The world is full of all kinds of great destinations and beautiful places, and it’s hard to compile a list of the best. Think of a traveler who, for whatever reason, has never set foot outside his town, where is the first place they might visit?
A list of the best places to visit in the world should include big cities like New York, Paris, London, etc., each filled with many individual attractions or attractions. The list also includes specific stops, monuments, and stops, each worth a visit.
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Baltistan is a district in the Gilgit-Baltistan Autonomous Province in northern Pakistan. This valley is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world. With stunning waterfalls, some of the highest mountains on earth, the junction of river systems, towns with unique cultures and traditions, hot springs, lakes, deserts, plateaus, grasslands, etc; this place is considered the pearl of Pakistan. Best of all, our local Balti is one of the friendliest and warmest people around. There are many reasons why you should travel to Gilgit-Baltistan and make this place your next travel destination. The main attractions of Baltistan include the majestic Karakoram Mountains, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, and other peaks. However, it will take you weeks to visit the base camp or just the viewpoint.
High in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is now considered the sacred royal sanctuary of the Inca rulers. Built in the 1500s and abandoned less than 100 years later, this remote area still marvels with its intricate mortarless stonework. Huge multi-ton stones are perfectly connected without the use of mortar or cement. Machu Picchu tours usually begin in the mountainous city of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is a great place to explore, be sure to spend a few days there before or after your Machu Picchu adventure.
You can hike the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu. The full itinerary takes five days, but you can also get a little closer and do a one, two, or three-day hike along the way. Most people take the train from Cusco, which takes about three and a half hours.
Machu Picchu has taken steps to avoid over-tourism and limit the number of people visiting the site each day. All visitors need a permit before visiting. Easily available from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s reservation page four months in advance. Many websites looking to sell tours do not share this information.
This stunning spectacle is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is located in Arizona, USA. It’s one of those beautiful places that neither photo nor video can – its sheer scale and scope are incomprehensible.
With geology forming over the past 2 billion years, yes, 1 billion years, this 277-mile-long canyon is thought to have started some 5 to 6 million years ago. Formed as a result of the flow of the Colorado River, the river still flows through it and continues to erode geology along its course. Some parts of the Grand Canyon are 18 miles wide and a mile deep. Imagine you’re standing on a windowsill looking down at a steep rock face about a mile from the river below.
Most tourists come to the area known as the South Rim. Many of the Grand Canyon’s hiking trails start here, with breathtaking views extending along the rim road known as the Desert View Drive. A range of accommodation is available here and nearby, from tents to luxury valley country retreats built from logs. There are also some lodgings on the remote North Rim.
Many visitors reach the valley via the historic Grand Canyon Railroad, which runs from Williams, Arizona. This 64-mile rail line provides entertainment, allowing you to enter the valley with food and live music on board. For those who prefer to drive, see our articles on driving north from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.
The Eternal City is like a giant living museum. Visitors are immersed in it, surrounded by thousands of years of history. It’s a relatively small town, and this three-day itinerary will take you to a minimum of attractions.
These tourist must-sees include the Colosseum and the adjoining Roman Forum; the Pantheon; and the Vatican City, an independent state in the heart of Rome.
Take some time to explore Rome’s suburbs, too. Consider strolling along with the tombstones of the Appian Way, the ancient Roman highway, and visiting one of the ruins of the aqueduct outside the city.
If you want to hit the beach after all your exploring, Rome has plenty of beach towns to choose from, just a short drive from the Lazio coast. Escape the heat, hustle, and bustle of the city by bathing in the cool waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
This Hawaiian island offers visitors a wide range of experiences. Surf or enjoy beach food at Wailea’s luxury five-star resorts, ride horses through the dormant volcanoes of Haleakala National Park, or hike through the rainforest of the Western Maui Mountains. The landscape is stunning – it truly is one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
When it comes to accommodation, there is something for everyone, from rustic hippie bungalows and breakfasts to luxurious five-star resorts. Wailea has all the luxury resorts – like Maui’s Beverly Hills Beach. If you live here, be sure to get out and spend some time in Kihei, a place frequented by the locals.
Kenya’s Masai Mara is a diverse biome and a popular safari destination. If you’re lucky, you can see the “Big Five” animals (lions, tigers, rhinos, elephants, and Cape buffalo) on a single tour or in the afternoon.
The Maasai Mara National Park Reserve is huge, with more than 1,500 square kilometers dominated by grasslands, extending to the Serengeti Plain in Tanzania. The most popular times to visit are during the biannual migration period, most importantly July and August. More than a million wildebeests and other animals traverse the area in packs, moving from feeding area to feeding area. Most tourists head to Nairobi and then take a small plane to Mara.
With its stunning natural beauty, friendly citizens, and, more recently, its popularity as a filming location for the Lord of the Rings movies (and many others), this island nation is one of the best places to visit in the world. The biodiversity here is amazing – New Zealand is believed to be one of the last places on earth inhabited by humans.
Start your tour of the capital, Auckland, with its culture, history, and museums. Spend time on the water and the beach – Waitemata Harbour has beaches, as well as a range of sailing and boating activities.
Visit Rotorua to learn about and experience Aboriginal Maori culture, then head to Queenstown to experience the country’s wide range of outdoor extreme sports. Remember, this is where bungee jumping was invented.
The Turkish capital is another destination that blends culture, cuisine, and history. There are thousands of years of history here, starting with the ancient Greco-Romans and ending with the Ottoman Empire.
There’s a mix of new and timeless here like nowhere else. You can shop in a great restaurant, enjoy delicious Turkish food in a great restaurant in the evening, and dance to Turkish music, then wake up in the morning (very early) to the sound of prayers or Islamic morning prayers. When played from speakers placed above the minarets of the city’s mosques, they resonated on the rooftops.
Istanbul has excellent public transport, which means it’s easy to get around and explore all the major sights and monuments. Places to visit include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.
Angkor Wat, located outside the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia, is the largest religious site in the world. It was originally built as a Hindu temple and shrine for Khmer rulers in the early 12th century and was converted into a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century. Just a part of a huge old town. Angkor Wat is the temple area and Angkor Thom is the city and palace area. There are hundreds of other sites in the area, all part of the ancient capital of Angkor.
Siem Reap with its temples and ruins is now easily accessible via daily flights from Hong Kong and other major Asian cities. Accommodations range from cheap guesthouses to luxurious luxury resorts.
This historic British city is another destination full of great things to do. A trip to London is an opportunity to visit famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London.
Take advantage of the city’s strengths as a cultural hub by watching a West End theatre or musical performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Modern London is also a city of fine dining, luxury hotels, and world-class shopping.
Don’t miss the museum, the huge British Museum is free and usually very crowded. Make time to visit the Wallace Collection, a free museum on Oxford Street. It has one of the largest collections of furniture and porcelain in the world, as well as some important Old Master paintings.
Manhattan, one of New York City’s five boroughs, is effectively an island bordered by the East and Hudson Rivers (and part of the Harlem River). The island is less than 23 square miles in size and is home to nearly 2 million inhabitants. Combined with the daily influx of workers, the island would typically house nearly 4 million people.
No other city in the world can provide the frenetic energy of New York City. It has some of the best shopping and dining in the world, as well as great museums.
Manhattan also has a huge green heart, Central Park. Regardless of the season, it provides city dwellers with a playground, offering a range of activities from museums to zoos. There are also plenty of green spaces to play and relax, and miles of trails for running, biking and skating. You can also enjoy many things to do in New York City’s winter, from sledding and drinking hot chocolate to shopping and Broadway shows.
No visit to the French capital is complete without a visit to its most famous buildings and tours. The 300-meter-tall Eiffel Tower, simply put, the tallest man-made structure in the world, lasted 41 years from its opening in 1889 to 1930.
Use your visit as a stair practice, climbing 300 steps from the ground to the first of the three floors of the tower. If you’re in good shape, climb another 300 steps to get to the second level. Then jump on the elevator here to get to the top. In addition to exercising, you’ll get around most of the crowds who want to ride the entire elevator.
Wander the narrow cobblestone streets as you listen to the French sounds around you and explore Old Montreal – you might think you’re in France. The historic district is full of quaint shops and cafes. This Canadian city could be an opportunity to experience a little Europe in North America.
The city also has a thriving food scene, with many popular farmers’ markets including Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market. It’s also famous for its bagels, and many famous bakeries that prepare them fresh and fresh are a must.
Be sure to visit the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica, then drive to Mount Royal, after which the town is named the Great Mountain (or Low Mountain). You’ll get some amazing views that stretch to the harbor.
San Francisco is a truly unique American city and one of the best vacation spots in the world. Explore its hills, ride a mountain lift, and eat some seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf. You can also spend time exploring Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge, including the picturesque town of Sausalito. The giant redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument are just 30 minutes away and are also worth a visit.
Also, be sure to make time to visit the Golden Gate Bridge or even better. This monument to modern engineering genius spans the strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The nearly two-mile, six-lane bridge connects the northern California city with Marin County.
Opened to traffic in 1937, the bridge has a unique engineering aesthetic, visible from many areas on either side of its span. Some of the best views come from Marin Headlands, a mountainous region of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a national park with areas on either side of the bridge.
Asia’s largest city has an Asian Manhattan feel, with huge skyscrapers in a compact area and a strong focus on business. But if you dig deeper, the city will find a unique blend of ancient Chinese culture and British colonial heritage. The shiny skyscrapers are constructed from hand-assembled bamboo scaffolding old and new.
The city is divided into two main parts: Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, separated by Victoria Harbour. Take the Star Ferry through the harbor, which remains one of the best travel deals due to the stunning scenery on both sides of the strait. You can also venture deep into the countryside to discover remote, sparsely populated islands, hiking trails, and beautiful beaches.
Start your Marrakesh adventure at Jemaa El Fna, the main open square of the Moroccan city. It is the gateway to the old city or the old city walls. Unlike anywhere else in the world, the arena is a lasting display of humanity. There are musical artists, snake charmers, monkey trainers, amateur boxing matches, and cross-dressing belly dancers.
It is also a huge food market, as well as a huge antique market and Mubadala. You can even get a haircut or do some dental work. Fire shows in the evening, outdoor food markets are held in the city center, and food stalls line up in front of counters lined with chairs.
This exotic African destination is only a short flight (usually less than 4 hours) from most major European cities. As a popular holiday destination, flights are frequent. Accommodations range from traditional residences in the medina converted into luxury boutique hotels to luxurious five-star resorts in the La Palmeraie area on the outskirts of the city.
Colorful Cartagena, one of the great historic Spanish cities in the Caribbean, comes alive on Colombia’s northern coast. Originally built in 1533, this ancient city wall has experienced ups and downs over the centuries and has recently seen a revival and revitalization.
A major restoration of the old town has brought crumbling 16th-century buildings back to life into modern and historic hotels, restaurants, and world-class shops. Wander the narrow city streets and visit stunning churches, open-air plazas displaying public art, or eclectic shops selling the perfect souvenir.
Be sure to stroll along the ancient city walls and remember what life was like here nearly 500 years ago as you watch the sunset over the sea.
Cartagena is easily accessible from the US, with daily flights from Miami and good connections through Panama City. This is the perfect destination for a long and exotic weekend getaway from anywhere in North America.