FOR MANY TRAVELERS, once a place gets hit so much it becomes a “tourist attraction,” it loses much of its attraction. Still, there are some places so epic in scale and uniqueness and cultural relevance that even if they’re blown out with other visitors, you still gotta check them out.
1. Yosemite National Park (California, USA)
Famed for its wildlife, granite rock structures, and sequoia trees wider than cars, Yosemite National Park spans over 700,000 acres in Northern California and contains 13 different campgrounds.
2. Angel Falls (Canaima National Park, Venezuela)
The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall at a height of 979 meters, Angel Falls inspired a setting for the Disney animated film Up .
3. Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam)
Ha Long Bay contains hundreds of limestone islands with thick jungle vegetation. Junks float the bay and offer multi-night accommodation for tourists.
Translated as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock in English, Preikestolen is a steep cliff 604 meters above Lysefjordan. The hike to and from it takes 3-4 hours.
Torres Del Paine National Park is home to many of the glaciers, lakes, rivers, and mountains of Chilean Patagonia. The park is visited by 150,000 people a year, 60% of whom are foreigners.
6. The Alhambra (Granada, Andalusia, Spain)
An inspiration to M.C. Escher, the Alhambra was originally a small fortress until it was converted into a royal palace by the Moors hundreds of years later. The tiles of the Alhambra contain nearly all of the 17 mathematically possible plane symmetry groups
7. Everglades National Park (Florida, USA)
The mountainous Republic of Tajikistan is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets. Since the country’s independence, a small number of adventure tourists have discovered its extraordinary natural landscapes, But whereas other popular mountain destinations have boasted their adventure credentials and consequently suffered from over-tourism, modest Tajikistan is only now starting to reveal all that she has to offer. The pioneering tourists who do visit this part of Central Asia will more often than not have cultural sites and hiking trails to themselves and will be welcomed with open arms.
9.Raft on the Lower Thompson River
Western Canada’s mountain rivers offer numerous possibilities for white water rafting, but one of the best sites is on the Thompson, a tributary to the much larger (and more famous) Fraser River. Here you can take a motorized rafting trip with a guide through the class 3 and 4 rapids, including rafting through a river feature known ominously as the Jaw.