Special Report

Beautiful Places to Visit Instead of Overcrowded Tourist Destinations

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Ouadane, Mauritania

On the edge of an inhospitable desert, the ancient town of Ouadane lies in an oasis full of date palms and ruins from its former hay day as an outpost on the Trans-Saharan salt trade route. The remains of a 15th century mosque containing row upon row of stone arches are one of the most well-preserved parts of Ouadane.

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Nikko, Japan

Away from the bustle of Tokyo, Nikko is a historic town in a peaceful natural setting. Among the sites worth visiting are Cedar Avenue, multiple hot springs and Buddhist temples, and the iconic Lake Chuzenji at the foot of the volcano Mount Nantai.

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The Silfra Fissure, Iceland

One of the top scuba diving sites in the world, the Silfra fissure is a rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Here underwater visibility is prime, with views up to 100 meters (about 330 feet) due to the clear, glacial melt spring water that flows through the fissure.

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Dongchuan Red Soil, China

Rich in iron and copper, the vast terraced agricultural fields of Dongchuan are a palette of colors no matter what the season. Red, orange, and brown soils, golden grains, and green sprouts layer the landscape and provide a dramatic panorama that draws photographers from near and far.

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Yungas Road, Bolivia

Nicknamed Death Road, Yungas Road is known as one of the most dangerous roads on earth. From La Paz, the highest elevation capital city in the world, to the lowlands of Yungas in the Amazon rainforest, the road snakes down the mountains — often with no guard rail — and contains one of the longest stretches of continuous downhill road on earth.