Planning your holiday or spring vacation?

If you enjoy themed junkets or have a hankering for dental history, these destinations should rank high on your must-see list:

  1. City of Bacolod, Philippines. Nicknamed “City of Smiles,” the capital of the province of Negros Occidental, is renowned for its friendliness and the MassKara Festival hosted annually in October (shown above), during which revelers in colorful smiling masks and vibrant costumes take to the streets in spirited dance. The city has been declared a “center for excellence” for information technology. Perhaps everyone is so joyous because their computers never crash. According to, Expect views of 19th century mansions of sugar barons, mural mosaics from polished shells (Barangay Sang Birhen, a local version of the Virgin Mary is comprised of 95,000 pieces.)
  2. Smileyberg, Kansas. If a ghost town is your idea of fun, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear in Kansas. With more abandoned or nearly abandoned towns that are shadows of their former selves, this state offers a paranormal hunter’s paradise. In this Butler County stop, disestablished in the early 1920s, you’ll find a few standing structures, and a transmission shop open for business. Guess even ghosts need mechanics. Visit 70+ towns just like it while you’re there:
  3. Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Though you won’t

    Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    actually see Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic (a tooth of the Buddha is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size, according to ), this peaceful setting offers much to its visitors. Within the same complex you’ll find the World Buddhism Museum and Audience Hall. According to Sri Lankan legend, a single tooth remained following Buddha’s cremation. Read more:

  4. Elk Tooth, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The only geographical featured in the park named for elk, this “precipitous-looking peak” can be found along the southern boundary in Wild Basin, according to Rocky Mountain National Park The Complete Hiking Guide, by Lisa Foster. Named for its pointed summit ridge that resembles an incisor, Elk Tooth is easier to climb than it looks, states Foster, and “the top offers a splendid vantage of neighboring high peaks and an isolated section of Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
  5. Beartooth Highway, Montana. A journey to Big Sky Country earns

    Rocky Mountains from scenic Beartooth Highway, Montana.

    you a view of the oldest rocks in the West, Beartooth Plateau, (3 billion years, but who’s counting). To get there, prepare for what describes as an “athletically challenging juggernaut through the rugged peaks and furrowed gorges of the Beartooth Mountains, named Na Piet Say (the bear’s tooth) by Crow Indians.” That’s another way to describe the 60-miles stretch better known as the Beartooth Highway. It begins in Red Lodge, Montana, traverses through high alpine tundra, past the slopes of Custer, Shoshone and Gallatin national forests and delivers you to the doorstep of Yellowstone Park. Instagram moments await.