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1000 Places To See Before You Die: Vote On The Ultimate Destination

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UPDATE 12/1: The polls are officially closed and we have reached a winner. Click to see your most desired vacation destination!

In the travelers anthology, "1000 Places To See Before You Die," by author Patricia Schultz, you could spend hours searching, scanning and leafing off pages and pages of destinations that you consider must-visit spots. From St. Thomas to Sapporo, Petra to Pennsylvania, the Great Wall to the golden triangle, you could spend every day of the rest of your life seeing something new.

We spent a few days flipping through the book and coming up with a basic list of the spots we'd put on our must-see itinerary based on popular articles, reader questions and comments, and general popularity. And then you voted through three rounds of qualifiers to get to this exact moment. There were a lot of close calls (phew, Vatican City and Great Barrier Reef!) and some very strong competitors (we're looking at you, Yellowstone!).

We now have two fantastic travel spots vying for the title of ultimate destination to see before you die: The Great Pyramid of Giza and Machu Picchu.

Vote below on your top choice. Plus, leave a comment telling us where you've been and what your own must-see places are. We'll be picking five commenters through the challenge to score a copy of the new version of "1,000 Places To See Before You Die," so you can find your own must-see destinations.

Also, tweet your favorite destination that didn't make the bracket to @HuffPostTravel with the hashtag #1000Places and we'll pick one honorary people's choice winner the end of the challenge.

Ultimate place to see before you die: The Pyramids or Machu Picchu?

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

Machu Picchu, Peru


Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18+ and registered users of The Huffington Post. To enter, leave a comment on this post and vote on the challenge. The comment must be left before the final round of the challenge completes. You may enter (1) one time and (5) five winners will be selected at random to win a signed copy of the 2011 version of the book "1000 Places To See Before You Die.

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