World Heritage Sites

During our travels we’ve been fortunate to visit some of our world’s most important historical, cultural and natural sites.

Below is our growing list of visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Consider it our personal brag wall of travel accomplishments.

Asia

  1. The Ancient Rice Terraces of Batad, Ifugao Province, Philippines
  2. Historic Centre of Macau, China
  3. Historical Monuments of Ancient Nara, Japan
    – Tōdai-ji Buddhist Temple Comlex
    – Kōfuku-ji Buddhist Temple
    – Kasuga Grand Shrine
    – Nara Imperial Palace
    – Gangō-ji Buddhist Temple
    – Tōshōdai-ji Temple
  4. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Japan
    – Shimogamo Shrine
    – Tō-Ji Shrine and Pagoda
    – Kamigamo Shrine
    – Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple
    – Nijō Castle in Kyoto, Japan
    – Ninna-ji in Kyoto, Japan
  5. Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan
  6. Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand
  7. HaLong Bay, Vietnam
  8. Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Town of Luang Prabang, Laos
  10. The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
  11. Historical City of Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia
  12. Buddhist Stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu, Nepal
  13. City of Patan, Lalitup in Kathmandu, Nepal
  14. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
  15. Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  16. Agra Fort in Agra, India
  17. The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
  18. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, India
  19. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India
  20. City of Fathehpur Sikri in state of Uttar Pradesh, India

Middle East

  1. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
  2. Cave Churches of Goreme, Turkey
  3. Historic Areas of Istanbul – Hippodrome of Constantine, Hagia Sophia and Süleymaniye Mosque, Turkey
  4. The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine in Sinai, Egypt
  5. The City Complex of Petra, Jordan

Egyptian Pyramids Miniature

Africa

  1. Historic Cairo, Egypt
  2. The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  3. Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt
  4. Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor, Egypt
  5. Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt
  6. Mount Kenya National Park

Australia/Oceania

  1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  2. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  3. Sydney Opera House
  4. Tongariro National Park on the North Island, New Zealand
  5. Te Wāhipounamu on the South Island , New Zealand

North America

  1. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks – Banff, Jasper, Kootenay & Yoho (British Columbia and Alberta)
  2. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  3. Olympic National Park – Washington State, USA
  4. Redwood National Park – California, USA
  5. Statue of Liberty in New York, USA
  6. Sian Ka’an in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico

Machu Picchu Peru Miniature

Central and South America

  1. Ancient Mayan Pyramids and Temples in Tikal National Park, Guatemala
  2. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Belize
  3. Maoi Statues of Rapa Nui, Easter Island
  4. Historical Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso, Chile
  5. City of Quito, Ecuador
  6. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  7. City of Cusco, Peru
  8. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Historic Centre of Lima, Peru
  10. Peruvian Amazon Rainforest
  11. Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
  12. Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Venice Italy Miniature

Europe

  1. Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church in London, England
  2. Tower of London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  3. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland
  4. Historic Centre of Vienna, Austria
  5. Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom) in Cologne, Germany
  6. Cathedral of St Peter and Church of our Lady (Roman Monuments) in Trier, Germany
  7. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in Berlin, Germany
  8. Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
  9. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl (Rhineland)
  10. St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church at Hildesheim
  11. La Grand-Place in Brussels, Belgium
  12. Belfries of Belgium – Cathedral of Our Lady & Antwerp City Hall
  13. Paris, Banks of the Siene –  Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Palais de l’lnstitut, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, École Militaire, La Monnaie (Mint), Grand Palais des Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower and Palais de Chaillot
  14. Venice and its Lagoon, Italy
  15. The Historic City of Verona, Italy
  16. Vatican City in Holy See, Italy
  17. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City enjoying extraterritorial rights, and Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Italy
  18. The 17th Century Canal District of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  19. Historic Centre of Prague, Czech Republic
  20. Historic Centre of Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
  21. Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
  22. Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania
  23. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece
  24. Budapest, Banks of the Danube including Buda Castle and Andràssy Avenue, Hungary
  25. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
  26. Monastery of the Hieronymites and Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
  27. Cultural Landscape of Sintra, Portugal
  28. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada, Spain
  29. Works of Antoni Gaudí, Spain
  30. Grande Île, the historic centre of Strasbourg, France

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.