Why choose just one destination for your next vacation? With so many travel destinations in the world, you could make it your life’s work to visit as many as possible! That said, not everyone has endless time to travel or resources to do so, so you’ll want to make sure that you prioritize the best and most unique destinations when planning your getaway. This list will give you some of the most unforgettable and unique places to visit on the planet.
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1) Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, containing around 3,000 individual reefs. This reef spans over 1,200 miles in length and covers an area of 344,400 square miles. It is home to a plethora of marine life including sea turtles, dugongs, sharks, dolphins and whales. The reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are many ways to experience the reef. Scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking are just some of the options you have when visiting this attraction. Other activities include taking scenic flights or sailing trips through the Coral Sea. In addition to being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, it is also considered one of the most diverse.
2) The Pyramids of Egypt
The pyramids of Egypt are one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, while the other two pyramids (Khufu and Khafre) still stand as tall as they did over 4,500 years ago. Each pyramid contains an entrance that leads to three passageways: the entrance passage, a horizontal passage leading to the burial chamber, and a sloping passage descending from there.
The pyramid of Khafre is famous because it has a pit dug inside it which can be seen from above ground. A number of tourists died when they went down into this pit without being aware that there was not an opening at the bottom leading back up to daylight.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England that features the remains of what is believed to have been a ritual site dating back thousands of years. The site was constructed from thousands of large stones that were brought from the nearby quarries. It is also believed that Stonehenge was used as an observatory to predict eclipses, solstices, and equinoxes. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes over one million visitors each year. Visitors can explore the grounds and walk around the stones. Visitors should not touch or climb on any of the stones as they are extremely delicate and can fall apart if touched too often. Also, visitors should be aware that most of Stonehenge is covered with grass so it’s best to wear shoes instead of sandals or flip-flops when visiting.
4) Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, spanning 4,500 square kilometers. It’s located about 1,000 kilometers south of Bolivia’s capital La Paz and is a perfect place to visit if you’re looking to see one of the most unique landscapes in the world. The Salar was created at an elevation of 4,200 meters above sea level. In the summer, it has nearly 10 feet of water while in winter it has less than two inches of water. Salar de Uyuni also happens to be home to over 200 animal species including flamingos and llamas which can only be found here. Some people even call it the Bolivian Sea. There are tour operators that specialize in bringing tourists to the Salar and offering activities such as exploring by bike or taking a hot air balloon ride. When visiting this area, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreens because there’s not much shade available on the barren landscape.
5) Socotra Island (Yemen)
Socotra Island is a Yemeni island with a population of 60,000. It is the most isolated inhabited island in the world, located between Yemen and Somalia. The inhabitants speak Socotranese which is very different from Arabic or any other known language. The island has been inhabited for about 2,500 years. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The island features many diverse landscapes and a wide variety of plant species. These include various types of plants found nowhere else on Earth, including dragon blood trees (Dracaena cinnabari). One special tree that grows on the island is called toqa (Acacia tortilis) which only grows in Socotra. Locals believe it to be sacred and they decorate their homes with its wood. Visitors who come to the island are expected to give the local people fruits or money when they arrive so that they can pay off local men who do not have jobs because there are no industries on the island. There are no vehicles on this island because it’s too small and remote for vehicles so locals use donkeys instead.
6) Torres del Paine National Park (Chile & Argentina)
Stretching across the border of Chile and Argentina, Torres del Paine National Park is a nature lover’s paradise with over 100 miles of hiking trails. The park features an impressive glacier that you can hike to see up close. It also has some of the most jaw-dropping views in all of Patagonia. You’ll never want to leave! Mount Everest Base Camp (Nepal): Every mountaineer dreams of standing on top of Mount Everest, but many don’t know they can do it by visiting Nepal’s Mount Everest Base Camp. Located at 17,598 feet above sea level, this place offers incredible views and amazing wildlife sightings. In fact, from the campground, you can often spot more than 100 species of bird as well as Himalayan Monal pheasants and Himalayan tahr. If you’re lucky enough to visit during monsoon season, be prepared for plenty of rainbows.
7) Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand
The Glowworm Caves are a spectacular natural wonder, with the glowworms lighting up the caves to create an otherworldly experience. The Glowworm Caves have been nicknamed the eighth natural wonder of the world by many tourists who visit them. The way in which the light from these creatures appears can vary depending on the time of day that you enter the cave. Visitors typically see very little light during early mornings, then their visibility increases as morning progress until it reaches its peak around midday. As evening falls, so does the ability to see into the cave. With this being said, one should plan your visit accordingly so that you are able to enjoy both daytime and nighttime visits here at least once. There is also a guided tour option for those who do not want to venture down into the caves themselves. For most visitors, the Glowworm Caves are an unforgettable experience that will remain etched in their memory forever.