FOR MANY TRAVELERS, once a place gets hit so much it becomes a “tourist attraction,” it loses much of its attraction. Still, there are some places so epic in scale and uniqueness and cultural relevance that even if they’re blown out with other visitors, you still gotta check them out.
1. Yosemite National Park (California, USA)
Famed for its wildlife, granite rock structures, and sequoia trees wider than cars, Yosemite National Park spans over 700,000 acres in Northern California and contains 13 different campgrounds.
2. Angel Falls (Canaima National Park, Venezuela)
The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall at a height of 979 meters, Angel Falls inspired a setting for the Disney animated film Up.
3. Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam)
Ha Long Bay contains hundreds of limestone islands with thick jungle vegetation. Junks float the bay and offer multi-night accommodation for tourists.
Translated as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock in English, Preikestolen is a steep cliff 604 meters above Lysefjordan. The hike to and from it takes 3-4 hours.
Torres Del Paine National Park is home to many of the glaciers, lakes, rivers, and mountains of Chilean Patagonia. The park is visited by 150,000 people a year, 60% of whom are foreigners.
6. The Alhambra (Granada, Andalusia, Spain)
An inspiration to M.C. Escher, the Alhambra was originally a small fortress until it was converted into a royal palace by the Moors hundreds of years later. The tiles of the Alhambra contain nearly all of the 17 mathematically possible plane symmetry groups
7. Everglades National Park (Florida, USA)