Eight Stunning Sights to Add to the Bucket List

To say that some places take your breath away may not quite capture how it feels to see them. There is no dearth of beautiful and awe-inspiring attractions in the world. But there are some sights that seem to defy the imagination.

Aogashima, Japan
Aogashima may still be part of Tokyo, but it stands in stark contrast to the latter’s bustling vibe. To say that this island town is remote may seem like an understatement. Its small community of residents is fairly isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life. Transportation going and coming from the town is either by ferry or helicopter. But the view is breathtaking, especially from the air where you can see the volcanic island’s double crater. Peaceful, quiet, and a stunning view of the night sky from the island are just some of the top reasons to visit this place.

Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Canyon
Its massive scale and expanse alone should provide enough fodder for stunning views. There are plenty of things to see and do. This is easily one of the destinations that find their way into many people’s must-see lists.

Keukenhof, The Netherlands
This extensive garden is planted with millions of flowers. The garden’s prized treasures look spectacular in full bloom. It is easy to think that you are seeing rivers of flowers flowing across the place’s many paths

Lake Louise, Canada
Lake Louise
Lake Louise is one of the top destinations in Banff National Park in Alberta. Its clear water provides an enchanting scene often reflecting its surrounding landscape. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural scenery, Lake Louise is an idyllic getaway for some relaxation or active adventures.

Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Mount Roraima
Sandstone comprises most of the surface at the top of Mt. Roraima. The mountain plateau has many little known flower and plant species. The clouds that roll in across the mountain’s peak is one of its most breathtaking sights.

Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan
Shifen Waterfall
This waterfall is tucked in the midst of a scenic view, away from the busy life of downtown Taipei. It is a fabulous sight, especially when you are looking for a scene that only nature gives.

Tianzi Mountains, China
Tianzi Mountains
Seeing Tianzi Mountains can inspire awe and wonder. It will make you ponder on what kind of magic nature does to create so much beauty. Three hundred eighty year-old rocks capped tall peaks that are every photographer’s dream. The scenes are dreamy scenes as clouds pass by along its summits. The blue sky and green vegetation and forest provide a nice backdrop to the picturesque scene.

Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan
Wisteria Flower Tunnel
The Wisteria Flower Tunnel is a whimsical place that makes you feel like you have stepped into another world — a magical one. The scents and awe-inspiring array of will make you stay there for as long as you can.

5 of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in San Francisco

The weather, scenic views, multi-cultural vibe, vibrant culture, and entertainment scene are among the top things that draw people to San Francisco. Any traveler who has been to the city would probably have something to add to this list. A visit to San Francisco promises a wide array of surprises that make for an unforgettable experience. Adding to the art, culture, and entertainment attractions are must-see places to add to the bucket list.

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
A trip to Alcatraz via a ferry from The Embarcadero is part of the San Francisco experience. The famous facility served as federal prison for several years. Among its former inmates include the likes of Al Capone and the “Birdman”. An audio tour provides visitors a glimpse into the penitentiary’s past. Exhibits and videos are likewise great sources of information and trivia about the American Indian occupation, the compelling stories of escapes, military history, and more.

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
Science museums may not be on top of most people’s must-see attractions. But a visit to California Academy of Sciences is not something you would not want to skip when in San Francisco. This state-of-the-art and green facility is conveniently located in Golden Gate Park – another one of the city’s top sights. It has many interesting features including the Aquarium, Natural History Museum, and Planetarium. Main highlights include the African Hall, Earthquake Exhibit, the Living Roof, Morrison Planetarium, Rainforests of the World, and the Steinhart Aquarium.

Many famous cities have a Chinatown. But if you are thinking of passing up the chance to explore San Francisco’s Chinatown, think again! The city boasts of the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. The place is teeming with beautiful Chinese architecture with its temples, teahouses and other traditional buildings. There are also plenty of things to see and do. From pharmacies selling traditional medicines to antique stores and restaurants, there is no dearth of things to explore and enjoy when in the area.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is easily the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It is a top tourist destination and has been a subject of many photographs taken by visitors from across the globe. It is a beautiful structure at any time of the day with fog, rain, and the colors of sunrise or sunset often adding to the dramatic quality of the image it presents. You can enjoy the bridge from a distance or up close via its walkways at both sides of the bridge.

Golden Gate Park
Japanese Garden Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park is an excellent getaway if you want a temporary respite from the busier vibe of the city center. The park not only boasts of beautiful and soothing natural scenery. It is also home to museums and other interesting attractions. Try not to miss visiting the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.