138 Bucket List Worthy Travel Experiences To Cross Off Before You Die

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Although you probably have a sweet bucket list going already, I want to make sure you haven’t missed anything.  Bucket List Travel is the best kind of travel!

So, without further ado, here are the most popular bucket list items in the world. Enjoy letting your mind dream and dream and dream… and adding the missing pieces to your list!

Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx from Giza, Egypt

Built over 5000 years ago, it’s the oldest and the biggest of the pyramids, the last structure of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World that survived. It is a marvel of human engineering and construction, and a defining symbol of the Egyptian world.

Chichen ItzaYutacan, Mexico

Travel back in time to the world of the Ancient Mayans and explore their gigantic jungle city at the stunning Chichén Itzá. Climb the sacred pyramid temples, turn up the heat in the ‘sweatbaths’ and discover the sinister ‘Platform of Skulls’ as you lose yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amazon Rainforest and RiverIquitos, Peru

Also named “lungs of the world”, the Amazon rainforest produces an important share of the oxygen for the entire planet and is made up of a mosaic of eco-system and vegetation types.

Ha Long Bay: Hanoi, Vietnam

The ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is located in the area of the Gulf of Tangkia, in the north of Vietnam. Frequently included in lists of natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and its crystal waters.

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland, Australia

Located on the coast of Queensland in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is famous for being the world’s largest coral reef system. It is considered as one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

It’s not complicated to understand why Palawan, in Puerto Princesa National Park, was chosen as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river, it’s one of the world’s most impressive natural places. 

Iguazu Falls: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Recognized worldwide as natural beauties, the Iguazu Falls are located on the border between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. If you are searching for an immersive experience in nature, this is the right place thanks to the possibilities to walk into the woods and to the proximity of the immensity of the Iguazu waterfalls in the Iguazu River.

Victoria Falls: Livingstone, Zambia

Commonly referred to as “the smoke that thunders” due to the columns of spray that can be seen from miles away, the Victoria Falls are one of the greatest attractions in Africa and the most spectacular natural beauty on the Zambezi River. 

Great Blue Hole: Belize Cayes, Belize

A giant underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is one of the most famous destinations for scuba divers that are attracted by the chance of diving in crystal-clear waters and to see millions of species of marine life including spectacular coral formations and tropical fish.

Great Geysir in Iceland: Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is a magnificent country and home to one of the most spectacular and breathtaking geysers, the Great Geysir. It’s fairly active and erupts on a daily basis. To see the mighty geyser erupt and send a spectacular water and stream column into the air must be on your bucket list.

Blue Lagoon: Reykjavik, Iceland

Surrounded by fantastic nature, the Blue Lagoon is an oasis of relaxation set in the pure heart of the Icelandic landscape. It is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, and it’s not hard to understand why. The beautiful milky-blue opaque water contrasts with the surrounding black lava field covered with green moss.

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Venice on a Vaporetto: Venice, Italy

Italy is full of charm, but nowhere can be compared with Venice, the floating city. Not only it is known for its canals, its art and its rich cultural heritage, but it’s one of the world most romantic destinations. Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is a point on your bucket list that you cannot miss.

Salar de Uyuni: Altiplano, Bolivia

It’s the world’s most significant and most unusual surface area. One of the things we insist you get on your bucket list is the stunning Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. A salt flat is an expanse of ground that is covered with salt and other minerals that make incredible patterns and visual wonders.

Sahara Desert: Marrakech, Morocco

There are only a few places in the world that can be compared to the incredible landscape of the Sahara Desert, the most extensive hot desert in the world. Its landscape is so vast that it’s impossible to judge the distance. The color palette makes it difficult to distinguish specific forms, and the intense sunlight that reflects on the sand will show you things that don’t exist.

Jeita Grotto: Beirut, Lebanon

One of the marvelous natural wonders in the Middle-east, Jeita Grotto is the jewel of tourism in Lebanon. A magical trip in a limestone crystallized grottoes characterized by its extraordinary concretions of stalactites and stalagmites sculpt naturally in different forms, sizes, and colors.

Mount Fuji: Tokyo, Japan

A beautiful snow-capped rising from the earth, it’s the highest of Japan’s mountain. The mountain may seem more beautiful seen from a distance, but the views on clear days and the experience of climbing it during the early morning hours it’s an experience that you won’t forget.

Glowworm Cave: North Island, New Zealand

The Glowworm Caves include a labyrinth of limestone caves and formations which began developing about 30 million years ago. Thousand of tiny, glittering glowworms inhabit these subterranean caverns, making a light show that’s memorable.

Mont Saint-Michel: Mont-Saint-Michel, France

On a rocky island in the middle of vast sandbanks between Normandy and Brittany stands Mont Saint-Michel, a gothic style abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael and the village that grew up next to its great walls. In 1979 was classed by Unesco as a world heritage site.

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Komodo Island: Bali, Indonesia

One of the islands that compose the Republic of Indonesia, Komodo Island is a place with unique fauna and flora, beautiful from the bottom of the sea to the top of the mountains. This island is also known as the “dragon’s Island” since the world’s biggest lizard lives here.

The Black Forest: Frankfurt, Germany

The Black Forest gets its name from its dark, slightly sinister canopy of evergreens. With its mountains located in the southwest corner of Germany, the Black Forest has never been a distressing place, only enchanting and is an opportunity to tick this very picturesque place off your bucket list.

Tianmen Mountain: Hunan, China

Defined as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world by many travelers who have been in China. The Tianmen Mountain is famous for its stunning views that include the “heaven’s door”, 99 bends, vertical cliffs, the thrilling cliff-hanging walk away, the glass skywalk and the world’s longest cable car ride.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park: Barreirinhas, Brazil

Stretching on for miles upon miles, the dunes in Brazil are so vast and so blindingly white that it’s easy to understand where the park got its name, Lençóis Maranhenses in Portuguese, that means “bedsheets of Maranhão”.

Huacachina: Lima, Peru

The natural oasis of Huacachina inside the expansive sand dunes, is a desert paradise with a dreamy lagoon surrounded by palm trees. The perfect place for sandboarding and dune buggies. 

Quito: Pichincha, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian capital’s not only the largest and best-preserved colonial center in Latina America but also the first Unesco World Heritage City. If you want to stand with one foot in each hemisphere, there you can find a monument and a museum marking the general location of the Equator known as “The Middle of the World” because is located about 25 kilometers south of the equator and the city extends about 1 kilometer of zero latitudes.

Pamukkale: Istanbul, Turkey

This Turkey’s unreal landscape is made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. Also named “Cotton Palace”, at the end of the 2nd century was selected as the thermal spa of Hierapolis. You can now relax and bath at Pamukkale so it should definitely figure on your bucket list.

Ganges River in Varanasi: Uttar Pradesh, India

Varanasi is a city on the banks of Ganges, the largest river in India who basin is the most populated river basin in the world, with over 400 million people. Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, for this reason, many Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. Furthermore, there is a spectacular Hindu ritual called “Ganga Aarti” (consisting in a ceremony that dispels darkness) which takes place in the banks of the Ganges River.


Paricutin Volcano: Michoacán, Mexico

Located in the state of Michoacan (Mexico) near the city of Uruapan, the Paricutin Volcano is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Famous for being the youngest volcano formed in the Northern Hemisphere, developing in a farmer’s cornfield. 

Piaynemo in Raja Ampat: Indonesia

Raja Ampat or the four Kings is one of the most beautiful islands in the world Raja Ampat Papua is also a paradise for diving lovers because the coral reefs are very beautiful and still natural. The underwater system is also diverse. 

Wadi Rum Desert: Jordan

Wadi Rum is 720 square kilometers of heart stopping desert landscape, where a maze of sheer-sided sandstone and granite monoliths rise up from the valley floor. In this UNESCO desert you can ride camels along the same path as Lawrence of Arabia, run down the soft sand dunes and sleep inside of a tent in a small Bedouin-run camp surrounded by sandstone rocks.

Walk of Faith at Tianmen Mountain: China

In the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park you will find a 196-foot long see-through glass path that stands over 4,000 feet above sea level. This adrenaline-producing walkway clings to the side of the Tianmen Mountain. A stroll along this path is only for the most adventurous, who will marvel at the crystal-clear view below their trembling feet.

Swimming Pigs of Exuma: The Bahamas

Somewhere out there in the Outer Exuma Islands is Big Major Cay, a small island ruled by pigs—that’s right, actual pigs! It is in fact one of the biggest attractions on this island. The pigs will swim out to your boat as you approach the island and depending on how friendly they are on the day they will hang around, swim with you and have some of your lunch as well.

Monastery at Meteora in Greece: Athens, Greece

Meteora, meaning “suspended in the air” in Greek, is a magical complex of six active monasteries that are strategically built on natural sandstone pillars, some that rise up to thirteen hundred feet in the air. Perched on the pinnacles of the Thessaly region, worshipers came to this world heritage site to discover peace and absolute isolation.

Borobudur Temple: Borobudur, Indonesia

This historical UNESCO World Heritage site is set on a mountaintop in the central Java area of Indonesia, amidst volcanoes and lush forest. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, with over 500 Buddha statues scattered around the site. Climbing to the top of 95-foot high pyramid is like a pilgrimage in itself, providing an inner peace and enlightenment. Beware that the ascent of this monument can be difficult, but there are several terraces to explore along the way, each one giving a different perspective.

Cinque Terre: Manarola, Italy

Savor every moment of the Cinque Terre region by hiking from each charming village to the next and if you have time, staying at lovely guest houses along the way. The path is well-maintained, well-marked, and affords truly astounding views of one of Italy’s most picturesque landscapes. You will discover various sections of the trail wind through fog covered mountains to only moments later reveal the sparkling Mediterranean coastline below.

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Drive A Vintage Car in Havana: Havana, Cuba

For more than 50 years Cuba has lived in seclusion from the western world, so entering Havana feels like you are being truly transported back in time. Riding around in one of the beautiful vintage cars still on the road is a quintessential Cuban experience.

Oahu: Oahu, Hawaii

Known for its world-class surf conditions, this beach on Oahu’s north shore is the place to catch the big waves and was the one-time location for the Duke Kahanamoku surf competition. The palm-fringed crescent of perfect white sand has plenty to attract non-surfers too.

Oddities Flea Market: CA, USA

Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind dark art, and more. Inside, you’ll find three floors of unusual vendors from across the country, hand-picked by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.

Arno River: Florence, Italy

There is a rumor that when the Germans were retreating, they were under strict orders from the Führer himself NOT to destroy the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. That is how beautiful this structure is, even today. Lined with souvenir shops and high-end jewelers, this medieval work of art is something you have to cross at least once when in Florence. Be warned, it gets a little hectic because of the amount of human traffic it sees! After the chaos and shopping, simply walk to the next bridge over to watch the sun set over the Arno River as it illuminates the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in all its splendor. 

Pacaya Volcano: Antigua, Guatemala

Just like skiing and mountaineering is a part of the culture of the Swiss Alps, volcano hiking is huge chunk of the culture in Guatemala. The country has 37 officially named volcanoes, three of which that are still active. And you can hike up one. The Volcano of Pacaya is one of the most accessible volcanoes in Guatemala, which makes it very popular. You will be sharing the trail with many others. This, along with the food stands that you will find on different segments of the trail and the marshmallows you will get to toast on the heat of the volcanic rock, make the experience much more fun. Bring some graham crackers and chocolate if you want to make your marshmallow a s’more!

Cambodia—Battambang: Contemporary Art, Spiritual Traditions, and Hidden Wonders Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Explore the vibrant art, religion, and food culture of the Kingdom of Cambodia, while spending time with the country’s leading artists and performers. From the bustling capital of Phnom Penh to the creative center of Battambang, Cambodia boasts an abundance of sights, tastes, and sounds. Meet communities of local artists, farmers, chefs, and healers, and learn about both the ancient traditions they are upholding and the unique work they are pioneering to help their country recover from the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Expedition Galápagos: Galapagos, Ecuador

In the autumn of 1835, HMS Beagle reached the Galápagos archipelago, with a certain scientist on board. While it would be decades before Charles Darwin articulated the theory of evolution by natural selection, it was there, over two months in the Galápagos, that many of his scientific insights took root in his mind. You’ll get up close with marine critters by snorkel and kayak, have a chance to observe some of the world’s rarest species, and get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats.

Wild Orchids and Endangered Reefs: The Everglades and Keys: Miami, Florida, USA

Hidden deep in the swamps of Florida’s Fakahatchee Strand, a ghostly pale orchid hides from poachers while the eye of an enormous alligator surfaces, blinks, then disappears beneath the murky waters that wind through the forest.

Heart of the Arctic Expedition Cruise: Nunavut, Canada

Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland, including the world’s smallest capital, Nuuk. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of explorers like John Davis, Henry Hudson, and William Baffin, and search for marine life and seabirds. 

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Elephant Rescue :Pattaya, Thailand

In Northern Thailand, an hour from Chiang Mai‘s city center, spend a memorable day volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a special place where there was an eclectic bunch of Asian Elephants; some old, some young, some blind, some injured from working in the logging industry, some abused and some rescued from the circus.

Canals of Amsterdam: Amsterdam, Netherlands

A visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without enjoying its canals. In fact, Amsterdam is famous for having more than one hundred kilometers of canals and wandering through the city along the canals is one of the favorite activities of the tourist. The main canals, laid-out in a pattern of concentric half-circle, chronicle the growth of the city of Amsterdam.

Las Vegas Strip: Nevada, USA

Las Vegas Strip offers so many gambling, restaurants and entertainment options, that you can take a trip there and never get bored. A Las Vegas’ trip is one of the principal American experiences. From the Strip’s bright lights to the world-class museums, this little Nevada city is everything you’d expect it to be and much more.

Bourbon Street: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

If you’re looking for a street with lots of people, bars, and live bands, you are in the right place. Welcome to Bourbon Street in the famous French quarters of New Orleans

Berlin Botanical Garden: Berlin, Germany

Established as a kitchen garden in 1679, the Botanical Garden in Berlin is the second largest botanical garden in the world, second only to Kew Gardens, located in England. The garden evolved from a kitchen garden growing vegetables and hops for beer brewing to a “considerable plant assemblage,” and in 1879 the Royal Botanical Museum was founded, encompassing every area of botany.

Ibiza: Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, an island off the coast of Spain, is notorious for its parties but also boasts crystal clear water and luxe beaches. So experience the best of both worlds by staying up all night in the club and then drifting to the beach to see one of the islands infamous sunrises. Big-name DJs, and festivals are frequent on the island, and there are a wide variety of accommodation and food options, from high to low end. Your time will fly in this incredible destination.

Milan Cathedral: Milan, Italy

Standing proudly in the main square of the city center, Milan’s Duomo is decidedly the most impressive structure and the emblem of the city of Milan. Stay speechless in front of the majestic and gothic style of the church and admire the breathtaking views.

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Christ the Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Situated at the top of Mount Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, the statue of the Christ the Redeemer not only captures tourists’ attention with its breathtaking views but also with the statue of the Christ, considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 

Stonehenge: London, UK

Believed to be constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, the Stonehenge probably served as an ancient burial ground. You will learn a lot about the speculated origins of this structure and its purpose in the Neolithic and Bronze ages. The excavated remains and strange structures have spurned many fascinating theories and myths that are interesting to ponder on.

Eiffel Tower: Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was the principal exhibition of the Paris Exposition of 1889. It was constructed for the commemoration of the centennial of French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial power to the world.

Sydney Opera House: Sydney, Australia

Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a multi-performing art center in Sydney and great architectural work of the 20th century that is synonymous with creativity and innovation. Set in a remarkable waterscape, these shell-structures are nowadays a world-famous icon of architecture.

Summer Palace in China: Beijing, China

The Summer Palace is a vast conjunction of lakes, gardens, and palaces in Beijing and is said to be the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Known for being the playground for emperors during the summer of the old imperial city, the Summer Palace is a marvel of design and offers an exciting escape into the traditional Chinese landscape.

Grand Canyon: Arizona, USA

As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, located in the high desert of northern Arizona (USA) will take your breath away with its ever-changing scenery of enormous proportions. Thanks to its forest, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, to the Colorado River and the waterfalls, Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Statue of Liberty: New York, USA

Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbour and from the beginning has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States. For this reason, the Statue of Liberty more than a monument is a symbol of freedom to millions of people around the world.

Mount Rushmore: South Dakota, USA

Attracting approximately 3 million of tourists from all over the world each year, Mount Rushmore is one of America’s most important attractions. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture created by the artist Gutzon Borglum. 

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Aurora Borealis in Norway: Tromsø, Norway

Every traveler’s bucket list should include viewing the Northern Lights, one of the most naturally spectacular phenomena that have the power of taking your breath away. The Northern Lights are a natural light display in the sky, and Norway with its open spaces and little light pollution is one of the best places to try to see the most impressive lights show.

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park: Québec, Canada

Do you dream of seeing whales? The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park in Québec (Canada) is one of the best whale-watching sites in the world. Not only you can admire these magnificent animals, but you can also see Québec’s famous coastal landscapes.

Nessie in the Loch Ness: Edinburgh, Scotland

Located in the Great Glen which stretches from Inverness, Loch Ness is the longest and deepest of all the loch in the area. One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Loch Ness is by taking a boat cruise or a kayaking trip on the water of the lake where you’ll be able to appreciate the surrounding landscapes and villages and, who knows, maybe even catch a glimpse of Nessie. In fact, this is the place, if rumors are to be believed, where Nessie the Loch Ness monster resides.

South African Safari at Serengeti National Park: Tanzania

Experiencing a safari in South Africa has to be one of the points of your bucket list. Here, you have a lot of places where you can see an abundance of wild animals. Serengeti is one of the most famous African’s parks and is synonymous with wildlife and outstanding African scenery. It’s Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Furthermore, it’s home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers wildlife viewing throughout the year.

Big Ben: London, UK

The Elizabeth Tower, known as Big Ben, is one of London’s most iconic landmark and a London’s attraction that you have to see! Big Ben is the name of the impressive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. The clock tower looks spectacular, in particular during the night when the four clock faces are illuminated.

Sequoia National Park: California, USA

Known as “Giant Forest” the Sequoia National Park preserves the landscape that still resembles the Southern Sierra Nevada. You’ll find yourself gazing by the towering, majestic and picturesque stretch of trees of the beautiful Sequoia National Park, located just next to the Yosemite National Park.

Antelope Canyon: Nevada, USA

The unbelievable beauty of Antelope canyon waits for the adventurous traveler who wants to discover one of the most spectacular attractions. These impressive caves, the spiral rock arches, and stunning colors make the caves look seriously of another planet. It’s a canyon of thousands of years just outside of Page, in Arizona. 

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Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, USA

The Golden Gate Bridge that connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County (in California) is an architectural emblem. It is stretching on over two miles across the Golden Gate river, and it’s a must-see iconic architectural marvel of the city of San Francisco.

London’s Warner Bros Studio: London, UK

At Warner Bros. Studio Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of the films and discover the real magic that brings the movies life. The Studio Tour offers to its visitors the unique opportunity to explore the original sets, to see the animatronic creatures and the breathtaking special effects. 

Machu Picchu: Cusco, Peru

A trip to Incas’ lost city in Perù is a dream trip for many travelers. Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel situated on a mountain of 2,430 meters above sea level, that can be reached by a hike on mountain trails or a train trip through the valley of the Urubamba River. 

Jeju Island: Jeju, South Korea

With breathtaking natural wonders and hundreds of unique attractions, Jeju Island is one of Korea’s best travel destinations. Korea’s largest island offers many attractions, including a volcanic Hallasan commanding the Island from the center, a 224 km semi-tropical forested national park, a wild coastline dotted with waterfalls and the most extended lava tube in the world.

Hollywood Walk of Fame: California, USA

One of Los Angeles’s most famous tourist attractions, attracting 10 million visitors each year. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the stars embedded in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine St. in Hollywood. The name on each star is the people in the field of television, music, drama, radio, and film that influenced the entertainment industry.

Ice Hotel: Sweden

Each year in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, the IceHotel is built from natural ice and snow. It is an art exhibition as much as a hotel, where the canvases span from floor to ceiling. Spend the night in one of their negative-five-degree rooms, where you will be surrounded by artistically chiseled ice. It’s a bonus that there is also a chance of seeing the Northern Lights from their location on the bank of the Torne River.

Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia: Cappadocia Cave, Turkey

See the surreal landscape of Cappadocia from high above in a sky dotted with colorful balloons. Cappadocia is the land in central Turkey known for its fairy chimneys (rock formations), rolling vineyards, and troglodyte dwellings that are best seen from three thousand feet in the air. 

Milford Sound: Milford Sound, New Zealand

English novelist Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “eighth wonder of the world” and the moment you see the 1692-metre fjord up close, you’ll agree. The surrounding mountain ranges, glistening waters and native rainforest, all part of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, make the four-hour drive from Queenstown oh-so worth it. 

Patagonia: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wherever you visit, Patagonia maintains an exclusive, secretive charm. Well known for its picturesque mountains, grassland and windswept coastlines, Patagonia is famous for its precious wildlife that never fails to astonish. 

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The Himalayas: Kathmandu, Nepal

The Himalaya is the world’s mightiest mountain system, containing nine of world’s ten highest peaks and stretching more than 2,500 km across India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet. Associated with high adventures and mountaineers, this place is like no other, with its remote and majestic scenery.

Cinque Terre: Cinque Terre, Italy

A century ago the Cinque Terre (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) were merely five fishing villages on an unforgiving stretch of the Ligurian coast. The vibrant color of the Mediterranean, the wild coastline with the tiny towns placed like puzzle pieces on the cliffs make the Cinque Terre a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

Rainbow Mountain: Cusco, Peru

The Rainbow Mountain, otherwise known as Vinicunca Mountain, is about three hours away from Cusco. Towering at 6,000 meters, it’s coat of many colors is attributed to its sedimentary layers exposed for years to environmental conditions and mineralogy. 

Dead Sea: Jerusalem, Israel

This salty lake located on the lowest place on the face of the earth, the Dead Sea (431 m below sea level) is a breathtaking natural beauty surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert. Takes its name from the saline water of the lake because no fish can survive in the salty waters. The other result of the salty water is their renowned health and healing properties and the unique feature that one can float naturally in them.

Trolltunga: Hordaland, Norway

Located about 1100 meters above sea level, suspended 700 meters above lake Ringedalsvatnet, Trolltunga is one of the most breathtaking scenic cliffs in the world. After an arduous hike, that takes 10-12 hours, there is a breathtaking view over lakes and snow-capped mountains, ending at the Troll’s tongue, a thin sliver of rock.

The Great Wall of China: Beijing, China

The Great Wall of China is a good reason for the existence of the Bucket List! It’s an astonishing relic of China’s history, and it’s a must for many travelers and tourists around the world, in fact, it is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Identified as one of the most important symbols of China, it consists of numerous walls and fortification, many running parallels to each other for a measure of 8,850 km.

Petra: Wadi Musa, Jordan

Jordan’s rose-colored sandstone city is an extraordinary experience. On the border of the Arabian desert, hidden in the mountains of the Dead Sea, Petra is one of the most notorious archaeological sites in the world. The city’s architectural beauty comes from the fact that it was directly chiseled from the sandstone mountains. Temples, tombs, and monastery that you cannot miss! 

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine: Rome, Italy

Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most exciting of the city’s ancient sights. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is the perfect example of Roman engineering and architecture. It’s the largest amphitheater in the world and the site of some of the bloodiest and most brutal contests in history.

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Taj Mahal: New Delhi, India

An enormous mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between the 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Janan in memory of his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Notre Dame Cathedral: Paris, France

The Notre Dame Cathedral is known as one of the most notorious of the Gothic cathedrals of the middle age and is distinguished for its size, antiquity and architectural details. Its stained glass windows and sculptures show the influence of naturalism that serves to contrast the Romanesque architecture. 

Acropolis of Athens: Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are the universal symbol of the classical spirit and civilization and form the most significant architectural and artistic complex of the Greek antiquity. The Acropolis in Athens was a military fortress during the Neolithic period, due to its position which offers a great view of the land and sea.

Angkor Wat: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of the genius of Khmer, an impressive temple that is stunning for its grand scale and its incredible details. One of the most important archaeological sites in Cambodia, the Angkor Wat is considered the largest religious monument in the world.

Hagia Sophia: Istanbul, Turkey

This church was built at Constantinople (nowadays Istambul) in the 6th century under the direction of the Byzantine emperor Justine I. Hagia Sophia, that means “Church of Holy Wisdom”, each year attracts over 3 million visitors. The monument, which is now a museum, once was a church and then a mosque.

St. Peter’s Basilica: Rome, Italy

Located in the Vatican city, the center of Christianity, St. Peter’s Basilica is Italy’s largest, most luxurious and most spectacular basilica. One of the largest churches in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica, was built during the Italian Renaissance and it’s located in the Vatican.

Temples of Bagan: Mandalay Region, Myanmar

Built between 1057 and 1287 by a series of kings, this massive expanse of thousands of temples (estimates over 2.000) is one of the most precious archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan’s Temples are the key to experiencing authentic Myanmar’s life and understanding the religious devotion of its people.

Louvre Museum: Paris, France

Unquestionably one of the most excellent art galleries in the world, the Louvre Museum contains thousands of classic and modern masterpieces. As a symbol of the French culture and a testament to European art history, it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world.

Pompeii: Naples, Italy

Famous for being the Roman city that was destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption. Two thousand people died, and the town was abandoned for many years. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that Pompeii was practically intact under a layer of dust and debris.

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Sistine Chapel: Rome, Italy

The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the official residence of the Pope and one of the greatest treasure of the Vatican city. Not only it is known for its decoration, but also for being the temple in which popes are chosen and crowned. All the frescoes of the roof of the Sistine Chapel are the work of Michelangelo.

Sagrada Familia: Barcelona, Spain

The basilica Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most famous landmark and one of the city’s most impressive sights. One of the world’s most prized architectural marvels, despite the fact that the Gaudi’s construction has not yet been completed. This Church will leave you breathless.

British Museum: London, UK

The British Museum is the house of a vast collection of world art and artifacts. Its collection includes fabulous Egyptian sarcophagi and mummies, hard of treasure from British archaeological digs, and Roman antiquities. Furthermore, the museum is a Greek revival building designed by Sir Smirke.

Moma Museum: New York, USA

The Museum Of Modern Art of New York is one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, in fact, it’s presenting one of the best in contemporary art. It has been influential in developing and collecting modernist art, including artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Dalì, Monet or Andy Warhol.

Berlin Wall: Berlin, Germany

One of the most potent and strongest symbols of the Cold War, for 28 years the Berlin Wall sliced the city. The construction of the wall began in the summer of 1961 by the authorities of the Communist East German that were trying to stop people from escaping to the Westside.

Versailles: Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Versailles is best known for being the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV on what had been the grounds of a royal lodge. The Palace of Versailles has been the scene for several historical events, and it’s today inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List.

Great Mosque of Cordoba: Cordoba, Spain

The Mosque of Cordoba is the most important monument of all the Western Islamic world, and one of the most amazing in the world. A great symbol and reminder of the golden civilization that Muslims did in Europe over one thousand years ago, it’s now the symbol of Cordoba.

Forbidden City: Beijing, China

Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden city it’s the world’s largest and best-preserved palace complex. This palace served as the home of two Chinese dynasties and can give you an idea of the Chinese history. The name is referred to the fact that no one could enter into the palace without the emperor’s permission. 

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Leaning Tower of Pisa: Tuscany, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. Humans make mistakes, and one error was made in the XI century with the tower of Pisa. This calculation error would later become a symbol of civic pride. This tower represents an advanced understanding of weight and load characteristics, showing the Italian knowledge in architecture.

The White House: Washington DC, USA

Often seen as a symbol of American power and splendor, the official residence of the President of the United States of America, also known as the White House is a point of reference for all the American citizens. So join the over 70.000 people who visit the White House each month.

The Great Sphinx: Cairo, Egypt

The first truly colossal royal sculpture in Egypt, and one of the oldest, largest and most mysterious monuments ever created by man. The Great Sphinx with the lion’s body and the humans head offers us an invaluable glimpse into the past. 

Buckingham Palace: London, UK

London’s magnificent Buckingham Palace is more than just the home of the British monarchy, it’s one of the most visited attractions in the city. It’s possible to visit this grand mansion and it’s over 700 rooms including 19 staterooms and 78 bathrooms. You can also enjoy the Changing of the Guard ceremony, a unique celebration of British pageantry and the major event happening all year in front of the Palace that attracts the biggest crowds.

Zocalo: Mexico City, Mexico

The Zocalo is the center of Mexico City and one of the Mexican capital’s most well-known landmarks and squares. Formally known as Plaza de la Costituciòn, this grand square once constituted the ceremonial hub of the Aztec city. Measuring 220m from north to south, and 240m from east to west, it’s one of the world’s largest city squares. It’s undoubtedly one of the city’s most historically and culturally exciting destinations.

Vesuvius: Naples, Italy

Located on the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Europe. It’s best known because of the eruption in 79 a.C. that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Seen as one of the most dangerous Volcanoes in the world, is the emblem of the city of Naples!

Al-Masjid an-Nabawe: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Also known as Prophet’s Mosque, it’s a grand mosque in Medina and the second holiest mosque in the world. Built by the Prophet Muhammad, the construction stands on the site of a mosque and contains the tomb of the same Prophet. One of the holiest sites in Islam and one of the principal destinations for religious pilgrimage.

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Tokyo, Japan

It’s a large Shinto shrine in Tokyo, built in 1920 in memory of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, under whose reign Japan became a modern state. This shrine, surround by a vast forest, it’s the most visited religious site in Japan. 

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Sensoji Temple: Tokyo, Japan

Sensoji Temple, founded in 628, is the oldest and most visited temple in Tokyo. Many people believed that the temple brings good luck, happiness and make all wishes come true. In front of the principal hall of the temple, you will see many people covering themselves with smoke. This because the smoke they are covering themselves with, is believed to make the part they covered better. 

Grand Palace: Bangkok, Thailand

Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is one of the most famous landmarks of the country. And offers spectacular sacred sites and buildings. This Grand Palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. Nowadays the Palace is used for many Royal rituals and other official functions.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces: Bali, Indonesia

The traditional Tegalalang Rice Terraces are just about half an hour north of Ubud, in the Tegalalang Village. The whole community pitches in to maintain the paddies’ complex irrigation system, which is centuries old. They also let tourists in to wander much of the terraces for free. 

Blue Mosque: Istanbul, Turkey

Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loud-speakers at different mosques in the city. One of the best locations to witness this is while sitting on the benches between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as a quavering musical battle begins.

Bears Ears National Monument: Utah, USA

One of America’s newest national monuments, this spectacularly rugged landscape is an ancestral crossroads for the Navajo, Ute, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. At its center are the Bears Ears, two sandstone buttes that rise above Cedar Mesa like the ears of a curious bear, which can be seen up to 60 miles away. When it was created in 2016, Bears Ears National Monument was nearly 1.5 million acres of deep canyons and flat-topped mesas, ancient ruins, and rock art.

Ayutthaya Temple: Ayutthaya, Thailand

Founded around 1350, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Throughout the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia and even the world. Today, only a few remains might give a glimpse of the impressive city they must have seen. Its remains are characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and big monasteries. Most of the remains are temples and palaces, as those were the only buildings made of stone at that time.

William Ricketts Sanctuary: Melbourne, Australia

A mere hour from Melbourne, in the Dandenong Ranges, one finds a landscape of huge pine trees and beautiful fern gullies. In one of such gullies, a man’s life-work and dreams live on. Born in 1898, William Ricketts began developing his skill in clay modeling in his teen years. In the 1930s he purchased a four-acre plot of land on Mount Dandenong, naming it ‘Potter’s Sanctuary’.

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Jerpoint Park: Kilkenny, Ireland

What’s left of the abandoned medieval village of Newtown Jerpoint lies just outside the Irish town of Thomastown, in Kilkenny. The ruins of Saint Nicholas’ Church, which dates to sometime between the 12th and 13th centuries, still stand. 

House of Terror: Budapest, Hungary

House of Terror is a museum located at Andrássy út 60 in Budapest, Hungary. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes in 20th-century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.

Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night: Kyiv, Ukraine

A unique exploration that blends Soviet history with contemporary politics, breathtaking Orthodox monasteries with memorials to tragedy. Visit everything from awe-inspiring UNESCO sites to hidden passages beneath the streets of the Ukrainian capital—as well as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the ghost town of Pripyat. 

Silent City of Mdina: L-Imdina, Malta

Mdina is the old capital of Malta and referred to as the “Silent City”. It’s not to hard to understand why. There are limited cars that can enter to immaculate town, mostly owned by the approximately 300 residents. This contributes to the peaceful atmosphere as you stroll through the narrow cobbled streets admiring the shuttered windows and a handful of quaint shops.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral & the Red Square: Moscow, Russia

Born from a basement served as a basis for nine small churches built one after another and connected with galleries and passageways, the St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square is a can’t miss attraction in Moscow. This crazy confusion of colors, patterns, and shape is the culmination of a style that is unique to the Russian architecture.“

Easter Island: Hanga Roa, Chile

Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to visit one of the most isolated and mysterious islands on Earth? You can not miss the enormous volcanic craters, preserved stone villages, beaches and, in particular, 900 Moai giant stone figures. You should definitely add The Easter Island to your bucket list.

Burj Khalifa: Dubai, UAE

Dubai takes pride in having the tallest building in the world. Standing at 829,9 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa with its 360 degrees view on the 124th floor is one of the most attractive places of Dubai. Get ready to enjoy the highest observatory in the world.

Tsim Sha Tsui: Hong Kong, China

Situated in the south of Kowloon Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui is known as the shoppers’ paradise thanks to its malls and colorful shopping streets. It’s a giant world bazaar, where Hong Kong’s Harbour meet stands, shops, markets and malls. Take a walk for Canton Road where you’ll see the best the world has to offer in luxury designer goods. 

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Death Valley: California, USA

In 1897, the mining town of Ballarat burst to life amidst the dry Death Valley landscape. Drawn by a hopeful glint of gold, hundreds of prospectors flocked to the desert, only for the town to shutter less than a decade later. 

City of Lhasa and the Potala Palace: Tibet, China

In the center of Lhasa (Tibet), literally “Land of the Gods”, you can find the Potala Palace, that once was the principal residence of the Dalai Lama. If you want to live a spiritual experience, this is the right place because you can chat with monks, learn more about Tibetan culture and experience the mystical atmosphere of Lhasa.

Times Square: New York, USA

Square in Midtown Manhattan, formed by the intersection of Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street and Broadway, Times Square is one of the most tourist places in New York City. Let yourself be conquered by the flashing neon lights and giant digital billboards, the brilliant Broadway marquees, the costumed characters and musicians. Times Square is big, bright and unforgettable. 

Santorini Island: Santorini, Greece

This picturesque Greek island has a reputation for being one of the best sunset-viewing places in the world. Oia is where it’s at: stake out your spot early and, when the sun finally disappears over the watery horizon, don’t be surprised if you hear a chorus of applause.

Atacama Desert: Atacama Desert, Chile

You’ll find a few flamingo species, including some of the most rare, in the driest non-polar desert on Earth here. Base yourself in the town of San Pedro, Chile, and explore the local salt lakes, geysers, starry skies and eerie, otherworldly desert landscapes.

Spotting Squid in the Tides of Oahu: Honolulu, Hawaii

Just beneath the waves off the Hawaiian coast, there are schools of tropical fish, flotillas of sea turtles, and squads of squid—all with fascinating lives and complex relationships often hidden from the human eye. 

Giant’s Causeway: Dublin, Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is a beautiful, mysterious geological formation on the Ireland’s North East. This formation it’s steeped in myths and legend. The setting is a spectacular, dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, bays, and magnificent views.

Ijen Volcano: Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano, on Java’s Island, has two of the most unusual occurrences on the earth. The first is electric blue flames, difficult to see during the day but illuminate during the night. This is possible because the sulfur combusts on contact with the air creating stunning blue lava. The second occurrence is the Kawah Ijen Crater acid Lake, at the top of the volcano, filled with blue water. In fact, it’s due to the acid that the water assumes this strange color.

Sigiriya Rock: Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya is an ancient palace built in 480 AD, located in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its beautifully landscaped gardens, well-preserved frescos, and twelve hundred different anxiety-producing levels of stairs to reach the summit. These steps will bring you to the sky palace that sits atop the rock, a royal residence built sixteen hundred years ago.

Eastern State Penitentiary: PA, USA

Thrust into the middle of urban Philadelphia is what looks like a great castle, a massive and haunting building. However, these walls weren’t built to keep Crusaders and robbers out, but to keep them in. This castle is a prison. Opened in 1829, Eastern State was designed by the “Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons” as a new type of prison where order reigned and those housed within might have a chance to be penitent for their crimes. Eastern State was to be the world’s first “penitentiary.”

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Moscow Metro: Moscow, Russia

The Russian city’s metro stations are architectural stunners, perhaps even the most beautiful in the world. The stations are so exquisite, they look like luxurious great halls rather than entrances into an underground transportation network. Every single station is different. Colorful mosaics and stained-glass windows adorn the walls of some, while glowing chandeliers dangle from the ceilings of others.

Vologda Butter Museum: Russia

In a historic village museum about 300 miles from Moscow, a late 18th-century building houses a museum dedicated to one spectacularly creamy local dairy product. Vologda butter, a rich and nutty spread, has earned public endorsements, prestigious awards, and now boasts a collection of exhibits, artifacts, and documents that honors its heritage.

Wailing Wall: Jerusalem, Israel

Erected initially as part of the expansions of the second Jewish temple begun by Herod the Great, it’s one of the holiest sites in the world. The Western Wall is a surviving trace of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans. The Temple was the center of the spiritual world, the primary conduit for the Godliness. For this reason, the Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray.

Niagara Falls: Ontario, Canada

Six million cubic feet of water flows over Niagara Falls every minute, offering what is considered one of North-America’s most spectacular views. In fact each year around 28 million people visit the Canada-US border. It consists of three distinct waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Veil Falls, that functions as one of the primary power providers to the state itself.

Kilimanjaro: Arusha, Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro is famous for being the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. 20,000 people every year climb it. The Kilimanjaro is an extraordinary experience if you want to stand on the roof of Africa.

Golden Temple: Punjab, India

The Golden Temple in India is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs but also a symbol of equality and human brotherhood and one of the oldest worship places in the Indian Sikh. The Temple takes its name from the fact that the entire top of the temple is made of pure gold. Sikhs all over the world would like to make a visit and to pay obeisance at the temple. In fact, the tank is said to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from across the world to bathe in its sacred waters.

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2 Responses

  1. WOW!! I’m 86 years old and have been to, and experienced, 24 of the your listed world sites. It’s obvious I won’t get to all of them with the time I have left, but you sure gave me a great list to work on. THANKS!

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