Lonely Planet have named the 500 most amazing places in the world
Travellers of the world, listen up!
Lonely Planet have named their top 500 most amazing places in the world to visit and if you can make it through the list without booking a holiday and or quitting your job to become a ‘citizen of the world’ we’ll be very surprised.
Not only are these places utterly stunning, some of them are not a million miles away. In fact, two British destinations made the top 50.
The British Museum came in at number 15 thanks to it’s amazing architecture and collection of historical treasures, including the Rosetta Stone.
Cumbria’s Lake District placed 36th in the world for it’s breathtaking natural beauty, attracting 12 million visitors a year.
Here are the top 10 destinations in the world, to whet your appetite for some backpacking adventures!
10. Aya Sofya, Turkey
Also known as the Hagia Sophia, this Istanbul landmark was once a Christian basilica, then an imperial mosque and now a cultural museum.
9. Alhambra, Spain
This palace and fortress complex in Andalusia’s Granada has been called “one of the most extraordinary structures on the planet”. Over 800 years old, it is a stunning example of Islamic art and architecture.
8. Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil
The mammoth waterfalls that straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil are a once-in-a-lifetime scene.
7. Colosseum, Italy
Rome is one of those cities that leaves tourists spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning landmarks. From the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, you can’t turn a corner in the Italian captial without coming across another treasure to tick off on your bucket list. Surely the most famous of all the sights is the Roman Colosseum.
6.Grand Canyon, USA
One world to describe the Grand Canyon? EPIC.
5. Taj Mahal, India
Is there any other landmark in the world that is tied up so closely with its country’s cultural identity as the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra?
4. Great Wall of China
It’s 13,170 miles long, took 200 years to build and can be seen from space. Pretty impressive, right?
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Built in 1450, this Incan historical site is still being restored to its former glory and has become the largest tourist attraction in South America. View’s not bad either.
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
According to CNN it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the largest coral reef in the world, stretching out over 133,000 sq mi, is home to billions of tiny organisms and (like the Great Wall of China) can be seen from space.
1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
This hauntingly beautiful temple site, known as Angkor Wat, has sat in the Cambodian holy city since the 12th century. It’s the largest religious monument in the world and welcomed over two million visitors in 2013.