There's something mystical about the quiet bodies of still water ringed by majestic fells that feature in the new movie "Snow White and the Huntsman."
The Lake District is the glory of northwestern England, and was a favorite of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge as well as Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, who celebrates his 110th anniversary this year.
At Keswick travelers can climb the fell above Ashness Bridge to see two lakes at once, including magnificent Derwentwater. Also spot the serene Ullswater, dark and dramatic Wastwater and tiny but perfectly formed Grasmere, where the poets hung out.
Pullwood Bay offers award-winning lakeside and woodland self-catering cottages, plus a boathouse; pullwoodbay.com
Lake District visitors' information at visitcumbria.com.
23. Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico, United States
Although Carlsbad also has a colony of bats that fly out at dusk when the cavern is closed, they can't equal the utter spectacle within.
Some 230 meters beneath a stand of cactus-studded rocky slopes in New Mexico lies a wonderland of 117 caves formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.
Allow a couple of hours to marvel at the eerily-lit stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations as you wander through these amazing subterranean halls.
It's like being in Hans Anderson's "Snow Queen," the fairy-tale set in a mysterious ice palace --- but this one is just comfortably cool and not slippery. There's even an elevator for the 79-story ride back to the surface; nps.gov/cave/index.htm
24. Tidal bore, Canada
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia is home to the highest tides in the world, creating a rare Tidal Bore --- or giant wave --- in the Shubenacadie River.
The tide enters at its widest point and the water piles up as it flows up the bay. At the head of the bay, this advancing tide becomes a wave, varying from a ripple to up to three meters high.
The Shubenacadie River Runners operate Zodiac trips which ride the crest of the tidal surge and on through several sets of natural sand rapids; half-day rafting from $60 per person; tidalborerafting.com
25. Enrosadira, Italy
Sunset in the Dolomites --- which were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site --- is a time when a unique natural phenomenon known as Enrosadira occurs, turning the west-facing rock face flame-red in the dying rays of the sun.
Every evening, these stunning peaks lay on a glorious display of color, starting out bright yellow before turning an intense red that softens to indigo and violet before darkness finally envelops the mountains.
Formed over 250 million years ago, the Dolomites were part of the earth's tropical zone where coral, algae, fish and mollusks collected on the seabed, with magma from volcanic eruptions. After the passing of the Ice Age, rivers, landslides, wind and rain sculpted the valleys, leaving today's spectacular landscape behind.
Relais & Châteaux Gardena Grödnerhof has a prime view of the mountains. Rooms from $525 per person for three nights; gardena.it; valgardena.it
26. Sardine run, South Africa