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Smithsonian Magazine's 43 Places to See Before You Die
          
 
For a great list of the absolute must-see locations around the globe, Smithsonian magazine has published a list of their top 43 places:

Some of the sites are portals into the past — ancient cities so well preserved that visiting them is like stepping into a previous century. Others feature feats of engineering or sublime works of art — or, in the cases of the Taj Mahal and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, both. Travelers can visit temples and churches so breathtaking they must have been built with divine inspiration. For the more adventurous, we offer rewards beyond mere sightseeing — from a three-day hike across the Grand Canyon to a ride along China's Yangtze River.

 
 
"Climb into the Colorado cliff dwellings and imagine what life was like for the Ancestral Pueblo Indians who lived there."
480 people are doing this goal:
"Preserved under the volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius are the everyday goings-on of ancient Roman life."
1041 people are doing this goal:
"An ancient Mayan city, once hidden by overgrown jungle, evokes a childlike sense of wonder."
292 people are doing this goal:
"Balancing tourist access and the preservation of the sandstone city may be a tough call."
643 people are doing this goal:
"The ongoing debate about how the pyramids were built is a testament to the brilliance of its makers."
844 people are doing this goal:
"This year, millions of tourists will visit the marble monument—and the Indian government is restoring it for millions more."
1253 people are doing this goal:
"A riddle of engineering hasn't stopped archaeologists from debating how the giant carved stones were transported around the island."
490 people are doing this goal:
"Almost too big to comprehend, the 4,500-mile wall has a lore of its own."
1269 people are doing this goal:
"One of the best reasons to head to Canada for vacation is to catch the beautiful Northern Lights."
583 people are doing this goal:
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"Hordes of wildlife travel 300 miles across the “land of endless space” in the largest migration on Earth."
165 people are doing this goal:
"A series of 200 separate waterfalls, Iguazu is best viewed when the river is high and the moon is full."
347 people are doing this goal:
"The “lost city of the Incas” has captivated visitors with its magnificent setting and detailed stonework."
1422 people are doing this goal:
"Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo are just two of the works housed within the walls of this fortress-turned-royal palace-turned-museum."
1858 people are doing this goal:
"With Zen rocks strategically placed in carefully raked white sand, the Ryoan-ji garden evokes peace and beauty."
419 people are doing this goal:
"Having survived bombings and floods, the Florence, Italy museum is home to a priceless collection of art."
395 people are doing this goal:
"Fallingwater, a southwest Pennsylvania house designed by the famous architect, allows residents to live within a waterfall."
384 people are doing this goal:
"Dubbed “the wildest, wickedest river,” this 4,000-mile-long waterway has played a major role in Chinese civilization."
139 people are doing this goal:
"The coldest and windiest place on Earth is still largely undiscovered."
498 people are doing this goal:
"A trek up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain takes you through five different ecosystems and offers a stunning 19,340-foot view."
208 people are doing this goal:
"No matter how many times you’ve seen it, visiting the canyon never fails to take your breath away."
5536 people are doing this goal:
"Nearly a thousand years after the Burmese kingdom was formed, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling city."
169 people are doing this goal:
"After a recent restoration, the center of the Athenian Acropolis and symbol of Western democracy still inspires."
766 people are doing this goal:
"The 12th century temple is the worlds largest religious structure and a jewel of Khmer architectural style."
525 people are doing this goal:
"Ruled over the centuries by Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, there is much to see of the city’s former splendor."
250 people are doing this goal:
"The enchanting city celebrates its Middle Age and Renaissance glory through its art, architecture and enduring spirit."
1383 people are doing this goal:
"With an ecosystem under siege, every moment in this wild wonderland is one to savor."
339 people are doing this goal:
"Beautiful beaches and unrivaled underwater views lure lovers of marine life to the world’s largest coral reef."
696 people are doing this goal:
"Evolution disciples and the merely curious can experience conspicuously adapted wildlife off the coast of Ecuador."
597 people are doing this goal:
"You may not be wearing the yellow jersey, but taking a bicycle on the world's most famous race is still thrilling."
78 people are doing this goal:
"For the thrill-seeking sports enthusiasts, few races can compete with this exhilarating Swedish ski race."
53 people are doing this goal:
"For decades, the backbone of the Eastern United States has given much needed respite for thousands of nature enthusiasts."
467 people are doing this goal:
"The zigzagging road may take long to traverse for only being 52 miles long, but the eye candy alone makes it worthwhile."
151 people are doing this goal:
"High above Cape Town, this craggy wildlife preserve provides sprawling views and thrilling hikes."
284 people are doing this goal:
"The Greek isle, a remnant of a long ago volcanic eruption, has most everything a traveler would want: great food and awe-inspiring scenery."
526 people are doing this goal:
"Set atop a tectonic hotspot, the small island is home to breathtaking eruptions and other geologic sites."
237 people are doing this goal:
"Breathtaking views and millennia of history charm guests of these islands off the coast of Scotland."
143 people are doing this goal:
"The New Mexico national monument is a barren and desolate place with an otherworldly appeal."
265 people are doing this goal:
"Abandoned for centuries, the Indian site attracts tourists from around the world for its majestic buildings."
96 people are doing this goal:
"After withstanding world and cold wars, the German city is a thriving metropolis, filled with nightclubs and cultural treats."
966 people are doing this goal:
"The capital’s cityscape bears the unmistakable Modernist mark of the Spanish architect in its churches, buildings and parks."
534 people are doing this goal:
"Close government watch on wildlife has made the Central American country a must-see for animal lovers."
227 people are doing this goal:
"Once a home base for commercial whalers, the Canadian province is now a popular locale for spotting the massive creatures."
256 people are doing this goal:
"The swampy nature preserve is home to many of southern Florida's infamous reptile natives."
250 people are doing this goal:
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