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7 Must-See Places Around The World

While some “must-sees” are over-hyped, the iconic sights ahead are worth braving the crowds (at least once), we promise.

1. Acropolis

History and architecture buffs—particularly those with a penchant for ancient Greece—won’t want to miss a trip to the Acropolis of Athens. Situated on a rocky hill above the city, the citadel complex contains an ensemble of significant classical structures, namely the Parthenon, which is regarded as the most important surviving monument from Greek Antiquity.

2. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a must-see-before-you-die natural wonder. Sure, waiting in line, donning a bright blue poncho, and boarding a visitor-packed boat (a.k.a the Maid of the Mist) is pretty much the definition of a touristy activity, but the chance to come so close to the gushing waters and powerful spray make it all worth it.

3. Alcatraz Island

Few places are steeped in legend and lore quite like Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay. The infamous federal penitentiary that operated from 1934 to 1963 once imprisoned America’s most notorious criminals, including Al Capone, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Robert Franklin Stroud (better known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz”). “The Rock” has been the subject of countless books and films.

4. Eiffel Tower

Paris isn’t lacking when it comes to romance, gastronomic delights, or recognizable sites. Even with all this, the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars continues to captivate. Almost seven million visitors flock to this beloved landmark each year, making it one of the most popular cultural attractions on the planet.