We all have a list of places we’ve always wanted to go. That one place that immediately comes to mind when you hear the question, “Where do you want to go?” They are places that make you want to pack your bags, spend the money and just leave everything behind for a few days or weeks. We all have these lists in our heads, but many people never actually get around to checking off any of those destinations on their bucket lists. Here are some destinations you should visit in your lifetime.
Walt Disney World Parks, Orlando, Florida
Disney World is a top destination for any family looking to vacation or spend a few days away from home. There is so much to do and see at Disney that everyone can enjoy themselves, no matter what age. From the Magic Kingdom Park to Epcot Center, there is something for all ages.
Of course, you don’t have to just go for a few days. Visit the best hotels and resorts in Orlando where you can stay on-site and enjoy even more magical moments with your family. In the same area as Disney World is Universal Studios. In Orlando, you can easily go from a day at Disney to a day at Universal and back again without leaving the resort zone.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a must for any and all bucket lists. This 15th-century Incan city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and it’s not hard to see why. The setting is breathtaking, but the history of this hidden city makes it that much more attractive to visit.
If visiting Machu Picchu isn’t enough, then Peru has plenty more to offer that will make it one of your favorite destinations in the world. The Amazon rainforest provides an excellent opportunity for adventure while also giving you a chance to experience what many consider to be the most bio-diverse location on the planet. It’s not just about Machu Picchu though. There are currently over 3,000 archaeological sites that have been identified in Peru. The Nazca Lines are another example of how much this country has to offer.
The Amazon Rainforest
While not quite as exotic as Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest is still an important destination for any traveler looking to see something new. The Amazon rainforest is over 2.1 million square miles large, which is nearly two-thirds the size of the entire United States. Home to hundreds of unique species of animals and plants, the Amazon rainforest will blow your mind with its sheer size and natural beauty.
You can find many different types of treks that you can take through the Amazon rainforest. You can go on a jungle hike or an Amazon riverboat cruise where you will be able to see the Amazon in its true glory. Whether you choose to stay in one of the many eco-resorts or bring all your own camping gear, it is an adventure like no other.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of those places that no picture can do justice to. The Grand Canyon is a canyon, plain and simple. It’s a natural wonder that has been carved over millions of years by the Colorado River as it flowed down from the Rocky Mountains. In some areas, you can actually see the river as it flows through the canyon. It is a sight you will never forget and one that will leave your jaws dropping in awe.
The Grand Canyon attracts over five million visitors each year so it can get very crowded, especially during the summer months. Try to visit in the winter when there are fewer people and you’ll have more chances to take photographs of the canyon at its best without a lot of people in the background.
Glacier National Park, Montana
If you have ever seen a photo or painting of one of the many glaciers around the world, then Glacier National Park is where you want to go to see that beauty in person. You can find over 700 miles worth of glorious glacier-fed lakes and rivers in this U.S. National Park in Montana and Canada. It also features the Rocky Mountains, alpine forests, and open meadows.
Any time of year is a great time to visit Glacier National Park, but if you want to see the glaciers at their best then October through June is when they are most visible. You can take a number of different tours up to Logan Pass which will put you right next to some of the glaciers.
Rome is another city that needs no introduction. It’s one of the most popular cities in the world and there are many reasons why it has earned this title. The Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel (home to Michelangelo’s David), etc. There are too many things to do and see in Rome to list them all here.
Rome was the center of the ancient world and it shows when you visit this city. With a history that spans thousands of years, there is something for everyone to enjoy; from delicious food and amazing shopping to exploring ancient ruins and learning about how society has evolved over time. You can easily spend weeks or even months here and still not see everything that this city has to offer.
Masai Mara, Kenya
The Masai Mara is a wildlife sanctuary and conservancy that spreads out over Kenya and Tanzania and really takes advantage of the natural beauty that Africa has to offer. The sheer size of it is enough to make you feel like you are on another planet, but there’s more than just its vastness; this place is full of life thanks to its diverse landscapes and being home to all sorts of flora and fauna. More than 1.4 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 500 elephants call the Masai Mara their home so you know that you are in for a treat when your visit.
While this is a great place to go if you love wildlife, it is best to go in June and July when the animals come out to take advantage of food that has been left by tourists. This also means that it can get very crowded during these months so if you want fewer people then try going in March or October instead.
It’s hard to pick just one place that everyone should visit at least once. We could go on and fill up this blog post with many destinations, but it’s always best to go with what you want, the things you like to do and see. With these, you should be able to make a decision for yourself about where you would like to travel next.