4. The Taj Mahal, India
The ivory white Taj Mahal in India is still considered one of the most beautiful buildings today, 350 years after it was finished. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his wife, the complex includes the tomb, mosque, guest house, and formal gardens. The Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as the “jewel of Muslim art in India” and one of the “masterpieces” of world heritage.
5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Photos to attract tourists to the beautiful country of Vietnam often show Ha Long Bay. The popular tourist destination attracts more than six million visitors every year, but you can often still find secluded spots. The bay boasts around 1,600 islands and emerald waters, making it a natural wonder of the world and perfect for tourists who love to get outdoors. While enjoying the vistas, there’s plenty of water-based activities to do here too, from a gentle swim or cruise to scuba diving and kayaking.
6. Great Wall of China, China
The sheer size of the Great Wall of China makes it awe-inspiring. Stretching over 12,000 miles, the frontier walls were started as early as the 7th century, but the most well-known sections were built by the Ming dynasty several centuries later between 1368 and 1644. The Great Wall, which climbs up picturesque mountains and curves around lakes, gives you beautiful views of China and, thanks to the length it spans, can be combined with many other attractions you may want to visit.
7. Petra, Jordan
The archaeological city of Petra, Jordan, is an ideal bucket list addition for history and architecture fans. In 2007, it was named as one of the seven new wonders of the world in a global poll that attracted millions of votes. It’s easy to see why the city secured a spot. Carved into red sandstone, the city’s facades, tombs, and temples have a striking appearance that look like they’ve come straight out of an Indiana Jones film.
8. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
For nature lovers, going on a safari to see African wildlife in their natural habitat is often a once in a lifetime goal. There are plenty of national parks scattered across Africa to choose from, but one of the most popular is the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania as it’s teeming with wildlife. It’s home to the “big 5” – lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, and rhinos – as well as many other animals. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot animals in the wild.
9. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
Closer to home, as many as 20,000 a day visit the Sistine Chapel. While the ornate room attracts visitors for a range of reasons, it’s often the Renaissance frescos by Michelangelo, collectively known as “the Sistine Ceiling”, that are admired the most. The ceiling was painted between 1508 and 1512, and today only one small panel is missing. The paintings depict scenes from the bible, including the creation of mankind. Of course, Vatican City and Rome are filled with other historical and artistic wonders too, from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain.
10. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world when measured by land area. The temple complex sprawls across over 400 acres so you’d need plenty of time to explore every part of it. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu when it was built in the first half of the 12th century, it became a Buddhist temple by the end of the same century. It remains an architectural marvel that was designed to represent the home of the gods, Mount Meru.