The Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach is a charity fundraiser with a serious edge; dogs even can get one-on-one surfing lessons leading up to the annual competition.
They head for the hills and go deep into the jungle. And most tourists end up on Venezuela's white-sand tropical beaches.
In the desert of the Arabian Peninsula, thank desalination plants for such an incongruously abundant water world.
Some groups are encouraging people to "lend a leg" this April 4 — to roll up a pant leg to show solidarity with land-mine victims.
The U.S. government still strictly controls Americans' access, mostly by permitting only registered cultural/educational tours.
A chaotic home to 3.2 million people, and with a high crime rate, Guatemala City is not a place that lures tourists. Instead go for the mountains and Maya culture.
Songbird owners traditionally take their caged birds for walks, hanging cages from trees in parks and gardens so the birds can socialize.
Tibetan monks and nuns flock to Bodhnath Stupa, a Buddhist temple that's one of the most important, and most visited, religious sites in Nepal.
Rio de Janeiro's Carnival — the days-long celebration before the somber Christian period of Lent — brings lavish parades, all-night dance parties and general festive mayhem.
Playing to the crowds, wherever they roam.