I use my HughesNet internet connection just like everyone else: to browse memes. Usually, it’s funny, relatable memes but every once in a while something pops up that I don’t agree with. I came across a meme recently that I disagreed with. It said, “Born too late to explore the world, born too early to explore the universe”. Now, on the face of it, there’s nothing wrong with the meme. After all, the world is pretty much charted and hyperdrives are still science fiction. But do maps and charts actually show you what the world is like? Do they show you the beauty of natural and man-made wonders? Even if you can name every country in the world, there is still so much to explore.
15 Places To Visit Before You Die
Earth is an estimated 4.5 billion years old. Scientists believe the first humans or homo sapiens emerged 200,000 years ago. During the time from then till today, both nature and humans have achieved remarkable feats. You may have heard of some of the wonderful places on this list before. But until you visit them, you won’t quite grasp their beauty. Here are 15 places you must visit before you die:
1. The Grand Canyon, Colorado
2. The Taj Mahal, UP, India
3. The Great Wall of China, China
4. Highlands, Iceland
5. Machu Pichu, Peru
6. Easter Island, Chile
7. Stonehenge, England
8. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
9. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
10. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
11. Victoria Falls, Zambia
12. Tianzi Mountains, China
13. Yellowstone National Park, USA
14. Meteora, Greece
15. Petra, Jordan
Read on for more details on these gorgeous places.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Carved out by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is truly a majestic sight. The canyon is slightly more than 6,000 feet deep and offers a unique view of how relentless nature is. There’s also a remote village located at its base. The village is home to Havasupai Indians and goes by the name Supai Village. It is one of the most remote communities in America, with a population of around 200 people.
The Taj Mahal, UP, India
Whoever said love doesn’t last clearly never visited the Taj Mahal. Built in the 1600s, the Taj Mahal is a tomb and an expression of undying love. Ordered by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz, the structure is completely built from white marble. The story goes that once the majestic structure was complete, the Emperor ordered the hands of the architects cut off. This was so they could never create another monument to rival the Emperor’s love for his wife.
The Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall of China is a man-made marvel you have to see to believe. It is one of the largest ancient structures to remain intact. At 21.19 million miles long, The Great Wall is visible from space! It was originally built to keep the fierce Huns from invading China. The Wall stands atop some of the most rugged mountain terrains in the area. Prepare for some breathtaking views as you walk the length of The Great Wall of China.
Highlands, Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe. It is a plateau that has glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs and forests. And it offers one of the best views of the Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon caused by solar winds escaping the sun. These winds are actually particles of plasma that take somewhere around 40 hours to reach earth. They then cause a dramatic visual display that only nature can create.
Machu Pichu, Peru
Machu Pichu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, is a breathtaking marvel. This archeological discovery sits on top of a mountain overlooking the Sacred Valley. The city has been expertly restored and is a major tourist attraction. Explore the rich history of the Inca and watch the sunset on one of the most beautiful views you’ll ever see.
Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island is home to one of the most mysterious places in the world. There are over 800 statues on the island, known as Moai statues. Nobody knows who made them or why they were even made in the first place. The statues themselves are strange to look at. Some say the statues were defenses to scare of native invaders from other islands. Other’s believe they were artifacts related to some astronomy based rituals. The mystery of the statues is not the only attraction here. It is also one of the best scuba diving spots in the world, while the island is a hiker’s paradise.
Much like the Easter Island Statues, nobody knows who built Stonehenge or why. Some say the blocks of stones were supposedly carried from far away by giants. Others say it was a holy site for pagan rituals. Still others believe it’s a remnant from an ancient advanced civilization. The mystery surrounding the pillars is just one reason to visit. Watching the sunset from between the stone pillars is an uplifting experience. Book a guided tour for the full experience.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The biggest and only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid is an imposing structure. Dating techniques suggest it dates as far back as 2560 BC. It stood as the tallest manmade structure for 3,800 years! That’s almost 4 millennia! The Pyramids of Giza are still a hotly debated topic. We don’t know exactly how they were actually built. They were originally thought to be tombs but new evidence suggest they served much higher purposes. The pyramids follow precise mathematical patterns and may even point to a much more advanced civilization. Some even think aliens helped build them! Visit and enjoy a brilliant view of the harsh desert that surrounds it.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
That’s right! The Grand Canyon isn’t the only canyon worth visiting in the US. Antelope Canyon is so breathtaking, you can’t believe it’s not photoshopped. The series of crevices were slowly carved out by water in an unusual way. The light hits each wall differently, making the rocks look like they are different colors. Bask in the dazzling natural colors that are an experience of a lifetime.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The biggest coral reef formation in the world, The Great Barrier Reef is a place to visit at least once. The reef stretches across 1,400 miles! It’s so big that it is actually visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is also considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. It is home to diverse marine wildlife. Adventure seekers can go snorkeling or even scuba diving and get close to the wonders the reef has to offer.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Victoria Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. It stretches almost a mile across! The waterfall stands at 354 feet above sea level and discharges more than 260,000 gallons of water a second. This makes it the biggest waterfall in the world, even bigger than America’s famous Niagara Falls.
Tianzi Mountains, China
When you first look at China’s Tianzi Mountains, you will feel a vague familiarity. Almost as if you’ve seen them somewhere. You actually have if you watched Avatar. The Tianzi Mountains were the inspiration for Pandora’s floating mountains. In real life, they are one of the most exhilarating experiences you can find. The mountains span an area of over 16,000 acres and the highest peak is almost 4,140 feet!
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the most iconic natural phenomenon in the world. The Old Faithful geyser that is. The geyser is just one of a system of hot springs and geysers as a result of volcanic activity. The Park itself sits across 3 states and has a diverse landscape to offer. You have to see it to believe the beauty of nature.
Petra is also known as the Red Rose City. It is now considered one of the New Seven Great Wonders. The city was originally built by the Nabatean Arabs into mountain faces. The Red Rose City dates back to 1 AD and is an astonishing display of architecture. Be amazed by an entire city carved into a mountainside.
Meteora is a natural rock formation is Greece, far away from modern comforts like HughesNet plans and takeaway food. It has Greek Orthodox monasteries built on top of the pillar-like rock formation. The monastery is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site. There were originally 24 monasteries out of which only 6 have survived into modern times. The exact date of the monasteries construction is not known. But the view they offer of Meteora is gorgeous!