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Ten Stunning Scenic Roads in America

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia
  2. Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania & New Jersey
  3. Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi & Tennessee
  4. Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), California
  5. The Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  6. Utah Highway 128, Utah
  7. Beartooth Highway, Montana & Wyoming
  8. Great River Road, St. Louis, Missouri
  9. Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Oregon
  10. Going-to-the-Sun Road, the only road that crosses Glacier National Park, Montana

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Walking on Stars

Photographer Lee Eunyeol constructed elaborate light installations that appear as if the night sky switched positions with the ground, flipping it upside down. It is based around the idea of inverting the night sky. The glowing stars and planets are now nestled inside tall grass and deep between earthen cracks. The results are incredibly unique and thoroughly surreal. The series titled Starry Night generates a mysterious and magical landscape that juxtaposes day with night.

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The Amazing Fly Geyser

Fly Geyser is not a very well known tourist attraction, even to Nevada residents. There is a reason for this: the geyser is on privately owned land and it is not open to the public. Another little known fact about Fly Geyser is that it began as a well. The original well was drilled in 1916 and functioned normally for almost fifty years until nature decided to take over.

In the 1960s, geothermally-heated water found a weak spot in the well’s wall and began escaping to the surface. Dissolved minerals in the water started to accumulate resulting in this incredible natural phenomena seen today. Although Fly Geyer, including its base, is only 12 feet (3.7 m) high, it will continue to grow as long as it continues to spout water.

The beautifully colored geyser, surrounded by small pools and other stunning geological formations is only open to scientists by appointment. We might think the land owner is behaving rather stingy by not sharing this amazing creation of the planet with others. However, there are those who feel that if they owned an actual geologic phenomena, they might keep it to themselves as well.  At least he’s not exploiting the situation by charging people to view it. Now that would be shameful.

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Corso Zundert — Stunning Floats Made Entirely from Flowers

It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty huge floats were displayed through the city as part of Corso Zundert, an annual flower parade where teams of designers and artists compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.

Several floats appearing this year contained movable parts including the winner, Crazy Gold (picture 4), which had 53 moving components. You can see many more of these amazing photos from this parade courtesy of Omroep Brabant.

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The Tibetan Bridge, Claviere, Italy

Walk on the longest Tibetan Bridge in the world above the stunning Italian countryside. As a walking bridge with spaced steps, this bridge is not for the faint of heart. Once you start walking across this bridge, suspended over 30 meters (100 feet) above rocky terrain, make sure you will be able to finish the journey. For lovers of nature and adventure, its a definite item for your bucket list. The scenery from the bridge includes lush greenery, waterfalls, wildlife and flowing streams, all from a spectacular aerial view.

The bridge is suspended over the San Gervasio Gorge (Val di Susa) for almost 470 meters (1,540 feet) and in some places is almost 100 meters (330 feet) deep. The bridge has four ropes and a total of 1440 steel steps. There are a set of three bridges throughout the gorge that go between the towns of Claviere and Cesana Torinese in Italy. A way to travel the Italian countryside in an exciting and novel way.

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The Rock of Guatapé, Colombia

An breath-taking site, La Piedra Del Peñol (The Rock of Guatapé), also known as El Peñol Stone, is a monolithic formation located at the town of Guatapé in Antioquia, Colombia. The incredible rock is composed of quartz, feldspar and mica. In the 1940s, the Colombian government declared it a “National Monument”.

On the northern face of the stone there are large, painted white letters, “G”, and an incomplete “U”. Guatapé and El Peñol had long disputed ownership of the rock, and the residents of Guatapé decided to settle the matter by painting the town’s name on the rock in huge white letters. It did not take long for the residents of El Peñol to notice the work, and a large mob was assembled to stop it. Only the “G” and part of the “U” were completed (picture 4).

A viewing spot was built on top of the rock, where it is possible to acquire handicrafts, postcards, and other local goods. There are a total of 740 steps to the top of the viewing spot.

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