Post by Danielle D
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” said St. Augustine. Traveling can open up a multitude of different worlds and opportunities. It allows you to see through the eyes of other cultures, explore the unknown and introduces you to amazing new possibilities. Our world offers so many amazing man-made and natural wonders.
The destinations listed below offer something for everyone, as well as providing vastly different experiences. Depending on individual passions and interests, each person has his or her own bucket list to accomplish in a lifetime. While one person may live for the mystique of the ocean, others crave adventure or the chance to view historical landmarks.
Regardless of your personal bucket list, each of these places offers the opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty or honor man’s greatest works. A list of 5 of these remarkable destinations does not do justice to the multitude of majestic, mysterious, historical, ancient, and artistic travel destinations, but it is certainly a great start.
Image from Hersfold. Lady Elliot Island.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest living structures and most unique ecosystem in the world. If your wish is to be be close to nature and experience remarkable wildlife, this is the place to visit. The GBRMPA says “The Reef contains thousands of diverse living plants and animals. At over 1400 miles long and over 214,000 square miles, the Reef is visible from outer space.”
The Reef is a great destination to go to on a family vacation and can be traveled to all year round. But the months of November to May is stinger season, so enclosures are structured throughout the Reef to protect from injury. There are many islands around the reef like in the picture shown above that people can stay at. The reef is located in northern Australia. “There are over 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 types of mollusks, 500 species of worms, 1600 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and 30 different species of whales and dolphins” from the Great Barrier Reef Facts.
One word of caution – sunscreens are harmful to the reef environment and prohibited. The reef is always in jeopardy because of pollution and tourism, which is why we must take extra precautions to protect one of the most beautiful, living areas of our world.
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2. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Breathtaking does not begin to describe the this natural wonder of the world. There are many things that make Victoria Falls unique, not the least of which is that it is the “only waterfall in the world with a waterfall stretching ⅔ of a mile long and the crashing noise of the falls can be heard several miles away” says the Victoria Falls Guide.
Also from the Victoria Falls Guide, local tribes used to call the waterfall “the smoke that thunders” and lived in fear of it. It is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world and is one of the greatest attractions in Africa.
After visiting the waterfall, you can explore the lush rainforest with different plants and animals. The rainforest thrives because of the water that sprays out from the falls. Some activities available include bungee jumping, river surfing, kayaking and many more. There are also many tours and river cruises. From the Robert Vaux says that, “The falls are connected to the Zambezi river which is the fourth largest river in Africa.
While visiting, you will encounter many different animals and wildlife along the way, including hippopotamus, crocodiles, elephants and lions. You will literally step into another world on this remarkable adventure in Zimbabwe.
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3. The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is located in the United States and the state of Arizona. The Colorado River has been shaping the canyon for millions of years. Countless wildlife call the Canyon home, including many varieties of birds and reptiles.
The Canyon is best known for its breathtaking beauty. The History of the Grand Canyon says, “The walls of the Canyon have been worn away from the river, which has created a unique look to them. The Canyon spans 277 miles and is up to 18 miles wide in certain parts.” It is also known for its amazing and vivid colors. The walls of the Canyon show the history as well with the aged rock.
Some of the best things to do when visiting the Grand Canyon are walking or hiking. There is also a museum which shows the Native American history as people have been occupying and living in the Canyon for 12,000 years. The river also provides exciting adventure through whitewater and smooth water rafting.
Today, the Grand Canyon National Park covers “over 1,000,000 acres of land,” providing extensive opportunities to find amazing treasures. One of the best parts of visiting the Canyon is sitting and watching the sun set across the Canyon.
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4. The Eiffel Tower
Gustave Eiffel’s company built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France for the 1889 World’s Fair, which was the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. Now, it is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world, let alone in Paris. While it continues to be utilized for television and radio broadcasts, it is primarily a tourist destination.
An interesting historical fact is that Hitler ordered the demolition of this monument during World War II, but the command was never carried out, from the History of the Eiffel Tower. Now, people come from all over the world just to see the Eiffel Tower. In addition to just viewing the unique structure itself, there are many things on the Tower as well.
When you climb the Tower, they have a restaurant on the first floor and sightseeing on the second. At 11 o’clock, the Tower lights up. The decision to visit this iconic structure also brings you to a city filled with historical landmarks and rich history. From the world famous Louvre museum to countless castles, chapels and cathedrals, the opportunities are limitless. Many biking, walking and bus tours are available to help organize your visit to see these amazing attractions. There are biking, walking and bus tours. But for all of the amazing sights and rich history, the Eiffel Tower stands out as one of the most memorable and well-recognized landmarks in the world.
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5. Bora Bora
For some, nothing compares to the crystal blue waters and fine white sands of a perfect beach. Bora Bora has some of the most beautiful water and beaches in the world. It is located in Tahiti, North America. The water very blue and the sand is almost white. Blissful peace and solitude are just a flight away.
The island itself has an interesting history. Coconuts are the main produce of the island and coconut trees line the sandy beaches. It was inhabited by Polynesian settlers before the arrival of Europeans. During World War II, Bora Bora was a military supply and seaplane base knowns as “Operation Bobcat” says the Lonely Planet.
While many will be perfectly content lounging on the beach day in and day out, this island offers many adventures as well. It is surrounded by coral reef, allowing for an awesome snorkeling and diving experience. Hiking and sunset cruises are also popular options. Water activities are always a fun option and include jet skiing, waverunners and canoeing. There are many different forms of plant and animal life on the island as well. Bora Bora has developed a unique lodging trend when it started renting out bungalows, which are small houses on stilts.