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Wonders of the World

May 10, 2011

I saw a link to this from a travel-hungry friend on Facebook last week:  Top 100 Wonders of the World, How Many Have You Seen?  (pdf – a more friendly format to look at than the webpage itself).

My list:

  • Great Wall (China)
  • Grand Canyon (USA)
  • Bali (Indonesia)
  • Forbidden City (China)
  • Terra Cotta Warriors (China)
  • Hong Kong Harborscape (Hong Kong)
  • Canals of Venice (Italy)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)
  • Temple Emerald Buddha (Thailand)
  • St. Mark’s Basilica/Campanile (Italy)
  • Li River Cruise  (China)
  • Yellowstone (USA)
  • New York Skyline (USA)
  • Niagra Falls (USA/Canada)
  • Banf National Park (Canada)
  • San Francisco (USA)

In the plans for this year:

  • Yosemite (USA)
  • Fjords of Norway (duh….)
  • Hermitage Museum (Russia)

I doubt I’ll ever see 100 of them (maybe not even 50), and that is fine with me.  When traveling, of COURSE I try to go see the most famous sites, but often times the most rewarding parts of travel are smaller, quieter moments that are not so much mentioned in guidebooks or on travel lists.

Also, the list is a little questionable, in my opinion.  How can an entire city (san francisco) make the list, when there are so many amazing cities in the world?  There are a lot more than 100 wonders in this world, and the ranking of them is a matter of opinion.  We all make our own travel lists according to our own interests and dreams.

What about you?  Have you been to any of these?  How about somewhere else that amazed you that isn’t on the list?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2011 7:55 pm

    I find it really hard to understand how these lists are generated, because there are just so many amazing places. I’m a little surprised at how many buildings and man-made landscapes are on the list – not to say that those places aren’t neat, but I suppose this geography major finds natural places more stunning usually. Aaaaanywho, I would include the South Nahanni River – it’s the absolute wildest, most isolated place I’ve ever been.

  2. Zade permalink
    May 11, 2011 4:29 pm

    I’ve only seen the Grand Canyon and NYC Skyline. I’ve been to Goreme, Cappadocia in Turkey and it was absolutely mind-blowingly awesome. I’m going to see the Salt Flats in Bolivia this summer (Salar De Uyuni) and I think that will also be an experience of a life-time!

  3. May 17, 2011 6:48 pm

    I’m going to steal this post for tomorrow but to answer your questions, one of the most amazing, breathtaking places I’ve ever been is Dun Aengus on the island of Inishmore in Ireland. An amazing mix of human history and natural beauty!

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