Top 10 iconic travel destinations
Everyone has their own ideas about travel. For some, the best trip is an all-inclusive one at a resort in Mexico and long walks on the beach. Others like to venture out into the unknown and explore new territories. The world is full of wonders, enough for every type of traveler. Below, we describe 10 iconic destinations that every well-travelled person should visit.
1. Taj Mahal – India
India is a country full of controversies – you can either love it at first sight or dismiss it just as quickly. But in our opinion, everyone should go there at least once and see it for themselves. Once you’re there you should definitely visit Agra, the city where the Taj Mahal is located. According to a legend, it is a symbol of the great love the Mughal emperor had for his wife, who died in childbirth. The enormous palace is built out of marble and decorated with tens of thousands of precious stones, which makes a stunning impression, especially at sunrise and sunset.
2. Australia, The Land Of Kangaroos
Spend your vacation discovering Australia. You can concentrate on getting to know the big cities, like Sydney and Melbourne, or set out on an adventure and explore Australia’s fauna and flora outside agglomerations. In Australia’s plains and rainforests, you can see some of the continent’s unique animals, like kangaroos, koalas, and crocodiles, and observe them in their natural habitat. If you’re more of a beach person, you can snooze on the white-hot sands, and snorkel in the blue waters near the Great Barrier Reef. A tour of Australia is a fantastic idea for spending your dream vacation. It is the land of kangaroos and a surfer’s paradise, where time passes slowly. Australia will delight you with the diversity of its nature and culture.
3. Great Canyon – USA
There is more to the US than just New York or LA. If you are not a fan of big, busy cities, the United States is also rich in breathtaking works of nature, such as the Great Canyon. The Great Canyon is an astounding gorge carved by the Colorado River located in a national park in the state of Arizona. In addition to the guaranteed beauty of this place, you can also experience a bit of a thrill doing water rafting.
4. Petra – Jordan
The ruins of an ancient city in Jordan are one of the less-known examples of our world heritage. The city belonged to the Nabataeans, a tribe of ancient Semitic people, and is situated among steep rocks in the beautiful Wadi Musa Valley – the Moses Valley. The remains of Petra’s buildings, carved in the rocks, recall the legendary wealth of the city, which was supposed to result from its location at the intersection of two important trade routes. In this area, you can also take a camel trip and feel the atmosphere of the mysterious desert city.
5. Angkor – Cambodia
Angkor is a province in northern Cambodia where you can visit one of the most beautiful archaeological complexes that have survived to our times. With an area of 400 km², it features numerous breathtaking examples of human hands’ work – for example, the Ta Prohm Buddhist temple, which inspired the creators of the famous “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” series The filmmakers made use of the site’s mystic atmosphere and some of the movie’s most memorable scenes were shot there.
6. Machu Picchu – Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the most recognizable places in South America – the lost city of the Incas located in the Peruvian mountains, surrounded by the peaks of Huayna Picchu and La Montana Machu Picchu. It is worth reaching this place partly on foot because the hike in the mountains is an amazing experience. The view from the city itself is unforgettable, and the stories about this city and theories related to the former Inca Empire are a fascinating addition to a trip around Peru.
7. Iguazu Falls – Brazil & Argentina
The Iguazu Falls lay between the border between Brazil and Argentina and make up the largest waterfall system in the world. Iguazu consists of almost three hundred cascades, that extend over a width of more than 2 kilometers. One of the most impressive of the waterfalls is the Devil’s Gorge.
As a part of two national parks, the falls delight with a variety of species of plants and animals, especially the multicolored birds. You can take helicopter rides from the Brazilian side for an aerial view of the falls. Although Argentina forbids such trips because of the adverse environmental impact, you can also reach the park by the Rainforest Ecological Train.
8. African Safari
Africa is undoubtedly a fascinating continent, full of diversity in terms of culture and landscape. Africa has so much to offer that there is no doubt that everyone will find something for themselves. Visiting tea plantations in Madagascar or searching for wild animals on a safari in Kenya are just a few options you can choose to do when you travel to the Black Continent.
9. Bohuslän – Sweden
Try a different type of island hopping in Bohuslän Sweden. You can kayak between an archipelago of 8,000 uninhibited islets and if you take a tent and some provisions you can even camp on the deserted beaches. This trip offers complete freedom, as you can decide which islands to visit and how much time to spend there. It is one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas that offer precious peace and quiet – there is a high chance you won’t meet any other tourists while exploring your way around the coast.
10. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
As the world’s largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia covers an area of 10,000 square kilometers. After a rainfall, the giant plain resembles a mirror. Salar de Uyuni is located at a high altitude of 3,656 meters above sea level, which can be challenging to some travelers, but the outstanding landscape is for sure worth the discomfort.