Landmarks have a sense of place for us. These monuments and natural wonders bind us and encourage travel to a destination. Here are some of the top landmarks in the world which one should visit.
1.The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous & visited landmarks (especially in June , July and August), during the shoulder seasons (spring or fall) you’ll want to schedule a visit to avoid crowds. For unprecedented views of Paris, splurge on to the top of this famous Eiffel Tower. Dine at the 58 Tour Eiffel or the popular Le Jules Verne afterwards. After sunset, you can see why the City of Light is recognized as this must-visit destination in France: the Eiffel Tower puts on its own spectacular light display.
2.The Taj Mahal Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is a tribute to the favorite wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Completed in 1648, this opulent building has been recognized by UNESCO as the best example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Located in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal is accessible from the capital city of New Delhi via an hour’s flight or a three-hour train trip. Planning a visit in the morning is safest. Extra, a visit early in the morning means that you can catch the sunrise, which will definitely cast an enchanting glow on the white marbled floor.
3.Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, Peru
At 8,047 feet above sea level, the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu sits perched on a mountain top in the Andes Mountains. It’s best to spend the evening in nearby Aguas Calientes to adapt to the region’s altitude before you visit this incredible location. Then, take a bus or hike to the citadel early in the morning. It’s important to note that visits are subject to an entry charge, so you’ll need to book tickets well in advance of your journey.
4.The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,300 years ago, is the world’s longest wall, measuring 13,170 miles in length. The Mutianyu section, the longest and one of the most restored sections of the wall, is the most visited area near Beijing. Travel to Jiankou, the most treacherous section, if you are looking for more of an adventure. With steep inclines throughout, the unrestored Jiankou offers a demanding climb. For perfect weather and spectacular scenery, May and June are the best months to visit.
5.Mount Rushmore National Memorial
This famous American landmark overlooks South Dakota ‘s picturesque Black Hills. Arrive at sunrise for the perfect picture opportunity, as the golden light illuminates the four U.S. presidents’ faces. And if you’re planning to fly here during the warmer months, don’t skip the May to September nightly lighting ceremony. This outdoor festival includes a documentary on the past and making of the monument; as the sculpture is illuminated, it also pays tribute to veterans.
6.St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
In the middle of Moscow’s Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral is prominently located. The cathedral was founded under Ivan IV, or ‘Ivan the Terrible,’ between 1555 and 1561 and is a symbol of the Russian Orthodox Church. Take a cathedral tour, then visit the Kremlin ‘s top attractions and the Mausoleum of Lenin, also on Red Square. Summers are short and extremely busy, so you may want to consider preparing for the fall of your Moscow tour or, if you can live with the cold, the winter when snow.
7.The Acropolis Athens, Greece
Climb to the peak of this rocky hill in Athens to see one of the most remarkable ruins of the ancient Greek civilization, The Acropolis. Then, walk the ruins to see the world-famous Parthenon temple. Visit the Acropolis Museum afterwards, which is full of priceless antiques and sculptures uncovered from what is known as the Holy Rock. Project your stay for colder temperatures and fewer visitors during the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn in Greece.
8.Neuschwanstein Castle Schwangau, Germany
This fairytale-like castle and its striking atmosphere, designed by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, make for a magical experience. Currently, there have been reports for a long time that it acted as inspiration for a pair of Disney princess castles. Because of the popularity of the castle, it is better to book your tickets well in advance, as the site is one of the world’s most visited attractions, particularly during the summer. Take a stroll (if you dare) over the sky-high Marienbrücke, a short bridge, after visiting the castle.
9.Leaning Tower of Pisa
In 1173, the building of this iconic medieval structure began and took over 200 years to finish. It’s one of four buildings in the Piazza dei Miracoli ritual complex or the Square of Miracles. You will ascend up to the top of the bell tower and visit the ancient Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistery. Join hundreds of visitors posed at all angles afterwards to take a shot holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
10.The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza and the nearby pyramids are found along the Nile River outside Cairo and are more than 4,000 years old. These ancient ruins, commissioned by King Khufu about 2500 B.C., act as symbols of the wealthy and powerful history of Egypt. They’re still one of the ancient world’s Seven Wonders, and the only one still behind today. Try taking a guided tour to get a better understanding of the incredible building if it is your first time to Cairo.
11.Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France
One of the most impressive sights in Europe is this medieval Benedictine monastery. Dating back to the eighth century, at the intersection of Brittany and Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel lies atop an island in the Bay of Saint-Michel. Visitors can enter the abbey by foot, bus or horse-drawn carriage (maringote). Stay on the island for a treat and enjoy a world-renowned omelet at La Mère Poulard or specialties from Normandy, including crepes and galettes.
12.Easter Island, Chile
This remote island is one of the most enigmatic locations on earth, located 2,300 miles off the western coast of South America. Numerous hypotheses have arisen regarding the Polynesian explorers, the Rapa Nui, and their civilization’s collapse. 900 Moai statues (large, human-like monoliths) scattered across the island, with one reaching more than 70 feet tall, have survived. Side by side, Ahu Tongariki on the southeast coast includes 15 Moai statues.
13.Giant’s Causeway, Portrush, Northern Ireland
On the Antrim hill, on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, lies the Giant’s Causeway. As a result of volcanic activity 50 to 60 million years ago, the 40,000-some geometric stone pillars that make up this site. It is free to visit the causeway, so take your time to explore. Venture out early in the morning for panoramic views on the red trail to take photographs of the Causeway from the top of the mountain. Then, to investigate this interesting natural occurrence up close, head down the stairs.