125 Famous Landmarks in the World

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As defined by the Oxford University Press, a landmark is a notable object or characteristic of a landscape that allows you to decipher the location you are in. Landmarks can include historical, cultural, natural and human-made structures. Buildings and monuments can also be included.

While this list tries to encapsulate some of the most famous landmarks in the world, it's truly a hard task to do, and it is by no means exhaustive. We have, however, tried to give you a wide variety of some remarkable and unique landmarks from around the world.

So, without further ado, and with the help of other travel bloggers, here are some of the most famous landmarks around the world that you should consider visiting at least once in your lifetime!

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125 Famous Landmarks Around the World

  1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, California, USA
  2. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California, USA
  3. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
  4. The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California, USA
  5. Empire State Building, NYC, New York, USA
  6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, USA
  7. Statue of Liberty, NYC, New York, USA
  8. Central Park, NYC, New York, USA
  9. One World Trade Center, NYC, New York, USA
  10. Chrysler Building, NYC, New York, USA
  11. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA
  12. Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  13. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  14. The Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  15. Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA
  16. Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, USA
  17. Mount Rainer National Park, Washington, USA
  18. Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
  19. Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
  20. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
  21. Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
  22. Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
  23. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
  24. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
  25. Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA
  26. The White House, Washington DC, USA
  27. Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
  28. Great Wall of China, China
  29. The Terracotta Army Museum, Xi’An, China
  30. Mount Everest, China
  31. Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  32. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
  33. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
  34. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
  35. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
  36. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
  37. Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
  38. Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France
  39. Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne, France
  40. Sacre-Coeur, Paris, France
  41. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  42. Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
  43. Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  44. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
  45. Moulin Rouge, Paris, France
  46. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  47. Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
  48. Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
  49. Mount Vesuvius, Ottaviano, Italy
  50. Pompeii, Naples, Italy
  51. Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
  52. Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome, Italy
  53. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  54. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
  55. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
  56. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy
  57. Stonehenge, Salisbury, England
  58. Big Ben, London, England
  59. Buckingham Palace, London, England
  60. Palace of Westminster, London, England
  61. The London Eye, London, England
  62. The Shard, London, England
  63. Westminster Abbey, London, England
  64. Malham Cove, Malham, England
  65. Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia
  66. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
  67. The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
  68. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan
  69. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan
  70. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan
  71. Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
  72. Mount Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan
  73. Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Gibraltar
  74. Dom Luis Bridge, Porto, Portugal
  75. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Singapore
  76. La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
  77. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  78. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
  79. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
  80. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  81. CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
  82. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  83. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada
  84. Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Canada
  85. Giant's Causeway, Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
  86. Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  87. Tulum Archaeological Zone, Tulum, Mexico
  88. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
  89. Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico
  90. Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
  91. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
  92. Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin, Germany
  93. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
  94. Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
  95. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  96. Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains, Peru
  97. Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  98. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  99. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  100. Escaderia Selaron, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  101. The Meeting of the Waters, Manaus, Brazil
  102. Amazon Rainforest, Amazonas, Brazil
  103. Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  104. Iguazu Falls, Misiones Province, Argentina
  105. Chernobyl, Ukraine
  106. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
  107. Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
  108. The Valley of Kings, Luxor, Egypt
  109. Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
  110. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  111. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  112. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
  113. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  114. Panama Canal, Panama City, Panama
  115. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
  116. Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
  117. Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
  118. Dubrovnik City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  119. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  120. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  121. Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary
  122. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
  123. Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland
  124. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
  125. Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the world
The Golden Gate Bridge spans 4,200 feet across the Pacific Ocean

Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, California, USA

This famous landmark in the world is a must-visit on any trip to the west coast of the US. The Golden Gate Bridge is a large red suspension bridge synonymous with San Francisco in California.

The bridge stretches 4,200 feet and is as tall as a 65-story building. Having been completed in 1937, today, the bridge receives an average of ten million visitors each year.

After taking some incredible photographs of this iconic landmark in San Francisco, visitors can also bike or walk across it and take in the stunning views of San Francisco Bay and its surroundings. Make sure to include this bridge on your San Fransisco itinerary!

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Known as the world's inescapable prison, Alcatraz Island is now a tourist attraction

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California, USA

Located on the US west coast near San Francisco, Alcatraz Island is known as the world's inescapable prison. Used as a penitentiary between 1930 and 1960, its secure location meant prison breaks were impossible. Today, the site is a popular tourist attraction, and Alcatraz has featured in many films.

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Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

One of the most famous landmarks of California is the majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and containing a lush valley surrounded by mountains, Yosemite is an iconic symbol of the Golden State.

One of the most popular things to do in Yosemite is visiting Yosemite Falls. Towering at 2,425 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in North America. Visitors can choose to take an easy hike to the base or a strenuous hike to the top.

Glacier Point is another fantastic thing to do in Yosemite, where you can see breathtaking views of the valley below. An insider tip is to take the park shuttle to the top and then hike down.

No matter the length of stay in this famous West Coast national park, or the activities you choose to try, Yosemite National Park is guaranteed to give you a sense of the beautiful California wilderness.

Written by Olivia from the Girl With Blue Sails.

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White-letter signs spelling out Hollywood on a green hill on a clear day
The popular Hollywood Sign stands 45 feet tall and spans 450 feet

The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sitting in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is one of the most well-known landmarks worldwide. The iconic sign is 450 feet in length and 45 feet tall.

You can view this famous Los Angeles landmark from various places in the city. Getting a picture of the infamous sign while you're in LA is, of course, one of the top things to do when here!

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The Empire State Building observation decks offer stunning views of NYC

Empire State Building, NYC, New York, USA

The Empire State Building is another of the famous landmarks in the world found in New York City. The 102-storey Art Deco building has been in New York City since the 1930s.

Today, visitors can head to the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and greater NYC.

If visiting, try going to the top about an hour before the sun sets to enjoy daytime, sunset, and night city views. Like with many NYC attractions, appreciating the building itself from street level is a must too!

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Housing over two million artworks, the Met is the largest museum in the US

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is a world-renowned art museum in Manhattan. The Met also holds the title of the largest art museum in the US.

When visiting the museum, you'll discover numerous art pieces, with the museum housing over two million artworks in total. It's also a great spot for a date night in NYC!

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A big green statue of a robed woman holding a torch on top of a pedestal
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the US

Statue of Liberty, NYC, New York, USA

The Statue of Liberty in New York is one of the most recognizable world landmarks. This 151-feet high symbol of independence has been a feature of the Manhattan skyline since 1886.

The statue was a gift from France to the US. It was designed by French architects Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel. Being a renowned tourist attraction, the Statue of Liberty receives 3.5 million visitors a year, with millions more seeing her from New York as they explore the city.

If visiting, take a boat to liberty island and go into the statue's crown for stunning views of New York City. Of course, be sure to snap a few pics of "Lady Liberty" from the shore too!

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The famous Central Park is one of the most-visited parks in the world

Central Park, NYC, New York, USA

Central Park is one of the most well-known urban parks in the world. Located in Manhattan, the park covers 843 acres and welcomes over 40 million visitors a year. The park includes lots of green space, water features, and even a zoo. Visiting the scenic park has to be on your NYC itinerary!

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Rising 541 meters tall, One World Trade Center is a well-known Manhattan skyscraper

One World Trade Center, NYC, New York, USA

One World Trade Center is one of Manhattan's most famous buildings. The skyscraper was built after the original World Trade Center complex was destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

An interesting NYC fact is that One World Trade Center is the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 541-metres tall. Having dinner at the top of the One World Observatory is also one of the best things to do in NYC at night.

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An Art Deco skyscraper built in 1928, Chrysler Building features 77 floors

Chrysler Building, NYC, New York, USA

Constructed in 1928, the Chrysler Building has stood in NYC for almost 100 years. The Art Deco skyscraper is a renowned feature on the Manhattan skyline and has 77 floors.

When in New York, a trip to the Chrysler Building observation deck is recommended to get breathtaking views of the city.

If you fancy doing more non-touristy activities in New York City than visiting the well-known attractions above, you will be spoilt for choice. Things to do include exploring hidden bars, going on a hot tub boat tour on a river, and more!

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Sculptures of four faces carved into a mountain against a clear blue sky
The world-famous Mount Rushmore features four US presidents

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Another of the most famous monuments around the world that's found in the US is Mount Rushmore. Located in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the mountain.

The sculpture features the busts of four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Having admired Mount Rushmore, you can also visit an on-site museum covering the history of the mountain and the presidents featured.

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Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois, USA

What city comes to mind when you hear the word "bean"? Step aside Boston, Cloud Gate has become one of the most visited icons in America and now serves as a symbol of Chicago. This famous landmark in Chicago is commonly referred to as The Bean because the structure resembles the shape.

Visitors travel from around the globe to see this magnificent work of art by British sculptor and artist Sir Anish Mikhail Kapoor. Cloud Gate is an interesting piece as 80% of its surface reflects the surrounding city landscape and sky.

The night views are especially impressive as the lights shine from its glazed surface. While in the area, you can also visit Millennium Park, where there are free concerts in the summer on the lawn (Jay Pritzker Pavilion).

During your stay in Chicago, you can additionally explore the Chicago Cultural Center, Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden. When you need food or refreshments, the Plaza at the Park Grill comes highly recommended.

Written by Tanya from Travels & Treasures.

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Just off of the strip is the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is another world-renowned attraction. This iconic Vegas landmark sits just off of the strip, and making the journey to the sign is highly recommended.

Getting a picture with the words "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" behind you is the ultimate Vegas memento, so be sure to visit this famous Nevada landmark!

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The Las Vegas Strip features an Eiffel Tower replica and more

The Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The most recognizable part of the world-famous place of Las Vegas is the Strip, which features many landmarks and illuminated signs and buildings.

Things to see here include replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the New York skyline, and numerous world-class Vegas hotels. Walking along the Strip is a must-do fun and cheap Las Vegas activity!

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The Hoover Dam is a popular landmark located between Nevada and Arizona

Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA

Located between Clark County, Nevada, and Mohave County, Arizona, the Hoover Dam is a notable human-made structure. The vast site includes the concrete arch-gravity dam, a water basin, and the Mike O’Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

If visiting Las Vegas, a day trip to the Hoover Dam is one of the fun things to do off of the Vegas strip, whether alone or with a significant other.

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The Space Needle, rising 605 feet, is built to withstand strong earthquakes and winds

Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, USA

The Space Needle is one of the most famous landmarks in Seattle, Washington state. This attraction is a 605-foot observation tower that was constructed in 1962.

Interestingly, the tower was designed to withstand incredibly high winds and earthquakes. Viewing this famous Washington landmark and going to the observation deck can't be missed when in Seattle!

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The picturesque Mount Rainer from afar

Mount Rainer National Park, Washington, USA

One of the world famous places to visit in the United States is the beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. Located in Washington state, this magnificent park features views of the stunning Mount Rainier volcano, plus waterfalls, rivers, lakes, fire lookouts, and old grove trees.

Along with the incredible views, there are many fun activities to do in the park. One of the best things to do is to visit the Paradise Visitor Center. The vistas are outstanding here, and there are many hiking trails.

A popular hike is the Skyline Trail, which features a waterfall and beautiful views of Mount Rainier. It's a great trail to hike with the whole family!

If it's not too cloudy, you can also check out Comet Falls. This Mount Rainier National Park hike is perfect for keeping yourself entertained on moody Pacific Northwest days.

At sunset, you can also check out one of the best fire lookouts: Fremont Lookout. This moderate hike is easily one of the best trails in this national park!

Written by Michelle from The Wandering Queen.

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The breath-taking Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, is one of the most famous geologic formations in the world. More than 1.5 million people visit the park each year, with many wanting to tackle the hike to Delicate Arch.

Formed from Entrada sandstone, this landmark got its unique look and shape due to years of erosion. Its massive size isn’t always apparent in pictures, but the opening under the arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide.

The trail to Delicate Arch is a moderate three-mile hike roundtrip. It starts with a steep slope up slick rock and includes one section that is slightly exposed.

Do note that there is no shade on the trail, and it can get very hot hiking during the day. Therefore, the best way to see the arch is to embark on a Delicate Arch sunset hike.

The temperature is more bearable in the evening, and the setting sun casts a fiery orange glow on the gorgeous arch.

Written by Deanne from Scenic and Savvy.

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Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

The Florida Everglades, among the world’s last remaining wilderness areas and one of the best national parks on the East Coast, could well be the ultimate reasons to visit the south of Florida!

This incredible world landmark is a slow-moving watershed system. It flows from central Florida into Lake Okeechobee (a lake so big you can see it from space) and down into southwest Florida and then to Ten Thousand Islands.

This remarkable natural feature nourishes the land, wildlife, and human population on the entire southern peninsula. Exploring the Everglades is a nature lovers paradise, with unique habitats and exotic animal species, some of which only live here.

Hiking, paddling, and camping in Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress Preserve is an optimal way to see the Glades. For more of a thrill, go gliding along the river of grass on an airboat ride!

The best time of year to visit the Everglades depends on what you’d like to see and do: winter is the dry season and better for hiking, but the green summer season is always better for wildlife sightings.

Written by Lori from Naples Florida Travel Guide.

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The South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

The Grand Canyon is a natural landmark in Arizona so sizable you can see it from space! The canyon is 277 miles long and, in some places, up to 18 miles wide. Without actually seeing it in person, it’s hard to grasp how truly vast it is. Fortunately, there are plenty of viewing areas along the canyon that tourists can easily access.

The park has three gated entrances for visitors to access, although the North gate closes during the winter. You’ll want to make the most of your visit by planning your route ahead of time, especially if you plan to do any day hikes or are visiting from Page, AZ.

Watching the sunrise at the Grand Canyon is another popular activity to do there. Other exciting things to do within driving distance of the Grand Canyon include visiting Antelope Canyon to the north and hiking the famous rock formations in Sedona to the south.

Written by Karee from Our Woven Journey.

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Pearl Harbor Memorial is the final resting place of the WWII Japanese attack victims

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

The Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii is a must-see sight. This important landmark in Honolulu marks the site of the WWII Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

At the memorial, you can view the final resting place of many of those lost in the tragedy. You'll also learn more about how Pearl Harbor led to the US increasing its efforts in WWII.

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The 300,000-year-old Diamond Head State Monument offers stunning views of the coast

Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Another landmark of the world found in Honolulu is the Diamond Head State Monument. A fun Honolulu fact that makes this attraction so famous is that Diamond Head State Monument is over 300,00 years old!

When visiting this well-known Hawaiian landmark, you can follow hiking trails and appreciate the stunning views.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is made up of two active volcanoes

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park is home to two active volcanoes, the Kilauea volcano and the Mauna Loa volcano.

You can explore the park in many ways, including hiking or mountain biking. Many also opt for helicopter tours that fly over the volcanoes.

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Many notable individuals are buried in the famous Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Arlington National Cemetery is arguably the most renowned cemetery in the United States. This military cemetery is located in Arlington, Virginia, close to central Washington DC.

Notable individuals buried here include President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. There are also many graves of former US soldiers, plus memorials to those who have given their lives in conflict.

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The Washington Monument is a 554-feet-tall marble obelisk

Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA

Located in central Washington DC, the Washington Monument is another of the world's most important landmarks. Constructed in 1884, the monument is a 554-feet-tall marble obelisk.

The attraction is dedicated to George Washington and features an observation deck that provides sweeping views of DC. It is a must on your Washington D.C. itinerary!

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The White House is home to the US President

The White House, Washington DC, USA

Home to the US President, the White House is one of the most iconic buildings in North America. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, the White House has housed every US President from 1800 to present.

Parts of this Washington DC landmark are open to the public. If in the city, taking a tour is recommended.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka stands as one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Created by an ancient volcano, the 200-meter high rock column is striking against the lush jungle of Sigiriya.

In the 5th century, King Kashyapa deemed the strategically advantageous site the new capital city and built the royal palace of Sri Lanka here. The complex was home to extensive fortifications, sweeping gardens, grand pools, and elegant fountains.

Today, when visiting Sigiriya, you can admire the fortress’s ancient frescoes painted in the crevices of the orange rock. Then, as you climb a bit higher, you'll be greeted by the mighty Lion Gate, which was once the main entrance to the royal city.

The ruins of the palace and pools still sit atop the plateau with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a true marvel to behold and a must on your Sri Lanka itinerary!

Written by Haley from Haley Blackall.

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A walled walkway with watchtowers winding on top of a lush mountain range
The Great Wall of China, spanning 21,196 km, took 2,300 years to complete

Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall of China is one of China's most famous landmarks. The 21,196 km wall also has one of the longest construction times of all the world landmarks, taking 2,300 years to complete.

Today, the wall is a tourist hotspot, attracting over ten million visitors a year. The Great Wall traverses through 15 Chinese regions and is a combination of multiple walls and fortifications.

If interested in visiting, there are many access points, but the most popular way to see the Great Wall is from Badaling, outside Beijing. If in the region, don't miss the chance to see this incredible global landmark by including it on your Beijing itinerary!

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Numerous terracotta warriors, horses, and chariots in a large pit under a steel roof
The sculptures were created to be buried with Emperor Qin as his afterlife army

The Terracotta Army Museum, Xi’An, China

One of the most interesting landmarks to visit is the Terracotta Army Museum in China. The museum features famous terra-cotta statues of the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.

These sculptures were originally created to be buried with the emperor as it's believed he would then have an army in the afterlife.

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Rising 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain

Mount Everest, China

Mount Everest is one of the world’s most famous mountains. It stretches across parts of China and Nepal. Standing at 29,029 feet above sea level, approximately 800 people attempt to climb the mountain each year.

If you don’t want to climb, you can still appreciate Everest from various places near the base.

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The Twelve Apostles are a famous landmark along the Great Ocean Road

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Twelve Apostles are found along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. These landmarks are stacks of limestone that stand near one another along the coastline of Victoria.

Over time they have been formed by the harsh southern ocean weather crashing against the soft limestone. This natural event firstly creates caves that leave stacks such as these when they collapse. This site attracts thousands of people from around the world every month who want to witness its beauty.

There is so much to do in the area besides taking that iconic picture from the viewing platform. You can also take a hike along The Great Ocean Road Walk, or you can even take a walk down the Gibson steps to view the Twelve Apostles from ground level.

If none of this seems adventurous enough for you, then you can also take a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles to get the best view of all.

Written by Nesha from Niche Travelling.

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Various colourful tropical fish swimming around corals of different colours and sizes
The Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef ecosystem, offers a variety of activities

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef ecosystem, comprising over 3,000 separate reefs. The breathtaking marine landmark is home to an incredible array of sea creatures, corals, and plants. You can boat, snorkel, and dive around the reef, but be sure to adhere to eco-tourism practices.

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A grassy field with trees at the base of an enormous red-orange sandstone monolith
Uluru, or Ayres Rock, is one of the oldest and largest monoliths in the world

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru, or Ayres Rock, is found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, close to the town of Alice Springs. This famous Australian landmark is one of the oldest monoliths in the world, having been formed almost half a billion years ago. When in the park, you can appreciate Uluru and see rare plants and wildlife.

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Waves breaking on a sandy shore with a cityscape in the background on a clear day
Aside from sand, water and waves, Bondi Beach is also known for its beachside bars

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Sydney's Bondi Beach is one of the world's most well-known beaches. The spectacular beach features sandy beaches and warm waters.

Bondi Beach's large, reliable waves also draw thousands of surfers. The surrounding selection of beachside bars and cafes add to the atmosphere of this iconic beach.

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The famous Sydney Opera House in Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The iconic sail-like structures of the Sydney Opera House have become a symbol of both Sydney and Australia. Sitting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, the Opera House is the number one tourist destination in Australia! It's one of the most famous places around the world, and one of the most photographed!

Jørn Utzon of Denmark designed the Sydney Opera House. It took 14 years to build, finally opening in 1973. In 2007 the opera house was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the youngest site to get included on the list.

The building has some unique features, such as its cooling system, which circulates Sydney Harbour's seawater. The glass in the building is custom-made to a specific topaz colour. It also houses the largest mechanical organ in the world, with over 10,000 musical pipes.

You can take a tour of the inside of the opera house or attend a concert in one of the seven performance venues. For a unique view of the Opera House, climb the Harbour Bridge, an activity we label as a must-do on our family travel bucket list!

Written by Cynthia of Sharing the Wander.

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A steel arch bridge over water from below with a city skyline in the background
The Sydney Harbour Bridge offers great views of other famous Sydney landmarks

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge is a highly recognizable feature on the Sydney skyline. The heritage-listed bridge stretches for 3,770 feet and connects Sydney’s central business district to its North Shore.

The bridge was completed in 1932 and was inspired by Hell Gate Bridge in New York. Notably, it was the world’s widest long-span bridge until 2012.

To get incredible views of Sydney Harbour and Opera House, you can do an exhilarating walk up the bridge.

Interested in getting out of the big city for a weekend? You have plenty of options for Sydney weekend getaways, including the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and more!

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The stunning Palace of Versailles on a beautiful day

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most beautiful castles near Paris. It's also one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The historic palace is in the city of Versailles, around 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital.

The Palace of Versailles is the best example of Baroque architecture in France. The château was home to three French Kings and their families: Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI.

Versailles was originally a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. When King Louis XIV left the Louvre Palace, a team of architects, sculptors, and landscape designers, turned this modest lodge into the best château in France.

The visit to Versailles usually takes one full day. Apart from the palace, there are two Trianons, the Queen's Hamlet, and magnificent gardens decorated with sculptures, fountains, and other water features. The grounds around the canal, known as the Grand Parc, are also beautiful to explore, ideally by bike.

Written by Elisa from World in Paris.

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Mont Saint-Michel from far away

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Mont Saint-Michel stands in Normandy, northern France. This impressive landmark sits on a small island within an estuary. The building dates back as far as the 8th century, and the island’s history is rich. The island has been a popular pilgrimage site and also played a significant role in military operations.

Today it's a popular tourist destination and a must-visit for anyone who enjoys history and French culture. Mont Saint-Michel has even been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with millions of people visiting every year.

Visiting early in the morning is highly recommended to avoid the crowds. Recently a bridge got constructed, which connects the island to the mainland so visitors can now walk there.

The island itself is relatively small, but there are many things to see and do. The historic abbey is a popular attraction, and the incredible lookout points around Mont Saint-Michel are also impressive.

Written by Victoria from Guide Your Travel.

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Cité de Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne, France

The Cité de Carcassonne is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Southern France. This French landmark is located in the Occitanie region and is a UNESCO World Heritage.

The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval citadel dominated by a castle and a church. Impressive walls with turrets crowned by pointed roofs protect the ensemble. The Cité's first structures date from the 12th century!

When visiting, take the time to explore the narrow and winding streets and browse the shops, most of them selling souvenirs for tourists. The castle is interesting to visit too, and there is also a small museum with artifacts related to the citadel's medieval past to discover.

Carcassonne's main highlight, however, is the ramparts, which you can climb and explore on a self-guided tour. From the top of the walls, the countryside views are stunning, and you can also see the Ville Basse or Lower Carcassonne.

Written by Norbert from Travel France Bucket List.

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Sacre-Coeur is a Roman Catholic church that sits on the highest point in Paris

Sacre-Coeur, Paris, France

Paris is filled with breathtaking landmarks, including the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. This spectacular Roman Catholic Church opened in 1914 and is one of France's most visited places.

The basilica sits on Montmartre, the highest point in the City of Lights. Visiting the church and exploring the charming area around can't be missed!

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower one of the most romantic places in Paris! It was built in Paris as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair.

At the time, its 324 metres of height made it the tallest human-made structure in the world, and it held that title for 41 years!

Although the Iron Lady quickly became a Paris bucket list item, the Parisians hated it at the beginning! Hundreds of people led by artists and intellectuals signed a petition against what they called “a useless and monstrous tower”.

Today, Parisian and tourists alike love the Eiffel Tower and often include it on their Paris itinerary. You can visit the tower and climb the 674 steps that will take you to the 2nd floor. It will take you 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how fit you are.

While in the area, you can also walk around the beautiful Parc du Champ de Mars. And as the Eiffel Tower is near the Seine, you can also walk on its banks or do a boat tour.

Written by Ophelie from Limitless Secrets.

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Arc de Triomphe is a popular monument commissioned by Napoleon

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Paris has multiple world famous landmarks, and the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most-visited. This ornately decorated arch was commissioned by Napoleon I in 1806. However, Arc de Triomphe was not completed until 1836.

Visitors to Paris must visit the arch to take in its beauty and get lots of pictures! You can also climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for panoramic views of the City of Lights.

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Louvre Museum, the world's most-visited museum, is home to the Mona Lisa

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Louvre is another famous French landmark known around the world. Finished in 1989, a fun fact about the Louvre is that it holds the title of being the most visited museum in the world.

This museum amasses over nine million visitors a year due to its vast array of artworks, including the world-renowned Mona Lisa.

Along with its amazing collection, the Louvre itself is a work of art. The glass pyramid design of the museum is a must-see photo-op!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral was the main setting for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful gothic-style cathedral located in central Paris. The cathedral is known globally for its incredible architecture. It's also recognizable as the home of Quasimodo in the fictional book and movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries, the cathedral has been an important religious building in Paris ever since. Many still visit for mass and to admire the building’s interior and exterior.

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The iconic Moulin Rouge is the most popular cabaret in the world

Moulin Rouge, Paris, France

One of Europe's most interesting landmarks is Moulin Rouge. This Parisian bar is the world's most famous cabaret and has been in the French capital since the early 1900s.

Moulin Rouge features an iconic red facade with windmills, reminiscent of the windmills seen in Montmartre in the 16h century. You can simply view the landmark from outside or spend the evening inside watching a memorable show!

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Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is another of the most well-known global landmarks. It's one of the most iconic sites in Italy because of its namesake flaw. The Pisa Tower leans due to an uneven settling of the foundation and ground comprising a mixture of clay, fine sand, and shells.

The lean was realized at the third level. However, the unstable ground has also benefitted the tower, saving it from collapsing during earthquakes. The tipping of the structure got reduced to 13.1 feet by slowly siphoning the earth from underneath it. In 2008, it was estimated the tower would be stable for 200 years.

Along with admiring the tower, visitors can go up a twin spiral staircase inside to get great views of Pisa. Pisa Tower is in Piazza Dei Miracoli, one of the most impressive architectural complexes in the world. Inside the complex also stand the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and a Baptistry that features historic medieval stone carvings.

Written by Debbie from World Adventurists.

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The world-renowned St. Mark's Square houses the equally famous St. Mark's Basilica

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Venice is full of world-class landmarks, and St. Mark's Square is one of the best known. Called Piazza San Marco in Italian, the vast square notably houses St. Mark's Basilica. When visiting, you'll also discover lots of cafes around the square, serving fresh Italian coffee and delicious desserts.

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The Rialto Bridge, constructed in 1588, is the oldest bridge across the Venice Canal

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Another of the best landmarks in the world is the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy. This iconic attraction is the oldest of the four bridges found across the Venice Canal, having been constructed in 1588. A stop at this Italian landmark has to be on your Venice itinerary!

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The main crater of Mount Vesuvius in Italy

Mount Vesuvius, Ottaviano, Italy

Mount Vesuvius is one of three active volcanoes in Italy and lies directly next to the city of Naples in Campania. Approximately three million people live around Mount Vesuvius. Since it poses a lot of danger to these inhabitants, it gets the name of being one of the most dangerous active volcanoes on Earth.

Mount Vesuvius was actually the cause of one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in history in 79 AD. At this time, it demolished and buried two ancient cities: Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Today, it's a dormant volcano, but there's still the possibility it could erupt at any time. According to volcanic reports, earthquakes are common even now. Despite these dangers, it’s one of the most visited and adored tourist attractions in Italy.

The most popular thing to do here is to hike the mountain. This extraterrestrial experience starts at the entrance of Mount Vesuvius National Park. From the entrance, you can walk to the main crater and around it, which reaches 1,281 metres in height.

Written by Diana from The Globetrotting Detective.

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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed and preserved the ancient city of Pompeii

Pompeii, Naples, Italy

Pompeii in Italy is one of the most fascinating historical landmarks around the world. It was a thriving city that, as mentioned, was unfortunately destroyed in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Interestingly, pyroclastic flows perfectly preserved the town and its doomed residents in a plaster cast-like material.

Today, tourists can visit the city’s ruins and learn more about its past. You can even view the preserved bodies of some of those that lived there.

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Designed by Francesco de Sanctis, the famous Spanish Steps are comprised of 138 steps

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

The Spanish Steps are found in central Rome and were designed by Francesco de Sanctis. The renowned European attraction comprises 138 Roman Baroque stairs and has been in the city since 1725.

Climbing the steps and taking lots of pictures is a must, but don't sit on the stairs of this famous Rome landmark as you could be fined!

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Cats hanging out on Roman ruins at the Cat Sanctuary in Rome

Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome, Italy

There are around 4,000 cat colonies in Rome, hosting the roughly 120,000 feral cats that populate the city. A local decree protects the cats in Rome.

Cat colonies must get provided with a safe place where they can live and get food, health care, and assistance from good willing locals (usually the "gattare" (cat ladies, in English) with the cooperation of local authorities.)

The most famous cat sanctuary in Rome is by far the one in Largo di Torre Argentina. This scenic but somewhat lesser-known square lies between Piazza Venezia, where you can spot the famous Altar of the Fatherland, and the historical center of Rome, home to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain.

Most people walk by on their way from one landmark to another and spot these beautiful ruins. Interestingly, this area also features the Curia of Pompey (part of the larger Pompey Theater), which is the very place where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the Ides of March, on 15 March, 44 BCE.

Only on a closer inspection will you see that sitting, sleeping, playing among the ruins are some beautiful cats! You can go inside and visit the site, and by all means, also visit the cat sanctuary. Volunteers are happy to share information about the in-house cats and allow you to play with them.

If you want to help, you can make a small donation or buy one of the many gadgets on sale: they make for a nice souvenir, and best of all, 100% of the profits go to the support of the local cats.

Written by Claudia from Strictly Rome.

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The Colosseum hosted chariot races, gladiator fights, and other events

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

As in many European countries, there are an array of famous landmarks in Italy. One of the most well-known is the Colosseum in Rome.

Completed in 80 A.D., the Colosseum was originally used for events, including chariot racing and gladiator fights.

Today, the Colosseum is well-preserved despite rarely being used for events. You can explore the structure and may spot a cute resident cat!

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The world-famous Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

The Trevi Fountain is another incredible landmark found in Rome. This baroque-style fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi in the 1700s and features Roman statues in front of a stately palace-style building.

Standing at 49.15 metres wide and 26.3 metres high, the fountain is the largest in Rome and one of the world’s most renowned fountains. If in Rome, viewing the beautiful design surrounded by flowing water is an absolute must!

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Built in the 1600s, St Peter's Basilica is an important historic landmark in Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City is a unique place in itself. But the must-see landmark when in this small Roman Catholic city is St. Peter's Basilica. This site is incredibly important to Catholics, and the current building has been in Italy since the 1600s. The official residence of the Pope is also located.

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The world-famous Sistine Chapel is decorated with Michelangelo's notable frescoes

Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy

Located inside Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is one of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in the world. The chapel was built in the late 1400s by Giovanni di Dolci under the request of Pope Sixtus IV.

The Sistine Chapel's incredible painted ceiling is additionally one of Michelangelo's most famed works. It is a must on your Rome itinerary!

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Stonehenge is one of the most famous landmarks around the world

Stonehenge, Salisbury, England

Stonehenge is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in England. The mystery surrounding the prehistoric landmark has intrigued tourists for decades, making it a spot on many travellers’ bucket lists.

Many questions surround Stonehenge’s existence, but historians believe the construction of the famous stone circle took place as early as 3000 BC. There are different theories on the purpose of the site. Many think it was a burial ground, while others say it acted as an astronomical calendar.

Stonehenge and the nearby Avebury Henge were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. It is located near Salisbury and is less than two hours from London, making it a popular spot for a day trip.

Don’t miss the visitor center, which is home to exhibits detailing the history and function of Stonehenge and what life was like during the time of its construction.

Written by Sydney from A World in Reach.

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Big Ben, London, England

When you think of London in England, a famous British landmark that springs to mind is the magnificent Big Ben clock tower. The clock tower is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, which acts as the democratic house of Parliament.

At over 316 metres tall, Big Ben is one of the world's biggest striking and chiming clocks. You can see the four nations of the UK’s shields represented on the clock face if you look close enough.

Unfortunately, due to refurbishment, you cannot go inside Big Ben at the moment. However, you can enjoy a tour around the houses of Parliament or a scenic stroll towards London Bridge and the Tower of London while visiting.

Big Ben was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee. However, the name does not have the same ring to it, and everyone will always think of England’s striking clock tower as Big Ben.

Written by Kerry from Veggie Adventures Worldwide.

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Buckingham Palace has been home to the royal family since 1853

Buckingham Palace, London, England

Buckingham Palace is one of the most well-known iconic buildings around the world and a must-visit when in London for a few days. Constructed in the 1700s, the building has been the main residence of the Kings and Queens of England since 1853.

The neoclassical palace features 775 rooms and many regal accents, such as a Grand Staircase made entirely of bronze. The palace additionally houses a range of renowned artworks and has hosted numerous heads of state.

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The Palace of Westminster was rebuilt in the 1800s because of a fire

Palace of Westminster, London, England

The Palace of Westminster, also known as The Houses of Parliament, is where England’s members of parliament and the Prime Minister meet. The building was constructed in 1016, although it was rebuilt in the mid-1800s.

This London landmark has been an important political building and a loved attraction on London’s skyline for centuries. Visitors can explore parts of the Palace of Westminster to learn more about English political history and the history of the building itself.

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Standing 135 feet tall, the London Eye offers 360-degree views of the city

The London Eye, London, England

Another must-see landmark in the United Kingdom's capital of London is the London Eye. This large observation wheel has been in the city since 1999 and offers the most breathtaking view of London. The wheel stands at 135-feet tall and remains an iconic structure in the city skyline.

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Standing 1,016 feet tall, the Shard is a 72-storey skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano

The Shard, London, England

You can find numerous world-renowned landmarks in London, England. One of the more modern ones is the Shard. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the 72-storey pointed skyscraper stands 1,016 feet tall. You can go to the top of the Shard to take in the view and dine at multiple restaurants.

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Westminster Abbey, an iconic landmark, is the site of Royal coronations

Westminster Abbey, London, England

Westminster Abbey is a gothic-style abbey located in London, United Kingdom. This landmark is extremely notable as it's the location of Royal coronations.

Numerous Kings and Queens are also buried within the abbey grounds. You can appreciate the architecture and see many Royal artefacts if you visit. Do make sure to include the Abbey on your London bucket list!

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Malham Cove in Yorkshire Dales National Park in the UK

Malham Cove, Malham, England

While Yorkshire is home to many iconic landmarks, you don’t get anything more dramatic than the spectacular Malham Cove. This 260-foot-high Cove is shaped like a horseshoe and is a recognizable landmark of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Carved by a glacier during the last ice age, climbers frequently dare to scale the sheer face of the Cove. But if you prefer to feel the ground beneath your feet, you can climb the 400 stairs to the top of Malham Cove. You can then admire the beautiful surrounding countryside from the limestone pavement.

Malham is a popular destination for walkers. Natural beauty surrounds it, so make sure you allow time to explore the area and enjoy all the incredible sights. The Cove is popular year-round so visit during the shoulder seasons around June or September for the best weather without the crowds.

Written by Hannah from Get Lost Travel Blog.

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Bolshoi Theatre has been hosting outstanding performances since it opened in 1825

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia

The Bolshoi Theatre is the oldest theatre in Moscow and is one of the most important landmarks in the performing arts world. This incredible building opened in 1825 and hosts outstanding ballet and opera performances.

If in Moscow, you must appreciate the theatre’s stunning architecture. Catching a performance here is highly recommended, too!

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Russia's St. Basil's Cathedral was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Another of the incredible landmarks in Russia is St. Basil's Cathedral. The iconic church sits in Red Square and is known for its colourful rooftops.

The cathedral was constructed in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible and is one of Russia's most-loved buildings.

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The famous Kremlin in Moscow at sunset

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The Kremlin is a majestic fortified complex in Moscow, Russia. Constructed in 1495, the World Heritage Site features five palaces, four cathedrals, and hundreds of beautifully decorated rooms.

This Russian landmark sits in the equally iconic Red Square and was originally founded by the ruling Russian dynasty. Today, the Kremlin houses a fascinating museum and is a popular tourist attraction.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha is a famous Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

While many incredible landmarks are scattered around Asia, from Angkor Wat to Bangkok's Grand Palace (both of which are great stops on a Southeast Asia travel itinerary), some of the best and most iconic landmarks are in Kyoto, Japan.

Top Kyoto attractions include the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Another must-visit Kyoto sight is the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Well-known for its vivid red torii gates, the Fushimi Inari Taisha is an unmissable Kyoto attraction. Dedicated to the god of rice, this Shinto shrine has a strong fox motif, as foxes are the messengers of the god of grain foods.

While taking a photo by the iconic red arches is a must, you can easily spend half a day exploring the hiking trails up Mount Inari. It’s a pretty easy hike that offers spectacular views of the torii gates and the city of Kyoto.

Written by Mia from Walk a While with Me.

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The winding Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

The simple path that winds through the middle of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is now one of the most famous sights in Kyoto. Nobody knows when the forest dates from, but the nearby Tenryu-Ji Temple dates back to the 14th century when bamboo surrounded temples in Japan to ward off evil spirits.

Admittedly, the forest might not look like it does in pictures. For example, it's not as green. But to get close to that idyllic image of towering trees lining a peaceful path, visit as early in the morning as you can.

And don’t just look - listen. The bamboo clacking together here is one of the most iconic sounds in Japan and is just one example of the many small things you shouldn’t miss on your Japan trip.

Other notable sites near this landmark include the Sagano Romance Train and Tenryu-Ji. Don't miss out on Mikami Shrine either, which is Japan’s only shrine to hair.

Written by Helen from Japlanease.

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The stone chamber contains the names of the atomic bomb blast victims

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

The moving and historical Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial to those killed and affected by the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. The memorial park is found in the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Visiting the memorial is a great way to reflect and learn more about this tragic event.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace, a royal residence, also features amazing gardens and a museum

Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Japan's Imperial Palace, located in Tokyo, is the residence of the Imperial Family. This stunning regal building also features 1.15 square kilometres of amazing manicured gardens. The palace also has a museum that's open to the public. A trip to this royal residence is a must when in Tokyo!

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The picturesque Mount Fuji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan

Mount Fuji is one of the many naturally occurring world famous landmarks. This mountain is actually a volcano with a peak of 3,776 meters.

Along with being a stunning sight to see, Mount Fuji is also one of Japan’s three sacred mountains. Due to this, many visit this Japanese landmark to connect spiritually with nature.

If you're adventurous, you can even climb Mount Fuji and enjoy the incredible surrounding views from up high.

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The stunning Gibraltar Nature Reserve from above

Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Nature Reserve is one of the most famous places in the world you should add to your bucket list. This protected nature reserve covers over 40% of Gibraltar’s land area and features outstanding flora and fauna.

It also has one of the most popular attractions in Gibraltar, St Michael’s Cave. Inside St Michael’s Cave, you’ll get to explore a series of caves made from limestone. The caves house beautiful and colourful stalactites and stalagmites as well.

The reserve is very well-known for its macaques, the only wild monkeys you can find in Europe. You’ll see them everywhere, and although some of them are pretty relaxed, make sure you take care of your belongings as others may try to take them from you!

However, the best part of visiting the reserve is the breathtaking panoramic views. You’ll see three countries, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco, at a glance. To access Gibraltar Nature Reserve, get the cable car found next to the Alameda Gardens.

Written by Cristina Reina from My Little World of Travelling.

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Spanning across River Douro, the Dom Luis Bridge connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia

Dom Luis Bridge, Porto, Portugal

Spanning across the River Douro, the Dom Luis Bridge is a major landmark in Porto, Portugal. At the time of construction in 1880, the bridge was one of the longest metal bridges in the world. Today, the Dom Luis Bridge is a popular sight in Porto, connecting the city to Vila Nova de Gaia.

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Gardens by the Bay features waterfront gardens with art installations

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Singapore

Found in central Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a stunning collection of gardens covering 101-hectares. These gardens combine beautiful horticultural designs with incredible art pieces.

Visitors liken exploring the gardens to being in a magical kingdom with a range of vibrant flora, unique water features, and illuminated art installations.

A visit to Gardens by the Bay when in Singapore for a few days is the perfect way to unwind and take some one-of-a-kind pictures.

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The Placa de Catalunya and Christopher Columbus monuments can be found along La Ramba

La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla is a major street in Barcelona, Spain. This pedestrian street is incredibly well-known and is a must-visit location when in this Spanish city.

The bustling street features shops and markets, vibrant cafes, and even street performers. The Placa de Catalunya and Christopher Columbus monuments are also found on the 1.2-kilometre street.

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Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi designed La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia is a basilica in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudi. Interestingly, the construction of the basilica has never been completed, but it should be by 2026.

The basilica is gothic in style and features tall spires and ornate carvings. Inside, you'll find beautiful stained glass, religious statues, and high ceilings.

The basilica is stunning already and will be one of the most incredible pieces of architecture in the world once complete.

It's a no-brainer that it must be included on your Barcelona itinerary as it is one of the most famous landmarks in Spain!

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The Alhambra is a well-known Spanish landmark atop a hill built in 1238

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The Alhambra is one more of the many popular landmarks in Spain that is known worldwide. Located in Granada, the Alhambra is a palace and fortress that was constructed for the Nasrid Dynasty in 1238. Today, you can explore the royal building and learn more about its rich past.

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1 of the 4 in the world, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was designed by Frank Gehry

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

There are only four Guggenheim Museums in the world, and the location in Bilbao, Spain, is one of the most spectacular. This art museum houses an array of works by famous artists, including Rothko and Kandinsky. The building's exterior is also stunning and was designed by the architect Frank Gehry.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders and one of the most famous landmarks in the world. A visit to the falls should absolutely be on your North America landmarks list.

The falls are in North America, between Ontario and New York. Therefore, the falls are both an American and a Canadian Landmark, allowing you to admire these stunning falls from Canada or the United States.

Visitors can choose from many activities on both sides of Niagara Falls, including boat rides that take you up close to the falls and drench you in the mist.

You can also go on walkways at the base of the falls or take an aero car that goes over the rapids and whirlpools of the Niagara River.

While it's an incredible destination in all seasons, Niagara Falls becomes a magical place during the winter when gigantic blocks of ice chunks frame the falls, and snow covers the rocks at the base.

On the Canadian side, the Winter Festival of Lights is a must-see during the winter holidays. This spectacular and free event is the biggest lighting display in Canada and is a must-visit!

Written by Michelle from Moyer Memoirs.

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The CN Tower rises 553 metres tall and offers amazing views of Toronto

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s CN Tower is one of the Canadian city’s most well-known landmarks. The 553-metre-tall tower houses an observation deck, offering panoramic city views.

Along with visiting the observation deck when in Toronto, you can dine at the CN Tower restaurant. Thrill-seekers can also complete the exciting Edgewalk that takes you around the exterior of the observation deck.

Be sure to view the tower at night too, when it’s lit up in vibrant colours, illuminating the Toronto skyline.

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Alpine trees and snow-capped mountains at the back of a turquoise lake
Lake Louise is a picturesque attraction known for its turquoise water

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park in Alberta is one of the most stunning outdoor destinations in Canada. This park, with snow-capped mountains and breathtaking crystal blue lakes, is world-renowned, too.

A notable attraction is Lake Louise, and when visiting, you can swim, hike, appreciate spectacular views, and more!

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Red and white lighthouse on a rocky cove overlooking the blue ocean
Peggy's Lighthouse has been an iconic landmark since its first use in 1915

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada

Located in the charming Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Peggy's Point Lighthouse is located in the coastal Peggy's Cove.

The lighthouse was first used in 1915 and has been a popular landmark in Canada ever since. The lighthouse is designed in a classic East Coast-style with red and white colouring.

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A white cathedral with a green dome surrounded by landscaped gardens
A National Historic Site, Saint Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Canada

Another of the world's interesting landmarks found in Canada is Saint Joseph's Oratory. Located in the city of Montreal in Quebec, the oratory is a Roman Catholic minor basilica.

Opened in 1904, Saint Joseph's Oratory is notable as Canada's largest church. The beautifully designed building is also a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Giant's Causeway, Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

Ireland is full of folklore, legends, and fairy tales, and Northern Ireland is no different. Sadly, Northern Ireland is left off many traveller's bucket lists despite being such a beautiful country.

The rugged Causeway coast of Northern Ireland is a notably stunning feature of this area. One of the best landmarks along the Causeway Coast is the Giant’s Causeway.

Legend has it that two rival giants formed the Giant’s Causeway. There is an identical causeway across the ocean in Scotland. Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant Benandonner.

To have their battle, the Giants built the causeway so they could meet. Today, the Giant’s Causeway is filled with sizeable hexagonal basalt columns.

There is a Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway, but the best thing to do is hike along the cliff edge before walking down to the causeway to clamber over the basalt columns. For the best views and the prettiest walk to the causeway, make sure you hike along the red route!

Written by Fiona from Travelling Thirties.

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Among the ruins in Athens, the Parthenon is the most popular

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

The Acropolis is an ancient Greek citadel in the hills above Athens, Greece. There are multiple significant ruins within the citadel complex, with the Parthenon being the most famous Athens landmark.

It’s believed that this city was built around the fifth century BC at the request of Greek statesman Pericles. Today, tourists can explore many of the ruins, learn more about the area’s history, and take some memorable photographs.

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Tulum Archaeological Zone, Tulum, Mexico

Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the stunning blue waters of the Caribbean sea, you'll find Tulum.

This gorgeous and well-preserved archaeological site in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is about two hours from Cancun and is one of the most famous landmarks in the world for a good reason!

With over 800 years of history and a beautiful beach, Tulum is a must-visit place while in this area of Mexico. Its original name, Zama, means "The City of Dawn" - appropriately named for this western-facing city.

The sunrise hits the famous Castillo is a highly memorable view; it's no wonder this location offers some of the most iconic photos in the area.

This ancient city is steeped in history and was the only Mayan city built along the coastline. It was prominently known as being a seaport, trading in jade and turquoise.

Take a guided tour to make the most of your visit and get taken back in time to see what life was once like inside the city walls.

Once you've explored the city, cool off in the soothing waters on the gorgeous beach below, or enjoy strolling around more of this beautiful Cancun landmark.

Written by Sarah from In Search of Sarah.

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The prominent El Castillo is a temple to the god Kukulcan

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Mexico is home to many world famous landmarks, and Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruins, is one of the most interesting. The Mayan city was constructed around 600 AD, with residents inhabiting the area until the 1200s.

A step pyramid called El Castillo is the most recognizable ruin. This Mexican landmark was a temple to the god Kukulcan. After viewing the famous El Castillo, you can discover other ruins and Mayan carvings and monuments.

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A massive Gothic cathedral surrounded by greenery against a blue sky
Built in 1813, Catedral Metropolitana is a must-see in Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico

Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City, Mexico, is another of the numerous iconic landmarks around the world. The Roman Catholic cathedral was built in 1813 and is designed in a striking Gothic Style.

Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral feature stunning ornate details, and seeing this landmark is an absolute must.

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Panoramic view of numerous tree-laden limestone islands and several boats on a sea
Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is comprised of around 1,600 islands

Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular landmarks in Vietnam. The UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises approximately 1,600 limestone islands surrounded by stunning emerald water. Ha Long Bay also offers visitors an array of activities to enjoy, from hiking to snorkelling and scuba diving.

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Neo-classical monument with columns and a chariot sculpture on top
Brandenburg Gate is the most famous landmark in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany is the country’s most recognizable landmark. It’s also one of the most famous world landmarks and a must on any Berlin itinerary. This neoclassical bridge is 26 metres tall and was constructed in 1788.

Brandenburg Gate is located at what was the division between East and West Germany but today symbolizes peace and unity. It’s visited by millions of tourists every year and is even at the centre of the world’s largest New Year’s Eve party!

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The Window of Remembrance is a gallery showing pictures and names of those who died

Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin, Germany

One of the most important landmarks in the world is the Berlin Wall Memorial, located in Berlin, Germany. The iconic memorial marks where the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany, was torn down.

The memorial commemorates those that died trying to cross the wall when Berlin was divided after WWII.

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A hilltop castle surrounded by greenery with a lake and mountains in the background
Neuschwanstein Castle, a Romanesque palace, was built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century palace located in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The castle was originally built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

However, construction was completed after his death, so the castle was instead opened to the public. The landmark is designed in a Romanesque Revival style and features stunning grounds.

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Also known as Big Buddha, the Tian Tan Buddha statue stands 34 feet tall

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

A famous attraction in Hong Kong is the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Big Buddha. The statue of Buddha stands at 34 feet tall and can be reached by climbing just over 260 steps.

At the top, you can also visit a museum with Buddhist artifacts. A trip to Tian Tan has to be on your Hong Kong itinerary!

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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It's also one of the most recognizable landmarks in Asia.

Once the centre of the Khmer Kingdom, the construction of Angkor occurred between the 9th and 14th centuries. Today, the site has immense cultural and spiritual significance and is a must on any Siem Reap itinerary!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, Angkor Archaeological Park is much more than just Angkor Wat – it’s a vast complex of temples, citadels, and other ruins stretching over 400-square-kilometres.

The most famous structures include Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei (Women’s Temple), and of course, the iconic Angkor Wat itself.

Because the site is so vast, you need at least two days and either a tuk-tuk or bicycle to do it justice. A guided tour of Angkor is a perfect option if you want a more in-depth experience.

Don't miss sunrise at Angkor Wat either! To beat the crowds, watch from one of the lesser-known temples such as Pre Rup.

Written by Emily from Wander-Lush.

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Inca ruins on Machu Picchu from above

Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains, Peru

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most famous landmarks in Peru, Machu Picchu is a true marvel. This 500-year old citadel perches precariously on a crest between steep mountains in the middle of the Peruvian Andes.

Once a royal estate, it was abandoned by the Incas in the 1500s after the Spanish arrived in Peru. Although local people knew of its location, it was not known to the world until 1911.

To get to Machu Picchu, many go via the Inca Trail, a four-day hike through the mountains. If you take this adventurous route, you can explore several incredible Inca ruins on the way to Machu Picchu as you follow the trail.

But you don’t have to hike there! From Cusco, you can get a train to Aguas Calientes, and from there, buses make the steep drive up to the citadel throughout the day.

Overcrowding is a problem at Machu Picchu, especially in the mornings, when many rush to experience the sunrise.

You’re more likely to have a calm experience that feels personal if you wander the peripheral pathways and terraces away from the guided tours or visit later in the day.

Written by Martha from May Cause Wanderlust.

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The top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, Brazil

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although multiple beautiful mountains surround the city of Rio de Janeiro, there’s one stunning mountain that stands out more than the rest!

Sugarloaf Mountain (or Pão de Açúcar) juts out from the coast, looming tall over the clean sands of Praia Vermelha. Its name is a wink to the Portuguese sugarcane trade in the 16th century.

Not only is the mountain an iconic part of Rio de Janeiro’s cityscape, but the views from the top are epic, too. Going up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain at sunset is one of the best things to do in Rio. It truly gives you an understanding of how beautiful this city of bays is.

To get to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, take a scenic cable car ride. Make sure you make the journey up a little while before the sun goes down so that you can appreciate all the different angles and views ahead of the crowds rolling in.

Written by Lizzy from Cuppa to Copa Travels.

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer statue needs no introduction. This iconic global landmark in Brazil is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and an incredibly popular tourist attraction. It is a 125-feet symbol of peace and sits atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

Many people don’t know this, but the Brazilian statue is made of concrete and thousands of soapstone pieces. Those pieces were manually glued onto wide cloth strips and attached to the concrete to preserve it. So, if you look closely, you'll see an array of teeny tiny triangles!

Technicalities aside, once you reach the summit, stand in front of the statue, feel the summery breeze on your face, and take in the view, you'll understand why people call Rio de Janeiro the Marvelous City: It’s breathtaking!

A top local's tip for visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue is to go uphill with the first train to avoid the crowds and the heat. Also, pack water, sunscreen, a hat, and a good camera; you’ll want to remember your visit forever!

Written by Bruna from I Heart Brazil.

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View from the top of an oceanside city with a white beach and mountains in the back
The world-renowned Copacabana Beach is the perfect place to relax and have fun

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A highly famous place in Brazil is Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The renowned beach features soft white sand, warm waters, and a fun atmosphere.

At the beach, you can swim, play beach games like volleyball, or relax under the sun with a caipirinha! Do make sure to include it on your Rio de Janeiro itinerary!

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Steps of a staircase decorated with a mosaic of colourful tiles
Various tiles from all over the world were used to decorate Escaderia Selaron

Escaderia Selaron, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Located in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Escaderia Selaron is a South American landmark that's known worldwide.

The colourful staircase is covered with titles sourced from around the globe. These iconic steps have also been featured in numerous movies and music videos.

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Aerial view of a ferry on an area where a tea-coloured river meets a pale brown river
The Meeting of the Waters is a world-famous, two-tone river in Brazil

The Meeting of the Waters, Manaus, Brazil

Another of the multiple famous locations in Brazil is the Meeting of the Waters in Manaus. This natural phenomenon sees the dark waters of the Rio Negro flow next to the sandy waters of the Rio Solimões. The rivers don't mix but instead flow side by side, making for a unique two-tone river.

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Aerial view of a river winding through a lush tropical rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is well-known for its biodiversity

Amazon Rainforest, Amazonas, Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most important landmarks in the world. Covering approximately 2.72 million square miles, the area is home to 10 million different plant and animal species.

This wildlife accounts for over 10% of the world's known species. In addition, around 50% of all creatures and plants on Earth live in the Amazon!

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Sculptures and ornately decorated mausoleums under a partly cloudy sky
Cementerio de la Recoleta is the final resting place of many notable Argentinians

Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Known as one of the most-visited cemeteries in the world, Cementerio de la Recoleta is an iconic location in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This "city of the dead" features graves of notable people, including Eva Peron and a granddaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte. While slightly eerie, visiting the cemetery must be on your Buenos Aires itinerary!

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A series of waterfalls cascading down into a pool below against blue sky
Over 270 independent falls make up the stunning Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, Misiones Province, Argentina

Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls is a stunning natural landmark. Iguazu Falls comprises over 270 individual waterfalls that combine to create an extensive feature. The falls are another of the iconic landmarks around the world that you must see at least once!

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A broken old rusty car near an abandoned dilapidated house
Chernobyl, the site of a nuclear disaster, has been abandoned since 1986

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl is the site of a devastating nuclear accident that’s known around the world. The city of Chernobyl has been abandoned since the disaster in 1986 and resembles an eerie ghost town.

Despite being closed to the public for decades, you can now visit the renowned area. If visiting, you’ll get to explore this town that has been untouched for over 30 years.

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Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101 briefly held the record for being the world's tallest building (from 2004-2009) but was overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. No matter, it's still an impressive building standing at 1,667 feet high in Taipei, Taiwan.

This global landmark has 101 floors, and the building includes a mall, a Starbucks with a killer view, a Din Tai Fung with delicious dumplings, offices, an observation deck, and even a private club.

Construction ended in 2003, and the design not only looks incredible but has quite a bit of meaning behind it. The 101 floors symbolize the renewal of time. The building also features eight segments of eight floors that symbolize prosperity, abundance, and good fortune.

Tapei 101 is home to the world's largest wind damper too. It stretches 18-feet across and helps the structure withstand typhoons and earthquakes that are common in the area.

If you're a big fan of panoramic views, a trip to the observation deck to see the city below is a must. If you want a picture with Taipei 101 and the surrounding skyscrapers, a hike up Elephant Mountain offers this breathtaking vista.

The tower looks stunning around sunset and at night too. Whether you go to the top or view it from the street, Taipei 101 should be on your Taiwan bucket list.

Written by Megan from Red Around the World.

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A rainbow near waterfalls rushing down green-covered rocky cliffs
The stunning Victoria Falls sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Victoria Falls is another of many iconic landmarks around the world and famous landmarks in Africa. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

The spectacular falls stand at 355 feet tall and are 5,604 feet wide. When visiting, you can take in the breathtaking falls and surrounding lush jungle.

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Stone temple with three levels built into the foot of a cliff against a clear sky
Among the tombs in the Valley of the Kings is Queen Hatshepsut's grave

The Valley of Kings, Luxor, Egypt

One of the oldest landmarks in the world to visit is the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. It is thought to have been constructed between 1539 BC and 1075 BC.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the burial place of numerous Egyptian Pharaohs. You can see over 60