With so many amazing destinations in the world, it can be overwhelming when thinking about where you want to go. And while there are no amount of lists that could ever completely cover all the amazing sites this planet has to offer, here are a few stunning places that you absolutely MUST see in your lifetime!
The City of Light is a global center for art, fashion, and culture — so it’s no wonder that it attracts tons of travelers from all over the world. You’ll find iconic attractions like the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
And while you should definitely see those things, the real magic of Paris is on the cobblestone streets. Grab a croissant (or three!) and relax on the banks of the Seine River, do some people-watching at a Paris café, or check out designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When you close your eyes and imagine a tropical paradise, what you’re actually envisioning is Bora Bora in the South Pacific. This small French Polynesian island has everything you could dream of: unbelievably turquoise water, beautiful tropical greenery, and pristine white sandy beaches.
Bora Bora might be small (it’s about 6 miles long), but it’s certainly not lacking in beauty. In fact, it is so beautiful, you’re going to think you’re still dreaming! You’ll find luxurious resorts, snorkeling among a gorgeous coral reef, and adventurous hikes to the top of Mount Otemanu.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca site, is one of the most recognizable sites in the world. It was the Inca Empire’s greatest city, perched on a plateau between two peaks in the Andes, and is now considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Millions of people visit this impressive site in Peru every year, and you can only reach it by catching a bus in Aguas Calientes, or hiking the Inca Trail. Because it’s such a unique travel expedition, this one requires plenty of planning ahead. Check out what you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu!
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
The Grand Canyon is a truly remarkable place that you just can’t fathom without seeing it in person. Pictures really don’t do it justice. The sheer size of it will overwhelm your senses, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to satisfy even the biggest adventure junkie.
These massive rock walls were carved out over thousands of years by the Colorado River, and the red rock reveals millions of years of geological history. Don’t miss the breathtaking beauty of this site at sunrise or sunset.
Known as the Red City thanks to the color of the brick, this ancient walled city stands out against the white peaks of the nearby Atlas Mountains. Being here is like being transported to another world full of mosques, palaces, and lush gardens.
Pack your stretchy pants, because the food is phenomenal. Take in the sights at the Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs, soak in hammams (public baths), and go for a camel ride in the desert.
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
You can see the Great Barrier Reef all the way from space, and it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Spanning over 1,400 miles off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, it is the world’s largest coral reef.
The Great Barrier Reef clearly offers a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience with this breathtaking display of underwater life. It is home to countless species of colorful fish, octopuses, turtles, dolphins, sharks, mollusks, and other sea creatures.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
These famous pyramids are one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, and are still largely intact. The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years, and dates all the way back to 2,560 BC. Talk about impressive!
Even if you’ve seen a thousand photos, you’re going to find it hard to even describe how amazing these structures are when you see them in person. And although it might be a little cliché, a camel ride at sunset in front of the pyramids is a must. Just make sure you choose your tour guide wisely, and the camels are well cared for.
New York City, New York, USA
New York City is definitely unique and packed to the brim with urban adventures to be had. Even if you’ve been to the Big Apple before, it’s always worth a second, third, or even twentieth visit. There’s so much to see and do here that no trip will ever be the same!
Dine your way through NYC’s endless restaurant options and even sign up for a food tour. Catch a Broadway show, see amazing works of art at the Met, or just wander through Central Park. The shopping is phenomenal, and so is the nightlife.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This city is one of the most glamorous destinations you’ll ever visit. It’s known for ultramodern architecture, luxury shopping, and a booming nightlife scene. It’s really a fantastical, unforgettable place.
It seems like everything here is big. Check out the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, or the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Ain Dubai. It also has one of the world’s largest man-made marinas and one of the world’s largest shopping malls. Of course, there is still a delicate balance of old and new, so don’t forget to visit the traditional Gold and Spice Souks or take a water taxi ride along Dubai Creek.