16 Must See Places Before You Die

Everyone has a bucket list of things to accomplish in our lifetime, including exotic destinations to travel and see must places before you die. Those things that you’ve always wanted to do. What some people call dreams, you prefer to call goals. Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full of beauty around us, waiting to be seen. Here are some of the most beautiful places in the world that you just can’t miss in this lifetime.

16 Must See Places Before You Die:

1. Greece


Greece is a surreal destination, a mix of ancient beauty both tamed and untamed, with a past full of mystery, mythology and magic. Combine that with a vivid culture, breathtaking views and magnificent history, this is one destination that you will never forget. For an unforgettable Greek getaway, consider staying in the all inclusive Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque town boasting stunning views, rich culture, and a serene atmosphere—discover more about this charming destination and its offerings.

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2. Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Travel to a different world, or at the very least a different time period — setting foot in Rome is like stepping into a bygone era. A spectacle of grand architecture with a glorious history offset by piazzas, mouthwatering food and cool gelato, Rome provides an idyllic quaint charm unmatched by any other.

3. Alhambra, Spain

Alhambra, Spain

Described by poets as “a pearl set in emeralds,” this combination fortress / palace in Spain was constructed in the 9th century and is a truly exquisite gem of Islamic architecture. It bore witness as centuries unfolded like pages of a book, and if you listen closely, you might even hear the walls whisper tales of eras past.

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4. Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Feel the thrill of walking the halls once open only to the Kings favored men. See the history and the tales of ancient China come alive before your eyes. Sinning has never been more tempting 😉

5. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The holiest Buddhist pagoda, this ancient shrine embodies beauty, serenity and joy. Visit it to experience the divine connection and to appreciate an exquisite piece of architecture and beauty.

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6. Egypt

The Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt are must see places before you die
The Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt are must see places before you die

The Egyptian pyramids are architectural marvels that need no introduction. Egypt however is home to several other exquisite monuments of days past. Let the fantastic tales of Egyptian mythology mesmerize you as you pay a visit to the country where men were once gods.

7. Palace of Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles, France

The ultimate word in luxury and excess, the Palace of Versailles is a fantasy palace brought to life. With its unparalleled grandeur and incredible architecture, this will definitely be the most impressive palace you will ever see.

8. Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China is one of the must see places before you die

An unbelievable feat of architecture, this wall is like no other you have ever seen. Winding its way over the globe, and visible from the moon, gazing at the wall at twilight is an experience you will never forget.

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9. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Those who love retail therapy will find this ancient market a dream come true. One of the largest and oldest markets in the world, this marketplace is a beautiful monument all on its own. Soak in the atmosphere, and come back with an unforgettable experience and lighter wallets.

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10. Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

An old imperial city of Morocco called The Red City, Marrakesh oozes a character and charm unlike any other. Brimming with palaces, monuments, museums and souks, you will be hard pressed to decide on an itinerary for your visit.

11. Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

The Grand Canyon in the USA is one of the must see places before you die

A natural formation, the Grand Canyon is wild, untamed and breathtakingly beautiful. An awe-inspiring and spiritual experience, this is something that will stay with you forever — and one of the obligatory stops your first trip to the United States 😉

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12. Stonehenge, United Kingdom

The mysterious Stonehenge is one of the must see places before you die

Britain’s greatest prehistoric icon, Stonehenge projects an aura of intrigue, power and endurance. The awe-inspiring mysterious ring of stones dated approximately 5000 years ago still continues to mesmerize visitors with their spartan beauty amidst their lush surroundings.

13. Venice, Italy

The canals of Venice, Italy are one of the must see places before you die

A city that breathes lives and personifies romance, Venice is a must in every traveler’s wish list. From dreamy gondola rides along the Grand Canal to checking out artistic masterpieces and charming palatial palazzos along with sampling authentic Venetian cuisine and aperitivios, there is never a dull moment in this city.

14. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the must see places before you die

Peru‘s most-visited site, Machu Picchu is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Dating to the mid-1400s, this lost city of the Incas is an architectural marvel. Perched on a high plateau, deep in the Amazonian jungle, this is a perfect destination for a long hike.

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15. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

This Czechoslovakian jewel attracts tourists in droves with its bohemian allure and fairy-tale atmosphere. Tired of sitting around beaches, doing nothing? Welcome on board. You can have the time of your life exploring old castles, museums, and strolling around charming, quaint streets, seeing the local attractions. Refresh yourself with a scrumptious repast at a classic Czech tavern, and visit the famous pubs to party like never before.

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16. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the tallest building in the world and one of the must see places before you die

You just can’t end this list without including Dubai, the ultimate luxury destination. Embodying opulence, magnificence and eccentricity, Dubai is a man made miracle that is a visual feast. Pamper yourself at some of the most lavish resorts in the world, indulge in tax free mega shopping, embark on grand desert safaris, and experience the rich Arabic culture and cuisine.

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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