Traveling is undoubtedly part of the roster of things people miss during this pandemic. Over 200 countries have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, considering that traveling increases the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. However, all this time spent indoors can plan your next travel destination when the restrictions are finally lifted. We could all use a change of scenery from being quarantined in the four walls of our houses for a long time.
Below are 15 Wonders of the World you should visit to celebrate post-pandemic.
Great Wall of China (China)
The Great Wall that stretches an impressive length of over 21,000 kilometers and stands 16-26 feet, tall is found in the northern territory of China. What is known today as one of the most remarkable structures in the world was initially built as an ancient defensive architecture way back during the Zhou dynasty, bearing 2,300 years of tumultuous history?
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
The Great Pyramids of Giza outlives the other 6 Wonders of the Ancient World. These giant memorials, found in the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, are protruding from the golden dust bowl, dominated by the limestone statue of Sphinx towering over the warm barren land.
Yosemite National Park (United States)
Many World Heritage Sites are cultural, but unbeknownst to many, UNESCO also designates Natural World Heritage Sites and one of which is Yosemite National Park, one of the most popular landscapes in America. An icon of breathtaking natural beauty, Yosemite National Park draws millions of visitors annually to its impressive waterfalls, towering sequoia trees, a profusion of wildlife, and granite icons- Half Dome and El Capitan.
The ancient city of Petra is located amid a rugged mountainous area in what is now the southwestern corner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It showcases tombs and temples hand-carved into vibrant red, white and pink sandstone cliffs, which gave it its name “The Rose City.”
Machu Picchu (Peru)
There are two ways to relish these magnificent, well-kept ruins— by foot or by train. This Incan citadel is situated in the teeming Andes Mountains in Peru, high above the Urubamba River. This advanced engineering phenomenon is acclaimed for its trailblazing stonework that merges huge blocks and intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views.
The number of tourists visiting Bagan is increasing as more people discover the unparalleled beauty of this ancient city found in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar and its hundreds of temples, out-of-this-world silhouettes that were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287.
Chichen Itza (Mexico)
The two huge cenotes toward the locality presented its name, from chi (mouths), Chen (wells), and Itzá, the name of the Maya society. Chichén Itzá is an interconnected system of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula that features the ancient Mayan people’s marvelous works, such as the intricate stone buildings, columned arcades, as well as staggering artwork and stone monuments domineered by El Castillo, the famous stepped Pyramid.
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Tucked in an exuberant jungle surrounding, Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. The world’s largest religious monument is found north of the city of Siem Reap and boasts an unrivaled architectural site- a colossal mass of stone, temples of varying sizes, shape, and states of decay, passageways emanating an atmosphere of sanctity.
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
A jewel in the crown of Australia’s tourism, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most remarkable coral reef system extending for over 2,300 kilometers in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland and boasting one of the world’s lushest ecosystems. Some of the most in-demand experience here are SCUBA diving and snorkeling through the glistening coral reefs and peering at the abundant marine life from a glass-bottomed boat.
Roman Colosseum (Italy)
Construction of the Roman colossal stone amphitheater began sometime in 72 A.D. during the reign of Vespasian under the Flavian emperors. Preservation of the Colosseum set off in the 19th century, and a restoration initiative was undertaken in the 1990s to care for the significant symbol of Rome after two-thirds of the spacious arena has been destroyed due to various factors such as hosting barbaric gladiator combats and wild animal fights for four centuries and natural causes like lightning and earthquakes
Acropolis of Athens (Greece)
The great sanctum of ancient Greece sits majestically in a rocky hilltop overlooking the modern city of Athens. It is guaranteed that when you step into its monuments, the most famous of which is Parthenon, you will be awash with architectural beauty as the Acropolis reflects the splendor, power, and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles in 5th century B.C. when the historical network was built.
Olympic National Park (Washington)
Bordering nearly a million acres, Olympic National Park is the habitat for vast wilderness, several ecosystems, ice-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and approximately miles of stunning coastline that will leave you overwhelmingly inspired after just one visit.
This Bronze Age ring of standing stones is located not far from the city of Salisbury and can easily be accessed on a day trip from London. A great deal of enigma the Stonehenge holds, such as the puzzle of how the smaller stones called Bluestones traveled the 250-kilometer distance from its source to the site during the Neolithic construction and the exact alignment of the stones with the light from the sunrise and sunset around the summer and winter solstice, multiplies its fascination and charm by a hundredfold.
The Borobudur Temple Compounds consists of three monuments that represent phases in the attainment of Nirvana: the Borobudur Temple and two smaller temples situated to the east on a straight axis to Borobudur. The architecture of Indonesia’s most famous landmarks is based on Buddhist philosophy, religion, and cosmology and can be visited in the Kedu Valley, in the center of the island Java.
Taj Mahal (India)
This enormous mausoleum complex was commissioned during the 1600s, on the southern bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, and is also one of the world’s most iconic memorials visited by millions of travelers each year. The Taj Mahal’s harmonious proportions against the clear blue sky above it make the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture a serene beauty to enjoy.