From the beginning of the new millennium until 2007, an effort was underway to crown the 7 New Wonders of the World. After intense competition and much campaigning, seven unique and intriguing monuments were chosen.
Each is spectacular in its own right, and each draws millions of visitors every year.
Nonetheless, being named to the new Wonders of the World list brings each the attention it deserves and helps to ensure preservation for the future. Visiting any of these stunning destinations could be a part of the trip of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a life-changing travel experience, we suggest you give one of these destinations a visit:
New 7 Wonders of the World
Taj Mahal, India
This labor of love by Shah Jahan to his beloved wife has magnificently stood the test of time. The Taj Mahal is an architectural marvel, and experts suggest visiting between November and February for the most comfortable weather.
Most people find accommodations in nearby Agra, but there is also a hotel just outside the eastern gate of the monument.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The ruins of this ancient Mayan city are glorious to behold. With pyramids, temples and plazas to explore, it’s easy to spend the day.
Mexico has much to offer, Chichen Itza being just a small part of it, there’s many places to stay in the area or even just a road trip away. The high season is October through April when the weather is favorable.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
This imposing figure perched atop Corcovado Mountain and overlooking Rio de Janeiro is an impressive sight. September and October offer optimal conditions for visiting.
An afternoon viewing of the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue is considered ideal because of the sun’s location. It’s easy to get to the statue from any hotel in Rio and don’t forget to stretch out your arms for a photo op!
The Colosseum, Italy
Construction on Rome’s most iconic landmark was begun in 70 AD, and the structure was in use for approximately 500 years. Known for bloody battles between gladiators, the building could hold 50,000 spectators.
Today the Colosseum is a ruin, but still one of the biggest attractions of this country. The summer season is the busiest, so most people prefer spring and fall visits. Rome is packed with great hotels that make visiting here a breeze.
Great Wall of China, China
Though an impressive engineering feat, only educated guesses can be offered regarding the “Great Wall‘s” actual length. That’s because it’s not a continuous structure, and many different iterations were created at various times.
Perhaps the most rewarding section to visit is outside of Beijing and is called Juyong Guan. In fact, Beijing makes an ideal home base for exploration of the region.
Machu Picchu, Peru
From a hotel in conveniently located Cusco, visitors travel by foot or train to ancient Incan ruins of a profound sacred site. May and September are considered excellent travel months because of light crowds and mild weather.
If you love the outdoors, Machu Picchu is a hikers dream destination, there are many trails you can walk including the well-known Inca Trail.
Jordan’s ancient capital was established in 9 B.C.E. Many of its structures were impressively carved into rock walls. Spring and fall promise the most comfortable weather in Petra.
Some visitors choose to stay in a nearby Bedouin camp for an authentic experience. Most hotels in the area offer free transport to Petra.
Which of these 7 New Wonders of the World destinations is the highest on your travel bucket list?