Traveling is exciting yet can be tiresome at times. Moreover, we strive to do as much and see as much as possible when on vacation, especially when the time is limited. And we’re not the only ones, the rest of the world’s travelers are doing the same, which is why so many well-known attractions are overcrowded. Although some of the most popular ones can be saved for another time (i.e. during an off-season perhaps), there are others that are a must-see whenever visiting that destination. Due to the sites’ historical significance and magnificence, these are the five most touristy sites that are worth visiting, regardless if it’s crowded or not.
Al Khazneh also referred to as “The Treasury”, is one of the most remarkable sites in Petra, Jordan. It got its name during the late 1800s when nomadic Arabs thought treasure was stored somewhere inside. Al Khazneh was first constructed as a catacomb in the 1st century AD, and later became one of the most visited areas in the country since the 1900s.
It was carved out of sandstone rock, and much of its interior has faded throughout the centuries, but its grandeur continues to draw in interested travelers from around the world. Although Al Khazneh is one of the most touristy sites, it’s still a destination that you cannot miss if you’re ever in Jordan.
The Vatican has been around since the first part of it began to construct in the 4th century AD. It wasn’t until after the Catholic Church returned from France did the Sistine Chapel among other sections, such as the Apostolic Palace and St. Peter’s Basilica, were built. As time went by, the Vatican became one of the most visited sites in the world, and although we definitely recommend seeing this wonder, one of the best must-dos is walking around the Sistine Chapel.
The Chapel is incredible, with its paintings and carvings that tell us an interesting story. One of the best parts about visiting the Sistine Chapel is that you can gaze up at the art and get lost in it, allowing you to forget about the crowds that swarm its interiors. If we were to choose one spot in the entire Vatican, this would be it.
Great Wall of China
China’s greatest constructions, the Great Wall, spans over 13,000 miles, which started to be built around 220 BC during the Qin Dynasty. It took several dynasties and hundreds of years to complete. Now, the Great Wall of China is one of the most significant pieces developed, and one that carries a lot of history.
Although visiting the Great Wall can get overwhelmingly crowded, there are many other sections that you can go to (since the wall expands for thousands of miles). Some of the best areas of the wall that tend to see fewer tourists are Jinshanling, Jiankou, Simatai, and Huanghuacheng to name a few. So if you’re ever in China, we highly recommend you make room in your busy schedule to get atop this manmade marvel.
Peru’s most touristy site is Machu Picchu, which dates back to the mid-1400s. It was built by the Incas but was only inhabited for 80 years before all the people living here perished from disease. What once was a royal estate is now a piece of history that is visited by travelers from all parts of the globe. This place out, of many other sites, is worth seeing, and the best times to go is either early morning or late afternoon. Anytime between those times, it gets too overcrowded, and taking a picture-perfect photograph can be difficult.
Machu Picchu moves you, thanks to the surrounding nature and interesting history behind its construction. So make sure to book your train from Peru and enjoy a day wandering the surrounding area.
Pyramids of Giza
Egypt’s most touristy site, the Pyramids of Giza, are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only ones still standing. As a result, it’s a must-see the next time you’re in Cairo. Built more than 4,500 years ago, the Pyramids of Giza include the Great Pyramid of Giza, Pyramid of Khafre, Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Sphinx. The area also features a few smaller pyramids created for queens of Egypt (although for which ones remains a mystery). The best part of seeing these impressive structures is the history behind their making, as well as what lies inside them. From the paintings to the narrow corridors and chambers, this attraction is a bucket-list for many.
The trip out to the pyramids is an all-day adventure, but if you do make it out to Cairo anytime soon, make sure to also stop by the Grand Egyptian Museum, which just recently opened!
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