If you’ve just recently swallowed the travel bug, or you’ve been traveling for decades, it’s never too late to take on new challenges. When it comes to visiting iconic destinations, perhaps one of the biggest challenges one can take is to visit the seven wonders of the world.
We aren’t talking about the seven wonders of the ancient world, which includes landmarks you can no longer visit. We’re talking about places you can literally see today—as long as you have enough time and money. Here are the seven wonders:
The Taj Mahal – Agra, India
The Taj Mahal was made as a tribute of love by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. Incidentally, the site itself is just as beautiful as the original reason it was made.
Machu Picchu – Peru
It’s not hard to see why this 15th-century Inca citadel would be a fun place to visit. The scenery is just breathtaking, and its polished dry-stone walls are truly impressive.
Christ the Redeemer – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A statue of Jesus Christ made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, it’s a breathtaking work of art that one can appreciate even if they aren’t necessarily religious.
The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
You can choose to either focus on or ignore the Colosseum’s fascinating, albeit barbaric history—and in the process appreciate how majestic it is.
Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico
This archaeological site was built by the Mayans and is the most visited location in Mexico. Go there to learn more about its fascinating history.
Petra – Ma’an, Jordan
Also called “Rose City” due to its gorgeous color, this archeological city can be explored after entering a 1.2 kilometer-long gorge.
The Great Wall of China – Huairou District, China
There are few places on earth that are quite as jaw-dropping as the Great Wall of China. As the name suggests, the wall extends a whopping 13,170 miles.