In our blog last April, we nominated the ten most incredible vistas to see.  Whenever you make up a list like that, you can’t help but think about the ones you left out.

Here are 12 more incredible vistas that rank right up there with the ones we called the 10 best.

  1. Capetown – An amazing city, pretty flat with a huge table mountain as a backdrop. It looks as if a set designer created it.  Then there is the waterfront area with great restaurants and eclectic shops.
  2. Red Square in Moscow – What an incredible emotional feeling to stand anywhere in this immense square and remember the newsreels (when we had newsreels) showing all the tanks and armies parading through. And then on one side is the foreboding looking Kremlin, the seat of Russian power.
  3.  Iguazu Falls – An unbelievable torrent of water flowing over a mile or two of falls in both Brazil and Argentina. There is probably more water you can walk to on the Brazil side but it’s all breathtaking on either side.
  4. Vancouver – A great cosmopolitan city built around a neat harbor with dozens of interesting areas each with their own restaurants and inviting shops; Stanley Park, Granville Island, the on/off trolley buses.
  5. Antarctica Peninsula – It is the 7th continent and totally different than all the rest.  Thousands of friendly penguins and the most fascinating ice sculptures, as well as a variety of sea life and birds.
  6. Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and the spectacular scenery which envelopes you. Looking out the window of the Fairmont Hotel at the beauty of Lake Louise on a clear, blue sky morning is a sight you’ll never forget.
  7. Xian, China and the magnificent army of terra cotta soldiers ready to defend their emperor and their home territory. There is nothing else like it anywhere in the world.
  8. The Fjords in Norway – Each one appears to be a chiseled scoop out of a gorgeous green mountain. They’re piled up like a seven-layer cake, each one more beautiful than the last.
  9. National Parks in Utah – Bryce, Zion and Arches parks are a thrilling experience. Each park is different, beautiful and exciting.  You’ll love each of them in their own way and glad you saw them all.
  10. Machu Picchu, Peru – A centuries old wonder, carved out of a mountain in the most orderly design you can imagine. You feel like you’re walking with the ancients as you climb and descend this huge terraced wonder.
  11. The Dam on the Yangtze River – I couldn’t leave this out. They employed 25,000 people 24/7 to build this fabulous structure. It’s amazing to see the size and scope of this engineering marvel.
  12. The Narrow Gage R.R. – From Durango, Colorado to the ole mining town of Silverton, spectacular scenery climbing up the mountain alongside the San Juan River.

There is so much to see in this world.   One more vista I still want to see – the fabled Northwest Passage that explorers hoped would provide an easy, direct access from Europe to the Pacific Ocean.


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