ribeauvillé is in part surrounded by ancient walls, and has many picturesque medieval houses, and two old churches, both fine Gothic buildings. Near the town are the ruins of three famous castles, Saint-Ulrich, Girsberg and Haut-Ribeaupierre, which formerly belonged to the lords of Ribeaupierre (or Rappoltstein).

  • Bergheim - Alsace, France

    Bergheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: one year ago

    Bergheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is a completely fortified town and has magnificent towers and walls. The entire population was wiped out by two wars and the plague in the 17th-18th centuries. To replace the population, thousands of people from other countries were invited to immigrate to Bergheim. The majority of people who immigrated at that time were Swiss, German, Hungarian, Austrian, or Romanian.

  • Open Air Museum of Alsace

    Open Air Museum of Alsace

    Last modified: one year ago

    The Heritage Museum in Alsace (Ecomusée) is a replica of an ancient village out of the early 20th Century. The museum is made up of 70 authentic rural houses, dismantled bit by bit in their original villages where they were going to be destroyed. It is one of the largest in Europe, covering 100 hectares of village, fields and forest.

  • Colmar Old Town - Alsace, France

    Colmar Old Town - Alsace, France

    Last modified: one year ago

    Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town. Colmar was founded in the 9th century, and is mentioned in a text dated 823. Colmar was granted the status of a free imperial city by Emperor Frederick II in 1226.

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

    Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

    Last modified: one year ago

    Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, in the Vosges mountains. It is situated in a strategic location on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain; as a result it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) when it was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the behest of the German emperor Wilhelm II. Today it is a major tourist site, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year.

  • Turckheim - Alsace, France

    Turckheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: one year ago

    Turckheim, located in Alsace, is a village known for its Gewürztraminer wines, traditional Alsatian cuisine, and stunning surrounding scenery. It is probably most well known for its surrounding medieval wall. The wall has three gates, or portes: The Munster Gate, The Gate of the Brand, and the Gate of France, through which lies the railway station and the roads to Colmar. These three portals help distinguish the village from the majority of Alsatian towns by lending it a unique character. Turckheim boasts a particularly quaint and well-kept city. Few of its early Renaissance buildings were destroyed in the numerous wars which have swept through Alsace and Moselle, therefore it is a popular for tourists interested in the Alsatian building style typified by half-timbered homes, varied pastel wall colorings, and flowers.

  • Austrian Scenery III

    Austrian Scenery III

    Last modified: one year ago

  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    The Serengeti National Park lies in northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The park covers 14,750 sq-km of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. It is famous for its annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. In addition, the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the Big Five (Masai lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, Eastern black rhinoceros, African buffalo). This park also supports many other species, including Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, waterbuck, spotted hyena, baboon, impala, and Masai giraffe. It also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostriches, secretary bird, kori bustards, marabou storks, martial eagles, and many species of vultures.

  • Ndutu Area - Ngorongoro, Tanzania

    Ndutu Area - Ngorongoro, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Ndutu area is situated in the west of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes is extremely saline (also called soda lakes), too saline for human consumption. From November to May, migratory herds visit the Ndutu area, and provide a feast for the resident predators. Huge numbers of migratory birds come to eat the abundant insects of the plains and to escape the cold European winter. The lakes attract flocks of flamingos and other water birds.

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