Taj Mahal? Machu Picchu? Which travel destination ranks top

Travel experts at Lonely Planet have voted on the world’s most amazing travel sites, putting out an official ranking for the first time.

The list was published ahead of the release of their new book, Ultimate Travelist, which ranks the 500 most memorable places on the planet.

Many of the top 10 are what you would expect, like the Great Wall and the Grand Canyon. Some, like number nine, are a bit less well-trodden.

Which place was special enough to secure the number one spot? Read on to find out.

10. Aya Sofia, Turkey

It’s a breathtaking church, mosque and museum all in one.

9. Alhambra, Spain

This palace complex is considered to be one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world.

8. Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

The sheer size of the waterfalls combined with the colours and sounds make it a must-see destination.

7. Colosseum, Rome

This feisty Roman monument continues to thrill thousands of years later.

6. Grand Canyon, USA

Showstoppingly gorgeous, how could this not make the list?

5. Taj Mahal, India

Pure architectural perfection and an emotional backstory make this a bucket list essential.

4. Great Wall of China

It’s amazing what humans can create. No matter how touristy it gets, don’t miss this awe-inspiring wall that took over a thousand years to build.

3. Machu Picchu, Peru

The dramatic views from this rite of passage for travellers in Peru is totally worth the hike.

2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Hurry over to Oz to swim with the tropical fish before rising sea temperatures threaten to kill off the one-of-a-kind coral reefs.

1. Angkor Temples, Cambodia
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By Reenat Sinay