Mother Earth along with mankind has co-created some of the most spectacular places on this planet. From sprawling cities to spectacular national parks, it is hard to keep your bucket list stagnant. Keeping in mind iconic attractions, culture, food and ease of travel, these are our top 10 best places in the world to visit!
When it comes to choosing a vacation, what appeals to one group of travellers might not be of interest to another. And with so many different destinations across the globe to choose from, narrowing down your options can be challenging. Taking into consideration sights, culture, food scenes, accommodation options and value for the money, plus reader. News ranks the world's best places to visit. This list features everything from national parks to incredible island escapes to cities bursting at the seams with cultural sights. Read on and find your next vacation.
1. Colosseum, Rome
This was originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre and was mostly used as a public entertainment arena. The Colosseum is one of the most famous attractions in Rome and is where most gladiatorial fights took place. Today, actors in gladiator clothes stand outside the Colosseum, where you can take pictures with them (for a price!) The Colosseum is a testament to the ingenuity of the builders, having stood the test of time. While parts have been damaged, the Colosseum remains standing in most of its original glory today. You should buy your tickets in advance to skip the ticketing queue, which can be quite the time saver!
2. San Francisco
The City by the Bay offers something for everyone. Travellers love the city's iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, its vibrant neighbourhoods like the Mission District and Chinatown, and its outdoor offerings, such as Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. What's more, San Francisco is home to an excellent and diverse food scene, boasting everything from Michelin-starred eateries to tasty food trucks to the popular Ferry Building Marketplace food hall.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a mountainous city with stunning beaches and exciting nightlife. The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the city from atop Corcovado Mountain.
4. Maroon Bells, USA
Located only about 10 miles from Aspen, Colorado, the Maroon Bells are two 14,000-foot peaks in the Elk Mountains that are reflected in crystal-clear Maroon Lake, snuggled in a glacial valley. They are the crown jewels of the Rocky Mountains and by far one of the most photographed scenes in the country. It is difficult to say when the timeless beauty of these two sentinels mirrored in the lake is more striking: In the summer, when every hiking trail takes you through fields of wildflowers, in the fall, when tall aspen trees dazzle with a rainbow of fall colours, or in the winter, when snow and ice silence the world. The best photo opportunities are from one of the many hiking trails – access by motor vehicles is limited. The lake is popular among fly-fishermen – even if they don’t catch anything, the beauty all around them is enough.
5. Banff, Alberta
Outdoor enthusiasts should add Banff to their bucket lists. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, this Canadian vacation spot offers active pursuits galore, ranging from hiking, whitewater rafting and caving to skiing, dogsledding and snowshoeing. The area also hosts cultural and musical performances throughout the year. Plus, the après-ski scene here is top-notch: Skiers and snowboarders can wind down with drinks by the fire and meet new friends after a day on the slopes.
6. Great Barrier Reef
Though the Great Barrier Reef's coral population is diminishing, it's still one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. The region is home to more than 3,000 individual reefs and coral cays, and colourful fish like angelfish, clownfish, parrotfish and butterflyfish, in addition to various species of sharks. When you're not exploring underwater, you can spend time relaxing on Whitehaven Beach or sailing on the turquoise Coral Sea.
7. Caribbean sea, St. Lucia
A mountainous island located in the Caribbean sea, St. Lucia is a popular destination for beach dwellers and scuba divers. A beach village sits beneath the Pitons, two hulking volcanic spires on St. Lucia's west coast.
8. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is one of many Greek islands and is one of the most famous. It is popular because of its beauty and outstanding views - this makes it a popular tourist destination and it can sometimes be quite crowded. Most visitors arrive during the peak summer season when many schools have breaks. Accommodations can sometimes be hard to find, so book as early as you can. Winter is cool and rainy, but if you don’t mind this, you’ll find an uncrowded island with few visitors. The spring and fall are the best times to visit Santorini, Greece because the weather is pleasant and there are few crowds.
9. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This archaeological complex is spread around the area of 400 km2. The main attraction here is Angkor Wat, which is counted as one of the most amazing architectures worldwide. Once a Hindu temple and now a testament of prodigious Khmer Empire, the construction of Angkor Wat dates back to 12th century. The mega-structure of this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by Suryavarman II, which took 35 years to take its final form. If history is your cup of tea, Angkor Archaeological Park is a must-visit. Bayon, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm are the other significant must-sees. Make sure that your clothes cover your shoulders and knees before heading for the temple. Try to get up early to catch the breath-taking view of the Sun rising behind the archaeological complex.
10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Welcome to the fantasy of a dreamy island with utmost perfectional beauty"- This is how the pictures of Bora Bora entice you for a vacation. A part of French Polynesia, this magical island has some of the most beautiful sights to behold- a tropical island surrounded by the amazing blue lagoon and coral reefs, accompanied by small islets (Motus) scattered around Bora Bora. Bora Bora has a lot more to offer apart from its indulging over-water and beach-side resorts. When you get slightly bored of sunbathing and your supercool tan starts looking like burnt skins, you can always turn to some great adventures for an extraordinary experience. There are a couple of underwater activities that also allow you to interact with the enigmatic marine life.