Edinburgh, Scotland

To wrap up my blog about top destinations to visit, my last destination is Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is a great vacation spot to visit in the summer. It is burrowed beside long-dormant volcanoes and is located around green moorlands. This city is so well-known for its staggering landscape that it has to offer. It is nicknamed The Athens of the North. Your initial impression of Scotland might be confined to bagpipes, kilts, and crests. One visit to Edinburgh will change that impression in a hurry. It is the second most-visited city in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh offers an abundance of things to do. History fanatics will enjoy Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse Palace and other attractions found along the Royal Mile. Those in search of an authentic live-as-the-locals experience will find it in the outer-lying neighborhood pubs, shops and parks. Shoppers will find retail heaven in New Town; art lovers will enjoy the free National Gallery of Scotland; and those who are looking for theatre will meet their match at August’s Edinburgh Festival. This is a top destination for a reason. Tons of things to see and an abundance of things to do. Don’t miss out on a chance to vacation to Edinburgh in the summer.

 

Porto, Portugal

Porto is a top destination for many reasons. It has long been a hot destination for wine lovers especially. It is a great place to find that sweet, tasty port wine. But this city by the sea has more to offer than just wine. Porto is an attractive European mini-city on Portugal’s northwestern coast where travelers can get their fill of culture and the outdoors. Travelers can visit the city’s museums, admire its unique architecture and, of course, hit the beach.

The city earns its nickname “City of Bridges,” from the six arches spanning across the Douro River, which runs along Porto’s southern edge. Views of the Douro River are best enjoyed from the Dom Luís I Bridge, the most iconic of Porto’s six structures. From here you can get a sense of Porto’s unique charm. The town of Vila Nova de Gaia is where you’ll find the region’s infamous wineries. You could spend a long weekend or a week here strolling the city. You must explore the contemporary art in the Serralves Foundation complex and the history behind Porto’s old churches like the Sé and Igreja de São Francisco. No matter what you choose to see and do in this amazing city, you’ll leave with an appreciation of Porto’s diverse offerings. You’ll capture some great photos and don’t forget to get a bottle or two of its best wine.

Santorini

Santorini is a top destination because of its beautiful beaches and because it is one of the most romantic get aways in the world. Some say that Santorini was the original home of the lost city of Atlantis, which long ago disappeared into the ocean’s depths. The remains of this mythological city is now surrounded by beautiful beaches and beautiful whitewashed homes. Today, Santorini consists of two big islands and several smaller ones. Most visitors spend their time on Thira, which is the largest island, and is home to Santorini’s major towns, including Fira and Oia. The quiet city of Thirassia makes for a relaxing daytrip too. And don’t count out the even quieter islands like Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni because they are definitely worth exploring.

Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the beautiful beaches. The black and red sands make for a memorable visit. You can look at the beautiful pictures online, but seeing it in person will be unforgettable. Next, explore the archaeological delights of the preserved Ancient Akrotiri or hike to Ancient Thera to see the ruins of three empires, including the Romans. You must catch the breathtaking view of the caldera, an amazing turquoise pool of water that serves as the center of the several islands. Some say you only need a day to enjoy these islands’ charms, but to really take in all Santorini has to offer, you’ll need a few days to a week. You will be amazed in every aspect of this trip.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast will make you think that you’ve found heaven on earth. That’s the kind of effect this stretch of Italian coastline tends to have on the 5 million annual visitors who visit here. It is located in the Campania region of Italy, this top destination covers 34 miles of majestic terrain. There are high costal cliffs that are amazing to see and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean create a scene that will put travelers in complete awe.

The coast and the 13 seaside towns are all connected via the SS163 highway which is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Each town comes equipped with signature Amalfi geography, as well as standout attributes of its own. The pastel-colored Positano draws in the rich and famous for its luxurious cliffside resorts and fine Italian dining, while the town of Amalfi is Italy’s oldest republic, once serving as a big commercial and technical hub in the Mediterranean. The alpine town of Ravello and its ancient villas and stunning ocean views will be stuck in your memory for years to come. Praiano’s secluded shorelines will appease beach lovers and Minori is home to one of the oldest pastas in the world. And if you plan on passing through Cetara, you can stop at an ancient Norman tower, which according to legend, was founded by Hercules himself. The Amalfi Coast will be a trip to remember.

Yosemite, California

One of California’s most amazing natural landscapes, Yosemite National Park features nearly 1,200 square miles of absolute awe. Yosemite offers towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, daunting cliff faces and some of the most unique rock formations in the United States. But despite its enormous size, most of the tourist activity takes place within a 7-square-mile area of Yosemite Valley. Here you’ll find the park’s most famous landmarks – Half Dome and El Capitan – as well as excellent hiking trails through the natural monuments. Even inexperienced hikers can enjoy Yosemite: Guided tours and climbing lessons are available from local adventure specialists. Just don’t expect to experience it by yourself. Like so many other American tourist destinations, crowds are the biggest obstacles to an enjoyable Yosemite vacation. There are at least 4 million people visit each year. But if you go at the right time and start your day a little earlier than usual, these natural wonders will reveal themselves to you in a miraculous and serene way. This experience will be one that you remember for your entire life. The scenery is absolutely breathe taking.

Dubai

Dubai is a fantastic destination that is filled with skylines that shine like like no other. People from all over the world flock to these shimmering oases. Dubai is a great vacation spot. It is often compared to Las Vegas but it easily trumps ol’ Sin City thanks to its gorgeous cream-colored Persian Gulf shoreline, international  scene and larger-than-life attractions. And the city’s still growing; plans are underway for something bigger and better. It’s estimated that a quarter of the world’s construction cranes can be found here. The sky is the limit for this city.

Dubai is a city of some of the greatest attractions to visit. It is home to the world’s tallest tower, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s largest man-made marina. This marina still can act as a modest port town. Traditional wooden abras float past motorboats on Dubai Creek, the natural sands of Jumeirah Beach  flank the carefully sculpted Palm Islands, and the bustling Gold and marketplaces thrive through the larger-than-life Dubai Mall. Despite all of the efforts for a brighter future, this city isn’t quick to let go of its past. It’s the combination of new and old that has put Dubai on the list of top destinations to visit around the world.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is both a laid-back beachside town and a thriving city that boasts some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best surf, landmarks and activities. Whether you’re looking to watch a show at the iconic Opera House, take to the waves at Bondi Beach or explore trendy areas like the rocks and Darling Harbor, Sydney features something for everyone. Those who live in Sydney have an ideal mix of both worlds: Fashion-forward attire and British-style sarcasm combine with a “no worries” attitude and relaxed coastal vibe. It’s no wonder this amazing city down under is a natural choice for first-time Australia visitors.

In addition to tons of beaches and top-notch restaurants and bars, Australia’s most populous city features an array of things to do. Thrill-seekers can participate in heart-pounding activities like a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, while visitors looking to unwind will appreciate a relaxing day at the beach or a peaceful stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s also plenty of seasonal festivities and event to experience, such as Sculpture by the Sea, the Festival of the Winds and the Night Noodle Markets. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a rugby match, hit up the city’s museums or lounge on a beach, Sydney’s got you covered.

New York City, New York

New York City is impossible to conquer in one visit. The city offers so many amazing attractions and things to do. The Staten Island ferry is a great attraction that allows passengers to enjoy the view from this free ferry running between Manhattan to Staten Island.

The Museum of Modern Art was Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, the Museum of Modern Art’s diverse collection has something for everyone, including kids, which is probably why it attractions roughly 3 million visitors each year. They also have an amazing gift shop where you can buy beautiful souvenirs for yourself and your friends back home.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. It has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life. It is also one of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming over 3 million visitors annually.

Check out the view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building. A classic New York City attraction, it offers nearly 4 million visitors each year wonderful views of New York City and the surrounding area. In fact, the 86th floor and 102nd floor observatories offer the two highest vantage points in Manhattan! The art deco building and lobby are beautiful to see too.

More than 40 million people visit Central Park each year and the park’s 843 acres have offered a welcome escape from the concrete jungle of New York City. New Yorkers and visitors alike come to Central Park year round to exercise, relax and explore. One of the reasons that Central Park is such a magical place is that no matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new to discover or explore

New York City offers much more than just these great attractions. This is one of the top destinations in the world for a reason.

Rome, Italy

Rome is number two on my list of top destinations to travel to in the world. The city offers so much that you’ll need much more than a day to take in this timeless city. The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites. Going hungry is one thing no traveler should ever worry about while in Rome; the city is literally overrun with good places to eat. The busy area just south of the Spanish Steps is full of them, and the maze of intersecting side streets tucked between Via del Corso and Piazza Novana contains dozens as well.The best area to stay in is the half-mile stretch between Piazza Navona and Piazza Barberini. Some rooms here are pricey but you’ll also find plenty of small family-run hotels nearby.

The Roman Forum is an amazing site. Strolling through the ruins, you can almost imagine the citizens of Ancient Rome walking the cobblestoned streets in togas and bringing sacrifices to the temples. The most internationally recognized symbol of Rome, the Colosseum has a long and bloody history. Buy your tickets in advance for this spot. St. Peter’s Basilica may be a pilgrimage site for Catholics, but even non-believers can appreciate the church’s architectural majesty. Rome is a must see city and a top destination to visit.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, known as the Land of the Gods, appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that allow for peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. And everywhere you will find beautifully carved temples.

Bali’s white beaches are a favorite for family holidays. There are a variety of watersports available, such as banana boats, parasailing or jet skiing, swimming or plain sunbathing. Most well known among Bali’s beaches is Kuta. Along this stretch are an array of hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes. In the evenings the area throbs to the beat of disco music. For a quieter evening enjoy the beach at Jimbaran, a popular spot to eat fresh barbecued seafood in the evenings. Sanur Beach also dotted with hotels and restaurants. You can also visit Nusa Dua, where there are more private beaches that front hotels.

Surfers love the waves at Nusa Lembongan near Nusa Penida. These islands are a 45 minutes boat trip from Nusa Dua or from Sanur. At Nusa Penida’s south western coast are the Manta Point and the Malibu point where divers can swim with big rays and even sharks. The best dive spots are at Menjangan with its reef flat, anchor wreck, eel garden and caves to explore. Nearby and still in the Bali Barat Park is Pemutaran island.

Bali has so much to offer and so much beauty that it is clearly the number one destination in the world to visit.