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  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    A new book, showcasing the best travel photography from publisher Rough Guides, gives a glimpse of some of the world's most amazing places. Here are just 15 of the best images from "<a href="http://www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/Earthbound.aspx" target="external">Earthbound: a Rough Guide to the World in Pictures</a>," highlighting some places to escape from daily life. We start in the northwest corner of Colorado and the picturesque Yampa and Green River canyons in Dinosaur National Monument. Breathtaking.
    Christian Williams; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Beachy Head, Sussex, England: The stretch of coast that borders Sussex is one of the country's most iconic, its chalk uplands cut by the sea in a sequence of splendid cliffs. The most spectacular of all, Beachy Head, is 575 feet high with a diminutive-looking lighthouse but no beach.
    Tim Draper; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Rocamadour, France: Take a ride in a hot-air balloon to be treated to panoramic views of one of France's most stunning regions. Trips typically last an hour and depart in the early morning or late afternoon when the winds have died down. The balloon soars silently over sprawling meadows, oak forest valleys, majestic chateaux and honey-stone villages.
    Jean-Christophe Godet; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Varadero, Cuba: The golden carpet of fine sand bathed by placid emerald-green waters is almost the perfect vision of a tropical paradise. Indeed, before the revolution, this was one of the most renowned, modern and hedonistic holiday spots in the Caribbean.
    Lydia Evans; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Wadi Rum, Jordan: You shouldn't leave Jordan without visiting the incredible desert moonscape of Wadi Rum -- once the haunt of Lawrence of Arabia -- south of the Shara mountains. This rocky landscape has been weathered over millennia into bulbous domes and weird ridges and textures.
    Jean-Christophe Godet; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Istanbul, Turkey: The Yerebatan Sarnici or "Sunken Cistern" is one of several such underground structures in Istanbul. This cavernous space was supplied by aqueducts with water from the Belgrade Forest.
    Roger d'Olivere Mapp; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    California: The heyday of Route 66 as the nation's premier cross-country route -- winding from Chicago to Los Angeles -- lasted barely 20 years from its paving in 1937 until it began to be superseded by freeways in 1957. It was officially rendered defunct in 1984, when Williams, Ariz., became the last town to be bypassed. Nonetheless, substantial stretches of the original Route 66 survive, complete with motels and drive-ins.
    Paul Whitfield; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    London: It's the fittings -- the dark wood, frosted windows and shining brass, the band pumps and spirits standing to attention at the bar -- that define the classic pub. But it's the customers who create the atmosphere. Many London pubs started in the 1830s as beer houses, their opening encouraged by a government keen to wean the working classes off gin.
    Roger d'Olivere Mapp; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Pelican Bar, Jamaica: The island's south coast offers varied pleasures from gentle beach action to boat safaris in search of crocodiles and manatees. In the secluded fishing village of Parottee, visitors slowly arrive to explore nearby swamplands, go bird watching and take boat tours to Pelican Bar -- a ramshackle bird's nest of a bar built on stilts in the middle of the sea.
    Polly Thomas; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Los Angeles: The thrill rides at Knott's Berry Farm go some way to restoring antique notions of what amusement parks used to be like. The park was born during the Great Depression, when people lined up for fried chicken dinners. To amuse children, a ghost town was built. Today, there are plenty of terrifying rides.
    Demetrio Carrasco; Rough Guides/Axiom
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    Petra, Jordan: Ever since a western adventurer stumbled on the site of Petra in 1812, it has fired imaginations, its grandeur and dramatic setting pushing it into the realms of legend.
    Jean-Christophe Godet; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Matzu Ferry, Taiwan: These days, guarding the shores of the Matzu Islands, just 10 miles off the coast of China, can be a little lacking in excitement. Soldiers here can be seen snoozing or having their picture taken by gawking tourists.
    Brice Minnigh; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Places to Get Away from it All

    Lebua, Bangkok, Thailand: Bangkok boasts an astonishing 50,000 places to eat, ranging from grubby street-side noodle shops to the most elegant of restaurants. But nothing quite beats the view from the rooftop Sky Bar at the Lebua hotel with its 360-degree views and pricey drinks.
    Karen Trist; Rough Guides/Axiom
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    Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu, India: One of South India's holiest pilgrimage sites, the temple is distinctive for its corridors. They are an extreme 672 feet long and flanked by 1,212 massive pillars, giving a remarkable impression of receding perspective.
    Tim Draper; Rough Guides/Axiom
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    Huacachina, Peru: In the northern reaches of the Atacama -- the most arid desert on Earth -- the lagoon at Huacachina appears like a mirage. An oasis of palm trees and blow-the-budget hotels, it lies hidden among massive sand dunes. The panorama from the top of the dunes is stupendous, but for the same views with added adrenaline, hit the sand on a dune buggy.
    Tim Draper; Rough Guides/Axiom
  • 15 Most Eye-Popping Places on Earth

    <a href="http://www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/Earthbound.aspx" target="external">"Earthbound: a Rough Guide to the World in Pictures"</a> showcases the best travel photography from publisher Rough Guides and costs $30.
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