Traveling is a dream that not many have the chance to do frequently. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a rookie, there are a variety of stunning destinations you should visit at least once in your lifetime. So get your travel gear ready because we’ve gathered some of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in 2021.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Wherever you go in Italy, you can never go wrong. You’re bound to enjoy delicious food, rich culture, beautiful scenery, and insightful history. Rivaling the Amalfi Coast as one of Europe’s best vacation places, the coast of Cinque Terre is five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s home to gorgeous villages, stunning coastal scenery, and an abundance of activities. Swim along the coastline, take a boat ride or even hike the winding paths that lead to steep cliffs. You can also sample some of the best seafood delicacies there is, walk through the markets and villages, and catch idyllic sunset views from the coast.
Lake Tahoe, California
Considered to be the second-deepest lake and one of the highest-elevation lakes in the USA, Lake Tahoe is a destination you should visit all year round. Resting on the California-Nevada border, it’s home to steep granite cliffs, lush parks and forests, high mountains, and pristine waters. There are many breathtaking Lake Tahoe sightseeing experiences to take in all the stunning scenery. You can take the scenic Lake Tahoe drive, swim, go hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, or just rest along the shore.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The tremendous and elevated Inca Ruins should definitely be on your bucket list. It’s 7,970ft above sea level and is surrounded by majestic mountains, trails, and gorgeous scenery. If you’re a hiker, then you should definitely hike across the Inca Trail; the trek takes you through ancient ruins and gorgeous landscapes.
It’s also an ideal place if you’re the kind of traveler looking to be transported through time to a world of ancient history and culture. The architecture remains a mystery to this day, and it symbolizes the meticulous technique and productivity of the Inca Empire. While you’re there, if you want to thick another place off your bucket list, you should also visit the highest town in the world– La Rinconada (5,100 meters).
Iceland is the perfect destination for experiencing an authentic winter wonderland. It’s a vibrant city with a rich art scene, stunning wilderness and wildlife, and a unique backdrop of gorgeous landscapes. Visit the Grotta Lighthouse, take a stroll along the Tjornin Lake, or head on out to the Blue Lagoon with geothermal hot springs and pools. You can opt for a whale-watching tour which is an experience of a lifetime. Another experience that you must check off your list is catching the Northern Lights. Reykjavik has around 20 hours of darkness in winter so be sure you go somewhere quiet and serene to catch this stunning phenomenon.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is considered to be the land of beauty, adventure, extreme sports, rich culture, and stunning landscapes. Queenstown alone is the adventure capital of New Zealand that also boasts gorgeous scenery. It’s where you can go bungee-jumping, skydiving, whitewater rafting, and many other fun things to do. It’s also home to the beautiful hot springs, pristine lakes, and mountain tops. There’s definitely something for every kind of traveler.
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Stretching across 616 square kilometers, Lake Taupo is the biggest lake in New Zealand and the second largest lake in Oceania, only smaller than Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea. With beautiful holiday parks, like the Great Lake Taupo Holiday Park, it’s no wonder that this place attracts more than 2 miliion visitors every year! Visitors can indulge in different activities, like the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, skydiving, paragliding, rock climbing, and watching Kellogg’s Ironmen race.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the ideal destination for luxury and adventure. Nothing beats catching a cable car to Table Mountain that offers breathtaking views. You can also sample delicious cuisine or wine at their many luxurious wine farms. Catch a helicopter tour, go penguin viewing at their stunning beaches, shop at local markets, or attend a festival on the VA Waterfront. Your trip to South Africa is never complete without visiting the Cape of Good Hope where it’s literally the end of the world.
Considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world, seeing Petra is a magical experience and will definitely transport you back in time. This World Heritage Site boasts so much culture, history, and stunning views. It was built around the 1st century and is now a top destination for many tourists. The cliffs are picturesque, and it’s an excellent place for hiking as you make your way through ancient ruins. You can even camp out at night beneath the stars.
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