10 Magnificent "Places to See before You Die"

By Driscoll, Molly | The Christian Science Monitor, November 1, 2011 | Go to article overview

10 Magnificent "Places to See before You Die"


Driscoll, Molly, The Christian Science Monitor


Wondering where to go on your next vacation - or just want to read about breathtaking sights from all over the globe? The updated edition of "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" spans the globe to compile a list of inspired destinations for the diehard traveler.

Wondering where to go on your next vacation - or just want to read about breathtaking sights from all over the globe? The updated edition of "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" spans the globe to compile a list of inspired destinations for the diehard traveler.

#10 Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, is now a hotel where guests can stay and enjoy views from battlements as well as a good night's sleep in a four-post bed. Non-guests can also participate in activities at the castle or enjoy a bistro lunch. In the 19th century, the castle served as the residence for the Guinness brewing family; more recently, stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara stayed there while they filmed the 1952 movie "The Quiet Man."

#9 Santorini

The Greek island, which is the rim of a volcano, offers breathtakingly blue ocean, beaches with red and black sand, and ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian ruins. Decide for yourself whether or not - as popular theory has it - the island is actually the lost city of Atlantis.

#8 Parc de Montjuic

The park on top of the Montjuic hill in Barcelona has formal gardens as well as cacti as tall as 20 feet that tower over visitors. Art by 20th-century Catalan surrealist artists is displayed in galleries throughout the park, and there's a theater from the 1920s built as a recreation of a classic Greek performance space.

#7 The North Pole and Svalbard

"1,000 Places" urges readers to go see the North Pole sooner rather than later - after all, who knows what will happen with so much ice melting all over the world? The North Pole, with its cycles of daylight and dimness, and Svalbard, with its unimaginably large icebergs and massive mountains, both also offer possible sightings of polar bears and multiple species of Arctic birds.

#6 Masoala National Park

Masoala National Park in Madagascar is the largest in the country and has lemurs, including a species not found anywhere else on the globe. …

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