Must-See Destinations of the World with Iconic Attractions


Check out this bucket list of beautiful, must-see destinations of the world, cities with iconic attractions. How many will you get to?

Colosseum in Rome
Rome, Italy

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Top Destinations with Iconic Attractions

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Australia and New Zealand

Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is best seen from the inside so get your snorkel and scuba gear out, or enjoy the otherworldly view from a boat or helicopter. More information.

New Zealand's Queenstown has been called Adventure Town thanks to great skiing (June to October) and water sports. Best of all is the town's jewel-like setting and friendly people. More information.


Istanbul's early 17th century Sultanahmet Camii is better known around the world as the Blue Mosque because of its beautiful azure tiles. Tourists are welcome. More information.


Pyramids of Egypt

An easy drive from Cairo, the Great Pyramid of Giza is said to be the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World still standing today. You will also see another wonder, the Great Sphinx. More information.



The dramatic city of Petra is an incredible archeological site, half-built, half-carved into rock and inhabited since prehistoric times. Find it on UNESCO's World Heritage list. More information.


Easter Island or Rapa Nui is home to those celebrated stone heads (moai) which Lonely Planet describes as sprouting up from the earth. And although the island is Chilean, it's about 2,300 miles (3700 km) from the mainland. There are however frequent flights from Santiago and some from Lima. More information.


See the Lost City of the Incas, better known as Machu Picchu. The sturdiest among us can try hiking the incomparable Inca Trail but there are trains that will get you there, too. More information.


Great Wall of China

The 2,000+ year old Great Wall of China is just an hour or so outside Beijing. Don't forget your comfortable shoes. More information.


See the famous sculptured façade of the Temple of Angkor Wat at the Angkor Archaeological Park which includes the remains of numerous gorgeous buildings, some dating back to the 9th century. More information.


Paris, France

Don't miss the Eiffel Tower in Paris, don't miss Stonehenge outside London, and don't miss the Colosseum of Rome. Yes, there is so much more but these three attractions will get you started.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, UK

Hard to see how one city can hold so many treasures but Edinburgh manages it nicely, thank you. It is the home of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle (with its Scottish Crown Jewels), Holyroodhouse (the Queen's residence in Scotland) and a magnificent waterfront. More information.


Red Square in the city of Moscow

Chances are when you think of Moscow, you picture the beautiful onion-domed Cathedral of St. Basil's but that's just one of many historic buildings in the city's Red Square. More information.


You can climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or just gaze at this beautiful peak, the highest mountain on the African continent (19,336 ft.). Non-climbers can enjoy Kilimanjaro National Park with its hiking trails, trout fishing and wildlife tours. Tip: Clearest and warmest conditions in the park are generally from December to February. More information.

South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town's Table Mountain is a stunning landmark looming over this vibrant city, but half the fun is getting their via cable car – and oh, what views. While in Table Mountain National Park, keep an eye out for baboons and penguins. More information.

United States

There is plenty to see in all 50 states! But since we can't fit it all in one post, we'll limit ourselves to Alaska and Hawaii.

Denali in Alaska

Alaska's imposing Denali is North America's tallest mountain (20,310 ft.) situated in the midst of a national park and preserve, home to grizzly bears, wolves, moose and much more. You will be awed. More information.

Hawaii is a series of islands with everything from beautiful beaches to imposing mountains and tropical rain forests. Click here for more information.

Rick Seaney
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