There are some places we just have to see in our lifetimes. From the weird to the awe inspiring, these wonders of the world will have you wanting to take a holiday.
1. Test your head for heights at the Grand Canyon
This awe-inspiring canyon was carved by the Colorado River and is up to 18 miles wide and 1,800m deep! Are you brave enough to peer over the edge?
2. Scale the Eiffel Tower
What better reward is there for scaling the tower’s 704 steps than the panoramic views of Paris that you’re greeted with at the top? Don’t worry, you don’t have to take the steps…there are lifts too! Phew!
3. Revel in the spectacle of the Northern Lights
Northern Lights is the common name for Aurora Borealis, a natural light display visible in the northern hemisphere. The further north you go, the better your chance of seeing the phenomenon, but fear not, the Northern Lights can often be seen in the UK!
4. Feel like an escapee in Alcatraz
This former prison located on Alcatraz Island, just off of San Francisco bay, is a real eye opener. You can walk around the abandoned island and tour the empty prison building where you can listen to tales of prisoners attempting to escape “The Rock”.
5. Bathe in the thermal springs of Pamukkale
Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle, is a natural mineral spa in southwest Turkey. This unreal landscape is the result of springs in an almost 200m high cliff. The thermal waters attract tourists and locals alike, and we don’t blame them, we’d love to take a dip in these pools too!
6. Cross Brooklyn Bridge
Walking across Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best ways to see New York. The views of Manhattan’s skyline are amazing and the bridge itself is an impressive structure that has connected Brooklyn and Manhattan since 1883.
7. Walk across the Giant’s Causeway
It’s hard to believe that this bizarre natural wonder in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was formed after an ancient volcanic eruption. The Giant’s Causeway’s famous basalt columns make you feel just like you’re walking in the footsteps of giants!
8. Feel like a gladiator in the Colosseum
Luckily you won’t have to fight to the death! Rome’s Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and was used for everything from gladiator contests to public executions.
9. Wonder at the sheer size of Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, standing at over 828m. The building contains more than 26,000 glass panels and has more than 160 floors!
10. Hear Big Ben chime
Nothing says London like Big Ben! This famous bell chimes in the equally famous tower at the north end of The Palace of Westminster.
11. Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef system. It supports a diverse ecosystem, so you can see the underwater world at its very best.
12. Trek along The Great Wall of China
Well, maybe not all of it! The entire site of these ancient fortifications spans 13,171 miles!
13. Get spiritual at Stonehenge
This Neolithic monument located in Wiltshire is one of the best known pre-historic monuments in Europe. Go to Stonehenge at sunrise or sunset to see this site at its very best.
14. Marvel at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City is a creative marvel. The chapel’s ceiling was painted by artist Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 and was definitely worth the wait.
15. Descend into the mist of Niagara Falls
If seeing the impressive Niagara Falls isn’t enough, you can actually get a boat on Niagara River below and get covered in the great waterfall’s mist. Just make sure you wear waterproofs!
16. Get cultured at Sydney Opera House
Where better to see a show than the famous Sydney Opera House? The series of venues in Sydney Harbour were completed in 1973 and have been attracting hoards of tourists ever since.
17. Go bonkers in Barcelona with Gaudi
Architect Antoni Gaudi was a true master of bonkers buildings. Casa Batlló is an example of one of his weirder creations. It’s unbelievable to think that this remodelling of an older house was created in 1904!
18. Visit the Angel of the North
The Angel of the North is a 20m high sculpture by artist Antony Gormley. The angel, that stands in Gateshead, has dominated the skyline since 1998.
19. See the majesty of the Taj Mahal
This white marble mausoleum is located in Agra, India. It was built for emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. This impressive memorial really is one of the must-see wonders of the world.
Which of these wonders of the world do you want to see first?