Creating a travel bucket list and unsure what to include? We’ve got you covered with our top ten must-visit destinations in the world.
Whether you’re longing for breathtaking natural beauty, compelling culture, or groundbreaking innovation, this collection of marvelous destinations is a stunning showcase of the best this planet has to offer.
With more than 277 miles of breathtaking landscape awaiting visitors, the Grand Canyon’s immense size and serene landscape has turned it into one of the world’s most iconic sites. Even though it is revered worldwide, the serene charm and marvelous scenery of the Grand Canyon remains untainted. Tourists have been visiting for decades, but the sheer scale of this gargantuan and wondrous destination remains incomprehensible and must be seen to be believed.
The canyon was created by erosion from the Colorado River and it dates back around 5 million years. Although the majority of its visitors are tourists, it has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years, with some still living there today.
Visitors have plenty of activities to choose from, too. Take a hike through the glorious scenery on foot or on bicycle, or book a few nights at one of the campsites to experience the majestic Grand Canyon sunset and sunrise.
Revered by travellers because of its unique culture, wide range of attractions and jaw-dropping scenery, Tokyo is a major city that sits atop many bucket lists.
The city’s magnificent backdrop, Mount Fuji, needs to be seen to be believed. The active volcano is the country’s tallest peak at over 3,000 metres high and inspires artists across the world. The observation deck on nearby Mount Tenjo offers a spectacular view of the mountain - perfect for budding photographers!
Tokyo’s attractions are similarly spellbinding. Robot restaurants, cat cafes, sumo wrestling shows, and state-of-the-art arcades are just some of the quirky things to do in the Japanese capital. Shibuya Crossing is perhaps the perfect place to appreciate the city’s surreal atmosphere. It is rumoured to be the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, and provides a fascinating snapshot of life in this eccentric metropolis.
However, when you need a break from all of the crowds, make a trip to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, where wonderfully tranquil walks await across 58.3 hectares of blissful horticulture.
As one of the world’s original seven wonders, everything about the Great Pyramid of Giza appears other-worldly.
The Great Pyramid was the tallest manmade structure in the world for more than 3,800 years, and its ties with the mythology of ancient Egypt means it remains a favourite for travellers across the world.
Surrounding the legendary pyramid is the Ancient City of Necropolis, featuring remains of Memphis - the former capital of Egypt. The area is home to tombs and pyramids built to remember ancient royalty, and is one of the earliest examples of human history still intact.
The ancient city of Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site in South America, and high numbers of tourists travel to Peru to marvel at its beauty and mystique every year.
The magical city was only discovered in 1911 by a lecturer from Yale University, who told his story to the National Geographic magazine at the time, and its awe-inspiring landscapes and stone monuments continue to present questions to historians. Hikers now flock from all over to take on the Inca Trail: a 26-mile route that takes in mountain scenery, jungles and more, before ending at Machu Pichu.
To this day, there is not a 100% verified explanation of Machu Picchu’s existence. It is believed to have been home to less than thousand people in the 1400's and was a key part of the Inca Empire. However, it was later abandoned and, due to jungles forming around its edges, was not found for centuries.
Iceland has grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. As well as its lush landscapes, elite ski facilities, and charming towns, it is home to the wondrous Blue Lagoon.
Made up of mineral-rich water from beneath the earth’s surface, this natural geothermal spa offers heavenly respite from life’s stresses. The water is renowned for the positive effects it has on your skin, too!
The natural beauty of the area makes it a must-see for visitors whether it is day or night, and it’s the perfect way to put your feet up after a day of exploring the stunning Icelandic countryside.
Stretching over 13,000 miles across the country, the Great Wall of China is a gargantuan structure with more than 2,000 years of history.
The Beijing section of the wall is perhaps the best place to start, featuring beautiful relics of the Ming Dynasty. The Ming Wall, as it is known, includes cities, forts, and watchtowers, and is arguably the most well-preserved section.
On the other hand, hikers looking for a challenge should not miss the Jinshanling and Simatai regions, where they can expect breathtaking panoramic views of the Jinshanling Mountains, along with historic watchtowers dating back centuries.
One of the most unique railway lines in the world, the Trans-Siberian line starts in Moscow, Russia and takes passengers all the way to the far east of Russia, Mongolia, and China.
It is the longest rail route in the world, taking passengers through the serene snow-capped landscapes of Russia to the inimitable charms of Beijing. The 6,000+ mile journey offers a shining example of the world’s diversity, and the route has been used since 1916. The only problem about the Railway is having to decide where to get off. Whether you want to gain an insight into the nomadic culture of Mongolia, visit the incredible temples of China, or learn more about Russia’s eye catching architecture, this route has it all.
A capital city synonymous with romance, Paris is more than just a city break destination.
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral - the landmarks of France’s capital are unlike any other in the world, helping to set it apart from other metropolitan centres. Away from the big attractions, you can expect divine restaurants, a wide variety of independent boutiques, and a laid-back atmosphere defying the city’s size.
Of course, all of the world’s big high-street chains are here, too, and the city’s reputation for fashion means you’re likely to find all the latest products and designs. Thanks to the easy-to-use RER subway network, it’s also easy to travel around and see all of the sights.
It doesn’t matter whether you have an itinerary or not, there’s wonder waiting around every corner in Paris.
A bustling city overflowing with culture, natural beauty, delicious food, and spiritual music, Rio and the famous Christ the Redeemer monument are the unmistakable symbols of Brazil and at the top of many people’s travel bucket lists.
Outdoor types will be in awe of Sugarloaf Mountain, a 1,299ft peak on Guanabara Bay providing glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city’s skyline. You can take cable cars to reach the summit, where the ensuing photos are sure to make your friends and family jealous.
Copacabana Beach is another unmissable attraction. Based right in the middle of Rio, the golden sands perfectly complement the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Last but not least, the Christ the Redeemer statue sits on the peak of Corcovado Mountain. Its enormous size and unique design have helped it to become one of the modern world’s most recognisable monuments - and most desirable photo opportunities!
Astounding beaches, beautiful weather, and the iconic Sydney Opera House are just some of the reasons why the capital of New South Wales continues to turn heads, but there’s more to the biggest city Down Under.
Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the beautiful hiking routes dotted around the city, including the Bondi to Coogee coastal route, which boasts 6km of magnificent coastline and sun-drenched beaches. What’s more, animal lovers have plenty to look forward to, including whale watching and shark diving - if you dare!
Sydney has also developed a glitzy reputation, thanks to its spectacular nightlife and food scene. Take in a show at the legendary Opera House, or enjoy the lively bars of The Rocks district. Don’t miss a trip to the Sydney Observatory for some stargazing, either. Whether you want a night on the town or a quiet evening of relaxation under starry skies, Sydney is the perfect destination.
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