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