When planning a vacation, it is always a good idea to visit a new place for adventure. There are many places you can go to in the world. However, the following are the ones that make it to the 12 must-see places in the world.

1. The Parthenon

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Located in Athens, Greece, the Parthenon is another major wonder of the world. It was purposely constructed in honor of the patron goddess of Greece, goddess Athena. The temple is very big and also hosts statues that cannot be seen anywhere else. Greece’s beauty is well captured within the walls of the Parthenon. Any trip to Athens can never be complete without a visit to this temple.

2. The Great Wall of China

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This is definitely a place you want to visit in your lifetime. The Great Wall of China was constructed by the Chinese military in the 7th century B.C, as a way of defending their territory from the Mongolian empire of the East. It is one of the great wonders of the world and was listed in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage. The wall winds up and down like a gigantic dragon across plateaus, mountains, grasslands, deserts.

3. The Palace of Versailles

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A visit to this world’s most magnificent palace will make you wish you were a royal. The Palace of Versailles in France is the home of King Louis XIV and Queen Marie Antoinette. Originally, the palace was a hunting lodge before its transformation to what it is today. It is said to be the most decadent and glorious place you can ever be to in the world.

4. The Grand Canyon

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This is also another wonder of the world falling among the 10 must-see places in the world. The Grand Canyon is a huge natural crater curved through the State of Arizona by the Colorado River. It is about 277 miles and has 18 miles between as its widest points. It is without doubt a testament as to what nature is capable of. Thousands of tourists travel several many miles each year to see for themselves this natural wonder.

5. Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is the collective name for three huge waterfalls forming a border wall between Canada’s Ontario province and New York State. The names of these three falls are American Fall, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. These falls are known worldwide for their beauty and size.

6. The Taj Mahal

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India is well known for good architectural work. However, the Taj Mahal takes the prize any day. Over three million visitors throng the location of the monument each year, to get a taste of the inspiration it provides. Emperor Shah built it as a tribute to his wife, who died in childbirth. What a great show of love? This majestic gesture of true affection probably should not miss in the places you must visit in your lifetime.

7. Stonehenge

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The pre-historic monument in Wiltshire, England was built in around 3000 B.C, according to carbon dating. Stonehenge is believed to have been a burial ground that was used for a few thousand years. It is not hard accessing this glorious presence as it can easily be reached in a short day trip away from the busy London City.

8. Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is gorgeous city located in Peru’s Cusco region at about 8000 ft above sea level. The incant city was constructed to be the emperor’s Incan but was later abandoned at the time Spanish conquest. Touring this ancient city will certainly take your breath away. It will forever remain a proof of the past’s splendid architectural works.

9. The Pyramids of Giza

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Egypt’s pyramids still remain a mystery even to the modern architecture as some of the stones used weigh more than 88 tones. The Pyramids of Giza have become known as some of the grandest structures in the world. Want to try and solve this mystery? Consider taking a trip to Egypt.

10. Antarctica

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Antarctica is the world’s most isolated continent and closes the list of 10 must-see places in the world. It is a home of ice and snow and is found at the world’s southern tip. Still, you can find some penguins who are brave enough to live in the cold and call the continent home. It is also a place where you can get a chance to see the southern lights, also called Aurora Australis.

11. Easter island, Chile

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The island has its fair share of volcanoes, hiking trails, rivers and forests; but it is known all over the world for the Moai heads. There are close to 20,000 archeological sites all over the island which includes the Ahus in the north. Ahus are platforms on which the Moais are placed. The ones on the north are the only ones to have Moais with eyes still. Others lead to old, abandoned villages like Orongo which are made of several small, neat stone houses with tiny doors which bid people to crawl through them in order to enter the living room. Coming back to the Ahus and Moai statues, the Ahus are platforms on which the statues are placed. Understandably, some of these Ahus have more than one statue while some flaunt only one. All the Moai statues face towards the villages away from the see as they were regarded as the protectors of the native people and their homes. The only exception being the Moais on the Ahu Akivi where the seven statues face towards the sea. All the statues that stand upright today have been reset by the archeologists who found them and their prodigies. The island is filled with surprises, big and small, strewn across the plains as well as the sea shore. The best way to enjoy these is to go on a spontaneous hike without any guides as the chances of getting lost on most of the trails is next to nil.

12. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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This is an architectural feat people wait their entire lives to see the sun peeking above the dark silhouette of the imposing temple and the other 200 structures that accompany it. These were constructed sometime between the 9th and the 15th centuries and till date attract millions of enthusiastic tourists from all across the world. The largest pre-industrial complex to be built is still enwrapped in mystery. Watching the sun set with the golden light lingering on the Angkor Wat is as transcending as watching the sun rise. This is definitely one place you cannot afford to miss out while making your list.

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