No matter what the time of year it is, we all love to travel. The big problem is finding exactly where you want to go with your often limited free time. When you’re making a list of must-see attractions, make sure these 25 amazing places are on your itinerary.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, it’s so large that it can be seen from space.
2. The Eiffel Tower, France
The most-visited, and iconic monument in Europe, if not the world.
3. Palace of Versailles, France
A royal chateau situated in central France known for its stunning gardens, museums, and art galleries.
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4. Stonehenge, England
Contrary to those who believe it’s just a pile of mysteriously shaped rocks, it’s actually beautiful sight to see.
5. Milan Cathedral, Italy
Even though it took almost six centuries to build, the effort absolutely paid off.
6. The Colosseum, Italy
The largest amphitheater ever built, it is the most visited site in Rome.
7. Venice, Italy
The perfect destination for travelers seeking a unique city experience where water canals act as roadways.
8. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican
The papal enclave within the city of Rome, the church is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world.
9. The Parthenon, Greece
The most important surviving building of the classical Greek architecture movement.
10. The Northern Lights, Abisko National Park, Sweden
A dazzling Northern Lights show is something that should be on every bucket list.
11. Sagrada Familia, Spain
One of the most famous and visited religious structures in the world.
12. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
One of few Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that are still intact.
13. Sossusvlei, Namibia
Larger-than-life sand dunes that will make you feel quite small (but in a good way).
14. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This waterfall measures one mile across and is 354 feet high making it the largest singular waterfall in the world.
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15. The Great Wall of China, China
The most iconic landmark in China.
16. Taj Mahal, India
A symbol of India’s rich history and the best example of Mughal architecture.
17. Easter Island, Chile
Like Stonehenge, no one really knows the story behind why these “moai” statues exist.
18. Machu Picchu, Peru
An ancient Inca site that sits atop a mountain above the Sacred Valley, it offers fabulous view of the surrounding countryside.
19. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
It’s over 980 feet wide and 407 feet deep.
20. The Grand Canyon, USA
The most recognizable national park in America, it’s a lot more than just a big hole in the ground.
21. Redwood National Park, USA
If you ever wondered what the average insect feels like when it looks up at you, these trees will show you. This park is home to the tallest growing species of tree on Earth.
22. Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite offers visitors giant sequoias, behemoth glaciers, and destination hikes like El Capitan and Half Dome.
23 Glacier National Park, USA
With over 700 miles of trails full of beautiful mountains, green alpine forests, and clear lakes, this is a hiker’s paradise. The name tells you everything you need to know.
24. The Statue of Liberty, USA
A symbol of freedom not only for the United States, but for the world.
25. Drake Passage, Antarctica
Start at the bottom before you begin working your way back to the top.
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