Travel experts say these breathtaking spots offer unique, inspiring beauty.

Stress getting the best of you? Drs. Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, professors of psychology at the University of Michigan, might say you’re suffering from Directed Attention Fatigue. Not to worry, there’s an easy prescription: Take a vacation somewhere picturesque.

In the Kaplans’ research, they found that just looking at natural scenes through a window relieves exactly the kind of fatigue caused by multiple demands on your attention (e.g., meetings, spreadsheets, kids, your BlackBerry). By engaging what the Kaplans call “fascination,” a form of attention where you just can’t help but notice everything around you, a short nature break restores the capacity to pay attention when effort is required.

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