The Mars 2016 Travel Guide -- 5 must see vacation spots for every Mars Explorer
The Face on Mars.
The Cydonia Region lies in the planet's northern hemisphere in a transitional zone between the heavily cratered regions to the south and relatively smooth plains to the north and may be best known as the home to the famous 'Face on Mars'.
Who who would't want to visit that!
Whether you believe it is artificial or not, it's a must see for any adventurer heading to Mars.
The Face on Mars through the years.
The Martian Trek -- After Cydonia, head a little south and west to the Acidalia Planitia. From there you can trace the route Mark Watney took in the book 'The Martian' -- skirting the plains of Arabia Terra and through the Meridiani Planum all the way to the Schiaparelli Crater.
Just don't expect to find a MAV waiting for you. NASA hasn't sent it yet!
After hitting Schiaparelli Crater, head west a couple of thousand klicks to the eastern edges of Valles Marineris, one of the largest rift canyons in the solar system, located along the equator of Mars and on the eastern edges of the Tharsis Bulge.
Expect to spend a bit of time exploring the main valley as well as the multitude of side canyons - Valles Marineris stretches for nearly a quarter of the planet’s circumference and will take a while to traverse the 2,500 mile plus (4,000 km) distance.
A mosaic view of infrared images of Valles Marineris taken from the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter.
From the western edges of Valles Mariners, continue heading east to the Tharsis Bulge and head past the shield volcanoes of Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons, and Ascraeus Mons, which are collectively known as the Tharsis Montes.
Just east looms Olympus Mons -- the largest volcano in the solar system. If you thought climbing Everest was hard, Olympus Mons is over three times the height (from sea level) and you'll have to climb it in a space suit!
With Olympus Mons at your feet, and basically already in space, you might as well hop a quick flight to Phobos to complete your Mars vacation.
Orbiting at 3,700 miles (6,000 km), above the surface of Mars, Phobos is closer to Mars than any other moon in the solar system -- and orbits the planet twice in one day. This makes the moon a great place to observe the Red Planet and reach just about any spot you might want to visit.
And while you're on Phobos. you might as well hop over to the 'Monolith' and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Despite what many think, we're not saying it was put their by aliens - it's just another martian mystery! And that makes it worth visiting.