When people think of places to include in their bucket list, many automatically think of the biggest and most popular destinations like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or the Niagara Falls that line the border of Canada and the United States.
There are, however, many equally wonderful places that are worthy of being included in the list of places you have to visit before you depart this beautiful world of ours. Check out our list and see which surreal destination calls out to you.
Whether you’re looking for natural attractions or man-made wonders, these travel destinations are definitely worth a visit.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Located off the coast of Belize, this massive underwater sinkhole flanked by reefs and caves is very popular with scuba divers because of the crystal-clear waters and the diverse species of marine life found in the area including the Caribbean reef shark and the Midnight Parrotfish. This circular submarine hole is 410 feet deep and more than 980 feet wide. It is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
A landmark symbol of Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Giza is the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. For more than 3,800 years, the 479-feet pyramid towered as the tallest man-made structure on Earth. The pyramids are so impressive, they have been featured in movies and books. They were also extensively studied by engineers and explored by archeologists. They continue to amaze and mesmerize tourists up to this day.
Believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, this prehistoric monument is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most popular attractions in the United Kingdom, and considered a British cultural icon. Even after years of study and research, the Stonehenge is still shrouded in mystery. No expert or academic could say for sure how the rocky monument was constructed or what it was built for. Adding to its mysterious allure is the effect of the sun’s rays during sunset when its glow pierces through the Stonehenge’s pillars, making for a stunning sight.
Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Chile
Like the Stonehenge, the Easter Island “moai” statues are ancient structures that have mystified tourists and archeologists for decades. Academics believe that these monolithic human sculptures served as symbols of religious authority and political power. These Easter Island statues are recognizable for their strong chins and large, broad noses. They have rectangle-shaped ears and deep eye slits. There are roughly 900 of these statues scattered all over Easter Island, differing in size and weight with the tallest standing 33 feet high and weighing 82 tons.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Spanning 4,086 square miles, this vast salt flat is the largest in the world. It attracts tourists from the world over because the ground looks otherworldly. Between 1995 and 2002, a hotel built using salt blocks stood in the area and, which served as temporary residence for many visitors. If you travel 1.9 miles outside Uyuni, you will find an antique train cemetery, which is also a major tourist attraction.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga