10 Tourist Attractions & Wonders of the
Earth is home to millions
of plant and animal species and the only planet in the
universe where life is known to exist. Around
71% of earth is covered with salt-
water oceans. Hundreds of natural and man-made wonders exist
on our planet.
Certain areas in this world are so beautiful that they attract millions of tourists
I have compiled a list of 10 of the most incredible tourist attractions
and natural wonders of the world.
10. Dinosaur Provincial
Location - Near Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Park is a World Heritage Site and wonderful tourist attraction.
It is located in the valley of the Red Deer River,
which has incredible badland
topography. The park is widely renowned for being one of the greatest
fossil beds in the world. A total of thirty-nine different dinosaur species have been
discovered in the park. The surrounding ecosystem includes prairie grasslands,
Animal life is abundant, including coyotes, rabbits, mule deer, pronghorn, various
types of snakes, and over 165 different bird species can be seen in the spring and
summer months. The dinosaurs
that lived here were extraordinarily diverse and an
enormous breeding population is thought to have inhabited this land.
are affordable and great for exploring the fossil grounds, learning the history of
and venturing deep into the badlands. It is a great experience for
9. Christ the Redeemer
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer is an enormous statue of Jesus that is located on the peak
of the Corcovado
Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. The masterpiece
stands 30 metres (98 ft) wide
and 38 metres (120 ft) tall. It is the second tallest
statue of its kind, with Cristo de
la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia being the
largest. The statue is made of reinforced concrete and
soapstone, which helps
prevent erosion and damage from lightning strikes. Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa
the statue and it was sculpted by Paul Landowski.
It took nine years to build the statue and construction
was finished in 1931. The
monument cost $250,000 and donations came mostly from Brazilian Catholics.
is an important figure of Brazil’s Christianity and an iconic landmark in Rio de
The statue is one of the most visited sites in the world. Christ the
Redeemer was placed on
the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which
was compiled by the Swiss-based The New Open World Corporation.
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8. Chocolate Hills
Location - Bohol,
The Chocolate Hills
is an extremely unusual geological formation found in the
Philippines. The grounds consist of 1,176
hills spread over an area of 20 square
miles. The hills are covered with grass part of the year
and turn brown during
different seasons. This is how the name Chocolate Hills was coined.
give an amazing view and are a major tourist attraction in the Philippines. The
land has become the country's 3rd National Geological Monument. The vegetation
Chocolate Hills is dominated by various grass species and ferns.
Between the hills the flat lands are used for
cultivating cash crops. No one knows
for sure what created the hills, but hypothesis include limestone weathering,
oceanic volcanism, or an uplift of the seafloor. This area has one of the worlds
sceneries and certain areas have been developed into resorts for
tourism. There are numerous lodges
and lookout points on the hills.
Springs & Hierapolis
Location - South-Western Turkey, Denizli Province
Pamukkale is a natural site located in the River Menderes valley. A long time ago,
tectonic movement occurred in the Menderes river basin that caused the
emergence of a number of hot springs.
The water from one of these springs created
the vast pools found at Pamukkale. The area has
been used as a spa since the 2nd
century B.C. The scenery is beautiful as the natural phenomenon has
white layers of limestone and travertine cascading down the mountain slope, giving
the illusion of a
frozen waterfall. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction and
was made a World Heritage site
Hierapolis is an ancient city that stands atop the Pamukkale hot springs. The
in ruins, but the vault-type architecture is still readily visible. Hierapolis
contained the great
baths, which were constructed with huge stone blocks and
consisted of various closed or open sections linked together.
that it was customary to build a temple on the site of such a natural phenomenon.
is famous for its amazing theatres and temples, which paint an intriguing
the mechanical turk
or Ayers Rock
Location - Northern Territory, Central Australia
is a large sandstone rock formation to the southwest of Alice Springs,
Australia. It stands 348 m
(1,142 ft) high, 2,831 ft above sea level, and measures
9.4 km (5.8 mi) in circumference.
Kata Tjuta, a group of 36 large domed rock
formations is also in the vicinity and the two wonders make up Uluru
- Kata Tjuta
National Park. Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognized natural icons and is
major tourist attraction. The rock is mainly composed of coarse-grained arkose,
which is a
type of sandstone. You can find many animal species in this area,
including the Common Brushtail Possum,
Rufous Hare-wallaby, Bilby, Burrowing
Bettong, and the Black-flanked Rock-wallaby.
The geology of Uluru is
astounding, as there are many springs, waterholes, rock
caves, and ancient engravings. It gets hot
in this area during the summer, but the
surrounding towns and resorts provide great accommodations. Since
World Heritage Site, annual visitor numbers have been on the rise with Uluru
receiving 400,000 tourists
each year. The Aṉangu request that visitors do not
photograph certain sections
Location - Central
Turkey, Nevşehir Province
Cappadocia is one of the world’s
most unique natural wonders and is characterized
by amazing caves and fairy chimneys. Fairy chimneys
or hoodoos are tall thin
spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of an arid drainage basin. They
magnificent natural formation. This land has a long and storied history. It
been controlled by Alexander the Great, many Persian leaders, Rome, and at one
point was a region of the Byzantine
Empire. Cappadocia contains many
underground cities, tunnels, caves, and rock-cut temples.
The land remained part
of the Ottoman Empire for centuries and today is part of the state of Turkey.
It is a wonderful tourist attraction and has many areas with unique geological,
historic and cultural features.
The area is largely covered by sedimentary rocks
which have been formed in lakes and streams. The
volcanic deposits are soft rock
and people in near by villages have carved out houses, churches, and monasteries.
One example is the Göreme Open Air Museum, comprised of more than 30 rock-
carved churches and chapels
containing some famous frescoes, dating from the 9th
to the 11th centuries.
4. Angkor Wat
Location - Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is a temple complex and significant religious centre in Cambodia. It
has become the symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag. The building
is astounding and it combines
two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture, which
are the temple mountain and galleried temple. The
architecture is based on early
South Indian design and noted for beautiful bas-reliefs and for the numerous
devatas in the walls. The structure was built for king Suryavarman II as a temple
and capital city
in the first half of the 12th century. The temple was popularized in
the West in the mid-19th century
after the publication of French explorer Henri
Mouhot's travel notes.
The outer wall of the fortress is
surrounded by a 30 m apron of open ground and a
moat 190 m wide. There are gopuras or opening buildings
at each of the cardinal
points of the structure, the western entrance is the largest and has three ruined
The temple stands on a terrace that is raised from the city ground. The
detail and decoration
of this site is unmatched. The building has undergone
conservation efforts of late, but remains an
extremely popular tourist destination.
Approximately 50% of foreign tourists who travel to Cambodia visit Angkor
uw digital collections
Smoky Mountains National Park
Location - Tennessee and North Carolina
The Great Smoky
Mountains National Park is one of the most visited areas of the
United States and the most popular park.
It straddles the ridgeline of the Great
Smoky Mountains, which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a division
Appalachian Mountain chain. It spans an area of 814 square miles and is truly an
site with over sixteen different mountains reaching higher then 6,000 ft.
The park has a wide variety of animal life,
as the range of elevations can
accommodate northern and southern species. This area normally has very
humidity and precipitation, averaging around 75 inches of rain each year.
It has one of the largest collections
of deciduous, temperate, old growth forest in
North America and 95% of the national park is forested. Around
of plants and animals are thought to inhabit the land. A recent study has found
200 species of birds, 66 species of mammals, 50 species of fish, 39 species of
reptiles, and 43 species of amphibians.
The park has 1,400 flowering plant species
and over 4,000 species of non-flowering plants. Many
ranger stations can be
found, which give geological and wildlife history of the park. Cades Cove is
valley in the park with preserved log cabins, barns, and churches. Other historical
Roaring Fork, Cataloochee, and Elkmont.
Location - Northeast Coast of Ireland
Giant’s Causeway is an area
consisting of around 40,000 interlocking basalt
columns. This geological phenomenon is the result
of an ancient volcanic
eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliffs
edge and disappear into the depths of the water. The site received its first
when Dublin artist Susanna Drury created watercolor
paintings of it in 1739. Giant’s Causeway
is a haven for sea birds such as fulmar,
petrel, cormorant, shag, redshank guillemot and razorbill, while the water bashed
rock formations host a number of rare plants including sea spleenwort, hare's foot
trefoil, vernal squill, sea
fescue, and frog orchid.
The area became a World Heritage Site in 1986 and is the most popular tourist
attraction in Northern Ireland. Giant’s Causeway was recently named as the fourth
natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The smell of the ocean, amazing
cliffs, hills, and aquatic rock
formations make this a great retreat for the family. If
you enjoy hiking, wildlife, and outdoor viewing
Giant’s Causeway is certainly a
place for you.
Location - Urubamba Valley in Peru
Machu Picchu is situated on a mountain ridge 8,000 ft above sea level. It
referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas” and is one of the most familiar symbols
Inca Empire. The Inca civilization was the largest empire in pre-Columbian
America. The structure was constructed by the Incas
in the early 15th century, but
abandoned for over a hundred years after the Spanish conquest of the Incas.
Picchu was built in classical Inca style, consisting of polished dry-stone
walls. During the war it
was never found by the Spanish and consequently not
plundered and destroyed.
Smallpox is thought
to have ravished the city during the 15th century. In 1913,
Machu Picchu received significant publicity
after the National Geographic Society
dedicated an entire issue to the area. It is an absolute masterpiece
architecture and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1983. It is an
cultural site and a sacred place. The site is Peru's most visited tourist
attraction and major
money maker. It has become an ongoing controversial issue
as many residents and scientists feel that
the ruins should be untouched. Machu
Picchu has been ranked as one of the New Seven Wonders of the
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