We live in a world that has been blessed with amazing locations that will leave you breathless! There are some which have been already explored by people but there are also some which are virgin locations. So be ready to splurge on your holiday funds and get your passport from under your deep drawer. It is time to go holidaying and explore the ultimate tourist destinations on this planet.
Though it will be a hard job to decide on the places you should see, we have included those with jaw-dropping sceneries, unrivalled service and luxurious amenities that one cannot afford to miss. Don’t expect to see everything on this list because the concept of beauty and splendour may differ from person to person. There are some who may find adventure and excitement visiting historical places, structures and ancient cities. And there are people who get an adrenaline rush by going to the remote islands, exotic jungles and rugged landscapes. Others would just want to indulge in the extravagant activities that these destinations have to offer.
Here is a list of some of the most amazing places on this earth, whether you are someone who is drawn to ancient history and culture or someone who feels enthralled by natural beauty. So come, discover and experience the most amazing wonders of this world – the ultimate tourist destinations.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World that winds up and down like a gigantic dragon through the mountains, grasslands, plateaus and deserts. Built around 2000 years back, it covers 8,851.8 kilometres (5,500 miles) from east China to west China. Though some parts of the historical structure are now in ruins, it is still one of the most-visited places by tourists from all around the world. It is the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. So, it is definitely among the list of the ultimate tourist destinations.
The Grand Canyon
A sight to behold for lovers of natural beauty! The Grand Canyon spreads up to 227 miles and yet, even from a vantage point you can only see a fraction of it. One look at the Canyon and it is difficult not to know and understand more about geology. The Grand Canyon has been carved out from the Colorado River flowing through it over many centuries. The red-hued Grand Canyon is a sight to behold and gets a staggering number of five million visitors every year. This place has some of the country’s cleanest air with visibility averaging up to 90 to 110 miles on clearer days.
The Easter Island
The Easter Island is one of the most intriguing places to visit on earth with its sea-facing silent stone figures that are indicative of the unique culture and skills of the Polynesian peoples. These moai (monolithic) statues speak volumes of the creator’s achievements but it is still unknown as to why the people of Rapa Nui had painstakingly built these huge structures. The statues which are carved out of stone blocks have a head and torsos that are up to 13 feet tall and weigh 14 tons. The tourists who come here visit the Rano Raraku Quarry from where the huge stones came. And if you are someone who loves to unravel the bygone mystery, then this is a must see place for you.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal has been named as one of the eight wonders of the world with an architectural beauty that has not been matched. Built entirely from white marbles, the Taj Mahal is called the “elegy in marble” built by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is breathtakingly beautiful especially during dawn and dusk – making you really smile about the length and breadth of one’s love for another person. It took twenty-two years for this marvel to be ready with twenty thousand workers carving out this stunning structure day and night. Designed by the famous Mughal architect Ustad Isa, it had cost the emperor 32 million rupees. Visit this man made marvel and hold on to your breath!
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a rich, diverse setting for some of the most amazing and strangest sea creatures. It is also one of the largest coral reef ecosystems in the world. As the largest living structure that stretches up to 2300 kilometres, it is popular with the tourists for its complex structure and colourful maze of reefs. It is also home to a wide-ranging variety of flora and fauna like crocodiles and turtles, some of which have hardly changed since the last millennia. It has been dubbed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the only from the list that can be seen from outer space.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza has been included in the list of seven wonders of this world. It is not only the oldest man-made structure but also the only one that is still standing. For 3800 years, it remained as the tallest structure ever built by man. This pyramid signifies the advanced stage of Egyptian architecture leaving the Egyptologists even today guessing how the structure was actually made.
Petra in Jordan is undoubtedly the most precious treasure of this country. It attracts the highest number of tourists to the country and is an example of the best wonders ever created by man. Almost 2000 years ago, it was carved from rocks by the Nabataeans of Arabia. The vast mausoleums and the giant red mountains are really mind-blowing in structure. It was turned into an important trade centre of spices, silk and other products from India, China, Rome, Greece, Syria, Egypt and other Arab countries.
Symbol of endurance, power and mystery, Stonehenge is one of the greatest treasures of Britain, making it a national icon. It has still not been understood how it was created but it is believed that it was made to worship the ancient deities of earth. It is also believed that it was the burial site for elite citizens while some believe it to be a gigantic calendar. It was built around 5000 years ago, an example of a great engineering feat of the past.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia was first built as a Hindu temple and gradually was made into a Buddhist shrine. It is the largest religious shrine in the world. As an unrivalled structure in terms of beauty and preservation, its estimated construction time during the time of King Suryavarman IIis 30 years.
A unique artistic accomplishment, Venice is the realization of an artist’s imagination. There is colour and texture and history in every corner of the city. It is a city of 118 islands that seems to float on water so you should never leave this place without going on a romantic gondola ride. Among the most romantic cities in the world, Venice effortlessly makes it to the ultimate tourist destinations.
This is not a complete list as there are still many lovely travel destinations in the world that you cannot afford to miss. If your pocket does not allow you to do so, then participate in competitions that give away free holidays, free tickets and accommodation.