Most Breathtaking Locations Protected By UNESCO

The world is filled with wonderful and breathtaking sights, whether it was the product of natural phenomenon or made by humankind. There is no denying that these places can truly captivate anyone’s fancy and stay in awe while savoring the sights. These are places that most would only think that exist in movies and books, but never in real life. No matter how many places around the world have gone highly advanced or urbanized, there are areas in many countries that have preserved their historical or heritage sites under the help and protection of the UNESCO.

Many travel enthusiasts shell out money just to go to these places and have a taste of their beauty. Name the price and they’d willingly take it. In fact, most of them include traveling to different breath-taking places in the world on their bucket lists.

Here are the top 20 most breathtaking hotspots in the world that travelers look forward to seeing at least once in their lifetime.

20 Yellowstone National Park, United States

The 20th place is the Yellowstone National Park located in Wyoming, U.S.A. It is among the best natural wonders of the country known for its amazing geothermal features and remarkable selection of wildlife. Visitors are allowed to drive throughout the park and camp while visiting the area.

19 Venice and its lagoon, Italy

The 19th spot goes to Venice and its lagoon, which is located in Italy. Its extraordinary architectural work of art serves as a romantic background while traversing the area with  gondola boats. A lot of movies have featured this very breathtaking tourist hotspot.

18 Valletta, Malta

Hitting the 18th spot is Valleta, Malta that can found just south of Sicily. This place has been historically ruled by many ancient people including the Phoenicians, Greeks, and the order of the Knights of St. John among many others. Visitors traveling in this area are given a taste of the past thanks to the near-perfect preservation of Valletta.

17 Tulum, Mexico

Thinking of the Mayans? The 17th spot belongs to the Mayan ruins found in Tulum, Mexico. The picturesque ancient structure will surely get any traveler’s attention. It’s like taking a walk back into time when the Mayans once inhabited the area.

16 Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

The 16th place is Sigiriya. Trek back to this ancient city found in Sri Lanka (which is formerly called Ceylon) and view its spectacular sight. It has been inhabited since the 3rd century BC and visitors can just imagine how life was back then.

15 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania receives the 15th spot. Found here is the iconic savannah, the Masai Mara. Large groups of wild animals like zebra, wildebeest, and gazelle can be found here. This is also where they go through the annual migration, which is the largest in the world.

14 Rapa Nui, Chile

In the 14th place, is the island of Rapa Roa or more commonly known as Easter Island. It is considered as one of the most breathtaking spots thanks to its mysterious effect, where a group of more than 800 massive stone monuments are spread. These are the remaining artifacts of the people who once inhabited this volcanic island.

13 Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Egypt takes prides of its majestic Pyramids of Giza. This place hits the 13th place and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Archeologists are always intrigued by these very mystifying structures which have been standing even after many generations.

12 Petra, Jordan

Take a tour on the desert city of Petra, Jordan which earns the 12th spot. This archeological site served as the capital of the of the Nabateaen nomadic merchants during the 6th century BC. Visitors should have their cameras ready for photo souvenirs.

11 Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Taking the 11th spot is the scenic little village of Mont-Saint-Michel found in France. Both the young and young-at-heart may think it's the castle depicted in many Walt Disney cartoon movies.

10 Machu Picchu, Peru

For the 10th place, the Incas of Peru left a phenomenal legacy in the old city of Machu Picchu where it boasts the Sacred City. This place was spared from the destruction of the Spanish colonialists.

9 Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Nature lovers can enjoy observing glacial activity in this conserved area in Argentina which takes the 9th place. The breathtaking view of its most famous ice mass gets a thumbs up among travelers.

8 Iguazu National Park, Brazil and Argentina

The Iguazu National Park of Brazil and Argentina picks up the 8th spot. Watching the waterfalls is truly mesmerizing. In addition, different wildlife dwells in the subtropical rainforest.

7 Hampi, India

For the 7th place, India takes pride with another lesser known World Heritage Site which is Hampi. It is a gigantic group of monuments that consist of the old capital of the last illustrious Hindu kingdom of Viiayanagara.

6 Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The 6th spot for this list is the Great Barrier Reef. Underwater divers will definitely marvel at the world’s most far-reaching coral reef system found in Australia. It is the home of a wide array of fish and other marine animals.

5 Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey

Istanbul is not the only beautiful place to visit in Turkey. Hitting the 5th spot is Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia. Naturally chiseled due to erosion, the stunning sight of the Göreme valley is worth the visit to the place.

4 Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The 4th spot goes to the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. Visiting this place is like traversing a different world. Travel enthusiasts who love nature will see different species living on the islands.

3 Bagan, Myanmar

The huge Buddhist complex in Bagan, Myanmar takes the list’s 3rd spot. This place is absolutely a wonderful place to visit, especially to those who love visiting temples.

2 Acropolis, Greece

Landing the 2nd spot is the ancient Grecian citadel in Acropolis, Greece. This place withstood the test of time and survived the attack of the Byzantines. It remains to be one of the most breathtaking places in the world.

1 Angkor, Cambodia

Finally, number one is Angkor, Cambodia. The famous Temple of Angkor Wat was featured in the Angelina Jolie action movie, Tomb Raider. The place is beyond doubt a venue to appreciate the ancient world and the artistic ingenuity of mankind.

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