This ancient ring of towering monoliths is arguably the most famous stone circle on the planet. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a historical site estimated to be 5,000 years old.
Photo: K. Mitch Hodge
Visit Giant’s Causeway on the north coast of Northern Ireland to see 40,000 interlocking basalt columns rise at different heights from the land and sea. A striking geological feature, it was first formed over 60 million years ago from volcanic activity.
Photo: Enric Moreu
You don’t have to be a mountaineer to appreciate the majesty of Mount Everest, which is probably why it’s the subject of so many mountain quotes. With a summit that rises 29,029 feet above sea level, it’s officially the highest mountain on the planet.
Photo: Kalle Kortelainen
No list of iconic places would be complete without the Great Wall of China. Officially the longest wall in the world, its combined sections stretch over 13,000 miles across the country. Designed to defend against invasion from nomadic nations to the north, construction started almost three millennia ago.
Photo: William Oliveri
The Eiffel Tower may lack the history of previous items on this list, but there’s no denying its iconic status. A must-see tourist attraction in Paris, it’s become one of the world’s most visited monuments. With a distinctive architectural design and unparalleled city views, it’s easy to understand the appeal.
Photo: Danny Nevozhai
The layered white sails of the Sydney Opera House have been delighting visitors since the building first opened in 1973. It’s located in the center of Sydney Harbor and has become a symbol of the city as well as one of the planet’s most popular performing arts venues.
Photo: Jasper Wilde
Iconic places in Europe don’t get much more famous or impressive than the Acropolis. Positioned atop a rocky outcrop overlooking Athens, this magnificent ancient citadel was once the seat of civilization in Greece.
Photo: Constantinos Kollias