See before you die destinations

Ok, so it might sound a little morbid, but the world is filled with ‘see before you die’ destinations. From the naturally beautiful to the man-made and mesmerising, there are hundreds of landmarks with the ability to take your breath away. Of course, we all have different ideas of what constitutes something awe-inspiring, but here at HomeAway, we’ve listed just a few of those must-see sites. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, or experiencing the incredible wildlife unique to the Galapagos Isles. Then again, you may fancy your chances with Lady Luck in Las Vegas, or dream of taking tourist snaps outside India’s incredible Taj Mahal. Whatever it is that truly gets you ticking, consider booking private accommodation when planning that break away. We have hundreds of thousands of properties located across the world’s best destinations: whether you fancy a cottage, apartment, villa or yacht, we can provide you with your home from home. So why wait till tomorrow? Simply read on, start planning, and see these amazing destinations while you can.

  1. Rising from the west bank of the River Nile, the Pyramids of Giza are a monument to human ingenuity: we still have little knowledge about how the Egyptians even erected them. Yet imposed as they are upon the vast, dry desert, their colossal blocks climbing to cloud-topping heights, this matters little to most tourists. Seeing them in all their glory is enough to amaze even the most unaffected of travellers. They were built almost 4,500 years ago, as a tomb for the Pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty, Khufu, and the Great Pyramid - the largest of them all - is the last remaining ancient wonder of the world.

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  2. Before you die visit the Grand Canyon, Nevada

    At over 6,000 feet deep, almost 300 miles long, and nearly 20 miles across at its widest, the Grand Canyon is surely one of the world’s most amazing landmarks. Hiking is the best way to explore this beautiful place, navigating the North Kaibab Trail, or taking a gentler walk to the historic lodge, Phantom Ranch. Either way, you’ll experience the unbelievable diversity of plant life: from its fir and spruce-lined forests to its cactus-covered plains, there’s so much to take in whilst here. Many organised tours will take you out for sunrise, so you can admire the light slowly emerging over this huge, rust-coloured canyon. 

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  3. Before you die visit t he Taj Mahal, India

    More than 3 million tourists make their way to the Taj Mahal, India’s monolithic, white marble palace, every year. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a dedication to his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was completed in the mid-seventeenth century and took some 15 years to perfect. Unfortunately, some of the structure’s spectacular features have been deteriorating over time, and today a multi-million pound restoration is underway. Amongst some of the features being restored are the Taj’s red sandstone gates, but the gardens and reflecting pool are still as full of splendour as they ever were.

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  4. Before you die visit Pompeii, Italy

    As one of the world’s most tragic and yet fascinating sites, Pompeii is truly unmissable. A successful and bustling port city, due in no small part to its volcanic ash-covered soil, the ancient settlement was engulfed by the very same volcano which gave it life. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it killed well over 10,000 citizens, covering them in a carpet of fine-grained volcanic ash. This terrible force of nature, however, managed to preserve even the most unassuming aspects of everyday Roman life, including loaves of bread still in the oven, and walls plastered in teenage graffiti.

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  5. Before you die visit g reat Barrier Reef, Australia

    The Great Barrier Reef is an area of truly astounding proportions: made up of 3,000 reefs and stretching for some 1,250 miles, it’s the only living organic collective visible from the earth’s orbit. Home to some 1,500 species of fish, as well as turtles, dolphins and whales, its northeast coast houses over 200 species of birds. Of course, it’s no secret that much of the reef has already been affected by global warming, and massive steps are being taken to try and conserve this coral paradise. If there’s one thing you have to do before you die, it’s joining the 2 million visitors who experience it every year.

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