Top 100 Greatest Places to Visit in the World
Completing a list of the world's greatest attractions is very debatable
because the world is so diverse. If the list-maker is more fond of
museums, and famed landmarks the list will be western focused. If the
list is focused on unique landmarks and places the list will be focus
more on the non-western world. In this list I tried to be balanced and
pick a wide variety of sites from all corners of the Earth.
world's most famous mausoleum was built under Moghul Emperor Shah
Jahan's rule as a tomb for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is rumoured that
he planned to build a black Taj Mahal besides the white Taj Mahal as a
mausoleum for himself.
Taj Mahal Agra
Images: Taj Mahal
2. Great Pyramids of Giza-Cairo, Egypt
The pyramids are one of the greatest architectural achievements of
all-time. Africa is the cradle of civilization and the pyramids are
early humankind's lasting legacy of what early civilization was capable
Great Pyramid of Giza Complex
Focus: Egypt The Pyramids of Giza
Images: Pyramids of Giza
3. Great Wall of China, Beijing Province, China
The Great Wall of China is the world largest man-made structure and was
once though to be visible from space. It's construction helped the
Chinese form one united nation and defend themselves advances from
Great Wall of China
Great Wall Website
Images: Great Wall of China
4. Roman Colosseum-Rome, Italy
Ancient Romans help shape modern Western civilization. The Fabian
Amphitheater was the world's first major sports stadium. It was the
world's first venue for witnessing events amongst a large crowd.
Buildings Online: Roman Colosseum
Images: Roman Colosseum
The world's largest reef is Earth's largest living structure. The Reef
is Queensland's no.1 tourist attraction and is world's most famed
Great Barrier Reef
Barrier Reef - Australia's Culture Portal
Images: Great Barrier Reef
6. Serengeti, Tanzania
The Serengeti is home to the world's largest migration of lions,
elephants, zebras, and rhinos. During migration over 2 million
mammals travel to the other side of the Serengeti.
Serengeti - The
National Park's Official Site
7. Machu Picchu-Peru
Machu Picchu "lost city of the Incas" was discovered by an American
historian Hiram Bingham who is one of the people who inspired the
Indiana Jones character. It's remoteness and the journey there adds to
Images: Machu Picchu
8. Angkor Wat-Cambodia
The world's largest religious monument wasn't rediscovered by the
Europeans till 1860. Like the Hagia Sophia it has switched religions
from Hindu to Buddhism.
Wat Information Pages
Images: Angkor Wat
9. Grand Canyon-United States
The world's most famous canyon is North America's largest and shows the
history of the formation of the North America continent. It took over 6
million years for the canyon to be created.
Grand Canyon National Park
Images: Grand Canyon
10. Ross Ice Shelf-Antarctica
The world's only inhabitable continent is home to Ross Ice Shelf, the
world's largest ice shelf. It is also home to the emperor penguins and
their great migration.
Images: Ross Ice Shelf
Everest is the Earth's tallest mountain. Climbing Mount Everest is one
of the greatest physical challenges on the planet and
the reward is being able to look down on the world.
Images: Mount Everest
12. Easter Island Statues
The Easter Island statues "moai" are located on one of the world's most
islands. It's original construction is a mystery and even believe UFOs
or other ancient society (Atlantis) constructed them.
Easter Island Statues
Island is words and pictures
Images: Easter Island
13. Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon contains over half of the world's remaining rainforests and
are often called Earth's lungs.
Save the Amazon
Images: Amazon Rainforest
Timbuktu is a fabled city that many people believe doesn't exist. "Here
to Timbuktu" is an expression given to a long journey. Just North of
Timbuktu is its sister city of trade, the Djenee Mosque, the world's
largest mud structure in the
Great Mosque of Djenne
of Timbuktu, Mali
15. Chichen Itza- Mexico
The world's most well known pyramid in the Western Hemisphere. The
Mayan pyramid measured the days of the year with its 365 steps.
Images: Chichen Itza
16. Red Square-Moscow, Russia
Red Square contains St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia's most prominent
national symbol and also a symbol of Russia's European
and Asian links. Besides the Cathedral is the Kremlin which was home to
tsars and now the Russian President.
Square in Moscow, Russia
Images: Red Square
17. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of
Cappadocia's unique chimneys and rocky landscape make it look more part
of the moon than Earth.
rocks of ages: 'Fairy chimneys,' tunnel cities of Cappadocia
18. Taman Negara National Park-Malaysia
The world's oldest rainforest is over 130 Million Years Old.
Taman Negara National Park
Negara - malaysia's first national park
Images: Taman Negara
19. Gobi Desert-China
The Gobi Desert was home to the Mongols and the is the largest desert
in Asia. It has also has several cities that were part
of the Silk Road.
Travel Photography: The Gobi desert
Images: Gobi Desert
Chamonix was the site of the first ever winter Olympics and is one of
the most famed spots of the European Alps. Chamonix
is at the foot of Europe's tallest mountain-Mont Blanc.
The lost city of stone wasn't discovered by the western world till
1812. The Treasury is Petra's most-famed stone structure
and was the setting for the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last
22. Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful and violent cities in the
world. It also is home to the Christ the Redeemer Statue
which was recently named one of the 7 new wonders of the world.
Rio de Janeiro
of Christ the Redeemer history & pictures
Images: Rio de Janeiro
Sydney has received the nickname the "Paris of the Pacific".
The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognizable
buildings and the 2000 Summer Olympics are considered the greatest
organized Olympics of all-time.
Utzon's finishing touch
Images: Sydney Opera House
The Statue of Liberty is the international symbol of the United States
of America. It is located in New York Harbour and
was the first sight for many new immigrants.
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty National
Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
Images: Statue of Liberty
The Eiffel tower was built for the World Fair by Gustave Eiffel who has
assisted in the construction of the Statue of Liberty.
The Tower was originally designed to be a temporary structure for 20
years but due to need for a communication tower it stood
The Official Site
of the Eiffel Tower
Images: Eiffel Tower
26. Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto the long-time imperial capital of Japan is home to many temples.
The Kiyomizu Temple was originally constructed in
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
to Kyoto - Kiyomizu - dera Temple
27. Potala Palace, Tibet
The Portala Palace was the former chief residence of the Dali Lama. It
is the most prominent building in Tibet and was built
on a mountain at an altitude of 12,000 feet.
Roasted Blend: Potala Palace in Tibet
Images: Portala Palace
28. Hermitage Museum/Winter Palace, St. Peterburg
The Winter Palace was the setting for the Russian Revolution and winter
home to Russia's tsars. It has now been converted to a musuem.
Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
Images: Winter Palace
29. Rock-Hewn Churches-Lalibela, Ethopia
Laibela's churches were carved out of rock and after the Muslims
captured Jerusalem it was suppossed to be the new
Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
30. Red Fort, India
The Red was built out of red sandstone and was the site where the
Indian Prime Minister address the nation after independence
from the British.
Fort of India
Images: Red Fort
31. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest volcano crater that was
created 2-3 Million Years Ago. Today it is home to
25,000 large mammals.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Crater Tanzania - Tanzania Safaris
32. Angel Falls, Venezuala
Angel Falls are the world's highest free-flowing waterfall. The area
around Angel Falls was an inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's
Falls - Venezuela Tuya
Images: Angel Falls
Milford Sound is New Zealand's most famous landmark. Rudyard Kipling
called Milford Sound the 8th Wonder of the World.
Sound New Zealand Milford Sound Cruises & Coach Tours
Images: Milford Sound
34. Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal "Blue Eye of Siberi" is the deep and largest freshwater
lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's unfrozen
Lake Baikal - UNESCO
World Heritage Centre
Images: Lake Baikal
35. Yangshuo/Li Jiang River-China
The Li River has limestone peaks "karnsts" and has become a popular
rock climbing destination.
river at Yangshuo - Guilin China - panorama
36. Yellowstone National Park-USA
Yellowstone National Park is located on the top of a supervolcano. The
most famous feature is Old Faithful Geyser.
Plan your Yellowstone
National Park vacation
Images: Yellowstone Park
37. Matterhorn, Switzerland
The Matterhorn is one of Europe's most recognizable mountain peaks. It
was considered to be unclimable.
38. Red Sea-Egypt
The Red Sea is steep in biblical history. It is also the world's most
northern tropical sea and contains coral reefs.
Wikipedia: Red Sea
Images: Red Sea
39. Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
Gunung Mulu National Park is the world's largest natural enclosed
space. The Sarawak chamber is the world's largest cave
Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
Gunung Mulu National
Park - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Images: Gunung Mulu
The Maldives is the flattest country on Earth. It is a collection of
islands and home to a wide variety of activities.
Maldives-The sunny side
41. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
The Hagia Sophia was the Byzantine's most prominent religious symbol.
It was later converted to a Mosque and is now a musuem.
Images: Hagia Sophia
42. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This fairy tale castle was the inspiration for many Disney castles. It
is the photographed building in Germany.
Images: Neuschwanstein Castle
43. Forbidden City- Beijing, China
The Forbidden City was home to the Chinese emperor for five centuries.
the Forbidden City, China's Palace Museum
Images: Forbidden City
44. Teotihuacan, Mexico
Teotihuacan is home to the Pyramid of the Moon. Two Thousand years ago
it was larger than an city in Rome.
Teotihuacan Home Page
Bali is Indonesia largest tourist's destination. It is home to rice
terraces, surfing, and over 10,000 temples.
Travel Guide and Travel Information - Lonely Planet
46. Nazca Lines, Peru
The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs that are only visible from
the air. Why were these drawn over 2000 years ago when no
one could see them from the sky?
Images: Nazca Lines
47. Golden Temple-Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple is the most important shrine to Sikhism.
Images: Golden Temple
48. Viking Ship Museum (Oslo)
The Viking Ship Museum contains 3 Vikings Ships and artifacts from
Viking Ship Museum (Oslo)
Images: Viking Skip Museum Oslo
49. Leptis Magna-Libya
The Leptis Magna's ruins are the best preserved ruins of a Roman city.
Images: Leptis Magna
The Southern Hemishere's tallest tower is home to the "sky jump" a
cross between bungy and base jumping.
SkyJump! Auckland’s unique
Images: Sky Tower Auckland
The worldest's largest rock is also spirtually important to local
Uluru - Kata
Tjuta National Park
52. Vatican City
Vatican City is Christianity's most prominent symbol. At it's centre is
St. Peter's Basilica the largest religious building
in the world.
Vatican City - UNESCO
World Heritage Centre
53. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands is where Charles Darwin Charles Darwin was able
to establish his theory of evolution.
Visit The Galapagos Islands -
54. Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi'an, China
The Terra Cotta Warriors were built from 210 BCE and include over 7000
soldiers and calvary figurines.
Terra Cotta Warriors
of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses
Images: Terra Cotta
55. Victoria Falls-Africa
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfalls in the world. It is also the
adventure capital of Africa and has other activities
ranging from whitewater rafting to safaris.
Images: Victoria Falls
56. Banaue Rice Terraces, Phillipines
The Terraces are 2000 years old and were used for irrigration.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Year Old Terraces Carved By Hand
Images: Banaue Rice Terraces
57. Karnak Temple, Egypt
Karnak is the world's biggest temple complex.
- Karnak Temple
Images: Karnak Temple
58. Ellora Caves- Aurangabad, India
Ellora Caves are the world's largest collection of carved rock
sculptures in the world.
Maharashtra - Archaeological Survey of India
Images: Ellora Caves
59. Whistler, BC, Canada
Whistler is rated as the best ski destination in the world.
Whistler, British Columbia
60. Ox Bel Ha Cave System, Yucatan, Mexico
Yucatan Mexico is home to the world's largest underground cave systen.
Ox Bel Ha Cave System
Grupo de Exploracion
Ox Bel Ha
Images: Yucatan Cave
Kakadu is one of the world's most unique landscapes. It landscapes
changes with the dry and wet seasons. It gained international
exposure with the movie Crocodile Dundee.
62. Iguazu Falls, Brazil
The world's widest waterfalls is also the worldest largest waterfalls
Images: Iguazu Falls
63. Sahara Desert
The world's largest desert has sand dunes that reach 180 meters.
The Sahara Desert (Morocco, West Africa)
64. Acropolis- Athens, Greece
The Parthenon on the Acrpopolis of Athens is Greece's most recognizable
landmark and evidence of Greece's contribution
to the development of Western society.
Acropolis of Athens
65. Old City (Jerusalem), Israel
Jerusalem is the birthplace of 3 relgions, Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam. Jerusalem contains the Dome of the Rome,
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall
Old City (Jerusalem)
66. Nahanni National Park, Canada
The South Nahanni River is the main feature of the park that contains
canyons, waterfalls, and caves.
Nahanni National Park
67. Hong Kong
Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world.
Images: Hong Kong
Bagan was the ancient capital of several ancient kingdoms in Mynamar.
It contains over 2000 Temples and Pagodas.
Bagan, Myanmar | Ancient
Chitwan National Park is Nepal's oldest National Park and home to
Elephant Safari tours.
Chitwan National Park
National Park Elephants - Fullscreen QTVR from panoramas.dk
70. Redwood Forest, California, US
Redwood Forest is home to the tallest trees in the world.
Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood National and State
Parks (U.S. National Park Service)
Stonehenge is a mysterious site important to Druids. It is believed to
be a pagan site used for sun worship and the boulders were
moved from Wales to England.
72. Belize Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world and the
largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Belize Barrier Reef
Belize Barrier Reef
Reserve System - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
73. Palm Islands/Burj Al Arab- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is home to the world's most expensive buildings. The Palm Islands
are the world's largest artificial islands
and Burj Al Arab is the world's tallest hotel.
Queenstown is the adventure tourism capital of the world. It gained
fame from AJ Hackett the creator of the Bungee jump
and the Lord of the Ring films.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Offical Site of
75. Mammoth Cave- Kentucky, US
Mammoth Cave is the world's largest cave system.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave Online
Images: Mammoth Cave
76. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley consists of waterfalls, peaks, and lakes. It is also
home to the giant panda.
Scenic and Historic Interest Area - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
77. Wat Phra Keo, Thailand
Wat Phra Keo is Thailand's most famous temple and home to the Emerald
Wat Phra Kaew
Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha Temple), Bangkok Photo Gallery
Images: Wat Phra Keo
78. Sognefjord, Norway
Sognefjord is the second largest fjord in the world and one of the most
beautiful places on Earth.
Sognefjord - The official
guide to Sognefjorden - Fjord Norway
79. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar is ancient stone town that was an important trading post.
Today it is a great location for sailing and beaches.
80. Ladakh, India
Ladakh remoteness add to its uniqueness.
Ladakh Kashmir - Ladakh
81. Palau, Micronesia
The most famous attraction of Palau is scuba diving with jellyfish that
Palau Visitors Authority
82. Alhambra, Spain
Alhambra is the prominent landmark of Islamic Architecture in Western
83. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland is a collection of geysurs and spas.
Blue Lagoon (geothermal spa)
Blue Lagoon Iceland
84. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is one of the world's largest deserts. Today it is home to
Images: Wadi Rum
85. Dead Vlei, Nambia
Dead Vlei has some of the world's biggest red sand dunes.
Photos: Namib Desert - Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - Scott L. Robertson
Images: Dead Vlei
86. Pacaya, Guatemala
Pacaya is a continously errupting Volcano in Guatemala.
Volcanism Program | Pacaya | Summary
87. Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine has the largest glaciers in the Southern Hemisphere
Torres del Paine National Park
to Torres del Paine and Patagonia - Chile
Images: Torres del Paine
88. 3 Gorges- Yangtze River, China
Yangtze River is the Asisa's longest river.
89. Hiroshima Peace Memorial- Hiroshima, Japan
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial uses the only surviving dome after the
bombing for its musuem.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Official Homepage of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Images: Hiroshima Peace Memorial
90. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve that protects lions,
rhinos, and elephants.
Manas National Park
Sanctuary - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Images: Manas Sanctuary
London is one of the world's great historic cities. It has been settled
for 3000 years and contains several history landmarks Big Ben,
Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, the Tower of London, and St. Paul's
Visit London - the official
website for London
92. Running of the Bulls- Pamplona, Spain
One of the world's most notorious festivals. Since 1924 there has 15
Bull Run (San Fermin)
Images: Running of the Bulls
The Louvre Museum, arguably the world's most famous musuem gained more
exposure as the primary setting in the best selling
mystery novel of all-time-the Da Vinci Code. The Museum houses the Mona
Lisa and also has one of the statues from Easter Island.
Museum Official Website
94. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is one of the world's best beach resorts.
Images: Bora Bora
95. Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride
The Rocky Mountaineer is rated as the world's greatest train ride.
Official Site – Canadian Train Travel, Rail Tours
Images: Rocky Mountaineer
Wimbledon is tennis's oldest major. The major is still played on a
97. Great Ocean Road- Victoria, Australia
Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most scenic drives. The Twelve
Apostles are natural limestone rocks just outside of
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Images: Great Ocean Road
98. Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki is the most famed Cook Islands in the South Pacific and is a
perfect site for sailing.
Cook Islands- Aitutaki
99. North Shore (Oahu), HI, US
The North Shore has the world's most massive surfable waves.
North Shore (Oahu)
Surf: Surfing Mecca, World Famous Ocean Beaches and Waves on the North
Images: North Shore Hawaii
100. Carlsbad Caverns, US
Lechuguilla Cave has some of the world's most unique cave formations.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Images: Carlsbad Caverns
The Edge of the Earth
Trek to the Himalayas
Wonders of the World
of the World
List of Statues by Height
Project for Public
50 Places to See Before You Die
Wonders of the World
Updated: January 3, 20011
Created: April 4, 2008