Life is short, and the world a huge place. With so many places to visit, it’s difficult to work out which destinations should make it to the top of your bucket list. However, there are some places that offer far more than photo opportunities and should definitely be considered for a place on your list.
Paris, city of love and inspiration to poets, artists, dreamers and despots throughout history. Undoubtedly the fashion capital of Europe, its open squares, neo-classical frontages and delightful boulevards are complemented by such iconic sights such as The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Arc de Triumph. The home of café culture, the French capital offers the perfect opportunity to mix genuine heritage with fine-dining, exclusive shopping; and a buzzing nightlife.
If you’re tired of “old Europe” and want to try somewhere that’s a powerhouse of Western culture, then consider Manhattan. Originally a Dutch colony, Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City and its stunning range of hotels, restaurants and stores such as Bloomingdales and Macy’s make it easy to see why it’s so popular. There’s also a virtually inexhaustible supply of iconic spots to explore including Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and Times Square.
Located in England near the historic town of Salisbury, Stonehenge was built by the druids. Theories abound as to why our forefathers constructed this incredible arrangement of ancient stones and thousands of people from all over the world come to marvel at it each year.
4. Pyramids of Giza
One of the world’s most famous ancient cultures is that of the Egyptians, and one of the ‘Seven Ancient Wonders of the World’ are the Pyramids of Giza. Over 4,000 years old, the Pyramids are an iconic landmark, a breathtaking sight and something that everyone should see before they die.
5. The Grand Canyon
Offering spectacular views across the deep abyss, the glass horseshoe allows you to edge out above the incredible Grand Canyon, whilst helicopters tours can provide you with a bird’s eye view.
6. Great Barrier Reef
A natural phenomenon, the world’s oldest and largest reef is located in Australia. Cairns has many hotels catering to divers, but you don’t have to go beneath the waves to explore the coral and marine life, with glass bottomed boats an ideal alternative.
7. The Swiss Alps
For stunning mountain scenery, there is little better than the Swiss Alps. Carved out millions of year ago by glaciers, the region offers lush green valleys during the summer and a winter-sports playground during the winter.
8. Las Vegas
The Vegas Strip is a buzzing boulevard of hotels, casinos and restaurants and even if you’re not a gambler, spending a few days in Sin City to enjoy shows, food and shopping is worthwhile.
Once the capital of the world, Rome has an enormous amount of history to explore. Historic sites are around every corner, but top places to explore are the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
10. The Great Wall of China
At over 6,000km long, the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon. The seventh century BC construction is easily visited from Beijing, and you can indulge in Great Wall of China walks to get incredible views across forested scenery.