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Old 07-28-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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1) Tetouan (sp?), Morocco. It was like stepping onto the set of an Indian Jones movie. It was very interesting to see the architecture and experience a Muslim country.
2) Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. The beach is beautiful and we saw lots of amazing wildlife.
3) Toledo, Spain. We stood on a bridge built by the Romans and when our tour guide explained that the bridge predated the Declaration of Independence by about a thousand years it really put history into perspective.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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1) Tetouan (sp?), Morocco. It was like stepping onto the set of an Indian Jones movie. It was very interesting to see the architecture and experience a Muslim country.
2) Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. The beach is beautiful and we saw lots of amazing wildlife.
3) Toledo, Spain. We stood on a bridge built by the Romans and when our tour guide explained that the bridge predated the Declaration of Independence by about a thousand years it really put history into perspective.
Though I wouldn't put it near the top of our most meaningful sites, we too were super impressed with Toledo, Spain.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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Ireland -- so many parts that were memorable to me, just a beautiful country..

The White mountains, New Hampshire. Also gorgeous..

The view from the top of the World trade center, 1994. A clear sky, the view was amazing.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: MN
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-Seeing a redwood forest for the first time

-Seeing the General Sherman tree in Sequoia Natl park (I proposed to my wife at the tree)

-Being at the top of Alyeska ski resort with a foot or two of fresh powder

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Old 07-30-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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Though I wouldn't put it near the top of our most meaningful sites, we too were super impressed with Toledo, Spain.
There wasn't any part of Spain I didn't like, it was the history that fascinated me the most. It was interesting to me how old that bridge was. I did also enjoy the Alhambra.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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-Seeing a redwood forest for the first time

-Seeing the General Sherman tree in Sequoia Natl park (I proposed to my wife at the tree)

-Being at the top of Alyeska ski resort with a foot or two of fresh powder
We lived in Redwood country for a few years: yes, they are spectacular.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Standing under the Christ statue and getting a 360 degree view of Rio de Janeiro.

Sitting on the Arpoador rocks and watching the sun go down over the two mountains at the end of Ipanema beach in Rio.

Watching a mother grizzlie and her three cubs cross the road in Yellowstone.

Driving Highway 1A from Miami to Key West

The area around the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, New Mexico.

Hope I have many opportunities to add to my list later!
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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I agree about Auschwitz, sobering beyond belief.

Chernobyl (Pripyat), Ukraine - For those who don't know, this is the site of one of the world's largest nuclear disasters.
For those who don't know, the two largest nuclear disasters were Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A million people were murdered thru the decades.

A very impressive concentration camp, where you can sober beyond belief, you find in Guantanamo. It even has real inmates!
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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All way up: Climb Kilimanjaro during night and see the sunrise from the summit.

All way down: Dive to the ground of cenote Anchelita, and then look 200 feet up. South of Tulum / Yucatan.

All way inside you: Stay at least a month in a small remote buddhist monastery in Bhutan.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:24 PM
 
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1) Approaching the Colorado Rockies by car for the first time. The moment when we realized those weren't clouds, but lofty mountains was a memory I will treasure until I die.

2) As an adult, driving down Glenwood Canyon, through Grand Junction, and finally coming to stay in Moab, UT. True, this wasn't "one" place, but the experience of weaving through that canyon, only to emerge into the high desert, and then finally being able to spend the night in an awesome, retro, Disney's Cars-style town was just awesome. One of the most fantastic days of my life.

3) Driving the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Cruz to San Francisco. As an easterner, those high cliffs and that winding road can only be compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway, though it really cannot stand up to the drama of speeding high above the mighty Pacific. One day, I hope to do the entire length from Washington to southern California.

CALIFORNIA BONUS!

There are three others that are worth mentioning:

A) Approaching Mt. Shasta from the south. This was my first 'real' volcano, and I'll never forget the sight of it as it hove into view over 100 miles away. It's amazing how, from a distance, the highest Cascades peaks seem to float over the landscape like a white cloud.

B) Visiting Napa Valley for the first time. Victorian Perfection -- that's the only way to the describe the place. I don't even drink and I found the experience of just being there intoxicating.

C) Driving northbound on I-5 around Gorman, CA for the first time. It was a cold winter's day (low 40s, which is pretty cold for that part of the country), and while the lowlands were clear, the mountains were shrouded in fog. That's a very dramatic place to see that kind of weather, with shreds of cloud spilling down those barren, grassy mountains. Great thing to see.
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