Visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in the world can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. From exotic beaches to picturesque mountains, there are all kinds of places to visit that won’t cost you much more than the price of travel and hotel accommodations. In fact, some of these places are free to visit and explore! Take time this year to plan a vacation with your family or friends to one of these top 10 places to visit in the world that you won’t want to miss.
1) Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the best places on Earth. Most people only think of it as a honeymoon destination, but Niagara Falls is home to things that you simply cannot find anywhere else on this planet. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to look at these breathtaking views and see for yourself.
2) Machu Picchu
Located just two hours away from Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site that offers stunning views of lush green valleys and awe-inspiring mountains. This is one of the places you absolutely won’t want to miss!
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of its best-known natural features. It’s also one of the most accessible, meaning you don’t need any mountaineering experience or expensive equipment. Packages start from about $400 for a ten-day ascent and go up from there.
4) Venice, Italy
Nestled on a small island of its own, surrounded by canals and lined with enchanting little bridges, is Venice’s main attraction–the Piazza San Marco. To walk down its bustling streets and see locals going about their day-to-day lives is a magical experience.
5) Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River is one of the largest waterfalls in the world and is known for its constant curtain of mist. The majesty and raw power of Victoria Falls lies behind a national park that shares its name with it. More than just a natural wonder, it’s also become an iconic symbol of Zimbabwe and Zambia since their independence. For those feeling a little bit braver, why not take on the challenge by crossing over to what was once Rhodesia at foot or even by bike?
6) Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is an island that is situated near Athens, and it was voted as one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. Among its many attractions are red-roofed homes set on the hillside overlooking Chora. The Orthodox cathedral from 17th century, with Byzantine-era frescoes by local painters and semi-subterranean churches carved into the rock (called Kato Tria Pigadia) are among other things you cannot miss here.
7) Great Barrier Reef
Forming the largest living organism on Earth, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder of unparalleled beauty. The breathtaking reef is home to countless underwater species, as well as more than 400 varieties of coral. This extensive structure can be seen from outer space, and when viewed from above it is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Divers come from all over the world for one of nature’s most spectacular experiences – exploring this incredible underwater wonderland.
8) New York City, NY
New York City is, by far, one of the world’s most recognizable cities and one of the most visited. A combination of skyscrapers and iconic landmarks provide a cityscape that few will forget. From Times Square, Broadway’s theater district and Central Park to more recent additions like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Empire State Building observatory, New York City offers something for everyone.
9) Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a small island, part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. The island has everything from rainforest and turquoise lagoons to volcanic craters and miles of perfect white sand beaches. Picture lush scenery with hibiscus flowers, romantic moonlit dinners on secluded beaches and spectacular sunsets across stunning blue waters. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort getaway that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and energized this is it!
10) Sydney Opera House
A glorious example of modern architecture, it was designed by Danish architect Utzon and opened on October 20th 1973. Visitors have admired its sails ever since, representing Man (the Sydney Opera House) and Nature (the opera).
It is an iconic landmark of Sydney. A world-class venue for all manner of performances, it has hosted events ranging from La Traviata to Lord of the Rings.