Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park: world’s first national park

Yellowstone is one of the US most important natural wonder and considered to be the first national park in the world.  Located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, it spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain.  It is famous for its wildlife such as, wolves, bison and Grizzly Bears, as well as many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park.  It has a variety of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant.  Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years

Yellowstone National Park - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Luiz Carlos Feliponi

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu: one of the world’s seven wonders

Machu Picchu, which can be translated to Old Peak, is considered one of the world’s seven wonders.  This pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site is located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level within Peru’s Cusco Region in South America.  It was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction, with many of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed, giving a better perspective of what the structures originally looked like.  It is referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" and often considered the most iconic landmark of the Inca World.

Machu Picchu - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by cspruit

Fjords of Norway

Fjords of Norway: one of the world most beautiful natural landscapes

The Fjords of Norway are perhaps one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the northern part of Europe.  Those spectacularly long and narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, were created in a valley carved by glacial activity.  Most of Norway fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea such as the grandiose Sognafjord, which reaches as much as 1,300 m (4,265 ft) below sea level. As for the Saltstraumen Fjord it is often described as the world’s strongest tidal current.

Fjords of Norway - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Tinglestan

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral: one of France most remarkable medieval church

The Our Lady of Chartres or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of France most remarkable medieval High Gothic architecture as well as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It was originally built between 1193 and 1250, and is still in an exceptional state of preservation with the majority of the original stained glass windows.  Located only 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris and has become an important destination for travellers, especially with Christian pilgrims.

Chartres Cathedral - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by ell brown

Santorini

Santorini: Mediterranean Sea most remarkable island

Santorini is perhaps the Mediterranean Sea most remarkable island.  It is located within the southern Aegean Sea some 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands.  Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements, on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

Santorini - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by test

Antarctica Cruise

Antarctica Cruise: one of the world’s most unique experiences

Tourism in Antarctica started with sea tourism in the 1960s, followed by Private yacht trips and even sightseeing flights in the 1970s.  The Antarctica Cruise have today become an increasingly popular experience with over 40, 000 people visiting those remote continent each year.

Antarctica Cruise - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by George M. Groutas

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica: the world’s greatest building of its age

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City.  It has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, and is often regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" as well as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".  The basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.   St. Peter’s is also a famous place of pilgrimage. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age

St Peter's Basilica - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by jimmyharris

Mezquita Cordoba

Mezquita Cordoba: one of the world’s most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture

The Cathedral and former Great Mosque of Córdoba, is today a World Heritage Site and the cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba.   It is located in Andalusia’s city of Córdoba in South of Spain.  The site was originally a pagan temple, then a Visigoth Christian church, before the Umayyad Moors at first converted the building into a mosque and then built a new mosque on the site.  After the Spanish Reconquista, it once again became a Roman Catholic Church, with a plateresque cathedral later inserted into the centre of the large Moorish building. The Mezquita is regarded as the one of the most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture.

Mezquita Cordoba - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by kevinpoh

Matterhorn

Matterhorn: an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps

The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.  The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps and the Alps in general. Since the end of the 19th century, when railways were built, it attracted more and more visitors and climbers. Each summer a large number of mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn via the northeast Hörnli ridge, the most popular route to the summit.

Matterhorn - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Jeff Pang

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls: one of South America most grandiose waterfalls

The Iguazu Falls are the famous waterfalls of the Iguazu River, located on the border of the Brazilian State of Paraná and the Argentine Province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River originates near the city of Curitiba. It flows through Brazil for most of its course. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina.

Iguazu Falls - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by SF Brit

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum: one of the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, located in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.   Indeed it offers over 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms.

Egyptian Museum - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Unhindered by Talent

Damascus Old City

Damascus Old City: one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities

Damascus is the capital and the second largest city of Syria after Aleppo. The Old City is considered one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, as well as being a major cultural and religious centre. It is strategically situated in south-western Syria, on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range.  It was first settled in the 2nd millennium BC, and later chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige, and in 2008 has been the Arab Capital of Culture.

Damascus Old City - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Ömer Ünlü

New York Skyline

New York Skyline: one of the world’s most recognisable one

New York is the most populous city in the United States as well as global metropolis with a significant impact upon international commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.   It is home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York Stock Exchange considered the world’s largest stock exchange, as well as numerous of the world’s best colleges and universities.  It is often being described as the cultural capital of the world, hosting a variety of museums and art gallery. It is located within the world’s largest natural harbours and its Skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world.  It is especially impressive at night when all the skyscrapers are illuminated.

New York Skyline - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Zach Klein

Bali

Bali: one of the world’s most beautiful tropical island

Bali is an Indonesian island, best known for its stunning natural beauty, with beautiful sand and turquoise waters.  It is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.   It is the country’s largest tourist destination and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.  Bali have been a tourist heaven for decades, but has especially became a sought after destination in recent years.

Bali - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by sektordua

Borobudur

Borobudur: one of the most important Buddhist sites in Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in Magelang within Central Java in Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.  At its heart lies the main dome, which us surrounded by 72 Buddha statues.

Borobudur - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by M Reza Faisal

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik: one of the most unique destinations in the South of Europe

Dubrovnik is by far one of the most unique destinations in Croatia and one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic.  The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade, ever since the Middle Ages. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.  The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late 19th-century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik.  It is today part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Dubrovnik - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by hozinja

Marrakesh

Marrakesh: home to one of the world’s largest and busiest squares

Marrakech, known as the "Ochre City", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. The city of Marrakech is the capital of the mid-south-western economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  The city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and modern neighbourhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz.  Marrakech is famous for being home has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.

Marrakesh - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by Michal Osmenda

Amazon Rain Forest

Amazon Rain Forest: world’s largest and species-rich tropical forest

The Amazon Rainforest is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses seven million square kilometres (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometres (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations contain "Amazonas" in their names. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

Amazon Rain Forest - Top 100 World's Wonders

Orignal image by ggallice