Earlier this week, the National Lottery carried out a survey revealing the top 50 things Brits want to see and do before they die. We got the team at lowcostholidays to give us their take on the Top 10 attractions to see before you die.
The Aurora Borealis, best enjoyed in northern Sweden, Reykjavik in Iceland and in Norway, are a majestic spectrum of green, blue and even red lights in the night sky. They can even be seen from the northern tip of Scotland, if you don’t fancy braving the Nordic wilderness.
The world’s most famous waterfall, Niagara Falls borders both Canada and the United States and is made up of three cascading falls dating back to the Ice Age. Soak up the sights – quite literally – on the Maid in the Mist boat tour, where you can ride along the Niagara River to the base of the falls, or check them out from the top for an equally majestic experience.
The Pyramids of Giza
Join the ancient Egyptians with day of sightseeing at the pyramids of Giza. An epic addition to the pyramids is the Sphinx; a half-pharaoh, half-lion statue guarding the pharaohs buried within the pyramids. The extraordinary pyramids are the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to still exist.
The 277-mile long Grand Canyon was carved into the landscape by the Colorado River more than 17 million years ago. For an authentic cowboy adventure, take a tour of it by foot or on horseback and explore the intricate and colourful landscape. Finish the day off with a sunset stroll along the rim.
Great Wall of China
Originally built as a defensive fortification by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, during the Qin Dynasty to protect the land from tribes in the North. This Unesco World Heritage Site, still standing 2,000 years later, is a snake-like stone wall that weaves across the rugged, mountainous terrain north of Beijing.
It’s not hard to see why the Norwegian Fjords were tipped as a bucket list destination, as this area is awash with some of the world’s greatest natural scenery. With snow-capped peaks rising in the distance, ancient ice glaciers and the incredible sight of the midnight sun, this is definitely a destination where you’ll need your camera glued to your hand.
Statue of Liberty
A gift from the French in 1886, the Statue of Liberty has become known as a symbol of democracy, freedom and the good old US of A. For 12 million immigrants, the statue was the first glimpse of the American dream as they arrived in the country. A visit to Lady Liberty offers the chance to go back in time and imagine what it must have felt like to gaze upon this monument when America was in its infancy.
Night at the Ritz
The glitz and glamour of London is felt nowhere more than in the famous Ritz hotel. This iconic building, located in between the bustling area of St James and fashionable Mayfair, has long been a place for the rich and powerful to take a load off. A quintessential London landmark, the chance to enjoy a luxurious kip within the confines of the Ritz or tuck into a tasty afternoon tea, is a dream that many people rightly hold.
The image many conjure up in their minds when they think of India will be of the Taj Mahal. Not only is this one of the world’s most famous landmarks, but it’s rich with architectural achievement and symbolic meaning. If you get the chance to visit, make sure to get snapped in Lady Di’s chair, where the iconic photo of Princess Diana was taken.
An ancient city, built on a mountain and shrouded by clouds; while this may sound like the start of an Indiana Jones movie, the reality is much more fascinating. Located in a rugged area of Peru, the Inca people built this city around 1450 but abandoned it around the time of the Spanish Conquest. Once you find yourself 7,000 feet above sea level, looking out onto the Andean Mountain Range, you can clearly see why this lost city is one of the most desired places to visit in the world.