The world offers so many incredible sights to see, and there is certainly no shortage of destinations to add to your bucket list. But if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing and awe-inspiring attractions and don’t know where to begin, there’s something to be said for checking out what everyone else is, well, checking out.
These three spectacular destinations see more visitors than anywhere else, and it’s easy to understand why. These mega-popular attractions from around the world are a must for any travel bucket list.
The Great Wall of China
Located in northern China, this series of walls and fortifications is the largest man-made structure ever built. You can even see it from space! It was originally conceived in the third century B.C.; however, the most well-preserved and best-known section was built during the Ming Dynasty in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D.
The most-visited section of the Great Wall of China is the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing. It is only about 43 miles from downtown Beijing and is easy to reach by public transportation. This tourist-friendly attraction has undergone restoration and is the most complete section of the Great Wall still standing.
The Grand Canyon
As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is immensely popular with tourists. It’s about 227 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep. The layered bands of rock show off millions of years of geological history, making it an incredible sight to see.
The area is also rich with history. Human habitation in dates back to at least 1200 B.C., so the park offers a variety of education experiences with museums, information centers, and educational tours. However, the Grand Canyon is particularly spectacular for people who love outdoor adventures, because there are plenty of walking and hiking trails, plus rafting on the Colorado River.
The name “Angkor Wat” translates to “city temple,” which makes sense considering it was originally built as a state temple complex. Located in the midst of a dense jungle, this masterpiece is an example of classical Khmer architecture. It was built during the early 12th century, and much of it still stands today. This awe-inspiring temple is the largest single religious monument in the world, at almost 500 acres in size.
Because this site is a sacred religious site to the Khmer people, visitors should dress modestly. You will not be allowed to visit certain areas of Angkor Wat without at least your upper arms covered and shorts to the knees. Visitors are also asked not to touch, sit on, or climb the ancient structures, and to be respectful of monks.