Hola friends! Today we’re taking a virtual trip around the world, and looking at some of the most beautiful places and must-visit destinations this amazing planet has to offer! Read on for my top ten list of natural wonders and vibrant cities you’ll want to add to your bucket list!
A multicultural melting pot, England’s capital city is a tremendously popular vacation spot. The city brims with amazing architecture and historic tourist attractions such as the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Visit world-class art galleries and museums such as the National Gallery – many of them offer free entry to visitors! If you enjoy a vibrant nightlife, great shopping, and a fantastic international culinary scene, then make London your next city getaway!
A tropical island paradise, the Hawaiian archipelago lies in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles (or a five-hour plane ride) off mainland USA. These exquisite volcanic isles are treasured for their dramatic natural beauty. Explore ever-changing, steaming lava fields and ancient rock carvings in Volcanoes National Park, a Big Island must-see. Idyllic Maui ranks as a classic honeymoon destination and boasts copious beautiful black volcanic and white sand beaches. Hike the island’s rainforest-clad interior and enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming in the coral reef at Molokini Crater. You may even spot manta rays, trumpet fish, and parrotfish in the azure waters!
Synonymous with romance, beautiful Paris is one of the most popular visitor destinations both within Europe and throughout the world! The iconic Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most loved of the city’s tourist attractions. Other notable sites include the Arc de Triomphe, the basilica of Sacre Coeur, and the magnificent Louvre gallery. Paris offers a wealth of art and culture and its 20 distinctive neighborhoods, or arrondissements, are a delight to explore! Don’t miss arty St Germaine on the left bank of the River Seine and hip Marais district on the right bank.
New York City, New York, USA
The bustling Big Apple offers myriad non-stop cultural, historical, and entertainment opportunities! Get a bird’s eye view of Manhattan from the 102nd-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building and chill out in leafy Central Park. Stroll across evocative Brooklyn Bridge and check out awesome art galleries such as the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York harbor. Visit the poignant and powerful 9/11 Memorial. Enjoy a vibrant nightlife and New York’s multicultural cuisine which embraces Ethiopian, Lebanese, Irish, and everything in between!
This ancient city bears a wealth of historic sites and iconic tourist destinations, as well as being an utter delight for foodies! A UNESCO world heritage site, Rome’s mighty Colosseum is a must-see. Don’t miss the breathtaking Pantheon and check out superb works of art by Michelangelo in Vatican City. Treat yourself to gelato on the Spanish Steps and don’t forget to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain – it’s supposed to guarantee you’ll return to Rome on a future trip!
New Zealand ticks all the boxes when it comes to astonishing landscapes and diverse wildlife. Within this remote country, you’ll encounter rugged mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, ice fields, and truly gorgeous white sand beaches to sink your toes into! Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, offers abundant tourist attractions, including vineyards, white sands, award-winning restaurants, and buzzing nightlife. Rent a kayak or hike the trails in South Island’s picturesque Abel Tasman National Park. Explore glaciers on Franz Josef and learn about Maori culture in Rotorua. Enjoy sea kayaking and dolphin spotting on the stunning fjords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Take a wine tour, try bungee jumping, or simply kick back on one of the many beautiful beaches in Queenstown.
San Francisco, California, USA
The unmistakable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, is one of the US’s iconic emblems. It’s an absolute must-see when you visit California’s gorgeous City by the Bay. Relax in the 1,000-acre leafy expanse of Golden Gate Park. Take a ferry trip to Alcatraz Island, whose infamous prison held many of the USA’s most notorious felons. Ride the city’s iconic cable cars from Market Street and check out San Francisco’s famed hairpin bends on vertiginous Lombard Street. Say Hi to the resident sea lions at Pier 39! At sunset, head to the Mission District for lively cocktail bars, fabulous restaurants, and awesome street art.
Australia’s largest city blends inspiring architecture, a thriving cultural scene, exciting nightlife, and beautiful beaches. Join a tour of the elegant Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most recognized buildings in the world. Immerse in the city’s café culture and outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy hiking and biking around this cosmopolitan city. Surf, swim, and relax on the beautiful white sands of Bondi Beach and Manly.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
The Grand Canyon is truly one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning geological landmark dates back millions of years and is an absolute must-visit for your bucket list! Centerpiece of the national park, the mighty Grand Canyon is over a mile-deep and 18-miles wide. For some of the most popular and spectacular views of this amazing natural phenomenon, visit the canyon’s south rim, a lofty 7,000-feet above sea level!
This fascinating country steeped in history is a perfect outdoor destination, famed for its historic archaeological sites, picture-perfect sand beaches, and delicious spicy cuisine! Mexico boasts over 5,500 miles of beautiful coastline fringed by the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Explore miles of palm-fringed, beautiful white sand beaches on the glorious Yucatan peninsula and swim and scuba in natural freshwater pools (known as cenotes). Hit the surf, join a jungle trek, or enjoy a yoga retreat at laid-back Sayulita. Visit the stunning Mayan ruined temples at Tulum, scenically perched on a clifftop above the sea, and explore the incredible pyramids at Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan capital and UNESCO world heritage site.