Crofton Waterfront on Vancouver Island

Photograph by Jocelyn A.

1. Crofton Waterfront on Vancouver Island
Very blessed to wake up to this sunrise. Grabbed my camera and ran out into the street in my housecoat and slippers. Saltspring Island was a flood of pink, and the water was shimmering with color. It was a rare morning—so glad I caught it.

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Tulum, Mexico

Photograph by Miriam A.

2. Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a Mayan settlement that flourished from 1200 A.D. until the arrival of the Spanish. Located just 120 kilometers south of the popular beach resort of Cancun, the Tulum ruins are the third-most-visited archaeological site.

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Singkawang, West Kalimantan

3. Singkawang, West Kalimantan
This is the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen during all of my travels. Everything was golden. I was completely breathless. Every time I see this picture, I feel overwhelming peace and the realization that the universe is so much bigger than any of my problems...and that everything will be just fine.

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Maui, Hawaii

Photograph by Eve H.

4. Maui, Hawaii
Big waves—the picture speaks for itself. Imagine that guy is near 6 feet tall and figure out the size of the wave he is on!

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Doolin, Ireland

Photograph by Melody A.

5. Doolin, Ireland
While driving through Ireland, I came across this abandoned castle. The picture I captured has become the place I mentally go to when I need a break from the rest of the world.

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Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Photograph by Jessy Z.

6. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
This picture depicts trees standing above a large gorge, and it reminds me of the wildness of the outback.

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Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Photograph by Jaclyn S.

7. Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
While this day was pretty cloudy, I felt God opened up the sky and smiled just for me.

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Ogunquit, Maine

Photograph by Kim Marie S.

8. Ogunquit, Maine
This breathtaking photo of the beautiful Maine coast was taken on one of our girls' getaways.

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Samoa

Photograph by Giovanni R.

9. Samoa
The picture was taken at sunset while the air was still and the ocean a glass slate. I watched in awe of the serenity of a minuscule part of the universe, happy that I could experience a moment of deep inner peace.

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Malibu, California

Photograph by Annie M.

10. Malibu, California
I have always loved this particular drive through Malibu Canyon at the top of Piuma Road is this view! Right here in L.A.—minutes from the insanity—available to everyone.

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Montello, Wisconsin

Photograph by Anna H.

11. Montello, Wisconsin
The entire family rushed out of our summer cottage on Buffalo Lake to take in the view as clouds rolled in to create this dramatic sunset. A great reminder to take a breath and be grateful for the escape from busy city life.

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El Paso, Texas

Photograph by Ray N.

12. El Paso, Texas
On certain stormy, spring nights and cool, summer evenings, this monumental icon overlooking El Paso and Mexico hides in the shadows, while the colors of the sunset break through from behind and give us a small taste of the peace that was bestowed upon us so long ago.

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St. Louis, Missouri

Photograph by Lori C.

13. St. Louis, Missouri
It doesn't matter how hot it may be, I just love sunflowers.

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Lake Tahoe, California

Photograph by Heidi B.

14. Lake Tahoe, California
Nothing better than waking up to a sunrise on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Photograph by Becky B.

15. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
This was the perfect spot for a picnic.

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Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

Photograph by Bennette B.

16. Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
This place isn't fully developed yet, but it's such a breathtaking place to see. My country is very lucky to have so many of these natural spots.

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Morocco

Photograph by Valerie N.

17. Morocco
Away from the others, only the sound of the wind and my breath accompanied me. The setting sun warmed the sand to a beautiful golden color. Beauty and peacefulness surrounded me.

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18. 20 Books for the Armchair Traveler
Ready to get away? Whether you're taking a vacation around the world or just wish you could, these books will take you on an adventure without your feet ever leaving the ground.

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