The 20 most spectacular places in the world, which everyone must at least see, if not visit
There is a huge number of beautiful places in the world that conquer the hearts of travelers at first sight and become a cherished dream of many. We offer you the top 20 most spectacular places on the planet, each of which should be included in your list of must-see places to visit at least once in your life.
Northern Lights in a national park in Finland
First of all everyone at least once in his life should see the beauty of the northern lights with his own eyes. And the national park in Finland will suit it perfectly.
Roman Forum in the center of ancient Rome (Italy).
Of course, there’s no way to miss the ancient ruins of Rome in Italy, which in ancient times housed the marketplace, people’s assemblies and meetings of the Senate.
Salvador Dali Desert (Bolivia)
Next, intrepid travelers should definitely go to Bolivia and visit the Salvador Dali Desert, located on the Altiplano Plateau at about 4,700 meters above sea level. There you will see truly surreal landscapes.
Pole Fishing (Sri Lanka)
In the meantime we move to Asian Sri Lanka where locals practice their amazing pole fishing, secrets of which have been handed down from generation to generation.
Cooverville Island (Antarctica)
Cooverville Island is home to the largest colony of Papuan penguins. These Antarctic birds can reach a height of 75-90 centimeters.
The Road of Philosophy (Kyoto, Japan)
It’s impossible to deny yourself the pleasure of achieving peace and taking a philosophical walk along a delightful route through Japan’s Silver Pavilion and Nanzen-ji temples.
Malawi (East Africa)
In the African nation you will be welcomed by the largest land animals on the planet – elephants. This place is definitely worth the trip.
Cappadocia in Turkey
Flying in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia is one of the most vivid and unforgettable experiences of your life.
Ta Prohm Temple (Cambodia)
Cambodia is a whole country-museum in the open air. One of its most impressive exhibits is the Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor, where ancient structures and giant trees have long been so close that they have become a single whole.
Futuristic Gardens (Singapore)
If you don’t visit Singapore at least once, you’ll never forgive yourself. This is a real garden city with fantastic trees of the future, reaching gigantic sizes, and greenhouses with thousands of marvelous plants from all over the world. It’s a place that takes your breath away!
Of course, it is also necessary to visit the most closed state of the world – North Korea, to see how life goes for people behind the Iron Curtain, and to visit local performances known for their massiveness and spectacle.
Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland)
Made up of about 40,000 interlocking columns of basalt and andesite, this natural monument is a must-see for anyone.
Maletsuneyane Falls (Lesotho)
Maletsuneyane Waterfall is the most famous natural monument of this South African state and is one of the 100 most amazing waterfalls in the world. The gushing stream plunges into the canyon abyss from a height of 192 meters – it is unthinkable to miss such a spectacle.
Kaieteur Falls (Western Guyana)
One of the most amazing waterfalls is Cayetutur Falls in Western Guyana. The 226 meter high giant is five times the height of Niagara and two times the height of Victoria Falls. Its power is hard to convey in words, you have to see it.
Rock Churches (Lalibela, Ethiopia)
The ancient monolithic churches in the town of Lalibela date back to the 12th-13th centuries and play an important role in the history of rock architecture.
Alberta Mountains (Canada)
A place famous for its unusually clear and blue water will fascinate any traveler.
Statue of Maitreya Buddha (Leshan, China)
What could be more epic than a gigantic 70-meter high statue of Buddha carved right into the rock. This sculpture is one of the highest Buddha statues in the world.
Machu Picchu (Peru).
This heavenly ancient city built by the Incas on top of a mountain range at 2,450 meters above sea level is a fairytale dream for many. Even having been here, you will dream of coming back to this amazing place again someday.
Seoul (Republic of Korea)
The city is not only rich of UNESCO World Heritage sites but also one of the leading financial centers of the whole East Asia.
Mongolian Yurts (Central Asia)
Yurt tourism has recently transformed into a separate direction and began to gain more and more popularity. Its essence is that when coming, for example, to Kyrgyzstan or Mongolia, travelers can stay in the yurts of nomads, thus getting a better sense and understanding of their life and way of life.
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50 cities worth visiting in this lifetime
From great ancient capitals to modern cities in Asia, Europe and America, you’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit. These 50 cities are worth seeing for the fascination, the history and the excitement.
1. Venice, Italy
We couldn’t resist including Venice with its picturesque canals, grandiose basilicas, colorful houses and cozy wine bars. There is no second such place on earth.
2. Seville, Spain
Photo by Stefi G.
Seville is the jewel of imperial Spain, where tourists can enjoy strolling through the city’s narrow streets with fleur-de-lis, Moorish castles and the famous Spanish tapas.
3. New York, USA
Photo by Naldo P.
No wonder New York City is often referred to as the “crossroads of the world.” Nowhere else can you find such a mind-blowing concentration of art, culture, cuisine and business.
4. Lhasa, China
Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism in the rugged Himalayas. Incense-filled monasteries and palaces lie against a backdrop of magnificent scenery.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From the world-famous carnival to the iconic sites, Rio de Janeiro is a source of experiences for all five senses. And it’s home to two of the most famous beaches on Earth!
6. London, England
Prestigious museums, famous street markets, and a vibrant financial center contribute to London’s consistent hold as one of the most visited cities in the world.
7. Marrakech, Morocco
Photo by Dan Mirica
You will never forget a visit to the Medina of Marrakech. Endless labyrinths of streets full of colorful bazaars, stunning architecture and tagines on every corner.
8. Petra, Jordan
Petra stands out among all the majestic ancient cities of the world. To believe in the existence of these epic, open to the winds of the desert monumental buildings carved into the rocks, you have to see them with your own eyes.
9. Rome, Italy
Walking around Rome is like exploring a huge open-air museum. No other place on earth holds such an abundance of fine art, cuisine and masses of ancient history as the Eternal City.
10. Varanasi, India
Photo by Gary Asp
Varanasi is one of India’s most sacred cities. Watching the sunrise on the ghats by the banks of the Ganges with the devotees, pilgrims and locals will forever remain in your memory.
11. Florence, Italy
Photo by Alexandar Pavlovic
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, famous for its incredible collection of art, not to mention its magnificent cathedrals, delicious Tuscan cuisine and rich, enchanting architecture.
12. Havana, Cuba
Photo by Nicolaas Kuipers
A stroll through Old Havana will take you back in time to the past, to the atmosphere of majestic prerevolutionary buildings, classic cars and the smell of home cooking mixed with the sea breeze.
13. Kyoto, Japan
Photo by Catman C.
Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and the main residence of the emperors. Visiting elegant tea houses, gardens, and local castles is the best way to experience the true essence of the traditions of the land of the rising sun.
14. Jerusalem, Israel
Photo by Milutin Milosevic
Jerusalem is a real crossroads of cultures, cuisines and beliefs. The most striking confirmation of this is found in the streets of the Old City, associated with the greatest people and events in history.
15. Paris, France
Photo by Margarita Cabre
This is the city of lights, which is considered the most romantic place on earth. Here you can get carried away with going to museums and strolling through amazing squares with lots of cozy cafes.
16. Beijing, China
Beijing is the historical and cultural capital of China, famous for two of the most impressive monumental complexes on Earth: the Forbidden City palace complex and the Great Wall of China.
17. Lalibela, Ethiopia
Photo by Nathan C.
Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s greatest holy cities, known the world over for its unique and stunning collection of monolithic churches carved right into the rock.
18. Granada, Spain
Granada is filled with magic from the Alhambra itself to the narrow cobblestone streets of the Albaycin district. Such charm is not to be found even in some of the big cities of Europe.
19. Athens, Greece
Photo by Esther Loumbardas
Athens Acropolis ranks as one of the most recommended places to visit. But Athens is much more than just ancient ruins. Sun-drenched streets, colorful squares, and incredible museums await.
20. Bagan, Myanmar
Here you can experience some of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. Imagine the rolling fog, the first glimmers of light, and the almost endless plain of Bagan’s ancient pagodas.
21. Kathmandu, Nepal
For many, Kathmandu is the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. It is one of the most colorful cities on earth, populated by ascetic sadhus and monks in saffron robes, chanting cultic prayers.
22. The Vatican
The Vatican is a city-state and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Even if you are a non-religious tourist, one look at the columns and dome of St. Peter’s Square is enough to take your breath away.
23. Lisbon, Portugal
Photo by Maria Roco
Lisbon really does have it all: sun, sea and an enchantingly decadent atmosphere along with colorful urban neighborhoods like Chiado and Alfama.
24. Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Teruo Araya
Once in Tokyo, you’ll feel transported to the future. This glittering metropolis of 13,000,000 residents has become a mecca for shopaholics, foodies, and partygoers. And yet it still has room for peaceful gardens and shrines.
25. Istanbul, Turkey
In this city the East meets the West. Istanbul with its thousand-year history, monumental mosques and bustling bazaars is more relevant than ever.
26. Hoi An, Vietnam
Photo by Tuan Do
Hội An is a historic Vietnamese port and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique old city reflects Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences. Oh, and the local cuisine is something to behold.
27. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Photo by Victor Laken
Amsterdam has one of the highest quality of life scores in the world. This fact attracts millions of tourists, fascinated by its famous Red Light District and the stunning Van Gogh Museum.
28. Luxor, Egypt
Luxor is the most beautiful of the ancient cities of Egypt. It is located on the banks of the Nile near the cities of Karnak and Thebes and not far from the Valley of the Kings, making it a must-see if you love history.
29. Berlin, Germany
Few cities have played such an important role in recent history as Berlin. Plus its legendary nightclubs and lively restaurants make the German capital one of the most interesting cities in modern Europe.
30. Jaipur, India
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan with spectacular palaces and gardens. This major city is part of India’s famous “Golden Triangle” along with Agra (location of the Taj Mahal) and Delhi.
31. Lyon, France
The ancient part of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of the city goes back to Roman times. Try to visit it during the “Festival of Lights” (Fête des Lumières), when the cathedrals, gardens and streets are lit by thousands of lights.
32. Iya, Greece
Iya is the most famous town on the Greek island of Santorini. Its magnificent white and blue houses cascading down to the sea look like they came off a postcard!
33. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Most travelers rush to this country to visit the stunning ancient complex of Angkor Wat, but Siem Reap with its laid-back bohemian tourism energy and delicious food is also worth your attention.
34. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a majestic imperial city with beautiful palaces, manicured gardens and elegant cafes. It has been recognized more than once as one of the most livable cities in the world – just the cherry on the cake.
35. Cusco, Peru
In addition to being the main starting point for those wanting to explore the Andes and Machu Picchu, the World Heritage city of Cusco is full of historic temples, monasteries and magnificent colonial houses.
36. Cartagena, Colombia
The colonial city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia has a history of explorers, pirates and kings. The old city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is as charming as you can imagine.
37. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most popular ancient cities, famous for its white sandy beaches and the mix of African, Arab and Portuguese culture in the historic Stone City district.
38. Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by Juan Pablo Tellez Giron Gual
A delightful mix of sights, sounds and colors awaits you in Mexico City. A city of over 20 million people, beautiful colonial architecture, close proximity to ruins and solid cuisine.
Photo by Graciela Barraza
Whether on vacation or on a business trip, while in Singapore, be sure to visit its Little India neighborhood. Here you’ll find some of the best street food in the world.
40. Las Vegas, USA
Photo by Ethan Ledbetter
Sin City is a favorite destination for Americans and tourists from all over the world. The place with the incomparable combination of fine hotels, famous restaurants, and major casinos. Viva Las Vegas!
41. Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Photo by Anuradha Yalamanchili.
Samarkand is the ancient city of the Great Silk Road. Its mosaic and monumental Registan Square with its madrassahs of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari is one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture in the world.
42. Sydney, Australia
Photo by Khurshed Marolia
Sydney, with its iconic opera house and famous beaches, perfectly blends nature’s divas with urban amenities. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth.
43. San Francisco, California
Photo by Michael Perry
We couldn’t forget about San Francisco. It’s a city with historic buildings, nearby natural parks and great food – the undeniable star of the American west coast.
44. Mont Saint-Michel, France
More than three million visitors a year can attest that the local sights leave the most romantic memories, for example, the spire of Mont Saint-Michel Abbey towering over the tranquil Normandy coastline.
45. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo by Feray Umut
The centuries-old walled city-fortress of Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Adriatic and one of the most picturesque regions in all of Europe.
46. Bangkok, Thailand
Photo by Pramod Kanakath
From peaceful temples to exotic markets to raucous nightclubs, Bangkok has something to offer everyone. It has become so popular that in 2013 it beat London as the most visited city!
47. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Photo by Frank Plamann
Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America. It is a city with wide avenues in the center, colorful houses and tango clubs in the La Boca area. Buenos Aires is a place for fun.
48. Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Photo by Roberto Destarac
Magical is the word that best describes the city of Antigua Guatemala. Here travelers can explore the ruins of colonial churches and monasteries or dip into a bohemian café, all under the watchful gaze of three watchful volcanoes towering on the horizon.
49. Prague, Czech Republic
Photo by Jaromir Tretina
A mix of rich history, stunning architecture and hearty cuisine makes Prague one of the most visited cities in the world. It is definitely worth a visit to experience the spirit of Central Europe.
50. Budapest, Hungary
Photo by O. Mehes
The countless empires that have ruled Budapest over the years have left their mark on this city, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Europe. Add to that the bustling nightclubs and many thermal springs and a great trip is guaranteed.