Spain might not have made it far in the FIFA Wold Cup but it won the World Cup of Travel. The Royal Palace is one of Madrid's most famous cultural sites.
The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most visited tourist sites. It is part of the Paseo del Arte (Art Walk).
Casa Labra is an iconic tapas bar.
Tapas, or small plates, are a staple of cuisine in Spain.
Madrid has an active nightlife. This club is in the multicultural Lavapiés neighbourhood.
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has been under construction for years but is still a draw for tourists. The first stone was laid on March 19, 1882 following the Neo-gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the first architect of the 'Sagrada Familia'. Antoni Gaudi took over the design of the Sagrada Familia in 1883 until his death on June 10, 1926 due to a traffic accident.
Casa Mila or "Pedrera" (the stone quarry) is an emblematic modernist building by architect Antoni Gaudi.
Cala Deià is one of the many beaches on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
Ibiza is one of the most popular islands of Spain.
Ibiza is a quaint island of Spain.
The Christ the Redeemer statue, located on the top of Corcovado Mountain and the Sugar Loaf Mountain, is seen here from the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, or Tijuca national park in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil was the runner-up in the World Cup of Travel contest.
Mexican tourists take photographs with a Brazilian flag on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on June 14.
People jump into the water from Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro.
This is the little cobblestone "Rua do Ouvidor" , or' Ouvidor street, one of the best preserved examples of the Portuguese colonial architecture in Rio de Janeiro.
This is Rio de Janeiro at sunrise.
A vendor pours a cup of homemade caldo verde--a popular Portuguese soup made of potatoes, collard greens, linguica, olive oil and salt--in Lapa, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro with a thriving nightlife.
Street samba is found near the famous Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro.
Dancing and music breaks out in the street in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil is also known for its natural wonders, such as this maze of waterways, large tracts of open and forested land and vast skies making up the immensity of the Amazon in Brazil, about 100 miles from the city of Manaus.
This is the Amazon region of Brazil in the outskirts of Manaus.
France won the FIFA World Cup but it was a semi-finalist in the World Cup of Travel. Here is a shot of people gathering in front of the Eiffel Tower to watch France beat Croatia to win the championship.
People took to the streets around the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate France's FIFA World Cup victory over Croatia on Sunday.
The Sacre Coeur in Montmartre has one of the best views of Paris.
Villefranche is a town in the South of France. France was a semi-finalist in the World Cup of Travel.
Villefranche is a quaint small town in the South of France.
France landed as a semi-finalist in the World Cup of Travel partly because of its world-renowned cuisine, such as this sardine and pepper dish at Anao Plage, Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the south of France.
Paris is known for its sophisticated cuisine such as this cucumber gazpacho.
France has many historic chateaus. This is the Chateau Clos Luce in the Loire Valley.
France has many wine regions. This is the vineyard at Chateau Troplong Mondot in Saint-Emilion, near Bordeaux in southwestern France.
The French Alps are another attraction that made France a semi-finalist in the World Cup of Travel.
Japan is a semi-finalist in the World Cup of Travel. Here, a couple looks out at Rainbow Bridge on Tokyo Bay.
Japan's highest mountain, Mount Fuji, rises up behind the skyscrapers dotting the skyline of the Shinjuku area of Tokyo at sunset.
A man looks out from a pavilion in Shinjuku Park in Tokyo.
Yuki Tatsumi sits next to his collection of origami made from chopstick sleeves in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture. Japan is known for its origami arts.
This is a ceremony at Shimogamo shrine during the Aoi Festival on May 15 in Kyoto. Aoi Festival is one of the three main festivals of Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto and dates back 1400 years.
The Ogasawara Islands are a chain of more than 30 subtropical and tropical volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The town of Hakone is located in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. It is home to many hot springs.
Mt. Fuji is a 12,389 foot-high dormant volcano.
Temple lodging or shukubo, as it is known, is a way to have a spiritual stay.