Top Amazing Places You Need To Visit Before You Die – Part 3

Santorini in Greece

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We are now on the home stretch of awesome places that you really ought to visit at least once before you buy the farm. These places are just as awe-inspiring as all the others are, so they may be last on this list but not the least. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Santorini, Greece

Santorini in Greece
Santorini in Greece

Santorini is a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea. If you want to go to a place rich in natural history, ancient cities, beautiful scenery, spectacular beaches, amazing restaurants serving some of the best wines in the world, and with an active volcano, this is the place to be.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan Philippines
El Nido Palawan Philippines

The Philippines has many beaches and nature destinations, but the best of these can be found in Palawan. El Nido is has been named the Best Beach and Island destination in the country, and with thousands to choose from that is tribute indeed. It boasts extraordinary ecosystems and natural beauty as well as first class tourist amenities.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Maccu Piccu in Peru
Machu Picchu in Peru

History buffs, hold on to your hats. We mean that literally. Situated more than 2,400 meters above sea level on the mountain ridge in the Urubamba Province of Peru, it can get very breezy visiting the site of this 15th Century Incan civilization. Machu Picchu is believed to have been the property of emperor Pachacuti, and it is the perfect example of Inca civilization.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling
The Great Wall of China at Jinshan Ridge Great Wall” by Severin.stalder Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Astronauts can see this from space, so you can imagine the size of this sucker. The Great Wall of China was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) to defend China from invaders and runs for 5,500 miles from east to west.

Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Valley of the Ten Peaks
Moraine Lake” by Gorgo Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

There are actually 11 peaks if you count Mount Hungabee but 10 sounds better. This range of mountains provide a spectacular landscape and being next to the beautiful Lake Moraine is experiencing nature at its best. The valley itself was part of the original homeland of The Nakoda – aka the Stoney Indians.

Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice in Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia photo by Korom

Plitvice actually refers to Plitvice Lakes National Park which is the oldest one in Southeast Europe. Its claim to fame is the cascading lakes, currently 16 of them, that illustrate the delicate interplay of air, water, and plant life. The product is a spectacular and unique ecosystem that can only be maintained by strict protection. It is listed as a World heritage site.

Preikestolen, Norway

Preikestolen in Norway
“Norway Preikestolen” by Aconcagua Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Preikestolen, aka the Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is found in Ryfylke, Norway. While difficult to pronounce, tourists are unfazed as they flock to marvel at this 604 meter high cliff with an almost perfectly level top towering over Lysefjorden. However, it is can only be accessed through a 3.8 km hike, and best attempted between April and October.

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale in Turkey by Ana Raquel S. Hernandes
Pamukkale in Turkey by Ana Raquel S. Hernandes

Pamukkale translates to “cotton castle,” referring to the natural limestone deposits (travertines) formed by numerous hot springs that bubbled to the surface over thousands of years,, The carbonate minerals formed terraces upon which the city of Hierapolis was built, and which is now in ruins. There used to be hotels on Pamukkale itself, but the damage they caused threatened to destroy the site. They were all removed and tourists are confined to specific areas on the site.

Old Bagan, Myanmar

Sunset in Old Bagan
Sunset in Old Bagan

Old Bagan is the former seat of power when Myanmar was known as Burma, it was during its time that the unification of the various Burmese regions took place between the 11th and 13th centuries. Its main attraction as a tourist destination is the remains of 2,200 Buddhist temples, monasteries, and pagodas that have survived. During its heyday, there were more than 10,000. Many consider it equal in historical significance to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

Hoh Rainforest
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

There is nothing like a rainforest to remind you of just how much of nature has disappeared in the name of progress. The Hoh Rainforest is home to the Sitka spruce and western hemlock, some of which have grown to 95 meters, as well as mosses and lichens unique to the area. It also provides for the Pacific tree frog , bobcat, cougar, and the northern spotted owl .

Glowworm Cave in Waitomo, New Zealand

Glowworm Cave in Waitomo
Waitomo Glowworm Caves in Waitomo

As can be easily deduced, the attraction of this Waitomo tourist spot is the Glowworm Cave. It is really quite an awesome sight even though you are aware that they are actually insects. These particular glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are found only in New Zealand, and are tiny, about the size of a mosquito. Visitors can also check out the limestone formations in fantastic shapes and configurations.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosí, Bolivia 200701 by Chechevere Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

And finally, we come to Salar de Uyuni, which is the largest salt flat in the world. Located near the Andes mountains in Bolivia, it is 10,582 square kilometers of salt crust. What is amazing is the extraordinary flatness of the land over such a large area. It is bleak, yes, but no less spectacular because of it.

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