10 places you should visit before you die

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From great architectural feats to breathtaking natural beauty, the world is full of fascinating places to see before you die. Thanks to films such as The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, making life lists of things to do before you kick the bucket has become popular with those determined to embrace all the world has to offer while they are still alive. So if you want to enrich your life by visiting diverse and outrageously beautiful places, then here is a list of ten places to see before you die.

The Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal in India

Located in Agra, India, the magnificent Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and probably the most recognizable monument in the world. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a symbol of eternal love after the death of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Built between 1632 and 1648, the mausoleum perfectly combines Indian, Persian and Islamic architectural styles and is surrounded by an elaborate garden with reflecting pools. It may be one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, but it is certainly worth a visit. If the Taj Mahal is on your list of places to see before you die then the best time of year to visit is during the cooler months of October and November.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon in Arizona

The world is full of fascinating natural wonders that display the power of nature and Antelope Canyon is one of these. Antelope Canyon is located near Page, Arizona, on the Navajo Native American reservation, and includes two canyons, Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. Flash flooding over the years has eroded the sandstone and created passageways and corridors where shafts of light radiate down from openings at the top of the canyon. The effect is something that seems quite unreal. Antelope Canyon is accessible through permits and is visited only through guided tours due to the danger of flash flooding.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

With quiet pools, small cascades, tall waterfalls, colourful lakes and lush vegetation it’s no wonder over one million tourists visit Plitvice Lakes National Park each year. Located in Croatia, the protected area is perfect for nature lovers who can enjoy walks along the pathways and wooden footbridges that wind their way between lakes. One of the most fascinating things about this spectacular area is that the colour of the water constantly changes, depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water, and the time of day. Visiting Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast gives you the perfect opportunity to explore Central Croatia and Plitvice Lakes National Park. While you’re there you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, boating and even taking a train ride.

The Great Wall of China

Great Wall in China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most fascinating World Heritage sites. Like a serpent the wall winds its way across grasslands, mountains and plateaus for approximately 8,852km and can be seen from space. The architectural feat and historical significance of the wall has made it an intriguing attraction for tourists visiting China. So if you find yourself in Beijing, although the city has plenty of fantastic attractions like Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, be sure to take a trip one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef in Australia

One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the ocean is the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. The coral reef is one of the world’s most famous scuba diving sites and is comprised of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs. The popular tourist regions of the Great Barrier Reef are the areas surrounding Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands. Here the crystal clear waters give visitors a glimpse of a wide diversity of marine life from the endangered sea turtle and dugong to schools of clown fish that swim through colourful coral. Blessed with amazing natural beauty and sun-soaked white sandy beaches, the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place for scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound in New Zeland

Located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound is an extraordinarily beautiful fjord. It was voted the world’s top travel destination in TripAdvisor’s 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. According to Maori legend, Tu Te Raki Whanoa carved the fjords of Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) with a magical adze. The waterway is surrounded by lush vegetation that clings precariously to majestic peaks. Milford Sound welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Trekking, canoeing or enjoying an overnight cruise is the perfect way to experience this breathtakingly beautiful region.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls in Zambia

There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls in the world, but there is something quite magical about standing on the viewing point near Knife-edge Bridge, watching the thundering water of Victoria Falls. Located on the Zambezi River in southern Africa, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls stand at 355 feet. The indigenous name for the falls is ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which means ‘Smoke that Thunders’. There is no shortage of exciting activities from bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, going a safari drive in the untamed African wilderness, or taking a hot air balloon ride over the spectacular falls.

The Islands of French Polynesia

A beach in French Polynesia

The islands of French Polynesia are the things dreams are made of. Crystal clear waters lap at palm fringed beaches, and soft white sand is bathed in sunshine. French Polynesia is comprised of 5 groups of islands: the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier Archipelago. Two of the most popular French Polynesian islands are Tahiti and Bora Bora. These islands are so beautiful it’s hard to believe they really exist. You can be pampered on Bora Bora, visit Maupiti for legendary old-fashioned French hospitality, visit a pearl farm on the island of Tahaa, scuba dive around the stunning coral reefs, take an outrigger canoe or take a boat trip. There is plenty to see and do in this paradise.

The Incan city of Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru

It is one of the most easily recognizable landmarks, and is located in an extraordinarily beautiful place. Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level and surrounded by towering mountains and lush forest of the eastern Andes. The dry-stone walls, terraces and ramps give visitors a glimpse into the 15th century Incan Empire. A visit to Peru just wouldn’t be complete without taking some time out to visit these incredible ruins.

Masai Mara and the Serengeti, Kenya and Tanzania

Masai Mara reserve in Kenya

The stretch of untamed African plains from the southern tip of the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the northern edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, is one of the most spectacular regions for a photographic safari. Each year wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles follow a clockwise migration route, creating the world’s largest mammal migration, known as The Great Migration. It is one of Nature’s great events and a wildlife spectacle that should be on everybody’s bucket list.

These are just some of the places we recommend visiting before you die. So what is on your bucket list?



Kerryn10 places you should visit before you die


  1. Tom R

    Jerusalem in Israel, Bethlehem in the Palestine Territory, Petra in Jordan, the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx and St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite Valley in California, the Parthenon in Athens, the Vatican in Rome, the Swiss and German and Italian Alps, the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada, Yellowstone National Park, New York City, Paris, London, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janiero, The Forbidden City in Beijing in China, Cinque Terre in Italy, Mount Everest, Lhasa in Tibet, the Three Rivers area of China, Mount Athos in Greece (men only)

  2. Thomas Anderson

    (Not So) Great Wall of China? Get over it. It’s NOT visible from space. Hundreds of thousands of men were forced to build it; tens of thousands were worked or beaten to death and thrown into the wall and entombed therein. It’s a monument to stupidity, to cruel dictators, and arrogant apathetic military rulers. It’s a long wall that means nothing, does nothing, and accomplished nothing. There’s nothing great about it.

  3. joe - planeters

    great destinations! Haven’t been to any of those yet but I hope to do it soon

  4. Thomas Anderson is a Moron

    Definitely a good list. Top 10, maybe not, but every one of those locations is worth the time

  5. Mr.Loto

    Good places! Those are all places I’ve not visited yet. I hope to see at least one before I die.


  6. Checho

    What happen with The Pyramids……and I would also add Varanasi (India)

  7. Katie

    My number one place to see before I die is the Taj Mahal! I will get there someday. It looks SO amazing!

  8. zack

    man that place is awesome
    but how bout RAJA AMPAT in Indonesia, it beautiful place

  9. jmeyersforeman

    so many places to see, so little time! while I have travelled to more places than many people I feel like there is still so much to see.

  10. Skini

    Ha Long Bay in Vietnam should be in the top 10 of every similar list. Or at least it is on my own :))))

  11. vhfaloha

    Good List! But I would work in Angkor Watt/Angkor Tom in Cambodia

  12. Elaine M

    How about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? It is totally awesome to see 500+ hotair balloons in the sky at one time. Even better if you are up there with them!!!

  13. cindy

    Alaska! Heard great things about it. Beautiful scenery, wild life, dry cold, great fishing and hunting. Night sky,aurora borealis. Also still usa. Or rain forest before its gone.The flora and fauna.

  14. Christopher

    Good list. I’m an obsessed traveler, so I’ll certainly see these places. Only four left. I’ve always wondered why people say “before you die” since seeing these places after you die is on the far side of ridiculous.

  15. Wally Zebco

    Quite frankly the Taj Mahal is really over-rated. The rest of India is very under-rated, so it kind of balances out.

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