The world is full of spectacular places to visit, and each top 10 list should be considered only as a starting point of the coordinate system. Everyone should use this list when creating their own list with places that must be visited. Do you like to travel? If so, then we warmly recommend you to visit some of these wonderful places at least once in your life.
1. Taj Mahal, India
The awe-inspiring Taj Mahal is the world’s most famous monument in honor of love. The white marble mausoleum was built sometime in the mid-1600s by emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his wife Mumtaz, a Persian princess. Located just south of the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal remains one of the world’s finest examples of Mughal style—an elegant combination of Persian, Islamic, and Indian architecture. The interior is even more beautiful than the exterior, if that’s possible.
The Taj Mahal is often mistaken as the domed building seen in photos. In reality, there’s an entire complex beyond the main domed building (which served as the tomb), with expansive gardens, a mosque, and several more mausoleums and buildings made of red sandstone.
2. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Quite possibly the most beautiful metropolis in the world, Rio De Janeiro intertwines the beauty of the natural world with the tempo of an urban metropolis, housing more than 6.3 million people. Here, you take in one of South America’s finest beauties on the crest of Guanabara Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean, while still embracing the festive and vibrant nightlife of Brazil’s second-largest city.
If you plan on visiting this beautiful location, make sure to time your stay with Rio’s annual Carnival, the world famous festival that drapes the city with lights, music, dancing and joy. Also, don’t miss the “Christ the Redeemer” statue perched 700 meters atop Corcovado Mountain looking out over the city. If you’re planning a trip to Rio in June this year, you’ll also want to check out a soccer match in one of the 2014 World Cup’s host cities.
3. Grand Canyon, United States
One of the most famous Seven Wonders of Nature, the Grand Canyon is believed to have been carved some 17 million years ago by the Colorado River that once flushed through its various passes and turns to give it the geography of how it looks today. Although no sure history of how the Canyon was carved is available or what habitation it supported in the ancient times, for today’s tourists the sights that one can witness in a span of 277 miles is enough reason to plan to trip to the place.
4. Petra, Jordan
Set deep in the rock and protected by the walls of a valley is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved and impressive archeological sites: Petra. There have been human settlement here since prehistoric times, but before the Nabataeans came, Petra was just another watering hole. Between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century AD, they built a superb city, the center of a vast trading empire. In AD 106, Petra was annexed by Rome. Christianity arrived in the 4th century, the Muslims in the 7th and the Crusaders in the 12th. Petra then lay forgotten until the early 19th century.
5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora emerged from the waters 3 millions years ago. Like all the other Polynesian islands, this volcanic island slowly sinking in the ocean. It currently presents particular geological characteristics ranging in between a high island and an atoll status. Island has unforgettable turquoise lagoon – where a multi-color aquatic fauna (sting & manta rays, sharks, tropical fishes) can be observed by outrigger canoe, boat or diving explorations. The coral reef includes a string of islets and gorgeous white sand beaches surrounding the main island.
6. Plitvice, Croatia
The stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. This is one of the most beautiful places you must visit if you decide to travel around Europe.
7. Venice, Italy
The streets of Venice are probably the most unique and exciting in the world. Since the city was built over 100 small islands, you will need to travel by boat to get to some places. And with such a strong and effective sea trade route, it is no wonder why Venice has become an industrial leader in the world. Upon your arrival make sure that you look into guided tours. These are very beneficial as they provide you with all of the information about the city that you would want to know.
8. Bali, Indonesia
With its cushy luxury hotels, glorious sunsets, ancient temples and miles of dreamy beaches, it is no wonder a lot of travelers consider Bali as the top destination for romantic couples and honeymooners. But the thing is, Bali is more than just a honeymoon destination. For the uninitiated, Bali also has a rocky interior ripe for nature lovers and thrill seekers. Not to mention, you can book your accommodations for a surprisingly affordable price at an independent hotel in Bali.
9. Santorini, Greece
Santorini, or Thira, is the top destination in Greece and among the most romantic destinations in the Greek islands and also in the world. Located in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades islands, Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages has been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with Cycladic architecture and breathtaking view to the sea. Apart from the fabulous caldera villages, Santorini Greece is also famous for the romantic sunset, the volcano and the luxurious resorts. If you want to travel to Greece, Santorini is the best choice for you!
10. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Off the east coast of Queensland in northern Australia, the stunning Great Barrier Reef is a magnet to travellers from around the world. This Unesco World Heritage site is home to the world’s largest collection of coral reefs (400 types of coral), 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc plus other unique creatures including the dugong (‘sea cow’) and the large green turtle – making it a diving and snorkelling paradise. The beaches aren’t bad either.