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Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park – Bornes de Aguiar

Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas feels something of an anachronism. A thermal spa dating from the 19th-century. Updated wtih 12 pre-fabricated eco-cabins, and 2 tree houses – winning Building of the Year award in 2012.

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California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco

The California Museum of Sciences is a magnificent structure, by Architect Renzo Piano, that houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat! The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!

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Big Sur Coast – California

Big Sur is a beautiful, rugged 100-mile stretch on California’s central coast, running between Carmel and San Simeon.

The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”, and invokes images full of winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty ocean.

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Jardin Botánico del Quindío – Armenia

The main selling point of the garden is the Mariposario – or butterfly house. This net structure is built in the shape of a butterfly and is home to an array of surprisingly friendly butterflies. If you go slow and gentle, you can easily have one of the large Owl butterflies as your ride-along companion.