There are certain sights you need to see with your own eyes. Recently, TripAdvisor announced the winners of their Travelers’ Choice Awards for landmarks in 2015. Here is the reveal of the top 25 attractions as voted by travelers.
Petronas Twin Towers
If you go to Kuala Lumpur, you have to see the Petronas Twin Towers. It reaches 452 meters and it’s limited to 1,700 visitors a day. If you want to visit, you have to get a tourist pass that will allow you to go inside this amazing structure.
Great Wall at Mutianyu
This section of the Great Wall of China was restored and is open to tourists. If you go to this section, it doesn’t have as many tourists as the sections closer to Beijing. The Mutianyu site shows views of the 22 watchtowers winding their way through the hilltops.
This 77 kilometer-long canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s hailed as an impressive engineering marvel and one that transformed global trade and transportation. Panama is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Charles Bridge is a fourteenth century structure that connects the Old Town with the Castle district. Dawn and dusk are magical times to visit this bridge and enjoy the fairy tale views.
The Christo Redentor towers over Rio de Janeiro. It’s the largest art-deco statue in the world. This statue of Jesus is 39 meters tall.
The National September 11 Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute to the 3,000 people who lost their lives due to the terror attacks. Opened 10 years after the tragedy, it stands on the very spot the twin towers once stood. It’s a very moving experience to pay your respects at this site.
The Milan Cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in Europe. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral with 3,400 statues decorating the duomo. Climb the stairs and you will fully appreciate the architecture.
Standing at 828 meters, it is the tallest man-made structure in the world. You can ride the elevator up to the 124th floor observation deck. From here, you can have jaw dropping views of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf.
This former maximum security prison housed Al Capone and George Kelly. It is 2.4 kilometers away from San Francisco and is no longer a penitentiary. It’s open to visitors for tours.
The Hagia Sophia is a church from the sixth century. It used to be the greatest church in the Eastern Roman Empire, but it was transformed into a mosque and remained so until the 1930s. You cannot visit Istanbul without seeing this religious monument with a colorful history.
St. Peter’s Basilica
The world’s largest church and the center of Christianity is St. Peter’s Basilica. This imposing structure took over a hundred years to build. Walk through the interiors and view the magnificent artwork and opulent decorations.
Golden Gate Bridge
This bridge has come to symbolize San Francisco. It’s one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It spans 2.7 kilometers. You can walk, ride, or drive across this iconic bridge.
The mysterious lost city of the Khmer empire is Angkor Wat. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a large religious complex and truly a wonder. The complex stretches for over 400 kilometers and is just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Experts are unsure as to why this capital was abandoned in the fifteenth century. Buy a Temple Pass and explore as much of the complex as you wish.
This sacred, ancient Mayan city thrived for approximately 600 years. It is the most visited archeological site in Mexico with 1.2 million visitors per year. It is the most impressive and intact Mayan ruin in the world.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site is the lost city of Machu Picchu. Travelers are drawn to Peru to behold this glorious place. Transport yourself back to the times of the Incas and be enthralled.
La Sagrada Familia
This Gaudi vision is unfinished. It’s been a unique fixture in Barcelona since 1882. This structure is exceptionally intricate and is Barcelona’s number one tourist attraction.
Take time to look at the interior of the church. It’s unlike any thing you have ever seen.
Church of the Savior on Blood
The multi-colored facade of the Church of the Savior on Blood is one of the most iconic sights in St. Petersburg and it is also known throughout the world. It was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was killed in 1881. The beautiful interior features mosaic tiles designed by some of Russia’s most prominent artists of the era.
The Taj Mahal is a structure that symbolizes love and beauty. It’s an iconic landmark and one of the new seven wonders of the world. This mausoleum was built in the seventeenth century by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife.
With its perfect symmetry, white crystalline marble, and intricate carvings, it is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. It should be on everyone’s bucket list of things to see.
The Alhambra was described by Moorish poets as “a pearl set in emeralds”. This sprawling citadel was built in the thirteenth century. In the summer months, visitors flock to Spain to see the complex and its magnificent gardens.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This huge gleaming white structure in Abu Dhabi is an architectural wonder. It’s one of the world’s largest mosques and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. It has 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, and one of the world’s largest chandeliers.
A visit to the United Arab Emirates would not be complete without a visit to this grand structure.
Commemorating the life of President Abraham Lincoln, this memorial is in Washington DC and is one of the most important national monuments in the USA. Lincoln is remembered for his condemnation of slavery, which led the way for its abolition. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on the steps of this very monument.
The Eiffel Tower was designed and constructed for the 1889 World Fair. Thought the French hated the tower when it was first built, it has since gone on to be their national symbol. Book your tickets in advance to avoid lengthy queues.
Wat Pho is known to travellers as the home of the reclining Buddha. The largest statue in all of Thailand, it is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. It’s covered in gold leaf and its eyes and feet are inlaid with mother of pearl.
Wat Pho also has the largest collection of Buddhist images out of anywhere else in the country. It is a spectacular sight to behold.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals. It’s a Gothic masterpiece in Paris that can accommodate 6,000 people. You can climb to the top of the tower for a spectacular view of Paris and look at those gargoyles close up.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you simply cannot miss it when you visit Australia. It’s on the edge of the harbor and framed by the Sydney Harbor Bridge. This sight is a masterpiece of architecture and design.
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