Landmarks & Sites
7 of the Most Stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Where to Find Them
With over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from, choosing which places to explore can be a daunting task. But everyone needs to start somewhere so here are some of the most stunning sites and where to find them.
Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)
Why go: This UNESCO World Heritage site is comprised of several islands, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. It is home to a wide range of species many of which are rarely seen outside this archipelago. Some of the top things to see in this place include giant tortoises, land iguanas, and other wildlife as well as its vibrant marine life.
Great Barrier Reef (Queensland, Australia)
Why go: one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 2,000 individual reefs and hundreds of islands. It is the largest coral reef in the world. Severe bleaching in recent years has put this stunning coral reef system under threat.
Great Wall of China (China)
Why go: Impressive is a word that fails to capture the Great Wall of China’s grandeur. While some sections are already in ruins, long stretches of the 21,196-kilometer fortification can still be scaled and explored.
Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina)
Why go: See the breathtaking nature scenery including the stunning Glaciar Perito Moreno, Mt. Fitz Roy, a wide range of flora and fauna, woodlands, lakes, and more.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Why go: Follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and marvel at the spectacular sights all around you. See the glorious sights and experience the sense of mystery surrounding the ancient city.
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Why go: This stunning monument is a massive mausoleum commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is a beautiful and enduring monument to love that draws thousands of tourists from around the world.
Venice and its Lagoon (Italy)
Why go: The beautiful city of Venice and its lagoon is famous for its architectural marvels. Explore this splendid watery city on board a gondola or water bus and be amazed by the canals, bridges, and buildings around you.