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Article 02 June

Wanderlust Top 75 World Wonders

We asked, you voted: these are the Wanderlust Top 75 World Wonders. How many have you been to?

  • 75 Blue Hole, Belize – Arguably the world’s top dive spot
  • 74 Shibam, Yemen – Mud-and-clay skyscrapers
  • 73 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA – Pacific-spanning spectacle in suspenders
  • 72 Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco – Market-square madness
  • 71 Aitutaki, Cook Islands – The best blue lagoon
  • =69 Niagara Falls, USA – Gushing honeymoon hotspot
  • =69 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – Possibly the planet’s most romantic scaffolding
  • 68 Volcanoes, New Zealand – Simmering peaks that have literally shaped a nation
  • 67 Northern lights, various countries – Technicolour particle paintings in the sky
  • 66 Glacier coast, Alaska, USA – Water, whales, wildlife, wilderness
  • 65 London Eye, England – A Ferris wheel for the new millennium
  • 64 Teotihuacán, Mexico – The City of the Gods
  • 63 Okavango Delta, Botswana – Water and wildlife in perfect unison
  • 62 Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 452m of metal: one of the world's highest buildings
  • 60 Alhambra, Granada, Spain – Very Moorish
  • 60 St Petersburg, Russia – The magnificent legacy of Peter the Great
  • 59 Nazca Lines, Peru – Lines to get high over
  • 58 Fjords, Norway – A network of impressive inlets
  • 57 Halong Bay, Vietnam – Karst-rock and water wonderland
  • 56 Wadi Rum, Jordan – Lawrence of Arabia country
  • 55 Rockies, Canada & USA – A mountain high
  • 54 Palenque, Mexico – Mayan ruins reclaimed by the jungle
  • 53 Angel Falls, Venezuela – A 979m splash
  • =51 Cape Town, South Africa – Cosmopolitan hub of the Rainbow Nation
  • =51 Golden Temple, Amritsar, India – Glittering Sikh stronghold
  • 50 Stonehenge, England – How did they do that?
  • 49 Isfahan, Iran – The great city of Shah Abbas
  • =47 Varanasi, India – Holy Hindu hangout
  • =47 Bryce Canyon, USA – Bizarre labyrinth of eroded rock
  • 46 Great Ocean Road, Australia – Where the Pacific bashes the 12 Apostles   
  • 45 Mount Bromo, Indonesia – Java’s cup brimmeth over
  • 44 Yosemite, USA – Grand granite valley
  • 43 Kali Gandaki, Nepal – Deeply gorge-ous waterway of the Himalaya
  • 42 Jaisalmer, India – Giant-sandcastle-like desert city
  • 41 Highlands, Scotland – Heavenly heather-clad wilderness
  • 40 Borobudur, Indonesia – Stupa-pendous Buddhist building
  • 39 Banaue rice terraces, Philippines – 3,000-year-old wonder farms
  • =37 Tikal, Guatemala – Majestic Mayan metropolis
  • =37 Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – A whole lot of salt
  • 36 The Himalaya, India, Nepal, Bhutan & China – Mightiest mountains
  • 35 Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy – World’s best paint job
  • 34 Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet – The symbol of Tibetan Buddhism
  • 33 Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand – Pure oriental opulence
  • 32 Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel – The golden crown of the holy city
  • 31 Bagan, Burma (Myanmar) – 22,000 temples on the Irrawaddy’s banks
  • 30 New York skyline, USA – The dizzy heights of urban architecture
  • =28 Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina – 60m by 5km of cracking ice
  • =28 Sigiriya, Sri Lanka – Lion Rock, towering above the jungle
  • 27 Sunken churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia – God rocks!   
  • 26 Fiordland, New Zealand – Glacier-gouged park of lakes and mountains
  • 25 Sydney Harbour, Australia – Iconic waterfront where opera meets the ocean
  • =23 Torres del Paine, Chile – Jagged peaks in Patagonia
  • =23 Easter Island, Chile – Enigmatic bigheads
  • 22 Abu Simbel, Egypt – 3,000-year-old temple of Ramses II
  • 21 Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia – Heart of the Outback
  • 20 Sossusvlei, Namibia – The world’s highest sand dunes
  • 19 Luxor & the Valley of the Kings, Egypt – Resting place of the pharaohs
  • 18 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania – East Africa in a teacup
  • 17 Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an, China – Barmy clay army
  • 16 Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica – White magic
  • 15 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia – The smoke that thunders
  • 14 Mount Everest, Nepal & Tibet – Top of the world
  • =12 Venice, Italy – City of domes, canals and Carnivale
  • =12 Iguaçu Falls, Argentina & Brazil – South America’s ‘Great Water’
  • 11 Great Migration, Kenya & Tanzania – The planet’s largest movement of mammals
  • 10 Great Barrier Reef, Australia – 2,000km of coral
  • 9  The Amazon, South America – Home to a third of the planet’s species
  • 8  Pyramids, Giza, Egypt – The only one of the original seven still standing
  • 7  Galápagos Islands, Ecuador – Evolution in action
  • 6  Great Wall of China, China – 2,000 years old – but not visible from the moon
  • 5  Grand Canyon, USA – Vast, mile-deep chasm
  • 4  Petra, Jordan – Tombs carved into desert cliffs – Indiana Jones land
  • 3  Taj Mahal, Agra, India – Shah Jahan’s mausoleum of love   
  • 2  Angkor Wat, Cambodia – World’s biggest religious complex
  • 1  Machu Picchu, Peru – The lost city of the Incas