25 Places You Have To See Before You Die

Posted by on August 27, 2012

Not long ago we came to you with the most incredibly super awesome bucket list of all time and while it included quite a few ridiculous activities (riot tourism?) it didn’t mention much in the way of traveling or seeing the world. So, as a gift to all of you globetrotters out there we decided to fix that and put together a list of 25 places you have to see before you die.


25

Tianzi Mountains, China

Found in the Hunan province of China, the unique views from atop the Tianzi Mountains can be accessed by cable car.

24

Santorini, Greece

The site of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, this Greek island features picturesque beach side towns and Mediterranean sunsets.

23

Machu Pichu, Peru

Situated on a mountain ridge overlooking Urubamba Valley in Peru, this is probably one of the most iconic remains of the massive Incan Empire.

22

The Azores

Composed of several volcanic islands in the North Atlantic the Azores are well known for their beautiful geography and isolation.

21

The Great Wall, China

Stretching thousands of miles along northern China the Great Wall was in fact several shorter walls joined together in part to provide protection from tribes to the north.

20

Petra, Jordan

Unknown to the western world until Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt stumbled across it in 1812, this is now one of the most visited attractions in the Middle East.

19

Bagan, Burma

An ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Burma, Bagan contains over 2,000 temples and pagodas from between the 9th and 13th centuries.

18

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest is only accessible by permit due to it’s status as a Native American tribal park.



17

Ayers Rock, Australia

More formally known as “Uluru” this large sandstone formation in central Australia is the the largest monolith (single rock) in the world and is one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks.

16

Tanah Lot, Indonesia

This exotic rock off the coast of Bali features an ancient temple sitting upon its crumbling face.

15

Meteora, Greece

The surreal Meteora monasteries of Greece were originally built by monks to be a refuge from Turkish invaders and until 100 years ago there wasn’t any way to get to them except for rope ladders. Today, however, you can take a cable car or walk up the perilous staircase cut into the stone.

14

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Located in southwest Bolivia Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat.

13

Preikestolen, Norway

Also known as the Preacher’s Pulpit, visiting this 600 meter high cliff is not recommended in winter or spring when the path to the top is paved with ice. In summer though the view of the valley below is breathtaking.

12

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

You may recognize this gem from our list of the 25 most amazing waterfalls in the world. Located in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes is actually 16 separate bodies of water divided into upper and lower basins by natural dams consisting of moss and algae.

11

The Twelve Apostles, Australia

This collection of limestone stacks off the coast of Port Campbell National Park in Australia attracts roughly 2 million tourists every year.