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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 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
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
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 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
“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 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.
“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 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
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
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
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
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.