Although people, cultures, and countries are all different, if you asked a group of people to write down a bucket list of places they want to visit, there are some locations that would appear again and again, and if they don’t they should!
Here’s what I think would be the top 5!
The Grand Canyon
As one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, more than 6 million people visit every year. They are attracted to northern Arizona to feast their eyes on the almost unworldly landscapes of the canyon, which change with the sunset and sunrise.
Carved out by the Colorado River, the canyon is 2777 miles long and 18 miles across at its widest point. Popular opinion among experts suggests that the river started its work 5 or 6 billion years ago, and since then its continual flow has been widening and deepening the Grand Canton.
It can be an expensive holiday. However, it is well worth the money, and there are loans for couples who want to make this one of their holiday destinations. Where there is a will, there is always a way.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Located in the city of Agra in India’s famous Golden Triangle, this important piece of history is easy to get to by train. The best months to visit are from November to February.
The centrepiece is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal who was the favourite wife of the Mughal emperor who commissioned the building. There is also a guesthouse, a mosque and formal gardens surrounding it.
The Eiffel Tower
This is probably one of the most iconic structures on earth, and people travel vast distances to see it every day. Some are brave enough to pay a visit to the top while others like to keep their feet firmly on the ground.
Although in the daytime it is a structure that will amaze you, why not have a meal in one of the many restaurants around it and see it fully illuminated in the evening. Paris comes to life at night, and so does the Eiffel Tower.
The Ancient City Of Petra
This UNESCO World Heritage site welcomes many thousands of visitors each year. Located in Southern Jordan and half hidden by the wind blown landscape makes this an even more wonderful surprise when you discover it. It is thought the city has been there since at least 9,000 BC and over its long history, it has been a focus of trading for merchants from all parts of the world. This only declined when the Romans defeated it and sea routes started to emerge.
Much of it was destroyed in an earthquake in 363. Some buildings were rebuilt, but it was pretty much abandoned until it was rediscovered in 1812. As late as 2016, some other ancient buildings were found with satellite imagery.
These four places are locations that everyone should visit at some time. They are varied and all beautiful in their own way, and each one of them will provide a not to be forgotten experience.