Top 100 Places To Visit In The World
The greatest adventure one can have is discovering the World through the eyes of an explorer. We, the Pin Adventure Map team, have carefully selected World’s most notable locations.
In this blog post, you will read about the following:
- Water Sights
- National Parks
- Must See Places
- Exciting Nature
- Historical Sights
- Best Beaches
- Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
Explore different locations like cultural, natural, mixed (both cultural and natural), and endangered so travelers like yourself can enjoy the diversity of these spectacular places the World and humanity have to offer.
It’s a geothermal spa found on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland. It is the most popular attraction in Iceland, drawing people from all across the world.
Word ‘Halong’ translates to ‘where the dragon descends into the sea,’ is located in northern Vietnam. Characterized by towering karst limestone pillars and small islets of various shapes and sizes amidst crystal blue waters, Halong Bay’s ethereal beauty is a sight to behold.
Iguazu River Falls together make up the largest waterfall system in the world. The River rises near the city’s heart of Curitiba, and the falls divide it into the upper and lower Iguazu.
The greatest tourist attraction in all of Greenland is the astonishing Ilulissat Kangerlua (Ilulissat Icefjord), a berg-packed bay fed by the 5km (3mi) wide and 1100m (3608ft) thick glacier Sermeq Kujalleq.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon in southeastern Iceland. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach. In winter, the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals.
Considered the deepest lake in the world, its located in the mountainous region of Siberia, and is circled by many exciting hiking pats called Gret Baikal Trail.
Bled, located on the edge of the Triglav National Park, was nominated as one of the world’s seven new wonders. It is distinguished by a mild, healing climate and thermal springs of lake water.
Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, the lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a stunning scene that almost seems unreal. Sit lakeside, absorb the sights and pure mountain air, or explore further by canoeing and hiking.
Niagara Falls is the name of three waterfalls – the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. You can view the Falls year-round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River.
They are Europe’s best and largest spa baths with outdoor pools. In addition to the marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools, there are ten saunas/steam cabins, several massage therapies, facial treatments, and more.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track follows a pristine coastline of extraordinary beauty. Clear, turquoise bays, abundant bird and sea life, and fresh, clean air surround you as you walk under the shady canopy of lush native forest.
Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s treasured natural icons. It is home to glaciers, alpine ranges, and unique flora and fauna that have been in existence since New Zealand was part of the supercontinent Gondwanaland.
It’s the most spectacular gorge in the world. It is located in Arizona, and Its horizontal strata retrace the geological history of the past 2 billion years. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.
In Australia’s biggest national park, you will find ancient landscapes with thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, wandering wetlands, exotic wildlife, and ancient rock art.
Kruger Park is South Africa’s most exciting African safari destination, and it is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife.
Corcovado National Park is a reserve on southwest Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula that protects varied tropical ecosystems. Considered one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, its wildlife includes scarlet macaws, tapirs, jaguars, and squirrel monkeys.
Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. But the Parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild rivers, and 40 miles of rugged coastline.
The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.
The archaeological remains at Tikal National Park reflect the cultural evolution of Mayan society from hunter-gathering to farming, with an elaborate religious, artistic and scientific culture. The most representative remains show different stages and degrees of evolution in terms of architectural development related to religious activities and ceremonies.
Known as the eighth wonder of the World, it will leave you in awe. Torres del Paine National Park is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers, and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos.
Yellowstone is one of the world’s most famous places. The park has a globally unparalleled assemblage of surficial geothermal activity, thousands of hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles, and more than half of the world’s active geysers.
Yosemite National Park lies in the heart of California. Its many waterfalls, cirque lakes, polished domes, moraines, and U-shaped valleys provide an excellent overview of all kinds of granite relief fashioned by glaciation.
Barcelona has a wide range of original leisure options that encourage you to revisit time and time. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and famous for Gaudí and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.
Owing to their quality and density, the rupestral sanctuaries of Cappadocia constitute a unique artistic achievement offering irreplaceable testimony to the post-iconoclastic Byzantine art period.
Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, is the third largest church in the world when it was completed in the 15th century. The third and last cathedral of Florence, it was dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, the Virgin of the Flower, a clear allusion to the lily, the symbol of the city of Florence.
Earth’s southernmost continent, Antarctica, is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Nowhere else can compare with the extreme remoteness of this snowy place. It’s not an easy trip, but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the white wilderness, icy sea kayaking, and whale sightings.
Set in the lowlands between the Rif and Middle Atlas mountain ranges in northern Morocco, the city of Fez has long been regarded as the country’s cultural, spiritual, and intellectual heartland.
Glacier Country is located amongst the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. From the highest mountains, largest glaciers, rainforests, dramatic beaches, and everything in between – Glacier Country ticks all the boxes.
Beauty abounds in the Gardens. Beyond the flora and fauna that you’ll find here, admire the Gardens’ iconic structures – architectural marvels that reimagine nature with artistic finesse.
The columnar and massive basalt cliff exposures at the edge of the Antrim Plateau present a spectacle of exceptional natural beauty. The geological activity of the Tertiary era is clearly illustrated by the succession of the lava flows and interbasaltic beds, which are in evidence on the Causeway Coast.
Each year the Golden Gate Bridge attracts more than 10 million visitors to take in its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color and Art Deco styling.
The Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. With over 3 million items in its collection, new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures.
Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. Also, the Isle of Skye boasts traditional fishing villages to explore, award-winning restaurants to dine in, and many outdoor pursuits to take part in, including ample opportunity for Munro bagging.
Istanbul has a timeless charm that owes much to its rich history and served as a focal point of several ancient empires. Numerous architectural wonders, remnants of these empires, still stand tall in the city’s heart.
The former palace of the Kings of France, the Louvre Museum, presents vast and rich collections: more than 38.000 works from the ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean, the arts of Islam, and Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848.
In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these ‘columns of the sky’ from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century.
Located in Northern Arizona, Monument Valley’s collection of crimson mesas and towering sandstone buttes captures colors that appear only in nature. The pristine desert landscape’s astonishing scenic beauty also reflects Arizona’s tribal communities’ reverence for the land.
The lively city known for its street music, festive vibe, and the melting pot of French, African, and American cultures is well worth the trip.
600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
The Okavango Delta is an exceptional interaction between climatic, hydrological, and biological processes. It is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog, and lion.
Rome is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world; every year, millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture.
The largest salt flat in the world and one of Bolivia’s most amazing natural attractions. Whether walking on the seemingly endless white, desolate surface of the dry flats or admiring the simply perfect reflection of the clouds and blue sky above when there’s water — all travelers agree the Salar de Uyuni offers an out-of-this-world experience.
The Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century. It represents multiple strands of creativity, both in architectural form and structural design, a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world, making it one of the top 10 world-famous hiking trails. It is divided into Upper Gorge, Middle Gorge, and Lower Gorge. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain stand on each side, offering beautiful and diverse landscapes.
Visit at sunrise or sunset for a spectacular sight as Uluru transforms from ochre to burnished orange and intense red. It is a stunning natural formation, and Uluru is a profoundly spiritual place. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you set eyes on it.
Located at the foot of the “Storm Mountains” in the north of the city of Kyoto, this world-famous, seemingly endless forest of swaying bamboo boughs is perfect for a relaxing retreat to nature during a stay in Japan.
The Bazaruto Archipelago has clear, turquoise waters filled with colorful fish and offers diving, snorkeling, and birding. It makes a fine upmarket holiday if you’re looking for the quintessential Indian Ocean getaway.
The Galapagos Islands area archipelago and its immense marine reserve are known as the unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution. Its geographical location at the confluence of three ocean currents makes it one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is a globally outstanding example of an ecosystem that has evolved over millennia. The area has been exposed and flooded by at least four glacial and interglacial cycles, and over the past 15,000 years reefs have grown on the continental shelf.
The Pantanal is extremely important for the conservation of biological diversity and the property contains representative habitats comprising around 80 species of mammals, 650 species of birds, 50 of reptiles and 300 of fish (thus the Reserve is vital for the maintenance of fish stock).
Tasmania’s natural beauty is captivating! Its diverse cultural experiences and its food and drink offering are enviable. Get an authentic taste of Tasmania in its fresh apple cider, cheeses, wine, and oysters, and experience a dose of its serenity with its powder-white beaches and laid-back luxury.
Visiting the Anne Frank Huis is one of Amsterdam’s most profound experiences. Tragically, of the 107,000 Jewish adults and children deported from the Netherlands to concentration camps during WWII, only 5000 survived.
Berlin was divided for nearly thirty years – a city with a wall running through its very heart. The East Side Gallery is the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. In 1990, over 100 artists from over 20 countries decorated this stretch of the hinterland wall with their artworks.
Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river. It is one of the most visited attractions in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the early 15th century.
Qufu Confucius Temple (Kong Miao in Chinese), in the hometown of Confucius, is the most famous and the largest temple of its kind in the memory of the sage. His ideology was developed to the influential Confucianism, which has had the most enduring and profound effect on Chinese culture.
The Florence Duomo, also known as Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, is located in Duomo Square. Its construction began at the end of the 13th century under the design of Arnolfo di Cambio, a famous architect, and sculptor who loved the Gothic style.
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
The architecture of the Imperial Palace complexes, particularly in Shenyang, exhibits an important interchange of influences of traditional architecture and Chinese palace architecture particularly in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.
Sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty, when the Great Wall became the world’s largest military structure.
Havana Vieja is a fascinating neighborhood where Cuba’s people, culture, and history intersect. It’s where you’ll want to spend most of your time in Havana. Its cafés, live music, historical sites, and colorful streets make it easy to spend several days wandering through this enchanting area.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an enriching place to visit to immerse yourself in history. It was symbolically built around the Genbaku dome. It was the only building to withstand the atomic bomb blast of August 6, 1945.
Naqsh-e Jame Square (also known as Saeed Square and Shah Square) is a complex of historic buildings and open space that resides at the center of Isfahan. The open green space in the center of the square is uncommon for Iranian architecture and is just one feature that makes Naqsh-e Jahan so unique.
With narrow cobbled alleys, tall spires, and beautiful Hanseatic architecture, it’s no wonder that Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It concentrates many of the Estonian capital’s bars and cafés, making it a vibrant and active area, a mixture of local and touristic life.
Piazza San Marco is the city’s main public square and contains its most famous buildings, such as St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Napoleon called it “the world’s most beautiful drawing room.”
The Potala Palace, built during the XVII Century, was the residence of the Dalai Lama. Nowadays, it is considered the most important architectural space of the Tibetan Buddhism.
It is the most historical sight in Moscow – dating back to the 11th century. Throughout its 1000-year-old history, the Red Square has been at the epicenter of political, social, and religious life in Russia.
An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.
The Temple Mount is a holy site within the Old City of Jerusalem for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim people. Biblically, this is where Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Along a route dubbed by some as “the steps to heaven,” every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity — beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills.
The Matterhorn and Switzerland are inseparably linked to each other. The pyramid shaped colossus of a mountain, which is very difficult to climb, is said to be the most-photographed mountain in the world.
Pão de Açúcar stands 1,299 ft / 396 m tall at the eastern edge of Rio de Janeiro and is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It’s that big dome-shaped hill with the cable car.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain in southwestern South Africa. Its tabular shape results from nearly horizontal layers of sandstone exposed by vigorous wind and water erosion.
Anakena, the main beach on Easter Island, represents the typical picture we all have when we think of a paradisiacal beach. Its white and fine coral sand, crystalline turquoise sea, calm waves, and coconut palms make it an ideal place for rest and leisure.
Bora Bora is a volcanic island in the Society Islands archipelago of French Polynesia. The island is ranked at the top of the list when it comes to most remarkably beautiful in the world. The best time to visit is May.
Koh Tao is the smallest of the three large islands located south in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the main destination for many divers and snorkelers because Koh Tao offers a beautiful underwater world. The beaches of Koh Tao are astounding, and there are many secluded bays.
Santorini is the most spectacular island in Greece. You will be met an incredible sight and a magical setting for island hikes, infinity pools, luxury hotels, clifftop wineries, and dreamy sunset dinners.
The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world
The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. It is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world. It also contains notable examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya is renowned for its temple ruins and historical sites. Surrounded by these ruins, it’s not difficult to imagine the grandeur that once was the kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Lying on a bend of the Ayeyarwady River in the central plain of Myanmar, Bagan is a sacred landscape, featuring an exceptional range of Buddhist art and architecture.
Chichén Itzá – ruined ancient Maya city occupying an area of 4 square miles (10 square km) in south-central Yucatán state, Mexico. It is thought to have been a religious, military, political, and commercial center that, at its peak, would have been home to 35,000 people.
Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is carpeted with golden sand, and almost every house is built with the yellow Jaisalmer stone, thus, making it the ‘Golden City. It is a destination where camels are seen in abundance, an iconic hill fort stands above the city with imposing walls.
The Old Quarter in Hanoi is an intriguing neighbourhood, home to a mix of Vietnamese architecture, green spaces, ancient shops and fresh-as-it-gets street food — all of it easily explored on foot.
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Lalibela is a beautiful town located in the northern region of Ethiopia. This small village is acclaimed for its rock-hewn churches, stunning rural landscape, and devout Christianity. A visit to Lalibela is life-changing, leaving you feeling like you are stepping back into a culture that time forgot.
The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is a unique testimony of the Inca Civilization and shows a well-planned distribution of functions within space, territory control, and social, productive, religious and administrative organization.
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ situated on the Dalmatian coast, became a significant Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667 and armed conflict in the 1990s, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.
This Magical Town is a paradise for lovers of archaeology, history, and nature. First, it is a neighbor to the archaeological site of Palenque; and second, it is a privileged space to explore the jungle, discover waterfalls or enjoy the view of lagoons and the fauna of the region.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges.
The archaeological site of Pompeii is famous for its catastrophic ending. The nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius devastated a once thriving ancient city in 79 A.D. The entire town was buried under a thick layer of dirt and ash, preserving the buildings, artifacts, and human remains within.
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the iconic Pyramids of Giza. These ancient wonders date back over 4,500 years to the time of the pharaohs. They are located on the Giza Plateau, just 15 km from central Cairo, and attract millions of tourists each year.
Pyramid of the Sun was built about 100 CE and is one of the largest structures of its type in the Western Hemisphere. After ascending nearly 250 steps, you’ll have a greater appreciation for these ancient structures and the civilization responsible for building them.
The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon dominates the area and is visible from much of the city. After dark there is a mystical atmosphere with the pagoda lit up by spotlights.
Experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the Stone Circle and follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric people who lived here 4,000 years ago as you walk among the Neolithic houses. Dig deeper into the world-class exhibition, and take time to explore the monuments and mysteries of the wider Stonehenge landscape.
Situated amid dense rainforest and rice fields, the Angkor Archaeological complex consists of hundreds of awe-inspiring temple ruins from the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the ninth century until the 15th century. At its peak, the city boasted a population of one million people, the largest preindustrial city in the world.
The Valley of the Kings is famous for its royal tombs. For over a thousand years, the kings, queens and nobles of the New Kingdom were buried in this valley, which is the world’s most magnificent burial ground.
Varanasi, or Benaras (also known as Kashi), is one of the oldest living cities in the world. For centuries, the mystic of this place has been attracting pilgrims from across India as well as abroad.