Not all bucket list trips are possible. Mountain climbing might be out of the question if you have bad knees and if you’re afraid of heights, you probably can’t stomach the idea of skydiving. However, what makes travel universally appealing is that once-in-a-lifetime experiences don’t have to come with signing a waiver or doing the impossible. We’ve rounded up six bucket list trips no matter your age and stage in life, you can (and should) take in your lifetime!
Walk along the Great Wall of China
Snaking along the mountains of northern China, the Great Wall of China is easily the country’s greatest engineering marvel. Frequently dubbed one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world, the history of this 13,170-mile long wall dates back over 2,000 years. Over those 2,000 years, a number of dynasties and rulers contributed to its makeup. Estimated to cross some 15 provinces, you can visit various sections catered to your wants, needs, and skillset. The most well-known and accessible stretches lie around Beijing like Badaling. For fewer crowds, you can head to the restored Mutianyu, and serious hikers won’t be disappointed in the Jinshanling section.
Ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Just as Audrey Hepburn put it, Paris is always a good idea, especially for bucket list seekers. One of the best ways to check off Paris on your bucket list is to ascend the Eiffel Tower. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower wasn’t supposed to remain and yet remain it does. The symbol of Paris is easily one of France’s most visited sites. Measuring 1,063 feet over Paris, it was built in just 2 years, 2 months and 5 days. Its unique panoramic view of Paris is also incredibly accessible as visitors can either walk up it or take an elevator.
Play Indiana Jones at Petra in Jordan
In terms of bucket list trips, Petra tends to take the cake for those looking to play the part of Indiana Jones. The legendary lost city dramatically carves into the sandstone walls of a desert canyon. Easily Jordan’s most famous site, Petra was once a thriving trading center and capital of the Nabataea Empire. While it remained lost to the Western world for hundreds of years, luckily travelers today can stop and marvel at the doorway to the Treasury. Only 15% of the city is uncovered, leaving the rest still lurking underground. The UNESCO World Heritage site is also recognizable to fans of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as several scenes were filmed on site.
Stargaze in Chile’s Atacama Desert
A landscape filled with sculpted canyons, active volcanoes, and salt lakes tends to confuse for Mars rather than earth. However, in Chile’s Atacama Desert you will find all of the above and then some. One of the driest places on earth, the desert only receives roughly a millimeter of rain each year. Thanks to its lack of greenery, shade, cities or pollution, it also happens to be one of the best places for stargazing on the planet. With three major international observatories, such as the Paranal Observatory, a number of astronomy-themed tours exist in the area to bucket list travelers looking for the best sites to see the stars.
Watch the Sunrise/Sunset on the Grand Canyon
Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon overwhelms with its sheer enormity. Stretching 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon will impress you, no matter the time of day. However, a sunrise or sunset on this enormous canyon is one thing you’ll surely want to cross off your bucket list. With some of the nation’s cleanest air and overall good visibility, you can expect impressive sunrises specifically at Mather or Yaki Points and colorful sunsets at Hopi Point, Mohave Point or Pima Point. Sunrise and sunset seekers should look for a viewpoint that juts into the canyon with views both to the east and west for the most dramatic showings.
Go on an African Safari
Seeing lions roam in their natural habitat or staring into the eyes of a gorilla in the jungle can move the traveler exponentially. Africa is king when it comes to safaris, where you often just have to board a jeep and keep a look out the vehicle for the animal kingdom. Some of the best destinations to go on a safari in Africa include Namibia, home to a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last free-ranging population of black rhino, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, home to the Big Five and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, site of one of the largest populations of elephants on earth.
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From standing atop the Eiffel Tower to watching the sun paint the Grand Canyon in the early hours of the morning, these bucket list trips are not only possible, they’re probable to0. So go ahead, book that bucket-list trip you’ve been dreaming about!