THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK. Iceland. Þingvellir National Park (or Thingvellir) is a protected national shrine for Icelanders. It’s the most important cultural heritage site in the country, as the site of the General Assembly for 850 years, and dates back to 930 AD. History, nature, and spectacular scenery converge in breathtaking beauty throughout Þingvellir.
MONGOLIA While Mongolia has invested heavily in new infrastructure around the capital in Ulan Bator, the country still boasts a large nomadic farming population and huge tracts of undeveloped plains. Snow-capped mountains, dramatic gorges, and numerous Buddhist temples all add to Mongolia's appeal. Insider Tip: Intrepid Travel offers a 15-day Wild Mongolia tour, which includes homestays and trips to monasteries and volcanic peaks.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos archipelago & it's surrounding waters are a national park a biological marine preserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area's raw beauty & abundance of unique species, like the giant tortoise, make it a nature lover's dream.
The underwater ruins at Kekova, Turkey. A submerged port dating back to the 5th century BC was buried by a series of earthquakes over the years. Through the gorgeous turquoise waters, you can clearly see the remains of building and staircases to nowhere. You can even snorkel through the ruins! Added to bucket list!!!