Best 250 Travel Destinations of the World (according to Gary) — Installment 34 — #71-75

                  From wonderful European sights to a “Turkish delight” to one of America’s most patriotic places, this assemblage surely ranks high among the world’s best travel destinations.

                  75.  Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany — The model for Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland and one of the most fanciful and enchanting buildings in the world, Neuschwanstein is the unfinished masterpiece of “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This white castle with numerous pointed towers defies imagination both inside and out.                       


            74.  Amalfi Coast & Capri, Italy — One of the world’s most dramatic and spectacular drives can be found on the western coast of Italy, just below the Bay of Naples. Amalfi Drive is certainly a challenge to negotiate in a car but the breathtaking scenery and the lovely villages which cling to the cliffs are the worth the risk. Be sure to stop in places like, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello along the way.  Then take a ferry to the Isle of Capri to get a glimpse of this beautiful island.                   

I Faraglioni, Isle of Capri

            73.  Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia — Imagine a perfectly preserved walled, medieval city with buildings of light stone and orange tile roofs. You’ve come to Dubrovnik, the gem of the Adriatic coast. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and wander on the marble-paved squares to appreciate this wonderful place. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website). Head north, up the coast, to visit other delightful Croatian towns such as Split (Walking Tour available for purchase on website) and Trogir (Walking Tour available for purchase on website).

            72.  Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, South Dakota — There is no more thrilling sight for an American than to walk to the observation area at Mount Rushmore and see the monumental sculptures of the four presidents (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt) for the first time. The entire Black Hills area of South Dakota is loaded with fun and interesting places to visit.                       

Mount Rushmore

            71.  Cappadocia, Turkey — Here visitors will find one of the most unusual examples of human habitation in the world. Resourceful people, first the Hittites in about 2000 BC and later Christians, hiding from Arab raiders, have hollowed out apartments from the volcanic mud-ash rock. These rocks are known as Fairy Chimneys because they are conical in shape and because the hard stone at the top of the cone prevents the erosion of the softer tuff underneath. Inhabitants have chiseled furniture from the stone as well.

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