Whiles some people consider traveling to be a luxury or even see it as an unnecessary burden, others believe that traveling around the world is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life. The world is full of so many amazing natural wonders and human made masterpieces, that it’s practically impossible to visit them all in one life time, but if you have the freedom and a little extra cash at your disposal, you can always try. So whether you’re an ecological tourist who loves seeing natural landmarks or you are keen on seeing some of the greatest human engineering achievements, here is a list of some of the most spectacular places to visit before you die.
Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
We’re starting of our list with the three Pyramids of Giza, located just outside the city of Cairo these are the only surviving ruins, of the original 7 world wonders. Archeologists believe that the pyramids were built somewhere in 2560 BC, with a soul purpose of being the final resting place for the pharaoh. The Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands tall 146.7 meters was the tallest man made structure for over 3.800 years until it was dethroned by the Lincoln Cathedral.
Plitvice Lakes – Croatia
The Plitvice National Park is located in Croatia, stretching for more than 295 meters square, it features 16 interlinked lakes and a large forest complex which make up for some of the most spectacular sceneries in Europe. The Lakes distinguish themselves for their unique azure, green color, blending in with the vivid greeneries in the background.
Grand Canyon – USA
The Grand Canyon located in Colorado is one of the world’s most spectacular geological wonders, bringing more than 5 million visitors a year. The massive canyon was carved out of the Colorado river and it stretches 466 meters long, with the canyon walls reaching above 1800 meters in height. Thrill-seekers can partake in several activities which the canyon provides like hiking along the Angel trail or rafting through the canyon on the Colorado river.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most recognized architectural feats of human history, the construction of the wall started as early in the 7th century, but it wasn’t until the late 1600’s during the Ming dynasty that the wall was actually completed. This massive fortification stretches for more than 20.000 km long and it is built from stones, bricks and wood, serving as a border burrier and transportation corridor through the vast mountains of China. Today visitors have a chance to appreciate this human marvel and the spectacular scenery which it provides, by hiking up the Gubeikou and the less challenging Jiankou trail.
Yellow Stone National Park – USA
The Yellow Stone National park is thought to be the first National Park in the world, attracting more than 4 million visitors a year. This UNESCO World Heritage Sites spans over three states (Wyoming, Montana and Idaho) with the park being home to a large number of rare wildlife species, such as the grizzly bear, bison, wolf and the endangered lynx. Among other things, Yellow Stones is famous for its large number of hot springs and geysers, the park is also the home to more than half of the geysers in the entire world, the most famous one of them all being The Old Faithfull Geyser.