500 Best Places on the Planet

The 200 Best Places on the Planet

Lonely Planet - Ultimate Travelist

Before we start this list I want to be clear where it comes from.

Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet.... Ranked is one of my favourite travel books. It is a list compiled from the highlights of every Lonely Planet guide and then voted on by the community. Everyone was asked to pick their top 20 places and then after some mathematical wizardry they came up with this list.

This page is not an attempt to plagiarise that work or stop you buying it, in fact I would urge you to head over to Amazon right now and pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed!

It is my personal total of the top 200 places  I've managed to visit on this brilliantly compiled list - with links through to articles I've written on them.

500 Best Places on the Planet... Ranked

1-50

1) Temples of Angkor ~ Cambodia

2) Great Barrier Reef ~ Australia

3) Machu Picchu ~ Peru (✔)

4) Great Wall of China ~ China

5) Taj Mahal ~ India

6) Grand Canyon ~ USA

7) Colosseum ~ Rome, Italy (✔)

8) Iguazú Falls ~ Brazil/Argentina

9) Alhambra ~ Spain

10) Aya Sofya ~ Istanbul, Turkey

11) Fez Medina ~ Morocco

12) 12 Apostles ~ Australia

13) Petra ~ Jordan

14) Tikal ~ Guatemala

15) British Museum ~ London, England

16) Sagrada Familia ~ Barcelona, Spain (✔)

17) Fiordland National Park ~ New Zealand

18) Santorini ~ Greece

19) Galapagos Islands ~ Ecuador

20) Museum of Old & New Art ~ Australia

21) Yosemite National Park ~ USA

22) Dubrovnik Old City Walls ~ Dubrovnik, Croatia

23) Salar de Uyuni ~ Bolivia

24) Bagan ~ Myanmar

25) Pyramids of Giza ~ Egypt

26) Piazza San Marco ~ Venice, Italy

27) Victoria Falls ~ Zimbabwe/Zambia (✔)

28) Acropolis ~ Athens, Greece

29) Chateau de Versailles ~ France

30) Djemma el-Fna ~ Marrakesh, Morocco

31) Hanoi Old Quarter ~ Hanoi, Vietnam

32) Cradle Mountain ~ Australia

33) Uluru ~ Australia

34) Charles Bridge ~ Prague, Czech Republic (✔)

35) Abel Tasman National Park ~ New Zealand

36) Lake District National Park ~ England (✔)

37) Louvre ~ Paris, France

38) Torres del Paine ~ Chile

39) Lake Baikal ~ Russia

40) Eiffel Tower ~ Paris, France (✔)

41) Pompeii ~ Italy

42) Habana Vieja ~ Havana, Cuba

43) Table Mountain ~ Cape Town, South Africa (✔)

44) Old Town Square ~ Prague, Czech Republic (✔)

45) Serengeti National Park ~ Tanzania

46) Hermitage ~ St Petersburg, Russia

47) Bay of Kotor ~ Montenegro

48) Jaisalmer ~ India

49) Ngorongoro Crater ~ Tanzania

50) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ~ Japan

 

Colloseum, Rome


7) Colosseum ~ Rome, Italy

 
Sagrada Familia


16) Sagrada Familia ~ Barcelona, Spain

 
Table Mountain - Cape Town


43) Table Mountain ~ Cape Town, South Africa

51-100

51) Pantheon ~ Rome, Italy (✔)

52) Tate Modern ~ London, England

53) Naqsh-e Jahan ~ Esfahan, Iran

54) Tiger Leaping Gorge ~ China

55) Notre-Dame ~ Paris, France

56) Kakadu National Park ~ Australia

57) Sydney Opera House ~ Sydney, Australia

58) Edinburgh Castle ~ Edinburgh, Scotland

59) Anne Frank Huis ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands

60) Jökulsárlón ~ Iceland

61) Yellowstone National Park ~ USA

62) Stonehenge ~ England

63) Berlin Wall ~ Berlin, Germany (✔)

64) Isle of Skye ~ Scotland

65) Halong Bay ~ Vietnam

66) Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore ~ Florence, Italy ()

67) Cappadocia ~ Turkey

68) Ko Tao ~ Thailand

69) Palenque ~ Mexico

70) Ilulissat Kangerlua ~ Greenland

71) Mt Sinai ~ Egypt

72) Pão de Açúcar ~ Brazil

73) Mezquita ~ Spain

74) Lalibela ~ Ethiopia

75) Arashihayma's Bamboo Groze ~ Kyoto, Japan

76) Lake Bled ~ Slovenia

77) Redwood National Park ~ USA

78) Chichén Itzá ~ Mexico

79) Masai Mara National Reserve ~ Kenya

80) Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ New York, USA

81) Franz Yosef & Fox Glacier ~ New Zealand

82) Valley of the Kinds ~ Egypt

83) Hoi An Old Town ~Hoi An, Vietnam

84) Monument Valley ~ USA

85) St Peter's Basilica ~ Vatican City, Italy (✔)

86) Dome of the Rock ~ Israel

87) Red Square ~ Moscow, Russia

88) Forbidden City ~ Beijing, China

89)The Uffizi ~ Florence, Italy (✔)

90) Everest Base Camp ~ Nepal

91) Shedagon Paya ~ Myanmar

92) The Pyramids of Teotihuacán ~ Mexico

93) Blue Lagoon ~ Iceland

94) Lake Wanaka ~ New Zealand

95) Abu Simbel ~ Egypt

96) Cimetière Du Père Lachaise ~ Paris, France

97) Big Sur ~ USA

98) Matterhorn ~ Switzerland

99) Gamla Stan ~ Stockholm, Switzerland

100) Okavango Delta ~ Botswana

 

The Panteon, Rome for comparison to the Rotunda of Mosta

51) Pantheon ~ Rome, Italy 

101-150

101) Golden Gate Bridge ~ San Francisco, USA

102) Dashashwamedh Ghat ~ Varanasi, India

103) Giant's Causeway ~ Northern Island

104) Aushwitz-Birkenau ~ Poland

105) Parque Nacional Corcovado ~ Costa Rica

106) Niagara Falls ~ Canada

107) Potala Palace ~ Lhasa, Tibet

108) Bora Bora ~ French Polynesia

109) Empire State Building ~ New York, USA

110) Budapest's Thermal Baths ~ Budapest, Hungary

111) Topkapi Palace ~ Istanbul, Turkey

112) Talinn Old Town ~ Talinn, Estonia

113) Stari Most ~ Bosnia-Herzegovina

114) Ayuthaya ~ Thailand

115) Vatican Museums ~ Vatican City, Italy (✔)

116) Anakena Beach ~ Easter Island, Chile

117) The Peak ~ Hong Kong, China

118) St Paul's Cathedral ~ London, England

119) Meteora ~ Greece

120) Confucius Temple ~ Qūfù, China

121) Copper Canyon ~ Mexico

122) Cerro Fitz Roy ~ Argentina

123) Aiguille du Midi ~ France

124) Bryggen ~ Bergen, Norway

125) Stewart Island ~ New Zealand

126) Dunbar Square ~ Patan, Nepal

127) Bazaruto Archipelago ~ Mozambique

128) Prinsengracht Canal ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands

129) Plitvice Lakes National Park ~ Croatia

130) Bay of Islands ~ New Zealand

131) Pantanal ~ Brazil

132) Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Nara ~ Japan

133) National Museum of Anthropology ~ Mexico

134) Skara Brae ~ Orkney, Scotland

135) Geirangerfjord ~ Norway

136) Tayrona National Park ~ Colombia

137) Choquequirao ~ Peru

138) Ephesus ~ Turkey

139) Kruger National Park ~ South Africa (✔)

140) Tulum ~ Mexico

141) Tsukiji Market ~ Tokyo, Japan

142) Sintra ~ Portugal

143) Carcassonne Walled City ~ Carcassonne, France

144) Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ~ New York, USA

145) Vatnajökull National Park ~ Iceland

146) Blue Mosque ~ Istanbul, Turkey

147) Gion District ~ Kyoto, Japan

148) Grand Buddha ~ Lèshān, China

149) Actun Tunichil Muknal ~ Belize

150) Haida Gwaii ~ Canada

 

Kruger National Park

 

139) Kruger National Park, South Africa 

151-200

151) Bairro of Ribiera ~ Porto, Portugal

152) Kōya-san ~ Japan

153) Mount Etna ~ Italy

154) Eiger ~ Switzerland

155) Walt Disney World ~ USA

156) Chernobyl ~ Russia

157) Shibuya Crossing ~ Tokyo, Japan

158) Valle de Viñales ~ Cuba

159) Schloss Neuschwanstein ~ Germany

160) Terracota Warriors ~ China

161) Shackleton's Hut ~ Antarctica

162) Icehotel ~ Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

163) Moraine Lake ~ Canada

164) Roman Baths ~ Bath, England

165) Chobe National Park ~ Botswana

166) Inle Lake ~ Myanmar

167) Mount Kinabalu ~ Malaysia

168) Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ~ Vietnam

169) Royal Mile ~ Edinburgh, Scotland

170) Cristo Redentor ~ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

171) National Mall ~ Washington DC, USA

172) Prague Castle ~ Prague, Czech Republic (✔)

173) Ghana's Slave Forts ~ Ghana

174) Brussel's Grand Place ~ Brussels, Belgium

175) Kinkaku-ji ~ Kyoto, Japan

176) Gullfoss ~ Iceland

177) Rocky Mountain National Park ~ USA

178) Egyptian Museum ~ Cairo, Egypt

179) Gorges du Verdon ~ France

180) Amber Fort ~ Jaipur, India

181) Snowdonia ~ Wales

182) Volcanoes National Park ~ Rwanda

183) Xochimilco ~ Mexico City, Mexico

184) Glen Coe ~ Scotland

185) Mont Blanc ~ France

186) Karnak ~ Egypt

187) Gardens by the Bay ~ Singapore

188) iSimangaliso Wetland Park ~ South Africa

189) York Minster ~ York, England

190) Van Gogh Museum ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands

191) Sigiriya Rock ~ Sri Lanka

192) Meenakshi Amman Temple ~ Madurai, India

193) Tbilisi Old Town ~ Tbilisi, Georgia

194) Changdeokgung Palace ~ Seoul, South Korea

195) Korea's DMZ ~ South Korea/North Korea

196) Bodhnath Stupa ~ Kathmandu, Nepal

197) Rynek Glówny ~ Krakow, Poland

198) Mògāo Caves ~ China

199) Wat Phou ~ Laos

200) Island of Gorée ~ Senegal

 

 

172) Prague Castle ~ Prague, Czech Republic

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