5 Eye-Opening Sights You Really Need to See!

Who needs a run-of-the-mill beach vacation? Instead, treat your eyes to these gorgeous and unique destinations

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Four Corners Monument

This landmark offers you the chance to be in four places at one time (because it’s located at the point where the borders of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah all meet). But it’s also a prime spot to catch a dazzling sunset over the mesas.

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Cancun Underwater Museum

Don’t call it a shipwreck: Over 400 original, life-size sculptures have been lined up on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, in collaboration with the Cancun Nautical Association and the National Marine Park, many of the sculptures were inspired by residents of a fishing village near Taylor’s Mexico home. The museum can be viewed from glass-bottomed boats or on a scuba-diving tour.
Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor. Photo: Roberto Díaz A.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Ancient Filipino tribes carved these terraces by hand into the Cordilleras Mountains to create fertile spaces for growing rice. While they’re still farmed today, the terraces also serve as a popular hiking and picnic area for tourists. 

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Cummins Falls

You have to hike a bit to reach this majestic waterfall in Cookeville, Tennessee, but there’s a refreshing swimming hole waiting at the end of the 2.5-mile journey. Bask in the vastness of the 75-foot fall while wading (yes, it’s safe) in its cool waters below. 

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Dambulla Cave Temple

Made up of five underground sanctuaries, this Sri Lankan temple has served as a Buddhist place of worship since the 3rd century BC. Inside each sanctuary, elaborate paintings and sculptures showcase the rich history of religion in South Asia. 


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First Published Mon, 2013-10-07 11:27

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