20 Astonishing Places You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia, built in the 12th century, originally constructed as a Hindu temple which was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. The site is considered the largest religious monument in the world, measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 sq meters). The temple later became a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag and it’s now the country’s prime visitor attraction.

 

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River which are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Taller and twice as wide as the as Niagara Falls, the almost 300 waterfalls forming Iguazu Falls are the result of a massive volcanic eruption dating back 135 million years ago.

 

Grand Canyon, USA

Grand Canyon

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Carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona, USA, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters) and it has developed over the past 17 million years.

 

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu

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This 15th century Inca site can be found in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru, at 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. Machu Pichu was abandoned in the 16th century due to the Spanish conquest and even though it was known locally, it remained unknown to the outside world until 1911. The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll from 2007.

 

Iceland

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iceland

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For this place to visit I had to add the whole country because it’s just an island and there’s a plethora of amazing places to visit and things to see in this land of fire and ice: from whale watching, geysers, volcanoes, lava fields to ice caves, lagoons, waterfalls and even the Aurora Borealis.

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, located on the Italian Riviera, west of the city of La Spezia. The villages are the result of centuries of building terraces on the rugged, steep landscape that overlook the sea. Part of the charm of the area is the lack of visible corporate development along with the lack of cars for the most part, the area not being ideal for car access and instead, paths, trains, and boats are easier means of transport between the villages.

 

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Ha Long Bay is situated in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. The area has about 1500 km2 and it includes almost 2000 islets (small islands), with a core area of 334 km2 and 775 islets, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean.

 

Bora Bora Island

Bora Bora Island

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Bora Bora Island

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Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its luxury resorts, the island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in its center, there are remnants of an extinct volcano.

 

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

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Pamukkale is a city located in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey, famous for its hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

 

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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Santorini, Greece

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Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is a Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea, formed after an enormous volcanic eruption. The island is famous for its volcanic landscape and dazzling white houses with amazing panoramic sea views.

 

Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island, Yemen

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Socotra Island, Yemen

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Socotra Island, Yemen

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Socotra is an island in the Indian Ocean, Yemen, about 240 km (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 km (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula. Because it’s one of the most isolated islands on Earth of continental origin and a third of its plant life can’t be found anywhere else on our planet, Socotra has been described as “the most alien-looking place on Earth”.

 

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

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Geiranger Fjord, Norway

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Geiranger Fjord is a 15-kilometer (9.3 mi) fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. With its majestic deep blue waters, beautiful waterfalls and surrounded by some of the steepest mountains on the west coast, the fjord is one of the most visited sites in Norway.

 

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA

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Yosemite National Park, USA

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Yosemite National Park, USA

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Yosemite National Park spans from the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties to the central eastern portion of the U.S. state of California. The national park is famous for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and its biological diversity.

 

Giza pyramid complex, Egypt

Giza pyramid complex, Egypt

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Giza pyramid complex, Egypt

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Great Sphinx, Egypt

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Found on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, the Giza pyramid complex is an archaeological site which includes three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids, along with the Great Sphinx, which were built more than 4500 years ago. Here you’ll find the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops, which is the oldest and largest Egyptian pyramid and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (and the only one to remain largely intact).

 

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls, Venezuela

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Angel Falls is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2648 ft). Located in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela, the waterfall is one of the country’s top tourist attractions however, being located in an isolated jungle, it’s pretty complicated to reach.

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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One of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has an area of about 300 square kilometers (73000 acres). The national park is famous for its 16 lakes that can be seen from the surface, arranged in breathtaking cascades.

 

Maldives

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Republic of Maldives is an island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It consists of 1192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, spread over about 90000 square kilometers (35000 square miles). The Maldives are known for their natural beauty – the blue ocean, white sandy beaches, as well as being one of the best recreational diving destination in the world due to its clean water and extraordinary underwater scenery.

 

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Zhangjiajie mountains

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Zhangjiajie mountains

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Zhangjiajie mountains

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Located in Zhangjiajie city in the Hunan Province of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park covers an area of 4810 ha (11900 acres) and it offers stunning views thanks to the peaks which rise like pillars through out the area.

 

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice is a city in the northeastern Italy which sits on a group of 118 small islands. Famous for its canals, art and architecture, the city is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.

 

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

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Bagan, Myanmar

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Bagan, Myanmar

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Bagan is an ancient city from Myanmar (Bruma), founded in the second century. The city stands out for both its sheer number of religious edifices as well as the amazing architecture of its buildings.

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