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With over 7 continents, 5 oceans and 197 million square miles the world is a wonderland of places waiting to be explored. For those adventure-minded individuals it begs one question, “Where should I begin to explore?”. As a result, we have compiled a list of 50 epic adventures that you must experience before you go. It is the ultimate bucket list of locations. It will keep you inspired and curious about the world’s most treasured places.
50. The Duomo in Florence.
Visitors are able to hike to the summit of this historical site. At the top awaits a view that has been unchanged since Michelangelo’s time.
49. Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is a coastal city on the central coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving. It is a hidden gem of world destinations. It attracts many travelers because of the town’s many resort like amenities at motel prices.
48. Petra, Jordan
The ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Dating back to 300 B.C. the stone-carved ruins have mesmerized travelers for years due to the detailed facades and classical architecture.
47. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal in India attracts more than 7 million people a year. It was originally built because Muhal Emperor, Shah Jahan ordered the construction of a tomb for his “favorite” wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 1600’s. The building is made of Ivory Marble sprinkled with ornate design throughout.
46. Torres, Del Paine
Watching a sunrise at Torres del Paine national park in Chile. This experience has a way of putting it in perspective just how small you really are. The national park is famous for its painted blue sky, glistening glaciers and golden weaved light upon green rolling hills. Unique wild life can be spotted throughout the park.
45. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Located in Arizona. The canyon was carved out by the Colorado River, running 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over 1 mile deep. Visitors near and far come to take a peek at this extraordinaire canyon. Many are speechless at the vast beauty.
44. Liverpool, England
Take a break and fall into Liverpool England’s nightlife. Once you look past the outrageous, big hair, bottled tans, and blue eye shadow. One can appreciate the creative and unique scene. It is filled with enough pubs and cafes to last you a lifetime. Go ahead and let loose! The craft beer, specialty cocktails and unique eats are waiting.
43. Sydney Harbor Bridge
Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge. That’s right! Suit up, and prepare for one of the most exhilarating climbs of your life. You are able to reach the summit of the bridge at 440 feet above sea level. There you will have a panoramic view of the city and harbor. A quick tip….go at sunset.
Take a spin in a Thailand Tuk-tuk – a three wheeled motorcycle taxi. One of the primary means of transportation around the various cities of Thailand. Enjoy the open air design while being wowed by colorful paint and lights.
41. Napa Valley
Test your senses and take a wine tour through wineries of Napa California. Tucked away in the hills of Northern California lies one of the most well known wine areas around the world. The climate in Napa offers a perfect combination of fog and sun to make some of the best wines in the world.
40. Great Wall Of China
Running across the rolling hills of northeast China lays the Great Wall. The 23 feet high, 23 feet thick wall represents strength power and perseverance. To walk the length of the wall would take at least a day. With winding stairs and tall towers many tourists are unable to make the trek. Even after walking the wall, one wonders how it was built solely by humans over 2,000 years ago.
39. Guanajuato, Mexico
Enjoy the culture and arts in Guanajuato, Mexico. A city in central Mexico infused with people, food, music, and history. Walk the narrow callejons (alleys) , grab a street taco, drive through the underground roadways, or simply sit on a bench in one of the Jardins. You really can’t go wrong.
38. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Explore the Salar De Uyuni, Boliva. It is the largest salt lake in the world. On top lies a thick crust of salt, strong enough to support over 4,000 pounds. If your able to go right after a rainfall, the Salar transforms into a mirror, creating an illusion that the surrounding snowcapped mountains are like islands floating around you. Absolutely beautiful!
37. Iguaza Falls
Iguazu Falls lay on the border Argentina and Brazil. The waterfall shaped into a semi circle at the heart of the fall it is 262 feet and 8858 in diameter. It is made up of many different cascades producing boundless sprays of water. Making this one of the most alluring falls in the world.
36. Galapagos Islands
Adventures through the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It is home of Charles Darwin’s theory of Darwinism. The biological diversity on the island represents the nature of evolution and nature’s will to survive and thrive.
35. Harvest of Mendoza In Argentina
Immerse yourself into the culture of Argentina by partaking in the grape harvest of Medonza. Bringing together winegrowers, vine workers and wine drinkers. It is the magical culmination of, traditions, hope, superstition, beliefs, food, dance that makes great wine!
34. Swiss Alps
Travel the historic 400 feet Bernina Express railway though the Swiss Alps. Take in the beautiful history while passing by the 1910 craftsmen stations.
33. Quebec, Canada
Cozy up in an Igloo in Canada. Cozy and Igloo? Sounds like an oxymoron…..hidden away amongst the rolling hills of northern Quebec lies a unique accommodation of igloos. Built by Inuit elders who hand carved snow blocks from the snowdrift. Today the igloos are used to safeguard hunters as well as house adventure seekers. Guests are invited to eat caribou stew and frozen Arctic char before turning into there winter wonderland.
32. New Zealand
Skip the tour lines and create your own epic adventure. RV through New Zealand. New Zealand is well equipped with campsites sprinkled throughout the country. Most offer showers, wifi, and outlets for your camper. Enjoy a vineyards, beaches and mountains while traveling the countryside.
31. Iquitos, Peru
Take a tour down the Amazon River in Iquitos Peru. That’s right, stop riding the Jungle cruise at Disneyland and go for the real thing. Iquitos is one of the main port towns for the Amazon River. Many different tours are offered depending on what you’re looking for. Hey, you may even see a pink dolphin!
30. Mont St-Michelle, France
Climb Mont St-Michelle, France. Terrifically unique yet as iconic as the leaning tower of Pisa. Mont St-Michelle has been hypnotizing people for centuries. Lying on the coast of Normandy, the building sores up to 262 feet. Only 1/3 of its yearly visitors hike up to the top traversing the boulders. It is said that the panoramic view from the top is unforgettable.
29. Santa Theresa, Costa Rica
Embrace the sunset while practicing yoga in Santa Theresa Costa Rica. Santa Theresa is a small town located on the Puntarenas Province about 93 miles from San Jose. The small town embraces simple harmonious living with its people and animals. The crystal blue beach is famous for it’s surf and beauty. At sunset the entire community shuts down for an unspoken date on the beach. Locals and tourists come together on the beach to practice yoga, run, swim or simply sit and take in the falling sun.
28. Yosemite, California
Sometimes you don’t have to travel far. The beauty of North America can be breath taking. Yosemite definitely falls into that category. Yosemite National Park is set in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Most noted for it’s famous Half Dome. Other noteworthy sights are the king river, North America’s tallest waterfall, and magnificent wildlife.
27. Faroe Islands
Behold the whimsical puffins of the Faroe Islands. The islands are untouched and about 186 miles north of Scotland in the North Atlantic. It is here you can find a Puffin haven. During mating season, pairs that chose to mate, nest and raise their offspring for the next four months.
26. Gardens of Japan
Visit the Cherry Blossoms in Japan. Spring in Japan marks a fairytale like vision of light pink shades, soft pedals, and crisp air. Some of the best places to see the majestic tress are Kiyomizu-tera in Kyoto, Tokyo’s Ueno Park, and the castles in Osaka and Himeji.
25. Pompeii, Italy
Crack the case of Pompeii Italy. Pompeii was buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD, and the result is one of the best preserved Roman towns. One can easily identify the street plan, and explore a number of villas. The city’s mystery of ancient swimming pools, striking frescos and mosaics still stand firm behind shop counters and homes. The city past can still be read and felt by its visitors.
24. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Get lost in the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Stretching approximately 17,502,118 sq. feet you can explore the “Temple City” for days before seeing all of it.
23. Bagan, Mynamar
Take a hot air balloon ride over Bagan, Mynamar. Talk about a breath taking view. The balloon ride soars over the ancient temples of Bagan. Through the 11th and 13th centuries over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were built in Bagan. To this day over 2,200 temples and pagodas survive.
22. Havana, Cuba
Be taken back in time by taking a stroll through Havana’s seaside Malecon. Watch the parade of classic vintage cars roll by. The Havana Malecon is a stretch of roadway along the seaside for 5 miles.
21. Giza, Egypt
Lust over the ancient Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza were built by man at the earliest record of human history. For nearly thousands of years they have stood the test of time. Not only is the size and age of the Pyramids overwhelming, but so is there shape. The best time to visit is sunset and after dark.
Travel to Jamaica – In May through December you can see baby sea turtles break out of their shells and waddle their way to the ocean. Marvel at the turtle’s instinctual drive to find their way back to the water.
19. Buenos Aries, Argentina
Watch a live Tango show in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Tango is a festive dance full of life and culture. This type of dance originates from the working- class port neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.
18. Rome, Italy
Take a bite out of Rome’s Gelato Haven. Gelato has always been a favorite in Italy. Over the last few years the Gelaterias in Rome have stepped up their skills. Only using the finest ingredients and creating unique flavors such as wasabi and basil with the occiasional shrimp! It sounds questionable, but it’s actually quite tasty.
17. Costa Rica
Take a coffee tour in Costa Rica. Some of the world’s finest coffees come from Pura Vida land. Since the 19th century coffee has played an important role socially, economically and even politically. The plantation tours are filled with culture, history and include visits to the coffee fields, cafes, and roasters.
16. Milford Sound, New Zealand
Kayak Milford Sound, New Zealand. Laying beneath the rich forest mountains is Milford Sounds. The surrounding mountains are so tall even cruise ships look like a tiny ant in comparison. Let your imagination explore the feeling of kayaking on a waterway that is surrounded by such magnitude.
15. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sip Caipirinhas in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This drink proves that to make something great it doesn’t have to be complicated. A Caipirinha is made of Cachaca (a rum like alcohol), fresh lime, sugar and ice. The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil and is served in nearly every bar and club. Cool off from the hot Brazilian nights by sipping like a local.
14. Gilis, Indonesia
Escape from reality in Gilis, Indonesia. As a whole, the three Islands are known as the Gilis. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air each have their own personalities. The smallest of the three island Gili Meno is known to be the most picturesque with white sand beaches, and crystal blue water. Gili Trawangan is the largest and known for night life and bars. Gili Air is a mix of the two. All three offer beautiful views, snorkeling and the tropical sun.
13. Polar Bear Plunge In Antarctica
Take a dip in the Antarctica. A cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula offers an unexpected thrill. Yes there are glaciers, whales, mountains and penguin colonies. All of which by themselves is a breathtaking phenomenon. Now imagine taking a plunge into sub zero water. Yep that’s right, as you stare mesmerized at your surrounding you can really feel like a penguins in the deep cold grey sea.
12. Jackon Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson hole is a valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Verntre Range. It is part of Yellow Stone National Park. Known for hiking, backpacking and skiing. Jackson Hole offers a tranquil escape from life. A place that will take you back in time. While standing amongst the vast mountains you are quickly reminded at just how big the world is.
11. San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
Watch the mariachis and break-dancers in the local jardin of san Miguel de Allende. It is a small town in central Mexico in the state of Gunanjuato. San Miguel de Allende is known for it’s European feel and old school Mexican charm. A jardin is simply a center of town with greenery and benches. It’s a place where locals and tourist come together to enjoy their surrounding. Music from the local Mariachis can be heard, along with the teenage break-dancer’s competing for the best head spin.
10. Venice, Italy
Celebrate the Biennale in Venice, Italy. Many European cities hold huge contemporary air fairs, but Venice tops them all. It offers prestige, glamour and culture. The top site is in the Giardini Publici. There are permanent pavilions from approximately forty countries that participate in every festival.
9. Scottish Highlands
Cheers to bad weather in the Scottish Highlands. It is an unspoken rule that when visiting Scottland you must try the national drink. Whisky has been made in Scotland for centuries. The Highlands of Scotland offer the perfect conditions. Take a seat, and take in the view while sipping on a single mat.
8. Bloukrans Bridge In South Africa
Bloukrans Bridge Bungy in South Africa. It is the world’s highest commercial bridge. You can bungee from the world’s highest bridge jumping 709 feet above the Bloukrans River.
7. Rioja, Spain
Wage wine war in la Rioja Spain. Annually, several villages in La Rioja spend the day spraying each other with wine. They engage in a wine fight. They use squirt guns filled with red wine, but the best part is it is all in fun with no winners or losers. The rules are simple; laugh, smile, squirt, hose, blast or toss as many gallons of wine as possible.
6. Night Train Through Southeast Asia
Take an overnight train in Southeast Asia. You can’t travel to Southeast Asia and not take an overnight train! There are many perks to a night train. First is that your train becomes your hotel for the night. Second you not only get a bed and blankets, but you also get dinner while traveling to your next destination. It is affordable and highly efficient.
5. Banff, Canada
Take a dip in the hot springs of Banff. Located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada. Banff is known for its unbelievable beauty, hot springs, skiing, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything you can think to d outdoors. The picture says it all.
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