You don’t need us to tell you that our planet is home to some truly astounding places. And yet, we do—again and again. We can’t help ourselves. From the historical and cultural sights to the straight-up eye candy, there are countless astounding travel destinations to see. Enter the world’s national parks. From a forest in China that inspired the mythical world of Avatar to alpine lakes the color of milky aquamarine, these destinations will have you itching to get out and see the world. Scroll on.
Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks ($15)
Namibia, 4th: The Bradt Travel Guide by Chris McIntyre ($12)
Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks ($14)