When we travel, we always look for UNESCO World Heritage sites that are close to the destinations we plan to visit. Learning about these locations and discovering how each one is connected to the people and cultures of the region is a great way to enhance your travels and create memorable experiences.
From sacred places like Easter Island in Chile, Stonehenge in England, and Borobudur in Indonesia, to architectural marvels like Machu Picchu in Peru, the Roman Colosseum in Italy, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, they always leave us speechless and amazed. There are even “Natural Sites” that UNESCO defines as having exceptional beauty, aesthetic importance, significant habitats and/or geological importance like the Grand Canyon in the United States, the Cape Floral Region in South Africa, and þingvellir National Park in Iceland.
If you are planning a vacation and you want to find somewhere with a rich history, cultural importance, fascinating stories, and beautiful scenery for photographs you really can’t go wrong with UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
To be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the location must meet a few key pieces of criteria. A UNESCO site is a natural or man-made location or structure with cultural and/or historical significance that is regarded as being important to the collective interests of humanity. The sites are designated by the World Heritage Convention (an organization of UNESCO; The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
More Information: whc.unesco.org
Sites We have visited
Between the two of us, we have been to 73 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and counting!) over the years. The map below has the location of all the sites we have visited.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
If you’re looking for some inspiration on places to visit you can check out our Bucket List page. Many of those locations are also UNESCO sites.
Do you have a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you’ve always wanted to visit? Is there a site you’ve been to that you absolutely loved? Leave a comment and let us know!