November 17, 2010 09:29 ET Uncovers Its Top 10 Geographical Wonders

Features Places of True Beauty and Awe Around the World

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) -, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, shares with you some of the most beautiful places in the world with its list of Top 10 Geographical Wonders created in honor of Geography Awareness Week. Let this list guide you to discover some of Mother Nature's truly amazing creations. The descriptions alone are enough to give you the travel bug and may be just the impetus you need to plan the trip of a lifetime to one of these gems.

Below are five sites of wonderment to make the list:

  • Ayers Rock -- This is one geographical wonder that has a lot of monikers. Most people know it as Ayers Rock, but its sacred name, according to the Aboriginal people, is Uluru, so some refer to it as the Living Rock. Whatever you call it, this sandstone outcrop southwest of Alice Springs deep in the Australian Outback is famous not only for its breathtaking appearance, but also its springs, water holds, rock caves and ancient paintings. It's listed twice as a World Heritage Site (once for its beauty and once for its paintings) and seems to change color by day or season. Getting here is no small feat -- search and compare cheap flights to Conellan Airport and go from there.

  • Iguazu Falls -- The height of a 24-story building, Iguazu Falls stretches along a two-mile rim that straddles Argentina and Brazil. Each side has its claim to fame: Argentina's offers varied close-up views, and Brazil's view is best for stunning panoramic images. Search and compare cheap flights to Puerto Iguazu (IGR) on the Argentinean side and Foz do Iguacu (IGU) on the Brazilian side.

  • Grand Canyon -- Usually attached to the phrase "pictures don't do it justice," this gigantic feature has been carved out by the Colorado River for millions of years. It rolls through the desert for 277 miles and is 18 miles wide and a little less than a mile deep. Sixteenth-century Native Americans referred to the Grand Canyon in the Hopi language as the "Ongtupqa," which designated it as a holy site and a place of pilgrimage. It's a road trip from either Phoenix or Las Vegas and can also be accessed through Flagstaff airport.

  • Great Barrier Reef -- The world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef is made up of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretch over 1,600 miles on the northeastern coast of Australia. It is home to an enormous amount of biological diversity with a huge variety of both plants and animals. The Great Barrier Reef is therefore an environmental treasure yet still perfect for adventurous travelers to scuba dive and snorkel. Search and compare cheap flights to Cairns for the easiest access.

  • Paricutin Volcano -- Apparently, this is the volcano that came from nowhere. In 1943, a farmer's cornfield in Mexico opened from the ground and began to erupt, and lava flowed from it with little interruption until 1952. It covered two villages but caused no casualties. Many travelers have climbed to the top of the volcano, which towers to a height of almost two miles. Oddly the top of a church can still be seen peeking out of the solidified lava. Search and compare cheap flights to Uruapan airport to see it.

Other wonders of the world to make the list include: Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo), Mount Everest (Nepal), the Aurora Borealis, the Amazon Rainforest and Angel Falls (Venezuela). To discover more about these destinations, you can read the complete list of's Top 10 Geographical Wonders at

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