Some travel destinations are on every traveler’s bucket list – be it Paris’ Eiffel Tower or Arizona’s Grand Canyon, these attractions must-sees are musts when exploring new countries.
Dubai may be known for its breathtaking skyline, but there are also historic landmarks worth seeing like Jama Masjid. Visitors to Indonesia will marvel at Borobudur temple complex which dates back 9th century.
1. The Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum is one of Rome’s iconic attractions and an absolute must-see for history enthusiasts. Built by Emperor Vespasian as the Flavian Amphitheater, its jaw-dropping remains are testament to gory battles between gladiators and wild animals that once took place there.
Do not miss the Capitoline She-wolf, Rome’s iconic symbol located atop this hill that provides breathtaking city views. Many guided tours include visits here. Other must-see spots include Roman Forum and Pantheon which boast three Caravaggio paintings as highlights.
2. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, is an unparalleled shopping paradise. Resembling an immense maze with more than 60 streets and more than 4,000 shops, its iconic charm stands as an icon of Istanbul.
Take the time to wander the side streets, meet shopkeepers, and experience this shopping adventure! One of Istanbul’s premier tourist spots and one of its most peaceful. Enjoy!
3. Times Square
Times Square is a vibrant commercial and cultural hub in New York City that captures all that makes New York unique. A mesmerising spectacle of bright lights and crowds, yet some locals describe it as artless and overpriced.
Be sure to catch a show at legendary Radio City Music Hall or attend New Year’s Eve festivities; these iconic experiences await!
4. Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is an amalgamation of Mayan and Toltec architecture with rich cosmological symbolism. Home to one of America’s largest ball courts as well as temples and cenotes.
Kukulkan’s Pyramid, commonly referred to as El Castillo, stands out as an exceptional structure. Devoted to Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent God), on each spring and autumn equinox shadows appear across its side to form his body – something only experienced on special days like that!
Do not miss the Temple of Warriors and Tzompantli (a skull rack with jaguar and eagle-carved skulls), as well as El Caracol observatory.
5. The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial should be on any Washington DC tourist’s must-see list. Erected to commemorate America’s 16th President, its construction began in 1914. Now one of America’s most beloved national monuments, visitors come from near and far to this historical landmark.
A neoclassical statue of Abraham Lincoln stands amid a Reflecting Pool, inspiring admiration. Additionally, inscribed copies of his Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Speech add further splendor.
Visits to the Lincoln Memorial are best experienced during morning or evening visits when it’s less crowded. Many locals suggest taking a tour through DC so as to gain more understanding of this incredible memorial’s rich history.
6. Universal Studios
Young travelers looking for their first big city experience, couples looking for romance and artists looking for inspiration are drawn to this world-renowned destination. There are iconic sights at every turn!
Universal Studios is one of the top tourist spots, where visitors can see film sets and ride rides across several themed locations such as 1920’s Los Angeles, Springfield from The Simpsons and Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. Don’t miss the candy store offering tasty Harry Potter treats such as bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Honeydukes; it is sure to please fans of all ages.
7. The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island in New York Harbor is home to the Statue of Liberty – an international symbol of freedom and democracy. A gift from France to America in 1886, its copper statue stands as an integral part of its national monument – which also encompasses Ellis Island where millions of immigrants first set foot after long ocean voyages. National Park Service curators offer stories and visuals that celebrate this majestic monument’s rich history and significance in our world today.
8. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features temples and palaces harmoniously carved into its mountainside terrain. One of its most celebrated structures is Temple of Three Windows which may represent different planes of existence.
Another must-see attraction is the Intihuatana Stone, which aligns perfectly with the sun during both winter and summer solstices to demonstrate Inca engineering and astronomy expertise and connect visitors with their spirituality.