20 best countries to add to your bucket list.
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Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s Medina, a maze like medieval quarter, offers entertainment in it’s Djemaa el Fna square and souks (the marketplaces) selling ceramics, Jewellery and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th century royal fort overlooking the water.
Situated in North America and stretching all the way from the U. S in the South to the Arctic circle in the North. Major cities include the massive Toronto, Vancouver the west coast film center, Montreal and Quebec city which is mainly French-speaking, Ottawa is the Capital city. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake filled Banff National Park in the Rocky mountains. It’s also home to the Niagara Falls which is the famous group of massive waterfalls, and breath taking to watch.
Dense cities on an island in the Pacific ocean, has so much to offer – imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Japan’s bullet trains connect the main Islands of Kyush with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches. Honsu is the home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb memorial. if you would like to do some skiing then head off to Hokkaido where you will find stunning ski resorts. Tokyo is the capital known for skyscrapers and shopping and the pop culture.
Separated from Great Britain, Ireland to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea and the St George’s Channel, and is the 2nd largest Island of the British Isles, the 3rd largest in Europe, and 20th largest on earth.
Bordering Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a Southern European Country. It’s location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture – Salt cod and grilled sardines are National dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major destination and much of the nations’ architecture dates to the 1500s – 1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.
Known for it’s Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacan and the Mayan city of Chicken Itza are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial – era towns. In the Capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.
14. The Netherlands
Situated in Northwestern Europe, Known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house where Anne Frank hid during WWII. Canalside Mansion and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the cities 17th – century “Golden Age”.
13. Sri Lanka
Formerly known as Ceylon, is an Island South of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rain forests and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th century citadel Sigiriya,with its palace and frescoes. the city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2000 years. Sri Lanka is also famous for its Elephants that roam the streets of some towns.
A country on the south China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist – era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh city – formerly known as Saigon, has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese war history museums and the Cu Chi tunnels used by viet Cong soldiers.
11. South Africa
A country on the Southernmost tip of the African Continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game, such as Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo known as the Big Five. The western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forests and lagoons on the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath the flat topped Table Mountain.
This is a country with diverse terrain – from the Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean coastline – and a history reaching back 5 millennia. In the North, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex and the massive Jama Masjid mosque, plus Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Granges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for the Himalayan Trekking.
This is a nation straddling Eastern Europe and Western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophis, with it’s soaring dome and christian mosaics, the massive 17th – century Blue Mosque and the circa – 1460 Topkapi Palace, former home of the Sultans. Ankara is turkey’s modern capital.
Thailand is known for its tropical Beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the temples of Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat phra Kaew). Nearby beach Resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
7. New Zealand
consisting of 2 main Islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Wellington is the capital on North Island, is home to Te papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Film.
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It’s major cities – Sydney Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide – are all coastal. It’s capital Canberra, is inland. The country is known for it Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like the Kangaroos and Duck – Billed Platypuses.
Greece is a country in Southerneastern Europe with thousands of Islands throughout the Aegean and Lonian seas. Influential in ancient times, is often called the cradle of the Western civilization. Athens, it’s capital. Retains landmarks including the 5th – century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the Black sands of Santorini to the Party Resorts of Mykonos, which makes it a very popular holiday destination
A country that has 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the Northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, it’s capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for it’s influential architecture and on the West coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for film making.
With it’s 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Madrid the capital is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle – the Alcazar and an intact Roman aquaduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudi’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Familia church.
In western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris it’s capital, is famous for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. the country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
Who can resist the call of pasta and the beautiful people ? Not many, according to readers, who have voted for Italy as the worlds the best country to travel for the last 5 straight years. Italy is all about leisure – sipping wine for hours in Venice’s Piazza San Marco, make friends with Hammock on a villa in Tuscany or sunbathe on the cliffs of Riomaggiore.
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