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10 Things To See If You Visit Ghana

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If the World Cup has taught us anything about travel so far, it's that we're still not very well-versed in Africa's diversity.

Delta Air Lines caused a kerfuffle on Monday when, in a congratulatory tweet to the United States men's national soccer team, the airline included a photo of a giraffe to represent the nation of Ghana. Only problem is, there aren't giraffes in Ghana.

And while you won't see those long-necked wonders there, Ghana is a vibrant and buzzing travel destination. Get your passport ready... because these sights actually ARE in Ghana.

Cape Coast
Once the largest slave-trade center in West Africa, this (now) laid-back fishing village oozes somber history.
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Kakum National Park
The canopy walkway dangles about 130 feet above an evergreen rainforest home to 400 butterfly species.
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Kejetia Market
Behold: 11,000 stalls of snacks, shoes, clothes, beads, sandals, bracelets and more.
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Lake Bosumtwi
Ghana's only "true inland lake" is nestled in a meteorite crater. Thirsty for the glassy surface, little villages crowd its perimeter.
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Accra Sports Stadium (aka Ohene Djan Stadium)
The capital's massive venue is home to the Hearts of Oak, a professional soccer club. It was upgraded in 2008 to help host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
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Elmina Castle
Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The modern town around it has a bustling fish market.
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The JayNii Cultural Festival
Performers from all over gather to "produce the rhythms of the planet" on indoor and outdoor stages.
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Aburi Botanical Gardens
Lush trees dot the Akuapem Hills about an hour from Ghana's capital. Take a mountain bike tour through the greater Aburi area if you're down for adventure.
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Fort Amsterdam
Formerly an English outpost, the fort was restored and subsequently reopened to tourists in the 1950s.
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Some awesome barbershops
In West Africa, barber shop culture is about relaxing, socializing and meeting up with friends. Oh, and you'll get a great haircut, too.
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