World's Prettiest Places - Slideshow

By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterApril 18, 2011
By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterApril 18, 2011, at 1:01 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

World's Prettiest Places - Slideshow

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The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is below sea level. Not only do these waters have the largest reef system in the world, but more than 1,500 fish species and about 30 species of dolphins, whales and porpoises call the area home.
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The Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt

The Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt

Many don't realize that this awesome sight of southern Egypt originally had another home. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) disassembled both of Abu Simbel's temples and moved them to a cliff 200 feet above its original spot, to prevent their submersion in a nearby reservoir.
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The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is below sea level. Not only do these waters have the largest reef system in the world, but more than 1,500 fish species and about 30 species of dolphins, whales and porpoises call the area home.
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The Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt

Many don't realize that this awesome sight of southern Egypt originally had another home. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) disassembled both of Abu Simbel's temples and moved them to a cliff 200 feet above its original spot, to prevent their submersion in a nearby reservoir.
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The Palace of Versailles, France

The French King Louis XIII originally built a lodge here as a quiet retreat where he could hunt. His son, Louis XIV, had different intentions for the property. By the late 17th century, the grounds were transformed into an extravagant castle fit for the king and his court.
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Machu Picchu, Peru

This ancient Inca city is made up of approximately 150 buildings, believed to be former baths, homes and temples. It's the most visited spot in all of South America.
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The Great Wall, China

This "Great Wall" of northern China is not continuous. It begins around the northeast Shanhaiguan region, near the Bohai Sea and then stops and starts all the way to the northwest Gobi Desert.
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Grand Canyon, USA

The Grand Canyon is most often divided in two separate sections. The panoramic South Rim is more popular with visitors and has most navigated trails and the more convenient park amenities. But the quieter North Rim has some of the loveliest sights.
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Borobudur, Indonesia

It's hard to believe this beauteous Buddhist monument of central Java was once buried under volcanic ash. But today, more than two million gray stones make up this most-visited site in Indonesia.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

A series of well-marked trails and paths make this comely park easy to behold on foot. You’ll find Plitvice's kaleidoscope waterfalls and lakes in central Croatia, about a two-hour’s drive from Zagreb.
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Taj Mahal, India

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built this masterpiece to honor his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Located in Agra, a city in northern India, the Taj Mahal's sloping domes and romantic background have long been well-known symbols of eternal love and beauty.
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The Northern Lights, Arctic Circle

According to Bob Swanson, weather editor for USA Today, the months of March and September are the best for viewing the gorgeous atmospheric phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. This light display, which usually occurs at night, can also be seen from the skies of Alaska, Canada and Northern Europe.
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Jada A. Graves, Staff Writer

Jada A. Graves is the Careers product manager at U.S. News. You can follow her on Twitter @jada...  Read more

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