An article “The world’s most disappointing tourist spots and attractions” by my Twitter pal, TravelRants, provided some great insights and resulted in a lively discussion. It’s clear that our impressions of a certain spot or attraction are often coloured by our state of mind at that moment (e.g. our expectations), the company we’re in or even the weather. The Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramids of Giza and the Little Mermaid were amongst those mentioned in the article and in the readers’ comments as ‘most disappointing’.
Anyway, this article got me thinking about the reverse: what were the most impressive tourist attractions I’ve visited, be it a man-made monument or a natural wonder? Thinking about it brought back a slew of wonderful memories. I remember standing in front of the Treasury in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. I was completely bowled over by its majesty – I must’ve stood there for ages in total awe of this rose-coloured monument. Other impressive attractions that came to mind included:
- Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, U.S.A.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
- Millau viaduct, France
- Bayon temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Ephesus, Turkey
- Tikal, Guatemala
- Chrysler building, New York, U.S.A.
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay
- Niagara Falls, U.S.A./Canada
- Arenal volcano, Costa Rica
- Torres del Paine NP, Chile
- Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina
- Mount Fuji, Japan
- Milford Sound, New Zealand
- Bora Bora atoll, French Polynesia
- Mulu caves, Sarawak, Malaysia
I’m curious to know what you think are the most impressive tourist attractions you’ve ever visited. What was it that made them so impressive? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.