If you’re an avid traveler, a visit to the seven wonders of the world is probably on your bucket list. The original list consists of the Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
Since the creation of this original list, there have been several other types of lists of wonders of the world, including the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
The list includes Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, Paricutin, and Victoria Falls.
There’s also a list of 7 New Wonders of the World, a list that modern travelers have created. More than 100 million people voted for a list of new seven wonders, which includes the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Roman Colosseum, Taj Mahal, and Petra, Jordan.
If you’ve seen any of these wonders, you’ve seen some of the best sites in the world. But they’re not the only incredible sites you have to see. Here are 25 world wonders that (we think) should be on the list.
ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS – THE BEST VIEW IN GREECE
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient city built on the rock outcropping that forms the backdrop of Athens, 490 feet above sea level. There are 21 ancient buildings on this outcropping including the Parthenon, the ancient temple built for worshipping the Greek goddess, Athena.
The term acropolis is a generic word that means a citadel or fortified city, but the Acropolis of Athens is considered the acropolis of Greece. If you’re only able to see one thing in Athens, this citadel should be it.
TABLE MOUNTAIN – SEE THE FAMOUS TABLETOP CLOUDS
Table Rock is the landmark of Cape Town, South Africa. It’s a rocky mountain that towers 3,558 feet above sea level. Hiking aficionados swoon over the challenging trails leading to the top. If you’re not much of a hiker, you can also take a cableway to the top.
Once there enjoy breathtaking views of the city, shrouded in clouds. The top of the plateau is often covered in the famous tablecloth clouds, making it a unique experience for the books.
VERDON GORGE – A ROCK-CLIMBER’S PARADISE
In Provence, France, you’ll find the Verdon River, which flows through one of the prettiest gorges in Europe: the Verdon Gorge.
The gorge is flanked by 700-meter walls, a majestic backdrop to the beautiful waters of the Verdon River. These waters are crystal clear, and they flow into the Lac de St. Croix, a temperate lake you can see right through. You can kayak your way through or go for a swim.
The walls are also a popular rock-climbing destination. There are spots perfect for both beginner and expert rock climbers, and the river is ideal for swimming afterward.