WEEK’S BEST TRAVEL PHOTOS

Happy birthday, Grand Canyon National Park! (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/1QOCZ0c)
  1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    The sun sets on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, as seen from Mather Point. The lookout spot in the southeast of the park is one of the most popular in Grand Canyon National Park, celebrating its 97th birthday this week. (Photo by Kent Kobersteen, National Geographic Creative)
  2. Redwall Cavern, Grand Canyon
    Redwall Cavern, one of the Grand Canyon’s most iconic sites, dwarfs this visitor to the national park, which was established on February 26, 1919. The amphitheater was carved by the Colorado River’s flows through the limestone valley and is a popular stop on rafting trips. (Photo by Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Creative)
  3. Venice, Italy
    With carless streets and a seemingly endless system of canals, Venice has more than earned its nickname, La Serenissima, “the most serene.” (Photo by Matt Propert, National Geographic Creative)
  4. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Tofino is a small town of fewer than 2,000 people on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. As part of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the area is home to diverse animal and plant species. (Photo by Alasdair Turner, Aurora Photos)
  5. Havana, Cuba
    There are few countries in the world as baseball-crazy as the island nation of Cuba. The game is played everywhere: in stadiums like Estadio Latinoamerica, a 55,000-seat ballpark in Havana, and in the streets, like these boys in Havana’s Centro Habana district. (Photo by Melissa Roldan, Aurora Photos)
  6. Bangkok, Thailand
    Atop Bangkok's State Tower—one of the country's five tallest buildings—is the rooftop bar and restaurant of the Lebua Hotel, one of two five-star hotels in the building. Completed in 2001, the State Tower has 68 floors and stands more than 811 feet tall. (Photo by David Guttenfelder, National Geographic)
  7. San Gimignano, Italy
    In the hills of Tuscany, Italy, sits San Gimignano (seen here in the distance), a town that has maintained its historic aesthetic. With an outer wall and medieval towers, the town cuts an impressive skyline in the countryside. (Photo by Matt Propert, National Geographic Creative)