Best Things to See in the World

You may already know how you are going to get around the world and the means you are going to use to do it, but now you need to decide on the things you have to see when you begin your travels. Here’s my personal opinion on the things in the world that you must see if you can.

The Louvre

The Louvre

I feel like this should be a given, but I’m going to say it anyway. If you have plans to make it to Paris, you have to see the Louvre. Not only is it the most famous art museum in the entire world, but the most important museum in the world. I can’t talk about it though without explaining a bit of the history behind it. Before good ‘ol King Louis XIV lost his damn mind and moved the French monarchy outside the capital city to the over-the-top Palace of Versailles, the monarchy was quite happily situated in the Louvre, which was the palace at that time. Once the family moved, the palace remained, holding the most treasured art in both Europe and France. Today, you can set your eyes on some of the most famous art pieces in existence, including, only to name a couple, the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.

Great Pyramid of Giza

Great Pyramid of Giza

If you have decided to make your way through the Middle East, or simply Egypt, you need to hit up the pyramids. You will not find anything like them in the entire world. The Great Pyramid of Giza was constructed sometime around 2560 and was the tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khurfu. Estimated to have taken about 20 years to build, the pyramid uses about 2.3 million blocks of stone. The site is easily one of the most recognizable places in the entire world and it would be remiss for you to miss it.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The great hike along the Inca Trail will take you to the mystical and practically mythical site of Machu Picchu in Peru. The hike itself actually takes four days to accomplish, all through forests, across peaks and past ancient ruins to reach the destination. It’s a high elevation so you run the risk of altitude sickness if you don’t prepare yourself ahead of time. While the fall of Machu Picchu isn’t exactly documented in writing, the decline of the Incas was due to the conquest of the Spanish. They brought along a whole wealth of nasty diseases in addition to their weapons and easily wiped out a great potion of the Incan people.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

The mystical and magical site of Stonehenge is a must-see if you are voyaging around the Wiltshire countryside in the United Kingdom. They of course have no idea what the true purpose of Stonehenge was as they think it’s somewhere around 5,000 years old. But it does have some kind of mysterious feeling about it and is still awe-inspiring. Maybe it wasn’t really a temple for sun worship or a calendar, but whatever it was, was obviously built to last and pretty cool.

Machu Picchu

Great Wall of China

I know this one probably seems like an old hat, but really it’s amazing. If you even think about going to China without visiting the Great Wall, I think the world will be disappointed in you. The thing is even visible from space! How many things in the world are actually visible from outer space? Not a lot I’ll guarantee. The wall itself stretches over 20,000 km from east to west. It was built more than 2,000 years ago, but is still standing, showing off its grandeur even today.

Petra

Petra

Petra is an ancient city within the country of Jordan. It is incredibly unique and considered the greatest treasure of Jordan. The city itself was carved into the rock face by the Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago and is unlike anything else you will ever see in the world. The color of the rock is unforgettable in itself, let alone exploring the mysterious and ancient city.

I have been traveling as long as I can remember. I come from a family that was very much into the concept of the American road trip, state hopping in our beat-up suburban every summer. Since then, I have expanded my territory of travel to other parts of the world, all the while letting my world view shift and change as my experiences also shifted and changed.