From modern metropolises to ancient cities founded thousands of years ago, here are the top 10 places you must see before it’s too late.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Stretching over 1000 miles and featuring over 1500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef will blow your mind and leave you amazed for days, weeks, even years to come. Popular activities includesSnorkeling, diving, boating, flying, and blissful reef walking. Because the reef is so big, there are many cities to start your journey from. Cairns is the most popular city for tourists. Here you can find anything you want from souvenirs and t-shirts to cheap trips and tours. The great barrier reef is truly out-of-this-world and is a must see for every travel lover.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
Located in the heart of Africa in between Zimbabwe and Zambia, these waterfalls are the tallest, most dramatic, jaw-dropping waterfalls in the world. Because it is located in between two countries, you need to choose one to start your journey from. Roughly 2/3rds of the falls are located in Zambia. Also, the only way to walk under the falls is from the Zambian side. However, one can easily cross the border by paying for a visa for under $100. If you're brave enough you can try swimming in the naturally occurring "Devils Pool", only feet away from the edge of the fall.
Macchu Picchu, Peru
The last holdout of the Incan empire, this mountaintop citadel is a marvel of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the architecture is original and hundreds of years old. Walk through ancient temples, farms, houses, and palaces as you immerse yourself in ancient Native American history and culture. Popular nearby attractions include Winawayna and Huayna Picchu.
Famous for its canals, gondolas, and masks, Venice is a truly unique city stuck in time. Running throughout the city is the Grand Canal. This canal is lined with only the most beautiful Venetian buildings on both sides and takes you through the most famous attractions of the city including the Rialto Bridge, the Venetian Market, and the Piazza di San Marco. Gondola rides are usually accessible throughout the city. They can be quite expensive (~$100 for ½ hour) but will truly leave you feeling like a 17th century Venetian.
Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
We’ve all seen it in our textbooks but few of us can say we've seen it in real life. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pyramids will take your breath away upon first sight. Built roughly 5000 years ago, we still don’t know how they did it. You can walk into and visit parts of the main temple from 8 am to 5 pm. The pyramids are very close to Cairo and a must-see for everyone visiting Egypt.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Wat was originally constructed as a Hindu temple but transformed into a Buddhist temple over time. The entire temple and all its surroundings were meticulously planned by its architects to represent heaven itself. The entire complex is nearly symmetrical and surrounded by a moat. The temple was abandoned for over 500 years until its rediscovery in the 1800s and continues to awe all its visitors to this very day.
New York, New York
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. “ Ayn Rand
Originally founded as New Amsterdam, New York has become one of the most iconic and famous cities in the world. New York features many great museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Natural History Museum, and the Guggenheim. Get lost in the urban jungle only to find yourself lost in Central Park. Who knows, you might even meet a celebrity.
The Capitol of the USA and home to some of the most powerful people in the world. DC features many fun activities from visiting the White House and learning about the President’s life to walking through thousands of years of history at the Smithsonian museums.
The cradle of western civilization, Rome will take your breath away at every street corner. Founded almost 2000 years ago, every street has something historical and beautiful, whether it be a statue, a piece of art, or the buildings themselves. Located within Rome itself is the heart of Catholicism, the Vatican City. Must see places in Rome and the Vatican City in include the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, and the Roman Forum.
The most visited place in the world, home to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Mona Lisa, Paris is a city captures your imagination at every turn. Discover high-end fashions, best in the world cooking, and priceless pieces of art right at your fingertips in the city of lights. Discover the world's best art at beautiful and famous museums such as the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay.