Lonely Planet reveals the world’s best sights in its new guide, Ultimate Travelist
The brand’s team of travel experts and authors started by rating every single sight featured in their guidebooks and almost every destination on the planet until they had a shortlist of the very best spots. These were then ranked in order of their brilliance.
The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia has been hailed the world’s number one must-see sight. Described as the “Hindu heaven on earth,” this “complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs that form a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia,” put it firmly in the number one spot.
Cambodia’s temples are closely followed by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall of China and India’s Taj Mahal. As for London? The British Museum was placed 15th in-between Tikal, the ruins of an ancient city in Guatemala, and Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia.
Find out which other hot spots made it to Lonely Planet’s top 20 below:
1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
4. Great Wall of China, China
5. Taj Mahal, India
6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
7. Colosseum, Italy
8. Iguazú Falls, Brazil-Argentina
9. Alhambra, Spain
10. Aya Sofya, Turkey
11. Fez Medina, Morocco
12. Twelve Apostles, Australia
13. Petra, Jordan
14. Tikal, Guatemala
15. British Museum, England
16. Sagrada Familia, Spain
17. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
18. Santorini, Greece
19. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
20. Museum of Old & New Art, Australia
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist is available now, £19.99.