15 Incredible Places To Visit Before You Die

Part of what makes life beautiful is that we only have a limited time on Earth. That means we should take every opportunity to explore the world and collect memories that will stay with us forever. This list includes worldwide destinations to mark off your bucket list.

1. Amtrak Zephyr Line — USA

Amtrak's California Zephyr train
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If you’re not strapped for time, traveling out West by train is a trip you won’t regret. The Zephyr Route starts in Denver, Colorado, and ends in Emeryville, California. Rolling through the Rockies and Sierra Nevada Mountains is an unforgettable journey, with some of the most spectacular scenery the United States has to offer.

2. Cherry Blossom Season — Japan

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Each year, millions of travelers flock to Japan to witness the cherry blossom trees in bloom. The blooms only last a few weeks before falling, so make sure you’re there during peak season, which is late March through May, depending on the region. The blossoms are exquisite, so make sure you have an extra memory card for your phone or camera.

3. Machu Picchu — Peru

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These ancient Incan ruins were rediscovered by American archeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu is a bucket list destination for many if they’re visiting Peru. How and why the city was abandoned is one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

4. Giant’s Causeway — Northern Ireland

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Four miles of basalt columns march along the northern coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. These hexagonal-shaped rocks have formed distinct columns. Legend says they’re the steps of giant Fionn MacCumhaill, who battled the Scottish giant Benandonner, resulting in the Giant’s Causeway.

5. Northern Lights — Canada

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The Canadian territory of Yellowknife is one of the best places on the planet to view the Northern Lights year-round. With a low population, a flat landscape, and less ambient light, there’s a 90% chance you’ll see them. Yellowknife is friendly to visitors and offers a good selection of accommodations, activities, and dining options.

6. Vatican City — Italy

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Even if you’re not Catholic, you can appreciate the spectacle and wonder of Vatican City. The history alone is enough to evoke a sense of awe. Some of the most famous pieces of art in the world are found here. It can get crowded, but there are tours that promise visitors can “skip the line” to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

7. Kalalau Lookout, Kaua`i — Hawai’i

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There are many beautiful places in Hawai`i, but Kalalau Lookout on Kauai is truly a wonder. At 4,000 feet above sea level, visitors can look down into Waimea Canyon for stunning views of the mountains and the ocean beyond. Kalalau is a state park and day passes are required to visit.

8. Theatre of Epidaurus — Greece

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This theatre is dedicated to the Greek god of medicine in Epidaurus, Greece. The Epidaurus is the most well-preserved theatre in Greece, dating back to the 4th century B.C., with seating for 12,000 people. It’s still used for the occasional concert, since the ancient acoustics are as good as when the amphitheater was constructed.

9. The Serengeti — Africa

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Wildlife lovers will love traveling to Tanzania to experience the Serengeti National Park. It’s in partnership with other conservations and reserves and allows you to see some of the most majestic animals on Earth in person. Travelers who have always wanted to go on a safari can find few better locations to see lions, hippos, elephants, leopards, and the African buffalo.

10. Raja Ampat Islands — Indonesia

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This archipelago of islands is known locally as The Four Kings, referencing the four main islands. The blue-green waters off the coast of Indonesia are amazing for diving, kayaking, and snorkeling. Divers can experience the pristine coral reef, as well as see about 75% of the world’s aquatic species.

11. The Himalayas — South Asia

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The mountain systems that make up The Himalayas are the tallest and most populated. The range covers territory in Bhutan, Nepal, India, Tibet, and northern Pakistan. Trekking up the snow-capped mountains is one of the most dangerous expeditions, but it’s equally breathtaking and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If climbing Mount Everest is on your bucket list, be prepared to save some cash. Expeditions with experienced outfitters cost in the tens of thousands of dollars — or more.

12. Great Ocean Road — Australia

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A trip down the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Allansford Victoria, Australia, will take you through rainforests, along stunning cliffsides, and past world-renowned surf breaks. It’s 150 miles of pure beauty in open country — you can’t get any better than that. Visit a hot springs hotel and take one of the wildlife tours to see some of Oz’s most famous critters including koalas and bandicoots.

13. Siargao — Philippines

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This island in the Philippine Sea brings visitors to its white sand beaches to experience its natural beauty. The waters are crystal clear, with coral reefs to explore and deep waters perfect for diving.

14. Zermatt Glacier — Switzerland

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Ever wanted to ski in summer? This area in Switzerland, known locally as Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, is a beautiful destination for winter activities even in summer.

15. Danakil Desert — Africa

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Danakil Desert, in East Africa, is the hottest place on Earth. Acid just below the Earth’s surface creates stunning colors in vibrant pools of otherworldly beauty. It’s a forbidding place and visitors who want to brave the heat and volcano gases need to book a tour with a group to have a safe, enjoyable experience.


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