Warning this list may give you extreme wanderlust…
Glorious Mountains, enchanting vistas, incredible ancient cities and out of this world landscapes make up our wondrous world but just how many of these UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites have you been to?
1. Pammukale, Turkey
In English, Pamukkale means “Cotton Castle”. Tourists have bathed in it’s pools and hot springs for 1000’s of years. It is located in Turkey’s inner Aegean region and is one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
2.Dorset and East Devon Coast, England
Commonly referred to as The Jurassic Coast, The Dorset and East Devon coastline stretches for over 155 kilometres and consists of a continuous sequence of rock formations spanning some 185 millions years!
3. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Two billion years of the Earth’s history has been exposed as the Colorado River and it’s tributaries continue to cut channels through layer after layer of rock in the world famous canyon. It stretches 277 miles, is up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of up to a mile!
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat literally means “City of Temples”. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.
5. Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
Socotra is a small archipelago of 4 islands in the Indian Ocean. Claimed by Yemen, the islands lie some 150 miles off the Horn of Africa. The largest island, Socrota is very isolated, a third of its plant life is to be found nowhere else on the planet!
6. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
The park’s name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes mountain range that feeds 47 colossal glaciers, 13 of which flow towards the Atlantic ocean. Los Glaciares National Park is the largest ice cap outside Antarctica and Greenland. It’s freezing here but so worth seeing!
7. The Canadian Rockies, Canada
Renowned for their scenic splendor, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are comprised of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks. Together, they exemplify the outstanding physical features of the Rocky Mountain Biogeographical Province and are without a doubt Canada’s biggest draw – just look at Lake Moraine pictured above!
8. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Nestled away in California, Yosemite National Park spans 747, 956 acres! Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, supporting a wide variety of plants and animals. The geology of the area spans a mammoth 10 million years, attracting thousands of visitors a year.
9. Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Named after the Goddess Athena, the city of Athens is known for it’s iconic centrepiece, Acropolis Rock and the Parthenon. Standing tall after 1000’s of years, the Parthenon has inspired poets and artists the world over and continues to attract millions of visitors a year.
10. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Known the world over, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest Coral Reef System on the planet composed of over a whopping 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching over an incredible 2,900 miles. It’s so big you can see it from Space!
So what are you waiting for? Start saving and plan your next big getaway now!