09 Jul Five Man-Made Wonders to Add to Your Bucket List
There are a lot of amazing places to visit in the world. Chances are, at least a few of the wonders of the world are on your bucket list. Only the pyramids of Giza remain as one of the original seven wonders of the world, but the new seven wonders provide you with plenty of man-made structures to gawk at. They include:
- The Great Wall of China
- Christ the Redeemer Statue
- Machu Picchu
- Chichen Itza
- The Roman Colosseum
- The Taj Mahal
By all means, walk the Great Wall of China and gaze up at Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that these seven wonders are the only man-made structures that are worth a trek across the globe. Here are a few more to add to your bucket list.
Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
No other architectural feat compares to Palm Jumeirah. It is the largest man-made island on the planet. It’s so big that it has proclaimed itself the eighth wonder of the modern world!
It’s true that it offers its permanent residents access to private beaches, but there are plenty of hotels and activities for visitors to experience on the island.
Make sure you visit The Lost Chambers Aquarium and plan a stop at the Abdul Rehman Siddik Mosque, but you absolutely have to take a helicopter tour. It really is the best way to take in the silhouette of this amazing feat of engineering.
Millau Viaduct in France
If you’re looking for a wonder that makes your heart race, plan to visit the Millau Viaduct in France. Unfortunately, it isn’t a pedestrian-friendly bridge, but it is vehicle-friendly, and you’ll certainly want to drive across it. That’s because it’s the tallest bridge in the world, soaring over the landscape at a whopping 1,125 feet!
Not only is it worth your time to drive over the bridge, it’s also a good idea to admire the bridge itself from afar. It really is a sight to see from the roads and villages in its shadow. For the best view of the bridge, make sure you stop by the visitor’s center on the northern side of the bridge and take the adjoining footpath.
The Bailong Elevator in China
Speaking of heart-racing feats of engineering, the Bailong Elevator in China is another wonder you’ll want to visit. This elevator breaks a world record for being the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. It is 1,070 feet high and features three double-story glass elevators. It takes a full two minutes to ride from the bottom to the top.
The elevator itself is amazing, but the views of the surrounding area are even more amazing once you make it to the top. You’ll get an unbelievable view of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You might even feel like you’ve seen those stone pillars before. That’s because they were used as the inspiration for the floating mountains in Avatar.
The Hoover Dam in the United States
The Hoover Dam is well-known by many, but it’s still worth a trip. Knowing the numbers is one thing. Experiencing them for yourself is another thing altogether.
Tourists go 530 feet down the side of the canyon wall to a convenient viewing point where you can watch as 90,000 gallons of water flow by every second. So much water rushes by that it is able to create energy for three different states. It contains so much concrete that it could pave 3,000 miles of road, which is enough concrete to stretch from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
Looking for a fairytale experience on your next trip? Skip the gimmicky atmosphere at Disney World and go straight for the real thing by visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.
Although it has a troubled past, it remains a popular tourist destination today thanks to its idyllic place in the landscape and its whimsical architecture. It is such an eye-catching beauty that Walt Disney himself used this castle as the inspiration for his fairytale castle!
Unfortunately, you can’t stay directly in the castle, but there are plenty of hotels nearby, so you can spend as much time admiring the castle as you would like.
There are a lot more wonders in the world than the seven you’ve already heard of! If you want to plan a unique trip that’s a little off the beaten path, but you still want to be wowed, make sure you visit one of the wonders on this list.