Iconic attractions to add to your bucket list

Great Wall of China - Bucket List Destination

There are many awe-inspiring tourist attractions around the world, but only so much space on a bucket list! These top attractions, however, are worth visiting at least once in your life!

Machu Picchu, Peru

mach Picchu Peru
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A trip to Machu Picchu in Peru is one you likely won’t forget. This breathtaking Incan citadel was built in the 15th century. Today the ruins are still visited by many tourists because of their beauty. Not only is the site incredible, but the structure and layout of the citadel are mysterious and has been connected to astrology.

Of course, the setting in the Andes Mountains is beautiful. If walking holidays are your go to, Machu Picchu is a must-visit. This is a destination for those who enjoy long hikes. Usually, a trip to Machu Picchu takes about four or five days on foot. The city closest to Machu Picchu is Cusco.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

the Eiffel Tower over the Seine River, Paris
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If you haven’t seen the Eiffel Tower yet, it should be on your bucket list! People rave about Paris for all the right reasons and many people fall in love with this beautiful city.

The Eiffel Tower itself was architecturally highly advanced for the time it was built. It was constructed for the Paris World Fair in 1889 and remains one of the world’s top attractions today. Its height is 324m.

Elevators and stairs lead up to different platforms, with restaurants and shops offering great views of Paris. You can even plan a business meeting at the Eiffel Tower1 Book online in advance to award long queues and check the average waiting times on the official website.

The Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India
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The stunning Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World next to the Colosseum and Machu Picchu (mentioned earlier).

It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century for his wife Mumtaz Mahal and is located in the state Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It took more than 20,000 workers to construct the building, using the strength of 1,000 elephants to carry heavy blocks made out of marble.

Today, the Taj Mahal is still considered to be the most well-known attraction in India and one of the places that make it onto virtually every bucket list worldwide for a good reason!

The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
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When people all over the world think of Rome, they often imagine the Colosseum. Rome is a city known and loved for many amazing and remarkable attractions, innovations and artworks that are unmatched. The colosseum remains one of the most important landmarks of the capital city of Italy.

The Amphitheatre was built almost 2,000 years ago and took many years to build. The Vespasian empire began construction, and it was finished during the reign of the emperor Titus. The ruins of the colosseum are illuminated at night, making them look stunning.

Check your Colosseum ticket prices and purchase online before visiting; nobody wants to stand for hours in the sun queuing for standby tickets on a day when there are so many more spectacular sites to see in Rome.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Of all of the amazing temples in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is considered to be the most impressive. It is also said to be the largest religious monument in the world. It was constructed on over 400 acres of land and was built to honour the Hindu god Vishnu.

It was unclear why the Angkor empire fell apart for a long time, but historians think that drought and very strong monsoon rains caused so much damage that eventually led to the site’s abandonment.

The Angkor ruins can easily be explored by hiring a tuk tuk from Siem Reap.

Niagara Falls, Canada

Nigara Falls viewed from Canada side
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When it comes to waterfalls, there aren’t many that can match the Niagara Falls that straddle between New York state and Canada. The falls are 170 ft. (52 m) high, and the depth of the water at the foot of the falls is the same height as the falls themselves. You won’t get a shortage of spectacular pictures here.

Horseshoe Falls, one of two falls that make up the Niagara Falls on Niagara River, is located in the Canadian province of Ontario and isn’t far from the city of Toronto.

A bridge leading over the water connects two cities named after the waterfall (‘Niagara Falls’) in Canada and in the United States. The International Rainbow Bridge leads from Ontario to the state of New York.

The Great Wall of China, China

Great Wall of China - Bucket List Destination
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The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world – there are 13,000 miles of wall in total. This structure was originally built as a protection against invasions from the North and has been renovated and updated because of the high numbers of tourists that visit it every year.

The first person who walked along the entire wall in modern history was William Edgar Geil, an American tourist. How long did it take him and his team? Five months! Luckily, he took plenty of pictures on his journey, which are now considered historically very important.

Which attraction made it onto your bucket list? Whichever it is, you won’t regret visiting it. Just watch out for peak tourist times and choose the best months to travel for the most enjoyable experience.

Don’t forget to check out our guide on “How to narrow down your overseas adventure wishlist” when choosing how to prioritise your travel dreams as a family.

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