A palace and fortress, Diocletian's Palace was built as a retirement getaway for the emperor. Over the centuries it was abandoned and forgotten, then rediscovered and incorporated into the medieval old town of Split. You can visit the ruins for free, as most of the old town exists inside the palace walls.
Split is a large city on the central coast of Croatia. The town is famous for Diocletian's Palace, and reasons to visit include history, architecture, beach-time and the mild climate. I was there in the springtime, and the water was just warm enough for swimming!
One of the many wildflowers of Colorado. Indian paintbrush flowers (or prairie fire) come in red, orange and pink colors, and you can find them on the plains and all over the mountains, from summer to early autumn.
Set between popular Oceanside and Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast, Ecola State Park gets a lot of visitors. Most just stop to catch a glimpse of the headlands to the south, but you can spend a whole afternoon here among the beach, tide-pools and mysterious forest paths.
The coastal redwood species are the tallest trees in the world and can live for thousands of years. And you can only see them at a handful of places, including Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Redwood National and State Parks, both in California.