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Bucket List — Five Places to See Before You Go

The penning of bucket lists doesn’t have any true source, or historical root, per-se. But it serves as a fun way of planning your travels and vacations with an emphasis on placing importance over certain locations and attractions.

With countless worldwide attractions, it was no easy undertaking compiling this list. We had to drum down through hundreds of our top picks just to get them down to the top 50. After that, we knew that only one percent of them could make the final tally. While these are not definitive, and some locations may be more appealing to you than others, they can serve as the starting point for your very own bucket list. Without further ado, make sure at least one of these serene destinations is on your bucket list.


The Great Wall of China (above)

One of the longest standing walls in the world, it’s easy to understand why it made our top-five list. Over 2,000 years old and spanning a length that’s greater than 5,000 miles, it’s colloquial to Chinese history. An accessible portion is just adjacent to Beijing, about 70 miles from the city. According to various historical records, some of the portions of the wall are dated to 700 B.C. Built using slave and prison labor, it was constructed to offer added security to the nation during the dynasty era. Today, it gets more than 10 million visitors annually. Make sure you plan your visit around the holidays to get the best hotel rates and for a less crowded experience.

 

Louvre parisThe Louvre in Paris, France

Some of the most sought after and priceless works of art are housed in the Louvre in Paris. From Monet to Picasso, you will see some of the rarest paintings and sculptures ever created. While you can certainly see these in online images or magazines, there’s nothing like having the real thing before your very eyes. Once a fortress, The Louvre was opened to public tours in the late 1700s. It’s now the most popular of all museums in the world, getting over 8 million visitors each year. Of course, it’s located in Paris, a must-see on any good bucket list.

 

Grand Canal, Venice, ItalyVenice, Italy

Comprised of more than 115 islands, which are connected by a sophisticated system of canals, Venice is truly a beautiful and unique destination. But the city sinks about two-inches per decade, so its beauty won’t be accessible forever. Filled with ancient and preserved buildings that date back to the Renaissance, you will also find plenty of museums, art galleries and tours that will keep you occupied for the large majority of your stay. When you are not busy catching sites, make sure you take a romantic gondola ride for two down the canals.

Pyramids, Egypt

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Listed as one of the Wonders of World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is awe-inspiring. The pyramid eclipses the Nile River, and decorates the landscape with is grandeur; a true landmark of epic proportions. Over 4,000 years old, it was created during the fourth dynasty of Pharaoh Khufu and exceeds heights of 450 feet at its pinnacle. Millions of hand-carved limestone rocks were constructed using 2,000 workers who toiled for decades. A short camel ride from Cairo will take you here. Just make sure you dress for the desert before you head out.

 

Grand Canyon, ArizonaGrand Canyon, Arizona

An artful masterpiece that was carved out of the ground by Mother Nature awaits you in Northern Arizona: the Grand Canyon. It’s 18-miles wide and spans over 280 miles, connecting the Colorado River and Arizona. Whether you just want to take in the sights, go on a donkey, horse or helicopter tour, test your grit on the glass bottom skywalk or go river rafting, the choice is yours. By and far, it there’s one thing that you see before you die, make sure that the Grand Canyon is near the very top of the list.

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